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January 2023

2023 marks 50 years of PBS in Upper Michigan! We continue celebrating the past 50 years of broadcasting by bringing our viewers special programming throughout the month of January. Enjoy the classic WNMU-TV production Superior Destiny on Sunday, January 8 at 7/6c. Also, tune in for airings of films and documentaries from the Fresh Coast Film Festival, starting Sunday, January 1 at 3/2c, and continuing all month long. 

And of course, we continue to bring you local productions like Ask the Doctors and High School Bowl that makes WNMU-TV PBS your public broadcasting station. 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.

January 1-7

London's New Year's Day Parade 2023
A cherished turn-of-year tradition bringing good old-fashioned fun to the U.K. capital, including more than 20 U.S. marching bands and 1,000 varsity cheerleaders.  

Sunday, January 1 at 7a/6c.

Frontline "Putin's War at Home"

Off the Record
Evening with The Governor 2022
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reflects on the year in office with Anchor Tim Skubick.  

Sunday, January 1 at 12:30/11:30c and 6:30/5:30c.

Fresh Coast Flashback 22

Fresh Coast Flashback 22
Check out fan favorite films from Marquette's Fresh Coast Film Festival 2022 including Pheasants of Detroit (pictured). Check out Fresh Coast Flashback for a complete schedule.

Sunday, January 1 at 3/2c.

Superior Destiny

WNMU Documentaries

Superior Destiny

To commemorate 50 years on air, we bring to you this WNMU-TV 1990 documentary that tells the story of the intentional sinking of the Mesquite, a Coast Guard buoy tender which ran aground in December 1989 off the Keweenaw Peninsula, and which has since become a premiere diving attraction.  

Sunday, January 1 at 7/6c.  Repeats 1/22 at 3/2c.

Great Performances

From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2023

Celebrate the new year with this annual classical music celebration.

 Sunday, January 1 at 8/7c.

All Creatures Great and Small: The Next Chapter

All Creatures Great and Small The Next Chapter
Go behind-the-scenes to learn more about the cast and creators of the hit series. 

Sunday, January 1 at 9:30/8:30c.

Downwinders and The Radioactive West
In the 1950s and '60s, the U.S. government conducted a series of nuclear tests in the Nevada desert. The resulting fallout would kick off a decades-long debate over cancer rates, the costs of patriotism, and the responsibility of a nation to protect its citizens.   

Monday, January 2 at 3/2c.

The Legacy List with Matt Paxton
Matt Paxton helps aging homeowners catalog a lifetime of belongings, locating treasured heirlooms and unexpected valuables in the attic, closet, or even under the floorboards. 

Mondays at 9/8c, begins January 2.

Independent Lens

Children of Las Brisas

In Venezuela, the power of music is put to the test for El Sistema youth orchestra.

Monday, January 2 at 10/9c.

American Experience

The Lie Detector

Discover the story of the polygraph, the controversial device that transformed modern justice.  

Tuesday, January 3 at 9/8c.

Nature

The High Life | The Alps

Enjoy the Alps in spring and summertime as newborn animals grow up to face the winter.

Wednesday, January 4 at 8/7c. Repeats 1/11 at 3/2c.

First Contact: An Alien Encounter

Explore the dramatic story of an encounter with an extraterrestrial artifact.  

Wednesday, January 4 at 9/8c.

Ask the Experts: Certified Financial Planners

Ask the Experts
Certified Financial Planners
Area CFPs answer questions submitted from viewers by phone and email.  

Thursday, January 5 at 8/7c. Repeats 1/6 at 3/2c.

La Otra Mirada

Fear of the Other

Teresa is released from prison after five months--and the school is awaiting her return.

Friday, January 6 at 1a/12c.

Seaside Hotel

Episode 5

Madsen is certain that Morten is trying to trick him and forces Max to spy for him. Friday, January 6 at 9/8c.

Ask the Experts: Certified Financial Planners

High School Bowl
Rudyard takes on Munising while Manistique challenges Republic-Michigamme in this first round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, January 7 at 8/7c.  Repeats 1/9 at 3/2c.

ACL 8th Annual Hall of Fame Honors Sheryl Crow

Austin City LImits

8th Annual Hall of Fame Honors Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow leads Peter Stroud, Jason Isbell, Jess Wolfe, Brandi Carlile, Brittney Spencer and Lloyd Maines and the ACL All-Stars through her classic “I Shall Believe” during the eight annual ACL Hall of Fame induction ceremony performed Oct. 27, 2022.   

Saturday, January 7 at 11/10c.

January 8-14

Power of the River

Power of the River

An adventure from the last Himalayan kingdom. Home to the world’s most ambitious commitment to protect nature, Bhutan faces urgent pressure to dam every river. A man named “Good Karma” guides an expedition to keep his country’s mightiest river free.  

Sunday, January 8 at 7/6c.  

Miss Scarlet & The Duke

Episode 1: The Vanishing

A famous magician vanishes into thin air and Eliza is hired to investigate.

Sundays at 8/7c, begins January 8.

All Creatures Great and Small

Second Time Lucky

A missing ring is just one snag as James and Helen’s wedding date approaches. For one thing, a farmer’s cow may have TB.  

Sundays at 9/8c, begins January 8.

Vienna Blood

Deadly Communion Part 1

Max and Oskar must solve a murder in the glamorous world of high fashion.  

Sundays at 10/9c, begins January 8.

POV: I Didn't See You There

POV
I Didn't See You There
When a circus tent goes up outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into a meditative journey exploring the history of freakdom, vision, and (in)visibility.   

Monday, January 9 at 10/9c.

American Experience

Riveted: The History of Jeans

Discover the fascinating and surprising story of this iconic American garment.  

Tuesday, January 10 at 9/8c.

Frontline Global Spyware Scandal: Exposing Pegasus

Frontline
Global Spyware Scandal: Exposing Pegasus, Part 2
Investigating the powerful spyware Pegasus, sold to governments around the world by the Israeli company NSO Group.   

Tuesday, January 10 at 10/9c.

Nature

The Alps: Winter's Fortress

Experience the hostile and bitter cold ecosystems of the Alps, shaped by snow blizzards.

Wednesday, January 11 at 8/7c.

NOVA

Beyond the Elements: Reactions

Discover the fascinating chemistry that makes our world and everything in it—including us.

Wednesday, January 11 at 9/8c. Repeats 1/12 at 3/2c.

Secrets of the Dead: The Caravaggio Heist

Secrets of the Dead

The Caravaggio Heist

Father Marius Zerafa, director of museums in Malta, risks his life to recover a Caravaggio masterpiece stolen from a cathedral in 1984.  

Wednesday, January 11 at 10/9c.

Ask the Doctors: Orthopedic Health

Ask the Doctors
Orthopedic Medicine
Get your medical questions answered by area professionals during this live broadcast from WNMU-TV studios.  

Thursday, January 12 at 8/7c.

La Otra Mirada

What I Expect from Myself

Due to budget cuts, the school has turned off some services. A strike is underway.

Friday, January 13 at 1a/12c.

Seaside Hotel

Episode 6

January 1933: Madsen and Mr. Frigh convince Fie to open the hotel for a surprise party.

Friday, January 13 at 9/8c.

King Lear

Experience Shakespeare’s classic King Lear in a remarkable re-telling for unprecedented times. This traditional drama is staged with a dynamic mixed gender cast, including Lear herself. Filmed during the pandemic, this adaptation reimagines the classic within a contemporary politics landscape.  

Saturday, January 14 at 1a/12c.

USAF Band of Mid-America: 75th Anniversary Celebration

High School Bowl
Westwood takes on Lake Linden-Hubbell while Wakefield-Marenisco challenges Escanaba in this first round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, January 14 at 8/7c.  Repeats 1/16 at 3/2c.

January 15-21

Sages of Aging
Produced by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., this special synthesizes inspirational and insightful comments culled from unique interviews with a dozen leading experts in the field of aging.   

Sunday, January 15 at 7/6c.

Miss Scarlet & The Duke

Episode 2: Arabella’s

Eliza bumps into someone from her past that she now suspects may be a criminal.

Sunday, January 15 at 9/8c.

All Creatures Great and Small

Honeymoon's Over

As James and Helen enter married life, Tristan too must make new adjustments.  

Sunday, January 15 at 9/8c.

Vienna Blood: Deadly Communion Part 2

Vienna Blood
Deadly Communion Part 2
The pursuit of a killer leads Max and Oscar into the sinister world of exploitation and blackmail.  

Sunday, January 15 at 10/9c.

Independent Lens: The Big Payback

Independent Lens
The Big Payback
The passage of the first-ever reparations for slavery bill in Illinois stirs up a national debate.  

Monday, January 16 at 10/9c.

American Masters

Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming A Space

Meet the influential author and anthropologist whose work reclaimed and honored Black life.  

Tuesday, January 17 at 9/8c.

Nature: Wildheart

Nature

WILDHEART

Immerse yourself in Scotland with its magnificent 500-year-old Scots pine tree.

Wednesday, January 18 at 8/7c.

NOVA

Beyond the Elements: Indestructible 

Discover the fascinating chemistry that makes our world and everything in it—including us. 

 Wednesday, January 18 at 9/8c. Repeats 1/19 at 3/2c.

Secrets of the Dead

World War Speed

Follow historian James Holland as he unearths the truth about amphetamine use in World War.

 Wednesday, January 18 at 10/9c.

Ask the Lawyers

Ask the Lawyers
Get your legal questions answered by area professionals during this live broadcast from WNMU-TV studios.   

Thursday, January 19 at 8/7c. Repeats 1/20 at 3/2c.

La Otra Mirada

Your History

A famous actor and director come to the school to teach a class on film making.

Friday, January 20 at 1a/12c.

Royal Wives at War

Discover the fierce rivalry between two women during Britain's abdication crisis of 1936.

Friday, January 20 at 9/8c.

High School Bowl

High School Bowl
Bessemer takes on Ishpeming while Houghton challenges Dollar Bay in this first round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, January 21 at 8/7c.  Repeats 1/23 at 3/2c.

January 22-28

25 Weeks: A Wisconsin Pizza Harvest

25 Weeks: A Wisconsin Pizza Harvest is the story of an ancient crop, a farmer, and a pizza. Filmed entirely on a small Wisconsin farm devoted to recreating rare 19th Century wheat, "25 Weeks" tells a beautiful story of a place, a crop, and a farm working to produce the perfect pizza over the course of a season.

Sunday, January 22 at 7/6c.

Miss Scarlet & The Duke

Episode 3: Hotel St Marc

Eliza is on the trail of a notorious conman and tracks him to a remote hotel in France.

Sunday, January 22 at 8/7c.

All Creatures Great and Small: Surviving Siegfried

All Creatures Great and Small
Surviving Siegfried
Siegfried’s First World War experiences resurface as he struggles to save a racehorse. Helen faces a decision over James’s TB testing plan.  

Sunday, January 22 at 9/8c.

Vienna Blood: The God of Shadows Part 1

Vienna Blood
The God of Shadows Part 1
Max and Oskar become convinced that the gruesome death of a disturbed veteran was not a suicide.  

Sunday, January 22 at 10/9c.

Independent Lens: No Straight Lines

Independent Lens
No Straight Lines
Five queer comic book artists journey from the underground comix scene to mainstream acceptance.  

Monday, January 23 at 10/9c.

American Masters: Roberta Flack

American Masters
Roberta Flack
Follow the piano prodigy and one-time school teacher Roberta Flack from her start in a Washington, D.C. piano lounge to becoming one of the most influential singers in American music history.      

Tuesday, January 24 at 9/8c.

POV shorts

The Changing Same

One man runs a marathon in hopes of lifting the veil of racial terror in his town.

Tuesday, January 24 at 10:30/9:30c.

Nature: Soul of the Ocean

Nature

Soul of the Ocean

Experience the soul of the ocean in a never-before-seen look at how life underwater co-exists.  

Wednesday, January 25 at 8/7c.

NOVA

Beyond the Elements: Life 

Discover the fascinating chemistry that makes our world and everything in it—including us.

Wednesday, January 25 at 8/7c.

Secrets of the Dead

Bombing Auschwitz

Would an Allied attack on Auschwitz have stopped future atrocities?

 Wednesday, January 25 at 10/9c.

Ask the Doctors: Vision and Hearing

Ask the Doctors
Vision and Hearing
Get your vision and hearing questions answered LIVE by calling (906) 227-9668 or email to dtv13@nmu.edu.  

Thursday, January 26 at 8/7c.

La Otra Mirada

Forgotten Women

While writing about inspirational women, the students decide to rename the school road.

Friday, January 27 at 1a/12c.

Classic Film of the Month: Indiscreet

Classic Film of the Month
Indiscreet
In this 1931 classic film, a young woman jeopardizes the relationship with the man she loves when a no-account from her past shows up.  

Friday, January 27 at 9/8c.

High School Bowl

High School Bowl
Brimley takes on Brimley while Engadine challenges Pickford in this first round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, January 28 at 8/7c.  Repeats 1/30 at 3/2c.

January 29-31

Great Lakes Now: Smart Sewers and Sunken Aircraft

Great Lakes Now
Smart Sewers and Sunken Aircraft
a high-tech approach for keeping sewage out of waterways takes shape in South Bend, Indiana, a look at the story behind World War II aircraft sitting at the bottom of Lake Michigan, and The Catch offers news from around the Great Lakes.

Sunday, January 29 at 3/2c.

Guilty Until Proven Guilty

A hard look at the criminal justice system and its treatment of African-Americans, featuring the story of 24-year-old Tim Conerly.  

Sunday, January 29 at 7/6c.

Miss Scarlet & The Duke

Episode 4: Bloodline

Detective Fitzroy sees one of his colleagues plant evidence on a suspect.

Sunday, January 29 at 8/7c.

All Creatures Great and Small: What A Balls Up!

All Creatures Great and Small
What A Balls Up!
TB testing mistakenly puts a prize cow in danger. Helen struggles with her lifelong vocation. Mrs. Hall and Tristan have brushes with love.  

Sunday, January 29 at 9/8c.

Vienna Blood: The God of Shadows Part 2

Vienna Blood
The God of Shadows Part 2
The hunt for the captain’s killer leads Max and Oskar to the opium dens of Vienna’s Chinatown.  

Sunday, January 29 at 10/9c.

Independent Lens: The Picture Taker

Independent Lens
The Picture Taker
Meet Ernest Withers, iconic African American civil rights photographer—and FBI informant.  

Monday, January 30 at 10/9c.

Fight The Power How Hip Hop Changed The World

Fight The Power How Hip Hop Changed The World
A new four-part series with rap icon Chuck D explores four decades of Hip Hop history featuring interviews with legendary artists Ice-T, Fat Joe, Run DMC and MC Lyte and more.  

Tuesdays at 9/8c, begins January 31.

Frontline "Putin and the Presidents"

Frontline
Putin and the Presidents
Vladimir Putin’s clashes with American presidents as he’s tried to rebuild the Russian empire.  

Tuesday, January 31 at 10/9c.