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July 2020

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.

July 1-4

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NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years
Monsters
Come face-o-face with the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia.

Wednesday, July 1 at 9 pm ET.

Dishing with Julia Child

Prehistoric Road Trip
Tiny Teeth, Fearsome Beasts
Join Emily on the rest of her adventure, discovering surprising truths hidden in the fossil record.

Wednesday, July 1 at 10 pm ET.

A Craftman's Legacy

Silent Sacrifice: Stories of Japanese American Incarceration
Part 1
Silent Sacrifice shares the experiences of Japanese Americans who were living in the San Joaquin Valley prior to 1942.

Thursday, July 2 at 8 pm, Part 2 airs 7/9 at 9 pm

Sleep DeprivedInsomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and parasomnias are just some of the disorders keeping people awake at night. We’ll explore some of the most common sleep disorders and look into treatments ranging from medication to mindfulness.  Monday, June 1 at 11 pm ET.

Great Performances
Ellis Island: The Dream of America with Pacific Symphony
Experience Peter Boyer's immersive musical story of Ellis Island immigrants.

Friday, July 3 at 9 pm ET.

Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work: DrivenExamine Uber’s rapid rise, the scandals that followed, and tales of Silicon Valley culture.   Mondays at 11:30 pm ET, begins June 1.

The Statue of Liberty
Revisit Ken Burns' history of the Statue of Liberty and what she represents to all Americans.

Friday, July 3 at 10 pm ET. Repeats 7/4 at 2 am ET.

Rivers of Life: The AmazonSee the secret wildlife and remarkable people of the Amazon, from shamans to electric eels. Part of RSVP! 2020.  Tuesday, June 2 at 8 pm ET.

Knit and Crochet Now!
The first episode features Toni Lipsey and the Alegria Afghan worked in the round. Then it’s the Technique Corner with Lena Skvagerson, working the first crochet block with bean stitches for our Novo Block Afghan.

Saturdays at 10 am ET, begins July 4.

Life 201 with Adiel GorelAdiel Gorel showcases his own experiences and the expertise of eight of the best minds in the world – to offer practical, easy takeaways viewers can incorporate into their daily lives with little effort and a big reward. Part of RSVP! 2020  Tuesday, June 2 at 9:30 pm ET.

Media Meet
Join host Elizabeth Peterson as she takes a closer look at issues that are important to the people of the Upper Great Lakes Region.

Saturday, July 4 at 6:30 pm ET. Repeats 7/5 at 2 pm ET.

NOVA: The Planets: Ice WorldsThe rocky planets have similar origins, but only one supports life. Was it always this way? Part of RSVP! 2020.  Wednesday, June 3 at 8 pm ET.  .

A Capitol Fourth
Celebrate America's 244th birthday with the 40th anniversary of the Independence Day celebration for our entire nation.

Saturday, July 4 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 7/4 at 9:30 pm ET.

July 5-11

heroes on deck

Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan
In 1942, responding to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy converted two passenger steamships into aircraft carriers to train more than 15,000 pilots and 40,000 deck crews in the safety of Lake Michigan.

Sunday, July 5 at 3 pm ET.

Alone in the WildernessThousands have dreamed of living in the wilderness of Alaska, but Richard Proenneke lived it. Part of RSVP! 2020  Thursday, June 4 at 9:30 pm ET.

Stella & Co: A Romantic Musical Comedy Documentary About Aging
Upon spending time with Stella and her friends–all charismatic people in their 80s, 90s and 100s–it's quite clear that seniors have much to offer and have earned a central role in our society.

Sunday, July 5 at 7 pm ET.

Washington WeekJoin award-winning journalists for discussion and analysis of the week's major stories. Part of RSVP! 2020.  Friday, June 5 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 6/7 at 1:30 pm ET.

Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets
Marie Antoinette: The Doomed Queen
Uncover the myths and secrets that led the doomed Marie Antoinette to the guillotine.

Sunday, July 5 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 7/6 at Midnight ET.

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Grantchester on Masterpiece
Ep. 4
A streaker's death causes Will and Geordie to investigate experimental psychotherapy and drugs.

Sunday, July 5 at 9 pm ET.

Modus: Ep. 2The police allocate all their resources to the search for the American president. Inger Johanne realizes that her past is catching up with her when Ingvar is assigned to be the Swedish contact for her FBI mentor, Warren Schifford.  Friday, June 5 at 10 pm ET.

Beecham House on Masterpiece
Ep. 4
John realizes he has no choice but to reveal the truth about his past and his baby's identity.

Sunday, July 5 at 10 pm ET.

Red, White and Rock (My Music)Join Frankie Valli, The Righteous Brothers and other legends for a 2002 patriotic tribute. Part of RSVP! 2020.  Saturday, June 6 at 5 pm ET.

California Coast
One of the Golden State’s best-kept secrets, the 1100-mile California Coastal Trail follows the coastline in its entirety, a magnificent once-in-a-century planning and construction effort.

Monday, July 6 at 3 pm ET.

Antiques Roadshow: Women's WorkCelebrate trailblazing women in a show spotlighting outstanding work from athletes, artists & more.  Monday, July 6 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 7/7 at 3 pm ET.

Antiques Roadshow
Women's Work
Celebrate trailblazing women in a show spotlighting outstanding work from athletes, artists & more.

Monday, July 6 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 7/7 at 3 pm ET.

The Vote AMEX

The Vote: American Experience
Part 1
Explore the years 1906-1915, as leaders of the suffrage movement debate issues of tactics and race.

Monday July 6 at 9 pm, Part 2 airs 7/13 at 9p

Secrets of the Dead: Viking Warrior Queen

Secrets of the Dead
Viking Warrior Queen
Join a team of archaeologists examining the history-changing DNA of a female Viking warrior.

Tuesday, July 7 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 7/8 at 3 pm ET.

The Bee Gees One for All Tour - Live in Australia 1989Enjoy the tight harmonies of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb as they perform their greatest hits. Part of RSVP! 2020  Sunday, June 7 at 8:30 pm ET.

The Vote: American Experience
Part 2
Explore the final four years of the long and arduous road to the passage of the 19th amendment.

Tuesday, July 7 at 9 pm ET.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/series/australia-first-4-billion-years/

NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion YearsStrange Creatures
Travel this walkabout continent to uncover how it became the strange island it is today.

Wednesday, July 8 at 9 pm ET.

PBS NewsHour Presents China: Power and Prosperity

PBS NewsHour Presents
China: Power and Prosperity
Explore the future of China's relationship with the U.S.

Wednesday, July 8 at 10 pm ET.

Silent Sacrifice: Stories of Japanese American IncarcerationIn February 1942, weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the removal of any or all people considered a threat to national security from designated military areas. Silet Scrifice shares the experiences of Japanese Americans who were living in the San Joaquin Valley prior to 1942.   Thursday, July 9 at 8 pm ET.

Silent Sacrifice: Stories of Japanese American Incarceration
Part 2
Silent Sacrifice shares the experiences of Japanese Americans who were living in the San Joaquin Valley prior to 1942.

Thursday, July 9 at 8 pm ET.

Unladylike2020: American Masters: The Changemakers

Unladylike2020: American Masters
The Changemakers
Mark the women's suffrage centennial with stories of pioneering women who shaped American politics.

Friday, July 10 at 9 pm ET.

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Independent Lens
Dolores
Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century.

Friday, July 10 at 10 pm ET.

Weekends with Yankee: Deep RootsCo-hosts Richard Wiese and Amy Traverso tour Boston’s Chinatown, visit the oldest acapella group in the U.S., tour the PEZ factory, make a sustainably sourced wooden table, make a traditional Maine bean hole supper, and much more.   Wednesdays at 5 pm ET, begins June 10.

Media Meet
Join host Elizabeth Peterson as she takes a closer look at issues that are important to the people of the Upper Great Lakes Region.

Saturday, July 11 at 6:30 pm ET. Repeats 7/12 at 2 pm ET.

Before We Die Ep. 10

Before We Die
Ep. 10
When Hanna and her fellow police officers arrive at the boathouse where the drugs are supposedly being taken ashore, she gets a text message that changes everything. Blanka faces a difficult choice.

Saturday, July 11 at 8 pm ET.

Fine Line: A Woman's Place is in the Kitchen

Fine Line: A Woman's Place is in the Kitchen
Explore why less than 7% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women when traditionally women have always held the central role in the kitchen.

Sunday, July 12 at 7 pm ET. Repeats 7/13 at 3 pm ET.

July 12-18

Grantchester on Masterpiece: Ep. 5Will finds two boys near death in a boxing ring. Unearthed secrets begin to test his faith.  Sunday, July 12 at 9 pm ET.

Grantchester on Masterpiece
Ep. 5
Will finds two boys near death in a boxing ring. Unearthed secrets begin to test his faith. Sunday, July 12 at 9 pm ET.

Beecham House on Masterpiece: Ep. 5John and Daniel come to blows. A betrayal leads to further trouble for John.  Sunday, July 12 at 10 pm ET.

Beecham House on Masterpiece
Ep. 5
John and Daniel come to blows. A betrayal leads to further trouble for John.

Sunday, July 12 at 10 pm ET.

Sesame Street: When You Wish Upon A Pickle

Sesame Street
When You Wish Upon A Pickle
When a mysterious Wish Pickle is delivered to Sesame Street, Elmo, Abby and Bert find their wishes coming true. But the gang learns that if they believe in themselves, they can be anything they want to be without needing magic.

Monday, July 13 at 10:30 am ET.

Fake: Searching for Truth in the Age of Misinformation

Fake: Searching for Truth in the Age of Misinformation
Just in time for the 2020 election season, viewers will learn how and why misinformation spreads, and how to be a smarter information consumer in our increasingly digital world.

Monday, July 13 at 9 pm ET.

Independent Lens Cooked: Survival By Zip Code

Independent Lens
Cooked: Survival By Zip Code
Revisit the shocking and oft-forgotten impacts of a deadly heat wave that overtook Chicago in 1995.

Monday, July 13 at 10 pm ET.

We'll Meet Again: The Fight for Women's RIghts

We’ll Meet Again: The Fight for Women's Rights
Join Ann Curry as two women search for friends and colleagues who fought for equal rights.

Tuesday, July 14 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 7/15 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Making North America: Origins

NOVA: Making North America
Origins
Journey into the deep past to discover the mighty forces that shaped our continent. Wednesday, July 15 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 7/16 at 3 pm ET.

Secrets of the DeadEgypt's Darkest Hour

Secrets of the Dead
Egypt's Darkest Hour
Follow archaeologists examining a rare mass grave from the collapse of ancient Egypt's Old Kingdom.

Wednesday, July 15 at 10 pm ET. Repeats 7/16 at 2 am ET.

Niall Ferguson's Networld: Disruption

Niall Ferguson's Networld
Disruption
Niall Ferguson untangles issues surrounding social media networks, viral ideas and truth.

Thursdays at 8 pm ET, begins July 16. Repeats 7/17 at 3 pm ET.

The Story of China: Ancestors/Silk Roads and China Ships

The Story of China
Ancestors/Silk Roads and China Ships
Explore China’s early history with host Michael Wood and get to know the brilliant Tang dynasty.

Fridays at 9 pm ET, begins July 17.

Power Trip: The Story of Energy: CitiesSee just how cities consume 40% of U.S. energy. Cities shape our relationship with the natural and built environment, and the futures of both cities and energy are closely connected.  Sunday, June 14 at 7 pm ET.

Media Meet
Join host Elizabeth Peterson as she takes a closer look at issues that are important to the people of the Upper Great Lakes Region.

Saturday, July 18 at 6:30 pm ET. Repeats 7/19 at 2 pm ET.

Divided We Fall: Unity Without Tragedy

Divided We Fall: Unity Without Tragedy
This program brings ordinary citizens together to wrestle with the complex issues that divide our nation. Explore what it means to be an American, what constitutes a "more perfect union," and what can be done to bridge the gaps between them.

Saturday, July 18 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 7/20 at 3 pm ET.

July 19-25

Brainworks: The Theatre of Neuroscience

BRAINWORKS: The Theatre of Neuroscience
Explore the wonders of the human brain in 30-minute plays based on real-life patient stories.

Sundays at 7 & 7:30 pm, begins July 19.

Grantchester Ep. 6

Grantchester on Masterpiece
Ep. 6
The discovery of a body on Jesus Green eventually forces Will to finally confront his demons. Sunday, July 19 at 9 pm ET.

Beecham House Ep. 6

Beecham House on Masterpiece
Ep. 6
John learns who betrayed him. Beecham House is attacked.

Sunday, July 19 at 10 pm ET.

POV We Are The Radical Monarchs

POV We Are The Radical Monarchs
Meet a group of pioneering girls of color on the frontlines of modern social justice.

Monday, July 20 at 9 pm ET.

Clinton: American Experience Part 1

Clinton: American Experience
Part 1
Follow Clinton’s bumpy road to his 1992 victory, a triumph over repeated scandals and setbacks.

Tuesday, July 21 at 8 pm, Part 2 airs 7/28 at 8 pm.

Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries Ep. 1

Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries
Ep. 1
Witness the secret lives of animals as animals become the cinematographers.

Wednesdays at 8 pm ET, begins July 22. Repeats 7/29 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Making North America "Life"

NOVA: Making North America
Life
Explore the story of life and land, from origins to dinosaurs to an ancient primate invasion.

Wednesday, July 22 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 7/23 at 3 pm ET.

Forces of Nature: Shape

Forces of Nature
Shape
Understanding why shapes exist in nature can lead us to understand forces that bind the universe.

Wednesdays at 10 pm ET, begins July 22.

Fishing Behind the Lines

Fishing Behind The Lines
Urban Fishing
Host Don Meissner and guest Chris Mellowship, fishing on Otter Creek in Alexandria Bay, NY, in search of bowfin and bass.

Thursdays at 10 pm ET, begins July 23.

Great Getaways "Keweenaw Peninsula"

Great Getaways
The Keweenaw Peninsula
This rugged wilderness is the northernmost part of Michigan! We hike to Montreal Falls, discover the history of Fort Wilkins and the Delaware Copper Mine, and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the Great Sand Bay.

Thursday, July 23 at 10:30 pm ET. Repeats 7/25 at 4 pm ET.

The Story of China "Golden Age/The Ming"

The Story of China
Golden Age/The Ming
See the stunning achievements of two of China’s most brilliant dynasties, the Song, and the Ming.

Friday, July 24 at 9 pm ET.

Media Meet WNMU-TV PBS Original

Media Meet
Join host Elizabeth Peterson as she takes a closer look at issues that are important to the people of the Upper Great Lakes Region.

Saturday, July 25 at 6:30 pm ET. Repeats 7/26 at 2 pm ET.

Keepers of the Light

Keepers of the Light
The modern-day effort to move the structure away from the receding cliffside, and recounts the 200-year history of the iconic landmark.

Saturday, July 25 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 7/27 at 3 pm ET.

July 26-31

Great Lakes Now "Lakes on Lockdown"

Great Lakes Now Series
Lakes On Lockdown
Produced fully during the COVID-19 pandemic, this episode of Great Lakes Now checks in with people, businesses and institutions from previous episodes to see how work has changed during the public health emergency and its economic fallout. But while social distancing keeps people inside, it lets the residents of some Great Lakes aquariums get out.

Sunday, July 26 at 3:30 pm ET.

Quilt in a Day: All Star Quilts: Marianne's StarAll Star Quilts by Eleanor Burns is out of this world! Join our bright constellation of celebrities as they assist Eleanor in making four unique stars.   Saturdays at 10:30 am ET, begins June 20.

Endeavour Season 6 on Masterpiece
Confection
A triple murder exposes the secrets of a village in the grip of deadly rumors. Sundays at 9 pm ET, begins July 26. Repeats 7/27 at 1 am ET.

POV Shorts "Drawing on Experience"

POV Shorts
Drawing On Experience
Animated films about memory and the stories we tell. "Stay Close" blends home videos and animation to tell the underdog story of Keeth Smart, who overcomes a gauntlet of hardships on his road to the Olympics. "The Velvet Underground Played at My High School" This animated short recounts the Velvet Underground's first gig-in 1965 at a suburban New Jersey high school.

Sunday, July 26 at 10:30 pm ET.

Beyond Borders: Undocumented Mexican Americans

Beyond Borders: Undocumented Mexican Americans
A special exploring the social, cultural and personal impacts of four decades of unprecedented immigration from Mexico to the United States–from a uniquely Mexican perspective.

Monday, July 27 at 9 pm ET.

POV "Advocate"

POV Advocate
Follow an Israeli lawyer who takes on two contentious court cases in a tireless quest for justice.

Monday, July 27 at 10 pm ET. .

Clinton: American Experience "Part 2"

Clinton: American Experience
Part 2
Explore the final four years of the long and arduous road to the passage of the 19th amendment.

Tuesday, July 28 at 8 pm ET.

Women Outward Bound

Women Outward Bound
The story of the first group of young women to participate in an Outward Bound survival school course in 1965, and chronicles their experiences in the wild.

Wednesday, July 29 at 1 am ET.

NOVA: Making North America "Human"

NOVA: Making North America
Human
Discover the human story of vast wealth -- and lethal risks -- hidden in North America's landscape.

Wednesday, July 29 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 7/30 at 3 pm ET.

Forces of Nature "Elements"

Forces of Nature
Elements
Learn how Earth’s ingredients, the chemical elements, transformed barren rock into a living world.

Wednesday, July 29 at 10 pm ET.

New Scandinavian Cooking

New Scandinavian Cooking
Shot on location across Norway, the series offers a rich visual tour of Scandinavian cuisine, culture and history.

Thursdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins July 30.

The Story of China "The Last Empire/The Age of Revolution"

The Story of China
The Last Empire/The Age of Revolution
Witness the fall of the empire, the revolutions of the 20th century and the birth of today’s China.

Friday, July 31 at 9 pm ET.