February 2019 Program HighlightsAll programs air on Channel 13-1 unless noted.
Great Performances at the Met
Watch composer Nico Muhly's reimagining of Winston Graham's novel about a beautiful, mysterious woman who assumes multiple identities. Starring Isabel Leonard in the title role alongside Christopher Maltman as Mark Rutland. Robert Spano conducts.
Friday, February 1 at 9 pm ET
Repeats on TV13/PLUS Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 pm ET & Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 pm ET
Media Meet “Year in Review 2018”
Host Bill Hart looks back on 2018's key news stories with WLUC-TV6 News Director Steve Asplund, Great Lakes Radio News Director Walt Lindala and Mining Journal Staff Writer Jaymie Depew. (Repeat from January)
Saturday, February 2 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 2/3 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl
“Manistique vs Superior Central; Bark River vs West Iron County”
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: The second round concludes with Manistique taking on Superior Central and Bark River meeting West Iron County.
Saturday, February 2 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 2/4 at Noon ET
Austin City Limits
“Buddy Guy/August Greene”
Thrill to an hour of blues and hip-hop with Buddy Guy and August Greene. Blues legend Guy plays hits and songs from his latest album The Blues is Alive and Well. Hip-hop supergroup August Greene performs songs from its self-titled debut.
Saturday, February 2 at 11 pm ET
Downton Abbey Season 1 on Masterpiece
The series returns for a complete encore of all six seasons airing every Sunday. In Part 1: When the Titanic goes down, Lord Grantham loses his immediate heirs, and his daughter Mary loses her fiancé, throwing Downton Abbey and its servants into turmoil.
Sundays at 6:30 pm ET, begins Feb. 3
Victoria Season 3 on Masterpiece
Travel back to 1848 as revolution breaks out across Europe. In Britain, one woman stands between order and chaos: Queen Victoria. Jenna Coleman stars as the young but fearless monarch, facing a crisis that threatens to end her reign. Season 3 continues.
Sundays at 9 pm ET, through March 3
Repeats Mondays at 1 pm ET
Lew Wallace: Shiloh Soldier, Ben-Hur Bard
Discover General Lewis “Lew” Wallace’s extraordinary life and career as Civil War General and author. Wallace played a leading role in America’s military, political, diplomatic, and literary affairs during the 19th century, including writing the historical adventure Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, one of the best-selling novels of the century.
Sunday, February 3 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 2/5 at 1 pm ET
Follow a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors. Their digital exploration reaches a new level in a spirited YouTube competition that reveals hidden talents and competitive spirits.
Monday, February 4 at 2 pm ET
From the South to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia, racially-charged objects often wrapped in the protective embrace of antiquity and historical preservation.
Monday, February 4 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 2/7 at 1 pm ET
Our American Family: The Clarks
For generations, the Clark family of Frankford, DE has shown tremendous support of one another as members faced hard times with tender loyalty. This program traces the lives of this African-American family with seven children as they employed humor, resourcefulness and respect for all through the Depression, WWII, and racial tension.
Tuesday, February 5 at 2:30 pm ET
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television
In season 2, Chris and his test cooks search the world looking for the best recipes, and finding home cooks who can teach better ways to prepare meals.
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins February 5, also at 8 pm on TV13/PLUS 13.3
Finding Your Roots
The series continues in February with episodes uncovering the fascinating histories of 28 cultural trailblazers. This week: Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the family history of S. Epatha Merkerson and Michael Strahan.
Tuesdays at 8 pm ET
Repeats Wednesdays at 2 pm ET
State of the Union Address: A PBS NewsHour Special Report
The PBS NewsHour presents live coverage of President Trump's State of the Union Address live from the U.S. Capitol with Democratic response and analysis from the NewsHour team.
Tuesday, February 5 at 9 pm ET
Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope
Season nine finds host Joseph Rosendo exploring new countries and also returning to favorite haunts in Europe, Asia, South America and the South Pacific.
Wednesdays at 4:30 pm, begins Feb. 6, also at 8 pm on TV13/PLUS 13.3
NOVA “Decoding the Great Pyramid”
Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza -- and how they did it. Join researchers as they delve into the logbook of a work crew and discover how the massive project transformed Egypt.
Wednesday, February 6 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 2/7 at Noon ET
The Dictator’s Playbook
The series concludes with the last two episodes: Francisco Franco who used the tactics of colonial war to win control of Spain; and Idi Amin who used lessons learned in the colonial British Army to build a powerful dictatorship in Uganda. This week, Franco.
Wednesdays at 10 pm, February 6 & 13
Repeats Fridays at 2 pm ET
Ask the Dentists
Area dentists visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers. Schedule Note: This live broadcast has been cancelled due to bad weather. A previous edition of Ask the Dentists will air in its place.
Thursday, February 7 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 2/8 at Noon ET
A Ripple of Hope
This documentary captures an extraordinary and uplifting event against the backdrop of one of the most volatile and memorable Presidential campaigns in U.S. history. On April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy — a contender for the Democratic nomination for president — was en route to Indianapolis to make a campaign stop in a predominantly African-American neighborhood. In Memphis, Tenn. that same night, gunman James Earl Ray shot and mortally wounded the leader of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Upon hearing the tragic news, Kennedy made a crucial decision: risking his own life and defying city officials, he ventured into the inner city and addressed the grief-stricken crowd gathered in a park. He stood atop a shaky, flat-bed truck and delivered one of the great political speeches of the 20th century: a moving, extemporaneous plea for peace and reconciliation.
Thursday, February 7 at 10 pm ET
Live from Lincoln Center
Meet Nya, an inner-city teacher desperate to save her son, in Dominique Morisseau’s new play. When her son gets in trouble at school, Nya must confront his rage and her choices, and try to reach him before he gets pulled away forever.
Friday, February 8 at 9 pm ET
“Great Lakes One Watershed Partnership”
Community foundations are taking a role in helping local communities develop a more climate resilient future. We talk about the Resilient Future Project with guests: Marquette County Community Foundation CEO Gail Anthony, Superior Watershed Partnership Program Manager Emily Leach and MSU Extension Educator Bradley Neumann. (Repeat from January)
Saturday, February 9 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 2/10 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl
“Houghton vs Westwood; Calumet vs Sault Ste. Marie”
Special time this week only 7 pm ET. 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: The third round (Smart 16) begins with Houghton challenging Westwood and Calumet taking on last year's champs, Sault Ste. Marie.
Saturday, February 9 at 7 pm ET
Repeats 2/11 at Noon ET
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
This acclaimed 2018 documentary by Morgan Neville takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Fred Rogers. Enjoy the story of a soft-spoken minister, puppeteer, writer and producer whose show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, was beamed daily into homes across America for more than 30 years. Don't miss this very special one-night documentary event.
Saturday, February 9 at 8 pm ET
ACL Presents: Americana 17th Annual Honors
Austin City Limits presents selected performances from the Americana Music Awards presentation from the Americana Music Festival in Nashville. Enjoy performances by Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Brandi Carlile, Buddy Guy, Jason Isbell, kd lang and more.
Saturday, February 9 at 11 pm ET
Margaret: The Rebel Princess
Learn how Princess Margaret’s life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed the western world during the 20th century, and redefined society’s image of the modern princess. 2-part series.
Sundays at 10 pm, February 10 & 17
Repeats Mondays at 2 pm ET
Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio
Documents the history of rock radio — from the AM deejays to the FM pioneers who fanned the flames of the '60s, to the silencing of rock radio by the government and big-business interests, to its promise of rebirth on satellite radio. AIRPLAY shares the story of the 50-year struggle for the soul of music radio, told by the deejays and the artists they made stars. Musicians include: Crosby, Stills and Nash, Grace Slick, Little Steven Van Zandt, Bob Weir and Ray Manzarek (The Doors). In addition, legendary disc jockeys talk about the hits and the history they made together through interviews, archival footage and airchecks, some never seen or heard on television before.
Monday, February 11 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 2/12 at 1 pm ET
Michigan State of the State Address and Minority Party Response
Watch live coverage of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's first State of the State Address to a joint session of the legislature in the House Chambers in Lansing. Followed by a Republican response. [Schedule Note: Finding Your Roots will be delayed until 11 pm tonight.]
Tuesday, February 12 at 7 pm ET
Sealab: American Experience
Discover the mostly forgotten story of the U.S. Navy's daring and groundbreaking Sealab program, whose "Aquanauts" tested the limits of human endurance and revolutionized our understanding of underseas exploration.
Tuesday, February 12 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 2/13 at 1 pm ET
“Predator on the Reservation”
Learn about a pediatrician accused of sexually abusing Native American boys for years. An investigation with The Wall Street Journal into the decades-long failure to stop a government doctor who moved from reservation to reservation despite warnings.
Tuesday, February 12 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 2/14 at 2 pm ET
“Wild Way of the Vikings”
Experience the natural world through the eyes of the Vikings. From the killer whales of the North Sea to the volcanic mounts of Iceland, see the deep history and cultural respect the Vikings had with the land and sea. Ewan McGregor narrates.
Wednesday, February 13 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 2/20 at Noon ET
“Rise of the Rockets”
Marvel at a new era of space exploration and accessibility, thanks to NASA's return to crewed spaceflight, as well as private companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, and technologies that make rockets cheaper and more powerful than ever.
Wednesday, February 13 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 2/14 at Noon ET
The Majesty of Music and Math
This multi-media production from New Mexico PBS explores the interconnectedness of music and mathematics, with remarks by Santa Fe Institute mathematician and computer scientist Cris Moore and musical selections by the Santa Fe Symphony with Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa.
Thursday, February 14 at 1 pm ET
Ask the Doctors
“The Heart and Arteries”
Area physicians visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this encore broadcast from 2018.
Thursday, February 14 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 2/15 at Noon ET
And Then They Came for Us
Through personal narrative, and the stunning photography of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, this documentary details the unjust registration and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans in US camps during WWII. Features actor George Takei.
Thursday, February 14 at 10 pm ET
“Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP The Magazine”
Watch filmmakers and actors receive the 2019 Movies for Grownups Awards. The awards were established to celebrate and encourage filmmaking that appeals to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind -- and to recognize its artists. Pictured: Actress Shirley MacLaine.
Friday, February 15 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 2/19 at 1 pm ET
“Michigan Teacher Shortages”
A program on the current and projected statewide shortage of public school teachers and substitute teachers — it's causes, consequences and challenges for school districts and communities in the Upper Peninsula.
Saturday, February 16 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 2/17 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl
“Escanaba vs Cedarville; Ironwood vs Hancock”
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: The third round (Smart 16) continues as Escanaba takes on Cedarville and Ironwood challenges Hancock.
Saturday, February 16 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 2/18 at Noon ET
New Environmentalists - The Series
This 10-part series presents 2 new New Environmentalists programs, plus 8 encores. Each program features portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists around the globe who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries for environmental justice in their communities. Narrated by Robert Redford.
Sundays at 10:30 am ET, begins February 17
“Minding the Gap”
Meet three young men who bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.
Monday, February 18 at 9 pm ET
Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes are known for their sweeping beauty and crystal clear waters. But hidden beneath the surface of the lakes, dozens of pipelines carry oil and gas every day. In this new documentary, Detroit Public TV’s Great Lakes Bureau examines the controversy surrounding the Line 5 pipeline built by Enbridge Inc., constructed and placed on the lakebed between Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsula more than a half century ago.
Monday, February 18 at 10:30 pm ET
Sammy Davis, Jr.: American Masters
Explore the entertainer's vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Features Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and clips from his TV, film and concert performances.
Tuesday, February 19 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 2/21 at 1 pm ET
China’s Big Bay - From “Made In” to “Invented By”
China has made remarkable strides to return to being a world power, few people realize how fast. A new effort has Hong Kong, Macau, and cities in the Guangdong Province spurring innovation and economic development through better cooperation and connections while maintaining culture and addressing pollution. This initiative is "China's Big Bay."
Wednesday, February 20 at 1 pm ET
Uncover the variety of activity, both human and natural, that occurs on the slopes of active volcanoes. See the surprising number of animals that survive and thrive alongside these fiery natural phenomena.
Wednesday, February 20 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 2/27 at Noon ET
“The Next Pompeii”
Discover Campi Flegrei, a lesser-known volcano in the shadow of Vesuvius. If it erupts, millions of lives could be at risk. Meet the scientists exploring its geography and developing a warning system to prevent Naples from becoming the next Pompeii.
Wednesday, February 20 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 2/21 at Noon ET
Secrets of the Dead
“The Nero Files”
Take a closer look at the life and legend of Nero, the infamous Roman emperor, as a forensics profiler attempts to find out what history may have gotten wrong about his alleged tyranny.
Wednesday, February 20 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 2/25 at 2 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, February 21 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 2/22 at Noon ET
Saving Brinton: America ReFramed
In a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels of the man who brought moving pictures to America's heartland. This film chronicles the discovery of thousands of artifacts that belonged to William Franklin Brinton, America's greatest barnstorming movieman, and collector of early films, trinkets, posters and catalogs.
Thursday, February 21 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 2/22 at 2 pm ET
Charley Pride: American Masters
Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated Mississippi, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice.
Friday, February 22 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 2/27 at 2 pm ET
Brad Paisley - Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
Country music superstar Brad Paisley returns to his roots in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for a special outdoor concert at West Virginia University. Hosted by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Friday, February 22 at 10 pm ET
A discussion of the evolving discovery, research, risks and clean-up of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Thirty-five Michigan contamination sites had been identified by the end of 2018, including two in the Upper Peninsula.
Saturday, February 23 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 2/24 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl
“Marquette vs Hurley; Republic-Michigamme vs Menominee”
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: The third round (Smart 16) continues as Marquette takes on Hurley; Republic-Michigamme meets Menominee.
Saturday, February 23 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 2/25 at Noon ET
This series goes behind the scenes in America's museums, where ordinary folks don’t get a chance to go. Get an insider’s view from museum directors, curators and creative personnel. This week, host Leslie Mueller takes a private tour of Collings Foundation Museum - Wings of Freedom in Stow, MA, and goes behind-the-scenes on-board a flight in a B-17 Bomber.
Sundays at 10 am ET, begins February 24
“An Honest Liar”
Meet James “The Amazing” Randi, the famed magician and self-proclaimed “honest liar” who dedicated his life to exposing frauds. But when dealing with a master deceiver, the truth can be hard to find.
Sunday, February 24 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 2/26 at 1 pm ET
“People’s Republic of Desire”
Meet a generation of young people in China who have come of age online, where virtual relationships are replacing real-life connections. Both the wealthy and the poor gather in online showrooms to worship idols who sing karaoke or host talk shows.
Monday, February 25 at 10 pm ET
Project Asteroid: Mapping Bennu
In 2016, NASA embarked on a new and unique mission: sending the Osiris-REx spacecraft to rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu to study the rocky space object and collect samples to return to researchers. PROJECT ASTEROID: MAPPING BENNU is a 30-minute film that documents the construction of one of the critical instruments on board the spacecraft: the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES), the first space instrument to be built entirely on the Arizona State University (ASU) campus.
Tuesday, February 26 at 2:30 pm ET
Roads to Memphis: American Experience
Examine the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of assassin James Earl Ray and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., against the backdrop of the turbulent forces that led these two men to their violent collision in Memphis in 1968.
Tuesday, February 26 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 2/27 at 1 pm ET
“Right to Fail”
After decades in institutions, a man with schizophrenia faces violence and death to live on his own. In collaboration with ProPublica, the film investigates a court-ordered effort to move those with serious mental illness into independent living.
Tuesday, February 26 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 2/28 at 2 pm ET
Yosemite is a land forged in wildfire and sculpted by water, but with climate change, water is scarcer and fire more common. Join scientists and adventurers to investigate how these global changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses.
Wednesday, February 27 at 8 pm ET
“Great Human Odyssey”
Walk in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors as scientists trace the paths that led us out of Africa and around the world. From snowy Siberia to remote Pacific islands, discover how humans survived and thrived in every corner of the planet.
Wednesday, February 27 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 2/28 at Noon ET
Ask the Doctors
“Eyes and Vision”
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: To be announced. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, February 28 at 8 pm ET
Mountains and Manhood
For the past 35 years, Jeff Voth has led his sons and other groups of men on an annual backpacking trip into the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This trip has become a legendary, masculine benchmark. Learning life-skills, trout fishing, extreme physical fatigue and the sharing of deep heart-felt secrets in a sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying alpine backdrop has etched this event indelibly into these men's lives.
Thursday, February 28 at 10 pm ET