December 2018 Program Highlights
All programs air on Channel 13.1 unless noted.
Destination Michigan Special: Made in Michigan
On this special edition of Destination Michigan, join us for a celebration of all things Michigan-Made. We'll highlight the doers and the makers who harness their creative juices in the Upper and Lower Peninsula.
Saturday, December 1 at 7 pm ET
Repeats 12/7 at 1 pm ET
“Michigan LGBT and Aging Initiative”
A look at a statewide grant-funded health initiative to connect older LGBT adults to local resources and peer support. Topics will include Upper Peninsula issues and concerns, along with medical, legal and social implications. Guests: U.P. Commission for Area Progress Administrative Services Manager/2-1-1 Call Director Terry Thomma, and NMU Multicultural Education and Resource Center Associate Director Shirley Brozzo.
Saturday, December 1 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/2 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl
“Big Bay de Noc vs Gladstone; St. Ignace vs Bark River-Harris”
Join host Jim Koski as he challenges the “best and brightest” from from 40 Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin high schools in our 41st tournament. This week: Big Bay de Noc takes on Gladstone, and St. Ignace meets Bark River-Harris in our last two play-in round games.
Saturday, December 1 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/3 at Noon ET
Operas on PLUS:
Great Performances at The Met “Cendrillon”
Experience Massenet with Joyce DiDonato as Cinderella and Alice Coote as Prince Charming.
Airs on TV13/PLUS 13.3 Only:
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 pm ET & Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1 pm ET
The Big Band Years (My Music)
This “Big Band” retrospective features the songs that brought the country through WWII and kick-started the baby boom. The program mixes vintage live, rare and unreleased footage of bands and vocalists from the 1930s and 40s. Peter Marshall (“Hollywood Squares”) hosts.
Saturday, December 1 at 9:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/4 at 1 pm ET
Rick Steves Special
Rick Steves travels throughout the Continent celebrating the top festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food and fun. In Spain, Rick runs the bulls in Pamplona; in Venice he dons a mask for Carnival; at Munich's Oktoberfest he hoists a frothy stein. Rick also joins several European families for their traditional Easter and Christmas observances.
Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm ET
Repeats 12/6 at 1 pm ET
Sarah Brightman: Hymn
Thrill to the exquisite voice of the world's best-selling soprano in this concert filmed in a magical setting at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. Features beloved favorites from her career and enchanting songs from her much-anticipated new album.
Sunday, December 2 at 4:30 pm ET
Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece
The year is 1925. Momentous changes threaten the great house, its owners and staff, and past scandals are looming. The beloved ensemble is back for the farewell performance, closing the book on a television legend. This week: Extortion and downsizing threaten Downton Abbey. Change is afoot at the hospital. Mrs. Hughes poses a delicate question. Daisy speaks her mind, and Anna and Bates wait for the word.
Sunday, December 2 at 6:30 pm ET
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Live From Gainesville: The 30th Anniversary
Grab a front-row seat for this 2006 concert as the iconic band performs for a hometown crowd as part of their 30th anniversary tour. Featuring special guest Stevie Nicks, this is an electrifying and emotional evening.
Sunday, December 2 at 8 pm ET
The Bee Gees One for All Tour - Live in Australia 1989
Enjoy the tight harmonies of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb as they perform their greatest hits, as well as some rarely heard selections, in this fully restored, newly mixed and mastered concert recorded in Melbourne.
Sunday, December 2 at 9:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/5 at 1 pm ET
Earthrise tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and explores the beauty and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.
Sunday, December 2 at Midnight ET
Repeats 12/3 at 2:30 pm ET
Yooper Tours: On Da North Country Trail
Watch a first-hand account of what it's like to hike 550 miles across Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the North Country Trail. Filmmaker Alex Maier experiences the U.P. in all seasons, and shares some of the most remote and beautiful hiking to be found on th 4,700 mile North Country Trail that runs from North Dakota to New York.
Monday, December 3 at 1:30 pm ET
To The Ends of the Earth: East Africa
Experience the wonders of East Africa through a photographer's lens and discover the many wondrous animals that live there. Narrated by renowned primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, the film features the work of award-winning wildlife photographer Todd Gustafson.
Monday, December 3 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/7 at 2 pm ET
A group of university actors, musicians, directors and producers travel to four rural communities in Nebraska to perform Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." Through community concerts and school presentations, many people are seeing opera for the first time and they love it!
Thursday, December 6 at 2:30 pm ET
Shanghai 1937: Where World War II Began
In August 1937, China stood up to the Japanese military and the Battle of Shanghai made headlines around the world. Based on the book Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze by Danish author Peter Harmsen, the film includes vivid recollections of people who experienced these events as foreign children living in Shanghai.
Thursday, December 6 at 10 pm ET
Ask the DNR
“Snowmobiling, Post-Deer Season, Ice Fishing”
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: Wildlife biologist David Jentoft, Sault Ste. Marie; Conservation Officer Chris Lynch, Escanaba; Michigan Natural Resources Commission Chair Vicki Pontz, Lansing; and Fisheries biologist John Bauman, Escanaba. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, December 6 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/7 at Noon ET
Harper Lee: American Masters
Explore the mysterious life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird. The documentary examines social changes the novel inspired, while interviewees reflect on the book’s power, influence and popularity. Updated with new content to reflect the release of Lee’s 2015 novel, Go Set a Watchman.
Friday, December 7 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/11 at 1 pm ET
Butterfly Town, USA
The coastal city of Pacific Grove in Monterey County, Calif. is known as "Butterfly Town, U.S.A." for the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies. This documentary focuses on the local habitat protection for the Sanctuary, but also on a larger goal: citizens working together globally to limit habitat loss due to climate change, deforestation and pesticides.
Friday, December 7 at 10:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/11 at 2:30 pm ET
Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
Host Sara Gallegos and guests to explore quilting ideas both old and new in this 3200 series. Beginner or expert, viewers with a love of quilting will be inspired by the tips, designs and techniques featured on the show.In week one, Sara Gallegos is joined by Karla Herrin to show you how to Reverse Applique.
Saturdays at 10:30 am ET, begins December 8
“Food Security and Services”
Food security has been a theme of big government programs and world summits, but its also become one of the grassroots issues of our time. We discuss how it applies to local communities with Salvation Army Captain Doug Winters, Retired NMU Nutrition Professor Mohey Mowafy and NMU Food Recovery Network President Joe Dodd.
Saturday, December 8 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/9 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl
“Negaunee vs Houghton; Gwinn vs Westwood”
Join host Jim Koski as he challenges the “best and brightest” from from 40 Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin high schools in our 41st tournament. This week: Negaunee meets Houghton, and Gwinn takes on Westwood in the first two second-round games.
Saturday, December 8 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/10 at Noon ET
Murder on the Home Front
When young women are found murdered amid the chaos of the London Blitz of World War II, brilliant Home Office Pathologist Dr. Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy), on his first murder case, and his newly recruited assistant Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant) clash with the police over just who the main suspect is. Employing groundbreaking forensic techniques, can Lennox and Molly save a seemingly innocent man from the gallows and prove there may be more to these murders than meets the eye?
Sunday, December 9 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/10 at 1 pm ET
My Dear Children
One hundred years ago, Jews in what is today Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus suffered through what scholars now call “the holocaust of its day.” Organized massacres called pogroms that swept the region from 1917-1921 killed as many as 250,000 Jews. MY DEAR CHILDREN follows one woman’s quest to unravel a family mystery dating back to this time.
Sunday, December 9 at 10:30 pm ET
Just before school started on an April morning a student with a .357 Magnum walked into the Commons, an area teaming with North Thurston High School students, raised the gun and fired into the ceiling. Chaos erupted. This short documentary examines courage, communications and resilience in the face of a school shooting.
Sunday, December 9 at Midnight ET
Repeats 12/10 at 2:30 pm ET
Let’s Go Luna!: Luna’s Christmas Around the World
When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.
Premieres Monday, December 10 at 9 am ET
Become immersed in the daily use of faith and spiritual practice in more than 25 countries. At a time when religious hatreds dominate headlines, explore faith as primary human experience, and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate life.
Monday, December 10 at 10 pm ET
Tree of Life: A Concert for Unity and Peace
Renowned Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman will join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for this concert in remembrance of the city's Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy. All artists are donating their services for this free concert, which is presented as part of the PSO's "Music for the Spirit" program, celebrating Pittsburgh faith communities and the universal message of music.
Tuesday, December 11 at 8 pm ET
Letters from Baghdad
Hear the story of a true original, Gertrude Bell, sometimes called the female "Lawrence of Arabia." Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I, then served as advisor to Winston Churchill.
Tuesday, December 11 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/13 at 1 pm ET
The Dinosaur Echo
The Dinosaur Echo is a documentary about the renaissance of paleontology in Canada today and what dinosaurs can teach us about climate change. The film introduces us to a new generation of paleontologists who are making extraordinary dinosaur discoveries in Alberta and British Columbia in Canada.
Thursday, December 13 at 2:30 pm ET
Ask the Doctors
Area physicians visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. Host Dr. Jennifer Dehlin welcomes guests: Dr. John Lehtinen, Addiction and Occupational Medicine; and Dr. Greg Jones, Psychology. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, December 13 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/14 at Noon ET
Blackbird: Legacy of Innovation
Chronicles the development of the SR-71 Blackbird strategic reconnaissance aircraft that fundamentally changed aerospace design and dynamics. The SR-71 was designed and built in the 1960s as a classified military project by Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Projects team (nicknamed the “Skunk Works” division), and to this day it remains the world’s fastest and highest flying aircraft.
Thursday, December 13 at 10 pm ET
Join us on Season 24 of The American Woodshop featuring “Restorations, Rebuilds & Recycling – Woodworking’s Three “Rs” You have all the tools in your imagination to make your home, your garden and your kitchen shine with personal handmade decorative art!
Fridays at 4:30 pm ET, begins December 14, also at 8 pm ET on TV13/PLUS 13.3
k.d. lang - Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ingenue, the critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning album by superstar singer-songwriter k.d. lang, with a one-night-only performance from the magnificent Majestic Theater in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
Friday, December 14 at 9 pm ET
NMU Mid-Year Commencement 2018
Live coverage of Northern Michigan University’s winter commencement ceremonies broadcast from the Superior Dome. Congratulations graduates and families! This year's "Student Choice" speaker is Northern Michigan University Marketing Professor and Alumni Gary Brunswick. ASNMU President Cody Mayer said Brunswick was selected as commencement speaker after he was nominated by several students who gave compelling narratives about how much he has impacted their time at Northern and helped them find career paths.
Saturday, December 15 at 10:30 am ET
“Innovation in Higher Education”
A discussion on the latest trends and initiatives in higher education with Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson, and Steve VandenAvond, NMU Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement. (Repeat from November)
Saturday, December 15 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/16 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl
“Calumet vs Pickford; Lake Linden vs Sault Ste. Marie”
Join host Jim Koski as he challenges the “best and brightest” from from 40 Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin high schools in our 41st tournament. This week: Calumet meets Pickford, and Lake Linden takes on Sault Ste. Marie in the second round.
Saturday, December 15 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/17 at Noon ET
Little Women on Masterpiece
As engaging today as in 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s story follows sisters Jo (Maya Hawke), Meg (Willa Fitzgerald), Beth (Annes Elwy) and Amy (Kathryn Newton) who, together with Laurie (Jonah Hauer-King), journey to adulthood. The cast also includes Emily Watson, Angela Lansbury, Dylan Baker and Michael Gambon. Series encore in 3 parts.
Sundays, December 16, 23 & 30 at 8 pm ET
Repeats Tuesdays at 1 pm ET
Victoria Season 2 on Masterpiece
Encore of Season Two features Jenna Coleman as the young queen who wants it all—romance, power, an heir and personal freedom. Diana Rigg joins the cast as the Duchess of Buccleuch. Tom Hughes returns as Prince Albert and Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne.
Sundays, December 16-January 6 at 9 pm ET
Repeats Mondays at 1 pm ET
Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work
Series examines ethics and contemporary business practices. Three new episodes cover Volkswagen's clean-burning diesel scandal, Wells Fargo Bank customer account fraud, and improper payments to private Medicare Advantage insurers.
Sundays at 11 pm ET, begins December 16
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville
Join Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster and "Downton Abbey" star Hugh Bonneville, guest musical artist and narrator for this year's Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Monday, December 17 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/18 at 2 pm ET
A President at the Crossroads: Benjamin Harrison
Historians and scholars examine the 23rd president’s formative years, his time in office, and his life after the presidency. Get a look at both the public and private lives of a man who stood at the crossroads between the past and the modern world.
Monday, December 17 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/19 at 2 pm ET
We’ll Meet Again
“Great Alaskan Earthquake”
Ann Curry is back with new episodes featuring dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments, including survivors of Alaska's massive 1964 earthquake, and Korean War veterans looking for fellow servicemen from nearly 70 years ago. Coming next Tuesday, Korean War Brothers in Arms.
Tuesdays at 8 pm ET, new episodes begin December 18
Repeats Wednesdays at 1 pm ET
Lidia Celebrates America
“A Heartland Holiday Feast”
Join Emmy and James Beard Award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich as she travels to the heartland of America, immersing herself in diverse cultures that provide inspiration for the holidays.
Tuesday, December 18 at 9 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: To be announced. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, December 20 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/21 at Noon ET
America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays
The entire cast is home for the holidays, and hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison share their tips and tricks for planning a stress-free gathering, while also recounting personal holiday memories and revealing their all-time favorite holiday recipes from the Test Kitchen archives.
Thursday, December 20 at 10 pm ET
Craft in America
“California” and “Visionaries”
Two new episodes explore craft practices definitively Californian, from Native Americans continuing ancient traditions, to contemporary artists expressing new iterations of the art of the handmade; and delve into stories of the craft artists who, by sheer genius, inspire succeeding generations.
Friday, December 21 at 9 and 10 pm ET
Guests discuss the challenges of responding to the basic needs of community members unable to make ends meet. Guests: Marquette County Salvation Army Captain Doug Winters, U.P. St. Vincent de Paul Executive-Director Laurie Schmit, and Room at the Inn Executive Director Douglas Russell. (Repeat from December 2016)
Saturday, December 22 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/23 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl
“Rudyard vs Escanaba; Cedarville vs Kingsford”
Join host Jim Koski as he challenges the “best and brightest” from from 40 Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin high schools in our 41st tournament. This week: Rudyard takes on Escanaba, and Cedarville challenges Kingsford in the second round.
Saturday, December 22 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/24 at Noon ET
Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree
Since its beginning in 1972, the old-time Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival has grown into a major event – paying homage to the music and art of our ancestors, reminding us of the simple pleasures to be had from gathering together and enjoying the pure, unadulterated sound of live Appalachian music. Watch the climax of this festival as junior and senior fiddlers duel to determine the grand champion of the 47th Annual Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree.
Saturday, December 22 at Midnight ET
Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops
Showcases the best of the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performing beloved classics, including "Christmas Canticles"and "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s Messiah. Mad Men and Broadway star Robert Morse reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas” with musical accompaniment.
Monday, December 24 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/25 at 2 pm ET
Getting to the Nutcracker
Take a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce the annual Nutcracker Ballet at L.A.’s Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre, and meet the child dancers, ages 3-18, as they audition and rehearse.
Monday, December 24 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/26 at 2 pm ET
Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2018
Miriam Margoyles stars as Sister Mildred, who arrives unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, her hands full with four Chinese orphans. With Christmas preparations in full flow and the midwives busy caring for the expectant mothers of Poplar, these unexpected visitors cause joy and chaos in equal measure.
Tuesday, December 25 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/27 at 1 pm ET
Christmas at St. Olaf: Ris’n with Healing in His Wings
Enjoy lively and festive music, including “Gloria” by André J. Thomas — a work arranged for massed choir, soloists, and a full orchestra in a gospel musical style. Other music includes familiar Christmas carols, beautiful and contemplative choral anthems, and rollicking orchestral flourishes.
Tuesday, December 25 at 10:30 pm ET
“Apollo's Daring Mission”
Hear Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of how the first mission to the moon, Apollo 8, pioneered groundbreaking technologies that would pave the way to land a man on the moon and win the space race.
Wednesday, December 26 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/27 at Noon ET
Christmastime in New Orleans
This festive holiday special showcases the music, sights and internationally acclaimed cuisine of New Orleans. Vibraphonist/percussionist Jason Marsalis and The NOLA Players perform a variety of holiday classics, putting a new twist on "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” “Joy to the World"and "Go Tell it on the Mountain."
Thursday, December 27 at 2:30 pm ET
Finding Traction presents the inspirational story of ultra runner Nikki Kimball's quest to become the fastest person in history to run America’s oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail. The film follows Nikki's journey from its beginning – training and racing in the Rocky mountains – to her actual record attempt through Vermont's beautiful but brutal Green Mountains.
Thursday, December 27 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/28 at Noon ET
Glaciers of the Winds
Documentary on the science, exploration, and retreat of the glaciers in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. WyomingPBS looks at the big picture of how receding alpine glaciers will affect the ecosystem, municipalities, farmers, and ranchers downstream.
Thursday, December 27 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/28 at 2 pm ET
Evening with the Governor 2018
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder discusses his final year in office. It's a rare opportunity in a relaxed format to discuss his eighth year in office with Off The Record anchor Tim Skubick. They are later joined by Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder.
Friday, December 28 at 8:30 pm ET
“Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood”
Celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with this tribute concert at Tanglewood. Featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the concert is hosted by Audra McDonald and includes guest artists Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Thomas Hampson and more.
Friday, December 28 at 9 pm ET
Pati's Mexican Table
The 7th season brings authentic Mexican flavors, colors, textures and warmth into American kitchens. A former policy analyst focused on Latin American politics and history, Pati Jinich is a chef, cooking teacher, food writer and mother of three whose true passion lies in sharing the tastes of her childhood and culinary adventures in her native country.
Saturdays at Noon ET, begins December 29
Nearly 11% of Michigan adults have diabetes with millions more at risk, and it remains the seventh leading cause of death. We discuss diabetes numbers, programs and strategies in the Upper Peninsula with Family Medicine Physician Michael Grossman and U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network Director Ann Constance. (Repeat from July)
Saturday, December 29 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/30 at 2:30 pm ET
Richard M. Sherman: Songs of a Lifetime
Highlights 60 years of popular songs with a studio performance with Sherman at the piano telling the tales behind the music, and performing with friends. Features classic songs from Disney’s "Mary Poppins," "The Jungle Book," "Winnie the Pooh," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," and more.
Saturday, December 29 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/31 at Noon ET
J.D. Loudermilk Tribute Concert - A Music Gone Public Special
Concert special features more than two dozen Loudermilk tunes including "Tobacco Road, " "Abilene, " and "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" performed by Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, John McFee (pictured) and more.
Saturday, December 29 at Midnight ET
Live from Lincoln Center
“New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve with Renee Fleming”
Ring in 2019 with the New York Philharmonic, led by new Music Director Jaap van Zweden, and opera great Renee Fleming. Enjoy an evening of elegance and sophistication celebrating the intersection of classical music and dance.
Monday, December 31 at 9 pm ET
Austin City Limits Hall of Fame New Year’s Special
Celebrate the 2018 ACL Hall of Fame with host Chris Isaak as Ray Charles, Marcia Bell and Los Lobos are inducted. Performers include Norah Jones, Robert Randolph, Gary Clark Jr. and more.
Monday, December 31 at 10:30 pm ET
Thanks to Our Special Holiday Program Underwriters:
Snyders Drug Stores / Campus Pharmacy / Corner Drug Store, Iron River
Snyders Drug Stores / Campus Pharmacy / Corner Drug Store, Iron River
Peninsula Medical Center