Civil War: The Untold StoryDeath Knell of the Confederacy | Thursday, 9 p.m.
September 19, 1863. The first day of the Battle of Chickamauga ends in a bloody draw. On the next day, the battle is determined by one of the biggest blunders of the Civil War. Miscommunication, confusion, and fatigue with Union General William Rosecrans and his generals have left a gap in the Union line more than a quarter mile wide. James Longstreet's force of 11,000 from the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, pour through the gap and split the Union army in two. Rosecrans and his beaten army escape to Chattanooga. Chickamauga's combined casualties of 34,000 are only topped by the carnage at Gettysburg. In October, Rosecrans is replaced by U.S. Grant, who immediately plans an offensive. In November 1863, Grant routes the Confederate stronghold just outside Chattanooga. As they escape southward into Georgia, a Confederate officer calls the devastating defeat: "the death knell of the Confederacy."
Austin City LimitsRyan Adams/Jenny Lewis | Friday, 9 p.m.
Great American singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis return to the ACL stage. Adams features songs from his self-titled album. Former Rilo Kiley star Lewis comes in support of her LP The Voyager.
In The Americas with David YetmanWinter in the Caldera: January in the Yellowstone Hotspot | Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Yellowstone National Park is our first, and one of the most visited national parks. In winter, access is limited, and visitors and wildlife are challenged by deep snow and fierce cold. The frozen landscape is utterly transformed from summertime, and its explosive potential is even more evident.
Antiques RoadshowJunk in the Trunk 4, Part 2 | Sunday, 7 p.m.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW packed a trunk full of additional treasures from the eight cities that made up its Season 18 tour. ROADSHOW’s bigger-than-ever 2014 season includes a second hour of never-before-seen appraisals, such as a collection of 1898 Mardi Gras invitations; Julia Child’s copper pans, ca. 1960, that Child used on her TV show; and a German violin with a Sartory bow that is appraised for $25,000 to $27,000, with $20,000 of the value in the bow alone.
A Night of GivingThursday, Nov. 20 | 7 p.m.
Showcasing Local Artists -- Supporting Local Public Television
Local artists include:
- Randy & Joy Turner from Larkfield Glass (Paris, IL)
- Jerry Rhoads (St. Joseph, IL) - Woodtuning
- Jeanette Huisinga (Casey, IL) - The Yarn Shop
- Pottery from Dwain Naragon (EIU Faculty)
This night of giving allows our viewers to give to their local public television station and in return WEIU will offer viewers a wonderful handmade thank you gift from a local artist.
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Nazi Mega WeaponsJet Fighter Me262 | Thursday, 8 p.m.
Explore the most technologically advanced plane of World War II, the Messerschmitt Me262, a fighter jet that inspired a revolution in aerial warfare. Learn the remarkable story of an awe-inspiring aircraft, the subterranean bat-cave where it was built and the battle for air supremacy that decided the fate of the war.
A Craftsman's LegacyThe Saddle Maker | Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Charon and Tom Caldwell changed the horse saddle industry. Host Eric Gorges visits the Caldwell ranch and learns about the making saddles. Charon and Tom Caldwell embody the craftsperson who knows when it's time to strike out on their own. After years of successfully working for a top saddle maker, they charted their own paths and created a revolution in the way saddles are fitted to the horse.
Power to the Peoplewith Johan Norberg | Wednesday, 9 p.m.
As developing countries escape poverty and march toward prosperity and better lives, more people than ever are using energy--to power their homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses, and connect to the global economy. But how will we provide more energy while still protecting our environment? Hosted by Swedish economist and author Johan Norberg, Power to the People explores how innovation and new technologies are providing answers to our world's growing energy needs. From a solar facility in Morocco to wind farms in England, from a hydraulic fracturing site in Pennsylvania to a trucking company in Florida that is converting its fleet to natural gas, Power to the People examines how innovators from around the world are finding new, creative, and cost-effective solutions to our planet's growing energy challenges.
Food ForwardGo Fish! | Wednesday, 7 p.m.
By mid-century, 90 percent of the world's commercial fish may be tapped out. But we're not sunk yet. FOOD FORWARD sets sail with a different breed of fishermen who make their living on the water while treading lightly upon it. Meet old school fishermen in the Pacific Northwest reviving the tuna industry, young fishermen (and women) creating Community Supported Fisheries along the Eastern seaboard and the next generation of fish farmers in western Massachusetts.
Masterpiece: Mystery!Inspector Lewis: The Lions of Nemea | Monday, 8 p.m.
After a difficult start, Lewis and Hathaway seem to have settled back into their former relationship, and Maddox has become integral to the team. Their abilities are tested as they investigate the brutal murder of Rose, an American Classics student. Suspicion immediately falls on a young professor who had recently broken off an affair with her, but as the detectives delve further into the case, they only find more secrets and murky motives.
Sam Jones - Ashmore, IL
"I support WEIU because I know that at any time, day or night we can tune in and we can count on good, quality entertainment and good wholesome programming made available to us. WEIU is what I consider to be a family friendly television station because I know that if my children or grandchildren are visiting and they enter the room where I'm watching TV, I don't have to worry about anything inappropriate being on my TV screen. I know that I can trust WEIU and I love that!"
WEIU membership is important to Sam, and you can also be a proud member! Also, send us a message and let us know what WEIU means to you!
Frances Murphy - Charleston, IL
"I have enjoyed quilting, so the programs on WEIU for sewing are inspirational to me because it's an education."
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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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I support WEIU because I know that at any time, day or night we can tune in and we can count on good, quality entertainment and good wholesome programming made available to us. WEIU is what I consider to be a family friendly television station because I know that if my children or grandchildren are visiting and they enter the room where I'm watching TV, I don't have to worry about anything inappropriate being on my TV screen. I know that I can trust WEIU and I love that!
-- Sam, Ashmore
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Jim Lange - Land Speed Racing Record
Jim Lange was showing his Studebaker Avanti years ago when someone told him about the Bonneville Salt Flats. It didn’t take much for Jim to get a bad case of Salt Fever and he went on to be one of the fastest men in Effingham, and Earth.
Jim 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!
Ruben Boyajian - Effingham Performance Center
Dr. Ruben Boyajian feels that a community needs balance between business, healthcare, sports, education and the arts. Today, the Effingham Performance Center, now a non-profit organization, serves the artistic needs of the community in a number of ways including live performances by national and local acts we well as a youth theater program.
Ruben 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!