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Pictured: Raquel Bitton performing Piaf: Her Story, Her Songs
Part documentary, part stage performance, this entertaining look at French chanteuse Edith Piaf tells her story through a terrific theatrical presentation by singer Raquel Bitton, who literally becomes Piaf while singing, but steps back and tells her story - in English - between the mostly French songs. Archival photos of Piaf illustrate her life of lucky breaks and tragedy. Some of the film's best moments are of Bitton and Piaf’s friends, lovers, composers happily discussing Piaf over food and wine at a Paris bistro.
Wednesday, May 4 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: yellow stars painted on a wall Yellow Stars of Tolerance
This film documents a project to preserve yellow stars that were painted during the Holocaust on a synagogue exterior wall in Normandy, France. Intended to serve as a testament to that terrible chapter of history and a reminder of the dangers of intolerance, the recent, tragic increase in anti-Semitism in France gives this story current significance.
Wednesday, May 4 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: Udin after his release into the Janthro Nature Reserve. Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. Nature
“The Last Orangutan Eden”

Ecologist Chris Morgan (“Bears of the Last Frontier”) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the efforts to save its wild orangutan population, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation. Working with a team of experienced researchers, he becomes immersed in a unique social band of wild orangs that use tools, share food, forage together and create their own distinct culture. Advanced cameras follow the orangs throughout the canopy to provide an intimate, clear picture of how these arboreal apes spend their days and nights and interact with one another.
Wednesday, May 4 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/11 at Noon ET

Pictured: Aerial Photograph - Gay Head Lighthouse in the process of being moved to a new footing NOVA
“Operation Lighthouse Rescue”

The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island’s cliffs. Join engineers as they race to rescue this national treasure.
Wednesday, May 4 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 5/5 at Noon ET

Pictured: historic photo of campus protesters Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Education
At many universities, race helps determine who’s admitted. But a Supreme Court case could soon end that nationwide. We trace this issue from 1946 to today, and examine what race-blind admissions might look like. Activists, lawyers, university officials, students, and people who fought segregation discuss what diversity means, whether it matters, and how we should–and shouldn't–be able to seek it.
Wednesday, May 4 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 5/10 at 1 pm ET


Pictured: program title graphic Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Join the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Westminster Choir in Princeton and Vienna as they celebrate Civil Rights advocate and philanthropist William H. Scheide with a performance of Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9. Actor John Lithgow narrates.
Thursday, May 5 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Author Beverly Cleary working at desk with cat Discovering Beverly Cleary
Author Beverly Cleary created some of the most loved characters in children’s literature, including Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins and Ralph S. Mouse, among many others. In Discovering Beverly Cleary, we will celebrate her life, her literature and her legacy.
Thursday, May 5 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: Ask the Doctors program logo Ask the Doctors
“The Brain and Stroke”

Area physicians visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. Host Dr. Jennifer Dehlin welcomes guests: Dr. Sonia Geschwindt, Neurological Surgery; Dr. Brian MacFalda, Neurology; and Bonnie Kilpela, Physician Assistant, Neurology. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, May 5 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/6 at Noon ET

Pictured: Assembling the old new house on the North Shore of Massachusetts. This Old House Hour
“Making New Look Old”

On the North Shore of Massachusetts, homeowners Bill and April Harb are building a traditional farmhouse will look as though it’s been there for 200 years, but the house is actually built in a factory 200 miles away with building methods at the forefront of innovation. This week: Erik installs clapboard siding. Roger and landscape architect Kim select salvaged granite for the yard. In the second half of the hour, Scott pumps up the party in Texas with festive deck lighting. Kevin investigates fireplace options.
Thursday, May 5 at 10 pm ET

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Join host Jim Koski for our 38th High School Bowl quiz tournament. U.P. and northern Wisconsin teams compete in a battle of speed and knowledge. Exercise your brain, play along and cheer on your local team.
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Host Bill Hart and guests explore the issues that are important to the people of the Upper Great Lakes region.
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