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February 2024

From specials commemorating black history, to live performances and fundraising specials that celebrate our local community, February is full of new and noteworthy programs on WNMU-TV.  

Check out features from this year's Fresh Coast Film Festival like Algoma Highlands, 9 Days in the Wildairing throughout the month as well. Tune in Sunday, February 11 for a day full of programming devoted to dog sledding, including A Copper Dog Film and Midnight Mushers, both highlighting Upper Peninsula dogsled races. Check out special editions of Ask the Experts airing on February 15 (Certified Public Accountants) and February 29 (Certified Financial Planners). You won't want to miss these and other specials airing all month long! 

Scroll down to learn about the rest of 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, pbs.org or the PBS app. 

February 1-3

Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts

Dentists

Get your oral health questions answered by areal dental professionals during our live call-in broadcast.  

Thursday, February 1 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/2 at 3/2c.

Little Bird

Bineshi Kwe

The Little Bird family comes together to mourn death and celebrate life. 

Friday, February 2 at 9/8c.

Great Performances

Richard III 

Experience Shakespeare’s tragedy recorded from Central Park starring Danai Gurira.

Saturday, February 3 at 1a/12c. Repeats 2/3 at 8/7c and 2/4 at 1p/12c on WNMU-PLUS (Broadcast Channel 13.3). 

High School Bowl

Mackinaw City vs Iron Mountain; Painesdale-Jeffers vs Marquette

Mackinaw City takes on Iron Mountain while Painesdale-Jeffers challenges Marquette in this round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, February 3 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/5 at 3/2c.

February 4-10

Saving Our Theatre - a documentary from Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Featuring The VISTA Theater, Masonic Theater, Keweenaw Storytelling Center. Examine three community theater groups in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Includes interviews with Martin Achatz, Ryan Engle, Rusty Bowers, Rebecca Glotfelty, and Jazmin Gorsky.  

Sunday, February 4 at 3/2c.

Lighthouse Legacy

The story of Stannard Rock Lighthouse, and how its two-ton lens was rediscovered.

Sunday, February 4 at 3:30/2:30c.

Talking Black in America

Performance Traditions

African American artistic forms like the Blues, Spirituals, Spoken Word, Preaching, Comedy and Hip Hop reveal a story about the creative use of African American Language and its function as a tool for survival, liberation and belonging within the Black Community.  

Sunday, February 4 at 7/6c.

Miss Scarlet & The Duke

The Calling

Eliza and Nash are still struggling to work together as they tackle a new case.

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

All Creatures Great and Small

Episode 5

With the war feeling closer to home, James wants things in order and Carmody trained.

Sunday, February 4 at 9/8c.

Funny Woman

Episode 5 

Sophie is banished to Blackpool to await her fate and wonders if her career is over.

Sunday, February 4 at 10/9c.

Independent Lens

Sister Úna Lived a Good Death

A wisecracking nun with stage IV cancer teaches others to live fully until death.

Monday, February 5 at 10/9c.

American Masters

How It Feels To Be Free

Explore the lives and trailblazing careers of iconic African American entertainers who changed American culture through their films, fashion, music and politics.  

Tuesday, February 6 at 9/8c.

Nature

Flyways

Follow scientists racing against the clock to save the world’s migratory shorebirds.

Wednesday, February 7 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/14 at 3/2c.

NOVA

Easter Island

What caused the vast deforestation of Easter Island? Watch a sneak peek here.

Wednesday, February 7 at 9/8c.  Repeats 2/8 at 3/2c.

Secrets of the Dead

Graveyard of the Giant Beasts

Follow scientists trying to determine which giant animal was the apex predator.

Wednesday, February 7 at 10/9c.

Cupid Calls It Quits
Pinkalicious and Peterrific

Cupid Calls It Quits

Pinkalicious and Peter trade places with Cupid to deliver valentines to everyone.

February 8 at 11:30a/10:30c.  Repeats 2/12 at 12p/11c; and 2/14 at 10:30a/9:30c.

Ask the Doctors: Heart & Vascular Health

Ask the Doctors

Heart & Vascular health

Get your medical questions answered by area professionals.  

Thursday, February 8 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/9 at 3/2c.

Seaside Hotel Season 8

We're Not Talking About That

The regulars are back, and everything is looking promising, until a Communist painter, two German soldiers and an orthopedic surgeon arrive.

Fridays at 9/8c, begins February 9.

GOSPEL Live! Presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

A concert celebration honoring the legacy of Gospel music in America. As a companion to GOSPEL, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., secular and gospel artists sing their favorite gospel classics.  

Saturday, February 10 at 1a/12c.  Repeats 2/10 at 2a/1c.

This is [Not] Who We Are

Explore the gap between Boulder, Colorado’s progressive self-image and the experiences of its small, resilient Black community.  

Saturday, February 10 at 2/1c.

High School Bowl

Kingsford vs Hurley; Houghton vs Hancock

Kingsford takes on Hurley while Houghton challenges Hancock in this round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, February 10 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/12 at 3/2c.

February 11-17

Lyla in the Loop

Lyla in the Loop

PBS Kids debuts a funny and engaging new animated series for kids ages 4-8. Lyla, a dynamic 7-year-old girl, lives in a big city with her close-knit family, fantastical blue sidekick Stu, and a host of relatable and quirky characters in her community. In the exclusive clip, Luke teaches Lyla the dance, but she get frustrated in the process.

 Sundays at 8a/7c, begins February 11.

A Copper Dog Film

Fresh Coast Film Festival 2023 Feature

A Copper Dog Film

A year in the making - a story of the beauty of a peninsula, the power of its community, and how they overlap in an annual dogsled race.  

Sunday, February 11 at 3/2c.  Repeats 2/18 at 10/9c.

WNMU Documentaries

Midnight Mushers

Behind the scenes at the first U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race in Marquette, Michigan, Feb. 1990.

Musher

A film about the lives of four sled dog racers (mushers) and their dogs. What it means to be a musher, and what it takes to be a sled dog, is revealed over the course of a year as they all wait out summer so they can train for the coming winter's races.

Sunday, February 11 at 7/6c.

Miss Scarlet & The Duke

The Fugitive

Eliza is on the trail of a fugitive who is charged with murder.

Sunday, February 11 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/12 at 12a/11c.

All Creatures Great and Small

Episode 6

When Richard Alderson needs some help, Helen returns to Heston Grange.

Sunday, February 11 at 9/8c.

Funny Woman

Episode 6 

The team reunites to record the last show, but there are a few surprises still in store.

Sunday, February 11 at 10/9c.

Gospel

Part 1: The Gospel Train/Golden Age of Gospel

Explore how Black sacred music transcends to mainstream, impacted by blues and jazz. In this preview, GOSPEL explores Black spirituality in sermon and song.   

Monday, February 12 at 9/8c.

Gospel

Part 2: Take The Message Everywhere/Gospel's Second Century

Experience how gospel music and preaching achieved platinum-selling success, embracing a new generation. GOSPEL explores Black spirituality in sermon and song in this inside look.

Tuesday, February 13 at 9/8c.

Nature

Attenborough and the Sea Dragon

Join Sir David Attenborough as he uncovers a new species of Ichthyosaur.

Wednesday, February 14 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/21 at 3/2c.

NOVA: Building the Eiffel Tower

NOVA

Building the Eiffel Tower

Explore the revolutionary engineering behind Paris’s iconic landmark, the tallest structure of its time.   

Wednesday, February 14 at 9/8c.  Repeats 2/15 at 3/2c.

Secrets of the Dead

The Woman in the Iron Coffin

Uncover the story of early America's free black communities via remains of a woman from the 1800s.  

Wednesday, February 14 at 10/9c.

Ask the Experts: CPAs

Ask The Experts

CPAs

Certified public accountants answers questions submitted by viewers.

Thursday, February 15 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/16 at 3/2c.

Seaside Hotel

Chocolate and Whipped Cream

A plan is born in a bid to get rid of the unwanted guests. Meanwhile, Madsen gets involved in the fate of a young German solider.  

Friday, February 16 at 9/8c.

High School Bowl

Ironwood vs Pickford; West Iron County vs Manistique

Ironwood challenges Pickford while West Iron County takes on Manistique in this 'Cerebral 16' round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, February 17 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/19 at 3/2c.

February 18-24

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

Learn the untold story of false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Examine the parallels to the targeting of groups today and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.  

Sunday, February 18 at 7/6c.

Secrets of Royal Travel

Pack your bags for a rare look at the monarchy’s luxurious private planes and trains.

Sunday, February 18 at 8/7c.  Repeats at 12a/11c.

All Creatures Great and Small

Episode 7

James tries to get home for Christmas and Skeldale House prepares for a new arrival.

Sunday, February 18 at 9/8c.

Fresh Coast Film Festival 2023 Feature

A Copper Dog Film

A year in the making - a story of the beauty of a peninsula, the power of its community, and how they overlap in an annual dogsled race.  

Sunday, February 18 at 10/9c.

Fresh Coast Film Festival 2023 Feature

Restoring Aquatic Ecosystems

Examine Michigan’s first indigenous-led, multi-agency collaborative created to restore and protect the ecology of streams and rivers across an entire region.   

Sunday, February 18 at 10:30/9:30c.

American Experience: Fly with Me

American Experience

Fly with Me

Maligned as feminist sellouts, “stewardesses,” knew different: they were on the frontlines of a battle to assert gender equality and transform the workplace.  

Tuesday, February 20 at 9/8c.

Nature: Patrick and the Whale

Nature

Patrick and the Whale

Patrick Dykstra has a life-changing encounter with a sperm whale and discovers their hidden world.  

Wednesday, February 21 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/28 at 3/2c.

NOVA

Hunt for the Oldest DNA

Follow the quest to recover DNA millions of years old, revealing a lost world from before the Ice Age. In this clip, researchers drilled in the Kap København formation in Greenland to collect soil samples.

Wednesday, February 21 at 9/8c.  Repeats 2/22 at 3/2c.

Secrets of the Dead

The Alcatraz Escape

Scientists investigate whether surviving an escape from Alcatraz prison was possible.

Wednesday, February 21 at 10/9c.d

Ask the Doctors

Ask the Doctors

Mens Health

Area professionals in mens health answer questions from viewers.   

Thursday, February 22 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/23 at 3/2c.

The Secret Agent: Classic Film of the Month

Classic Film of the Month

The Secret Agent

After three British Agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1936.   

Friday, February 23 at 9/8c.

The Devil's Instrument

Explore the history, lore, craft and haunting music of the eight-string fiddle.

Friday, February 23 at 10:30/9:30c.

High School Bowl

Ishpeming vs Sault Ste. Marie; Bessemer vs Lake Linden-Hubbell

Ishpeming challenges Sault Ste. Marie while Bessemer takes on Lake Linden-Hubbell in this 'Cerebral 16' round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, February 24 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/26 at 3/2c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser: Saturday, 2/24 - Monday, 3/11
Festival! 24 Fundraiser Special

The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang - Live on Copacabana Beach

On February 18th, 2006, The Rolling Stones performed from Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. This fully restored and re-mastered concert from their “A Bigger Bang” world tour now includes four previously unreleased tracks. Part of Festival! '24 Fundraiser.

Saturday, February 24 at 9/8c.

February 25-29

Fresh Coast Film Festival 2023 Feature

Algoma Highlands, 9 Days in the Wild

A unique kind of wilderness adventure, off-trail natural geocaching.  

Sunday, February 25 at 3/2c.

Shaping Narratives / Color Out Here

A biracial woman re-frames the outdoors and Michigan places you think you know.  

Sunday, February 25 at 3:30/2:30c.

Symphony Celebration: The Blind Boys of Alabama with Dr. Henry Panion, III

Hailed as "Gospel Titans" by Rolling Stone magazine, the five-time Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama perform with conductor Dr. Henry Panion, III, and a full symphony orchestra. The concert features a combined choir from Alabama's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Miles College, Tuskegee University and Talladega College among others.  

Sunday, February 25 at 7/6c.

Il Divo XX, Live from Taipei

Festival! '24 Fundraiser

Il Divo XX, Live from Taipei

In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, Il Divo perform a spectacular evening of music at the Taipei Music Center in Taiwan. Part of Festival! '24 Fundraiser.  

Sunday, February 25 at 8/7c.

All Creatures Great and Small: Touring The Dales

Festival! '24 Fundraiser

All Creatures Great and Small: Touring The Dales

A celebration of the beauty of the Dales and the many locations that All Creatures’ audiences have come to love.  Part of Festival! '24 Fundraiser.  

Sunday, February 25 at 9:30/8:30c.

Italy Made with Love

Italy Made with Love

Travel through Italy to meet artisans who still create exceptional items by hand. Scan the QR in the broadcast for bonus content–like additional artisans–available only on WNMU Passport.  

Monday, February 26 at 8/7c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band–Hits, History & Dirt Does Dylan

Join the band for songs from Bob Dylan and the Will the Circle Be Unbroken album. Part of Festival! '24 Fundraiser.  

Monday, February 26 at 9:30/8:30c.

An American Family at 50

Festival! '24 Fundraiser

An American Family at 50

50 years ago, PBS broadcast An American Family, a 12-week documentary program that opened the door to a new genre of television. Revisit the original series and explores its significance and its impact going forward. Part of Festival! '24 Fundraiser.  

Tuesday, February 27 at 8/7c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser

From Sea to Shining Sea

Experience the USA’s grandeur with stunning visuals set to uplifting music and poetry. Part of Festival! '24 Fundraiser.  

Tuesday, February 27 at 9:30/8:30c.

America: The Land We Live In

Festival! '24 Fundraiser

America: The Land We Live In

Rediscover America’s national wonders on a modern-day quest to unveil mysteries,  and uncover the history of exploration and conservation in the United States—all through the lens of a 19th-century book. Part of Festival! '24 Fundraiser.  

Wednesday, February 28 at 8/7c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser

Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway Live in Nashville

Join the Grammy-winning acoustic guitarist, banjo player and rising star for a dynamic concert with her band in Nashville. Watch a sneak peek of Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway: Live in Nashville! Part of Festival! '24 Fundraiser. 

Wednesday, February 28 at 9:30/8:30c.

Ask the Experts: CFPs

Ask the Experts

Certified Financial Planners

Area Certified Financial Planners answer questions submitted by viewers.  

Thursday, February 29 at 8/7c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser

Inside Grand Hotel

Explore Grand Hotel’s iconic spaces to learn what has made this unique property an icon of success for more than 125 years. Part of Festival! '24 Fundraiser.  

Thursday, February 29 at 9/8c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser: Thank you for your support

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