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March 2023

Festival! '23 Fundraiser: Feb. 25 - March 13

Festival! '23 Fundraiser continues through March 13 with local stories, music, and prime time specials you won't want to miss. Enjoy performances from your favorite musical legends including Elvis, Burt Bacharach, John Denver, and Jimi Hendrix. Tune in for local documentaries like Pelkie on Monday, March 6 and Matikka (Burbot): American Finlander Lobster on Thursday, March 9.  Spend your Friday nights reliving the drama and intrigue of Downton Abbey's first season. 

More Special Programming on WNMU-TV

In addition to our fundraiser, we are celebrating our 50th year of broadcasting by bringing our viewers locally produced specials. Enjoy the classic WNMU-TV production Lumberjack: Days of Yore on Monday, March 6 at 2/1c and again on Thursday, March 9 at 9/8c. Also, tune in for a special broadcast of Co-Operatively Yours on Thursday, March 30 at 8/7c. 

Finally, we continue to bring you local productions that make WNMU-TV PBS your public broadcasting station. Special editions of Ask the Experts air on March 2 (Certified Financial Planners) and March 16 (Certified Public Accountants). And be sure to see which schools make it to the championship semi-finals in the final rounds of High School Bowl

No matter which specials you choose to enjoy, know that your contribution makes it possible. Donate today to show your support and continue the tradition of public broadcasting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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.

Festival! '23: February 25 - March 13

March 1-5

Daniel O'Donnell from Castlebar, Ireland

Daniel O'Donnell from Castlebar, Ireland
Join the beloved balladeer for a heartwarming concert of new songs and fan favorites from Ireland. Part of Festival! 23.  

Wednesday, March 1 at 8/7c.

Tommy Emmanuel, CGP: Accomplice Live!

Tommy Emmanuel, CGP Accomplice Live!
Join the legendary guitarist and special guests for an explosion of country, rock, blues and bluegrass. Part of Festival! 23.  

Wednesday, March 1 at 9:30/8:30c.  Repeats 3/4 at 10:30/9:30c.

Ask the Experts: CFPs

Ask the Experts

Certified Personal Accountants

Area Certified Financial Planners visit WNMU-TV to answer questions submitted by viewers. Email your questions or call in during our broadcast.  

Thursday, March 2 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/3 at 3/2c.

The Seven Ages of Elvis

The Seven Ages of Elvis
If the world is a stage, then Elvis Presley was its finest performer. Delve deep into the life and world of Elvis, revealing the true evolution of modern pop music in the process. Part of Festival! 23.   

Thursday, March 2 at 9/8c.

Elvis Presley: '68 Comeback Special

Elvis Presley '68 Comeback Special
Watch one of the great moments in rock history as Elvis performs some of the best music of his life. Part of Festival! 23.  

Thursday, March 2 at 11/10c.

John Denver's Rocky Mountain High

John Denver's Rocky Mountain High
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic title track from Denver’s 1972 album. Part of Festival! 23.   

Saturday, March 4 at 9/8c.

March 5-11

Lawrence Welk's Big Band Splash

Lawrence Welk's Big Band Splash
Doc Severinsen hosts a celebration of the Big Band Era's classic hits, performed by the Lawrence Welk Orchestra and the talented Musical Family. Part of Festival! 23.  

Sunday, March 5 at 7/6c.

Memory Makeover with Daniel Amen, MD

Memory Makeover with Daniel Amen, MD
Psychiatrist and founder of Amen Clinics Dr. Daniel Amen will show you how you can improve your memory and even rescue it if it’s headed for trouble. Part of Festival! 23.  

Sunday, March 5 at 9/8c.  Repeats 3/7 at 2:30/1:30c.

PelkiePart 1: From Copper Miners to Farmers

The small U.P. town of Pelkie turns into a thriving dairy farming and logging community.

Monday, March 6 at 8/7c.

PelkiePart 2: Third Generation: Cows, Kids, and Barns

Second/third generation Finns work on farms building work ethic and a strong community.

Monday, March 6 at 9/8c.

PelkiePart 3: A Farewell to Dairy Farming

Only some Finnish Americans remain as the co-op is phased out and strangers move in.

Monday, March 6 at 10/9c.

The Colorado

The Colorado
Explore North America’s wildest river in this film narrated by Academy Award winner Mark Rylance. Part of Festival! 23.   

Wednesday, March 8 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/15 at 2:30/1:30c.

Pain Secrets: The Science of Everyday Pain

Pain Secrets: The Science of Everyday Pain
Explore the origins of everyday pain and learn ways to help minimize or resolve it. Featuring interviews with leading experts, the program explains cutting-edge modalities of treatment that have proven to be powerful ways to help diminish pain. Part of Festival! 23.  

Wednesday, March 8 at 9:30/8:30c.

Ask the Doctors "Womens Health"

Ask the Doctors

Womens Health

Area medical professionals visit WNMU-TV to answer  womens health questions submitted from viewers.   

Thursday, March 9 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/10 at 3/2c.

WNMU DocumentariesLumberjack Life: U.P. Days of Yore

From the white pine days to the Model “T” era, Upper Peninsula lumber helped build America. In this 2003 documentary, WNMU-TV tells the story of the men who worked in the woods living the “lumberjack life.” Part of Festival! 23.  

Thursday, March 9 at 9/8c.

Matikka (Burbot): American Finlander Lobster

Although a European delicacy, burbot, a freshwater cod, is regarded as junk fish by many in the U.S. It has a slimy, eel-like appearance that many find repugnant. Some call them “lawyers”, eelpout, and lingcod. Finns call them made (MA-day) or matikka. Burbot season is from mid-December to the end of January. Most fishers trap burbot as they swim upstream to spawn. Others jig through the ice. A large hole is cut in the ice for a trap and it is checked daily. A trap can get so full that two men can hardly pull it out of the river. Produced by Dr. Michael Loukkinen. Part of Festival! 23.  

Thursday, March 9 at 10/9c.  Repeats 3/10 at 2/1c.

High School Bowl WNMU-TV PBS Original

High School Bowl

Quarter Finals

Calumet takes on Marquette while Gwinn challenges Manistique in this quarter final round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, March 11 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/13 at 3/2c.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: The Hits, The History & Dirt Does Dylan

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band The Hits, The History & Dirt Does Dylan
Join the band for a concert with songs by Bob Dylan and from their groundbreaking album Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Part of Festival! 23.   

Saturday, March 11 at 9/8c.

Billy Joel: Live at Yankee Stadium

Join the Piano Man for this 1990 concert recorded at the historic stadium in the Bronx. Part of Festival! 23.   

Saturday, March 11 at 10:30/9:30c.

March 12-18

Energy Paradox with Steven Gundry, MD

Energy Paradox with Steven Gundry, MD
Dr. Gundry shares ground-breaking, life-changing information to help you reclaim your energy to be your active, vibrant best—at any age. Part of Festival! 23.  

Sunday, March 12 at 7/6c.

Big Band Years (My Music Presents)

Big Band Years (My Music Presents)
Peter Marshall hosts a mix of performances featuring swing musicians and big-band hits popular during World War II. Part of Festival! 23.  

Sunday, March 12 at 8:30/7:30c.  Repeats 3/14 at 2/1c.

Margaret: The Rebel Princess

Learn how Princess Margaret's life and loves reflected the changing world during the 20th century.  

Sunday, March 12 at 12a/11c. 

Sesame StreetFurry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy

Elmo and Grover discover a floppy-eared stray puppy whom they name Tango; together, they search for the pet adoption fair in the hopes of finding her a "forever home."  

Monday, March 13 at 10a/9c.  Repeats 3/17, 3/23, and 3/29 at 10a/9c.

Joe Bonamassa: Tales of Time

Enjoy a live performance of Joe Bonamassa's studio album, "Time Clocks" filmed at Red Rocks. Part of Festival! 23.  

Monday, March 13 at 8/7c.

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church

Experience the legendary guitarist’s unforgettable performance in Atlanta on July 4, 1970. Part of Festival! 23.  

Monday, March 13 at 9:30/8:30c.

FRONTLINEAge of Easy Money

The role of the Federal Reserve’s “easy money” policies in economic uncertainty.

Tuesday, March 14 at 9/8c.

NatureThe Serengeti Rules

This breakthrough study shows how wildebeest are the keystones to the Serengeti.  

Wednesday, March 15 at 8/7c

NOVAKīlauea: Hawaiʻi on Fire Preview

Scientists journey to Kīlauea volcano to investigate the eruptions that shook Hawaiʻi.

Wednesday, March 15 at 9/8c.

St. Patrick's Day SpecialTrinity: Classically Irish

A St. Patrick's Day Special.  Enjoy an evening of Irish music as this charming trio performs beloved songs.

Friday, March 17 at 9/8c.

St. Patrick's Day SpecialDaniel O'Donnell and Special Guests

Filmed in front of a live audience at the Millennium Forum in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Friday, March 17 at 10:30/9:30c.

The tourism industry calls it “ruin porn” – a chic fascination with landmarks in decay. To coincide with this growing trend in abandoned tourism, WQED visits a few unique, offbeat attractions across Pennsylvania.  

Saturday, March 18 at 1/12c.

High School Bowl WNMU-TV PBS Original

High School Bowl

Quarter Finals

Lake Linden-Hubbell takes on Houghton while Kingsford challenges Ironwood in this quarter final round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, March 18 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/20 at 3/2c.

March 19-25

Womens HIstory Month SpecialAngels on Horseback: Midwives in the Mountains

Explore the driving force, trials and triumphs of the women of the Frontier Nursing Service. Founded in 1925 by Mary Carson Breckinridge, the Frontier Nursing Service brought unprecedented healthcare to rural Appalachia.  

Sunday, March 19 at 7/6c.

Call the MidwifeSeason 12, Ep. 1

It’s 1968, and the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House return for midwifery and family life.

Sundays at 8/7c, begins March 19.  Repeats at 12a/11c.

Sanditon on MastperieceSeason 3, Ep. 1

Choose your own destiny. Fiancé in tow, Charlotte arrives back in Sanditon for Georgiana’s 21st birthday party. 

The final season premieres Sunday, March 19 at 9/8c.

Marie AntoinettePart 1: The Slap

The successes of independent and feminist Marie Antoinette provoke jealousy and rivalry.

Sunday, March 19 at 10/9c.

Antiques Roadshow: Wags to Riches

Antiques Roadshow
Wags to Riches
Watch furry ROADSHOW finds that will be sure to leave tails wagging for more!  

Monday, March 20 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/21 at 3/2c.

Independent LensStorming Caesars Palace

How Vegas activist Ruby Duncan's grassroots movement of moms fought for guaranteed income.

Monday, March 20 at 10/9c.

American Masters: Dr. Tony Fauci

American Masters

Dr. Tony Fauci

Discover the rarely-seen side of scientist, husband, father, and public servant Dr. Fauci.  

Tuesday, March 21 at 8/7c.


FRONTLINE investigates the sexual misconduct allegations around Harvey Weinstein.

Tuesday, March 21 at 10/9c.

NatureFirst Steps | Born in the Rockies

From spring to summer, follow new animal mothers through the trials of raising a family.

Wednesday, March 22 at 8/7c.

NOVAAncient Maya Metropolis

Oral tradition talks about the importance of these foods for Maya. Explore great ancient Maya cities and why their inhabitants abandoned them. 

 Wednesday, March 22 at 9/8c. 

Ask the Doctors: General Health

Ask The Doctors

General Health

Get your medical questions answered by area professionals during this live broadcast from WNMU-TV studios.   

Thursday, March 23 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/24 at 3/2c.

High School Bowl WNMU-TV PBS Original

High School Bowl

Championship Semi-Finals

Winners from the quarter final rounds compete to see who will move on to this season's championship round!  

Saturday, March 25 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/27 at 3/2c.

March 28-31

Mystic Michigan "The Rocks Cry Out"

Mystic Michigan 
The Rocks Cry Out
Mark Jager, the author of the Mystic Michigan books series, hosts this docu-series exploring the state of Michigan. Explore the riches of the rocks of the Great Lakes State with Mark Jager, in the third installment of Mystic Michigan.  

Sundays, March 26 at 3/2c.

Great Lakes Now: Ice Climbing and Offshore Wind

Great Lakes Now 
Ice Climbing and Offshore Wind
Check out ice climbing along the northern Great Lakes, learn about a controversial wind energy project on Lake Erie, and The Catch offers news from around the Great Lakes.

Sunday, March 26 at 3:30/2:30c.

Votes for Women: The History of Women's Suffrage Through Song

Womens History Month Special: 
Votes for Women: The History of Women's Suffrage Through Song
Learn of the woman's suffrage movement as you listen to Women in Harmony of Portland, Maine sing songs of suffrage and hear of the history of the long battle for the right to vote through narrated segments illustrated by historic archival material.  

Sunday, March 26 at 7/6c.

Call the MidwifeEpisode 2

A surprise patient pregnancy leads Dr. Turner to campaign for men to use contraception.

Sunday, March 26 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/27 at 12a/11c.

Sanditon: Ep. 2

Sanditon Ep. 2
Georgiana faces a nearly impossible task, but help arrives from a surprising place.   

Sunday, March 26 at 9/8c.  Repeats 3/27 at 1a/12c.

Marie Antoinette: Rival Queens

Marie Antoinette
Part 2: Rival Queens
Madame du Barry, the Favourite sees the Dauphine as a rival for the King’s affections.  

Sunday, March 26 at 10/9c.

Independent LensHidden Letters

Modern women in China keep alive the tradition of Nüshu, a secret written language.

Monday, March 27 at 10/9c.

American Experience: Movement and the Madman

American Experience
Movement and the Madman
How two antiwar protests in the fall of 1969 caused President Nixon to cancel what he called his “madman” plans for a massive escalation of the U.S. war in Vietnam.   

Tuesday, March 28 at 9/8c.

VOCESAmerican Exile

Two brothers who fought in Vietnam are among thousands of veterans who are being deported.

Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30/9:30c.

NatureGrowing Up | Born in the Rockies

Young animals face new challenges as winter envelopes the Rocky Mountains.

 Wednesday, March 29 at 8/7c.

NOVAEinstein's Quantum Riddle

Join scientists as they grab light from across the universe to prove quantum entanglement.

Wednesday, March 29 at 9/8c.

Secrets of the DeadLady Sapiens

Discover the untold story of prehistoric women through the latest science and research.

Wednesday, March 29 at 10/9c.

Co-Operatively Yours

Co-Operatively Yours

Explore the history of the Finnish-American cooperative movement in North America, using historic photos, memories of the employees and members of Michigan’s Bruce Crossing Co-op.  

Thursday, March 30 at 8/7c.

Triumph of Sherlock Holmes: Classic Film of the Month

Classic Film of the Month:
Triumph of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Wontner) puts his retirement on hold to investigate one last murder. With his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson (Ian Fleming), in tow, Holmes uses his unique insights and techniques to find clues about the murderer in this 1935 classic.   

Friday, March 31 at 9/8c.

Hank Locklin: Country Music's Timeless Tenor

Hank Locklin: Country Music's Timeless Tenor
Recall Grammy-nominated recording artist and Grand Ole Opry star Hank Locklin.  

Friday, March 31 at 10:30/9:30c.