From elaborate New Year celebrations to a documented history that spans thousands of years, few countries hold the intrigue and wonder of China. For many years, Missouri State University has had a robust partnership with China, including a branch campus in Dalian – a prominent city in the Chinese province of Liaoning. As a part of the campus community, OPT has been able to draw upon this expertise to produce Passport to China. This new local series is a guided trip through the culture, language and traditions of China. With basic language lessons, tips on travel and an insider look at some of the country’s customs, this program has something for the explorer in each of us. Passport to China will air Sundays at 5pm (with repeats Wednesdays at 1:30pm), beginning September 7. I hope you’ll tune in for – and set your DVR to record! – this international adventure.
This month also brings the premiere of the newest documentary series from landmark filmmaker Ken Burns. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History profiles one of the most notable political families in American history, and is the first documentary to weave the individual stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor into a single narrative. Ken Burns’ work is always extraordinary, and I’m sure this seven-part series will be no exception. Catch it nightly at 7pm, beginning Sunday, September 14.
And lastly, be sure to check in on our 40 Events to Celebrate 40 Years calendar at www.optv.org/anniversary and join the celebration. After all, it’s your support that has helped make these last 40 years a reality – thank you!