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WNMU-TV Festival! 22 Programs

Festival! 22 airs Saturday, February 26 – Monday, March 14

From discovering the history of skiing to meeting kantele player Melvin Kangas and Italian craftsmen and women, a variety of specials will explore the area's culture, people and history. This year’s Festival schedule also features concert specials with the Irish trio Trinity as well as songs from esteemed songwriters Lerner and Loewe, a celebration of PBS NewsHour, advice on feeling happier and so much more.

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Below is a complete list of WNMU-TV Festival! 22 pledge programs. Shows are organized week by week. All programs are on 13.1 unless otherwise noted. 

John Denver: Country Roads - Live in England

John Denver: Country Roads
Live in England
John Denver was one of the best loved recording artists of the 20th century. This concert is filmed at the Birmingham NEC in 1986 and features his fine voice and easy-going manner while showcasing his superb song writing skills.   

Saturday, February 26 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 3/12 at 8:30 pm ET.

Slavery By Another Name

Slavery By Another Name
Explore the little-known story of the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South that persisted into the 20th century. Laurence Fishburne narrates. 

Sunday, February 27 at 7 pm ET.

America's Home Cooking: Stuffed

America's Home Cooking Stuffed
From ravioli and dumplings, to pierogies and empanadas, stuffed foods are a staple in many cultures. While labor intensive, the end result juxtaposes flaky with creamy, smooth with crunchy, or rich with mild. Host and chef Chris Fennimore explores the culinary tradition behind stuffed foods before preparing some of these classic comfort foods. 

Sunday, February 27 at 9 pm ET.

Antiques Roadshow: Desert Botanical Garden Part 2

Antiques Roadshow
Desert Botanical Garden Part 2
Discover an oasis of ROADSHOW treasures at the Desert Botanical Garden, plus a $50,000-$75,000 find! 

Monday, February 28 at 8 pm ET.

Safe Money in Tough Times with Jonathan Pond

Safe Money in Tough Times with Jonathan Pond
Investment advisor Jonathan Pond provides guidance to help viewers cope with the personal financial changes and challenges ahead in current times.

Monday, February 28 at 9 pm ET.

Aging Backwards 2 with Miranda Esmonde-White

Aging Backwards 2 with Miranda Esmonde-White
People can remain mobile, healthy, and pain free throughout their entire lives. The fountain of youth is within each of us, and Esmonde-White can teach you how to access it.

Tuesday, March 1 at 8 pm ET.

Italy Made with Love

Italy Made with Love
Travel throughout Italy to meet some of the country’s most remarkable artisans, highlighting the talent and dedication that only they can pass on to the next generation of apprentices. 

Wednesday, March 2 at 8 pm ET. 

Ken Burns: The National Parks

Ken Burns The National Parks
Explore the beauty and grandeur of our nation’s magnificent parks, from Acadia to Yosemite.  

Wednesday, March 2 at 9:30 pm ET.

The Fabulous History of Skiing
Trace the evolution of locomotion on two slats of wood—from cave art and a form of 19th century transportation to the leisure sport we know today.

Thursday, March 3 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 3/4 at 2:30 pm ET.

Winona A Copper Country Ghost Town

Winona A Copper Country Ghost Town
Winona, a former copper mining town, is fast becoming a "ghost town.”  The town’s population has shrunk from an estimated 1,000 in 1920 to perhaps 13 residents today.  Noted documentary filmmaker and sociologist Dr. Michael Loukinen explores the community’s history and demise, and introduces us to today’s “Winonans”. 

Thursday, March 3 at 9 pm ET.

High School Bowl Mackinaw City vs. Lake Linden; Iron Mountain vs. Kingsford

High School Bowl
Mackinaw City vs. Lake Linden; Iron Mountain vs. Kingsford
A special fundraiser edition of High School Bowl you don't want to miss. Part of Festival! 22.   

Saturday, March 5 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 3/7 at 2:30 pm ET.

An Evening with Lerner & Loewe: Broadway in Concert

An Evening with Lerner & Loewe Broadway in Concert
Join us for a musical celebration of the glamorous and witty songwriting duo, Lerner & Loewe, featuring music from their iconic canon of shows including My Fair Lady, Gigi, Camelot, and more. 

Saturday, March 5 at 9:30 pm ET.  Repeats 3/8 at 2:30 pm ET.

Lawrence Welk's Big Band Splash

Lawrence Welk's Big Band Splash
Doc Severinsen hosts a celebration of the Big Band Era's classic hits, performed by the Lawrence Welk Orchestra and the talented Musical Family.  

Sunday, March 6 at 7 pm ET.

Agatha and The Curse of Ishtar

Agatha and The Curse of Ishtar
In the late 1920s, author Agatha Christie traveled to the deserts of Iraq for an archaeological dig. There she unraveled a series of mysterious murders, and began writing romantic fiction instead of the detective novels that had made her a celebrity. Part of Festival! 22.   

Sunday, March 6 at 9 pm ET.

Suze Orman's Ultimate Retirement Guide

Suze Orman's Ultimate Retirement Guide
Join the personal finance expert for essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement.  

Monday, March 7 at 8 pm ET. 

Aging Backwards 3 with Miranda Esmonde-White

Aging Backwards 3 with Miranda Esmonde-White
Former professional ballerina Miranda Esmonde-White uses new and groundbreaking science to show that you have a choice in how you age.

Monday, March 7 at 10 pm ET.

Unlock The Secret to Extraordinary Health with David Perlmutter, MD

Unlock The Secret to Extraordinary Health with David Perlmutter, MD
Leading-edge scientific research now reveals that controlling uric acid may hold the key to metabolic health. This program presents the latest science surrounding uric acid and provides the tools to readily bring it under control.  

Tuesday, March 8 at 8 pm ET.

You, Happier with Daniel Amen, MD

You, Happier with Daniel Amen, MD
You can learn to cultivate happiness even when it seems like the world is crumbling around you. In this groundbreaking program, psychiatrist and founder of Amen Clinics, Dr. Daniel Amen, will show you how you can be 30% happier in just 30 days.

Tuesday, March 8 at 9:30 pm ET.  Repeats 3/9 at 2:30 pm ET.

Nature: American Horses

Nature
American Horses
Meet the uniquely American horse breeds that helped shape our nation. Part of Festival! 22.   

Wednesday, March 9 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 3/16 at 3 pm ET.

Rick Steves Hunger and Hope Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala
Rick meets struggling farmers in Ethiopia and Guatemala, and discovers what life is like for the 700 million people living on under $2 per day. Part of Festival! 22.   

Wednesday, March 9 at 9:30 pm ET.  Repeats 3/10 at 2:30 pm ET.

Celebrating PBS Newshour!

Celebrating PBS Newshour!
Highlighting the history and accomplishments of this groundbreaking public media news organization. 

Thursday, March 10 at 9 pm ET.

Trinity: Classically Irish

Trinity Classically Irish
Three accomplished young Irish singers — Emmett O’Hanlon, Conor Murphy and Ronan Scolard — all with performance experience on stages around the world, make up the cast of Trinity, PBS’s newest Celtic music project.  

Saturday, March 12 at 7 pm ET.

Yooper Creoles Finnish Music in Michigan's Copper Country

World Premiere! Yooper Creoles Finnish Music in Michigan's Copper Country
Musician Oren Tikkanen’s collaborative adventures with stellar performers past and present are chronicled by cultural sociologist Michael Loukinen, highlighting the unique sounds of U.P. music. This film lovingly interweaves the creative roots, sounds and stories of Tikkanen and fellow Yoopers, with a nod to legendary folklorist Alan Lomax, archival clips from Loukinen’s prior films, and folklorist Jim Leary’s interspersed observations. Part of Finnish Night during Festival! 22. 

Sunday, March 13 at 7 pm ET.

Melvin Kangas: Kantele Man

World Premiere! Melvin Kangas Kantele Man
In a fairy-tale cottage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Melvin Kangas performs on a traditional Finnish harp known as the kantele. Cultural sociologist Michael Loukinen details Melvin’s journey to Finland to learn to play the kantele, Finland’s national instrument, and how he has become a master in his own right. Part of Finnish Night during Festival! 22.   

Sunday, March 13 at 8 pm ET.

Finnish American Rag Rug Weavers

World Premiere! Finnish American Rag Rug Weavers
Between 1865 and 1920, Finnish immigrants brought traditional arts to America, including woven and braided rag rugs. Cultural sociologist Michael Loukinen brings us into the homes and to the workrooms of traditional weavers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Part of Finnish Night during Festival! 22.   

Sunday, March 13 at 8:30 pm ET.

Alone in the Wilderness

Alone in the Wilderness
Thousands have dreamed of building a cabin in the woods, but Richard Proenneke lived the dream in the wilderness of Alaska, with only nature to keep him company. 

Sunday, March 13 at 10 pm ET.

Celtic Woman: Postcards from Ireland

Celtic Woman Postcards from Ireland
As the world looks forward to getting together again, Celtic Woman shares a message of love, hope and expectation with their fans around the world.  

Monday, March 14 at 8 pm ET.