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January 2021

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.

January 1-2

Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World

Eliades Ochoa
From Cuba to the World
The life and career of the acclaimed guitarist and singer, who rose to worldwide fame in the ‘90s as an original member of the legendary Cuban band, The Buena Vista Social Club.

Thursday, January 31 at Midnight ET.

London's New Year's Day Celebration 2021

London's New Year's Day Celebration 2021
Hosts Tim Vincent and Sinitta ring in New Year’s Day 2021 with a difference.

Friday, January 1 at 12:30 pm ET.

Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2021

Great Performances
From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2021
Ring in 2021 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein hosted by Hugh Bonneville.

Friday, January 1 at 9 pm ET.

Life After Sight

Life After Sight
They live with visual impairment, yet refuse to surrender to a world of darkness. Through advances in medicine, mentorship, and guidance from specially-trained dogs, discover how individuals facing loss of sight prevent their disability from robbing them of life’s richness and beauty.

Friday, January 1 at 10:30 pm ET.

ACL Hall of Fame: The First Six Years

ACL Hall of Fame: The First Six Years
Enjoy select cuts from the first six years of Austin City Limits' Hall of Fame celebrations.

Saturday, January 2 at 11 pm ET.

January 3-9

Flight of the Frigate Bird: An Omen of Rising Seas

Flight of the Frigate Bird
An Omen of Rising Seas
A look at how generations of islanders have adapted to the ever changing landscape of barrier island life as large storms and rising seas threaten the future of Dauphin Island.

Sunday, January 3 at 10 am ET.

America's Ancient Industry

America's Ancient Industry
Long before Stonehenge and the Pyramids were built, an industry was flourishing in North America near the Lake Superior shores. Copper was being mined. No one knows for sure who these ancient miners were, but thousands of mine pits and tools were left behind as evidence of their mysterious past.

Sunday, January 3 at 3 pm, Part 2 airs 1/10 at 3 pm.

Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed

Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed
Discover the little-known yet profound role Prince Albert played in shaping Victorian Britain.

Sunday, January 3 at 8 pm ET.

Elizabeth is Missing on Masterpiece

Elizabeth is Missing on Masterpiece
A woman desperately tries to solve two mysteries as she declines ever deeper into dementia.

Sundays at 9 pm ET, begins January 3.

Africa’s Great Civilizations: Origins/The Cross and the Crescent

Africa’s Great Civilizations
Origins/The Cross and the Crescent
Uncover the origins of man and early human society in Africa; with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he charts the ancient rise and impact of Christianity and Islam across Africa.

Monday, January 4 at 3 pm. Repeats 1/9 at 8 pm ET.

Independent Lens: A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem

Independent Lens
A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem
Three brave cheerleaders take on the NFL, battling for recognition -- and a raise.

Monday, January 4 at 10 pm ET.

PBS American Portrait: I Dream

PBS American Portrait
I Dream
Self-shot stories reveal the meaning of the American dream and what it means to pursue it today.

Tuesdays at 9 pm ET, begins January 5.

Nature: A Squirrel's Guide to Success

Nature
A Squirrel's Guide to Success
Follow a guide to the squirrel's success along with an orphan red squirrel called Billy.

Wednesday, January 6 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA: Prediction by the Numbers

NOVA Prediction by the Numbers
Discover why some predictions succeed and others fail as experts forecast the future.

Wednesday, January 6 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 1/7 at 3 pm ET.

When Disaster Strikes: A Perfect Storm: Mozambique

When Disaster Strikes
A Perfect Storm: Mozambique
Hear the extraordinary story of hope after Cyclone Idai brings devastating flooding to Mozambique.

Wednesdays at 10 pm ET, begins January 6.

Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate
Emmy® Award-winning journalists Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann provide a rare look into the lives of three American lawyers who defend accused terrorists.

Thursday, January 7 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 1/8 at 3 pm ET.

Frontline: A Thousand Cuts

Frontline
A Thousand Cuts
A special presentation from Frontline.

Friday, January 8 at 9 pm ET.

Africa’s Great Civilizations: Origins/The Cross and the Crescent

Africa’s Great Civilizations
Origins/The Cross and the Crescent
Uncover the origins of man and early human society in Africa; with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Saturday, January 9 at 8 pm

January 10-16

America's Ancient Industry: Travel Routes

America's Ancient Industry
Travel Routes
In this sequel, learn more about Michigan’s role in ancient copper mining, and examine the water routes that ancient miners traveled and sites they visited.

Sunday, January 10 at 3 pm ET.

The First Angry Man

The First Angry Man
Look into Howard Jarvis, whose 1978 ballot initiative, Prop. 13, changed everything in California and beyond. This program unpacks the dramatic campaign, its quirky characters and the enduring consequences that continue to define our times.

Sunday, January 10 at 8 pm ET.

All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece: Ep. 1

All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece
Ep. 1
James Herriot's first day as a Yorkshire veterinarian is full of surprises.

Sundays at 9 pm ET, begins January 10.

The Unseen Alistair Cooke on Masterpiece

The Unseen Alistair Cooke
on Masterpiece
Enjoy a revealing portrait of longtime Masterpiece Theatre host Alistair Cooke, one of the most celebrated broadcasters of the 20th century.

Sunday, January 10 at 10 pm ET.

Masterpiece: 50 Fabulous Years!

Masterpiece: 50 Fabulous Years!
Celebrate the iconic series that introduced generations of viewers to the delights of British drama.

Sunday, January 10 at Midnight ET.

Independent Lens: A Day in the Life of America/American Nomads

Independent Lens
A Day in the Life of America/American Nomads
On July 4, 2017, more than 90 film crews across the country capture one day in the life of America.

Monday, January 11 at 10 pm ET. .

PBS American Portrait: I Work

PBS American Portrait
I Work
Everyday people share self-shot stories about their jobs and what it means to work in America today.

Tuesday, January 12 at 9 pm ET.

Nature: The Alps: The High Life

Nature
The Alps: The High Life
Enjoy the Alps in spring and summertime as newborn animals grow up to face the coming brutal winter.

Wednesday, January 13 at 8 pm, Part 2 airs 1/20 at 8 pm.

NOVA: Secrets in Our DNA

NOVA Secrets in Our DNA
Explore the power of DNA and the unintended consequences that can arise from sharing our data with rapidly growing online databases.

Wednesday, January 13 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 1/14 at 3 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors "Geriatric Medicine"

Ask the Doctors
Geriatric Medicine
Local physicians specializing in geriatric medicine answer phoned-in questions from viewers.

Thursday, January 14 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 1/15 at 3 pm ET.

When Disaster Strikes: The Silent Killer: Somalia

When Disaster Strikes
The Silent Killer: Somalia
Go inside an epic battle for survival and preservation as another drought strikes Somalia.

Wednesday, January 13 at 10 pm ET.

Africa’s Great Civilizations: The Cross and the Crescent

Africa’s Great Civilizations
The Cross and the Crescent
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. charts the ancient rise and impact of Christianity and Islam across Africa.

Saturday, January 16 at 8 pm

January 17-23

Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Masterpiece: Inheritance

Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Masterpiece
Inheritance
Aided by a family friend, Eliza goes to work as a private detective to get out of debt.

Sundays at 8 pm ET, begins January 17. Repeats 1/18 at Midnight ET.

All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece: Ep. 2

All Creatures Great and Small
Ep. 2
Siegfried's fun-loving brother, Tristan, arrives to help out. Mrs. Pumphrey throws a swanky party.

Sunday, January 17 at 9 pm ET.

Inside The Mind of Agatha Christie

Inside The Mind of Agatha Christie
Discover what made the world's most successful crime writer tick.

Sunday, January 17 at 10 pm ET.

American Masters: How It Feels to Be Free

American Masters
How It Feels to Be Free
Discover icons Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier.

Monday, January 18 at 9 pm ET. .

PBS American Portrait: I Keep

PBS American Portrait
I Keep
Across America, people film themselves as they try to preserve or change long-standing traditions.

Tuesday, January 19 at 9 pm ET.

Frontline "President Biden" airs January 19 at 10p ET

Frontline
President Biden
The story of how crisis and tragedy prepared Joe Biden to become America’s next president.

Wednesday, January 19 at 10 pm ET. .

NOVA: Decoding Da Vinci

NOVA Decoding Da Vinci
Discover the science behind Leonardo da Vinci's masterpieces–and Mona Lisa's legendary smile.

Wednesday, January 20 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 1/21 at 3 pm ET.

When Disaster Strikes: Paradise Lost: Bahamas

When Disaster Strikes
Paradise Lost: Bahamas
Hear an epic tale of survival as one of the Caribbean’s strongest hurricanes strikes The Bahamas.

Wednesday, January 20 at 10 pm ET. .

Ask the Lawyers

Ask the Lawyers
Area attorneys answer phoned-in questions from viewers.

Thursday, January 21 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 1/22 at 3 pm ET.

Ultimate Guide to Fly Fishing

Ultimate Guide to Fly Fishing
Tom Rosenbauer teaches the essentials of fly fishing. From the origins of fly fishing to how inexpensive it is to get started. Includes basics of casting and knot tying.

Thursdays at 10 pm ET, begins January 21. Repeats 1/23 at 3 pm ET.

Professor T: Murder By Numbers, Part 2

Professor T
Murder By Numbers, Part 2
With Daan fighting for his life in hospital, the search for the killer continues. Annelies meets with the widow of the third victim. Unbeknownst to the team, the killer is much closer by than they could possibly imagine.

Friday, January 22 at 9 pm ET.

Africa’s Great Civilizations: The Atlantic Age/Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations

Africa’s Great Civilizations
The Atlantic Age/Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations
Uncover complex trade networks and educational institutions that advanced north and west Africa.

Saturday, January 23 at 8 pm

January 24-30

Midnight Mushers

Midnight Mushers
The story of the first running of the UP 200 Sled Dog Championship, a 240-mile sled dog race that circles the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Describes the trail and checkpoint activities, and mushers talk about dog care, training, and strategy.

Sunday, January 24 at 3:30 pm ET.

Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Masterpiece: The Woman in Red

Miss Scarlet and the Duke
The Woman in Red
Eliza is hired to prove the innocence of a man caught with a bloodied knife at a murder scene.

Sunday, January 24 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 1/25 at Midnight ET.

All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece: Ep. 3

All Creatures Great and Small
Ep. 3
James is put to the test with an ailing racehorse. Tristan faces a familiar temptation.

Sunday, January 24 at 9 pm ET. .

Agatha Christie's England

Agatha Christie's England
Retrace the beloved author's footsteps to see the real places that inspired her literary universe.

Sunday, January 24 at 10 pm ET.

Public Eye News Returns!

Public Eye News
Northern Michigan University's student-produced daily newscast returns! Get up-to-date local and national news, weather and sports weekdays at 4 pm.

Monday, January 25 at 4 pm ET.

POV: The Mole Agent

POV
The Mole Agent
Follow a private investigator hired to go undercover inside a nursing home.

Monday, January 25 at 9:30 pm ET.

PBS American Portrait: I Rise

PBS American Portrait
I Rise
First-person stories from across the country take you inside the movement for an antiracist future.

Tuesday, January 26 at 9 pm ET. .

Nature: The Alps: Winter's Fortress

Nature
The Alps: Winter’s Fortress
Experience the hostile and bitter cold ecosystems of the Alps, shaped by blizzards and avalanches.

Wednesday, January 27 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA: Forgotten Genius

NOVA Forgotten Genius
Hear from producer Steve Lyons on the challenges he and his team faced while filming a NOVA program on the life and work of chemist Percy Julian.

Wednesday, January 27 at 9 pm ET.

Decoding The Driftless

Decoding The Driftless
Buckle-up for a wild ride of science- adventure, above, on, and within the amazing Driftless Region of North America.

Thursday, January 28 at 3 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors: Addiction and Behavioral Health

Ask the Doctors
Addiction and Behavioral Health
Local physicians answer phoned-in questions from viewers on the topics of addiction and behavioral health.

Thursday, January 28 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 1/29 at 3 pm ET.

Winter Wonderland: Golden Age of Skiing

Winter Wonderland
Golden Age of Skiing
This film takes the viewer on a journey across the state over a hundred-year period. It tells the story of the early ski jumpers in the Upper Peninsula, the rise of winter sports parks and the arrival of down hill skiing. Part of the Beaumier Heritage Doc. Series.

Friday, January 29 at 9 pm ET.

Great Lake to Lake Rail Trail

Great Lake to Lake Rail Trail
Follow the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1 as it travels from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron, winding its way by tranquil inland waterways, through 34 vibrant communities and down scenic forested pathways.

Friday, January 29 at 10:30 pm ET.

Africa’s Great Civilizations: Cities

Africa’s Great Civilizations
Cities
Gates explores the great African cities whose wealth and industry attracted European nations.

Saturday, January 30 at 8 pm

January 31

Great Lakes Now Series: Watching The Waters

Great Lakes Now
Watching The Waters
Rising lake levels continue to challenge homeowners who, in protecting their property, may be threatening other shoreline sites. Scientists are watching wastewater at college campuses for clues to COVID-19, and two invasive species are helping re-weave the food web in the Great Lakes.

Sunday, January 31 at 3:30 pm ET.

Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Masterpiece: Deeds Not Words

Miss Scarlet and the Duke
Deeds Not Words
When the Duke hires Eliza to spy on suffragettes, she goes beyond her instructions.

Sunday, January 31 at 8 pm ET.

All Creatures Great and Small: Ep. 4

All Creatures Great and Small
Ep. 4
While Tristan gives Tricki-Woo the spa treatment, James deals with Helen's champion bull.

Sunday, January 31 at 9 pm ET.

The Long Song on Masterpiece: Ep. 1

The Long Song on Masterpiece
Ep. 1
Follow a plantation slave and her odious mistress during the final days of slavery in Jamaica.

Sundays at 10 pm ET, begins January 31.