WNMU Public TV 13, a public service of Northern Michigan University

October 2019 Program Highlights

All programs airs on Channel 13.1 unless noted.
October 1-6
Free Speech: The Challenge of Our Times
Free speech is a fundamental element to a democracy. Take a deep look into this constitutional right and how we as Americans can protect it.
Tuesdays at 12:30 am ET, begins October 1
Secrets of the Dead
"Scanning The Pyramids"

Free speech is a fundamental element to a democracy. Take a deep look into this constitutional right and how we as Americans can protect it.
Tuesday, October 1 at 8 pm ET
Frontline
"The Crown Prince"

The murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi drew the world's attention to the young Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). FRONTLINE investigates the rise of MBS, his vision for the future, his handling of dissent, and Khashoggi's murder.
Tuesday, October 1 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/2 at 1 am ET
Open Mind
A half hour weekly public affairs broadcast, THE OPEN MIND is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas across politics, media, technology, the arts and all realms of civic life. Hosted by Alexander Heffner.
Wednesdays at 12:30 am ET, begins October 2
Nature
"Octopus: Making Contact"

Follow an Alaskan professor as he raises and studies a pet octopus in his home, making remarkable discoveries about its extraordinary intelligence, personality and skills.
Wednesday, October 2 at 8 pm
Repeats 10/9 at 3 pm ET

Wild Metropolis
"Residents"
From pythons in Bangkok to otters in Singapore, cities may seem unlikely havens for wildlife, but for animals able to adapt, the urban world is filled with opportunity.
Wednesday, October 2 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/3 at 2 am ET

This is America & The World
Whether here in the United States or abroad, Dennis Wholey sets out to explore the cultural, social and political lives of people around the world.
Thursdays at 12:30 am ET, begins October 3
Saving The Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat The Jetport
A documentary chronicling a historic struggle to preserve a rural area of New Jersey between 1959 and 1968.
Thursday, October 3 at 10 pm ET
Great Performances
"Now Hear This: Scarlatti: Man Out of Time"

Journey to Spain and Morocco with host Scott Yoo to discover how composer Scarlatti melded aspects of Vivaldi's and Bach's work with music and dance of the region to generate a new sound inspired by the guitar that is still relevant today.
Friday, October 4 at 9 pm
Repeats 10/5 at 1 am ET
Under Four Trees
Mrs. Nomusa Zikhali has successfully built an educational complex for 960 children that created a powerful and sustainable change in her Zulu community. This story shows the transformative power of education.
Saturday, October 5 at 8 pm ET
Grooming a Generation
A reading program run by a small group of African-American barbers near Detroit in Ypsilanti, Michigan encourages their young customers to read to them during a haircut.
Saturday, October 5 at 8:30 pm ET
Repeats 10/7 at 3:30 pm
Earth Focus
Urgent local and global environmental coverage that spotlights issues, impact and possible solutions from a variety of unique perspectives.
Sundays at 10:30 am ET, begins October 6
Poldark Season 5 On Masterpiece
"Episode 2"

Demelza and the children join Ross in London. Dwight’s expertise places him on shaky ground.
Sunday, October 6 at 9 pm
Press on Masterpiece

Holly, deputy news editor of the Herald, tries to obtain CCTV footage of a fatal hit-and-run after it's given to a tabloid. Post reporter Ed comes under pressure to run a story against the will of the parents of an athlete who took his own life.
Sundays at 10 pm ET, begins October 6
Repeats 10/7 at 2 am ET

October 7-13
Retro Report on PBS
Retro Report makes sense of the present by revealing the past. Celeste Headlee and Masud Olufani connect the present to the past with stories, and New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz adds his signature wit.
Mondays at 9 pm ET, begins October 7
POV
"America"

Diego lives away from his family, where he scrubs wax in a surf shop by day and stilt-walks the malecon by night. He returns home after his grandmother, America, falls from her bed, leading to his father's arrest for elder neglect.
Monday, October 7 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/8 at 2 am ET
Finding Your Roots "Hollywood Royalty"
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston and Mia Farrow unearth surprising new revelations about their family histories, taking them generations beyond their famous cinematic forebears.
Tuesday, October 8 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/10 at 5 am ET
Nature
"The Serengeti Rules"

Pioneering scientists make surprising discoveries that transform human understanding of nature.
Wednesday, October 9 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/16 at 3 pm ET
NOVA
"Day The Dinosaurs Died"

Investigate how an asteroid vanquished the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Join scientists as they drill into the impact crater and, for the first time, reconstruct the hell on earth that unfolded in the minutes, hours and months after the impact.
Wednesday, October 9 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/10 at 3 pm ET

Wild Metropolis
"Commuters"
Follow animals as they travel in and out of cities for food, shelter and to start a family.
Wednesday, October 9 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/10 at 2 am ET

Ask the Doctors
"General Health"
Thursday, October 10 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/11 at 3 pm ET
The Quietest Place on Earth
Explore Maui's geological and spiritual birthplace. Featuring stunning cinematography, this poetic documentary looks at the majestic landscape through the eyes of Hawaiian cultural practitioners, artists, scientists, musicians, paniolo (cowboys) and spiritual leaders, many of whom live on Haleakala's slopes.
Thursday, October 10 at 10 pm ET
Great Performances
"Now Hear This: Handel: Italian Style"

Discover how Handel's experience in Italy with fellow composers Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Corelli influenced his career. Host Scott Yoo traces Handel's footsteps to understand how he embraced the country's artistic and cultural traditions.
Friday, October 11 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/12 at 1 am ET
The Hispanic Heritage Awards
Top Latino performers and personalities paying tribute to the honorees from the stage, recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of Latino leaders in various fields.
Friday, October 11 at 10 pm ET
Beads, Baubles and Jewels
Join us for this season of Beads Baubles and Jewels, "a sense of place". Learn how our surroundings influence design, whether exotic locales or right in our own backyard.
Saturdays at 10 am ET

Media Meet
"Animal Welfare"
A conversation about state and local animal welfare and control measures as they apply mainly to dogs. Tips on having a dog and pet resources will be covered, along with relevant statutes and other public issues and information. (Repeat from July)
Saturday, October 12 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 10/13 at 2:30 pm ET

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece
"Episode 1"
Rejoin the family and staff as extortion and downsizing threaten Downton Abbey.
Sunday, October 13 at 6:30 pm ET

Durrells In Corfu Season 4 On Masterpiece
"Episode 3"
Spiros' wife joins the family on a trip that ultimately ends in disaster.
Sunday, October 13 at 8 pm
Repeats 10/14 at Midnight ET

Poldark Season 5 On Masterpiece
"Episode 3"
Ross’ tenacity in helping Ned bears fruit, but at a cost. Demelza wrestles with problems of her own.
Sunday, October 13 at 9 pm ET

October 14-20
Finding Your Roots
"Off The Farm"

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the humble roots of comedic actors Melissa McCarthy and Eric Stonestreet, retracing the ancestral journeys that laid the groundwork for their success.
Tuesday, October 15 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/17 at 5 am ET
Nature
"Undercover in the Jungle"

Go undercover in the untouched Amazon jungle to meet some of the most incredible creatures on Earth.
Wednesday, October 16 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/23 at 3 pm ET

Wild Metropolis
"Survivors"
As the urban world grows animals are displaced from land that belonged to them. From herons to humpback whales, follow the captivating stories of wild survivors.
Wednesday, October 16 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/17 at 2 am ET

Ask the Lawyers
Thursday, October 17 at 8:00 pm ET
Elder law is discussed by local lawyers and professionals.
Repeats 10/18 at 3:00 pm ET

Thirsty Land
Thirsty Land is a documentary film about extreme drought, agriculture, the water crisis in the Western United States and how these challenges impact farmers, cities, and local communities.
Thursday, October 17 at 10 pm ET

Great Performances
"Grammy Salute to Music Legends"
Enjoy a star-studded awards concert for Recording Academy honorees with performances by George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick, Garth Brooks, Snoop Dogg, Patti Austin, Sheila E, Sam Moore, Fernando Varela and more.
Friday, October 18 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 10/19 at 1 am ET

Media Meet
"Advance Care Planning"
A new state funded Advance Care Planning program helps individuals decide in advance on the care they will receive if unable to speak for themselves. (Repeat from 2018)
Saturday, October 19 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 10/20 at 2:30 pm ET

The Not-Dying Girl
Discover the emotional story of Lauren McCullough, a star high school athlete who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and spent her time spreading awareness about the cancer and completing inspiring bucket-list items.
Saturday, October 19 at 8:30 pm ET
The Red Green Show
"Mad You Say?"

Red gets a side of beef super cheap and Harold suspects it carries the mad cow virus. Red makes a cannon out of a garbage can, a bowling ball and a personal airbag. Bill turns putting out a campfire into an adventure. Red creates a robot valet.
Saturday, October 19 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/20 at 2 pm ET

David Holt's State of Music
Join David on a visit to a Blue Ridge Mountain farm where the Steep Canyon Rangers perform and share stories about the band's history and life on the road touring with comedian Steve Martin.
Sundays at 12:30 am ET, begins October 20

Durrells In Corfu Season 4 On Masterpiece
"Episode 4"
Louisa worries about the villa's reputation. Margo bonds with Maud. Gerry realizes something.
Sunday, October 20 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 10/21 at Midnight ET

Poldark Season 5 On Masterpiece
"Episode 4"
Ross is given hope for the Despards’ return. Demelza helps the community help itself. Dwight gains unexpected patients. Morwenna begins to secretly slip away from the village. A discovery leaves Geoffrey Charles and Cecily in turmoil.
Saturday, October 19 at 8:30 pm ET

Press on Masterpiece
"Don't Take My Heart, Don't Break My Heart"

Holly investigates a lead that a powerful business tycoon coerces young women into sleeping with him. As another source comes forward, Amina feels pressured to run the story. Duncan proposes a deal that could make waves in the political world.
Sunday, October 20 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/21 at 2 am ET

October 21-31
POV
"Blowin' Up"

Working within a broken criminal justice system, a team of rebel heroines work to change the way women arrested for prostitution are prosecuted. The film celebrates acts of steadfast defiance, even as it reveals the hurdles these women must face.
Monday, October 21 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/22 at 2:30 am
Expeditions with Patrick McMillan
"California Superbloom - A World of Dramatic Change"

Once or twice in a lifetime the desert is transformed to a carpet of color and exuberant life. Join Patrick as he explores the deserts of California as they burst with life and color that is gone within weeks of appearing.
Wednesday, October 23 at 5 pm ET
Life from Above
"Moving Planet"

See new footage of the greatest, most beautiful and powerful movements on our planet. Cameras in space capture events like an elephant family's struggle through drought, and thousands of Shaolin Kung-Fu students performing in perfect synchronicity.
Wednesday, October 23 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/24 at 2 am ET

Rothko: American Masters
Explore the life of the celebrated artist whose luminous color field paintings helped define the abstract expressionist movement, which shifted the art world epicenter from Paris to New York. Featuring original scenes with Alfred Molina.
Friday, October 25 at 9 pm ET

The Hudson River School
Between 1825-1875, members of The Hudson River School would come to create a style distinctively all their own. Here is the story of these revolutionary artists who would become some of the best landscape painters in the world.
Fridays at 10 pm ET, begins October 25
The Lawrence Welk Show "Halloween"
Host: Jack Imel. Myron, Bobby & Cissy perform "Dancin' the Devil Away", Anacani sings "Magic Is The Moonlight", and Ava sings "The Wayward Wind" on this show from 1978. Come join us for a colorful Halloween Party.
Saturday, October 26 at 7 pm ET
Repeats 10/27 at 5 pm ET
Changing Seas
"Dolphins: Breaking The Code"

Dr. Herzing studies free-ranging the Atlantic spotted dolphins of the Bahamas. Modern technology makes it possible to correlate their sounds and behavior, bringing Herzing closer to decoding dolphin communication.
Sunday, October 27 at 10 am ET

Press on Masterpiece
"Magic"
Amina feels defeated in the wake of a scandal and suffers a personal crisis. Duncan is shocked when the Post is banned from Downing Street's daily press conferences. Ed learns not to underestimate Holly's commitment to her work above all else.
Sunday, October 27 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/28 at 2 am ET

Independent Lens
"Made In Boise"

Go inside the lives of four surrogates in Boise, Idaho and the intended parents whose children they carry. Follows the women as they navigate the rigors of pregnancy and the mixed feelings of their own families, who struggle to understand.
Monday, October 28 at 10 pm ET

Life from Above
"Colorful Planet"
View Earth's kaleidoscope of colors as seen from space. Swirls of turquoise phytoplankton trigger an oceanic feeding frenzy, China turns yellow as millions of flowers bloom, and at night the waters near Argentina are spotted with green lights.
Wednesday, October 30 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 10/31 at 2 am ET

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
It's George's first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the Legend of No Noggin -- a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween.
Thursday, October 31 at 9 am ET

IGLIQTIQSIU VIGRUAQ [Swift Water Place]
Archaeologists have studied this arctic Alaskan region and the Iñupiaq people for more than 50 years. This special tells what happened when the team recently discovered human remains.
Thursday, October 31 at 10 pm ET

Ghosts of the Elysian Arms: Theater of the Mind
On a stormy summer night in 1940, Al Geery's Studebaker smashes into a Plymouth convertible. Mr. Geery finds himself at the Elysian Arms Hotel, where each room is occupied by a singular, frightening story.
Thursday, October 31 at 11 pm ET