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April 2024

April is full of new and noteworthy programs on WNMU-TV, including the championship rounds of this season's High School Bowl! From environmental specials commemorating Earth Day like Changing Planet: Coral Special; to new dramas on Friday and Sunday evenings; to children's day time specials celebrating the outdoors; this month is packed with programming you won't want to miss. 

We continue to share and celebrate our local stories and Michigan history, as well. A Two Hearted Tale, 2023 Fresh Coast Film Fest "Best Feature” Winner, airs April 7, and tells the story of the Bell’s Beer ale created downstate. Later in the month on April 28th, we feature Saving the Barn: The Leelanau County Poor Farm, which tells the history of a local Michigan county and its people's perseverance. 

Tune in to WNMU-TV all month long for quality programming. 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. Programs are also available to stream LIVE from our website, or the PBS app. 

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April 1-6

Wild Kratts: Our Blue and Green World

Wild Kratts: Our Blue and Green World

The Kratt brothers disagree on what’s better: blue oceans or green forests. 

Monday, April 1 at 8:30a/7:30c.  Repeats 4/3 at 12:30p/11:30c, 4/5 at 8a/7c, 4/9 at 10:30a/9:30c, and 4/11 at 8:30a/7:30c.

Independent Lens

A Thousand Pines

Meet the Mexican guest workers who leave their families to plant trees across America.

Monday, April 1 at 10/9c.

Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator

High Priest

Nearly 5 centuries of ancient Roman democracy was overthrown in just 16 years by one man.

Tuesdays at 9/8c, begins April 2.


The Discord Leaks (Updated)

How a young Air National Guardsman allegedly leaked classified documents onto Discord. 

Tuesday, April 2 at 10/9c.

NOVA "Great American Eclipse"


Great American Eclipse

Explore the spectacular cosmic phenomenon of a total solar eclipse. In April 2024, the Moon’s shadow is sweeping from Texas to Maine.  

Wednesday, April 3 at 8/7c.

A Brief History of the Future

Beyond the Now

What do we imagine when we think about the future?

Wednesdays at 9/8c, begins April 3.


Forbidden City 

Discover how Beijing’s Forbidden City, the largest palace complex in the world.

Wednesday, April 3 at 10/9c.

Ask the DNR

Get your spring wildlife and outdoor recreation questions answered by personnel from area Michigan DNR.  

Thursday, April 4 at 8/7c.

The Paris Murders

The Shooting Star

A woman found dead at the back of a jazz club is known only by her stage name.

Fridays at 9/8c, begins April 5.

Great Performances

Great Performances at the Met: Dead Man Walking Preview

Experience Ivo van Hove’s production of composer Jake Heggie’s opera in its Met premiere.

Saturday, April 6 at 1a/12c. Repeats 4/6 at 8/7c on 13.3PLUS and 4/7 at 1p/12c on 13.3PLUS.

High School Bowl: Semi-Finals

High School Bowl


After 34 matches, it’s down to just four teams. Don't miss exciting semi-final action in the 45th annual tournament leading up to the season championship game.  

Saturday, April 6 at 8/7c.  Repeats 4/8 at 3/2c

April 7-13

A Two Hearted Tale

Fresh Coast Film Festival 2023 Best Feature Winner

A Two Hearted Tale

Dave Chappelle asked for a Bell’s Beer during a comedy set in Kalamazoo, MI. Taking a sip, he casually called out, "The Two-Hearted Ale? Why the hell did you put a fish on the label?" This is the story of that label, and its eccentric artist, Ladislav Hanka. 

Sunday, April 7 at 3/2c.

The Great Chicago Fire: American Stories

The dramatic story of a defining moment in Chicago history – "the Great Fire of 1871," when the city faced destruction, rebuilt, and laid the groundwork for a thriving future.  

Sunday, April 7 at 7/6c.

Call the Midwife

Episode 4

An urgent phone call received by anxious Trixie leads to dire consequences for a patient.

Sunday, April 7 at 8/7c.  Repeats 4/8 at 12a/11c.


Mr Bates vs The Post Office

Based on the real-life British Post Office scandal, the miniseries set off public outrage.

Sundays at 9/8c, begins April 7.

Alice & Jack

Episode 4

Celia seeks Alice out to get some answers about Jack.

Sunday, April 7 at 10/9c

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Watch Elton John and Bernie Taupin receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.  

Monday, April 8 at 8/7c.

You’re Not Alone: Pregnancy, Postpartum and The Me

Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other psychological difficulties are the most common complications of pregnancy and postpartum - yet 75 percent go untreated. In this documentary we explore the isolating trauma that too often accompanies child birth. Women of color, women living in rural areas and birthing people within the LGBTQIA+ community are at higher risk.  

Monday, April 8 at 9:30 pm.

Independent Lens

Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s

Facing Parkinson's disease, three Americans navigate their lives with determination.

Monday, April 8 at 10/9c.

Osage Murders

A documentary focusing on the events that occurred on the Osage reservation in the 1920s.

Tuesday, April 9 at 1a/12c.

Quest for Beauty

Quest for Beauty

When a model leaves an abusive relationship, she starts making a film about beauty that ends up saving her life.  

Tuesday, April 9 at 3/2c.

Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator

Episode 2

Events beyond Caesar’s control threaten to unravel his plans, and leave him isolated.

Tuesday, April 9 at 9/8c.


Raptors: Fistful of Daggers: Meet the Family

From giant eagles to miniature falconets, meet the many species of raptors.

Wednesday, April 10 at 8/7c.

A Brief History of the Future

Chaos & Complexity

How do we make sense of today’s exponential rate of change and disruption?

Wednesday, April 10 at 9/8c.


Ancient Maya Metropolis

Explore great ancient Maya cities and why their inhabitants abandoned them.

Wednesday, April 10 at 10/9c.

Ask the Doctors: Children's Health

Ask the Doctors

Children's Health

Area pediatricians visit WNMU-TV to answer questions submitted from viewers.   

Thursday, April 11 at 8/7c.

The Paris Murders


Paris is shaken when a sniper--an army veteran--opens fire on crowds of people.

Friday, April 12 at 9/8c.

High School Bowl: Season Championship

High School Bowl


Two teams battle for glory in our final game of our 45th season.  

Saturday, April 13 at 8/7c.  Repeats 4/15 at 3/2c

The Maestro & The European Pop Orchestra: Love & Peace Concert

High School Bowl

Season 45 in Review

Host Jim Koski reviews the most memorable moments from our 45th tournament.

Saturday, April 13 at 8:30 pm.  Repeats 4/15 at 3:30 pm

Mona Lisa Is Missing

Did you know the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911 -- and missing for 2-1/2 years? Sure you could Google it but you wouldn't get the whole story. 

Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 pm.

April 14-20

The Ottaway A River Reconnected

Sea Lamprey are one of the greatest threats to the Great Lakes. Get to know the people and partners who are working to control them, and understand an important project that will be a huge step toward addressing a global challenge.

Sunday, April 14 at 3/2c.

Eye of the Storm

Follow James Morrison, widely recognized as one of Britain’s finest landscape artists, as he faces his greatest ever challenge. With his eyesight is fading fast, he has one more major painting to complete.  

Sunday, April 14 at 7/6c.

Call the Midwife

Episode 5

It’s summertime, and a young mother goes into labor amid Violet's first event as mayor.

Sunday, April 14 at 8/7c.  Repeats 4/15 at 12a/11c

Mr Bates vs The Post Office

Episode 2

Learn more about the shocking, true scandal brought to life on-screen in this new series.

Sunday, April 14 at 9/8c.

Alice & Jack

Episode 5

Jack and Alice meet again. Their joy is cut short by devastating news.

Sunday, April 14 at 10/9c.

Planet California

Rivers of Gold

A fascinating array of wildlife adjusts to a rapidly changing world, connected by rivers.

Monday, April 15 at 9/8c.

Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator

Ides of March

Caesar’s ambition turns to tyranny, and a handful of senators plot his downfall.

Tuesday, April 16 at 9/8c.

Frontline: Children of Ukraine


Children of Ukraine

How thousands of Ukrainian children were taken and held in Russia. The story of families searching for their missing children, authorities investigating alleged abductions, and teenagers who escaped and say they were subjected to Russian propaganda.  

Tuesday, April 16 at 10/9c.


Raptors: Fistful of Daggers: Extreme Lives

See the extreme ways in which raptors conquer the toughest habitats on Earth.

Wednesday, April 17 at 8/7c.

A Brief History of the Future

Once Upon a Time

How do the stories we tell shape the boundaries of our beliefs about what is possible?

Wednesday, April 17 at 9/8c.


Making North America: Origins

Experience the colossal geologic forces that shaped our continent over 3 billion years.

Wednesday, April 17 at 10/9c.

Certified Financial Planners

Ask The Experts

Certified Financial Planners

Get your financial questions answered by local certified financial professionals.  

Thursday, April 18 at 8/7c.

The Paris Murders

Crossed Destinies

A couples therapist with no shortage of enemies is found dead in a shop window.

Friday, April 19 at 9/8c.

First Civilizations


See how war can destroy lives, yet create civilization.

Saturdays at 8/7c, begins April 20.  Repeats 4/22 at 3/2c.

April 21-27

Fresh Coast Flashback

Broadcasting fan favorites from this year’s Fresh Coast Film Festival. Check our website for a full lineup.  

Sunday, April 21 at 3/2c.

We Remember: Songs of Survivors

Learn the stories of Holocaust survivors as songwriters turn them into original songs.

Sunday, April 21 at 7/6c.

Call the Midwife: Ep. 6

Call the Midwife

Episode 6 

The pupil midwives prepare for their final exams; two young brothers are found abandoned.

Sunday, April 21 at 8/7c.  Repeats 4/22 at 12a/11c.

Mr Bates vs The Post Office Ep. 3

Mr Bates vs The Post Office

Episode 3 

Alan allies with the Post Office in the hope his friends can get justice at last, but can he trust the people who have let them down so badly?   

Sunday, April 21 at 9/8c.

Alice & Jack

Episode 6

Jack and Alice face their greatest obstacle. Can love really overcome anything?

Sunday, April 21 at 10/9c.

Nature Cat's Nature Movie Special Extraordinaire

Nature Cat's Nature Movie Special Extraordinaire

Nature Cat and his pals realize they've come to the end of their Nature Curiosity List.

Monday, April 22 at 12:30/11:30c.  Repeats 4/25 at 12p/11c, and 4/30* at 6:30a/5:30c.
(*Note: No 7a Wai Lana Yoga on this day)

The Express Way with Dulé Hill


Tour America through the lens of creative expression and the transformative power of art.

Tuesdays at 9/8c, begins April 23.

On Grizzly Ground

On Grizzly Ground

Grizzly bears wandering western landscapes ignite fascination in some people and fear in others. Protected by the Endangered Species Act since 1975, Greater Yellowstone grizzlies have learned to live among us. Now we need to learn how to live with them.  

Tuesday, April 23 at 11:30a/10:30c.

The Darr Mine Disaster

On December 19, 1907, a tremendous explosion shook the Youghiogheny River Valley at the Darr Mine in Van Meter, Westmoreland County, killing 239 men and boys. It remains the worst mining disaster in Pennsylvania history and led to important changes in the mining industry. Yet very few people know the story.  

Wednesday, April 24 at 1a/12c.

Changing Planet

Coral Special

Dr M. Sanjayan investigates the urgent efforts to help coral reefs survive climate change.  

Wednesday, April 24 at 8/7c.

A Brief History of the Future


What does it mean to be human in the 21st century?

Wednesday, April 24 at 9/8c.


Making North America: Life

How did massive volcanic eruptions, inland seas, and land bridges pave the way for life?

Wednesday, April 24 at 10/9c.

Ask the Doctors: Brain & Spine

Ask the Doctors

Brain & Spine

Local healthcare professionals answer questions submitted by viewers.

Thursday, April 25 at 8/7c.

Classic Film of the Month

The Corpse Vanishes

In this 1942 classic inspired by the historical Elizabeth Báthory murders, Bela Lugosi plays a mad scientist who injects virginal blood to his wife to keep her beautiful forever.  

Friday, April 26 at 9/8c.

First Civilizations


Learn why every successful civilization needs a narrative—a shared set of beliefs.

Saturday, April 27 at 8/7c.  Repeats 4/29 at 3/2c.

April 28-30

Saving The Barn - The Leelanau County Poor Farm

Learn about a little-known part of Leelanau County’s history… a history shared by nearly every other county in Michigan. Beginning around 1901, the Poor Farm provided compassionate care and rehabilitation to people in need from throughout the County. Interviews with expert historians and childhood memories of elders with images and artifacts from the last century recreate the Leelanau County Poor Farm.   

Sunday, April 28 at 3/2c.

Love Heals

A film following the journey of Dana, a chronic pain sufferer in search of healing after two failed spine surgeries. As she travels across the country, Dana seeks to understand how an ancient energy principle has brought healing to countless individuals and explores its potential to help her.

Sunday, April 28 at 7/6c.

Call the Midwife: Ep. 7

Call the Midwife

Ep. 7

Miss Higgins receives an unexpected visitor, and Poplar votes for its Mother of the Year.  

Sunday, April 28 at 8/7c.  Repeats 4/29 at 12a/11c.

Mr Bates vs The Post Office: Ep. 4

Mr Bates vs The Post Office

Ep. 4

Alan and his friends finally get the chance to embark on the epic challenge of battling the Post Office in court.  

Sunday, April 28 at 9/8c.


The Clothes on Our Backs

Max and Jake find themselves back in Edinburgh where they soon face a familiar danger.  

Sundays at 10/9c, begins April 28.

The Express Way with Dule Hill


Dulé Hill explores how music can provide solace and healing in Appalachia.  

Tuesday, April 30 at 9/8c.