May 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.

May 1-2

Modus
"Ep. 5"
See what group may be behind the Stockholm attacks. Inger finds a connection to the case.

Friday, May 1 at 10 pm ET.

Dishing with Julia Child

Dishing with Julia Child
"The Whole Fish Story"
Reminisce about Julia Child, the first lady of cooking, with some of today’s top chefs. Jose Andres and Eric Ripert are amazed by Julia Child’s treatment of fish and wealth of information. Bon appetit!

Saturdays at 7 am ET, begins May 2.

A Craftman's Legacy

A Craftsman's Legacy
Welcome to the magical world of a clockmaker where the gears are lovingly handmade and time truly does stand still as host Eric Gorges and young clock maker Nate Bowers create a beautiful exposed gear clock.

Saturdays at 8 am ET, begins May 2.

Before We Die
This thriller features nail-biting action and a unique twist about a tough police officer, Hanna Svensson, whose highly developed sense of right and wrong is more powerful than any family tie.

Saturdays at 8 pm ET, begins May 2. Repeats 5/4 at 3 pm ET.

May 3-9

Lighthouse Legacy
Public TV 13 shines a light on the history of the remarkable Stannard Rock lighthouse.

Sunday, May 3 at 3:30 pm ET.

Toward the Source: An Arctic Odyssey
A film of self-discovery and awakening told through a 55 day solo canoe journey up the Snare River in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Sunday, May 3 at 7 pm ET.

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife
"Ep. 6"
The Turners receive alarming news about their daughter. Fred tries to reinstate a horticulture show.

Sunday, May 3 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 5/4 at Midnight ET.

World on Fire

World on Fire on Masterpiece
"Ep. 5"
Harry and his unit reach Dunkirk, with the odds stacked against them.

Sunday, May 3 at 9 pm ET.

Baptiste

Baptiste on Masterpiece
"Ep. 4"
Julien finds the money, but Edward makes a reckless move that puts the case in jeopardy.

Sunday, May 3 at 10 pm ET.

Fly brother

Fly Brother with Ernest White II
"Sao Paulo: Don't Sleep"
Ernest rides around Brazil’s biggest city with his friends, superstar DJ Paulo Pacheco and personal guide Flavia Liz di Paolo.

Mondays at 5 pm ET, begins May 4.

George Bush

George W. Bush: American Experience
"Part 1"
Explore Bush's tumultuous youth, his road to the White House and the devastating impact of 9/11.

2 part series starts Monday, May 4 at 9 pm.

Queen at War

The Queen at War
Learn how the longest reigning monarch in British history was shaped by World War II.

Tuesday, May 5 at 8 pm ET.

George Bush

George W. Bush: American Experience
"Part 2"
See how Bush's presidency evolves following 9/11, the war in Iraq and a challenging second term.

Tuesday, May 5 at 9 pm ET.

Spy in the Wild

Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries
"The North"
A spy hummingbird flies with monarch butterflies and a spy pelican soars over shoals of mobula rays.

Wednesday, May 6 at 8 pm ET.

H2O: The molecule that made us

H2O: The Molecule That Made Us
"Crisis"
How is Earth's changing water cycle–and water for profit–forcing changes across the globe?

Wednesday, May 6 at 9 pm ET.

Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts
"Judges"
Local judges answer phoned-in questions from viewers.

Thursday, May 7 at 8 pm ET.

Under the Radar Michigan

Under the Radar Michigan
"Do-Gooder Special"
Hold onto your hearts, cause it’s time for our first ever UTR Do-gooder Special, where we revisit some of our favorite philanthropists.

Thursday, May 7 at 9:30 pm ET. Repeats 5/8 at 5 pm ET.

In this together

In This Together: A PBS American Portrait Story
See firsthand stories of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected America and brought us together.

Friday, May 8 at 9 pm ET.

return to normandy

Return to Normandy
Twenty-two World War II veterans are invited on a trip to attend the 70th anniversary celebration of the invasion of D-Day in Normandy, France.

Friday, May 8 at 9:30 pm ET.

Modus

Modus
"Ep. 6"
Learn the frightening connection between Stina and the killer as secrets are revealed.

Friday, May 8 at 10 pm ET.

Before We Die

Before We Die
"Ep. 2"
Hanna and Bjorn are on the kidnappers' trail, but their attempts to rescue Sven are foiled. Christian becomes ever more involved in the Mimica clan's business, but a new assignment nearly shatters him.

Saturday, May 9 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 5/11 at 3 pm ET.

May 10-16

Beneath the surface

Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes
DPTV’s Great Lakes Bureau investigates the history and safety of the pipeline and raises new questions about the future of the aging pipeline as it moves oil and gas beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Sunday, May 10 at 3:30 pm ET.

Thank You for Coming
A story about nature, nurture, and one woman's desire to connect with her roots. Airing in honor of Mothers Day.

Sunday, May 10 at 7 pm ET.

call the midwife

Call the Midwife
"Ep. 7"
Kevin sees a troubled patient. The maternity home receives a long-awaited incubator.

Sunday, May 10 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 5/11 at Midnight ET.

world on fire

World on Fire on Masterpiece
"Ep. 6"
Paris falls to the Nazis, and Webster and Albert's lives are turned upside down.

Sunday, May 10 at 9 pm ET.

Baptiste on Masterpiece
"Ep. 5"
Julien plots an audacious move to frame Constantin, which ends in bloodshed.

Sunday, May 10 at 10 pm ET.

asian americans

Asian Americans
"Breaking Ground / A Question of Loyalty"
New immigrants and Asian Americans adapt to life in 19th century and early 20th century America.

3 part series starts Monday, May 11 at 8 pm; Part 2 5/12 at 8 pm; Part 3 5/12 at 10 pm.

king of crimes

King of Crimes
A play about the 1807 Aaron Burr treason trial in John Marshall’s court, telling of the great forces that almost tore our young country apart, and the remarkable men that held it together.

Monday, May 11 at 10 pm ET.

asian americans

Asian Americans
"Good Americans / Generation Rising"
Learn how Asian Americans fight for equality and claim a bold new identity in the present.

Tuesday, May 12 at 8-10 pm.

spy in the wild

Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries
"The Islands"
Explore the islands of the South Pacific with a spy koala, spy crab, spy Komodo dragon and more.

Wednesday, May 13 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA eagle power

NOVA
"Eagle Power"
Follow eagles from the nest to the skies to see what makes these predators so remarkable.

Wednesday, May 13 at 9 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors

Ask the Doctors
"The Brain and Stroke"
Area physicians answer phoned-in questions from viewers focusing on the brain and strokes.

Thursday, May 14 at 8 pm ET.

Scully the world show

Scully/The World Show
Scully returns with new episodes devoted to one-on-one interviews with some of the world's most significant and famous personalities.

Fridays at 6 pm ET, begins May 15. Repeats 5/16 at 12:30 am ET.

more or less perfect union

More or Less Perfect Union, A Personal Exploration by Judge Douglas Ginsburg
"A Constitution In Writing"
Examine the the creation of the document that protects our liberties.

Fridays at 9 pm, 3 Part Series begins May 15.

modus

Modus
"Ep. 7"
Join Inger as she uses her intuition to solve the mystery. Meanwhile, the killer gets closer.

Friday, May 15 at 10 pm ET.

before we die

Before We Die
"Ep. 3"
Suspecting a leak in the department, Hanna, Bjorn and their boss, Tina, create a clandestine group to investigate and reduce the risk of their infiltrator, Inez, being harmed. Christian is threatened.

Saturday, May 16 at 8 pm ET.

May 17-23

Steve trash science

Steve Trash Science
"Messy Babies and Pollinators / Your Digital Footprint"
Steve Trash shares the remarkable (and true) notion that bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are like messy babies. Then, learn how everything you do online is creating a digital footprint that can be tracked right back to you.

Sundays at 9:30 am ET, begins May 17.

Factory
A documentary on the importance of factory work to 20th Century small-town America by detailing the rise and fall of what the locals called “The Factory” on South M-66 in Ionia, MI.

Sunday, May 17 at 3:30 pm ET.

Power Trip

Power Trip: The Story of Energy
"Water"
Take a journey through the past, present and future of humanity's most important resource.

Sundays at 7 pm, 3 part series begins May 17.

call the midwife

Call the Midwife
"Ep. 8"
When the council announces plans to cut Nonnatus House's funding, Sister Julienne fights back.

Sunday, May 17 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 5/18 at Midnight ET.

world on fire

World on Fire on Masterpiece
"Ep. 7"
Harry has a second chance at saving Kasia. In Manchester, could Lois be set for happiness at last?

Sunday, May 17 at 9 pm ET.

baptiste

Baptiste on Masterpiece
"Ep. 6"
Julien discovers the inside source, bringing the case to a devastating conclusion.

Sunday, May 17 at 10 pm ET. .

Clarence Thomas in his own words

Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words
Take a rare look into the life and perspective of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Monday, May 18 at 9 pm ET.

NOVA

NOVA
"Deadliest Tornadoes"
Meet pioneering meteorologist Ted Fujita, who transformed our understanding of tornados.

Tuesday, May 19 at 8 pm ET.

american experience

Mr. Tornado:
American Experience
In the wake of tornado outbreaks, learn how we can protect ourselves and our communities.

Tuesday, May 19 at 9 pm ET.

Spy in the wild

Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries
"The Poles"
A spy polar bear and a spy penguin travel to the lands beyond the Arctic and Antarctic circles.

Wednesday, May 20 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA

NOVA
"Decoding COVID-19"
How do you stop a contagious killer microbe? Scientists around the globe are racing to uncover the secrets of the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic – and using revolutionary techniques to develop lifesaving treatments and vaccines.

Wednesday, May 20 at 9 pm ET.

ask the lawyers

Ask the Lawyers
"May 2020"
Law professionals visit WNMU-TV to answer phoned-in questions from viewers.

Thursday, May 21 at 8 pm ET.

more or less perfect union

More or Less Perfect Union, A Personal Exploration by Judge Douglas Ginsburg
"A Constitution for All"
Delve into the ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution known as the Bill of Rights.

Friday, May 22 at 9 pm ET.

modus

Modus
"Ep. 8"
See Inger and Ingvar’s clear picture of the killer’s identity and motive. Who is next on the list?

Friday, May 22 at 10 pm ET.

before we die

Before We Die
"Ep. 4"
Hanna, Bjorn and Tina now know there's a mole among their colleagues, and that person reports everything to the Mimica crime family. But who is it? Davor Mimica opens contact with the Mobsters motorcycle gang. Saturday, May 23 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 5/25 at 3 pm ET.

May 24-30

Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Both educational and entertaining, this program will make you feel like you have visited Sleeping Bear Dunes without ever leaving your living room.

Sunday, May 24 at 3:30 pm ET.

Power trip

Power Trip: The Story of Energy
"Food"
Filmed around the world, the six-part documentary series takes viewers on a journey through the past, present and future of energy.

Sunday, May 24 at 7 pm ET.

national Memorial Day concert

National Memorial Day Concert
View the 30th anniversary broadcast of America’s national night of remembrance.

Sunday, May 24 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 5/25 at Midnight ET.

proof of loyalty

Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii
Story of Japanese Americans who played a crucial strategic role in World War II. Nisei from Hawaii combated prejudice and discrimination to loyally serve their country. Their extraordinary service, mostly untold, changed the course of U.S. history.

Sunday, May 24 at 9:30 pm ET.

fighting on both fronts

Fighting on Both Fronts: The Story of the 370th
The film tells the little-known story of a unit of African American soldiers from Chicago who fought in combat for the U.S. in World War I.

Sunday, May 24 at 10:30 pm ET.

speaking grief

Speaking Grief
Interviews with grieving families from across the U.S., whose losses range from stillbirth to suicide, to address common misconceptions about grief.

Monday, May 25 at 9 pm ET.

independent lens

Independent Lens
"Eating Up Easter"
See how Easter Island provides a climate change and globalization wake-up call for the world. Monday, May 25 at 10 pm ET.

finding your roots

Finding Your Roots
"Beyond The Pale"
Jeff Goldblum, Terry Gross and Marc Maron learn they share more than religion with their ancestors.

Tuesday, May 26 at 8 pm ET.

viral

Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations
Hear firsthand accounts of the recent rise in antisemitism in the U.S. and Europe.

Tuesday, May 26 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 5/27 at 1:30 am ET.

NOVA

NOVA
"Last B-24"
Join the investigation of the wreckage of the Tulsamerican, a B-24 bomber that crashed in 1940.

Wednesday, May 27 at 9 pm ET.

ask the doctors

Ask the Doctors
"General Health/Arthritis"
Area physicians answer phoned-in questions from viewers focusing on Arthritis.

Thursday, May 28 at 8 pm ET.

rick steves hunger and hope

Rick Steves Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala
Rick meets struggling farmers in Ethiopia and Guatemala, and discovers what life is like for the 700 million people living on under $2 per day.

Thursday, May 28 at 10 pm ET.

more or less perfect union

More or Less Perfect Union, A Personal Exploration by Judge Douglas Ginsburg
"Our Constitution at Risk"
Discover how the Constitution is under assault and the battle to preserve our liberty.

Friday, May 29 at 9 pm ET.

modus

Modus: Season 2
"Ep. 1"
The first female U.S. president is kidnapped in Sweden, and police believe it's an inside job.

Fridays at 10 pm ET, begins May 29.

before we die

Before We Die
"Ep. 5"
Stefan figures out that his girlfriend, Blanka, is cheating on him with Christian, and he goes on the warpath. Hanna is determined to meet her infiltrator, but Inez doesn't show up to the meeting.

Saturday, May 30 at 8 pm ET.

May 31

power trip

Power Trip: The Story of Energy
"Wealth"
Take a journey through the past, present and future of humanity's most important resource.

Sunday, May 31 at 7 pm ET.

iconic women of country

Iconic Women of Country
Kathy Mattea, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd and others pay tribute to the legends who inspired them. Part of RSVP 2020. Thank you for your support.

Sunday, May 31 at 8 pm ET.

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt, Live in Hollywood
Celebrate the superstar in an electrifying 1980 concert filmed at the height of her career. Part of RSVP 2020. Thank you for your support.

Sunday, May 31 at 9:30 pm ET.