Globe TrekkerGlobe Trekker Special: Pirates, Galleons & Treasure | Saturday, 7 p.m.
Megan sets out in the footsteps of famous mariners and renegades of the Caribbean to learn firsthand about 250 years of perilous treasure hunting and brutal competition among the Spanish, English, Dutch, French and Portuguese. These pirates were vying for gold, silver and other riches. Galleons were sunk, thousands were killed and, for centuries after the New World was discovered in 1492, it was the pirates who ruled the waves. Megan explores the legend and lore to find out how far they went to lay their hands on these treasures, how hard it was to keep, and what still remains from that extraordinary era.
Islands Without Cars with Kira HesserThe Channel Island of Sark | Monday, 9:30 p.m.
Exploring the Island of Sark with Kira is a unique look at the last feudal state in the western world – a tiny, ruggedly beautiful island in the English Channel with only 600 contentedly car-phobic residents. Interviews include Seigneur Michael Beaumont, the feudal lord who inherited the island from his grandmother -- the infamous Dame of Sark. The program features an “improper” tea (thanks to the Americans) with a founding descendent, an interview with the island judge (who is not a lawyer), a look at the single-cell jail for drunkards, as well as demonstrations in pottery-making, chocolate-mixing, carriage driving and cave exploring. Interviews include a rocking horse carver, a water colorist and a hotel operator straight out of Fawlty Towers.
About the Program: The unique new travel series ISLANDS WITHOUT CARS takes a rare and whimsical look at life without cars, buses or trains. On small, remote and sparsely populated isles scattered throughout Europe, most of the inhabitants travel and transport goods by donkey, bicycle and other non-motorized vehicles. It may seem like a bygone era, but for some, it is a modern reality. Hosted by Kira Hesser, an independent traveler with a love of history, the six-part series offers a fun and engaging look at the remote islands of Hydra (Greece), Sark (Channel Islands), Inis Meain (Ireland), the Aeolians (Italy), Zlarin and Krapanj (Croatia), and Porquerroles (France) through the eyes of a youthful and vibrant host.
Lincoln@GettysburgSunday | 9 p.m.
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proved himself a master of a new frontier — not on the battlefields of the Civil War, but in his high-tech command center: the War Department Telegraph Office. The internet of the 19th century, the telegraph gave Lincoln new powers to reshape leadership and wield personal control across distant battlefields. It also connected him to the country in new ways, as information poured in, and allowed him to feel the pulse of the country faster than before.
The results of Lincoln’s pioneering experiment in communication led to the rebirth of America on the fields of Gettysburg … both in the battle that turned the tide of the Civil War and in the few words that recast the American ideal as a national creed: the Gettysburg Address. David Strathairn (Lincoln) narrates.
Masterpiece: Mystery!Death Comes to Pemberley: Part 1 | Monday, 8 p.m.
A coach races up to a country house with a hysterical passenger shrieking, “Murder!” What better way to continue Jane Austen’s immortal novel Pride and Prejudice? This delicious homage to Austen, adapted from P.D. James’ clever whodunit, stars Anna Maxwell Martin (“The Bletchley Circle”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Matthew Goode (“The Good Wife”) and Jenna Coleman (“Doctor Who”). Elizabeth and Darcy never knew marriage would be like this!
Part 1 - One the eve of the annual Lady Anne ball at their magnificent Pemberley estate, the happily married Elizabeth and Darcy's pre-ball festivities are brought to an abrupt halt when Lydia Wickham arrives uninvited, hysterically wailing of a murder in Pemberley woods. The brutal crime puts not only its main suspect in dire jeopardy, but the future of the vulnerable Georgiana Darcy, the hard-won romance of Elizabeth and Darcy, and the very foundation of Pemberley itself.
Creepy Classics: Late Friday Night!Night of the Living Dead | 10:30 p.m.
(1970) Stars Judith O'Dea, Duane Jones and Marilyn Eastman. Radiation from a returning space satellite is suspected to be the cause of something unbelievable!House on Haunted Hill | Midnight
(1959) Directed by Wm. Castle. Stars Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart and Richard Long. Eccentric millionare Fredrick Loren invites 5 guests to a haunted house party at a real haunted house.Little Shop of Horrors | 1:20 a.m.
(1960) Directed by Roger Corman. Stars Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph and Jack Nicholson. Comedy about a young scientist who developes bloodthirsty plant and is forced to kill in order to feed it.
Classic GospelTent Revival Homecoming | Saturday, 6 p.m.
Hosted by Bill and Gloria Gaither and filmed on the magnificent grounds of the Billy Graham Library, this quintessential Tent Revival Homecoming features more than 140 of gospel music's most beloved artists. With sawdust floors, a simple canvas canopy overhead and songs that recapture the spirit of the old-fashioned tent revivals of the 1950s and 1960s, this Homecoming gathering celebrates a time-honored tradition that has impacted countless lives for eternity.
Royal WeddingSaturday | 8 p.m.
(1951) Directed by Stanley Donen, Starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell and Peter Lawford. Astaire dances on the ceiling and elsewhere in this story of a brother and sister performing in London at the time of Queen Elizabeth II's marriage.
Great Estates ScotlandRosslyn | Monday, 7 p.m.
Uncover myths and legends of mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, where part of The Di Vinci Code was filmed. Many believe it to be home to the Holy Grail, the skull of St. Matthew or John the Baptist or even of Jesus Christ. The program seeks answers and makes breathtaking discoveries.
Finding Your RootsIn Search of Our Fathers | Sunday, 8 p.m.
Three guests know almost nothing about their fathers’ past. Stephen King’s father walked out on the family when Stephen was two years old and never returned; Courtney B. Vance’s father was a foster child and never knew who his biological parents were — after his suicide, Courtney wants to learn more about his roots; and Gloria Reuben’s father was 78 years old when she was born — he died when she was young, taking the secret of his ancestry with him. Henry Louis Gates solves the mystery of their paternal ancestry and introduces them to relatives they never knew they had.
Sunday Lifestyle Programming Block
5 p.m. - Illinois Pioneer
5:30 p.m. - Burt Wolf: Travels and Traditions
Connecting The Dots In America: During Burt's 40 years of reporting, he has lived through a half-dozen recessions in the United States and visited dozens of countries during their economic downturns. In this program, he travels across the U.S. talking to people who have made our nation economically stronger - creative entrepreneurs with great imaginations who started small businesses based on their innovative ideas and technology and made fortunes for themselves and the people who helped them get started.
6 p.m. - All-Star Orchestra: Mahler: Love, Sorrow and Transcendence
Gustav Mahler: Rueckert Lieder (Songs from Latter Days) Soloist: Nancy Maultsby; Gustav Mahler: "Totenfeier" ("Funerary Rites" - 1st Mvt. from Symphony No. 2); Augusta Read Thomas: Of Paradise and Light; Bernard Rands: Adieu. Mahler's turbulent loves are expressed through his music. His settings of poems by Friedrich Rueckert explore themes of love, nature, and otherworldliness. Mahler was haunted throughout his life by the premonition of his own death. The first movement of his 2nd Symphony draws stark contrasts between the composer's premonition of doom, and his vision of life. Modern parallels can be found in "Adieu" by Bernard Rands and "Of Paradise and Light" by his wife, composer Augusta Read Thomas. Both comment on the unique dynamics of creative/personal partnerships.
7 p.m. - Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Des Moines
Fifteen years after first visiting Des Moines, Iowa, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks back on featured items to see if their value has changed. Highlights include a Rambling Mickey Mouse toy with its original box, ca. 1934; Charles Lindbergh memorabilia; and a Samuel McIntire medallion that has soared in value from $70,000-$90,000 to $200,000 - $300,000.
Judy - Mattoon, IL
"Being an avid dog lover, I’ve learned much from the veterinarian guests you’ve had on The Paw Report as well as about several animal rescue organizations I didn’t previously know existed. I hope WEIU will continue airing this program. Another of my favorites is Heartland Highways! I’m always wanting to see more interesting facts and video about the communities you visit. Thank you WEIU-TV."
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Jessie Meyer - Wood Dale, IL
"My organization is a music service fraternity, so of course we want to support music. That organization, Kappa Kappa Psi, holds a membership here with Hit-Mix."
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Jack Neal - General Manager
When Did You Start at WEIU? 2010
Favorite Show on WEIU-TV: This is a tough one! I'm a fan of everything we do both on the air as well as in the world of education. But truth be told, my favorites are locally produced programs. Heartland Highways gives me a chance to see some of the many amazing places in this wonderful area we call home. I've seen places on Heartland Highways that lifelong east central Illinois residents didn't know existed...and then made the short drive to see those places up close and personal myself. And I've learned so much about some of the most interesting people who are our neighbors.
Another of my top three would be Four Rivers Ag Report. Though I'm not a farmer, I live on a working farm and see the daily ag activity that drives our area. No matter what we do, we are a part of agriculture. And I find that fascinating. The things I've learned about our farm community as a result of Four Rivers are pretty amazing. And as much as Four Rivers Ag Report focuses on the farmers in our area, it does just as good a job of celebrating our rural lifestyle.
Last but not least is News Watch. There is nowhere else to find the kind of coverage News Watch provides our area. Even in a world of 24/7 online and cable/satellite news services, I find News Watch the only place to watch and learn what's happening in OUR community. It's unique.
What have you learned while working at WEIU? This could be a chapter in itself!In my case, I came to WEIU after working in public broadcasting for decades.I'd worked for many stations in many parts of the country. My fascination with WEIU was two-fold: The fact that WEIU is MORE than a PBS station, and the opportunity to live in this incredible community. Being a part of a non-commercial TV station that goes so far beyond programming what most PBS stations provide has allowed me to learn an amazing number of new things about our world. And being in the east central Illinois community has taught me just how special and unique this place is. I've learned that what may appear on the outside to be an unchanging environment becomes a wealth of different sights, sounds and experiences with the march of the seasons, the constantly varying weather and the beautiful lighting variations of each passing day.
Why should someone become a member of WEIU? WEIU is certainly not like most TV stations. We're obviously nothing like a commercial TV station which is funded by commercials based on the number of people watching each program. Yet, we're also different than most non-commercial TV stations, as well ... both in what we air and who we aim to serve. And that's important to me. As I've seen more of the media universe surround us with an array of programs, news, shopping channels and pretty much anything you could imagine, I still find WEIU the ONLY place where I can learn about MY neighbors and MY community. I know such a service is not going to be supported by other communities or by commercial sponsors. I frankly wouldn't expect it to be. So I find it important to support that service that serves me and the people who are my neighbors. It seems to be part of the American way of taking care of those things that are important to us. At least that's how I see it!
WEIU is very important to me and I hope to you, as well.
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-- Nancy, Sigel
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Brian Marxman - Fireworks
Brian Marxman is a former law enforcement officer who has a love for fireworks. It started out simple and small on Lake Sara back in the late 80’s. Today, Brian and his crew put on fireworks shows that entertain thousands of people in the region.
Brian would love for you to tune in to Effingham: This is Our Story on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. We hope you'll join us!
Jamie Miller - Downtown Effingham
Jamie Miller looks back at the long history of the downtown Effingham business district, from multiple generations running the same stores to the new entrepreneurs and events keeping the downtown the center of a vibrant community.
Jamie would love for you to tune in to Effingham: This is Our Story on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. We hope you'll join us!