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March 2024

Festival! '24 Fundraiser: Feb. 24 - March 11

Festival! '24 Fundraiser continues through March 11 with local stories, music, and prime time specials you won't want to miss. Enjoy performances from your favorite musical legends including the Bee Gees, Carole King & James Taylor, Joe Bonamassa, and Whitney Houston. And don't miss the airing of the local documentary Pelkie on Monday, March 11, our final day of fundraising.

More Special Programming This Month

In addition to our fundraiser, we are airing Womens History Month specials all month long celebrating female figures like activist Kasturba Ghandi in Kasturba Ghandi: Accidental Activist, and scientist Mária Telkes in American Experience: The Sun Queen.

Finally, we continue to bring you local productions that make WNMU-TV PBS your public broadcasting station. See which schools make it to the championship semi-finals in the final rounds of this season's High School Bowl airing Saturdays at 8/7c. 

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. Programs are also available to stream LIVE from our website, or the PBS app. 

Festival! '24 Fundraiser: Sat. 2/24 - Mon. 3/11. Donate Today

March 1-2

Seaside Hotel

The Letter

A letter to the young German soldier causes big problems. Bertha volunteers to spy.

Friday, March 1 at 9/8c.

Great Performances

X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X Preview

Experience Anthony Davis’s groundbreaking opera directed by Tony nominee Robert O’Hara.

Saturday, March 2 at 1a/12c. Repeats 3/2 at 8/7c and 3/3 at 1p/12c on WNMU-PLUS (13.3) only.

High School Bowl

Republic-Michigamme vs Gwinn; Gladstone vs Munising

Republic-Michigamme takes on Gwinn while Gladstone challenges Munising in this Cerebral 16 round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, March 2 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/4 at 3/2c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser Special

Bee Gees: In Our Own Time

Explore the story of one of the best-selling music acts ever, told in their own words. Part of Festival! '24 fundraiser.  

Saturday, March 2 at 9:30/8:30c.

March 3-9

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Festival! '24 Fundraiser Special

Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name

Join the legendary performers in a look back at their decades-long careers and ongoing partnership. Featuring performances of King’s classics, including “It’s Too Late” and “So Far Away” and Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James,” “Fire and Rain” and many more.  

Sunday, March 3 at 7/6c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser Special

Suze Orman's Ultimate Retirement Guide

Join Suze Orman for essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement.

Sunday, March 3 at 9/8c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser Special

Social Security & You with Mary Beth Franklin

Tips and advice on getting the most out of your social security benefits.

Monday, March 4 at 8/7c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser Special

Pain Secrets: The Science of Everyday Pain

Explore the scientific origins of common, everyday pain and ways to help minimize it.

Monday, March 4 at 9:30/8:30c.  Repeats 3/5 at 3/2c.

Festival! '24 Fundraiser Special

Supercharge Your Brain: Maximizing Your Cognitive Abilities

Join Dr. Lisa Genova to discover ways to enhance brain health for the rest of your life. Part of Festival! '24 fundraiser.  

Tuesday, March 5 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/6 at 3/2c.

Joe Bonamassa & Orchestra: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Festival! '24 Fundraiser Special

Joe Bonamassa & Orchestra: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Joe Bonamassa makes his highly anticipated live debut at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, accompanied by a stellar ensemble of 40 orchestra members. Part of Festival! '24 fundraiser.  

Tuesday, March 5 at 9:30/8:30c.

PBS Newshour

Super Tuesday 2024 - A PBS News Special Report

The PBS NewsHour presents a special report covering the 14 states involved with Super Tuesday.  

Tuesday, March 5 at 11/12c.

Walk The Walk

A diverse range of students try to implement an innovative solutions to humanitarian issues across the country.  

Tuesday, March 5 at 11:30/10:30c.

Living Wild: Plant-Spiration with Hilton Carter

Festival! '24 Fundraiser Special

Living Wild: Plant-Spiration with Hilton Carter

Discover the art of creating stunning indoor greenery with the influencer and author’s helpful tips and expert advice. Part of Festival! '24 fundraiser.  

Wednesday, March 6 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/7 at 3/2c.

Festival! '24 fundraiser Special

Raising Mentally Strong Kids with Daniel Amen, MD

Dr. Daniel Amen shares 7 Core Conversations to help parents and grandparents raise happy, responsible, and mentally strong kids. Part of Festival! '24 fundraiser.  

Wednesday, March 6 at 9:30/8:30c.

Best of the Joy of Painting: Special Edition

Festival! '24 Fundraiser Special

Best of the Joy of Painting: Special Edition

The soft-spoken Ross completes his beautiful "Home in the Valley" painting and offers a look at his wet-on-wet painting technique.  

Thursday, March 7 at 8/7c. Repeats 3/8 at 11:30a/10:30c.

PBS NewsHour

2024 State of the Union Address: A PBS NewsHour Special Report

Live coverage of President Biden’s State of the Union address, followed by the Republican response, and reporting and analysis by the NewsHour team.  

Thursday, March 7 at 9/8c.

Morfar's View of the Winds

Womens History Month Special

Morfar's View of the Winds

A character study about an obsessive 80-year-old photographer who enlists the help of his daughter and granddaughter to locate the exact rock where an artist sat in 1842 to sketch the first published image of the Rocky Mountains.  

Friday, March 8 at 4/3c.

Seaside Hotel

Something for Something

Merchant Madsen feels complicit in the young German soldier’s desertion.

Friday, March 8 at 9/8c.

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Lawrence Welk: God Bless America

Festival! '24 fundraiser special

Lawrence Welk: God Bless America

This special, marking Welk’s 100th birthday, looks at the nation’s history through the eyes and experiences of the famous bandleader. Part of Festival! '24 fundraiser.  

Saturday, March 9 at 7/6c.

Big Band Years (My Music Presents)

Festival! '24 fundraiser special

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! '24 fundraiser.  

Saturday, March 9 at 9:30/8:30c.   

March 10-16

Festival! '24 fundraiser special

Fresh Coast Flashback

We are proud to broadcast fan favorites from the Fresh Coast Film Festival held annually here in Marquette, MI. Each film we air is hand picked specifically with you, our viewers, in mind. They highlight subjects that are important to the people of the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin, such as local history, environmental issues, and humanitarian efforts being made.  

Sunday, March 10 at 3/2c.

The Broken Promise

After the Holocaust, the world promised "never again." Since then, humanity has wrought genocidal terror from Cambodia to Rwanda to Bosnia to Darfur. Now, in the Twenty-first Century, the suffering continues. The Broken Promise draws from forward-thinking ideas revealing why genocides occur and the institutions that stand against it - shining a bright light on authoritarianism to ensure that "never again" is a reality.  

Sunday, March 10 at 7/6c.

Festival! '24 fundraiser special

I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston

The unmistakable voice of Whitney Houston is powerful and timeless. Join host CeCe Winans and discover Whitney’s deep faith and love of Gospel music. Part of Festival! '24 fundraiser.  

Sunday, March 10 at 9:30/8:30c.

Festival '24 fundraiser special

Pelkie Part 1: From Copper Miners to Farmers

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

Monday, March 11 at 8/7c.

Festival '24 fundraiser special

Pelkie Part 2: Third Generation: Cows, Kids, and Barns

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

Monday, March 11 at 9/8c.

Festival '24 fundraiser special

Pelkie Part 3: A Farewell to Dairy Farming

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

Monday, March 11 at 10/9c.

American Experience

The Sun Queen

Unsung scientist Mária Telkes dedicated her career to harnessing the power of the sun.

Tuesday, March 12 at 9/8c.

Frontline: Lethal Restraint


Lethal Restraint

Investigating deaths after police used tactics like prone restraint and other “less lethal” force. With The Associated Press, drawing on police records, autopsy reports and body cam footage, the most expansive tally of such deaths nationwide.  

Tuesday, March 12 at 10/9c.

Carbon Farming: A Climate Solution Under Our Feet

A powerful tool for curbing climate change is right beneath our feet ... soil! Carbon farming, also called regenerative agriculture, is a revolutionary method that traps carbon from the air into the ground to produce nutritious food. Instead of tilling and using agrochemicals, farmers let the natural ecosystem do the work.  

Wednesday, March 13 at 3/2c.


Equus "Story of the Horse" | Origins

Discover the origins of the horse and how it changed our world forever.

Wednesday, March 13 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/20 at 3/2c.


Hidden Volcano Abyss

Investigate one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

Wednesday, March 13 at 9/8c.  Repeats 3/14 at 3/2c.


Arctic Sinkholes

In the Arctic, enormous releases of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, threaten the climate.

Wednesday, March 13 at 10/9c.

Ask the Doctors: Womens Health

Ask The Doctors

Womens Health

Certified public accountants answers questions submitted by viewers.

Thursday, February 15 at 8/7c.  Repeats 2/16 at 3/2c.

Great Lakes Now

Pipes and Ports

Indiana’s Burns Harbor is “greening” and hoping to change the shipping industry’s image and impact. A Lake Michigan city has high lead levels in drinking water. And a visit to Ontario’s Walkerton Clean Water Centre with its customized water treatment plans and training program for technicians, all to better protect drinking water in Canadian communities. 

 Thursday, March 14 at 10:30/9:30c.

The Nail

A sea mine washes ashore, becoming the beginning of a dramatic end to the guests' holiday.

Friday, March 15 at 9/8c.

High School Bowl

Iron Mountain vs Painesdale-Jeffers; Kingsford vs Houghton

Iron Mountain takes on Painesdale-Jeffers while Kingsford challenges Houghton in this Cerebral 16 round of High School Bowl.  

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

March 17-23

Lincoln is Crying: The Grifters, Grafters, and Governors of Illinois

A funny/sad look at the pervasive, deep-rooted culture of political corruption in Illinois, “The Land of Lincoln”.  

Sunday, March 17 at 7/6c.

Call the Midwife: Season 13, Ep. 1

Call the Midwife

Season 13, Ep. 1

Nonnatus House kicks off a new pupil midwife training.The “Raise the Roof Campaign” for better pay and conditions creates a divide of opinion among the nurses.  

Sundays at 8/7c, begins March 17.  Repeats 3/18 at 12a/11c.


Ep. 1

At the height of her fame, British soap opera star Noele “Nolly” Gordon is suddenly fired from her hit series “Crossroads” without warning – but why?  

Sundays at 9/8c, begins March 17.

Alice & Jack

Ep. 1

As Max is released from prison, he becomes involved in a shooting while trying to rebuild his life.  

Sundays at 10/9c, begins March 17.

Dante: Inferno to Paradise

Part One: The Inferno

Explore the extraordinary power, beauty and drama of Dante’s great masterwork, The Divine Comedy, set within the riveting circumstances of the poet’s own life, and of the turbulent times he lived in.   

Monday, March 18 at 8/7c.

POV "Unseen"



As a blind, undocumented immigrant, Pedro faces uncertainty to obtain his college degree, become a social worker, and support his family.   

Monday, March 18 at 10/9c.

Heartbreak Country

The remains of thousands of undocumented immigrants lie undiscovered in the remote and inhospitable landscape of Brooks County, TX. A heartbreaking exploration of the migrant death crises unfolding in the United States.  

Monday, March 18 at 11:30/10:30c.

Big Sonia

A poignant story of generational trauma and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

Tuesday, March 19 at 3/2c.

Dante: Inferno to Paradise

Part Two: Resurrection

The modern-day relevance of the story of Dante’s life and work is astonishing, as people everywhere look for signs of hope and redemption and a way forward in circumstances as challenging in their own way as Dante’s own.   

Tuesday, March 19 at 8/7c.

Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March

Explore the fight against Asian American hate following the March 2021 mass shootings.

Tuesday, March 19 at 10/9c.


Equus "Story of the Horse" | Ep. 2: Chasing the Wind

Take a global tour of the most fascinating members of the modern horse club.

Wednesday, March 20 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/27 at 3/2c.


Polar Extremes

Paleontologist Kirk Johnson explores the dynamic history—and future—of ice at the poles.

Wednesday, March 20 at 9/8c.

Womens History Month Special

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay

CNBC's Sharon Epperson and guests scrutinize hotly debated statistics and go beyond highly politicized and over-simplified talking points to explore the factors contributing to the wage gap and strategize on ways to attain equal pay.

Thursday, March 21 at 3/2c.

Ask the Lawyers

Ask the Lawyers

March '24

Area attorneys answer legal questions from viewers.  

Thursday, March 21 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/22 at 3/2c.

Great Lakes Now

Restore, Release

Volunteers work to preserve a historic Great Lakes lighthouse, a Chicago community finds new life through embracing its past and high school students learn about Native American culture with the help of lake sturgeon.

 Thursday, March 21 at 10:30/9:30c.

Agatha and the Truth of Murder

Join the writer as she investigates the murder of Florence Nightingale's goddaughter.

Friday, March 22 at 9/8c.

Bonnie Boswell Presents: Saving Moms

Who is at risk for high pregnancy and childbirth mortality rates in the U.S.? Reporter Bonnie Boswell and leading experts examine why groups of women disproportionately experience higher mortality rates related to pregnancy and childbirth.  

Saturday, March 23 at 9:30/8:30c.

Watershed Moment

In December 2007 the Chehalis River Valley in Washington State experienced a catastrophic flood like never before, inciting the resurgence of long-standing interest in building a flood retention dam. This wild salmon stronghold faces rising water temperatures and a 100-year legacy of habitat degradation. Learn more about this little known basin and restoration efforts being made to preserve its fragile habitat.  

Sunday, March 24 at 1a/12c.

March 24-30

Womens History Month Special

Kasturba Gandhi: Accidental Activist

Discover how Kasturba Gandhi became one of the first women activists in modern history. 

Sunday, March 24 at 7/6c.

Call the Midwife: Ep. 2

Call the Midwife

Ep. 2

Shelagh and Joyce assist a heavily pregnant woman whose new flat is infested with mold.  

Sunday, March 24 at 8/7c.


Ep. 2

As Nolly’s last day approaches, she is desperate to know what will happen to her character.  

Sunday, March 24 at 9/8c.

Alice & Jack

Ep. 2

Max turns to Kenny for help as pressure builds for Erin. Meanwhile, Teddy is seeking answers.  

Sunday, March 24 at 10/9c.

Independent Lens: Greener Pastures

Independent Lens

Greener Pastures

Midwestern farmers persevere through climate change, industrialization, and mental health crises.   

Monday, March 25 at 10/9c.

American Experience: The Cancer Detectives

American Experience

The Cancer Detectives 

Discover the dramatic story of the fight against cervical cancer and the unlikely team behind it.  

Tuesday, March 26 at 9/8c.

The Invisible Shield

The Old Playbook

Discover how public health has doubled life expectancy, but the system is now in jeopardy.  

Tuesdays at 10/9c, begins March 26.


Remarkable Rabbits

Meet the many species of remarkable rabbits and the scientists working to save them.

Wednesday, March 27 at 8/7c.

NOVA A.I. Revolution


 A.I. Revolution

A.I. tools like ChatGPT seem to think, speak, and create like humans. But what are they really doing? From cancer cures to Terminator-style takeovers, leading experts explore what A.I. can – and can’t – do today, and what lies ahead.  

Wednesday, March 26 at 9/8c.


Star Chasers of Senegal

A visionary scientist investigates the deep history of astronomy in West Africa.

Wednesday, March 27 at 10/9c.

Made in America

Made in America

Explore the trauma of war; domestic and abroad. The story contrasts the life of a young man growing up in urban America against a young Iraq veteran. The two seek healing in a country vexed with screens, brands, and isolation.  

Thursday, March 28 at 3/2c.

Ask the Doctors

Ask the Doctors

Brain and Spine

Area professionals in mens health answer questions from viewers.   

Thursday, March 28 at 8/7c.  Repeats 3/29 at 3/2c.

Classic Film of the Month 

Courageous Mr. Penn

William Penn's heroic deeds, on the European and American continents, are told in this portrait of the founding father of both the Quakers and the Pennsylvania colony. Based on C.E. Vulliamy's biography "William Penn" (1942).  

Friday, March 29 at 9/8c.

Masters of Rhythm: The Afro-Peruvian Way

Three of the world’s finest percussionists get together in Peru to jam and shoot the breeze. The result is magic.   

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

High School Bowl

Gwinn vs Gladstone; Painesdale-Jeffers vs Houghton

Gwinn takes on Gladstone while Painesdale-Jeffers challenges Houghton in this Cerebral 16 round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, March 30 at 8/7c.  Repeats 4/2 at 3/2c.

March 31

An Evening with Pete Buttigieg | Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks candidly about his life in politics, in conversation with former Michigan governor and MSU alumni Jim Blanchard.  

Sunday, March 31 at 3/2c.

Just Like Me: The Vietnam War/The American War

Vietnam Veterans Day Special

Just Like Me: The Vietnam War/The American War

Follow Vietnam veteran Ron Osgood’s quest to document stories from all sides of the war, uncovering untold personal accounts that shy away from combat and politics and instead focus on topics such as soldiers who were artists, musicians, or demonstrated empathy and respect towards the enemy.  

Sunday, March 31 at 7/6c.

Call the Midwife: Ep. 3

Call the Midwife

Ep. 3

The Nonnatus team is thrown into turmoil when a newborn baby is diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia.   

Sunday, March 31 at 8/7c.



Ep. 3

Nolly is working in the cut-throat world of theatre when an unexpected answer arrives.  

Sunday, March 31 at 9/8c.

Alice & Jack: Ep. 3

Alice & Jack

Ep. 3

Challenges arise for Max with both Erin and his handler as a surprise encounter happens.  

Sunday, March 31 at 10/9c.