August 2018 Program HighlightsAll programs air on Channel 13.1 unless noted.
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Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest-running cooking show on public television, presents the “best of the best” Italian regional recipes found in each of the twenty-two regions of Italy, from the Piedmont to Molise, the Veneto to Umbria, Puglia to Calabria. This week: Sicilian Almond Lemon Cake.
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm ET, begins August 1, also airs at 9 pm ET on TV13/PLUS 13.3
Over the course of a year, journey with the people and animals of the Kimberley region in North West Australia: a vast, rugged and remote wilderness, bursting with character.This week, meet the diverse humans and creatures who inhabit the Kimberley region, a stunning Western Australia landscape that boasts some of the toughest characters and most spectacular wilderness in existence. 3-part series.
Wednesdays at 8 pm ET, August 1, 8 & 15
Repeats Wednesdays at Noon ET
Wonders of Mexico
Travel south along Mexico’s mountain spine, explore the tropical forests of the Maya, and journey across the deserts of northern Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture in this new 3-part series. This week, venture into a secret underworld that holds the key to life. Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, home to the Maya, is a forest rich in wildlife, including monkeys, jaguars and vibrant tropical birds.
Wednesdays at 9 pm ET, August 1, 8 & 15
Repeats Fridays at 2 pm ET
The Breaks: Centuries of Struggle
The 19th century witnessed the Breaks Canyon ('Grand Canyon of the South') become a coveted area for settlers, moonshiners, railroaders and lumberjacks. Yet as resource exploitation grew, a citizen-led preservation movement emerged and would rescue the Breaks from becoming just another lost Appalachian treasure. This documentary, narrated by Mike Rowe of 'Deadliest Catch' and 'Dirty Jobs' looks at the past, present, and future of the Breaks as it continues to be under threat today.
Thursday, August 2 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 8/3 at Noon ET
Brandi Carlile in Concert - A Bluegrass Underground Special
Deep inside The Caverns, Bluegrass Underground presents a concert special by roots-rocker Brandi Carlile. With amazing vocals, string arrangements and searing guitar, here are personal songs of love, joy and loss from a growing Americana legend.
Friday, August 3 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 8/8 at 2 pm ET
“Neighborhood Business Legislation”
A review of legislative proposals by Michigan House Democrats to support small businesses and entrepreneurship. The package, dubbed Neighborhood Business, Neighborhood Growth, includes a small business preference in state procurement, a retirement insurance option, and a new state services office aimed solely at small business owners.
Saturday, August 4 at 6:30 pm ET
Downton Abbey Season 4 on Masterpiece
Season 4 of the international hit finds aristocrats coping with last season’s shocking finale. Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate. This week, the fates of several characters converge at a glittering house party. Gregson impresses Robert, and Anna faces trouble.
Continues Sundays at 7 pm ET
Sherlock Season 4 on Masterpiece
“The Six Thatchers”
The mercurial Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife, Mary (Amanda Abbington), prepare for their biggest challenge yet: becoming parents. Enjoy 3 encore episodes.
Sundays at 9 pm ET, August 5, 12 & September 2
Repeats Tuesdays at 1 pm ET
The Tunnel: Vengeance
Don't miss the final episode of The Tunnel series! Karl and Elise face a tense and gripping showdown with the Pied Piper. There is also closure at last for Charlie Moreau, as Karl and Olivier uncover the truth about his abduction. Series finale.
Sunday, August 5 at 10:37 pm ET
Splash and Bubbles: Pole-to-Pole
Narwhales and penguins and humpbacks, oh my! The Reeftown Rangers set off an a migratory adventure from the Antarctic to the Arctic in this SPLASH AND BUBBLES event.
Monday, August 6 at 10 am ET
Repeats 8/8 & 8/10 at 10 am ET
A village woman without a high school diploma has become China’s most famous poet. Meet the breakout writer Yu Xihua, a woman with cerebral palsy, poignantly weaving her personal story with that of an ascendant, urbanizing China.
Monday, August 6 at 10 pm ET
Join Martha Stewart as she celebrates the 10th season of MARTHA BAKES. She'll be sharing all of the techniques needed for picture-perfect creations. Martha, with her special guests, presents her modern approach to baking. This week: Learn techniques to transform one basic recipe into three stunning celebration cakes: a berry chiffon cake, a confection-topped caramel chiffon cake, and an awe-inspiring woodland stump cake that's truly a modern yule log masterpiece.
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins August 7, also airs at 8 pm ET on TV13/PLUS 13.3
“Documenting Hate: Charlottesville”
Exposing the white supremacists and Neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville rally. An investigation with ProPublica shows how some of those behind the racist violence went unpunished and continued to operate around the country.
Tuesday, August 7 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 8/8 at 1 pm ET
Legacy in Stone
In 1961 an amazing discovery of ancient Clovis points was uncovered in Fairfield, Idaho. This is the story of that discovery and subsequent examination of these artifacts. Archeologists come together to demonstrate the art, science and skill of flint-knapping which created this exquisite 12,000 year old cache. Pictured: Clovis points on display.
Thursday, August 9 at 8 pm ET
Hillary: Series Finale
After suffering a medical emergency, Hillary devotes himself to building schools and hospitals in Nepal. He faces his biggest struggle yet – forgiving himself – when Louise and their youngest child die in a plane crash on the way to visit him. Series finale.
Thursday, August 9 at 10 pm ET
Celebrate Chicago's vibrant music culture with performances by Renee Fleming, Broadway's Jessie Mueller, rap artist Lupe Fiasco, folk legend John Prine, pop and gospel singer Michelle Williams and world-renowned tenor Matthew Polezani. Pictured: Renee Fleming and John Prine.
Friday, August 10 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 8/15 at 2 pm ET
“Ghost Town Revival”
The Copper Country has many ghost towns, and one former mining community is being partly restored by the Keweenaw County Historical Society. We talk about the Village of Central with Historical Society President Larry Malloy, Trustee Mike Cooper and regional historian Russ Magnaghi. (Repeat from July)
Saturday, August 11 at 6:30 pm ET
“Our Man in Tehran (Parts 1 & 2)”
A fascinating and revealing view of life inside Iran, with NYTimes correspondent Thomas Erdbrink. With humor and curiosity, he shares a rare journey into a private Iran often at odds with its conservative clerics and leaders. 2-parts series airs 2 consecutive evenings.
Monday, August 13 at 9 pm ET & Tuesday, August 14 at 9 pm ET
Travels with Darley
Follow host Darley Newman as she travels with local people in beautiful and awe-inspiring locations to experience history, culture, food, music, art and adventure. Each episode introduces viewers to diverse cultures and traditions and what makes each location truly unique.
Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, begins August 14, also airs at 9 pm ET on TV13/PLUS
Live from Lincoln Center
“Sutton Foster in Concert”
Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster brings her irresistible talent and effusive charm to the intimate Appel Room for a special night with a special guest, two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Glee).
Wednesday, August 15 at 1 pm ET
Doing the Reptile Rumba from the Rainforest of Ranomafana
Meet Erik Callender, a herpetologist and veterinary technician who has turned his lifelong fascination with reptiles into a professional teaching career. Travel with Erik to the Ranomafana rainforest in Madagascar, where he engages with the locals, studies the animals, feeds the crocodiles, and introduces the children of two cultures to some of the most fascinating creatures on earth — as well as to each other through webcasts.
Thursday, August 16 at 1 pm ET
A City at War: Chicago
Chronicles changes in America’s major cities when individuals and businesses were transformed by World War II, and the government's need for war materials. Pictured: Women polish a torpedo flask in 1943 at the Amertorp Ordinance Corporation in Forest Park, Illinois. Chicago Tribune historical photo.
Thursday, August 16 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 8/17 at Noon ET
We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told
Chronicles the unrecognized history of jazz in Pittsburgh, PA, featuring the talents of international jazz legends George Benson, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Eckstine, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams—all Pittsburghers. Using archival footage and photos, the film also sheds light on the social conditions and historical events that conspired to make Pittsburgh one of the world's leading contributors to the legacy of jazz music.
Thursday, August 16 at 10 pm ET
The Great British Baking Show: Final
Three finalists attempt pastry perfection with a Signature pithivier. Then, after one of the most intricate Technical challenges ever devised–fondant fancies–they're on to the Showstopper: a masterpiece made with notoriously difficult chiffon sponge. Season finale.
Final airs Friday, August 17 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 8/20 at 1 pm ET
Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act
In his popular lecture, Rick shares his views on the importance of traveling outside the United States in order to experience other cultures, broaden one's perspective and gain empathy toward people who may live and think differently.
Friday, August 17 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 8/20 at 2 pm ET
“Joselyn Benson: Candidate for Michigan Secretary of State”
A discussion with presumed Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State, Joselyn Benson from Detroit, addressing issues of interest to voters.
Saturday, August 18 at 6:30 pm ET
Guardians of the Great Lakes: The Michigan Shore
Experience a fascinating and scenic tour of the lofty lighthouses protecting the lives of Great Lakes sailors since 1825, and hear the enduring stories of the keepers of the light. Pictured: Tawas Point Lighthouse, Michigan.
Saturday, August 18 at 7 pm ET
Repeats 8/20 at Noon ET & 8/23 at 8 pm ET
The Tenors: Fan Favorites
Experience the soaring harmonies and timeless songs of the popular and prolific trio. This intimate performance features songs from Motown, Broadway classics from West Side Story, selections from The Great American Songbook and more.
Saturday, August 18 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 8/21 at 1 pm ET
Grateful Dead – Downhill from Here
Captures a classic performance filmed in the summer of 1989 at Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin, a favorite venue of Deadheads.
Saturday, August 18 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 8/22 at 1 pm ET & 8/24 at 9 pm ET
Song of the Mountains
Enjoy a showcase of the best talents in bluegrass and old-time country music from the heart of the Southern Appalachian region where it all began. Performances are taped live at the beautifully restored Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. Hosted by Tim White.
Saturdays at Midnight, begins August 18
Poldark Season 3 on Masterpiece
The third season finds Poldark in revolutionary France, where the firebrands outdo even Warleggan for ruthlessness. In part 1, George has everything going for him; Demelza’s brothers begin preaching; Caroline and Dwight elope.
Sundays at 8 pm ET, begins August 19
Wings Over Grand Canyon
Experience the canyon in all its splendor on a 1,000-mile air journey celebrating the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park. Follows the Colorado River from Castle Valley in Utah to the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Lake Mead in Nevada, with views of Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell, the Little Colorado River Gorge and the ultimate, the Grand Canyon National Park itself.
Monday, August 20 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 8/24 at Noon ET
The Australian Pink Floyd Show - Everything Under the Sun
Concert special recorded during the 2016 tour of Australia's Pink Floyd Tribute band is bursting with beloved hits recreating the musical and visual concert experience of one of rock music's most iconic groups. Enjoy astonishing note-for-note rendering of Pink Floyd's music, evocative atmosphere, lasers and even Skippy the Kangaroo (the band's mascot.)
Monday, August 20 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 8/24 at 2 pm ET
Healing Beyond Medicine
Non-traditional healing methods are gaining acceptance within the medical community. Explore the healing power of music and touch, as well as the powerful bonds between people and the animals who help them live with daily health challenges.
Monday, August 20 at 11 pm ET
Wild Kratts Alaska: Hero’s Journey
While creature adventuring in Alaska, one of Aviva’s inventions falls overboard and attaches to a sockeye salmon — jumpstarting a wild chase upriver through the wilderness. The Wild Kratts track the incredible salmon run — a quest fraught with obstacles and amazing creature connections around every bend.
Tuesday, August 21 at 6 am ET
Betty White: First Lady of Television
Celebrate the beloved star’s 80th anniversary in show business with this warm look at her life and career. Features tributes from her friends and co-stars including Ryan Reynolds, Valerie Bertinelli, Tina Fey, Carl Reiner and more.
Tuesday, August 21 at 8 pm ET & Saturday, August 25 at 7 pm ET
Repeats 8/28 at 1 pm ET
Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like
Join host Michael Keaton to celebrate "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood," the pioneering children's series that premiered nationally 50 years ago. Keaton worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the series in the 1970s. Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and Caroll Spinney reveal their favorite memories from the series.
Tuesday, August 21 at 9:30 pm ET
Repeats 8/27 at Noon ET
“Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants”
What does it take to relocate a herd of wild giraffes in Africa? One man, his family and a band of enthusiastic helpers will journey across the wild heart of Uganda and the mighty Nile River to move the world’s rarest and most precious “cargo.” Pictured: Six wild endangered Rothschild’s giraffes.
Wednesday, August 22 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 8/29 at Noon ET
GI Jews - Jewish Americans in World War II
Discover the story of the 550,000 brave Jewish Americans who served in World War II, fighting not only for their country, but for their beliefs and brethren across the world. Pictured: Carl Reiner in uniform in 1943.
Wednesday, August 22 at 9:30 pm ET
Repeats 8/23 at 1 pm ET
Nathan Carter: Celtic Country
Join the country and Irish music sensation for a concert performance recorded live at 3Arena in Dublin. Nathan sings a variety of country and Irish classics, including his breakout hit “Wagon Wheel,” and plays the accordion, piano and guitar.
Thursday, August 23 at 9:30 pm ET
Repeats 8/27 at 1:30 pm ET
Join the adventure as Emmy awarded host Jeffrey Lehmann takes you to incredibly scenic destinations throughout North America and the world in the award-winning Weekend Explorer television series. Each episode features a unique destination and searches out that area's best kept secrets as well as exploring traditional landmarks. Experience the new spirit of travel with the host, while learning about each destination through his informative and humorous narrative that includes culture, history, nature, and wildlife. This week, Glacier Country, Montana.
Saturdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins August 25
Nearly 11% of Michigan adults have diabetes with millions more at risk, and it remains the seventh leading cause of death. We discuss diabetes numbers, programs and strategies in the Upper Peninsula with Family Medicine Physician Michael Grossman and U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network Director Ann Constance. (Repeat from July)
Saturday, August 25 at 6:30 pm ET
The Welk Stars: Through the Years
This special is a compilation of outstanding musical production numbers saluting the beloved members of the Lawrence Welk Musical Family. Eighteen Welk solo and group artists are spotlighted in short biographies, illustrated by their personal collections of photographs. Featured are Anacani, Bobby Burgess, Jo Ann Castle, Henry Cuesta, Dick Dale, Ken Delo, Arthur Duncan, Ralna English, Joe Feeney, Myron Floren, Guy Hovis, Jack Imel, Lennon Sisters, Mary Lou Metzger, Tom Netherton, Bob Ralston, Jimmy Roberts and Norma Zimmer.
Saturday, August 25 at 8:30 pm & Sunday, August 26 at 4 pm ET
Market to Market
Market to Market’s team of experienced analysts provides expert analysis of the major commodity markets and delivers insight into trends and strategies that help agricultural producers and processors cope with changing times.
Sundays at 2 pm ET, begins August 26.
Zoltan Maga: Live from Budapest with David Foster
Join the Hungarian violinist and legendary songwriter for a musical extravaganza featuring special guests Katharine McPhee, Sheléa, opera superstar Aida and tenor Fernando Varela. Recorded live on New Year’s Day 2018 at the Budapest Arena.
Monday, August 27 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 8/29 at 1:30 pm ET
Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake
This program documents an extraordinary musical experience at the edge of Oregon's Crater Lake, known as giiwas to the Klamath Tribes. More than 130 musicians – including classical musicians and Klamath drummers – gather at Crater Lake National Park to perform the world premiere of a powerful score inspired by the legendary lake.
Monday, August 27 at 10:30 pm ET
Ancient Invisible Cities
Professor Darius Arya explores the hidden secrets of three of the most fascinating cities of the ancient world: Athens, Cairo and Istanbul. 3D scans allow us to view the architectural jewels of these cities as they've never been seen before. This week: Uncover the hidden secrets of ancient Athens, the city that gave the world democracy.
Wednesdays at 9 pm ET, begins August 29
Repeats Fridays at 2 pm ET
“Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018”
Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, featuring conductor Valery Gergiev and internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko as a guest soloist.
Thursday, August 30 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 8/31 at Noon ET
Koko - The Gorilla Who Talks
In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, the now-famous Koko continues to redraw the line between people and animals.
Thursday, August 30 at 10 pm ET
Eva Hesse: American Masters
Discover the story of an artist whose groundbreaking work changed the course of art history. The 1960s creative communities in New York and Germany were never the same after her short but highly influential career.
Friday, August 31 at 9 pm ET