KNPB Local Productions

If the thrill of discovery is what you love most about watching programming on public television, then we invite you to explore KNPB’s locally produced programs, specials and series.

KNPB Public Broadcasting connects with the communities it serves by telling their stories, capturing its history and using the resources of broadcast media to enrich and inform. KNPB presents outstanding local programs in the areas of education, public affairs, culture, arts, science and natural history.


Local Productions include:

A Conversation:
KNPB presents a series of conversations with key voices addressing the critical issues that affect you, Nevada and the nation as a whole.

Open Lines:
A multimedia production that features live call-in programs and an interactive audience for community response and comment to current concerns.

Rangeland Under Fire: Stewards of the Rangeland
Rangeland Under Fire,The fourth documentary in the award winning "Stewards of the Rangeland"series, explores the latest challenges faced by our open range food producers, the ranchers, as they fight to escape epic wildfires, battle for resources with wild horses and litigate to protect water and grazing rights in their struggle to fulfill their mission to provide food for the nation.

The Endangered West: Stewards of the Rangeland:
KNPB in partnership with producers Dennis and Gabe Golden present the third documentary in the award winning Stewards of the Rangeland series, focusing on a race against time as environmental scientists use the latest technology to prevent the listing of the Sage-grouse as an endangered species.

Rangeland Water: Stewards of the Rangeland:
This KNPB film in the Stewards of the Rangeland series explores who will get Nevada’s water, the state’s most precious resource, as we march through a new century. Future allocation may determine whether ranchers, rural lifestyle and wildlife give way to urban growth and development.

Stewards of the Rangeland:
This KNPB produced documentary spotlights livestock management strategies of five northern Nevada ranching families, who make extensive use of Nevada’s public land. Follow along as the ranchers give us an inside look on what it means to be a rancher in the current climate and how each has to tailor their ranch to fit the distinctive environment that is Northern Nevada.

Wild Nevada:
Wild Nevada 2014 marks the return of KNPB's popular program, now for the first time in high definition, as hosts Chris Orr and Dave Santina experience new adventures across the Silver State. They look for wild horses and birds and sample geocaching in scenic Nevada environs.

Modernist Maverick:
American architect William L. Pereira designed structures and places around the world. Modernist Maverick surveys Pereira's career in architecture, urban planning and design.

Dr. Kosta Cooking from the Heart:
Creating in the kitchen can be a joy, whether it be traditional family recipes, cookbook favorites, or inspired improvisations. Dr. Kosta Cooking From The Heart introduces us to the kitchen creations of Dr. Kosta Arger — cardiologist, winemaker and gourmet.

The Work of Art:
Profiling photographer Jeff Ross, a successful commercial photographer in Reno who is dedicated to helping bring to light those people who the world otherwise ignores. The film examines Ross' philosophy, approach and technique, along with a display of many of the photographs that have made this story remarkable.

At the Gathering:
Brings the atmosphere of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering from Elko into your living room with performances and interviews about the celebration of cattle cultures in the West and beyond.

Jews in Nevada:
Adapted from the acclaimed book of the same title by John Marschall, this documentary details the supportive role of Jewish merchants and entrepreneurs during Virginia City’s gold and silver bonanza, as well as looking at how Jewish owners of casinos and hotels helped to shape Las Vegas as a tourist destination.

KNPB Reports:
Bringing our audience in-depth coverage of public affairs issues and the arts in northern Nevada and northeastern California in a variety of interactive formats.

Looking Up from the Bottom:
Nevada is known for being ranked last in the U.S. in a number of important quality of life categories. We take a look at a few of them, such as education and graduation rates, to profile people who are digging their heels in hard in an attempt to pull Nevada from the bottom to the top.

Living in the Big Empty:
KNPB’s first High Definition local production introduces us to a few of the many compelling stories and colorful characters who enrich the Great Basin and its landscape.

Poetry Out Loud:
At the Eighth Annual Nevada State Poetry Out Loud Finals, Nevada high school students compete to determine the state champion, who will go on to compete in the 2013 National Finals.

3-Minute Film Competition:
The performances of the 3-Minute Film Competition, the annual event organized by Reno’s Holland Project and sponsored by KNPB Public Broadcasting and the Nevada Museum of Art.

Pylon Chasers:
A lifetime’s worth of exhilarating stories develop eight minutes at a time as man and machine race the wind over the Nevada desert.

You Will Always Be With Me:
This documentary feature examines grief in young people, from toddlers to teenagers, and the many unique challenges faced by the kids and those who love them. A Reno-based organization, Solace Tree, is profiled.

Legends of the Lake:
Looking at the appreciation, beauty, and historical connections that lie beneath the surface of the mahogany rich wonders of classic wooden boats on Lake Tahoe.

Reno Historic Races:
Every Spring, vintage car owners from around the country come to Reno-Fernley Raceway to race their valuable classic automobiles.

Healthy Cooking with Dr. Kosta and Dave:
Viewers get to go into the kitchen with noted cardiologist Dr. Kosta Arger and his wine expert friend Dave Preston as they prepare meals that are both heart-healthy and delicious.

House with A History:
This nationally distributed series explores the architectural and cultural history of our area through historic homes.

The Beauty of Oil Painting:
Gary and Kathwren Jenkins teach viewers painting techniques.