April 2019 Program HighlightsAll programs air on Channel 13.1 unless noted.
Examine death and dying—mysterious and often taboo subjects—through a series of compelling, personal and thought-provoking stories that provide valuable information about end-of-life planning. Scott Simon narrates.
Monday, April 1 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 4/4 at 2 pm ET
“Tre Maison Dasan”
Explore the lives of Tre, Maison and Dasan, three of the estimated one in 14 American children with a parent in prison. Take an emotional look at relationships tested by separation and the challenges of growing up with a parent behind bars.
Monday, April 1 at 10 pm ET
The Central Park Five
This 2013 film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles the Central Park jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of the five young men whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.
Tuesday, April 2 at 9 pm ET
Secrets of the Dead
“Egypt's Darkest Hour”
Follow a team of archaeologists as they examine a rare mass grave dating to the collapse of ancient Egypt's Old Kingdom, when political infighting and a changing climate brought down a dynasty in a moment of crisis and catastrophe.
Wednesday, April 3 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 4/4 at 1 pm ET
Ask the Realtors
Area realtors visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. Guests are: Sean Leahy, Select Realty, Marquette; Kristine Weidner, Century 21 North Country Agency, Houghton; and Christopher Germain, Premier Real Estate, Escanaba. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, April 4 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 4/5 at Noon ET
Anne Morgan’s War
From 1917-1924, a team of approximately 350 American women, appalled by news of wartime destruction, left comfortable lives at home to volunteer in the devastated regions of France. This special chronicles how American heiress Anne Morgan poured both her own fortune and the fruits of intense fundraising into rebuilding the Picardy region of France after World War I.
Thursday, April 4 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 4/5 at 1 pm ET
Great Performances at the Met
See Michael Mayer's richly textured production of Verdi's classic opera, starring soprano Diana Damrau as the tragic heroine Violetta and Juan Diego Florez as her hapless lover Alfredo. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.
Friday, April 5 at 9 pm ET
Great Performances at the Met
“La Fanciulla del West”
Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini's gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Baritone Zeljko Lucic is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.
Saturday, April 6 at 8 pm ET & Sunday, April 7 at 1 pm ET only on TV13/PLUS Channel 13.3
“Medicare for All ”
A program on revival of the single-payer proposal for universal healthcare that was dropped in favor of the "Affordable Care Act." Panelists will consider pros and cons as the concept emerges as a possible 2020 campaign issue. Guests: Elder Law Attorney Paul Sturgul and NMU Economics Professor Gary McDonnell.
Saturday, April 6 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 4/7 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl
“Semifinals: Houghton vs Hancock; Marquette vs Bessemer”
Only four teams remain in the semi-final games of this year's tournament. Hancock challenges powerhouse Houghton in what host Jim Koski calls, "The Portage Lift-bridge Death Match," and perennial final-four competitor Marquette takes on a strong challenger from the west, Bessemer.
Saturday, April 6 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 4/8 at Noon ET
Rick Steves Luther and the Reformation
Travel expert Rick Steves sheds light on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by visiting key sites (including Erfurt, Wittenberg and Rome), and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe, from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation.
Sunday, April 7 at 3 pm ET
Repeats 4/9 at 2 pm ET
Call the Midwife Season 8
Return to Nonnatus House in 1964, a time of change both in Poplar and throughout the world. The nuns and nurses face a variety of challenging issues such as interracial adoption, cleft palate and sickle cell. For one, romance may be on the horizon. In part 2, follow Sister Hilda and the team as they help a Ghanaian family facing an undiagnosed illness.
Sundays at 8 pm ET
Repeats Mondays at 1 pm ET
Mrs. Wilson on Masterpiece
Meet Alison Wilson, a recent widow who discovers her spy novelist husband lived a double life. Determined to uncover the truth about the man she loved, she soon finds herself at the center of a mystery that proves truth can be stranger than fiction.
Sundays at 9 pm, Part 2 April 7
Repeats Tuesdays at 1 pm ET
Unforgotten Season 3 on Masterpiece
Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar reprise their roles as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan as they investigate another cold case. When a 16-year-old girl’s remains are discovered, Cassie and Sunny work to track down the killer. The investigation leads to a tight-knit group of four old school friends whose bonds are put to the test when they find themselves under suspicion. 6-part series.
Sundays at 10 pm ET, begins April 7
Repeats Mondays at 2 pm ET
Follow three "country doctors" in rural New Mexico -- the site of a physician shortage and an opioid epidemic -- who work at clinics that offer care for all, regardless of ability to pay.
Monday, April 8 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 4/11 at 1 pm ET
Finding Your Roots
“All in the Family”
In the Season 5 finale, radio host Joe Madison receives startling family news, and series host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. learns his own DNA story. Also features the "Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings" STEM Camp, with science and history inspiring the next generation.
Tuesday, April 9 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 4/12 at 2 pm ET
Reconstruction: America After the Civil War
Join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for this exploration of the transformative years following the Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction and revolutionary social change. 2-part series.
Tuesdays, April 9 & 16 at 9 pm
Repeats Wednesdays at 1 pm ET
“The Egg: Life's Perfect Invention”
The egg is perhaps nature's most perfect life support system. Step by step as the egg hatches, host Sir David Attenborough reveals the wonder behind these incredible miracles of nature.
Wednesday, April 10 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 4/17 at Noon ET
Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet
Discover the forgotten story of the hole in the ozone layer and how the world came together to fix it. Hear from the scientists and politicians who persuaded Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to take action and solve the planetary problem.
Wednesday, April 10 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 4/14 at 3 pm ET
The Seven Generation River
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, from Southwest Michigan and Northeast Indiana, are actively working to protect and preserve waterways for future generations. It’s a major cultural preservation and environmental restoration effort to pave the way for the next seven generations.
Thursday, April 11 at 2:30 pm ET
Ask the DNR
“Fishing Season, Wildfire Prevention”
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. Guests: Fisheries biologist Cory Kovacs, Newberry; Conservation Officer Mark Pomroy, Houghton; Wildlife Biologist, Karen Sexton, Escanaba; and Forest Health Specialist, Simeon Wright, Sault Ste. Marie. Host gg gordon. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, April 11 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 4/12 at Noon ET
No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story
Anne Frank’s father, Otto struggled to obtain visas and save his family from the Holocaust. This unknown chapter of Anne’s life is revealed through Otto’s letters that show how the world turned its back on the Franks & millions. The Frank families' story mirrors today's refugee crisis and the controversial immigration policies.
Thursday, April 11 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 4/12 at 1 pm ET
Joseph Pulitzer: American Masters
Discover the man behind the award. A journalist who became a media mogul with an outspoken, cantankerous editorial voice and two bestselling newspapers, Joseph Pulitzer championed what he regarded as the sacred role of the free press in a democracy.
Friday, April 12 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 4/16 at 1 pm ET
PBS Previews: Chasing the Moon
Preview of the upcoming series from American Experience: Chasing the Moon. This film by Robert Stone reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort.
Friday, April 12 at 10:30 pm ET
The description for this episode is to be announced.
Saturday, April 13 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 4/14 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl
After 38 matches and 40 teams, its down to just two. The winners of our semi-finals vie for the championship in the final game of Season 41. After the exciting final, host Jim Koski reviews the most memorable moments from our 41st tournament, and interviews the winning team. We also announce the 2019 winner of the annual Dave Goldsmith scholarship.
Saturday, April 13 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 4/15 at Noon ET
Les Misérables on Masterpiece
Victor Hugo’s masterpiece comes to television in this epic 6-part adaptation. Love, death and the struggle for social justice in early 19th-century France feature in this beautifully faithful retelling of one of the world’s most beloved stories. In part 1: After serving a draconian prison term for stealing bread, Jean Valjean is released. He resorts to petty crime, but Bishop Myriel teaches him a valuable lesson.
Sundays at 9 pm ET, begins April 14
Repeats Thursdays at 10 pm ET
“Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”
A decorated Marine veteran fights to reunite her family after her undocumented husband is deported. With Independent Lens and Voces, filmmaker David Sutherland weaves a parallel love and immigration story set in a world often lived in the shadows.
Monday, April 15 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 4/18 at 1 pm ET
The Forever Chemicals
PFAS is a family of chemicals that’s in most homes and being detected in an increasing number of people’s water systems in Michigan and other states and provinces. This special from Detroit PTV explores these industrial chemicals that have been linked to fertility issues, high cholesterol, thyroid and liver problems, and certain cancers, and looks at their use in Michigan.
Tuesday, April 16 at 2:30 pm ET
Repeats 4/19 at 10:30 pm ET
Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World
Take a mind-blowing journey through human history, told through six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, and see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything. This week, meet the brilliant minds throughout history, from Galileo to Edwin Hubble, responsible for creating the telescope. Today, their invention allows humanity to reach the furthest limits of seeing -- 13 billion light-years out.
Wednesdays at 10 pm ET, begins April 17
Repeats Fridays at 1 pm ET
Ask the Lawyers
Area attorneys visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. This week’s guests are: Brandon Evans, Marquette; Tony Ruiz, Marquette; and Jacob Spear, Republic. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, April 18 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 4/19 at Noon ET
Garry Winogrand: American Masters
Discover the life and work of Garry Winogrand, the epic storyteller in pictures who harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American 1960s-70s. His "snapshot aesthetic" is now the universal language of contemporary image making.
Friday, April 19 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 4/23 at 1 pm ET
The weekly magazine series returns, traveling Wisconsin and covering a wide range of outdoor activities and related projects. Visit all parts of Wisconsin in all four seasons and learn to understand, respect, and appreciate the state's natural resources. This week, Dan Small goes fishing on Lake Michigan; Jeff Kelm looks at the plight of honeybees and other pollinators; and Elizabeth Cramer takes the Washington Island Ferry to visit a lavender farm.
Saturdays at 3 pm ET, begins April 20
Beyond Your Backyard
This educational travel series highlights destinations that people can travel to with ease, in the U.S. and nearby. Veteran travel personality Erik Hastings (Erik The Travel Guy) reveals the “soul” of each destination he visits. This week features a visit to Cozumel.
Saturdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins April 20
“Skilled Trades Gap”
The U.S. Economy looks better than it has in a decade, but sustaining that growth depends on meeting the demand for skilled labor. We talk about meeting that demand with Michigan Works Partnership Coordinator Holly Peoples, Local 1510 Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters Director Brian Kerrigan, and U.P. Construction Council Executive Director Tony Retaskie. (Repeat from March)
Saturday, April 20 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 4/21 at 2:30 pm ET
Our Kids: Narrowing the Opportunity Gap
Host Dr. Robert Putnam (Harvard Professor and author of BOWLING ALONE) spotlights innovative leaders and children, working together in nine communities, who struggle to create and inspire solutions that help to narrow the widening opportunity gap between rich and poor for some 30 million young people denied access to the American Dream. 4-part series.
Saturdays at 8 pm ET, begins April 20
Repeats Mondays at Noon ET
EcoSense for Living
This thought-provoking series features eco-topics ranging from reconnecting kids to nature, green jobs, and healthy lifestyles limiting the impacts of toxins on our home and bodies. The series aims to empower viewers with practical solutions geared toward saving money, treading lighter on the planet, and improving quality of life.
Sundays at 10:30 am ET, begins April 21
The Emmy-winning series returns to celebrate the men and women of U.S. agriculture. The 14th season features 20 popular episodes. Alternating hosts Jason Shoultz, Sarah Gardner and Rob Stewart travel across the U.S. to meet the hardworking farm and ranch families bringing food, fuel and fiber to the nation and the world.
Sundays at 11:30 am ET, begins April 21
Rick Steves European Easter
Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy, and Greece, Rick Steves' European Easter celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. You'll feel the emotion of this special time as the Passion of Christ unfolds during Holy Week. He joins Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more. Exploring a rich and fascinating mix of traditions — from its pagan roots to its glorious finale — Rick Steves' European Easter sheds new light on this timeless holiday.
Sunday, April 21 at 3 pm ET
Water from the Wilderness: Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco Bay
This documentary traces the extraordinary history of San Francisco's water system and explores the engineering and delivery of an urban water system in the era of climate change.
Monday, April 22 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 4/25 at 2 pm ET
Shadow of Drought: Southern California’s Looming Water Crisis
While the state recovers from the worst drought in its history, a myriad of impacts resulting from climate change threaten Southern California’s imported water supply. As a shadow of drought hangs over the region, this documentary explores the dire consequences of inaction that lie ahead.
Monday, April 22 at 11 pm ET
Watching Our Water: The Challenge to Keep It Clean
This film explores the vexing question of how pristine water high in the Rocky Mountains ends up as a floating chemical ‘dead zone’ in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and illuminates the challenges facing farmers, scientists and engineers. It looks at the problem from a rural and urban perspective, and examines possible solutions to control the contamination in our water.
Tuesday, April 23 at 2:30 pm ET
Boss: The Black Experience in Business
Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation's economic and social growth. Stanley Nelson directs.
Tuesday, April 23 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 4/24 at 1 pm ET
Frontline “The Abortion Divide”
Inside the fight over abortion through the stories of women struggling with unplanned pregnancies. Drawing on a landmark FRONTLINE film from the 1980s, a look at both sides of the abortion divide in a community still embroiled in the conflict.
Tuesday, April 23 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 4/25 at 1 pm ET
NOVA “Saving the Dead Sea”
As the Dead Sea shrinks, engineers prepare a daring solution: connect it with the Red Sea by way of a massive desalination plant. If it works, it could stabilize the legendary lake and ease regional tensions. But will it put the environment at risk?
Wednesday, April 24 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 4/25 at Noon ET
Ask the Doctors “Men’s Health”
Area physicians visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. Guest Host Dr. Stuart Johnson welcomes guests: Dr. Frederick Hoenke, Family/Geriatric Medicine; Dr. Diane Young, Urology; and Dr. Thomas LeGalley, Cardiology. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, April 25 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 4/26 at Noon ET
Being the Change: A New Kind of Climate Documentary
NASA/JPL climate scientist, Dr. Peter Kalmus and his family show us how a dramatic reduction in fossil fuel use can make us happier and more balanced individuals.Kalmus takes a very personal approach to climate change issues by reducing his carbon emissions by a factor of 10.
Friday, April 26 at 2 pm ET
State of the Art
Ride alongside art curators as they embark on a road trip to 1,000 destinations across America to investigate what's happening in art today.
Friday, April 26 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 4/30 at 2 pm ET
International Jazz Day from St. Petersburg
Join more than two dozen world-renowned artists as they come together for an extraordinary International Jazz Day all-star global concert from St. Petersburg's spectacular Mariinsky Theatre. Pictured: Malian guitarist-vocalist Fatoumata Diawara performs with James Genus & Terri Lyne Carrington.
Friday, April 26 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 4/28 at 3 pm ET
“Global Issues on Aging”
Elder Law Attorney Paul Sturgul discusses the recent work of the United Nations Open-Ended Work Group on Aging, focusing on a proposed charter for the rights of the elderly. (Repeat from September)
Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 4/28 at 2:30 pm ET
An English-language version of the news as reported by Deutsche Welle, the leading German news broadcaster. Includes German, European, and international news as well as culture and sports and provides viewers the unique opportunity to see our world from another perspective. (Replaces Public Eye News & Priscilla's Yoga Stretches during NMU's summer break.)
Monday, April 29 at 4 pm ET
Nature “American Spring LIVE”
Witness the change of seasons in real time. In iconic locations with varied ecosystems, a diverse group of researchers and citizen scientists investigate how a wide range of organisms respond to the coming of spring. Aired in two evenings, this live series features birth and rebirth in part 1, and migration in part 2.
Monday-Wednesday, April 29-May 1 at 8 pm ET, Repeats next day at Noon ET
Korea: The Never-Ending War
Discover more about the world we live in by shedding new light on a geopolitical hot spot. Often considered a "forgotten war," the Korean War was an important turning point in world history that still reverberates today.
Monday, April 29 at 9 pm ET
Robert Penn Warren: A Vision
Robert Penn Warren is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry and was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 1986. His 1946 novel about political corruption, All the King’s Men, was translated into an Academy Award winning film. The documentary explores the life and career of one of our nation's most acclaimed writers and features previously unreleased home movie footage of the author and his family.
Tuesday, April 30 at 1 pm ET
Great Lakes Now
Detroit Public Television’s new magazine-style monthly series offers original news and information about the Great Lakes, with segments relevant to public television audiences throughout the basin, both in the United States and Canada. Monthly series airs the last Tuesday of each month.
Tuesday, April 30 at 4 pm ET
The Rockies: Kingdoms of the Sky
Experience the amazing wildlife and remarkable people who inhabit this 3,000-mile mountain range, home to cougars, wolverines, wolves and grizzlies. Daredevil wingsuit fliers jump from high peaks and Native Americans compete in breakneck horse races.
Tuesday, April 30 at 9 pm ET
“The Last Survivors”
A landmark documentary about some of the last survivors of the Holocaust. Only children at the time, these now elderly survivors reflect on how the trauma of the Holocaust has affected the rest of their lives.
Tuesday, April 30 at 10 pm ET