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.
RSVP 2020!: August 29–September 13
Don't miss the special programs during RSVP 2020. Click the link below to download a guide (pdf). Thank you for your support!
Lessons from the Real World
A highly informative and entertaining documentary, filled with a diverse range of articulate teachers, students and lessons will surely bring much needed attention to a long neglected and critical aspect of the debate around public education.
Saturday, August 1 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 8/3 at 3 pm ET.
Eastland: The Shipwreck That Shook America
Passengers packed aboard a Great Lakes excursion steamer never suspected that the SS Eastland had a dark past. But others knew it and the tragedy that would end 844 lives became America's shameful secret.
Sunday, August 2 at 3 pm ET.
D-Day at Pointe-Du-Hoc
An incredible story of adversity and courage from World War II featuring interviews with surviving veterans from the Pointe-Du-Hoc assault.
Sunday, August 2 at 7 pm ET.
Hosts Grace and Corbett test and diagnose a recently rehabbed house that now has unexpected comfort and moisture issues, leaving the homeowner not knowing whom to trust.
Mondays at 5:30 pm ET, begins August 3.
Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes
Follow award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off to explore the remarkable life and career of America's first female landscape architect.
Monday, August 3 at 9 pm ET.
Highpointers with the Bargo Brothers
The Bargo Brothers travel from sea to summit on their trip to Virginia.
Saturdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins August 8.
America's Socialist Experiment
Between 1910 and 1960, elected socialists in Milwaukee reduced corruption and improved conditions for working people.
Saturday, August 8 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 8/10 at 3 pm ET.
River Voices: A Portrait of An American River
In 1937, the Ohio River at Portsmouth, OH reached an astounding 74 feet and more than 32,000 people were displaced from their homes. The river left behind unimaginable devastation but the community responded with a massive cleanup effort that still resonates with people today.
Sundays at 7 pm ET, begins August 9.
Learning to Drive a Huge RV (Part 1) RVing’s Sense of Community; On-The-Road: Pat and Chris and their Unicat
Mondays at 5 pm ET, begins August 10.
Fire in the Heartland: Kent State, May 4th, and Student Protest in America
The story of a generation of students at Kent State University, who stood up in the 1960s and 1970s against racism, tyranny, violence, and war and paid for it with their lives.
Tuesday, August 18 at 3 pm ET. .
Thank You for the Challenge: The 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
Every four years, 40 of the world's most talented young violinists are invited to Indianapolis, Indiana for the musical challenge of a lifetime: the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
Friday, August 21 at 3 pm ET.
Interviews with grieving families from across the U.S., whose losses range from stillbirth to suicide, to address common misconceptions about grief. Through candid personal stories and conversations with experts in the grief field, the film also presents ideas for how family and friends can better support each other through loss.
Sunday, August 23 at 11 am ET.
The Island: Mackinac in Seasons
You're invited to take a trip through the seasons with CMU Public Broadcasting to explore one of the most popular family island destinations in the world, Mackinac Island. Get to know the beautiful and historic island through the people, businesses and families who call it home through the changing seasons.
Sunday, August 23 at 3:30 pm ET.
Alone in the Wilderness, Part 2
Dick Proenneke's account of his 30-year adventure in the remote Alaska wilderness continues in this sequel. Part 1 airs 8/31.
Sunday, August 23 at 7 pm ET. Repeats 8/31 at 3 pm ET.
New Day New Chef
Jane Velez-Mitchell and Otep Shamaya host this fun plant-based cooking show, featuring: Olympic medalist, Dotsie Bausch, who makes her Superwoman Bowl and shares the story of taking the podium at 39!
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins August 25.
Sea of Light: A Blind Yachtsman's Voyage
Across The PacificDocumenting 52-year-old Mitsuhiro Iwamoto’s spectacular achievement as the first blind person to make the brutal transpacific voyage across the Pacific Ocean in an uninterrupted voyage by sailboat, and the life experiences that led him there.
Friday, August 28 at 3 pm ET.
Ken Nordine: Video for the Ear
Celebrate Chicago’s oldest hipster and original beatnik. Musical and performance artist Laurie Anderson provides narration for the production.
Friday, August 28 at 10:30 pm ET.
Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show
Filmed on the 25th anniversary of its first full performance at the 3Arena in Dublin–the spot where it all began–the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is a powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved family favorite. Part of RSVP 2020!
Saturday, August 29 at 7 pm ET.
ABBA Forever–A Celebration
In 2019 Swedish supergroup ABBA celebrated several anniversaries: 50 years since meeting, 40 years since their last concert, and 20 years since the musical Mamma Mia! gave them a second life. Join in a celebration of the lifetime of joy the group has brought to American fans. Featuring original interviews, rare archival footage and a lot of music. Part of RSVP 2020!
Saturday, August 29 at 9 pm ET.
Great Lakes Now Series
Unlocking the Lakes
The pandemic raises questions: As stay-at-home orders end around the Great Lakes, does Wisconsin's experience opening businesses predict anything for other communities that depend on tourism? How are researchers, reef restorers and hydroponic farms reacting to the pandemic?
Sunday, August 30 at 3:30 pm ET.
Milestones & Memories
More than 40 stars from “The Lawrence Welk Show” sing, dance and play their hearts out in a once-in-a-lifetime reunion. Part of RSVP 2020!
Sunday, August 30 at 7 pm ET.