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October 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.

October 1-3

Professor T "The Inspection"

Professor T
The Inspection
The murder of the chairwoman of the school's inspection team during a robbery shocks the campus, yet Professor T is convinced the case is more complex than it appears.

Friday, October 2 at 9 pm ET.

Art in the Twenty-First Century "Borderlands"

Art in the Twenty-First Century Borderlands
Learn how contemporary art can challenge preconceived notions of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Friday, October 2 at 10 pm ET.

October 4-10

Those on the Front Lines of Cancer Origin and History of Cancer

Those on the Front Lines of Cancer
Origin and History of Cancer
Explore the latest medical advances in cancer treatment as well as body, mind and spiritual approaches. An in-depth look at how lifestyle changes and discipline can affect what may otherwise be a genetic roll of the dice.

Sundays at 3 pm ET, begins October 4.

Last Tango in Halifax Ep. 3

Last Tango in Halifax
Ep. 3
Alan's new supermarket job brings an unexpected challenge. Sunday, October 4 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 10/5 at Midnight ET.

Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece Ep. 1

Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece
Ep. 1
Vivien's three grown children are suspicious of her new love.

Sundays at 9 pm ET, begins October 4.

COBRA Ep. 1

COBRA
Ep. 1
As a major crisis threatens the UK, the government assembles the emergency committee COBRA.

Sundays at 10 pm ET, begins October 4.

Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan

Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan
Intimate, one-on-one conversations with notable guests that reveal the experiences we all have in common and how we can use those experiences to make a difference.

Mondays at 9 pm ET, begins October 5.

POV: The Infiltrators

POV
The Infiltrators
Meet two young immigrants who get purposefully arrested as part of a mission to stop deportations.

Monday, October 5 at 10 pm ET.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Awards
Celebrate the recipients of the annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. Pictured: Artist Bad Bunny.

Tuesday, October 6 at 8 pm ET. .

Latino Vote Dispatches From The Battleground

Latino Vote
Dispatches From The Battleground
Get an inside look at the high-stakes effort to turn out the Latino vote in this year's election.

Tuesday, October 6 at 9 pm ET.

Frontline: America's Medical Supply Crisis

Frontline
America's Medical Supply Crisis
Why was the U.S. left scrambling for critical medical equipment as the coronavirus swept the country?

Tuesday, October 6 at 10 pm ET.

Nature: The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa

Nature: The Story of Cats
Asia to Africa
Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia and later conquered the savannah of Africa.

Wednesday, October 7 at 8 pm; Part 2 10/14 at 8 pm. Repeats 10/14 at 3 pm ET.

PBS Special Report: 2020 Vice Presidential Debate

PBS Special Report
2020 Vice Presidential Debate
PBS NewsHour coverage of the 2020 Vice Presidential debate.

Wednesday, October 7 at 9 pm ET.

Do No Harm: Exposing The Hippocratic Hoax

Do No Harm
Exposing The Hippocratic Hoax
Doctors take an oath to save lives but are taking their own at an alarming rate, trapped in a toxic healthcare system that puts their lives and their patients’ lives at risk in an epidemic that’s been covered up for decades—until now.

Thursday, October 8 at 3 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors: Sports Medicine

Ask the Doctors
Sports Medicine
Area physicians specializing in sports medicine visit WNMU-TV to answer phoned-in questions from viewers.

Thursday, October 8 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 10/9 at 3 pm ET.

Professor T: Double Life

Professor T
Double Life
A missing first-year law student puzzles the team, who slowly uncover a number of hidden secrets that explain his disappearance.

Friday, October 9 at 9 pm ET.

Gandhi's Awakening & Gandhi's Gift: Gandhi's Awakening

Gandhi's Awakening & Gandhi's Gift
Gandhi's Awakening
Explore the fascinating 21 years of Gandhi’s life known only by scholars before now. Who was the Mahatma before he was the Mahatma?

Friday, October 9 at 10 pm; Part 2 10/16 at 10 pm.

Classic Albums: John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band

Classic Albums
John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
Explore the making of Lennon’s first post-Beatles album, widely regarded as one of his finest.

Saturday, October 10 at 9 pm ET.

October 11-17

PBS Kids Talk About: Race and Racism

PBS Kids Talk About: Race and Racism
Authentic conversations between real families about racial justice-related topics in an age-appropriate way.

Sunday, October 11 at 8:30 am ET.

Last Tango in Halifax: Ep. 4

Last Tango in Halifax
Ep. 4
Gillian is pushed to her breaking point at the farm. Ted has an adventure.

Sunday, October 11 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 10/12 at Midnight ET.

Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece: Ep. 2

Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece
Ep. 2
Vivien grows closer to Mark as her children become unhinged. Mary does some investigating.

Sunday, October 11 at 9 pm ET.

COBRA: Ep. 2

COBRA
Ep. 2
With the nation in crisis, the Prime Minister and his team are forced to work around the clock.

Sunday, October 11 at 10 pm ET.

POV "Softie"

POV Softie
After fighting injustice in Kenya, activist Boniface “Softie” Mwangi decides to run for political office. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents proves challenging.

Monday, October 12 at 10 pm ET.

Uncertainty: Why We're So Anxious About Anxiety

Uncertainty: Why We're So Anxious About Anxiety
What is anxiety? And what can be done about it? Symptoms range from mild to severe, rendering some people unable to function in their daily lives. How can those most affected overcome this challenge and regain their lives?

Monday, October 12 at 11:30 pm ET.

Finding Your Roots: Fashion's Roots

Finding Your Roots
Fashion's Roots
Meet the fashionable ancestors of Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez and RuPaul Charles.

Tuesday, October 13 at 8 pm ET.

Driving While Black

Driving While Black
Discover the new freedoms and perils for African Americans on the road in the age of the automobile.

Tuesday, October 13 at 9 pm ET.

Arthur and the Haunted Tree House

Arthur and the Haunted Tree House
This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. Arthur, Buster, and Ladonna’s tree house sleepover seems to be haunted -- but by what?

Wednesday, October 14 at 6 am ET. Repeats 10/30 at 6 am ET.

Nature: The Story of Cats: Into The Americas

Nature: The Story of Cats
Into The Americas
Follow cats into the Americas, from the lynx and the mountain lion, to the rise of the domestic cat.

Wednesday, October 14 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 10/21 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Nature's Fear Factor

NOVA Nature's Fear Factor
Can bringing predators – and fear – back into an ecosystem help restore its natural balance?

Wednesday, October 14 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 10/15 at 3 pm ET.

Age of Nature: Awakening

Age of Nature
Awakening
Discover how a new awareness of nature is helping to restore ecosystems once thought lost.

Wednesdays at 10 pm ET, begins October 14.

Ask the Lawyers: October 2020

Ask the Lawyers
October 2020
Area law professionals answer phoned-in questions from viewers.

Thursday, October 15 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 10/16 at 3 pm ET.

Presidential Debates

PBS Special Report
2020 Presidential Debate
PBS NewsHour coverage of the 2020 Presidential debates.

Thursday, October 15 at 9 pm ET.

Gandhi's Awakening & Gandhi's Gift: Gandhi's Gift

Gandhi's Awakening & Gandhi's Gift Gandhi's Gift
Gandhi's Gift reveals inspiring details about his final years and timeless message of nonviolence, equality and interfaith harmony, which is more relevant now than ever. Are Gandhi's final years his finest?

Friday, October 16 at 10 pm ET.

October 18-24

Changing Seas: The Future of Seafood

Changing Seas
The Future of Seafood
Go to sea with explorers and scientists that use cutting-edge technology to study the Earth's last frontier.

Sundays at 10:30 am ET, begins October 18.

History with David Rubenstein: Cokie Roberts

History with David Rubenstein
Cokie Roberts
Cokie Roberts was an Emmy Award-winning political commentator and author.

Sundays at 2:30 pm ET, begins October 18. Repeats 10/24 at 10 pm ET.

The Trouble with Maggie Cole: Ep. 1

The Trouble with Maggie Cole
Ep. 1
Historian Maggie Cole is asked to an interview about her coastal village, Thurlbury.

Sundays at 8 pm ET, begins October 18. Repeats 10/19 at Midnight ET.

Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece: Ep. 3

Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece:
Ep. 3
Vivien and Mark prepare for a trip. Helen and Natalie reach crisis points with their partners.

Sunday, October 18 at 9 pm ET.

COBRA "Ep. 3"

COBRA
Ep. 3
The Prime Minister, Anna, Fraser and their teams pay a visit to the country's worst affected area.

Sunday, October 18 at 10 pm ET.

Independent Lens: Feels Good Man

Independent Lens
Feels Good Man
Follow artist Matt Furie, creator of Pepe the Frog, as he fights to take back his cartoon image.

Monday, October 19 at 10 pm ET.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween!

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween!
The Cat in the Hat takes Nick and Sally on the craziest Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangles, big laughs and music and fun from all angles!

Tuesday, October 20 at 1:30 pm ET. Repeats 10/30 at 8 am ET.

Cook’s Country: Regional Seafood Specialties

Cook’s Country:
Regional Seafood Specialties
Test cook Bryan Roof makes host Julia Collin Davison a regional specialty, Monterey Bay Cioppino.

Tuesdays at 4:30 pm ET, begins October 20

The Visionaries

The Visionaries
Sam Waterston guides us on a journey that leads us to real solutions with proven outcomes, many of which have the potential to change the world.

Tuesdays at 6 pm ET, begins October 20. Repeats 10/21 at 12:30 am ET.

Finding Your Roots: DNA Mysteries

Finding Your Roots
DNA Mysteries
Follow actor Tea Leoni and radio host Joe Madison as they discover previously unknown ancestors.

Tuesday, October 20 at 8 pm ET.

American MastersWalter Winchell: The Power of Gossip

American Masters
Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip
Meet the columnist who created the fast-paced, politically charged journalism that dominates today.

Tuesday, October 20 at 9 pm ET.

Frontline: Whose Vote Counts

Frontline
Whose Vote Counts
Allegations of voter fraud and disenfranchisement in the lead up to the 2020 election.

Tuesday, October 20 at 10 pm ET.

Nature: Pandas: Born to Be Wild

Nature
Pandas: Born to Be Wild
Trek though the steep Qinling Mountains with filmmakers to witness wild pandas' startling behavior.

Wednesday, October 21 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 10/28 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Touching The Asteroid

NOVA Touching The Asteroid
Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx attempts to grab a piece of an asteroid to bring it back to Earth.

Wednesday, October 21 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 10/22 at 3 pm ET.

Age of Nature: Understanding

Age of Nature
Understanding
Explore how a new understanding of nature is helping us find surprising ways to fix it. Wednesday, October 21 at 10 pm ET.

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Curious George
A Halloween Boo Fest
Halloween's almost here! Hang onto your hats! 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 22 at 10 am ET.

The Future of America's Past: Freedom's Fortress

The Future of America's Past
Freedom's Fortress
From one of the newest National Park Service sites to a historically-minded brewery and more, we learn from a diverse cast of people engaging visitors with defining moments in our national past.

Thursdays at 5 pm ET, begins October 22.

Ask the Doctors "General Health"

Ask the Doctors
General Health
Local physicians visit WNMU-TV to answer phoned-in questions from viewers.

Thursday, October 22 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 10/23 at 3 pm ET.

2020 Presidential Debates

PBS Special Report
2020 Presidential Debate
PBS NewsHour coverage of the 2020 Presidential debates.

Thursday, October 22 at 9 pm ET.

Professor T: Tamara

Professor T
Tamara
The suicide of a call girl perplexes the police. Unbeknownst to the investigation team, Professor T knows a great deal more about the victim than he lets on.

Friday, October 23 at 9 pm ET.

The Democracy Rebellion: A Reporter's Notebook with Hedrick Smith

The Democracy Rebellion: A Reporter's Notebook with Hedrick Smith
Journalist Hedrick Smith travels the country looking for positive stories of democratic reform and finds them in six states where grassroots activists are fighting to equal the playing field.

Friday, October 23 at 10 pm ET.

Lawrence Welk: Halloween

The Lawrence Welk Show
Halloween
Come join us for a colorful Halloween Party.

Saturday, October 24 at 7 pm ET. Repeats 10/25 at 5 pm ET.

October 25-31

The Cure

The Cure
30 years of mammograms and trillions of dollars of research have had virtually no impact on breast cancer survival rates since the 1980s. Three courageous women navigate their way through medical fact and fiction while challenging the multi-billion dollar cancer industrial complex to find their way to health, hope, and healing.

Sunday, October 25 at 11 am ET. .

Great Lakes Now Series: Recoveries

Great Lakes Now Series
Recoveries
Learn more about a little-known Chicago shipwreck that took more lives than the Titanic. Check in on the Kalamazoo River’s wildlife 10 years after the Line 6B pipeline spilled over a million gallons of oil there, and find out if COVID-19 means no basketball tournament in 2020 for four Great Lakes island schools.

Sunday, October 25 at 3:30 pm ET.

The Trouble with Maggie Cole: Ep. 2

The Trouble with Maggie Cole
Ep. 2
With the town still reeling from "Radio-gate," Maggie is desperate to make amends.

Sunday, October 25 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 10/26 at Midnight ET.

Generation Nation: A PBS American Portrait Story

Generation Nation
A PBS American Portrait Story
Explore how people in different age groups see themselves and their place in America.

Monday, October 26 at 9:30 pm ET.

Independent Lens: Represent

Independent Lens
Represent
Represent follows three midwestern women as they tackle politics on their own terms, leading up to the 2018 midterm elections.

Monday, October 26 at 10 pm ET.

Makers: Women Who Make America

Makers: Women Who Make America
Follow the last five years of the women’s movement and its re-energized, intersectional fight for equality.

Tuesday, October 27 at 8 pm ET.

Nature: Australian Bushfire Rescue

Nature
Australian Bushfire Rescue
Meet the people rescuing and caring for the animal survivors of Australia's devastating bushfires.

Wednesday, October 28 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA: Can We Cool The Planet?

NOVA Can We Cool The Planet?
Scientists look to geoengineering to pull carbon from the atmosphere and cool the planet.

Wednesday, October 28 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 10/29 at 3 pm ET.

Age of Nature: Changing

Age of Nature
Changing
Discover why restoring nature might be our best hope for fighting climate change.

Wednesday, October 28 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Experts: Financial Planners

Ask the Experts
Financial Planners
Local financial planners answer finance related questions called in by viewers.

Thursday, October 29 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 10/30 at 3 pm ET.

1913 Massacre

1913 Massacre
Follow singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie to the town of Calumet, a once-thriving mining town on Michgan's Upper Peninsula still haunted by the tragic events that inspired Woody Guthrie's ballad, '1913 Massacre." Part of the Beaumier Heritage Documentary Series.

Friday, October 30 at 9 pm ET.

Monstrum: The History of Zombies

EXHUMED: The History of Zombies
Unearth some of the most significant moment of zombie pop culture over the last two centuries.

Friday, October 30 at 10:30 pm ET.

Les Stroud's Wild Harvest

Les Stroud's Wild Harvest
Host Les Stroud explores the latest craze hitting restaurants and home kitchens: foraging wild foods in season from local sources.

Saturdays at 7 am ET, begins October 31.

Neven's Spanish Food Trails

Neven's Spanish Food Trails
Popular Irish chef Neven Maguire travels around Spain learning about its food, culture and history. At the end of each episode, Neven prepares a dish that has been inspired by his travels.

Saturdays at Noon ET, begins October 31.

Wild Nevada: Alamo to Caliente

Wild Nevada
Alamo to Caliente
Hosts Dave Santina and Chris Orr explore Basin & Range National Monument near Alamo and two state parks with Civilian Conservation Corps history, Beaver Dam and Cathedral Gorge.

Saturdays at 5 pm ET, begins October 31.

Midnight Tales in Shadow Wood: Theater of the Mind

Midnight Tales in Shadow Wood
Theater of the Mind
Gather 'round the fire and shiver at these tales of urban legends and their mysterious spirits. Theater of the Mind is radio you can see.

Saturday, October 31 at 9 pm ET.

Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony: S&M 2

Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony: S&M 2
Join the ultimate heavy metal band for a spectacular concert with the nearly 80-member orchestra.

Saturday, October 31 at 10 pm ET.

ACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel: A Retrospective

ACL Presents:
50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel:
A Retrospective
Enjoy a special hour of ACL performances by Western swing faithkeepers Asleep at the Wheel.

Saturday, October 31 at 11:30 pm ET.