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May 2022

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 1-7

Humongous Fungus Among Us

Humongous Fungus Among Us
A quiet Michigan town becomes the center of a media frenzy after three scientists discover a record-breaking ‘Humongous Fungus’ living next door. Decades later, the town and the scientists continue to embrace the fungus as a growing symbol of community and wonder.   

Sunday, May 1 at 7 pm ET.

Call the Midwife: Ep. 7

Call the Midwife
Ep. 7
An unforeseen event in Poplar means that Nonnatus House suffers its biggest threat yet.  

Sunday, May 1 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/2 at Midnight ET.

Ridley Road "Ep. 1"

Ridley Road on Masterpiece
Ep. 1
Based on Jo Bloom’s bestselling novel, this drama centers on the struggles of British Jews fighting rising neo-Nazism in post-World War II Britain.  

Sundays at 9 pm ET, begins May 1.

Independent Lens: Try Harder!

Independent Lens
Try Harder!
San Francisco’s Lowell High draws students from across the city into a fiercely competitive universe.  

Monday, May 2 at 10 pm ET.

American Experience: Flood in the Desert

American Experience
Flood in the Desert
Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history. A colossal engineering failure, the dam was built by William Mulholland to ensure the growth of Los Angeles by bringing water to the city via aqueduct.  

Tuesday, May 3 at 9 pm ET.

Frontline: The Power of Big Oil, Part 3

Frontline
The Power of Big Oil, Part 3
The fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change.   

Tuesday, May 3 at 10 pm ET.

Nature: My Garden of a Thousand Bees

Nature
My Garden of a Thousand Bees
Discover the diverse species and personalities of bees who live in a British urban garden.  Wednesday, May 4 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/11 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA "Hindenburg: The New Evidence"

NOVA
Hindenburg: The New Evidence
A revealing new investigation of one of history’s most iconic aviation disasters.  

Wednesday, May 4 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 5/11 at 9 pm ET.

Extinction: The Facts

Extinction The Facts
Sir David Attenborough explores the extinction crisis and how it drives pandemic diseases.  

Wednesday, May 4 at 10 pm ET.  Repeats 5/5 at 3 pm ET.

Ask the DNR: Water Sports, Camping, Recreation

Ask the DNR
Water Sports, Camping, Recreation
Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources visit WNMU-TV to answer phoned-in questions from viewers on topics including water sports, camping, summer recreation, and more.  

Thursday, May 5 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/6 at 3 pm ET.

Seaside Hotel: Amanda's Choice

Seaside Hotel
Amanda's Choice
It's all hands on deck as the hotel prepares for Amanda and Count Ditmar's engagement party. Everyone is very excited, except for Max, who has good reason to dread the party.  

Fridays at 9 pm ET, begins May 6.

Unadopted
After 20 years in foster care, Noel Anaya claimed his independence in court at age 21. Follow Noel on his quest for answers about his family and foster care experience, interweaving his own journey with the stories of two other teens in the system.   

Saturday, May 7 at 1 am ET.

Welcome to Commie High

Welcome to Commie High
What happens when an experiment in public education works? Explore one of the sole survivors of America's "free school" movement of the 1970s, where "no" isn't the standard answer.  

Saturday, May 7 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/9 at 3 pm ET.

May 8-14

Petit Rat

Petit Rat
In 1940, a French Jewish girl's dream of becoming a ballerina is cut short by World War II. She vows that if she has daughters, they will become dancers. Nearly 80 years later, she and her two daughters confront the impact of that  pledge.   

Sunday, May 8 at 7 pm ET. 

Call the Midwife "Special Delivery"

Call the Midwife
Special Delivery
The aftermath of a tragic incident in the heart of Poplar ripples through the community.  

Sunday, May 8 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/9 at Midnight ET.

Ridley Road "Ep. 2"

Ridley Road
Ep. 2
Now undercover, Vivien strives to convince neo-Nazi leader Colin Jordan that she is on his side.  

Sunday, May 8 at 9 pm ET. 

The Celiac Project

The Celiac Project
A dynamic, first-of-its-kind documentary about life before and after the diagnosis of celiac disease.  

Monday, May 9 at 9 pm ET.

The Celiac Project

Independent Lens
When Claude Got Shot
After being shot in the face by 15-year-old Nathan King, Claude’s path to recovery leads to forgiveness.  

Monday, May 9 at 10 pm ET.

American Masters: Waterman - Duke: The Spirit of Aloha

American Masters
Waterman - Duke: The Spirit of Aloha
Jason Momoa narrates the inspiring story of five-time Olympic medalist and surfer Duke Kahanamoku.  

Tuesday, May 10 at 9 pm ET.

Nature "The Egg: Life's Perfect Invention"

Nature
The Egg: Life's Perfect Invention
Join Sir David Attenborough to reveal the incredible egg, piece by piece, from creation to hatching.  

Wednesday, May 11 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/18 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence

NOVA
Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence
In this 2 part series, Sir David Attenborough explores how a North Dakota fossil dig site could reveal a detailed picture of the day an asteroid struck Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs.  

Wednesday, May 11 at 9 pm; Part 2 airs 5/18 at 9 pm.

Ask the Doctors: General Health

Ask the Doctors
General Health
Area medical professionals visit WNMU-TV to answer phoned-in questions from viewers. Get your questions answered LIVE by calling (906) 227-9668.  

Thursday, May 12 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/13 at 3 pm ET.

Seaside Hotel "The Big Party"

Seaside Hotel
The Big Party
It's all hands on deck as the hotel prepares for Amanda and Count Ditmar's engagement party. Everyone is very excited, except for Max, who has good reason to dread the party.  

Friday, May 13 at 9 pm ET.

Our Time
PTSD and Mental Illness
Filmmakers tackle PTSD and bipolar disorder head-on as they recount their experiences.  

Saturdays at 8 pm ET, begins May 14.  Repeats 5/16 at 3 pm ET.

Our Time: Hair and Self Image

Our Time
Hair and Self Image
Examine the role hair plays in the lives and communities of these young filmmakers.  

Saturday, May 14 at 8:30 pm ET.  Repeats 5/16 at 3:30 pm ET.

May 15-21

A Long Journey: The Hidden Jews of The Southwest

A Long Journey The Hidden Jews of The Southwest
Fascinating stories of contemporary families in the American Southwest whose secret was their hidden Jewish roots while living an outwardly Catholic life. The physical journeys of these secret Jews – the Conversos – ended in colonial times; their internal journeys continue to this day.  

Sunday, May 15 at 7 pm ET.

Lucy Worsley Investigates: Princes in the Tower

Lucy Worsley Investigates
Princes in the Tower
Come along as Lucy Worsley uncovers what really happened to the Princes in the Tower.  

Sundays at 8 pm ET, begins May 15.  Repeats 5/16 at Midnight ET.

Ridley Road: Ep. 3

Ridley Road
Ep. 3
Vivien’s link to Jordan becomes complicated. The police rebuff warnings from the 62 Group.  

Sunday, May 15 at 9 pm ET. 

Vanishing Chinatown: The World of the May's Photo Studio

Vanishing Chinatown The World of the May's Photo Studio
Hundreds of photographs, serendipitously rescued from a Chinatown dumpster, chronicle the lives of an immigrant community from an insider's perspective, shining a light on everyday life in San Francisco’s Chinatown a century ago.   Monday, May 16 at 9 pm ET.

Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin

Zelenskyy The Man Who Took on Putin
Chart the rise of the comedian, actor and entertainer who became the improbable wartime leader.   

Monday, May 16 at 9:30 pm ET. 

Independent Lens: Scenes from the Glittering World

Independent Lens
Scenes from the Glittering World
A meditation on adolescence, trauma, and the power of connecting with an isolated Navajo homeland.  Monday, May 16 at 10 pm ET.

Lionel Richie: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Lionel Richie The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie receives the distinguished honor from the Library of Congress.  

Tuesday, May 17 at 9 pm ET.  .

Nature: Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas

Nature
Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas
Witness the wildlife and serene beauty of America’s Wild West.  

Wednesday, May 18 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/25 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA "Why Ships Crash"

NOVA
Why Ships Crash
How could a single ship cause a major supply-chain crisis around the globe?  

Wednesday, May 18 at 9 pm ET. 

Ask the Lawyers: May 2022

Ask the Lawyers
May 2022
Area attorneys visit the WNMU-TV studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast.   

Thursday, May 19 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/20 at 3 pm ET.

Seaside Hotel "The Son from America"

Seaside Hotel
The Son from America
Ten years after he left the hotel in anger, Poul returns home from America to settle once and for all his inheritance with his stepmother, Mrs. Andersen. At stake is the hotel's very survival.  

Friday, May 20 at 9 pm ET.

Our Time "Teen Mental Health + Suicide Prevention"

Our Time
Teen Mental Health + Suicide Prevention
Filmmakers tackle the issue of suicide, the second main cause of death for young people.  

Saturday, May 21 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/23 at 3 pm ET.

Our Time "Immigration"

Our Time
Immigration
Filmmakers reveal the binds of assimilation while remaining true to family tradition.  

Saturday, May 21 at 8:30 pm ET.  Repeats 5/23 at 3:30 pm ET.

May 22-28

Lives Well Lived

Lives Well Lived
Celebrate the incredible wit and wisdom of people aged 75–100, who reveal their secrets for living a meaningful life.  

Sunday, May 22 at 7 pm ET.

Lucy Worsley Investigates "Madness of King George"

Lucy Worsley Investigates 
Madness of King George
Take a closer look at the life of George III and how an assassination attempt changed Britain.  

Sunday, May 22 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/23 at Midnight ET.

Ridley Road: Ep. 4

Ridley Road
Ep. 4
Vivien races to secure incriminating evidence against Jordan. Meanwhile, Jack faces mortal danger.  

Sunday, May 22 at 9 pm ET. 

Unrepresented

Unrepresented
Explore how special interests bankroll political campaigns and relentlessly lobby to rig the system in their favor, all while following the letter of the law.  

Sunday, May 22 at 10 pm ET.

Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin

Upheaval The Journey of Menachem Begin
Menachem Begin is a proud yet scarred leader haunted by the Holocaust, who struggled to balance history and heroism.  

Monday, May 23 at 9 pm ET.

Independent Lens "One Child Nation"

Independent Lens
One Child Nation
China's one-child policy forever changed the lives of mothers and children. Inspired by the birth of her first child, filmmaker Nanfu Wang returns to China to speak with her mother and brother, and explore the ripple effect of this social experiment.  

Monday, May 23 at 10 pm ET.

American Experience "Plague at the Golden Gate"

American Experience
Plague at the Golden Gate
Discover how bubonic plague in 1900 set off fear and anti-Asian sentiment in San Francisco.  

Tuesday, May 24 at 9 pm ET.

Nature "Equus: Story of the Horse"

Nature
Equus: Story of the Horse
Travel around the world to uncover the history of mankind's relationship with the horse.  

Wednesday, May 25 at 8 pm ET.  

NOVA: Ice Age Footprints

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

Wednesday, May 25 at 9 pm ET.  

Ask the Doctors "Cancer"

Ask the Doctors
Cancer
Get your medical questions answered by area professionals during this live broadcast from WNMU-TV studios. This week's topics include cancer and general health.  

Thursday, May 26 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/27 at 3 pm ET.

Daniel Boone

Classic Film of the Month
Daniel Boone
In 1775, Daniel Boone settles Kentucky, despite menacing Indians and renegade whites. George O’Brien stars in this classic feature from 1936.   

Friday, May 27 at 9 pm ET.

Our Time
Intimate Partner Violence and Bullying
Young filmmakers address intimate partner violence among teens.  

Saturday, May 28 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/30 at 3 pm ET.

Our Time: Self Image & Non-Conformity

Our Time
Self Image & Non-Conformity
Young filmmakers tackle societal ideals of beauty and the effects on self-image.  

Saturday, May 28 at 8:30 pm ET.  Repeats 5/30 at 3:30 pm ET.

May 29-31

Surrender on the USS Missouri

Surrender on the USS Missouri
Learn about those who witnessed the official Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945, ending World War II.   

Sunday, May 29 at 7 pm ET.

National Memorial Day Concert

National Memorial Day Concert
Tune in to the 32nd annual broadcast of America's national night of remembrance, honoring the military service of all our men and women in uniform, their families, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  

Sunday, May 29 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 5/29 at 9:30 pm ET.

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

Alternative Facts The Lies of Executive Order 9066
Learn the untold story of false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Examine the parallels to the targeting of groups today and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.  

Monday, May 30 at 9 pm ET.

Independent Lens: Bedlam

Independent Lens
Bedlam
Hear the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other conditions.  

Monday, May 30 at 10 pm ET.

Frontline "Police on Trial"

Frontline
Police on Trial
Investigating the Minneapolis police in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd.

Tuesday, May 31 at 10 pm ET.