October 2018 Program HighlightsAll programs air on Channel 13.1 unless noted.
Follow an investigative reporter through a political thriller to expose the shadowy world of unlimited, anonymous campaign contributions threatening to upend Montana's government and the very integrity of American democracy.
Monday, October 1 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/2 at 1 pm ET
Go inside President Trump’s fight against the investigation of his campaign and whether he obstructed justice. With the threat of impeachment growing, Trump wages unprecedented war against the Special Counsel, FBI and even his own Attorney General.
Tuesday, October 2 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/4 at 1 pm ET
This four-part series delivers "masterpieces for the masses," gives you a front row seat to the world's greatest music and a map to an unforgettable musical journey. Under music director Gerard Schwarz, the educational and entertaining series features the world-class talents of the All-Star Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of leading musicians from around the country. This week, enjoy the much-played Mussorgsky/Ravel piece “Pictures at an Exhibition” and excerpt from Prokofiev's ballet “Romeo and Juliet.”
Wednesdays at 2 pm ET, begins October 3
“Operation Bridge Rescue”
Follow the rebuilding of the 19th century Blenheim Covered Bridge. Watch elite craftsmen raise this engineering icon under grueling time pressure, and witness traditional artisans in China restoring ancient covered bridges to ensure their survival.
Wednesday, October 3 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/4 at Noon ET
Secrets of the Dead
“The Woman in the Iron Coffin”
Follow a team of forensic experts as they investigate the preserved remains of a young African American woman from 19th century New York and reveal the little-known story of early America's free black communities.
Wednesday, October 3 at 10 pm ET
Ask the DNR
“Bird Hunting, Youth Hunt, Pre-Deer Season, Fall Fishing”
Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers on this live broadcast. Guests:
Wildlife Biologist Brian Roell, Marquette; Conservation Officer Mark Zitnik, Munising; Fisheries Biologist Darren Kramer, Escanaba; and Deputy Public Information Officer John Pepin, Marquette. Host Walt Lindala. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, October 4 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/5 at Noon ET
New series from the producers of Downton Abbey is a fictional, female-focused drama unfolding in historic Jamestown, Virginia. Part 1 begins in 1619, when a new governor arrives in Virginia bearing revolutionary plans for the colony. With him arrive a group of women, destined to marry the beleaguered men. 8-part series.
Thursdays at 10 pm ET, begins October 4
Repeats Fridays at 2 pm ET
“Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2018”
Enjoy an all-star concert honoring Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Queen, film composer John Williams, New Orleans funk band The Meters and other recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator awards. Pictured: Neil Diamond and Micky Dolenz.
Friday, October 5 at 9 pm ET
“Suicide Awareness and Prevention”
A look at suicide prevention efforts in the Upper Peninsula and the state of Michigan with guests Marquette County Health Department Health Educator Sarah Derwin; Pathways Community Mental Health Outpatient Services Supervisor Ashley Jenema; and Dial Help Rural Coordinator Kristine Putz. (Repeat from September)
Saturday, October 6 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 10/7 at 2:30 pm ET
High School Bowl Encore
“Quarterfinals 1 & 2: Hancock vs Marquette; Sault Ste. Marie vs Escanaba”
WNMU-TV presents encores of exciting games from the 2017-18 season. Last spring, Hancock met Marquette in the first quarter-final and Sault Ste. Marie battled Escanaba in the second quarter-final. Join host Jim Koski for the best of the 40th season of High School Bowl. Encores run through October. Our new 41st tournament begins November 3.
Saturdays at 8 pm ET, begins 10/6
Repeats Mondays at Noon ET
Great Performances at The Met
Simon Keenlyside makes his Met role debut as the unrepentant seducer in Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage’s staging of Mozart’s masterpiece. Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Byström as Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto, Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore and Rolando Villazón as Don Ottavio.
Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 pm ET, & Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 pm ET, only on TV13/PLUS 13.3.
[Operas will be a new monthly feature on TV13/PLUS 13.3]
Austin City Limits
Enjoy a visually and sonically stunning hour as Austin City Limits kicks off their 44th season with Grammy-winning art-rock performer St. Vincent. The groundbreaking singer-songwriter-guitarist and her band perform songs from her acclaimed LP “Masseducation.”
Saturday, October 6 at 11 pm ET
GZERO World with Ian Bremmer
This new public affairs series offers compelling discussion about global politics with people from all sides of the political spectrum and includes a political satire segment called "Puppet Regime," which uses felt puppets of world leaders. Pictured: Host Ian Bremmer as a puppet.
Sundays at Noon and 11:30 pm ET, begins October 7
Downton Abbey Season 5 on Masterpiece
This encore of season 5 of the international hit finds the Crawley family and the staff struggling with responsibilities and choices as they adjust to life in the Roaring Twenties. In episode 2, Rose hits on a strategy to get a radio in the house. Sarah tutors Daisy. An art historian arrives. Anna makes a difficult purchase.
Continues Sundays at 7 pm ET
The Durrells in Corfu Season 3 on Masterpiece
Journey back to Corfu for the third season of the series based on the memoirs of Gerald Durrell. An eccentric English family experiences adventure on a Greek isle in the 1930s. This week, when Aunt Hermione dies suddenly, Louisa has to accompany her body back to England.
Continues Sundays at 8 pm ET
Poldark Season 4 on Masterpiece
The Poldarks determine to get their relationship on track, and the Enyses announce they're expecting a child. Hugh's health prevents him for standing in the election, so the candidacy is offered to Ross, but will he accept? Series continues through November 18.
Sundays at 9 pm ET
Repeats Mondays at 1 pm ET
The Circus: American Experience
Explore the colorful history of this distinctly American form of entertainment, from the first one-ring show at the end of the 18th century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey big top was pulled down for the last time. 2-part series continues Tuesday at 9 pm ET.
Monday & Tuesday, October 8 & 9 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/9 at 1 pm ET & 10/11 at 1 pm ET
“Volatile Earth: Volcano on Fire & Volcano on the Brink”
In this one-night, two-part NOVA special, an intrepid international team of volcano experts climb up to their summits, perilously close to their gigantic craters, to deploy innovative imaging and remote sensing techniques.
Wednesday, October 10 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/11 at Noon ET
Ask the Doctors
Area physicians visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. Host Dr. Jennifer Dehlin welcomes guests: Dr. Michael Grossman, Family Medicine; Dr. Frederick Hoenke, Family Medicine; and Dr. Thomas LeGalley, Cardiovascular Medicine. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, October 11 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/12 at Noon ET
“Much Ado About Nothing with Helen Hunt ” & “The Merchant of Venice with F. Murray Abraham”
The third installment of the series combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. This week, Helen Hunt explores how “Much Ado About Nothing” became one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies; and F. Murray Abraham untangles the controversies surrounding “The Merchant of Venice,” addressing the ubiquitous anti-Semitism that characterized Europe in Shakespeare’s time.
Fridays at 9 & 10 pm, begins October 12
“Election 2018 Candidate Forum: 109th House District”
Candidates running for Michigan's 109th House District Representative, Sara Cambensy (D) and Melody Wagner (R), answer questions about issues of interest to voters.
Saturday, October 13 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 10/14 at 2:30 pm ET
Austin City Limits
Savor an hour-long set with songwriting legend John Prine. The veteran musician performs songs from his critically acclaimed recent album “The Tree of Forgiveness,” as well as gems from his catalog.
Saturday, October 13 at 11 pm ET
Itzhak Perlman: American Masters
Explore the life of violinist Itzhak Perlman, a polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel. Conversations with musicians, friends and his wife of 50 years tell the story of this transcendent performer.
Sunday, October 14 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/16 at 1 pm ET
Return to the Wild - The Chris McCandless Story
Take a fresh look at the enigmatic story of a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the accomplished son of successful middle class parents, who was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling Jon Krakauer book and Sean Penn-directed movie Into the Wild.
Monday, October 15 at 2 pm ET
God Knows Where I Am
Discover the story of Linda Bishop, a New Hampshire mother who suffered from severe bipolar disorder with psychosis. She imprisoned herself in an abandoned farmhouse and remained there, a prisoner of her own mind, eventually starving to death.
Monday, October 15 at 10 pm ET
The Eugenics Crusade: American Experience
Learn the story of the unlikely -- and largely unknown -- campaign to breed a "better" American race, tracing the rise of the movement that turned the fledgling science of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control.
Tuesday, October 16 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/18 at 1 pm ET
Autumnwatch New England
“Parts 1, 2 & 3”
Travel to the colorful landscapes of New England, meet a cast of unforgettable wildlife characters, and experience some of the best autumn has to offer, including leaf gazing, pumpkin carving and cranberry harvesting, in this live 3-night production. Continues live Thursday and Friday nights at 8 pm ET.
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, October 17-19 at 8 pm ET
America is in the middle of a public health crisis: an epidemic of addiction. NOVA joins scientists and sufferers alike as they probe the mysteries of addiction.
Wednesday, October 17 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/18 at Noon ET
Follow Andy Serkis, the master of performance capture; Ella Al-Shamahi, a rising star in Neanderthal research; and a group of experts who create, for the first time ever, a scientifically accurate 3D Neanderthal. 2-part series continues next Wednesday at 10 pm ET.
Wednesdays at 10 pm ET, October 17 & 24
Ask the Lawyers
Note later start time tonight - 9 pm ET. Area attorneys visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. This week’s guests are: Erica Payne, Priscilla Burnham and Patrick Jennings, all from Marquette. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, October 18 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/19 at Noon ET
The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles
Florida: the land of beaches, theme parks... and cattle? This film tells the story of the Great Florida Cattle Drive 2016, the history of Florida’s heritage cattle breed, how they almost went extinct and what folks are doing to preserve Florida’s cow culture for future generations.
Friday, October 19 at 2 pm ET
“Measure for Measure with Romola Garai” & “Julius Caesar with Brian Cox”
Romola Garai explores “Measure for Measure,” one of Shakespeare’s most provocative plays that presents a surprisingly timely drama of sexual morality, hypocrisy and harassment. In the second hour, Brian Cox looks at Shakespeare’s most revered political play “Julius Caesar” to analyze what can be learned about freedom and tyranny today.
Friday, October 19 at 9 & 10 pm ET
Beyond Your Backyard
This educational travel series highlights destinations that people can travel to with ease, in the U.S. and nearby. Veteran travel personality Erik Hastings (Erik The Travel Guy) reveals the “soul” of each destination he visits and digs deep to educate consumers on the history and culture, amazing experiences, delicious food, famous attractions as well as off-the-beaten-path haunts. This week, Gettysburg, PA.
Saturdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins October 20
“Peter White Public Library Tax Proposal”
Discussion of a local November ballot proposal to recoup $224,000 in tax repeal funding losses that would restore important library services. Guests: Peter White Public Library Director Andrea Ingmire; Library Board Member John Mallo; 'Vote Yes Committee member Janet Joswiak of Chocolay Township; and Powell Township Resident Kathy Nelson.
Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 10/21 at 2:30 pm ET
Michigan U.S. Senatorial Debate
Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and her Republican opponent John James meet to debate the issues. This is a broadcast of the Oct. 14 debate from Grand Valley State University's WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids.
Rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 pm ET (in place of our regular Saturday rebroadcast of Antiques Roadshow.)
Austin City Limits
“Sam Smith/Anderson East”
Relish an hour of blue-eyed soul. U.K. native Sam Smith sings mega-hits and tunes from his sophomore album “The Thrill of It All.” Alabama soul/R&B singer Anderson East romps through songs from his acclaimed LP “Encore.”
Saturday, October 20 at 11 pm ET
The Woman in White
When a young man encounters a ghostly woman dressed all in white on a moonlit road, he is drawn into a web of intrigue that will transform his life forever. Offering his assistance to this distressed, spectral woman, he is later shocked to discover that she had just escaped from a nearby insane asylum. 5-part series.
Sundays at 10 pm, October 21 - November 18
Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures
The Kratt brothers return for a brand new creepy, crawly Halloween special. Discover some new cool creatures with "creepy" features that help them survive.
October 22, 26 & 31 at 8 am ET
Davy Jones’ Locker
This family musical adventure, starring the world-renowned Bil Baird Marionettes, tells the whimsical story of a young boy who unexpectedly slides into adventure on the high seas. He ends up with a rakish group of treasure-hunting pirates who send him down into an undersea world, where he learns about the equally marvelous world of books. By combining live-action film techniques with puppetry, this award-winning film achieves the look of live animation.
Monday, October 22 at 2 pm ET
A Chef’s Life Harvest Special
Join chef Vivian Howard after the harvest season as she hosts a special harvest feast for the show’s most beloved personalities to gather for one last batch of quintessential Southern ingredients.
Monday, October 22 at 9 pm ET
POV “The Apology”
Meet three of the 200,000 former "comfort women" kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Seventy years after their imprisonment, they give their first-hand accounts of the truth.
Monday, October 22 at 10 pm ET
Those on the Front Lines of Alzheimers & Dementia
Professionals from around the world share the work they are doing to better understand a pathway to help those diagnosed with multiple forms of dementia.
Tuesday, October 23 at 1 pm ET on 13.1
Saturday, October 27 at 8 pm ET on TV13/PLUS 13.3
The Great American Read
And the winner is... after millions of votes, find out which of the 100 nominated books is crowned America's best-loved novel in this final episode.
Tuesday, October 23 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/24 at 1 pm ET
Learn about some of the most advanced cultures in human history, and the Native American people who created them and whose legacy continues to this day. Explore this world through a combination of indigenous knowledge and cutting-edge science. 4-part series runs through November 13. This week in “From Caves to Cosmos,” researchers combine ancient wisdom and modern science to answer a 15,000-year-old question: Who were America's First Peoples?
Tuesdays, October 23, 30 & November 13 at 9 pm ET
Repeats Thursdays at 1 pm ET
Frontline “The Pension Gamble”
See how state governments and Wall Street led America’s public pensions into a $4 trillion hole. Correspondent Martin Smith investigates the consequences for teachers, police, firefighters and other public servants. Who will be held accountable?
Tuesday, October 23 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/25 at 2 pm ET
Nature “Super Cats”
Explore the mysterious world of big cats. Filmed over 600 days in 14 countries, featuring 31 species of cats, this series introduces behaviors captured on film for the first time, using the latest camera technology and scientific research. 3-part mini-series, airs through Nov. 7.
Wednesdays at 8 pm ET, October 24, 31 & November 7
Repeats Wednesdays at Noon ET
NOVA “Flying Supersonic”
Uncover the history of the Concorde, the passenger plane that flew from the late '70s until 2003 at twice the speed of sound. Today, scientists are working to build a new generation of quieter, greener and cheaper supersonic passenger planes.
Wednesday, October 24 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/25 at Noon ET
Ask the Doctors
Area physicians visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. Host Dr. Jennifer Dehlin welcomes guests:
Dr. Scott Doughty, Holistic Medicine; and Dr. Jorrie Houle, Obstetrics/Gynecology. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.Thursday, October 25 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/26 at Noon ET
“The Winter's Tale with Simon Russell Beale” & “Richard III with Sir Antony Sher”
Simon Russell Beale uncovers the romance and betrayals of “The Winter’s Tale” and shows that in this play Shakespeare offers something for which everyone longs: the ability to make amends for an irreversible mistake. In the second hour, Sir Antony Sher unveils the life of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” comparing the historical king’s reputation with the play’s enduring portrait of ruthless ambition and vengeance.
Friday, October 26 at 9 & 10 pm ET
“Election 2018 Candidate Forum: 38th Senate District”
Candidates running for Michigan's 38th District Senate seat, Scott Dianda (D) and Ed McBroom (R), answer questions about issues of interest to voters.
Saturday, October 27 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 10/28 at 2:30 pm ET
Austin City Limits “Brandi Carlile”
Enjoy an unforgettable hour with acclaimed artist Brandi Carlile. The Seattle singer-songwriter performs highlights from her critically lauded album “By the Way, I Forgive You.”
Saturday, October 27 at 11 pm ET
3 Seconds Behind the Wheel
This documentary follows the lives of eight drivers between the ages of 18 and 65 in Florida and Connecticut over six months. In-car cameras and tracking technology monitor their often-hidden distracted behavior while driving. Why three seconds? That's how long it takes to travel the length of a football field, send a message or choose a song.
Monday, October 29 at 2 pm ET & Tuesday, October 30 at 8 pm ET
Frontline “The Facebook Dilemma”
Hear the early warnings about Facebook’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world. Dozens of original interviews and rare footage show how the company faced claims of misuse while becoming an unprecedented global power. Continues Tuesday with Part 2 that covers Facebook’s response to charges of promoting “fake news” and disrupting American politics. 2-part series.
Monday, October 29 at 9 pm ET & Tuesday, October 30 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/31 at 1 & 2 pm ET
Independent Lens “Wildland”
Meet a wildland firefighting crew as its members struggle with fear, loyalty, love and defeat all over the course of a single fire season. What emerges is a story of a small group of working-class men and the fire that lies between.
Monday, October 29 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 11/1 at 2 pm ET
This film documents a unique take on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as performed by a group of retired actors, dancers and musicians at the Lillian Booth Actors Home, an assisted living facility, just outside New York City.
Tuesday, October 30 at 1 pm ET
See how a warming earth, rising sea levels, and more intense and frequent superstorms will impact coastal cities, and learn how New York, London, Tokyo and Miami are preparing groundbreaking solutions aimed at securing their future. 4-part series continues in November. This week, New York.
Wednesdays at 10 pm, October 31-November 21