April 3, 2012
BOSTON — He's known for his good looks and his survival skills, and now he'll help us understand what's behind the complex systems that keep our high-tech society functioning. He's Yul Kwon, and he stopped in at WGBH studios to talk about his upcoming show, the PBS series America Revealed. (Premiering on WGBH 2 on Wednesday, April 11 at 10pm.)
Kwon made his mark in television when he won on the 13th season of Survivor in 2006, and People Magazine named him "Sexiest Man Alive" that same year. Now Kwon will put his Stanford degree in Symbolic Systems to use, showing viewers the details behind systems we never consider, like how fruit gets from California to Maine, or how we keep thousands of active flights organized in the air at any given time, or perhaps how our electricity delivery system keeps 300 thousand Americans enlightened.
Why PBS and why now? Kwon told Emily Rooney, "I grew up watching PBS. My parents emigrated to this country from South Korea without any money, and they couldn't afford to put me or my brother into preschool. The way that we learned English and saw a better life for ourselves was by watching programs like The Electric Company and Sesame Street and later on, Nature and NOVA. I've always felt that public media is one of the most valuable resources that this country has, especially for people who don't have a lot of means. [Hosting America Revealed] was an opportunity for me to give back and introduce PBS to a whole new generation of viewers."
WATCH A PREVIEW OF AMERICA REVEALED