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November 2019 Program Highlights

All programs air on Channel 13.1 unless noted.

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November 1-10

Great Performances
"42nd Street"

Tap-dance along to this musical extravaganza about a starry-eyed performer who gets her big break on Broadway, set to a lively score of iconic songs including "Lullaby of Broadway," "We're in the Money" and the show-stopping title song.

Friday, November 1 at 9 pm ET

Pinkalicious & Peterrific: A Pinkaperfect Birthday

Ohero:kon - Under the Husk

Follow the challenging journey of two Mohawk girls, Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe, as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women.

Friday, November 1 at 11:30 pm ET

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation: American Experience

High School Bowl
"Superior Central vs. Big Bay de Noc;
Republic-Michigamme vs. Iron Mountain"

Saturday, November 2 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 11/4 at 3 pm ET

Linking Land and Lakes: Protecting the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands

Follow the work of Great Lakes researchers as we travel 5,000 miles and talk to more than 40 experts on the vital role coastal wetlands play in keeping the Great Lakes healthy. Learn more about this small but mighty ecosystem and the importance of preserving them for future generations.

Sunday, November 3 at 3 pm ET

Downton Abbey Season 6
"Ep. 4"

Miss Baxter faces a dilemma. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

Sunday, November 3 at 7 pm ET

Durrells In Corfu Season 4 On Masterpiece
"Ep. 6"

Just as it looks as though the Durrells may have found their happy ending, the islanders realize they can no longer ignore the rumblings of war. Larry throws an audacious play for the locals. There are new surprises for every member of the family.

Sunday, November 3 at 8 pm ET.
Repeats 11/4 at Midnight ET

Poldark Season 5 On Masterpiece
"Ep. 6"

Geoffrey Charles makes a desperate plan to elope with Cecily before she weds George, and Demelza uncovers a theft at the mine. With Ned's trial looming heavy, Ross pleads for Dwight's help in a daring attempt to save his friend.

Sunday, November 3 at 9 pm ET

Press on Masterpiece
"Two Worlds"

A new Post colleague attempts to discredit Ed. Duncan buries himself in his work. Holly is accused of losing her professional integrity when she mishandles a source. Peter and Amina prepare the way for a big announcement about the Herald's future.

Sunday, November 3 at 10 pm ET

Our American Family: The Kurowskis

Following a paper mill tragedy, the Kurowski family moves to the center of the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin, where their selflessness strengthens the community.

Monday, November 4 at 9 pm ET

Family Pictures USA: North Carolina

Return to Rainy Mountain

Jill Momaday Gray & her father Dr. N. Scott Momaday take viewers on a modern-day road trip loosely based on his Kiowa nation’s ancestral myths, legends & collective identity.

Monday, November 4 at 9:30 pm ET

Wai Lana Yoga for a Better Life & a Better World

Independent Lens
"Decade of Fire"

Discover why the Bronx burned in the 1970s. Through rich archival and home movie footage, the film reveals the real reasons for the devastation and shows what can happen when a community chooses to reclaim their neighborhood.

Monday, November 4 at 10 pm ET

Heirloom Meals' Thanksgiving

Hosted by Carole Murko, a culinary artist and public-radio personality, explore America's diverse culinary history with the goal of preserving tried-and-true recipes and dining traditions.

Tuesday, November 5 at 4:30 pm ET.

Surviving Thanksgiving with Sara Moulton

Chef, cookbook author and television personality Sara Moulton offers time-saving tips and techniques for your Thanksgiving celebration. She takes viewers through the big meal step by step, with foolproof tips for avoiding the biggest culinary mistakes.

Wednesday, November 6 at 4:30 pm ET

Nature
"Okavango: River of Dreams: Inferno"

Discover the landscape and wildlife of the Lower Okavango River, where the land is baked dry by the scorching sun. Large herds of zebra and wildebeest migrate to the dry plains in search of the precious salt that these animals need.

Wednesday, November 6 at 8 pm ET.
Repeats 11/13 at 3 pm ET

NOVA
"Dead Sea Scroll Detectives"

Scientists use new technology to examine the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls and newly surfaced fragments.

Wednesday, November 6 at 9 pm ET.
Repeats 11/7 at 3 pm ET

Art of Home: A Wind River Story

Two indigenous artists create new works reflecting on their tribal homelands. Yet, neither of the artists lives there. Both artists travel to Wind River Reservation to reconnect with their ancestors and present their art work to a somewhat isolated community.

Thursday, November 7 at 10 pm ET.
Repeats 11/17 at 10 pm ET

Great Performances "Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I"

Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe star in a Tony Award-winning revival of the beloved musical about a British schoolteacher instructing the royal children of the King of Siam, featuring classic songs including "Hello, Young Lovers" and "Shall We Dance."

Friday, November 8 at 9 pm ET

High School Bowl
"Hancock vs. Chassell; North Central vs. Bark River-Harris"

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

What The Durrells Did Next: A Masterpiece Special

Learn the definitive true story behind one of the best-loved families in TV drama, and see how Corfu shaped the personalities and ambitions of each Durrell. It's an outlandish story of expeditions, fame, heartbreak and a zoo.

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

Poldark Season 5 On Masterpiece
"Ep. 7"

Demelza discovers the French are smuggling arms into Cornwall. Ross is determined to take vengeance on Merceron and Hanson for framing Ned. Caroline puts her insecurities aside to support Kitty's battle against Merceron, drawing attention to herself.

Sunday, November 10 at 9 pm ET.
Repeats 11/17 at 8 pm ET

Press on Masterpiece "Resonance"

Duncan receives devastating news from his wife. James reopens communication with a would-be whistleblower, and Amina and Holly become convinced the story will be the most important the Herald will ever run. Holly and Duncan go head to head.

Sunday, November 10 at 10 pm ET

November 11-17

Light Up the North, the Story of the Yooperlites

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum Premiere

Follow the adventures of Xavier, Yadina and Brad as they tackle everyday problems by traveling back in time to learn from real-life figures. This new series will introduce kids to inspiring historical figures and the character virtues that helped them succeed.

Every day at 9 am ET, begins November 11

Warrior Tradition

Learn the heartbreaking, inspiring and largely untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. This film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view - stories of service, pain, courage and fear.

Monday, November 11 at 9 pm ET.
Repeats 11/12 at 1 am ET

Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health & Spirit

A film about empowering people to overcome their current circumstances through eating as their ancestors did–nutritiously and locally. Explore the food-sovereignty movement occurring across the country through the stories of women championing the return to traditional food sources.

Tuesday, November 12 at 4:30 pm ET

Race Underground
American Experience

Learn how America's first subway, in Boston, overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen and the great fears of its citizenry to create a rapid transit system soon replicated throughout the country.

Tuesday, November 12 at 9 pm ET

Frontline
"Kids Caught in the Crackdown"

Exposing the traumatic stories of migrant children detained under Trump's immigration policies. An investigation with The Associated Press into the widespread consequences - and business - of the mass confinement of migrant children.

Tuesday, November 12 at 10 pm ET

Nature
"Nature's Biggest Beasts"

Discover the ingenious strategies that nature's biggest beasts employ to conquer their environments, from the Komodo dragon with a deadly bite to the tallest giraffe to the bird-eating armored ground cricket. These are their epic survival stories.

Wednesday, November 13 at 8 pm ET.
Repeats 11/20 at 3 pm ET

NOVA: Decoding Da Vinci

The impact of Leonardo da Vinci's art on his science, and his science on his art are explored.

Wednesday, November 13 at 9 pm ET.
Repeats 11/14 at 3 pm ET.

Life from Above
"Changing Planet"

Take a fresh look at our fragile planet and see just how much it's changing. Cameras in space show growing cities, disappearing forests and melting glaciers, but one country regenerated a landscape and helped save a chimpanzee family.

Wednesday, November 13 at 10 pm ET

Kevin Belton's New Orleans Celebrations

Kevin Belton showcases the food of the Big Easy — from fried oyster po-boy sandwiches to Creole brined chicken with collards and yams to duck and andouille gumbo.

Thursdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins November 14

Ask the Lawyers
"General Law"

Professional lawyers answer questions called in on general law.

Thursday, November 14 at 8 pm ET.
Repeats 11/15 at 3 pm ET.

Mister Rogers: It's You I Like

Join host Michael Keaton to celebrate "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," the pioneering children's series that premiered nationally 50 years ago. Keaton worked as a stagehand in the 1970. Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and more reveal their favorite memories from the series.

Thursday, November 14 at 9 pm ET

Ishi's Return

Ishi was billed in 1911 as the "last wild Indian" when he wandered out of the woods in Oroville, CA, and became a national sensation. When Ishi died, his brain was removed and sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Eighty years later, his descendants in California fight to have his remains repatriated to his ancestral home.

Thursday, November 14 at 10:30 pm ET

Great Performances
"Red"

Experience the passion of painter Mark Rothko in this six-time Tony-winning play dramatizing Rothko's greatest challenge: creating the murals for New York's iconic Four Seasons restaurant. Stars Alfred Molina with Alfred Enoch as Rothko's assistant.

Friday, November 15 at 9 pm ET

High School Bowl
"West Iron County vs. Lake Linden; Hurley vs. Painesdale"

Saturday, November 16 at 8 pm ET.
Repeats 11/18 at 3 pm ET

The Red Green Show
"The Big Retreat"

A group of CEO's have a retreat at Possum Lodge and as it turns out they're all women. Red customizes a car so he can drive standing up. Ed Frid brings a jumping frog to Talking Animals. Bill freaks out when he finds pieces of wood missing from everything.

Saturday, November 16 at 10 pm ET.
Repeats 11/17 at 2 pm ET

David Holt's State of Music "The Kruger Brothers"

David travels to the mountains of Wilkes County, NC, to share tunes and stories with Jens and Uwe Kruger and bass player Joel Landsberg. The Krugers first came to North Carolina for Merlfest and found such a welcome for their unique brand of bluegrass that they are now permanent residents.

Sunday, November 17 at 12:30 am ET

Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration

It's an event 50 years in the making as Sesame Street celebrates its 50th Anniversary. We're celebrating the world's most iconic street with all our furry friends and some very special guests.

Sunday, November 17 at 7 pm ET

Poldark Season 5
"Ep. 8"

Several months have passed. With their lives on the line, Ross and his friends must launch their most daring plan yet, to save themselves and the country from enemies both at home and abroad.

Sunday, November 17 at 9 pm ET

November 18-24

Co-Operatively Yours

Prince Charles at 70

Enjoy an intimate and revealing portrait of Charles, Prince of Wales in his 70th birthday year. From his charitable work to his family life, see Britain's longest-serving heir to the throne as never before, and learn his plans for his future as king.

Monday, November 18 at 2 am ET.
Repeats 11/20 at 4 am ET

The Red Green Show: Rules of Engagement

N. Scott Momaday:
American Masters

Delve into the enigmatic life and mind of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday, best known for "House Made of Dawn" and a formative voice of the Native American Renaissance in art and literature.

Monday, November 18 at 9 pm ET

Meditation for All of Us

Independent Lens "Conscience Point"

This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers.

Monday, November 18 at 10:30 pm ET

Life from Above: Moving Planet

Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory
American Experience

Learn the story of a group of former slaves who battled prejudice and oppression to sing their way into a nation’s heart.

Tuesday, November 19 at 9 pm ET

Dr. David Perlmutter’s Whole Life Plan

Frontline
"For Sama"

The astonishing personal story of a young Syrian mother's perseverance through the siege of Aleppo. Told as a love letter from a mother to her daughter, the film explores the agonizing dilemma of whether to abandon Aleppo and the fight for freedom.

Tuesday, November 19 at 10 pm ET

Leaves of Change

Documenting tea culture in China, from its harvest on breathtaking mountainside plantations, to its role in exotic ceremonies in exclusive members-only tea houses, to its surprising significance in bird-fighting competitions.

Tuesday, November 19 at 11:30 pm ET

Nature "Bears"

Follow the adventures of bears across the globe, from grizzlies to pandas to sloth bears, as they draw on their brains, brawn and unique adaptations to survive. Find out what it really takes to be a bear in today's ever-changing world.

Wednesday, November 20 at 8 pm ET.
Repeats 11/27 at 3 pm ET

NOVA
"The Violence Paradox"

Despite the constant news of violence, Steven Pinker believes we're living in the most peaceful period in human history. Journey through history and the human mind to explore why violence has diminished – and how we might create a more peaceful world.

Wednesday, November 20 at 9 pm ET.
Repeats 11/21 at 1 am ET

All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic

The life and impact of chemist Leo Hendrik Baekeland, inventor of the first wholly synthetic plastic, is explored.

Thursday, November 21 at 3 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors "Geriatrics/Palliative Medicine/Hospice"

Doctors answer viewer questions on geriatric/ palliative medicine and hospice.

Thursday, November 21 at 8 pm ET.
Repeats 11/22 at 3 pm ET

First Language - The Race to Save Cherokee

Few of the fourteen thousand Cherokee of North Carolina speak their native language, and no children are learning it at home. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now fighting to revitalize the language.

Thursday, November 21 at 10 pm ET

Great Performances
"Much Ado About Nothing"

Recorded live at The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park, this modern interpretation of Shakespeare's romantic classic with an all-black cast features Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman.

Friday, November 22 at 9 pm ET

Playback Social Entrepreneurs

An innovative news, business and entertainment program with multimedia segments and documentary style profiles and reports featuring socially responsible companies.

Friday, November 22 and Friday, November 29 at 11:30 pm ET

The Lawrence Welk Show "Thanksgiving America, The Melting Pot"

Get into the Thanksgiving holiday spirit with Lawrence Welk and all your favorites.

Saturday, November 23 at 7 pm ET.
Repeats 11/24 at 5 pm ET

High School Bowl "Watersmeet vs. L'Anse; Brimley vs. Rapid River"

Saturday, November 23 at 8 pm ET.
Repeats 11/25 at 3 pm ET

The Red Green Show
"Rites of Passage"

The men get into a fight over public access to Possum Lake waterfront and decide to settle it with a tank. Red turns a van into a huge accordion. Bill has an adventure with a bat.

Saturday, November 23 at 10 pm ET. Repeats 11/24 at 2 pm ET

ACL Presents: Americana 18th Annual Honors

Enjoy the best performances from the 18th annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony.

Saturday, November 23 at 11 pm ET

The Poor Farm

A documentary film that tells the story of the Eastmanville Poor Farm in Ottawa County, Michigan. Founded in 1866, it was the longest continually operating Poor Farm in the United States, serving its community for over 130 years.

Sunday, November 24 at 3:30 pm ET

Downton Abbey Season 6 "Ep. 7"

A car race gives Mary flashbacks. Mrs. Patmore opens for business. Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets a surprise gift.

Sunday, November 24 at 7 pm ET

Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service

With unprecedented access to some of the key players in British espionage, this film lifts the veil on the shadowy world of spying, going back in time and behind the scenes to look at some the world’s most calculated and delicately executed operations.

Sunday, November 24 at 8 pm ET

The Chaperone on Masterpiece

Journey from Kansas to New York City with the diffident chaperone to uninhibited dancer Louise Brooks in this Jazz Age drama that reunites Downton Abbey screenwriter Julian Fellowes, actress Elizabeth McGovern and director Michael Engler.

Sunday, November 24 at 9 pm ET

November 25-30

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)

College Behind Bars
"Parts 1 & 2"

Meet the incarcerated men and women admitted to the rigorous Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). Some students make great strides academically, only to discover BPI keeps raising the bar. Being sent to solitary puts an education in jeopardy.

Monday, November 25
Part 3 & 4: Tuesday, November 26 at 9 pm

Great Performances: The Chris Botti Band in Concert

Finding Your Roots
"The Pioneers"

Discover how Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem and Sandra Cisneros are connected to pioneers who broke new ground and paved the way for their modern-day descendants to continue shaping our culture.

Tuesday, November 26 at 8 pm ET

Animal Babies: First Year on Earth: First Steps

Nature "Hotel Armadillo"

Welcome to the "Hotel Armadillo," where the elusive giant armadillo digs a daily hole deep in the Brazilian rainforest and leaves behind a suite for 25 species of jungle clientele. Join biologist Arnaud Desbiez as he "checks in" the exotic guests.

Wednesday, November 27 at 8 pm ET

Magical Land of Oz: Land

NOVA
"Animal Espionage"

Camera traps and drones are revolutionizing the study of wildlife by providing an up-close look at animals without disturbing them. See how these technologies are helping us understand everything from mysterious whale behavior to tiger migration.

Wednesday, November 27 at 9 pm ET.
Repeats 11/28 at 3 pm ET

A Walk in the Park with Nick Molle: Nature of the Beasts

The First Official Thanksgiving

Through re-enactments and interviews this documentary challenges the belief that America's first Thanksgiving was in Plymouth, MA, and chronicles how the discovery of the Nibley papers led to a friendly rivalry between Virginia and Massachusetts about who can rightfully claim the birth of America's Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, November 27 at 10 pm ET

Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

Metal Road

For decades, thousands of Navajos worked the railroads, maintaining the trans-continental network. Metal Road explores the dynamics of livelihood, family, and the railroads through the lens of a Navajo trackman.

Wednesday, November 27 at 10:30 pm ET

PBS Newshour Presents:
The Plastics Problem

With 40 percent of all plastic products used only once, plastic pollution is considered one of the biggest environmental threats facing humans and animals globally. PBS NewsHour's reporting team uncovered not only the extensive environmental damage plastic has already caused, but also innovations and solutions in plastic management.

Thursday, November 28 at 2 am ET

From Gershwin to Garland - A Musical Journey with Richard Glazier

Pianist Richard Glazier takes us in a musical time machine through the Golden Age of American Popular Song. Glazier's warm, witty and fascinating inside stories accompany the glorious music.

Thursday, November 28 at 8 pm ET.
Repeats 11/29 at 3 pm ET

Ohiyesa: The Soul of An Indian

Kate Beane, a young Dakota woman, examines the extraordinary life of her celebrated relative, Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa). Biography and journey come together as Kate traces Eastman's path–from traditional Dakota boyhood, through education at Dartmouth College, and in later roles as physician, author, and Native American advocate.

Thursday, November 28 at 10 pm ET

Great Performances
"Kinky Boots"

Rejoice with the Tony Award-winning high-heeled hit musical with songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein about an unexpected duo that embraces their differences to create an extraordinary line of shoes.

Friday, November 29 at 9 pm ET

High School Bowl
"Superior Central vs. Escanaba; Pickford vs. Ironwood"

Saturday, November 30 at 8 pm ET.
Repeats 12/1 at 3 pm

Pete Seeger Tribute Concert:
Woody's Children 50th Anniversary

Folk legends celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular WFUV radio show, with performances by Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, and more.

Saturday, November 30 at 9 pm ET