May 2018 Program Highlights
This magazine-style series opens windows to our natural heritage with timely stories and accurate reports on conservation, science, and outdoor adventure. Learn how conservationists, fishermen, hunters and outdoor recreationists are sharing responsibilities for protecting America's natural heritage for future generations.
Tuesdays at 2:30 pm ET, and Thursdays at 4:30 pm ET (also airs Thursdays at 8 pm ET on TV13/PLUS)
“Blackout in Puerto Rico”
Investigate the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. With NPR, the film examines how the federal response, Wall Street, and years of neglect have left the island struggling to survive.
Tuesday, May 1 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 5/3 at 1 pm ET
Aging Matters - Aging & The Workplace
Documentary explores what the workforce of tomorrow will look like and what employers need to do now to adapt and prepare for the future in an aging America.
Wednesday, May 2 at 2:30 pm ET
Ask the Judges
Area judges visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. This week’s guests are: Hon. Julie LaCost, 41st District Court Judge, Iron County; Hon. Cheryl Hill, Probate Court Judge, Marquette County; Hon. Thomas L. Solka, Retired Circuit Court Judge, Marquette County. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, May 3 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/4 at Noon ET
Music Row: Nashville’s Most Famous Neighborhood
New documentary narrated by Pam Tillis focuses on the rise of the Grand Ole Opry and recording studios in downtown Nashville that led to the city's title as Music City USA. It also looks at the beginning of Music Row and how it developed into a neighborhood housing the full spectrum of the music industry – from session musicians and recording engineers, to record labels and entertainment lawyers.
Thursday, May 3 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 5/10 at 1 pm ET
Live from Lincoln Center
“Stephanie J. Block in Concert”
Stephanie J. Block, a show-stopping Tony-nominated performer who was featured in Lincoln Center Theater's Falsettos as well as in Wicked and The Boy from Oz, unleashes her immense voice and bold charisma for a special night of cabaret.
Friday, May 4 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 5/7 at 2 pm ET
The Jazz Ambassadors
Discover how the Cold War and Civil Rights movement collided when America asked Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially charged Soviet propaganda through their music.
Friday, May 4 at 10 pm ET
NMU Spring Commencement 2018
Live coverage of Northern Michigan University’s spring commencement ceremonies broadcast from the Superior Dome. Congratulations graduates and families! This year's keynote speaker is Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
Saturday, May 5 at 10:30 am ET
“Making Votes Matter, Part 1”
A survey of proposals aimed at increasing voter response. Topics include voter behavior, a proposed constitutional amendment to lift certain voter restrictions in Michigan, and efforts to address issues with political gerrymandering. (Repeat from April)
Saturday, May 5 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 5/6 at 2:30 pm ET
The World of Ice Dance International
This unique and creative celebration on ice combines two beloved art forms: figure skating and dance, unbound by the technical rules of competitive skating. Features the repertoire of Ice Dance International, a ballet company on ice, with guest appearances and interviews with stars and friends from the worlds of skating and dance.
Saturday, May 5 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/7 at Noon ET
Call the Midwife Season 7
“Part 8 - Season Finale”
In the season finale: The team rallies to prepare for Sister Monica Joan's birthday. Meanwhile, the closing of a nearby maternity home brings an influx of expectant mothers to the Nonnatus midwives. Lucille meets Olive, whose father has a secret he can no longer keep.
Sunday, May 6 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/7 at 1 pm ET
“No Man's Land”
Go inside the 2016 standoff at Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge between anti-government protestors and federal authorities. With remarkable access, the film documents the occupation from inception to its dramatic demise.
Monday, May 7 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 5/9 at 1 pm ET
“Myanmar's Killing Fields”
Secret footage going back years shows the effort to kill and expel Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar. With accounts from victims and witnesses, the film examines evidence that security forces committed crimes against humanity.
Tuesday, May 8 at 10 pm ET
Spectrum: A Story of the Mind
Explore the beautiful sensory world of autism with Dr. Temple Grandin. This is an in-depth examination of the complex autistic mind, told through the lens of individuals across the spectrum. Imagine a world where words taste and thoughts feel, where sounds swell with color and leaves on trees change tones visible to the naked eye, and where eye contact with another can cause physical pain. Dr. Temple Grandin, the most well-known autistic person in the world, breaks down the link between autism and sensory experiences with descriptions illustrated with vivid animation.
Wednesday, May 9 at 2:30 pm ET
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. Brian MacFalda, Neurology; Dr. Sonia Geschwindt, Neurosurgery; and Dr. Julianne Kirkham, Ph.D., Neuropsychology. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, May 10 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/11 at Noon ET
4 Wheel Bob
Learn the story of Bob Coomber, who sets out to become the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada of California. Follows Bob’s inspirational journey while encouraging us to look at our own self-imposed limitations and reach beyond what we think is possible.
Thursday, May 10 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 5/16 at 1 pm ET
Live from Lincoln Center
“Andrew Rannells in Concert”
Known for his Tony-nominated, Grammy-winning performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon and as Elijah in HBO's Girls, Andrew Rannells brings his signature blend of superb vocal prowess and wry wit to a sparkling set of songs.
Friday, May 11 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 5/14 at 2 pm ET
“Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do”
Enjoy a portrait of legendary Broadway performer Rivera, star of West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago. New performance footage, archival clips and interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen, Carol Lawrence highlight this career retrospective.
Friday, May 11 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 5/16 at 2 pm ET
“Dealing with Homelessness”
A look at the different forms and needs of homelessness in the Marquette community. This discussion will look at transitional housing, emergency shelters, low-income housing, mobility impaired residents and hospice patients, and what local groups are doing to serve the various housing needs.
Saturday, May 12 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 5/13 at 2:30 pm ET
2017 World Dancesport Grandslam Series
The World Dancesport Grandslam Series is back, featuring the best competitive dancers in the world vying for the most prestigious titles and the prize money in the world of dance. As the top dancers in the various dance styles meet up at different locations around the globe, cameras are trained on every step they take. 6-part series.
Saturdays at 8 pm ET, begins May 12
Repeats 5/14 at Noon ET
Little Women on Masterpiece
As engaging today as in 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s story follows sisters Jo (Maya Hawke), Meg (Willa Fitzgerald), Beth (Annes Elwy) and Amy (Kathryn Newton) who, together with Laurie (Jonah Hauer-King), journey to adulthood. The cast also includes Emily Watson, Angela Lansbury, Dylan Baker and Michael Gambon.
Sundays, May 13 & 20 at 8 pm ET
Repeats Mondays at 1 pm ET
Royal Wedding Watch
Each weeknight leading up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, PBS presents a series of programs highlighting preparations in London, with segments on royal wedding etiquette and protocol.
Monday-Thursday 5/14-17 at 10 pm, Friday 5/18 at 10:30 pm
Following in the footsteps of a wandering Florida black bear, three friends leave civilization and enter a lost American wilderness on a rugged thousand-mile journey by foot, paddle, and bike.
Thursday, May 17 at 1 pm ET
Ask the DNR
“Water Sports, Camping and Recreation”
Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers on this live broadcast. This month’s guests are DNR Deputy Director Bill O’Neill, from Lansing; Conservation Officer Mark Leadman from Marquette; Fisheries Biologist Cory Kovacs from Newberry; and Wildlife Biologist Karen Sexton from Escanaba. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, May 17 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/18 at Noon ET
Hedy Lamarr: American Masters
Discover the story of the most beautiful woman in the world, who was also an ingenious inventor. Her pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication, including WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.
Friday, May 18 at 9 pm ET
The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
Watch the much-anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, live from St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.
Saturday, May 19, 4:15-9 am ET
“Making Votes Matter, Part 2”
The discussion about voter access, integrity and accountability continues with Marquette County Clerk Linda Talsma, Marquette City Clerk Kris Hazeres and retired NMU political science Professor Robert Kulisheck. Single party voting, polls, and gerrymandering are addressed. (Repeat from April)
Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 5/20 at 2:30 pm ET
Louisa May Alcott: American Masters
Examine the literary double life of this celebrated author, who wrote scandalous works under a pseudonym. Elizabeth Marvel and Jane Alexander star.
Sunday, May 20 at 10:04 pm ET
Repeats 5/22 at 1 pm ET
“ACORN and the Firestorm”
Explore the politically charged battle to take down ACORN, a controversial national community-organizing group. Working with lower income communities, the group was investigated by undercover journalists, cutting to the heart of the political divide.
Monday, May 21 at 10 pm ET
The Great American Read
Examine the power, passion and joy of reading through the lens of America's 100 best-loved books chosen by the public. The series features reflections from notable and everyday citizens, culminating in a vote to choose "America’s Best-Loved Book."
Tuesday, May 22 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/23 at 1 pm ET
“The World's Most Wanted Animal”
Join conservationist Maria Diekmann in the crusade to save pangolins, the most trafficked animal in the world. Learn about these little-known yet highly desired scaly mammals whose basic biology remains a mystery, hampering conservation efforts.
Wednesday, May 23 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/30 at Noon ET
They Were Our Fathers
More than 20,000 American children lost their fathers in Vietnam. They Were Our Fathers shares the stories of these Gold Star sons and daughters as they honor their dads on Father’s Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
Thursday, May 24 at 1 pm ET
Do you remember your first carousel ride? Wendy Kirbey does, and when her hometown needed an economic boost she had an idea: build a carousel, from scratch, using old world craftsmanship. See how this idea transforms the community when a group of dedicated volunteers come together to design, hand carve and paint all of the animals needed to complete what many believe will be one of the most beautiful carousels ever created.
Thursday, May 24 at 2 pm ET
Ask the Doctors
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: To be announced. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, May 24 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/25 at Noon ET
America’s Ancient Industry
“Part 1 - Michigan's Role in Copper Mining”
Long before Stonehenge and the pyramids were built, a mining industry was flourishing in North America near the Lake Superior shores. This documentary takes us back in time to explore this fascinating story and highlights Michigan’s role in copper mining in ancient America. Part 2 airs May 31.
Thursday, May 24 at 10 pm
Repeats 5/25 at 2 pm ET
“The Opera House”
Explore the rich history of the Met Opera’s Lincoln Center home and the cultural life of 1950s-60s New York City. Features famed soprano Leontyne Price, the Met’s general manager Rudolf Bing, city planner Robert Moses and architect Wallace Harrison.
Friday, May 25 at 9 pm ET
A conversation with Michigan DNR Deputy Director Bill O'Neill on current outdoor issues and topics. A 31-year DNR veteran, O’Neill administers divisions that oversee wildlife and fisheries, state forests and parks, minerals and law enforcement. Media guest: Country 103 Host Adam Carpenter. Schedule Note: The episode originally scheduled for this week, Lead-Related Mortality, has been postponed.
Saturday, May 26 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 5/27 at 2:30 pm ET
The Lawrence Welk Show
“Salute to the Armed Forces (1968)”
Jack Imel does his hosting duties on this show from the Veterans' Memorial Museum in Branson, Missouri. (Schedule Note: Usually seen on Public TV 13 at 5 pm on Sundays, The Lawrence Welk Show will air at an earlier time tonight to make way for special programming.)
Sunday, May 27 at 4 pm ET
National Memorial Day Concert 2018
Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 29th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.
Sunday, May 27 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/28 at 1 pm ET
The U.P. Recalls The War
In this 2007 WNMU-TV production, people living in the Upper Peninsula recall World War II, sharing images and stories from the battlefields of Europe, and the home towns we know and love.
Sunday, May 27 at 9:30 pm ET
Repeats 5/29 at 1 pm ET
Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944
This documentary chronicles of the World War II massacre of 84 American soldiers in Belgium during the opening days of the famous "Battle of the Bulge." More than 130 American GIs were taken prisoner just outside the Belgian town of Malmedy and gunned down by the German SS. More than 50 Americans escaped and this is their story.
Sunday, May 27 at 10:30 pm ET
Mr. Tanimoto’s Journey
After the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, 120,000 American citizens of Japanese descent were wrongfully imprisoned in internment camps across the country. Jim Tanimoto, born in in California is the last living member of a group of men who bravely protested the loss of their constitutional rights.
Monday, May 28 at 2:30 pm ET
Going to War
Going to war brings terror, pain and grief, but also exhilaration and a sense of purpose. Authors Karl Marlantes and Sebastian Junger help make sense of this paradox, while military veterans reveal the truths of combat with unflinching candor.
Monday, May 28 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 5/29 at 2 pm ET
“Served Like a Girl”
Join five remarkable women rebuilding their lives with humor and heart in the Ms. Veteran America Competition. Wounded in action and transitioning to civilian life, these women seek to help others struggling with homelessness, PTSD, and other trauma.
Monday, May 28 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 5/31 at 1 pm ET
The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience
Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. It remained in force for more than 60 years.
Tuesday, May 29 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 5/30 at 1 pm ET
Search for the USS Scorpion
This special visits the front lines of marine archaeology trying to piece together a mystery of history from the War of 1812 in Chesapeake Bay.
Thursday, May 31 at 2:30 pm ET
MiWeek: Mackinac Gubernatorial Debate
Live debate from the Mackinac Policy Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island will feature the top three Democratic and top three Republican candidates for Michigan Governor. Hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public TV.
Live Thursday, May 31 at 6 pm ET. Repeat at 9 pm ET on TV13/PLUS 13.3.
Ask the Certified Financial Planners
During this live broadcast professionals from the Financial Planning Association of Michigan answer calls from viewers about personal finances, financial strategies and financial services. Host g.g.gordon welcomes guests to be announced.
Thursday, May 31 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 6/1 at Noon ET
America’s Ancient Industry
“Part 2 - Travel Routes”
In this new sequel to the original 2013 "America’s Ancient Industry," learn more about Michigan’s role in ancient copper mining, and examine the water routes that ancient miners traveled and sites they visited.
Thursday, May 31 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 6/1 at 2 pm ET