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September 2021

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.

September 1-4

Nature Natural Born Rebels: Survival

Nature
Natural Born Rebels: Survival
Meet nature’s most rebellious animals, who will do whatever it takes to stay alive.  

Wednesday, September 1 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 9/8 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, September 1 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 9/2 at 3 pm ET.

Future of Work:  The New Industrial Revolution

Future of Work
The New Industrial Revolution
Illuminates disruptions to the world of work, with the pandemic a new driver of change.  

Wednesdays at 10 pm ET, begins September 1.

Copper, Iron & Gold: Upper Michigan’s Legacy

Copper, Iron & Gold: Upper Michigan’s Legacy
Interviews with descendants of early miners and historians discussing the rich mining heritage of the Upper Peninsula and telling the story of a human legacy that’s more precious than the minerals mined.  

Thursday, September 2 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 9/3 at 3 pm 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.  

Friday, September 3 at 9 pm ET.

Solid State: Minnesota's High-Tech History

Solid State Minnesota's High-Tech History
Minnesota is the land of abundant natural resources, known for clear waters, fertile soil, and lush forests. But Minnesota was also home to the world’s most high-tech computer industry for decades. How did all of this end up here and why did it thrive? And what of the high-tech economy now?   

Saturday, September 4 at 2 pm ET.

September 5-11

Babe Ruth at Sing Sing

Babe Ruth at Sing Sing
A documentary about an exhibition game that Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees played against the inmates of Sing Sing prison in 1929.  

Sunday, September 5 at 7 pm ET.  .

Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets:  King George IV & The Regency

Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets
King George IV & The Regency
Follow Lucy as she questions whether this was an era of regal splendor or radicalism and revolution.  

Sunday, September 5 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 9/6 at Midnight ET.

Guilt on Masterpiece:  Ep. 1-2

Guilt on Masterpiece
Ep. 1-2
Jake and Max hit an elderly pedestrian and then run from the truth.  Sunday, September 5 at 9 pm ET. 

Arthur's First Day

Arthur's First Day
It's finally the first day of fourth grade and Arthur couldn't be more excited - until he learns Buster is in another class! Meanwhile, D.W. is nervous for her first day of kindergarten. Will Arthur and D.W. be able to make new friends?  

Monday, September 6 at 8:30 am ET.

Travels with Darley:  Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Travels with Darley
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Explore the unique culture, food and history of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, otherwise known as the UP, including lighthouses, local food and brew pubs and parks in Sault Ste Marie, Mackinac Island and St. Ignace.  

Tuesday, September 7 at 5 pm ET.

Native America:  Cities of the Sky

Native America
Cities of the Sky
Discover the secrets of ancient cities, huge pyramids and a lost city of monumental mounds.  

Tuesday, September 7 at 8 pm ET.

Frontline:  America After 9/11

Frontline
America After 9/11
How 9/11 ushered in an era of fear, mistrust, and division in America. The compromises and consequences for American democracy—from the terror attacks, through four presidencies, wars abroad, and ultimately insurrection at home.  

Tuesday, September 7 at 9 pm ET.

Nature:  Natural Born Rebels: The Mating Game

Nature
Natural Born Rebels: The Mating Game
Meet the animal rebels using underhanded tactics to find a mate and raise a family. 

Wednesday, September 8 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA:  Extreme Animal Weapons

NOVA
Extreme Animal Weapons
Uncover the secrets of nature’s battleground—claws, horns, fangs and all.  

Wednesday, September 8 at 9 pm ET.

Future of Work:  Futureproof

Future of Work
Futureproof
How can we predict job growth, training needs and role of education to prepare for future work?  

Wednesday, September 8 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors

Ask the Doctors
Area physicians visit WNMU-TV to kick off the 2021-22 season of Ask the.. and answer phoned-in general health questions from viewers.  

Thursdays at 8 pm ET, begins September 9.  Repeats 9/10 at 3 pm 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.  

Friday, September 10 at 9 pm ET.

Generation 9/11

Generation 9/11
Follow seven young people whose fathers died on 9/11 as they come of age in a divided America.  

Friday, September 10 at 10 pm ET.

Great Performances Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11

Great Performances
Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11
The Metropolitan Opera presents a special performance of the Verdi Requiem to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Pictured: performer Eric Owens.

Friday, September 11 at 8 pm ET.

Great Performances "Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2021"

Great Performances
Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2021
Enjoy the Vienna Philharmonic's annual summer night concert with pianist Igor Levit under the direction of guest conductor Daniel Harding at Austria's Schönbrunn Palace.

Friday, September 11 at 9:30 pm ET.

September 12-18

Open A Book, Open The World: The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival

Open A Book, Open The World 
The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival
Enjoy highlights from this year's National Book Festival with a celebratory sense of renewal.  

Sunday, September 12 at 6 pm ET.

A Dream in Doubt

A Dream in Doubt
Sikh Americans living in Phoenix, AZ, a close-knit community of families, experienced a wave of frightening hate crimes in the aftermath of 9/11.   

Sunday, September 12 at 7 pm ET.

Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets:  The Romanovs & The Russian Revolution

Lucy Worsley's Royal Myths & Secrets
The Romanovs & The Russian Revolution
Join Lucy as she explores the real story of the revolution that swept the Russian Czar from power.  

Sunday, September 12 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 9/13 at Midnight ET.

Guilt on Masterpiece: Ep. 3

Guilt on Masterpiece
Ep. 3
Suspicions fly among Jake, Angie, Max and Sheila. As the cover-up collapses, Max tries a gamble.  Sunday, September 12 at 9 pm ET.

Public Eye News

Public Eye News
Get up-to-date local and national news, weather and sports from Northern Michigan University's student-produced daily newscast.  

Weekdays at 4 pm ET, begins September 13.

American Experience:  Sandra Day O’Connor: The First

American Experience
Sandra Day O’Connor: The First
Discover the story of the Supreme Court’s first female justice. A pioneer who both reflected and shaped an era, she was the deciding vote in cases on some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues—including race, gender and reproductive rights.  

Monday, September 13 at 9 pm ET.

Native America:  New World Rising

Native America
New World Rising
Discover how Native Americans fought conquest, from Comanche warriors to a secret Aztec manuscript.  

Tuesday, September 14 at 8 pm ET.

Jim Crow of The North

Jim Crow of The North
Explore the origins of housing segregation, examining how racist real estate covenants set the stage for loan refusals, or redlining, in the U.S.  

Tuesday, September 14 at 9 pm ET.

Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

Frontline
Boeing's Fatal Flaw
An investigation of Boeing’s flawed 737 Max jet and the crashes that killed 346 people.  

Tuesday, September 14 at 10 pm ET.

18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre

18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre
Learn how did one prayer, the Kol Nidre, become so important to one people, the Jews—and then to the world?  

Wednesday, September 15 at 3 pm ET.

Nature: Remarkable Rabbits

Nature
Remarkable Rabbits
Meet the many species of remarkable rabbits and the scientists working to save them from extinction.  

Wednesday, September 15 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 9/29 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA Bat Superpowers

NOVA
Bat Superpowers
Could the source of the deadliest viruses hold the secret to a healthier and longer life?  

Wednesday, September 15 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 9/16 at 3 pm ET.

Future of Work:  Changing Work, Changing Workers

Future of Work
Changing Work, Changing Workers
As jobs change, will we enter a "post-work" era or see increased inequities in how we make a living?  

Wednesday, September 15 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Lawyers September 21

Ask the Lawyers
September 21
Local attorneys visit WNMU-TV studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers.  

Thursday, September 16 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 9/17 at 3 pm ET.

Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece:  Ep. 4

Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece
Ep. 4
Four romantic relationships spiral out of control. Mary responds to an emergency.  

Friday, September 17 at 9 pm ET. 

Polka Across America

Polka Across America
Members of a popular Ohio polka band spotlight entertaining polka musicians, with each performance serving as a musical postcard from around the country.   

Friday, September 17 at 10 pm ET.

Roadtrip Nation:  One Step Closer

Roadtrip Nation
One Step Closer
Three community college students travel across the country to meet influencers and professionals, who also hold associate degrees, and learn how they each define success for themselves.   

Saturday, September 18 at 8 pm ET.

September 19-25

An Island Out of Time

An Island Out of Time
A celebration and elegy for Smith Island, a place beset with erosion, dwindling population and vanishing economic opportunities.  

Sunday, September 19 at 9:30 am ET.

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and The War

Looking Over Jordan African Americans and The War
Highlighting the African American experience in Tennessee during and after the war through in-depth interviews with Civil War scholars, historical reenactments, and moving songs of faith and hope that made life bearable.  

Sunday, September 19 at 7:30 pm ET. 

Muhammad Ali:  Round 1: The Greatest (1942-1964)

Muhammad Ali
Round 1: The Greatest (1942-1964)
Cassius Clay rises from boastful amateur boxer to contender for the heavyweight championship.  

Sunday, September 19 at 8 pm ET.

Rewilding Kernwood

Rewilding Kernwood
A layered conversation on completion, release, stewardship, and finding purpose in the shifting mystery of life. In our fast-paced, online-driven world, it provides an opportunity to slow down and ask ourselves what really matters and what are we leaving behind?  

Sunday, September 19 at 10:30 pm ET.

Muhammad Ali:  Round 2: What's My Name? (1964-1970)

Muhammad Ali: 
Round 2: What's My Name? (1964-1970)
Muhammad Ali is banished from boxing for refusing induction into the Army.  

Monday, September 20 at 8 pm ET.  .

Arts of The Monsoon

Arts of The Monsoon
Journey into a unique corner of the world, the lands bordering the Indian Ocean, and explore the connections between Zanzibar and Oman through the eyes of musicians, artists, and cultural experts.  

Monday, September 20 at 10 pm ET.

Muhammad Ali:  Round 3: The Rivalry (1970-1974)

Muhammad Ali
Round 3: The Rivalry (1970-1974)
Muhammad Ali returns from exile and twice faces his greatest rival, Joe Frazier.  

Tuesday, September 21 at 8 pm ET.

Jerusalem: The Bridge to Peace

Jerusalem The Bridge to Peace
With the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continuing to rage with seeming no permanent resolution in sight, this historic film offers both great insight into the conflict but above all points the way toward a lasting peace.  

Tuesday, September 21 at 10 pm ET.

Muhammad Ali:  Round 4: The Spell Remains (1974-2016)

Muhammad Ali
Round 4: The Spell Remains (1974-2016)
Muhammad Ali shocks the world by defeating George Foreman and becomes the most famous man on earth.  

Wednesday, September 22 at 8 pm ET.

Climate of the Hominins

Climate of the Hominins
The story of a new research project in Kenya and Ethiopia that aims to find answers to the question: What role did the climate play in human evolution?   

Wednesday, September 22 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors:  Sports Medicine

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

Thursday, September 23 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 9/24 at 3 pm ET.

Professor T Season 3:  Heir to the Throne Part 1

Professor T Season 3
Heir to the Throne Part 1
Professor T struggles to adjust to a hostile and dangerous new environment. Rabet takes over Flamant's duties and teams up with John to investigate the murder of an inland shipping operator.  

Fridays at 9 pm ET, begins September 24. 

The Songpoet

The Songpoet
Eric Andersen’s 50-plus-year creative journey through the highs and lows of critical success and multiple career setbacks.   

Friday, September 24 at 10 pm ET.

Roadtrip Nation: Skill Powered

Roadtrip Nation Skill Powered
Follow three young adults as they shadow people across the country who are forging their own ways within their trades.  

Saturday, September 25 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 9/27 at 3 pm ET.

A Forgotten Past

A Forgotten Past
Solomon Juxon-Smith is a New York City grocery store worker and political refugee, who's father was the head of state in Sierra Leone. A Forgotten Past tells the story of how Solomon and his family went from West African ruling class, to disappearing into com-pletely new anonymous lives in Staten Island.  

Saturday, September 25 at 9 pm ET.

September 26-30

Voice for the Rivers

Voice for the Rivers
Profiling four riverkeepers: dedicated scientists, environmental activists, educators, volunteers, and advocates who work daily to protect and restore the rivers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  

Sunday, September 26 at 9:30 am ET.

American Stories: Race Amity and the Other Traditions:  Rev. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

American Stories: Race Amity and the Other Traditions
Rev. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Explore the relationship and moral/spiritual partnership of two men that inspired their own cultural and racial communities and others to advocacy for access, equity, and social justice in America.  

Sundays at 2:30 pm ET, begins September 26.

Cultivating The Wild

Cultivating The Wild
Focusing on six Southerners committed to reclaiming the nature of the South through art, science, and culture.  

Sunday, September 26 at 7 pm ET.

The Queen's Garden

The Queen's Garden
Explore the natural history of Buckingham Palace Garden, a royal treasure in the heart of London.  

Sunday, September 26 at 8 pm ET.

Elizabeth is Missing on Masterpiece

Elizabeth is Missing
A woman desperately tries to solve two mysteries as she declines ever deeper into dementia.  

Sunday, September 26 at 9 pm ET. 

Weekend in Havana

Weekend in Havana
Join Geoffrey Baer in Havana to experience the color, culture and history of the seductive city.  

Sunday, September 26 at Midnight ET.

Citizen Hearst: An American Experience Special:  Part 1

Citizen Hearst: An American Experience Special
Part 1
Trace the rise of William Randolph Hearst, who built the nation’s largest media empire by the 1930s.   

Monday, September 27 at 9 pm ET.

Citizen Hearst: An American Experience Special:  Part 2

Citizen Hearst: An American Experience Special: 
Part 2
Follow William Randolph Hearst’s expansion into Hollywood and romance with actress Marion Davies.  

Tuesday, September 28 at 9 pm ET.

NOVA: The Cannabis Question

NOVA
The Cannabis Question
NOVA investigates the story of cannabis in the U.S.  

Wednesday, September 29 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 9/30 at 3 pm ET.

Ask the DNR Bird Hunting, Youth Hunt, Pre-Deer Season, Fall Fishing

Ask the DNR
Bird Hunting, Youth Hunt, Pre-Deer Season, Fall Fishing
Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources visit WNMU-TV to answer phoned-in questions from viewers.  

Thursday, September 30 at 8 pm ET.