Every year in late July, a must-see natural spectacle plays out across the vast Alaskan wilderness as some of the world’s most remarkable animals – including bears, wolves, moose, orcas, and eagles – gather by the thousands to take part in Alaska’s summer feast. What happens during this pivotal gathering affects the animals’ survival and well-being for the remainder of the year. Wild Alaska Live (Sunday, July 23rd, Wed 26th, and Sun 30th, 8 p.m.), a three-part natural history adventure premiering this month on THIRTEEN, turns the cameras on this extraordinary event – the first time it has ever been captured live on television.
Emmy Award-winning zoologists, adventurers, and brothers Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt – creators and stars of the hit PBS Kids series Wild Kratts – host the series, which will be broadcast live over three nights. Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall (Big Blue Live) will serve as on-air correspondents.
Wild Alaska Live will visit several locations during the three broadcasts, including points near Juneau and the Tongass National Forest, where the team will look for black bears and bald eagles; the vast Kenai Fjords National Park, in search of orcas and humpback whales; and the wilderness of Katmai National Park, where brown bears and elusive wolves live and hunt. Local experts will explore the relationship between Alaska’s First Peoples and the animals that co-exist with them, while scientists, filmmakers, and other experts discuss the challenges of preserving America’s last frontier.
The young adventurers in your life won’t want to miss Wild Kratts Alaska: Hero’s Journey (Mon 24th, 7:30 a.m.), a new, one-hour PBS Kids special. While creature adventuring in Alaska, one of Aviva’s breakthrough inventions falls overboard and attaches to a sockeye salmon, jumpstarting a wild chase upriver through the wilderness. The Wild Kratts track the incredible salmon run — a quest fraught with obstacles and amazing creature connections around every bend.
From the Arctic to New Zealand
THIRTEEN’s “Summer of Adventure” takes viewers across the Arctic wilderness and African bush in Nature’s Great Race (Wed, July 12th-26th, 9 p.m.), following scientists as they track caribou, zebras, and elephants as they overcome obstacles and face predators.
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore documents diverse and beautiful animal species at risk of extinction in Rare – Creatures of the Photo Ark (Tuesday July 18th – Aug 1st, 9 p.m.), an adventure that takes him around the world, from cities like Budapest and Prague to the Florida Keys and New Zealand.
Join Geoffrey Baer on a walking tour through Cuba, meeting singers, dancers, chefs, and more in Weekend in Havana (Tuesday, July 18th, 8 p.m.). And for a little time-travel, you can enjoy It Happened in Havana: A Yiddish Love Story, online now. The documentary centers on an elderly Jewish couple as they look back at their childhoods on the Lower East Side of NYC and in Eastern Europe, their courtship in Cuba at the start of World War II, and their life together in New York.
We’ve got more travel destinations for you, spanning both centuries and seasons. Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world’s newest superpower in the six-hour seriesStory of China, streaming online now.
Wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson takes viewers on an odyssey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast in Ireland’s Wild Coast, coming in August.
See Yellowstone National Park in its off season — winter — in the three-part Great Yellowstone Thaw, online now.