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September 2023

September is full of new and noteworthy programs on WNMU-TV! From heartfelt specials commemorating Labor Day and 9/11, to new seasons of your favorite dramas like Van der Valk andUnforgotten, this month is full of quality TV shows you won't want to miss. Tune in for OSIRIS-REx: Countdown to Launch, a special to celebrate the return of spaceship OSIRIS-REx, which will return to earth on September 24 after 6 years in space. Another notable program is The Return airing September 10, which highlights the story of the return of Fr. Jacques Marquette’s bones to their original burial place in the Northern Great Lakes Basin.

We continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary with new seasons of Ask the Experts and Public Eye News, as well as an encore rebroadcast of local favorite One Room, Many Stories on September 3. 

You won't want to miss these new and noteworthy programs airing all month long! Don't forget, programs are also available to stream LIVE from our website, or the PBS app.

Scroll down to learn about the rest of this month's featured programs. Shows are organized week by week. All programs are on 13.1 unless otherwise noted.

September 1-2

Seaside Hotel

A Gentleman from Copenhagen

While Weyse has got some hope back after shooting the film, Ane helps Morten spy on Madsen.

Friday, September 1 at 9/8c.

Life in The Heart Land

Explore issues and solutions of food access and equity in rural communities of Virginia.

Saturdays at 9/8c, begins September 2.

September 3-9

One Room, Many Stories: Schoolhouse Memories

Stories of teaching and learning in one-room schoolhouses in the Upper Peninsula. (2002) Based on the book, "The Diary of an Isle Royale School Teacher" by Dorothy Peterman Simonson.Sunday, September 3 at 3/2c.

Local 1196: A Steelworkers Strike

In March of 2021, the steelworkers of USW 1196 went on strike against ATI in Brackenridge, PA, citing unfair labor practices. Get a rarely seen vantage point: a labor dispute through the eyes of the strikers–from late night picket line conversations to fiery union hall debates, even a glimpse into the personal lives and homes of 1196 members.   

Sunday, September 3 at 7/6c.

Professor T

Ring of Fire

A student suffers life-threatening injuries as the result of an arson attack.

Sundays at 8/7c, begins September 3.  Repeats 9/4 at 12a/11c.


Episode 1

After making the decision to retire from the police force, Cassie faces a dilemma.

Sundays at 9/8c, begins September 3.

Freedom in Amsterdam, Part 1

Van der Valk on Masterpiece

Freedom in Amsterdam, Part 1

The team is immediately plunged into an investigation following the dramatic shooting of an idealistic Free running champion.   
 Sundays at 10/9c, begins September 3.

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

Phyllis Logan and Kevin McNally

Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan goes head-to-head with her husband, Kevin McNally.

Mondays at 9/8c, begins September 4.

POV: While We Watched


While We Watched

A timely depiction of a newsroom in crisis, following Ravish Kumar for two years as he battles a barrage of fake news, falling ratings and the resulting cutbacks while struggling to maintain fact-based analyses.   
 Monday, September 4 at 10/9c.


Pregnant in Prison – Tutwiler (full documentary) | FRONTLINE + The Marshall Project

What happens to women who are pregnant in prison, and to the babies born to them? A rare and intimate look at pregnancy and motherhood behind bars.

Tuesday, September 5 at 10/9c. 

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston: Suwannee: Wild River

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

Suwannee: Wild River

Baratunde journeys down one of the last wild rivers in America, the Suwannee.

Season 2 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c, begins September 6.


Saving Venice

Can innovative engineering projects save Venice?

Wednesday, September 6 at 9/8c.

Evolution Earth


Animals have a surprising story to tell about our rapidly changing planet.
 Wednesdays at 10/9c, begins September 6.

8 Billion Angels

Look through the eyes of everyday people around the world confronting the impacts of unsustainable population growth in their lives, work and research.   Thursday, September 7 at 8/7c.  Repeats 9/8 at 3/2c.

Seaside Hotel


Summer is almost over, and guests prepare to go home.

Friday, September 8 at 9/8c.

American Masters

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

Explore the life and 70-year career of the iconic Latina actor, performer and activist.

Saturday, September 9 at 1a/12c.

The Right to Read 

The stories of a courageous activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.

Saturday, September 9 at 8:30/7:30c.  Repeats 9/11 at 3:30/2:30c.

July 9-15

The Return

A story about the return of Fr. Jacques Marquette’s bones to their original burial place in the Northern Great Lakes Basin. His remains were carried there by Native American descendants of the people among whom this 17th century “Black Robe” and pipe carrier lived a life of advocacy and service. Witness the remarkable efforts of the Anishinabeg (Original People) as they come together to honor Marquette’s final wish - to be brought home to Ettakwaamshing (The Place of the Lookout).

Sunday, September 10 at 3:30/2:30c.

My Ascension

My Ascension

A suicide attempt left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader Emma Benoit paralyzed, but propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope and stay alive.

Sunday, September 10 at 6:30/5:30c.

American Jedi: The Salman Hamdani Story

A devout Muslim and proud American Immigrant finds himself making the ultimate sacrifice. On September 11, 2001, Salman Hamdani takes a daring leap and runs toward the Twin Towers. When his body isn’t immediately found, his absence leads to questions--and suspicions. This is the true story of heroism, faith in the American Dream, and one mother's struggle to honor her son.

 Sunday, September 10 at 7:30/6:30c.

Professor T

The Mask Murders

An identical crime to a case the commissioner solved years ago is committed.

Sunday, September 10 at 8/7c.  Repeats 9/11 at 12a/11c.


Ep. 2

Sinéad Keenan joins the cast of the critically acclaimed crime drama as DCI Jessica James.

Sunday, September 10 at 9/8c.

Van der Valk

Freedom in Amsterdam, Part 2

As the investigation continues, the team is drawn into the murky world of drug smuggling.
Sunday, September 10 at 10/9c.

American Experience

The Busing Battleground: Who's Who

In September 1974, Boston schools prepared to integrate via a court-mandated busing plan.

Monday, September 11 at 9/8c.

American Experience: The Harvest

American Experience

The Harvest 

Explore what happened when a small Mississippi town integrated its public schools in 1970.
 Tuesday, September 12 at 9/8c.

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston: Arkansas: Hidden Gems

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

Arkansas: Hidden Gems

Arkansas is on a mission to earn recognition as a wild mecca.
 Wednesday, September 13 at 8/7c.


Rebuilding Notre Dame

A team tackles the restoration of iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.

Wednesday, September 13 at 9/8c.

Evolution Earth


Remarkable Island wildlife reveals insights into our rapidly changing planet. 

Wednesday, September 13 at 10/9c.

Ask the Doctors: General Health

Ask the Doctors

General Health

Area doctors kick off this new season of Ask the Experts by answering questions submitted by viewers.

Thursdays at 8/7c, begins September 14.  Repeats 9/15 at 3/2c.

Halifax: Retribution

Episode 1

A sniper who leaves no trace is terrorizing the city. Jane’s partner, Ben, is against it: doesn’t she remember why she left?Fridays at 9/8c, begins September 15.

American Masters

Jerry Brown: The Disrupter

Jerry Brown runs for governor a second time and becomes the oldest sitting governor in CA. Experience the political and personal journey of Jerry Brown, the longest serving governor in California history. First elected at 36 years old and again at 72, explore Brown’s 50-year career tackling climate change and inequality.

Saturday, September 16 at 1a/12c.

Without Perfect Answers

The story of the Crossnore School in the remote mountains of North Carolina and the Israel Goldstein Youth Village in Jerusalem. Both schools would have been called orphanages in days gone by. Both have a remarkable track record for dealing with children from adverse circumstances and giving these children hope for a better future.

Saturday, September 16 at 8/7c.  Repeats 9/18 at 3/2c.

September 17-23

In Our Son’s Name

In Our Son’s Name

Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez's lives shatter with the death of their son, Greg, who dies with thousands of others at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Instead of seeking revenge, the grieving couple begin a journey of reconciliation that transforms their lives.   

Sunday, September 17 at 7/6c.

Professor T

The Family

A physician, his wife and two children are found dead.

Sunday, September 17 at 8/7c.  Repeats 9/18 at 12a/11c.

Unforgotten: Ep. 3


Ep. 3

As the victim’s turbulent past comes to light, Sunny and Jess continue to clash.

Sunday, September 17 at 9/8c.

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. From news-gathering, to writing, to anchoring the newscast, everything you see on Public Eye News is done by students.

Monday-Friday at 4/3c.

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

Dame Diana Rigg and Neil Dudgeon

Neil Dudgeon and Dame Diana Rigg travel around native Yorkshire.

Monday, September 18 at 9/8c.

POV: Bulls and Saints


Bulls and Saints

After 20 years in the United States, an undocumented family decides to return home.
Monday, September 18 at 10/9c.

Becoming Frida Kahlo

Ep. 1

Biographer Martha Zamora describes Frida's rebellious schooldays, where she falls in with the boys and meets Diego Rivera, a superstar artist who will go on to change her life.   
 Tuesdays at 9/8c, begins September 19.

Independent Lens: Sanson and Me

Independent Lens

Sansón and Me

Filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes is inspired to make a documentary about Sansón, an immigrant serving life for first-degree murder, but authorities won’t allow the incarcerated young man to be filmed. Sansón's story is shared through dramatic reenactments of his letters.
 Tuesday, September 19 at 10/9c.

OSIRIS REx: Countdown to Launch

Follow a multi-generational team of scientists and engineers as they struggle to design, construct, and deliver on time the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and its components to NASA in anticipation of its September 2016 launch from Cape Canaveral.

Tuesday, September 19 at 11:30/10:30c.  Repeats 9/20 at 1a/12c.

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston: New Mexico

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

New Mexico

From turkey hunting to rafting on the Rio Grande, Baratunde explores how New Mexico’s history shapes its outdoor culture.
 Wednesday, September 20 at 8/7c.


London Super Tunnel

Thousands race to build Europe's biggest construction project–London's new railroad.

Wednesday, September 20 at 9/8c.

Evolution Earth


In the hottest places, species are going to extraordinary lengths to survive.

Wednesday, September 20 at 10/9c.

Ask the Lawyers: September 23

Ask the Lawyers

September 23

Local attorneys answer law related questions submitted from viewers by phone and email. Tune in to see your questions answered LIVE on air.
 Thursday, September 21 at 8/7c.  Repeats 9/22 at 3/2c.

Halifax: Retribution

Episode 2

The murder of her partner changes everything and Jane agrees to assist the investigation.

Friday, September 22 at 9/8c.

The Gennett Suite

A performance by the Indiana University student jazz ensemble pays tribute to Jazz Age titans.

Friday, September 22 at 10:30/9:30c.

American Masters: Floyd Abrams: Speaking Freely

American Masters

Floyd Abrams: Speaking Freely

Follow the 50-year career of First Amendment lawyer and legal expert Floyd Abrams. See how his landmark cases, from the Pentagon Papers to Citizens United, helped define free speech as it is known today.
 Saturday, September 23 at 1a/12c.

September 24-30

Stories I Didn't Know

Rita Davern examines the ugly reality at the heart of a Minnesota family legend.

Sunday, September 24 at 7/6c.

Professor T

The DNA of a Murderer

Professor T's classes are proving popular.

Sunday, September 24 at 8/7c.  Repeats 9/25 at 12a/11c.

Unforgotten: Ep. 4


Ep. 4

Sunny and Jess' personal lives go from bad to worse. Meanwhile, the suspect list grows.
 Sunday, September 24 at 9/8c.

Van der Valk: Redemption in Amsterdam, Part 2

Van Der Valk

Redemption in Amsterdam, Part 2

Now released under a new name and identity, has the suspect from Van der Valk’s past started killing again? Or is someone else killing in her name.

Sunday, September 24 at 10/9c.

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

Bernard Cribbins and Barry Cryer

Comedy legends, Barry Cryer & Bernard Cribbins, take their road trip around Hertfordshire.

Monday, September 25 at 9/8c.

POV: Uyra: The Rising Forest


Uyra: The Rising Forest

Uyra is a trans-indigenous artist on a journey of self-discovery in the Amazon Forest.

Monday, September 25 at 10/9c.

Becoming Frida Kahlo

Love and Loss

Frida and Diego travel to San Francisco where he has an important mural commission. Frida's style stirs much excitement, and she is determined to succeed in her own right in the face of Diego's affairs.
Tuesday, September 26 at 9/8c.

Frontline: Putin vs. The Press


Putin vs. The Press

The story of one journalist’s battle to defend free speech in Putin’s Russia.
Tuesday, September 26 at 10/9c.

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston: Oregon

America Outdoors


From giant kelp forests to forest bathing to sustainable ranching, variety rules in Oregon, and Baratunde is on a mission to dive right in.

Wednesday, September 27 at 8/7c.


Operation Lighthouse Rescue

Join engineers as they race to rescue a historic lighthouse from certain doom.

Wednesday, September 27 at 9/8c.

Evolution Earth


At the planet’s frozen extremes, animals can reveal the changes taking place.

Wednesday, September 27 at 10/9c.

Classic Film of the Month

East of Borneo

A woman braves snakes, alligators and the harsh conditions of the jungle to find her doctor husband who has gone missing. Rose Hobart and Charles Bickford star in this classic film from 1931.

Friday, September 29 at 9/8c.

A Night of Georgia Music - Extended Cut

A concert recorded at Macon, Georgia’s historic Grand Opera House and Capricorn Sound Studios. Featuring three of Georgia’s most well-known musicians: R.E.M. founding member/Macon native Mike Mills; former Allman Brothers Band member/current Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell; and violin soloist/ Macon native Robert McDuffie.

Friday, September 29 at 10:30/9:30c.

POV Shorts

Our Motherland Fantasy Nightmare

Two families experience homeland violence across generations.

Friday, September 29 at 11:30/10:30c.

Investiture of NMU President Brock Tessman

Investiture of NMU President Brock Tessman

Members of Northern Michigan University celebrate the first year of Dr. Brock Tessman's presidency during his Investiture ceremony, which took place September 29, 2023 at NMU's Forest Roberts Theatre.

Saturday, September 30 at 8/7c. Repeats 10/1 at 2:30/1:30c.

36th Hispanic Heritage Awards

Celebrate the recipients of the 36th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards.

Saturday, September 30 at 1:30a/12:30c.