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Wednesday

Pictured: Researcher holds an American crow Nature
“A Murder of Crows”

Crows do not have the best of reputations. They are generally dismissed as spooky — Hitchcock used them quite successfully to frighten moviegoers — or as a general nuisance; scarecrows were, after all, invented to scare crows away from crops. But their image is about to take a turn. New research has shown that they are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other’s voices and 250 distinct calls. They are social, mate for life and raise their young for as long as five years. They’re able to recognize individual humans and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later. Crow experts from around the world sing their praises and present the viewer with captivating new footage of crows as they’ve never been seen before.
Wednesday, October 22 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/29 at Noon ET

Pictured: Balloons over Fontainbleau NOVA
“Ben Franklin's Balloons”

The first stage in the adventure of human flight began with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th-century Paris, where a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers developed all the essential features of today’s hot air and gas balloons. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, who was serving in Paris as the American ambassador. To explore this burst of innovation, NOVA re-creates key flights, including the world’s first manned voyage on November 21, 1783. A descendant of the Montgolfier brothers, who invented the hot-air balloon, will join a team to build an accurate replica of the fragile paper and canvas craft using 18th-century tools and materials. NOVA evokes the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.
Wednesday, October 22 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/23 at Noon ET

Pictured: Host Steven Johnson How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson
“Glass”

In episode 3 of 6, host Steven Johnson considers how the invention of the mirror gave rise to the Renaissance, how glass lenses allow us to reveal worlds within worlds and how, deep beneath the ocean, glass is essential to communication. He learns about the daring exploits of glassmakers who were forced to work under threat of the death penalty, a physics teacher who liked to fire molten glass from a crossbow and a scientist whose tinkering with a glass lens allowed 600 million people to see a man set foot on the moon. The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass.
Wednesday, October 22 at 10 pm ET

Thursday

Pictured: program title graphic Is School Enough?
Examine a new frontier that could reshape education — the importance of breaking out of the classroom and connecting students to the wider world. This approach encourages young people to learn from what they care about most. As one expert puts it, school should not just be preparation for life — but “life itself.” Featuring some of the nation’s most forward-thinking educators, the program chronicles powerful stories that show that young people, when given the opportunity to participate in solving real problems and pursuing projects important to them, will excel.
Thursday, October 23 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Ask the Doctors program logo Ask the Doctors
“Women's Health”

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. Series is now shown in HD on Thursday nights on TV13HD, Channel 13.2.
Thursday, October 23 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/24 at Noon ET

Pictured: Charlestown project house This Old House Hour
“Charlestown Project, Part 4”

Richard stops by the Charlestown Navy Yard to see a special guest arrive — the last wooden whaling ship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, built c.1840. Tom shows Norm the progress on the approved dormer and how he’s waterproofing its low slope roof. Inside, insulation is in and wallboard is going up. In the second half of the hour, the guys tackle practical solutions for drought. Roger visits Las Vegas to replace a water-guzzling lawn with a desert appropriate alternative. Kevin meets with meteorologist Jim Cantore to hear cautionary tales from the front lines of the drought. And Richard travels to San Francisco to replace an old-fashioned toilet with a new “water sense” solution.
Thursday, October 23 at 10 pm ET

October Program Highlights

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Inform yourself before voting in the November 4 election with these videos from WNMU-TV and Detroit Public Television:

MiVote Supreme Court Forum
Town Hall with Gov Rick Snyder and Rep Mark Schauer
Media Meet: Michigan 108th District Candidate Forum
Media Meet: Michigan 109th District Candidate Forum

Coming Soon -
Media Meet: Jerry Cannon, Candidate for Congress
Media Meet: Rep. Dan Benishek, Candidate for Congress

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Join host G.G. Gordon for our 36th 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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