July 2019 Program HighlightsAll programs airs on Channel 13.1 unless noted.
Scramble the Seawolves
Established inside the Republic of Vietnam in support of Task Force-116, Operation Gamewarden in 1967, Helicopter Attack Light Squadron Three Seawolves became the most decorated Squadron in the Vietnam War, arguably in all of Naval Aviation History. This is their story.
Monday, July 1 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 7/5 at 1:30 pm ET
Secrets of the Dead
Join experts as they uncover the truth behind the find of the century: an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s “Sidereus Nuncius,” which changed our understanding of the cosmos. This copy included his signature and seemingly original watercolor paintings.
Tuesday, July 2 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/3 at 1 pm ET
Eric Idle’s The Entire Universe
Explore the history of the entire universe with Professor Brian Cox, a chorus of singers and dancers, show tunes, and guest stars Warwick Davis, Noel Fielding, Hannah Waddingham and Robin Ince in this comedic musical extravaganza.
Tuesday, July 2 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 7/3 at 2 pm ET
Mississippi: Rivers of Life
See the many faces of the massive, muddy Mississippi. Its fingers stretch into nearly half of the USA, from the frozen north to the nation's agricultural heart to mysterious southern swamps where alligators still rule.
Wednesday, July 3 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/10 at Noon ET
NOVA “Black Hole Apocalypse” & “Black Hole Universe”
Join astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin on a mind-blowing voyage to the frontiers of black hole science, which is shining new light on the most powerful and mysterious objects in the universe. Pictured: Janna Levin, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Barnard College of Columbia University, standing in front of the star machine. "Black Hole Universe" follows at 10 pm ET.
Wednesday, July 3 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 7/4 at Noon ET
A Capitol Fourth
Celebrate America's 243rd birthday with an Independence Day celebration for our entire nation. The country's longest-running July 4 national broadcast tradition returns from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. John Stamos returns to host the festivities with an all-star cast featuring Carole King, the Broadway cast of BEAUTIFUL starring Vanessa Carlton, and many more.
Thursday, July 4 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/5 at Noon ET
Endeavour Season 6 on Masterpiece
Shaun Evans returns for a sixth season of the popular series as the young Endeavour Morse. This week, season 6 continues with a triple murder that exposes the secrets of a village in the grip of deadly rumors. Season finale airs July 7.
Sundays at 9 pm, Repeats Tuesdays at 1 pm and Thursdays at 10 pm
Big Pacific “Violent”
Understand how the Pacific, surrounded by the Ring of Fire, is the epicenter of natural mayhem. Violence is part of life in the great ocean, and creatures that live there must choose whether to avoid conflict—or rise to meet it.
Continues Fridays at 9 pm
Knit and Crochet Now!
See what’s trending in the knit and crochet world in series 10 of Knit and Crochet Now!, hosted by Connie Ellison and Lena Skvagerson. Each show includes both a knit design and a crochet design, presented with step-by-step instructions from experts.
Saturdays at 10 am ET, begins July 6
Season 2 of Brandy Yanchyk’s travel series, Seeing Canada, connects viewers to the signature experiences Canada has to offer. Enjoy Canada’s iconic nature, thrilling adventures and unique, varied culture through Brandy’s eyes. Learn something new about Canadian travel destinations and be inspired to take an adventure yourself.
Saturdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins July 6
“Michigan DNR: State Parks & Cultural Resources”
A discussion about Michigan Department of Natural Resources-managed cultural resources, their range and significance for the Upper Peninsula. Guests: Parks & Recreation District Supervisor Doug Rich; Trails Coordinator Ron Yesney; and Michigan Iron Industry Museum Historian Barry James. (Repeat from June)
Saturday, July 6 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 7/7 at 2:30 pm ET
Descend deep into the subterranean amphitheater of The Caverns in Tennessee's majestic Cumberland Mountains to hear both long-established and emerging artists in the roots-rock, jamband, R&B, soul, folk, Americana and bluegrass genres.
Saturdays at 10 pm ET, begins July 6
Songs of Rural America: The Symphony Concert
Folksinger Michael Johnathon and The Ohio Valley Symphony celebrate the music and stories of America's front porch, from Appalachia to Woody Guthrie, Buddy Holly to George Gershwin, Irving Berlin to Vincent Van Gogh and more. Conducted by Tim Berens and recorded at the historic Ariel Opera House in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Sunday, July 7 at 3 pm ET
Poldark Season 4 on Masterpiece
It's 1796, and to defend Cornwall and those he loves from an empowered George, Ross must play the political game on a journey that takes him to the nation's capital and into new perils. 8-part encore of Season 4 continues in July.
Sundays at 8 pm
Repeats Mondays at 1 pm ET
Foundations of Yoga with Tara Lee
In a busy world full of stress, there is always a need for a moment of peace and tranquility. In this 13-part series, Tara Lee shows step-by-step instructions on how to achieve deep relaxation, help improve muscles, joints, and posture, increase strength and stability, and revitalize the body and mind.
Monday-Friday at 3:30 pm, begins July 8
Chasing the Moon: American Experience
Experience the thrilling era of the space race, from its earliest days to the 1969 moon landing. A fascinating mix of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle and personal drama, this 3-part series brings the Space Age to vivid life.
Premieres Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10 at 9 pm
Repeats 7/10 at 1 pm ET
Space Men: American Experience
Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program. Pictured: Major David G. Simon, who set a new altitude record of 102,000 feet in August 1957 in a 32-hour balloon flight. Major Simons, an Air Force biologist, photographed himself by timing the flash of strobe light set in the balloon.
Tuesday, July 9 at 8 pm ET
“Back to the Moon”
Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, new scientific discoveries are fueling excitement for a return to the lunar surface -- this time, perhaps, to stay. Join the scientists and engineers working to make life on the moon a reality.
Wednesday, July 10 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/11 at Noon ET
Fifty years after the Federal Government mandated seatbelts in all passenger cars, they’re still not required on school buses. Why? This documentary looks for answers in public records, interviews and crash investigations.
Thursday, July 11 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/12 at Noon ET
“Upper Peninsula Psychiatry
An initiative designed to increase access to Mental Health services in the Michigan rural areas takes root this summer, involving the state and four medical schools. We'll talk about the need, origins, focus, and U.P. operations. Guests: UPHS Behavioral Health Director Rose Young, MSU Medical College Regional CEO Stuart Johnson, and Portage Health Foundation Executive Director Kevin Shore.
Saturday, July 13 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 7/14 at 2:30 pm ET
The Crowd & The Cloud
This 4-part series, hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of citizen science and crowdsourcing. By observing their environment, monitoring neighborhoods, and collecting information about the world around them, citizens are helping professional scientists advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations.
Saturdays at 8 pm ET, begins July 13
Repeats Mondays at Noon ET
The Mystery of Chaco Canyon
How did an ancient civilization, with no known written language, arrange its buildings into a virtual celestial calendar, spanning an area roughly the size of Ireland? New discoveries have transformed scientific understanding of this site — one of the most elaborate and mysterious of ancient Native-American ruins — and are revolutionizing perceptions of the Chacoan civilization. Robert Redford narrates.
Sunday, July 14 at 3 pm ET
Grantchester Season 4 on Masterpiece
It’s 1956, and there’s a new vicar in town: Will Davenport, a firebrand who embraces the future and shocks Grantchester. But throughout the upheaval, Geordie knows one constant remains: a vicar can sometimes be a detective’s best friend.
Sundays at 9 pm, begins July 14
Repeats Tuesdays at 1 pm and Thursdays at 10 pm ET
When We Were Apollo
Take an intimate and personal look at the Apollo Space Program through the lives and experiences of some of its most inspiring behind-the-scenes figures: engineers, technicians, builders and contractors who spent the better part of a decade working to get us to the moon and back.
Monday, July 15 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 7/18 at 1:30 pm ET
OSIRIS REx: Countdown to Launch
Follow a multi-generational team of scientists and engineers as they struggle to design, construct, and deliver on time the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and its components to NASA in anticipation of its September 2016 launch from Cape Canaveral.
Monday, July 15 at 11:30 pm ET
Repeats 7/19 at 2:30 pm ET
Molly of Denali
Follow the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl who helps her mom and dad run the Denali Trading Post. Molly, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini share life in Alaska, from fishing, to building snow forts, to riding a dog sled.
Daily at 8: 30 am, premieres Monday, July 15
Around the Farm Table
A food and farming adventure, Around the Farm Table connects consumers to small, thoughtful farmers through storytelling, forgotten recipes and entertainment. Hosted by fourth-generation organic dairy farmer Inga Witscher.
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm, begins July 16, also at 8 pm on 13.3/PLUS
“Apollo’s Daring Mission”
Hear Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of how the first mission to the moon, Apollo 8, pioneered groundbreaking technologies that would pave the way to land a man on the moon and win the space race.
Tuesday, July 16 at 10 pm ET
A Year in Space
Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly.
Wednesday, July 17 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/19 at 1:30 pm ET
8 Days: To the Moon and Back
Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. This stunning recreation of the first moon landing seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with dramatic reenactments, NASA archive footage and CGI.
Wednesday, July 17 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 7/18 at Noon ET
Earthrise tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and explores the beauty and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.
Wednesday, July 17 at 10:30 pm ET
Space Chase USA
This documentary explores the extraordinary events that transformed the small town of Cocoa Beach, Florida into a bustling center for the American space program. Featuring a trove of archival material and interviews with long-time residents, former Apollo astronauts, and Cape Canaveral-based engineers and employees, the program charts the history of the space program in Florida during the 1950s and 1960s.
Thursday, July 18 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/19 at 12:30 pm ET
Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step
In this special, Jet and his Boxwood Terrace friends learn all about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo Space Program as they embark on a sleepover on the Moon.
Saturday, July 20 at 8 am ET
Mexico -- One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless
Season 11 centers on the vibrant food scene and burgeoning chef movement in the Yucatan Peninsula, home to the Mayans, North America's largest indigenous population. Ever the consummate cooking teacher, Chef Rick Bayless translates the intricate dishes and native Mayan recipes of the Yucatan into everyday enjoyment for the at-home cook.
Saturdays at Noon ET, begins July 20
“Michigan Energy Issues”
A conversation with the latest appointee to the Michigan Public Service Commission, Dan Scripps. Topics include state energy policy, distributed generation, rates, broadband access and others relevant to the Upper Peninsula. (Repeat from June)
Saturday, July 20 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 7/21 at 2:30 pm ET
Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts
This film takes a close look at creative therapies and art programs which young people on the autism spectrum are utilizing to reach their highest potential, and provides a platform for youths with autism to speak frankly about their challenges and their dreams and showcase their talents.
Sunday, July 21 at 3 pm ET
Repeats 7/23 at 2 pm ET
POV “On Her Shoulders”
Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people, she must navigate bureaucracy, fame and people's good intentions.
Monday, July 22 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 7/26 at 1 pm ET
Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi
Join award-winning travel host Mickela Mallozzi on her adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time. From re-discovering her family's roots in Southern Italy to learning the seductive tango in Buenos Aires and waltzing in Vienna, Mickela's travels explore the traditional side of every culture while connecting with the local community through celebration and artistic expression.
Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, begins July 23, also at 9 pm on 13.3/PLUS
Born to Explore with Richard Wiese
A modern day Indiana Jones, host Richard Wiese takes viewers around the world in search of adventure, wildlife, and cultures untouched by modern civilization in this new 13-part season. Whether traveling to India to spend a day in the life of elephants, or exploring the wilds of Alberta, Canada, where he comes face to face with black bears at Waterton Lakes National Park, Richard seeks the answers to questions that have been asked throughout history, and guides viewers on journeys across the globe uncovering unique stories, people and wildlife.
Wednesdays at 4:30 pm, begins July 24, also at 8 pm on 13.3/PLUS
Explore the origins of our relationship with the skies. Our ancestors use the sky to navigate and tell time, and give religious significance to what they see in it. Then, a revolution gives birth to modern science.
Wednesdays at 8 pm ET, begins July 24
Repeats Wednesdays at Noon ET
NOVA “The Planets”
In this five-part series, NOVA explores the awesome beauty of The Planets, including Saturn’s 175,000-mile-wide rings, Mars’s ancient waterfalls four times the size of any found on Earth, and Neptune’s winds—12 times stronger than any hurricane felt on our planet.
Wednesdays at 9 pm ET, begins July 24
Repeats Thursdays at Noon ET
Yoga for Everyone with Nadia Narain
Enjoy health, accessible yoga with instructor Nadia Narain in this collection of episodes from Chair Yoga, Yoga for Stress Release, Yoga for Strength & Flexibility, Yoga Express and Beginner's Meditation & Mindful Stretching.
Monday-Friday at 3:30 pm, begins Thursday, July 25
Profile of famed heart surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, whose work has touched the lives of millions of people of all nations. From World War II M.A.S.H. units to VA hospitals, Dr. DeBakey helped lay the foundation of today's modern healthcare system. His innovations in cardiovascular surgery include development of the roller pump for cardiac bypass, the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms, carotid and coronary bypass surgery, and the left ventricular assist device.
Thursday, July 25 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 7/26 at Noon ET
Old Guys and Their Airplanes
“The Chris Morgan Story”
Chris Morgan was a prisoner of the Japanese from October 1943 through June 1945. To put this into perspective, while Allied prisoners in German camps experienced a mortality rate of about 3%, those under the Japanese military suffered, depending upon your source, between 33% and 43% mortality. That Chris survived is one thing. How he thrived is another.
Friday, July 26 at 2:30 pm ET
“Social Media – Social Issues”
A look at the popularity and influence of social media in public and private life. The panel will discuss the risks involved in social media, as well as the benefits, and what's being done to make users less vulnerable.
Saturday, July 27 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 7/28 at 2:30 pm ET
Narrated by Peter Thomas, this documentary series goes to sea with explorers and scientists as they use cutting-edge technology to study the Earth's last frontier. Cameras venture into the blue alongside oceanographers and other experts seeking to better understand the threats facing oceans, including overfishing, global climate change and pollution.
Sundays at 10:30 am ET, begins July 28
The Search for the Mona Lisa
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa portrait is not the Mona Lisa. Timed to the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death in May 2019, this film features Italian star Alexandro Demcenko as Leonardo, in a thriller-like pursuit for the real identity of the most famous portrait in the world. Who is she? And why did he paint her?
Sunday, July 28 at 3 pm ET
Repeats 7/30 at 2 pm ET
POV “Inventing Tomorrow”
In preparation for the world's largest convening of high school scientists, teenage innovators from around the globe create cutting-edge solutions to confront environmental threats while navigating the doubts and insecurities of adolescence.
Monday, July 29 at 10 pm ET
Beyond a Year in Space
Picking up where the first film left off -- Scott Kelly's last day in space and return to Earth -- the final installment also introduces viewers to the next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth's orbit and travel into deep space.
Tuesday, July 30 at 10 pm ET
Mary Ann Esposito presents twenty-six of her favorite “Ciao Italia Classics, Cooking with Friends” episodes chosen from the past 25 years to celebrate authentic regional Italian recipes that are easy to prepare and delicious to eat. It’s a “top-to-bottom journey through Italy with Mary Ann as your guide, your cook and your best friend. Buon Viaggio!
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, begins July 3, also at 9 pm on 13.3/PLUS
The Farthest – Voyager in Space
Launched in 1977, NASA's epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.
Wednesday, July 31 at 10 pm ET