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Pictured: A dune in late summer. Photo credit: Pete Doherty Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability
For more than a century, North America's giants in manufacturing (US Steel, Standard Oil and Bethlehem Steel) and preservationists battled over a 47-mile stretch of sandy shore along Lake Michigan that contains one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet—the Indiana Dunes region. While the factories provided jobs and contributed to the community’s economic growth, they also wiped out a tremendous amount of rare habitat, and polluted the waterways. This documentary takes a look at the decades-long effort to create the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore amid the presence of heavy industry along Lake Michigan. It also highlights the collaborative effort to clean up and restore the region.
Tuesday, August 30 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic with Yakov Smirnoff Yakov Smirnoff’s Happily Ever Laughter: The Neuroscience of Romantic Relationships
Laugh and learn with the entertainer as he inspires viewers to bring back the honeymoon stage and keep it going. Using infectious charm and research-based advice, Yakov Smirnoff provides tools for sparking romantic relationships using love and laughter.
Tuesday, August 30 at 8 pm ET

Pictured: The Buckinghams perform several of their greatest hits, including Hey Baby (TheyÕre Playing Our Song) and Kind of a Drag. Cornerstones of Rock: A Soundstage Special
Take a nostalgic trip back to the 60s and 70s with a reunion of garage bands whose rocking hits had people dancing across the U.S. Eight legendary bands – The Buckinghams, The Ides of March, The American Breed, The Shadows of Knight, The Standells, The Cryan’ Shames, The New Colony Six and The McCoys – perform their best-known songs before a live audience .at WTTW’s Grainger Studio in Chicago where the groundbreaking music series Soundstage began more than 40 years ago.
Tuesday, August 30 at 9:30 pm ET


Pictured: Sheldrick Daphne with Schmetty - trunk kiss My Wild Affair
“The Elephant Who Found A Mom”

Hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart. The first of four parts tells the story of how the death of a baby elephant led to the rescue of more than 150 elephant orphans. This is the heartbreaking story of Aisha, the baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne leaves Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter’s wedding. Aisha believes she has lost Daphne for good and refuses to eat, leading to her death. Heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learned from Aisha’s short life to help her save more than 150 orphans over the next 40 years.
Wednesday, August 31 at Noon ET

Pictured: Soprano Daniela Fally and the Vienna BoysÕ Choir perform ÒLittle Brother and SistersÓ from the operetta Die Fledermaus A Salute to Vienna
Celebrate the musical heritage of Vienna in this lavish music and dance gala concert from the historic Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria. Hosted by world-famous mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade and Academy Award-winning actor and Vienna native Maximilian Schell, special guests include The Vienna Boys’ Choir, Russell Watson, dancers from the Association of the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Symphony Orchestra of the Volksoper Vienna and an international cast of top singing stars.
Wednesday, August 31 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Jerry Yarnell painting in the tv studio Paint This with Jerry Yarnell
With a calm and reassuring style that is unmatched by any other art instructor, Jerry guides students through fine-art techniques that can be practiced at home. What separates this new series from his older work is the culmination of his entire career to date (over 30 years) brought to the viewer in the form of his best work ever. This week: Jerry creates his Rocky Mountains composition and sketches in the basic components of the landscape.
Wednesdays at 3 pm ET, begins August 31

Pictured: Chantek in Zoo Atlanta My Wild Affair
“The Ape Who Went to College”

This is the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”
Wednesday, August 31 at 8 pm ET

Pictured: tugboat washed into town by tsunami NOVA
“Japan's Killer Quake”

The March 11, 2011, earthquake in Japan was the world’s fourth-largest earthquake since record keeping began in 1900 and the worst ever to shake Japan. The seismic shock wave released more than 4,000 times the energy of the largest nuclear test ever conducted; it shifted the earth’s axis by six inches and shortened the day by a few millionths of a second. The tsunami slammed Japan’s coast with 30-feet-high waves that traveled six miles inland, obliterating entire towns in a matter of minutes. “Japan’s Killer Quake” combines authoritative on-the-spot reporting, personal stories of tragedy and survival, compelling eyewitness videos, explanatory graphics and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.
Wednesday, August 31 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 9/1 at Noon ET

Pictured: Dr Derek Muller at Fukushima, Japan. Uranium - Twisting the Dragon’s Tail
“Part 2”

Join physicist Dr. Derek Muller to unlock the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements. Uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction; revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare; and profoundly shaped the past. Part 2 of 2.
Wednesday, August 31 at 10 pm ET

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Millions of dollars are hanging in the balance in a legal battle between local governments and big business over the "Dark Store" taxation theory in Michigan. This new documentary by NMU Professor Dwight Brady and journalism students explores the issues.
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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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