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April 2021

Scroll down to learn about this month's featured programs. Shows are organized week by week. All programs are on 13.1 unless otherwise noted.

April 1-3

Ask the DNR  Fishing Season, Wildfire Prevention

Ask the DNR 
Fishing Season, Wildfire Prevention
Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources answer phoned-in questions from viewers about fishing seasons and wildfire prevention.  

Thursday, April 1 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 4/2 at 3 pm ET.

Professor T  Diamond

Professor T 
Diamond
A woman's body is found 100 meters from where her car fell into a deep canal.  

Friday, April 2 at 9 pm ET.

Native Report

Native Report
This entertaining, informative series celebrating Native American culture and heritage is back! Hear from tribal elders as well as some of the most powerful and influential leaders of Indian Country today.  

Saturdays at 5:30 pm ET, begins April 3.

April 4-10

Sirkka: Past & Present

Sirkka: Past & Present
A veteran of the Women’s Army Corps, of the Finnish-American stage and press, and of numerous progressive and liberal causes, Sirkka’s vivid recollections captivate viewers as she recollects the decades. 

Sunday, April 4 at 3 pm ET.

Rick Steves European Easter

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.

Sunday, April 4 at 7 pm ET.

My Grandparents' War: Helena Bonham Carter

My Grandparents' War
Helena Bonham Carter
Follow leading Hollywood actors as they re-trace the footsteps of their grandparents and learn how World War II changed the lives of their families and the world. Actress Helena Bonham Carter explores the heroism of her grandparents during WWII.   

Sundays at 8 pm ET, begins April 4.  Repeats 4/5 at Midnight ET.

Atlantic Crossing on Masterpiece:  Ep. 1

Atlantic Crossing on Masterpiece
Ep. 1
See how a Norwegian princess steals the heart of the U.S. president during World War II. A year after visiting the U.S., the Norwegian prince and crown princess must flee a Nazi invasion.  

Sundays at 9 pm ET, begins April 4. 

World on Fire on Masterpiece: Ep. 1

World on Fire on Masterpiece
Ep. 1
Follow the intertwining fates of ordinary people as they grapple with the effects of World War II. When war breaks out, translator Harry vows to help his Polish lover Kasia flee Warsaw.  

Sundays at 10 pm ET, begins April 4.

Hemingway: A Writer (1899-1929)

Hemingway
A Writer (1899-1929)
Examine the visionary work and turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway moves to Paris to write. He finds success with his second novel, A Farewell to Arms

Monday, April 5 at 8 pm ET. 

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain

Cities of Light The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
An epic journey back to when Muslims, Christians and Jews held a fragile union in Western Europe.  

Monday, April 5 at 10 pm ET.

Defining Hope

Defining Hope
Follow eight patients with life-threatening illness as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for, and how that hope evolves when life is threatened.  

Tuesday, April 6 at 3 pm ET. Repeats 4/10 at 9 pm ET.

Hemingway: The Avatar (1929-1944)

Hemingway
The Avatar (1929-1944)
Hemingway, having achieved literary fame, takes his talents to report on the Spanish Civil War.  Tuesday, April 6 at 8 pm ET.  

One Woman, One Vote

One Woman, One Vote
A sweeping look at the women’s suffrage movement, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s famous Seneca Falls call to arms to the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women voting rights.  

Tuesday, April 6 at 10 pm ET.  .

Hemingway:  The Blank Page (1944-1961)

Hemingway
The Blank Page (1944-1961)
Hemingway publishes The Old Man and the Sea but is overcome by his declining mental condition.  

Wednesday, April 7 at 8 pm ET. 

Country Music: Live at the Ryman, A Concert

Country Music Live at the Ryman, A Concert Celebrating the Film by Ken Burns
Join a lineup of celebrated artists for a concert celebrating the film by Ken Burns.  

Wednesday, April 7 at 10 pm ET.  

Holy Silence

Holy Silence
Holy Silence focuses on American officials who worked behind the scenes to influence the Vatican's actions.  

Thursday, April 8 at 3 pm ET.  Repeats 4/21 at 3 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors: General Health/Alcohol

Ask the Doctors
General Health/Alcohol
Area physicians join host Dr. Jennifer Dehlin to answer phoned-in questions from viewers.  

Thursday, April 8 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 4/9 at 3 pm ET.

Professor T: Jitske

Professor T
Jitske
Jitske, a 17-year-old girl with Down syndrome, claims she knows who murdered her mother.  

Friday, April 9 at 9 pm ET.

American Masters: Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

American Masters
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Dive into the life of the neurologist and author who helped redefine our understanding of the brain.  

Saturday, April 10 at 1 am ET.

April 11-17

COVID Vaccine: Ask the Experts "Fact vs. Fiction"

Covid Vaccines Ask the Experts 
Fact vs. Fiction
This one-hour virtual town hall, recorded on March 31, 2021, offered viewers around the country the opportunity to ask and get answers to their questions surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines, virus variants and CDC Guidelines.

Sunday, April 11 at 7 pm ET.

My Grandparents' War:  Mark Rylance

My Grandparents' War
Mark Rylance
Explore the story of actor Mark Rylance’s grandfather, a prisoner of war in Hong Kong during WWII.   

Sunday, April 11 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 4/12 at Midnight ET.

Atlantic Crossing on Masterpiece: Ep. 2

Atlantic Crossing
Ep. 2
Martha and her children take refuge in Sweden, but a Nazi threat still looms. 

Sunday, April 11 at 9 pm ET. 

World on Fire on Masterpiece:  Ep. 2

World on Fire on Masterpiece
Ep. 2
A month into war, Harry is desperate for news. Kasia joins the Polish resistance. 

Sunday, April 11 at 10 pm ET.

Dinosaur Train: Adventure Island

Dinosaur Train Adventure Island
The Pteranodon family takes the Dinosaur Train to Adventure Island, a new theme park on a volcanic island!   

Monday, April 12 at 9 am ET.  Repeats 4/12 at Noon ET.

Independent Lens:  Down A Dark Stairwell

Independent Lens
Down A Dark Stairwell
When a Chinese American cop shoots and kills an innocent Black man, two marginalized communities must navigate an uneven criminal justice system together. 

Monday, April 12 at 10 pm ET.

Frontline: American Insurrection

Frontline 
American Insurrection
Investigating the rising threat of far-right violence in America. With ProPublica, exposing the individuals and ideologies behind a wave of crimes, culminating in the attack on the Capitol.  

Tuesday, April 13 at 10 pm ET.

International Jazz Day:  From St. Petersburg

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.  

Wednesday, April 14 at 3 pm ET.

Nature: The Leopard Legacy

Nature
The Leopard Legacy
Follow the story of a leopard mother as she raises her cubs near the Luangwa River.  

Wednesday, April 14 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA: Picture A Scientist

NOVA
Picture A Scientist
Researchers expose longstanding discrimination against women in science.  

Wednesday, April 14 at 9 pm ET. 

Do No Harm: Exposing The Hippocratic Hoax

Do No Harm Exposing The Hippocratic Hoax
Doctors take an oath to save lives but are taking their own at an alarming rate, trapped in a toxic healthcare system that puts their lives and their patients’ lives at risk in an epidemic that’s been covered up for decades—until now.  

Thursday, April 15 at 3 pm ET. 

Ask the Lawyers:  April 2021

Ask the Lawyers
April 2021
Area attorneys answer phoned-in questions from viewers.  

Thursday, April 15 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 4/16 at 3 pm ET.

Professor T: Attachment Issues

Professor T
Attachment Issues
A woman's body is found 100 meters from where her car fell into a deep canal.  

Friday, April 16 at 9 pm ET.

Song of the Mountains:  The Malpass Brothers

Song of the Mountains
The Malpass Brothers
The best talents in bluegrass and old-time country music from the heart of the region where it all began.  

 Fridays at 10 pm ET, begins April 16.

April 18-24

Unrepresented

Unrepresented
Explore how special interests bankroll political campaigns and relentlessly lobby to rig the system in their favor, all while following the letter of the law.  

Sunday, April 18 at 7 pm ET.

My Grandparents' War:  Kristin Scott Thomas

My Grandparents' War
Kristin Scott Thomas
Discover how actress Kristin Scott Thomas’s grandfather saved thousands on the beaches of Dunkirk.   

Sunday, April 18 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 4/19 at Midnight ET.

Atlantic Crossing on Masterpiece: Ep. 3

Atlantic Crossing: 
Ep. 3
President Roosevelt extends a special invitation to Martha and her children.  

Sunday, April 18 at 9 pm ET.

World on Fire on Masterpiece:  Ep. 3

World on Fire on Masterpiece
Ep. 3
Tom faces the fight of his life. Harry and Lois encounter a more personal battle.  

Sunday, April 18 at 10 pm ET.

American Experience:  American Oz

American Experience
American Oz
Explore the life of L. Frank Baum, author of one of the most enduring and classic American tales.  Pictured: Original Wizard of Oz cast. 

Monday, April 19 at 9 pm ET. 

Philly D.A.:  Parts 1-2

Philly D.A.
Parts 1-2
The new Philadelphia District Attorney uncovers a secret the police are desperate to hide. Krasner and his team battle to obtain the complete police misconduct files.

Tuesday, April 20 at 10 pm ET.

Nature: Sharks of Hawaii

Nature 
Sharks of Hawaii
Meet the sharks that call the waters near Hawaii's islands their home.  

Wednesday, April 21 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 4/28 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Reef Rescue

NOVA 
Reef Rescue
Scientists from around the globe are rushing to help corals adapt to a changing climate through assisted evolution.  

Wednesday, April 21 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 4/22 at 3 pm ET.

Critical Care: America vs. The World - PBS NewsHour Presents

Critical Care: America vs. The World
PBS NewsHour Presents
Examine the highs and lows of America’s health care system and how it compares to other nations.  

Wednesday, April 21 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors:  Men's Health

Ask the Doctors
Men's Health
Area physicians join host Dr. Jennifer Dehlin to answer phoned-in questions from viewers related to men's health. 

Thursday, April 22 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 4/23 at 3 pm ET.

Professor T:  The Conference

Professor T
The Conference
Much to the dean's dismay, Professor T refuses to appear as a speaker at a conference.  

Friday, April 23 at 9 pm ET.

International Jazz Day: From Australia

International Jazz Day: 
From Australia
Join more than two dozen world-renowned artists from across the globe for an extraordinary celebration of jazz music. The 2020 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert was held at Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Australia.  

Saturday, April 24 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 4/26 at 3 pm ET.

April 25-30

I Danced for The Angel of Death: The Dr. Edith Eva Eger Story

I Danced for The Angel of Death The Dr. Edith Eva Eger Story
Edie recounts her remarkable story of survival as a prisoner at Auschwitz and her struggles with survivor’s guilt.  In the film, Edie examines how her ongoing work with patients has helped her grow and heal. 

Sunday, April 25 at 7 pm ET.

My Grandparents' War: Carey Mulligan

My Grandparents' War
Carey Mulligan
Follow Carey Mulligan as she learns how her grandfather survived a kamikaze attack during WWII.   

Sunday, April 25 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 4/26 at Midnight ET.

Atlantic Crossing on Masterpiece: Ep. 4

Atlantic Crossing
Ep. 4
Martha is pressured to exploit her friendship with the president.  

Sunday, April 25 at 9 pm ET.

World on Fire on Masterpiece:  Ep. 4

World on Fire on Masterpiece
Ep. 4
Harry's courage is tested at Louvain, while Kasia's resistance activity in Warsaw intensifies.  

Sunday, April 25 at 10 pm ET.

Frontline:  The Virus That Shook The World, Part 1

Frontline
The Virus That Shook The World, Part 1
Living the year of the pandemic, filmed around the world, from lockdowns to funerals to protests.  

Monday, April 26 at 9 pm.

Philly D.A.: Part 3

Philly D.A.
Part 3
The murder of a police sergeant tests the D.A.’s resolve to never seek the death penalty.   

Tuesday, April 27 at 9 pm ET.

Frontline:  The Virus That Shook The World, Part 2

Frontline
The Virus That Shook The World, Part 2
With extensive personal video and local footage, the film shows the differing struggles, beliefs and responses, across cultures, race, faith and privilege.

Tuesday, April 27 at 10 pm ET. 

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Save The Planet

Greta Thunberg A Year to Save The Planet
Travel with the world’s best-known climate activist as she takes her fight to a global stage. With unique access, the series follows Greta over an extraordinary year as she embarks on a mission to ensure world leaders work to limit global warming. 

Wednesdays at 8 pm ET, begins April 28.

NOVA:  Fighting for Fertility

NOVA
Fighting for Fertility
The high-tech world of assistedreproduction is ushering in a new era of possibilities. As different people have the opportunity to build a family using their own DNA, humanity is redefining what it means to reproduce.  

Wednesday, April 28 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 4/29 at 3 pm ET.

Human: The World Within: React

Human: The World Within
React
Explore how the technology of the brain and nervous system shape our experience of the world.  

Wednesdays at 10 pm ET, begins April 28.

Ask the Experts:  Realtors

Ask the Experts
TBD
Area professionals answer phoned-in questions from viewers.  

Thursday, April 29 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 4/30 at 3 pm ET.

104 Days

104 Days
In the aftermath of World War II, American business and labor engaged in one of the most important struggles of the 20th century. In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the iron mining companies who dominated the region’s economy accepted no compromise. Explore the unfolding conflict between the mining companies and their employees. Written and produced by students at Negaunee High School. Part of the Beaumier Heritage Documentary Series.  

Friday, April 30 at 9 pm ET.