Programs & Projects

The Story of China

This six-part television series hosted by historian Michael Wood investigates how China’s past provides historical and cultural context to the country’s present as a global power with enormous influence on the United States and as the second-largest economy in the world. From prehistory to Mao Tse-Tung to contemporary times, Wood explores the diversity of China’s people, religions and its relations with neighboring countries. The series follows China’s dramatic scientific, cultural, technological and trade achievements that made the country an early superpower among ancient civilizations. Each episode introduces historic figures whose influence helped to shape the nation. During filming in China, video content is also to be produced for social media and community engagement, with Wood and the producers using blogs, video diaries and webcasts, and providing regular updates on the production. The interactive Web platform is to include the series as short films, Flash-format games, exclusive Web-only video and photography, behind-the-scenes footage, interactive timelines and historical maps and user-generated content. The project will also be supported by online educational video shorts and other learning resources for high school educators, such as lesson plans, activities, projects and interactive components for use in the classroom.

  • UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
  • American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • ProPublica
  • Center for Investigative Reporting
  • the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Produced by
Public Broadcasting Service, on behalf of the BBC and Maya Vision International
Arlington, VA
Total CPB Investment
$1,111,480
Made possible by CPB's
Television Programming Grant