How Sherlock Changed the WorldTuesday | 8 p.m.
Sherlock Holmes was a scientist who used chemistry, bloodstains and minute traces of evidence to catch the criminal. In an era when eyewitness reports and "'smoking gun" evidence were needed to convict criminals and police incompetence meant that Jack the Ripper stalked the streets freely, Holmes' crime-scene methods were revolutionary. Forensic scientists, crime historians and Sherlockian experts reveal for the first time the astonishing impact the fictional detective had on the development of real-life criminal investigation and forensic techniques. Using a mix of interviews, drama reconstruction and archives, HOW SHERLOCK CHANGED THE WORLD tells the story of the impact and legacy of the most famous crime fighter in history.
Woman of the YearSaturday | 8 p.m.
A New York sportswriter (Spencer Tracy) marries a political columnist (Katharine Hepburn) whose career comes first. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Fay Bainter.
Time ScannersPetra | Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Jordan to scan the ancient desert city of Petra. Using 3D laser-scanning technology, he wants to uncover its construction secrets and shed new light on this architectural wonderland lost to the West for more than 1,000 years.
Little League: A HistoryWednesday | 9 p.m.
Narrated by legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully, LITTLE LEAGUE: A HISTORY traces the 75-year history of the world's largest organized youth sports program, from its humble beginnings in Williamsport, Penn. to its current status as a worldwide phenomenon. Past and present Little League players, administrators, coaches, umpires, and others reflect on the role Little League played on their lives.
Notable interviewees include: President George W. Bush, NASA Space Shuttle Commander Story Musgrave, Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig, former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, former MLB pitcher Mike Mussina, Cincinnati Reds player Todd Frazier, and MLB's official historian, John Thorn.
LITTLE LEAGUE: A HISTORY also includes interviews with the family members of Little League founder Carl Stotz; Carolyn King, whose 1973 lawsuit against Little League contributed to the league's landmark policy reversal of prohibiting girls from playing Little League Baseball; Kathryn "Tubby" Johnston Massar (the first girl to ever play Little League); and the three surviving members of the original Little League team formed in 1939.
History Detectives Special InvestigationsWho Killed Jimmy Hoffa? | Wednesday, 7 p.m.
In one of history's most fascinating unsolved mysteries, former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa went missing on July 30, 1975, never to be found. Hoffa, a hero to many working Americans, played a major role in the growth and development of the trucking union. But he fell afoul of the law, with allegations that the powerful pension fund was under mob control and used, among other things, to finance Vegas casinos. What exactly happened to Hoffa that day, and why? Recently declassified FBI files and interviews with people close to the story allow a detailed accounting of what likely occurred. The investigation is an exploration of Hoffa's final days and hours and a revelatory window on power and corruption in the post-war era labor movement.
America's HeartlandFriday | 7 p.m.
Reporter John Lobertini takes us to the rocky coast of Maine where lobster fishermen are facing new challenges as they harvest crustaceans from the Atlantic Ocean. Sarah Gardner discovers how Arkansas farmers are finding fish farming to be profitable-hundreds of miles from the ocean. And a special kind of oyster farming in Maryland's is helping clean up pollution in Chesapeake Bay.
Congratulations to WEIU News Watch!Winner of NATAS Mid-America Emmy for Best Newscast
The Mid-America Chapter is one of 19 regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The Mid-America Chapter was chartered in 1962 and began honoring outstanding achievement in this region with local Emmy awards in 1976. The Mid-America chapter includes the television markets primarily in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois and surrounding DMAs.
Each year, the chapter also recognizes outstanding work in the classroom by high school and college students. WEIU News Watch has been the recipient of a NATAS Mid-America Chapter student award consistently since 2009. This year's winning entry was a newscast produced on Feb. 28, 2014, and included several stories on a pending winter storm. The newscast was produced by Communication Studies major Margaret Langevin (senior).
Earth: The Inside StoryTuesday | 7 p.m.
Tracing the story of the ever-changing Earth, rewinding all the way back to its piecemeal beginnings four-and-a-half billion years ago and journeying through its sometimes tumultuous evolution to the present. Drawing on the latest scientific research, the film features the mighty geologic forces that built our planet from its sun-hot core to its life-sustaining atmosphere. It lends scientific perspective to a question often raised in light of recent news coverage of major earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and extreme weather: Is Earth undergoing a period of increased geological upheaval? Three years in the making and shot on every continent, the film includes spectacular footage of the world's geologic hot spots from Mongolia to Antarctica; state-of-the-art 3D graphics; and interviews with leading earth scientists.
Friday Music Block
8 p.m. - Live From the Artists Den
The National: The soaring, majestic Drill Hall in New York's historic Park Avenue Armory provided an awe-inspiring setting for the National's taping for “Live from the Artists Den.” The massive space, designed to resemble a classic European train station, hosted a special performance by the Brooklyn-based band, augmented by horns and a string sections. The blistering set featured the debut of numerous songs from the Brooklyn-based band's new album, “Trouble Will Find Me,” along with electrifying versions of such favorites as "Fake Empire," "Bloodbuzz Ohio," and "Terrible Love."
- Bloodbuzz Ohio
- Don’t Swallow The Cap
- Afraid Of Everyone
- Squalor Victoria
- This Is The Last Time
- I Need My Girl
- Sea Of Love
- Fake Empire
- Terrible Love
9 p.m. - Austin City Limits
Sarah Jarosz/Milk Carton Kids: ACL showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids. Multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones; the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay.
Sunday Lifestyle Programming Block
5 p.m. - Illinois Pioneers: Guy S. Little
Mark Leonard, former general manager of Illinois Public Media, sits down with Guy S. Little, Jr., founder of The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois. In 1957, Little spearheaded the creation of Broadway quality theatre in south central Illinois. Some of his star cast members include Kitty Carlisle, Betty Grable, Van Johnson, Leonard Nimoy, Peter Palmer, Barbara Rush, Mickey Rooney and many more. Little discusses his midwestern roots, professional education, his dream-come-true and the many friends he has made thanks to The Little Theatre on the Square.
5:30 p.m. - Burt Wolf: Travels and Traditions
Burt Wolf's Family Vacation: Each summer, Burt takes his wife, a selection of his sons and daughter-in-laws and grandchildren to Europe. This program takes an irreverent look at one of their itineraries which includes Prague - the capital of the Czech Republic and Leukerbad in Switzerland. Our editors think it is Burt's contribution to "Reality TV" - somewhere between "Survivor" and "Animal Planet".
6 p.m. - All-Star Orchestra
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"; Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Avanti! Inspired by American dreams and legends, Dvorak created some of his greatest works while living in the United States; above all, the "New World" Symphony. This program will investigate the multiple stories and influences - Native American, African-American, and Czech -that Dvorak transformed in his most forward-looking symphony. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Avanti! offers a contemporary interpretation of the American archetype of "moving on." Commentators will include author Joseph Horowitz, Dvorak expert Michael Beckerman and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
7 p.m. - Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Tampa
It's been 15 years since ANTIQUES ROADSHOW first visited Tampa, Florida. Tune in to see how the appraised values have stood up over time. Highlights include a fork from the Hindenburg; a costume jewelry hat from around 1950; and a Louis Comfort Tiffany lamp with a "Rose Helmut" shade, ca. 1905, whose value has more than doubled since we first saw it.
Beth Ridgeway - Charleston, IL
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Tami and Kaylee - Westfield, IL
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Andrea McKenna - Program Manager
When Did You Start at WEIU? June 2012
Favorite Show on WEIU-TV: Masterpiece Classic, such as Downton Abbey, Birdsong and Mr. Selfridge and Masterpiece Mystery such as Sherlock, Inspector Lewis and Wallender. The best of British television drama comes right to your TV without commercial interruption! What's not to like?
What have you learned while working at WEIU? Coming from a very different market in Texas, I've had to quickly learn about the community that WEIU serves, and I've become very fond of it. As I've gotten to know the staff at WEIU, I've learned how dedicated they are to bringing the kind of quality television that has relevance to the community, but still entertains and stimulates viewers — no easy feat in the age of 200 channels.
Why should someone become a member of WEIU? The question should be "Why wouldn't someone become a member of WEIU?" If you've ever enjoyed the wide range of programming WEIU provides; if your children or grandchildren have ever learned about letters or numbers or even social skills from the 11.5 hours of stimulating, non-violent and educational kids' programming WEIU provides each day; if you've been able to experience an opera or a Shakespearean play or a rock concert or a Broadway show that you wouldn't otherwise have had access to; if you've learned to knit or do woodworking or to cook by watching WEIU's programming, then why shouldn't you be a member of WEIU?
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