July 2018 Program HighlightsAll programs airs on Channel 13.1 unless noted.
Second Opinion Special: Overdose: Inside the Epidemic
Just eight weeks after their son Patrick died of a heroin overdose, Mary and Joe Mullin courageously share their story in this Second Opinion one-hour special that xamines the alarming rise of heroin-related overdose deaths in the U.S.
Sunday, July 1 at 3 pm ET
Repeats 7/6 at 1 pm ET
Downton Abbey Season 3 on Masterpiece
The series returns for a complete encore of all six seasons airing weekly through January 2019. As Season 3 continues, the Crawley family faces its severest test yet. Meanwhile, new faces try to fit into the tight-knit circle of servants. New evidence turns up in a baffling case.
Series continues Sundays at 7 pm ET (start time varies, check schedule)
Poldark Season 2 on Masterpiece
Against the breathtaking backdrop of 18th-century Cornwall, Aidan Turner (Poldark), Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) and Heida Reed (Elizabeth) return as the complicated love triangle in nine encore episodes from Season 2 of the romantic saga based on the novels by Winston Graham.
Series continues Sundays at 8 pm, Repeats Mondays at 2 pm ET
Endeavour Season 5 on Masterpiece
Shaun Evans returns for a fifth season of the series as the young Endeavour Morse. Roger Allam also returns as Endeavour's mentor, DI Fred Thursday, for more crime-solving in 1960s Oxford. This week, Hollywood glamour comes to Oxford as a movie begins filming in the city.
6-part series continues Sundays at 9 pm ET, through July 29
Repeats Tuesdays at 1 pm ET
The Tunnel: Vengeance
Elise and Karl take on a toxic and terrifying duo whose defining quality is an existential death wish. When the question posed by the couple—what is a life worth?—is directed at Karl, he's forced to confront an utterly impossible choice. New 6-part series. In Part 1: A boat carrying child refugees is torched in the Channel, leaving no sign of its passengers.
Sundays at 10:30 pm ET, begins July 1
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 Midnight, begins July 2. Repeats Tuesdays at 2:30 pm ET
A new series of Vintage Roadshows revisits appraisals from years ago that have been updated with today’s market value. This week, travel back to 2003 in Savannah for remarkable finds, including a wedding dress from about 1798, a 1912 Ivan Khlebnikov jewelry casket, and a George William Sotter oil. Which is appraised for up to $50,000 in the current market?
New "Vintage" episodes runs through July.
Repeats Tuesdays at Noon ET and Saturdays at 7 pm ET
“Brimstone & Glory”
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is the site of a festivity unlike any other in the world. For the three-quarters of Tultepec residents who work in pyrotechnics, the 10-day celebration anchors their way of life.
Monday, July 2 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 7/5 at 1 pm ET
This 6-part series goes off the beaten track to celebrate America's unusual festivals, offbeat museums and eccentric characters. Intelligent, funny, unexpected and a bit irreverent, Wild Travels spotlights our country's most colorful, unconventional and quirky people and places.
Tuesdays at 5:30 pm ET, begins July 3
A Capitol Fourth
Join host John Stamos for an all-star musical extravaganza celebrating our country’s 242nd birthday, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The all-star line-up includes Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE; The Beach Boys; Pentatonix; The Temptations; Luke Combs; Lauren Alaina; CeCe Winans; Renée Fleming; Andy Grammer; Chita Rivera; and Kyla Jade.
Wednesday, July 4 at 8 pm & 9:30 pm
Battle on the Booming Grounds: Last Dance of the Prairie Chicken
The existence of this signature species of the American Great Plains is threatened by human factors. This film examines and documents the history, behaviors and natural habitat (the tallgrass prairie) of the greater prairie chicken.
Thursday, July 5 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/6 at Noon ET
View a 6-part scripted drama about the life of Sir Edmund Hillary, best known as the first man to conquer Mount Everest. Andrew Munro stars as Hillary, with Dean O’Gorman as his lifelong climbing companion, George Lowe.
Thursdays at 10 pm ET, begins July 5
Peter Greenberg travels to Rwanda for a Royal Tour from the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. For an entire week, Mr. Kagame became the ultimate guide, showcasing the visual gems that his country has to offer.
Friday, July 6 at 2 pm ET
Repeats 7/11 at Noon ET
The Great British Baking Show
Join original hosts Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as this never before seen in the U.S. season continues. With 30 new challenges, each episode tests the 12 bakers’ prowess, creativity and skill in a bid to find the UK’s best amateur baker. This week: Watch the bakers get their just desserts as they face three challenges designed for a sweet tooth.
Series continues Fridays at 9 pm ET.
Repeats Mondays at 1 pm ET
The Food Flirts
Meet the Brass sisters, two passionate food explorers on a mission to tackle their culinary bucket list. The women "flirt" their way into chefs' kitchens to uncover unique ethnic delights, then head home to create tantalizing cross-cultural mash-ups. This week, follow the sisters as they "flirt" their way into several Cape Cod kitchens and discover a melting pot of sweets and treats, from American to Greek to South African and more!"
Fridays at 10 pm, July 6, 13 & 20
“College to Work”
A discussion of hiring trends and job issues for college graduates with Michigan State University Collegiate Employment Research Institute Director Philip Gardener, who is also an expert on Millennials in the workplace. (Repeat from March)
Saturday, July 7 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 7/8 at 2:30 pm ET
Women Outward Bound
Profiles the first group of young women to participate in an Outward Bound survival school course in 1965, and chronicles their experiences in the wild. Learn how one month in the woods taught them they could do more than they ever thought possible.
Saturday, July 7 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/9 at Noon ET
This film captures people who are weighing what matters most at the fragile junctures in life, and the nurses who guide them and help carry out their decisions. The documentary follows eight patients with life-threatening illness as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for, and how that hope evolves when life is threatened. Pictured: 95-year-old Berthold at home.
Sunday, July 8 at 3 pm ET
Repeats 7/13 at 1 pm ET
“The Workers Cup”
In 2022, Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, far from the bright lights, star athletes and adoring fans, the tournament is being built on the backs of 1.6 million African and Asian migrant workers.
Monday, July 9 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 7/11 at 1 pm ET
10 Streets That Changed America
A whirlwind tour of 10 streets that change the way we get around: from Broadway in New York and Wilshire in Los Angeles, to the Boston Post Road and the Lincoln Highway (pictured.) Find out which 10 streets made the list!
Tuesday, July 10 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/12 at 1 pm ET
No Passport Required
Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson as he explores our nation’s rich cultural and culinary diversity. Traveling around the U.S., Samuelsson invites people from America’s communities to share their stories, heritage and unique flavors. 6-part series begins in Detroit.
Tuesdays at 9 pm ET, begins July 10
Repeats 7/12 at 2 pm ET
This is the story of Rich Jordan, one of Michigan's top high school basketball players in the 1960s. Hailing from the tiny town of Fennville, and with his ability to dunk a basketball despite his 5'7" stature, Rich touched the lives of everyone he met. Fifty years after his final high school game, and with the original super 8 films depicting the games, Rich and his teammates tell his inspiring story.
Wednesday, July 11 at 2:30 pm ET
Earth’s Natural Wonders - Life at the Extremes
Earth's natural wonders are parts of the natural world that nature has carved on such a scale that they defy belief. For human beings, survival within these extraordinary places can pose great challenges, yet human ingenuity makes this possible. 3-part series. Pictured: An ice cave in Canadian Artic.
Wednesdays at 8 pm ET, begins July 11
Repeats Wedensdays at Noon ET
The Rockies: Kingdoms of the Sky
Experience the amazing wildlife and remarkable people who inhabit this 3,000-mile mountain range, home to cougars, wolverines, wolves and grizzlies. Daredevil wingsuit fliers jump from high peaks and Native Americans compete in breakneck horse races.
Wednesday, July 11 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 7/12 at Noon ET
“Treasures of the Earth: Gems”
Explore how precious gems, metals, and energy resources are forged under extraordinary circumstances deep within the Earth, and discover how their unique properties have helped lift humanity from the Stone Age to the stars. 3-part mini-series.
Wednesdays at 10 pm ET, July 11, 18 & 25
Ready Jet Go!: Back to Bortron 7
When Jet's parents need to return to their home planet, Sean and Sydney join the Propulsion family for an epic adventure to Bortron 7.
Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 am ET
Repeats 7/15 at 9:30 am ET
This documentary uses the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia to exemplify the challenges of Climate Change, sea level rise, rising salinities, weather extremes and other changes that includes local, state, regional and national implications. The effects of Climate Change are far ranging including property and land loss, human health impacts and significant economic and sea life impacts.
Thursday, July 12 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/13 at Noon ET
“Ghost Town Revival”
The Copper Country has many ghost towns, and one former mining community is being partly restored by the Keweenaw County Historical Society. We talk about the Village of Central with Historical Society President Larry Malloy, Trustee Mike Cooper and regional historian Russ Magnaghi.
Saturday, July 14 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 7/15 at 2:30 pm ET
The 46ers captures the imagination and inspiration of those who know scaling the 46 Adirondack Mountain high peaks in northern New York State as a life-changing experience. The film explores the history of the men and women of the 46ers, a group that supports the hiking and preservation of the high peaks through all seasons.
Saturday, July 14 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/16 at Noon ET
True North: The Sean Swarner Story
Follows inspirational adventurer and two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner on his quest to reach the North Pole and become the world’s first cancer survivor to complete the Explorer’s Grand Slam: scaling the highest point on all seven continents and then hiking to the North and South Poles. Only a handful of people have ever done it, but no one against the overwhelming odds Sean faced.
Sunday, July 15 at 3 pm ET
Repeats 7/20 at 1 pm ET
Nature Cat: The Return of Bad Dog Bart
When Hal accidentally unearths Bad Dog Bart's second treasure map which leads to his stolen loot of cat toys, it sets off a dizzying, adventurous journey to be the first to dig up the treasure. Joining Nature Cat and his pals in the race to find the stolen loot is that very bad dog himself Bad Dog Bart. And if that isn't bad enough, there is a tough pirate named One Eared Winnie who also is trying to find the treasure. Arghhh!!!
Monday, July 16 at 8 am ET
Repeats 7/19 at 8 am ET
“Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2”
Twenty years ago, Lindy sat on a jury ago that handed down the death penalty to a Mississippi man convicted in a double homicide. Now, living with an unbearable feeling of guilt, Lindy commits to tracking down her fellow jurors to tackle past demons.
Monday, July 16 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 7/18 at 1 pm ET
10 Monuments That Changed America
Tour wholly original American monuments and explore surprising stories behind American favorites. Examine the battles over how to remember our past, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the controversial Confederate soldier monuments. Pictured: Mount Rushmore.
Tuesday, July 17 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/19 at 1 pm ET
Penny & Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner
From her parents’ climb out of poverty to her emergence as the First Lady of Thoroughbred Racing, Penny Chenery’s life was fueled by the love of horses. Penny’s reflection on her life of caged ambition, suddenly liberated by and forever paired with the great racehorse Secretariat, also exemplifies the rise and sacrifices of women of her generation.
Wednesday, July 18 at 2 pm ET
Himalaya: Kingdoms of the Sky
Witness the extraordinary wildlife and remarkable people of Earth’s highest mountain range, where Tibetan monks perform ancient rituals, snow leopards prowl the mountainsides and bizarre snub-nosed monkeys survive in frozen forests.
Wednesday, July 18 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 7/19 at Noon ET
The Himalaya Connection
Explore the far-reaching effects of the Indian and Asian tectonic plates crashing below the Himalayas and their impact on the region's geology, climate and people.
Thursday, July 19 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/20 at Noon ET
Nearly 11% of Michigan adults have diabetes with millions more at risk, and it remains the seventh leading cause of death. We discuss diabetes numbers, programs and strategies in the Upper Peninsula with Family Medicine Physician Michael Grossman and U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network Director Ann Constance.
Saturday, July 21 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 7/22 at 2:30 pm ET
Outside with Greg Aiello
This adventure/travel show explores both international and domestic national parks and scenic wonders beyond the crowds and popular tourist stops. Hosted by Greg Aiello, born and raised in Yosemite National Park, whose love for the outdoors led him to work in the wild as a mountain guide, leading clients into the highest reaches of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Saturdays at 8 pm ET, begins July 21
Repeats Mondays at Noon ET
Rumble & Roar: Track Cycling Championships
Detroit Public Television presents World Championship Track Cycling from the new Lexus Velodrome in Detroit. Renowned track designer Dale Hughes and the Detroit Fitness Foundation opened the cycling track in 2017, inside a multi-use facility that creates fitness opportunities for youth and adults of all ages. The state-of-the-art track was constructed with full television production capabilities that provide dynamic and exacting angles of the fast-paced international sport.
Saturdays at 8:30 pm ET, begins July 21
Repeats Mondays at 12:30 pm ET
Ted Williams: American Masters
Discover the many sides of baseball great Ted Williams, including his complex relationships with his family, press and fans and his feelings about his Mexican-American background. Features Bob Costas, Wade Boggs, Roger Angell and Joey Votto.
Monday, July 23 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 7/25 at 1 pm ET
“The War to Be Her”
In the Taliban-controlled area of Waziristan in Pakistan, where women's sports are decried as un-Islamic and girls rarely leave their homes, young Maria Toorpakai defies the rules by disguising herself as a boy to compete freely.
Monday, July 23 at 10 pm ET
10 Modern Marvels That Changed America
Take a whirlwind tour of 10 engineering feats that made our civilization possible: from the Erie Canal and Eads Bridge, to the Holland Tunnel and Hoover Dam (pictured.) Find out which 10 modern marvels made the list!
Tuesday, July 24 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/26 at 1 pm ET
“UN Sex Abuse Scandal”
An investigation of sex abuse by United Nations peacekeepers in the world’s conflict zones. The film traces years of allegations, with firsthand accounts from survivors, witnesses, and officials.
Tuesday, July 24 at 10 pm ET
Features shelter dogs trained to protect endangered species in Zambia where they are helping prevent the poaching of elephants and rhinos and helping stem the illegal trade of ivory and rhino horns; junior high school students reading to dogs and cats at an animal shelter to socialize the animals and make them more adoptable; and a high school cross country team taking shelter dogs for a run as part of their practice.
Wednesday, July 25 at 2 pm ET
The Andes: Kingdoms of the Sky
Experience the astonishing natural life found in the world’s longest mountain range, where pumas hunt guanaco, shape-shifting frogs hide in remote cloud forests and descendants of the Inca build bridges of grass. Pictured: Sunrise at the Inca ruins Machu Picchu.
Wednesday, July 25 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 7/26 at Noon ET
El Cap Report
Hear the sometimes inspiring and sometimes frightening stories of the men and women who climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Included is the now famous and historic Dawn Wall project, known as the hardest climb in the world. Learn about the climbers' emotional and psychological motivations for risking their lives in the pursuit of adventure.
Thursday, July 26 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/27 at Noon ET
Foreigner Live at the Symphony
Celebrate 40 years of chart-topping hits as Foreigner performs in Lucerne, Switzerland, with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Ernst van Tiel.
Friday, July 27 at 10 pm ET
“Advance Care Planning”
The state contractor for a new Advance Care Planning program discusses its effect on patient choice, end of life healthcare decisions, healthcare costs and other matters. The program helps individuals decide on the care received if unable to speak for themselves. Guests: U.P. Health Plan Advance Care Planning Program Manager, Kate LaBeau; Family Medicine Physician and Advisor, Jim Heron of Marquette; and Elder Law Attorney Paul Sturgul of Hurley, Wisconsin.
Saturday, July 28 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 7/29 at 2:30 pm ET
When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for St. Louis. Take an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising, where citizens assert their right to live.
Monday, July 30 at 10 pm ET
“Separated: Children at the Border”
The inside story of what happened to immigrant children separated from their parents at the Mexican border. The film explores the impact of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, and how both Trump and Obama dealt with minors at the border.
Tuesday, July 31 at 10 pm ET