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July 2024

From celebrating Independence Day with PBS to new seasons of your favorite dramas like Hotel Portofino, July is an exciting month on WNMU-TV.

School may be out, but that doesn't mean you have to stop learning! Teach your kids about friendship and community in the new animated special Brambletown, airing 6a/5c on July 26. Get ready for the 2024 Summer Olympics with historical documentaries The Boys of '36 from American Experience on July 9, and Olympic Pride, American Prejudice on July 21. 

Keep up on current events and politics from unbiased and reputable sources as PBS News Hour covers the Republican National Convention Monday-Thursday, July 15-18; with programs like America at a Crossroads with Judy Woodruff, A Citizen's Guide to Preserving Democracy; and of course, stay up-to-date on local issues and politics with Media Meet Saturdays at 6:30/5:30c and Sundays at 2/1c. 

You won't want to miss these new and noteworthy programs airing all month long! Don't forget, you can stream LIVE from our website, pbs.org or the FREE PBS app, so you don't get stuck inside all summer. Watch from wherever you find yourself! 

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.

July 1-6

POV: Hummingbirds

POV

Hummingbirds

Silvia and Beba tell their own coming-of-age story, transforming their hometown on the Texas-Mexico border into a wonderland of creative expression. Filmed over the final summer of their fleeting youth, this self-portrait celebrates the power of friendship and joy as tools of survival and resistance.  

Monday, July 1 at 10/9c.

Roadtrip NationStart Small, Think Big | Serving Change

Discover how small local changes can add up to positive differences on a global scale.

3-Part Series, Mondays at 11:30 pm, begins July 1.  Repeats 7/11 at 12:30 am.

Pinkalicious & Peterrific: A Pinkerton Family Vacation

The Pinkertons take a family vacation roadtrip to see all of the Pink Wonders of the World! But what will happen when they make a wrong turn?  

Tuesday, July 2 at 11:30 am.  Repeats 7/24 at 11 am.

Disco: Soundtrack of a RevolutionStayin’ Alive

Discover how disco fell victim to a violent backlash – and how it came back stronger.

Tuesday, July 2 at 9/8c.

Becoming Frida KahloA Star is Born

Explore Frida Kahlo’s later life including her affair with Leon Trotsky, declining health and more.

Tuesday, July 2 at 10/9c.

Dynamic PlanetWater

As our oceans change, can science, nature and tradition prepare us for a fast-changing future?

Wednesday, July 3 at 8/7c.

Hope in the WaterChanging the Menu

Creative approaches to diversifying our seafood diets are rewriting menus worldwide.

Wednesday, July 3 at 9/8c.  Repeats 7/4 at 3/2c.

NOVAIce Age Footprints 

Ancient footprints provide new evidence of humans and extinct giant beasts of the Ice Age.

Wednesday, July 3 at 10/9c.

A Capitol Fourth 2024

A Capitol Fourth 2024

Celebrate our country's 248th birthday with the 44th anniversary broadcast of America's Independence Day celebration for our entire nation.  

Thursday, July 4 at 8/7c.

Lafayette: The Lost Hero

Lafayette: The Lost Hero

Review the life and legend of the Marquis de Lafayette—an intriguing, neglected, and controversial figure from both the American and French Revolutions.  

Friday, July 5 at 3/2c.

The Paris MurdersIn the Spotlight

The team is sent a shocking recording of a young woman getting her throat cut.

Friday, July 5 at 9/8c.

Great PerformancesCarmen

English director Carrie Cracknell makes her Met debut.

Saturday, July 6 at 1 am. Repeats 7/6 at 8/7c and 7/7 at 1/12c on 13.3PLUS.

Can We All Get Along? The Segregation of John Muir High School

At a reunion, filmmaker Pablo Miralles questions what has happened to his once integrated high school in Pasadena, CA. Interviewing past and present teachers and students, Miralles unveils  perceptions and policies that create almost insurmountable challenges to maintain well-funded and diverse public schools.  

Saturday, July 6 at 8/7c.  Repeats 7/8 at 3/2c.

July 7-13

A City at War: Chicago

Highlighting the most significant events that occurred in Chicagoland during World War II. Explore the mutually beneficial relationship between FDR and Chicago mayor Ed Kelly.   

Sunday, July 7 at 7/6c.

Professor TA Little Drop of Poison

The police need his help following a series of unexplained deaths.

Sunday, July 7 at 8/7c.  Repeats at Midnight.

GrantchesterEpisode 4

Alphy attends a manor fundraiser, but festivities are cut short when a body is found in the basement.

Sunday, July 7 at 9/8c.  Repeats 7/11 at 10/9c.

D.I. RayA Test of Wills

The investigation takes an emotional toll on Rachita as she questions who she can trust.

Sunday, July 7 at 10/9c.

POV: Is There Anybody Out There?

POV

Is There Anybody Out There?

Born with a rare disability,  Ella Glendining wonders if there is anyone who can share the experience of living in a body like hers.   

Monday, July 8 at 10/9c.

Roadtrip NationFrom the Ground Up | Serving Change

Learn how local change can add up to making positive differences on a global scale.

Monday, July 8 at 11:30/10:30c.  Repeats 7/18 at 12:30 am.

American ExperienceThe Boys of '36

The story of nine boys who rowed for gold at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.

Tuesday, July 9 at 9/8c.

VOCESFrom Here/From There (De Aqui/De Alla)

Meet Luis Cortes Romero, the first undocumented attorney to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. An immigration attorney as well as a DACA recipient, Luis risks his legal status to join a powerful and highly visible legal team, including unlikely conservative ally Ted Olson, to fight the rescinding of DACA. Although the Supreme Court ruled in their favor in 2020, the future of DACA recipients is still in doubt.

Tuesday, July 9 at 10/9c.

Dynamic PlanetEarth

Amid the world’s ecosystems in chaos, can science, nature, and tradition prepare us for the future?

Wednesday, July 10 at 8/7c.

NOVAAncient Builders of the Amazon 

Archaeological discoveries reveal traces of ancient civilizations in the Amazon.

Wednesday, July 10 at 9/8c.

NOVAEmperor's Ghost Army

Explore the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China’s first emperor.

Wednesday, July 10 at 10/9c.

Battle Over Bears Ears

Can Utah’s diverse voices & interests in this extraordinary landscape find common ground?

Thursday, July 11 at 8/7c.  Repeats 7/12 at 3/2c.

The Paris MurdersOut of the Shadows

Chloe thinks she sees her mother, who has been presumed dead for 20 years, at a party.

Friday, July 12 at 9/8c.

Roadtrip Nation: Wide Open Range

See how people from Dallas, Houston, and other cities are rejecting the limits placed on them—by both society and themselves—to embrace the reality of their own endless potential.  

Saturday, July 13 at 8/7c.  Repeats 7/15 at 3/2c.

July 14-20

Pathways to Invention

Explore the workshops, garages, laboratories and offices of accomplished inventors in the fields of materials, software, hardware, biotech and agriculture to understand the tools and traits of both successful invention and entrepreneurship.   

Sunday, July 14 at 7/6c.

Professor TThe Conference

The Professor must prove his innocence to regain his reputation.

Sunday, July 14 at 8/7c. Repeats at Midnight.

GrantchesterEpisode 5

Are Sidney and Geordie’s crime-fighting days over?

Sunday, July 14 at 9/8c.

D.I. RayStaying on Top

As pressure mounts for D.I. Ray, surveillance on a new suspect yields shocking results.

Sunday, July 14 at 10/9c.

2024 RNC Convention Coverage

PBS News

2024 RNC Convention Coverage

Join PBS News Hour co-anchors Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz as they offer nightly coverage of the 2024 Republic National Convention.  

Monday-Thursday, July 15-18 at 8/7c.

PBS News HourAmerica at a Crossroads with Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff’s 2 year project aimed at understanding how the American people see their country and whether today’s deep political divisions can be healed through travel and conversations with voters and local and national politicians.   

Tuesday, July 16 at 3/2c.

We Hold These Truths: The Global Quest for Liberty

Explores the promise and influence of America’s Declaration of Independence in the world.

Thursday, July 18 at 3/2c.

Barry Farm: Community, Land and Justice in Washington D.C.

Barry Farm: Community, Land and Justice in Washington D.C.

A journey for community, land, and justice in the nation’s capital. It is a story of the Barry Farm neighborhood, but it is also a story of Washington, D.C. And, in the cycles of place and displacement, it is a story of the United States of America.  

Friday, July 19 at 3/2c.

Professor TRing of Fire

Professor T and the police race to find a sadistic arsonist before they strike again.

Fridays at 9/8c, begins July 19.

Roadtrip NationReady To Rise

Disconnected from education and employment, three youth take a journey to find themselves.

Saturday, July 20 at 8/7c.  Repeats 7/22 at 3/2c.

Our American FamilyThe Bolducs

To sustain their farm and dairy delivery in Gilford, NH, Charles and Aurora Bolduc taught their 13 growing children the values of hard work and helping others.   

Saturday, July 20 at 9/8c. Repeats 7/21 at 2:30/1:30c.

POVUýra – The Rising Forest

Uyra is a trans-indigenous artist on a journey of self-discovery in the Amazon forest. Go behind the scenes with a message from the filmmakers.   

Saturday, July 20 at 9:30/8:30c.

July 21-27

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

The collective experiences of 18 African-American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.   

Sunday, July 21 at 6:30/5:30c.

Professor TAttachment Issues

A woman is found dead at the scene of a car crash, but the accident didn’t kill her.

GrantchesterEpisode 6

Alphy and Geordie’s murder investigation uncovers a tangled web of betrayal and deceit.

D.I. RayEnemy Within

Following the discovery of the missing gun D.I. Ray’s lens turns back to the Chapman family.

Sunday, July 21 at 10/9c.

Gods of TennisBillie Jean King and Arthur Ashe

Revisit how the tennis golden age changed the game forever in this three-part fascinating series. In part 1, In 1975, Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe are fighting to become Wimbledon champions, and in their own ways, they are also battling social change for equality on a global level.

Tuesdays at 9/8c, begins July 23.

FRONTLINE: Two American Families: 1991-2024

Frontline

Two American Families: 1991-2024

Filmed over 34 years, two families struggle to survive in a changing American economy. Through hard times, falling wages, and loss of manufacturing jobs, the continuation of Bill Moyers' chronicle of perseverance as the American dream slips away.  

Tuesday, July 23 at 10/9c.

Rocks 4 Sale!

A slice-of-life look at how kids in the former mining town of Silverton, Colorado, stay busy in the summer by “mining” and selling rocks to tourists.   

Tuesday, July 23 at 11:30/10:30c.

A Citizen's Guide to Preserving Democracy 

A sneak peek at the ten duties Richard Haass says will strengthen American democracy.

Wednesday, July 24 at 3/2c.

NatureAmerican Horses

Meet the uniquely American horse breeds that helped shape our nation.

Wednesday, July 24 at 8/7c.  Repeats 7/31 at 3/2c.

NOVASunken Ship Rescue

A team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

Wednesday, July 24 at 9/8c.

Sea Change: The Gulf of Maine

Bounty in the Gulf of Maine

Discover the Gulf of Maine and how its bounty was forever changed by a global appetite for fish. Now the Gulf’s warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, witness how wildlife and people are adapting to rapid change.  

Wednesday, July 24 at 10/9c.  Repeats 7/25 at 3/2c.

Brambletown 

A musical film about Fox and Badger, lifelong friends coming home to Brambletown. As they discover new sides of themselves, their friendship, and the community, they learn that even in the darkest moments, they still have the power to heal.  

 Friday, July 26 at 6a/5c.

Classic Film of the MonthRich and Strange (1931)

Follow a clueless English couple wandering the world and being chastened by what they find: their flawed selves. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Henry Kendall, Joan Barry and Percy Marmont.  

Friday, July 26 at 9/8c.

Bagpipes Calling!

Celebrate the Celtic spirit–as it lives on through the members of a lively bagpipe band from Long Island, N.Y.  

Friday, July 26 at 10:30/9:30c.

Roadtrip Nation

Beating The Odds

Follow Esther, James and Estephanie, who all overcame obstacles to make it to college, and are taking great strides to accomplish their dreams and follow their passions.   

Saturday, July 27 at 8/7c.  Repeats 7/29 at 3/2c.

Our American FamilyThe Barreras

Life in the remote company-owned town of Madrid in the 1920s and '30s was a mixture of hard, dangerous work offset by the joy of baseball and celebrations. With the closing of the mine in the early '40s, the extended family re-established itself in southern California.  

Saturday, July 27 at 9/8c.

July 28-31

This is [Not] Who We Are

Explore the gap between Boulder, Colorado’s progressive self-image and the experiences of its small, resilient Black community.  

Sunday, July 28 at 7/6c.

Hotel Portofino season 3Entitled

Bella faces divorce as Cecil, her father and Danioni bring pressure from all sides.

Sundays at 8/7c, begins July 28.  Repeats at Midnight.

GrantchesterEpisode 7

When a woman known by Alphy goes missing, he and Geordie race to find the answers.

Sunday, July 28 at 9/8c.

Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie

Discover what made the world’s most successful crime writer tick.

Sunday, July 28 at 10/9c.

POV: Against the Tide

POV

Against the Tide

Mumbai fishermen Rakesh and Ganesh are inheritors of the great Koli knowledge system—a way to harvest the sea by following the moon and the tides. Rakesh has kept faith in traditional fishing methods while Ganesh has embraced technology.   

Monday, July 29 at 10/9c.

Gods of Tennis

Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe

Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe's showdowns in the Wimbledon finals in 1980 and 1981 are among the most memorable matches in the sport. They bring glamour and celebrity to what many consider the fiercest rivalry in men's tennis history. 

Tuesday, July 30 at 9/8c.

FRONTLINE: Germany's Enemy Within

FRONTLINE

Germany's Enemy Within

Inside the rise of far-right extremism in Germany. Tracing the increasing threat to democracy from the far right, its connections to extremist ideas and plots, with accounts from intelligence officials, politicians and the far right itself.  

Tuesday, July 30 at 10/9c.

NaturePrimates: Secrets of Survival

Discover the survival strategies used by primates, often in the most unexpected places.

Wednesday, July 31 at 8/7c.

NOVAOperation Bridge Rescue

Follow engineers and woodworkers as they rebuild and transport an iconic American bridge.

Wednesday, July 31 at 9/8c.

Sea Change: The Gulf of Maine

Peril in the Gulf of Maine

Explore Cashes Ledge, a part of the Gulf of Maine that helps power the Gulf’s more than 3,000 species.  

Wednesday, July 31 at 10/9c.

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