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Pre-Olympics Programs Spotlight China, Beijing and Olympics


DENVER – Some lucky travelers are looking forward to visiting China, Beijing and the Olympics.

For those Olympic tourists – and for the rest of us who will be traveling vicariously via our living room sofa – Colorado Public Television has developed a delightful “Spotlight on China” programming schedule for the final two weeks of July and in August.

The station’s programming vision is to prepare viewers for the global Olympics experience, airing programs on Channel 12 that provide viewers a real sense of the country and the people hosting the 2008 Olympics.

From behind-the-scenes Olympic planning to travel adventures and the arts in China, the package of programs of 28 programs – plus 30 Chinese cooking shows – offers something of interest to everyone.  The program schedule and detailed program descriptions are posted on the station’s website at www.kbdi.org.



To celebrate the upcoming Olympics in Beijing, KBDI has put together a special schedule of China-related programming that offers viewers a real sense of China and its people.

The Olympics

“Beijing, Are you Ready?,” a 12-part series, explores how the city and its people are affected and invigorated by the first-ever Olympic Games held in China.  The program incorporates personal stories – from taxi drivers to students to celebrities – and looks behind the scenes to give viewers a sense of Beijing’s diversity.  The 30-minute episodes will air Friday, July 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 19, 9 to 11 p.m.; Friday, July 25, 7 to 9 p.m. 

A 60-minute Olympic special of “Beijing, Are you Ready?” will air Monday, July 28, from 10 to 11 p.m.

On KBDI’s digital MHz Worldview, channel 12.3, “Battle of the Brains,” a documentary of elite science students who are preparing to compete at the International Science Olympiads in Beijing will be aired Saturday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Artistry of China

In “Sketching the Silk Road,” two American painters trace an ancient trade route through barren desert to China’s most famous Buddhist cave art.  Their eye-opening encounters with local artists cause them to rethink Western aesthetics and definitions of beauty.  Monday, July 21, at 10 p.m. with repeat on Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m.

In “Great Performances at the Met: The First Emperor,” Placido Domingo sings the title role as the emperor who unites China and builds the Great Wall.  Sunday, July 20, from midnight to 3 a.m.

The 60-minute “Great Museums: China: West Meets East” will explore nearly 40 centuries of Chinese art displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Saturday, July 19, at 11 p.m. and Saturday, July 26, at 6 p.m.

Travel in China

Three Globe Trekker episodes will focus on China:  “Central China” on Monday, July 21, at 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 26, at 5 p.m.; “Beijing City Guide” on Monday, July 28, at 9 p.m.; and “Chinatowns” on Monday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m.

Two episodes of “Passport to Adventure” – “Exploring Rural China and the Great Wall” and “A Journey Down the Yangtze River” – will be shown Saturday, July 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.

In “Smart Travels – Pacific Rim with Rudy Maxa,” Shanghai will be explored.  From traditional Tai Chi and teahouses to gardens and a small canal town, viewers will see Chinese tradition and modernity.   Saturday, July 26, at 3:30 p.m.

Burt Wolf’s travel show, “Stamp Collecting, China” will explore the history of stamp collecting with travel to China to find out why the government has an official policy encouraging stamp collecting.  Saturday, July 26 at 3 p.m.

Cooking throughout China

“Martin Yan’s China,” a weekly staple of KBDI programming, will be shown every weekday for the month of August at 4 p.m., taking viewers on culinary treks throughout the country to explore the four types of Chinese cuisine.  With journeys to historic destinations, ancient streets, marketplaces and nature preserves, viewers witness unprecedented access to China and its people.  Each episode ends with the demonstration of a Chinese recipe in Yan’s kitchen.

Another cooking show, “Simply Ming,” airs Fridays at 3:30 p.m.  Chef Ming will demonstrate simple one-pot dishes with special China episodes scheduled in August.

China Today

“Frontline/World: Jesus in China” will spotlight one of the country’s most important, but least understood movements – China’s underground churches. Sunday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

In “Frontline: Young and Restless in China,” nine young Chinese from across the country are followed for four years, painting a portrait of the generation that is remaking China.  Sunday, July 20, at 8 p.m.

On MHz Worldview, channel 12.3, “This is Beijing” magazine show will focus on the economy, politics, commerce, culture and education.  Saturday, July 26, at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 27, at 1 p.m.

In the Nova program, “First Flower,” viewers will be taken to a remote mountain region of China, where the spotlight is on mankind’s fascination with flowers and the puzzle of how flowers began.  Thursday, July 31, at 9 p.m.

“Design E2: China: From Red to Green” tackles the global issue of China’s soaring population and rapid urbanization, exploring sustainability issues and solutions in both theory and practice.  Thursday, July 31, at 10:30 p.m.



Promotional photos available upon request for the following programs:

  • Great Performances at the Met "The First Emperor"
  • FRONTLINE/World "Jesus in China”
  • FRONTLINE "Young and Restless in China”
  • NOVA “First Flower”
  • Sketching the Silk Road
  • Great Museums: China: West Meets East at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Martin Yan’s China
  • Simply Ming


About KBDI

KBDI has been providing high-quality, edgy programming as well as services that address substantive social and educational needs.  KBDI delivers three digital channels – more than any other Colorado broadcaster. In addition to its flagship KBDI broadcast channel station with a strong mix of local, national and international programming, KBDI airs The Documentary Channel featuring the works of independent filmmakers and MHz Worldview, a lineup of programs providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience.

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