F.S. Keyand the Song That Built America | 8 p.m.
This program celebrates the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." Key, a constitutional lawyer, famously penned the lyrics following the 12-hour bombardment of Ft. McHenry in September 1814. Against a backdrop of history, and through the eyes of Key's loving wife Polly (played by Deborah Hazlett), the film highlights Key’s personal life, legal career and artistic development. The documentary covers Key's major cases (including the Aaron Burr conspiracy), his vehement opposition to the War of 1812, his enlistment in the militia, his participation in the ill-fated defense of Washington, D.C., and his penchant for poetry and art.
D-Day 360Thursday | 8 p.m.
D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On the day itself, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 soldiers onto the beaches. Once on the shore, the troops had to negotiate two million mines buried in the sand, 46,000 fearsome beach obstacles and hundreds of miles of barbed wire, while dodging the shells and bullets fired by 40,000 German defenders. This film takes advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape and allow viewers to switch effortlessly between the macro and the micro — pulling back for the big picture and zooming in to a close-up of a single soldier on the battlefield.
Illinois' SkiesTuesday | 7 p.m.
The prairie is not a land flat and unbecoming, but a land fruitful of possibilities. It is the foundation of our existence for many centuries to come. The prairie is the game board on which the skies above influence the land and the future of its people.
Illinois' Skies is a quarterly magazine that features stories about the skies and landscapes of Illinois, the Midwest, the Nation, and the world. You may not realize it, but this is the story about you, the resident of the Illinoisan landscape. Whether your family has been here for generations or you just moved from another region, your story was and continues to be shaped by the environment.
History Detectives Special InvestigationsThe Disappearance of Glenn Miller | Wednesday, 8 p.m.
One of the most celebrated, beloved entertainers of the wartime era takes off from England in heavy fog, heading to France to entertain troops. His plane vanishes. Glenn Miller’s disappearance is perhaps the biggest mystery and cold case of World War II.
This HISTORY DETECTIVES investigation contains a great deal of new information: Miller’s pilot was a rank novice who had never flown over the English Channel, never mind in appalling weather; documents from a Lancaster bomber pilot support another possible accounting of the plane’s disappearance; and a 17-year old plane spotter’s notebook — discovered in 2012 at a UK Antiques Roadshow — answers a question that has long baffled investigators: which route did Miller’s aircraft take? In addition, the German-speaking Miller was working for the U.S. Army’s Psychological Warfare Division, recording German language propaganda broadcasts and musical performances.
Good Morning Mission HillThe Freedom to Teach, The Freedom to Learn | Wednesday, 9 p.m.
Imagine a public school environment based on respecting every child and adult's limitless possibilities! Unlike most of their public school peers, Mission Hill teachers have control of their curriculum, and a say in just about every aspect of school life. At this Boston public school academics connect to experiences, empathy and exploration are valued, and children with diverse abilities and backgrounds flourish. There are no panaceas, but much can be achieved when teachers have the freedom to teach, plus the support to keep growing. Expect laughter, tears, singing and fresh baked bread.
Time ScannersEgyptian Pyramids | Wednesday, 7 p.m.
The team travels to Egypt to scan the pyramids — the tombs of the mighty pharaohs — to find out how the necropolis evolved from simple mud-brick structures to the most impressive buildings in the ancient world. They use their cutting-edge laser technology to scan Djoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Meidum’s collapsed pyramid, the mysterious Bent Pyramid at Dashur and the famous Great Pyramid at Giza.
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).
Cool Spaces!Libraries | Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA by OMA/REX (NYC); South Mountain Community Library, Phoenix, Arizona by Richard+Bauer (Phoenix); Hunt Library in Raleigh, NC by Snohetta (New York).
Friday Music Block
8 p.m. - Live From the Artists Den
The Wallflowers: It's been seven years since their last album, but the Wallflowers were back in full force during their performance at Bimbo's 365 Club, a Bay Area institution for more than 80 years. Surrounded by the club's Art Deco glamour and 600 invited guests, frontman Jakob Dylan led the Wallflowers through a riveting 18-song set, featuring new songs from their forthcoming album on Columbia Records and classics such as "One Headlight" and "6th Avenue Heartache."
9 p.m. - Austin City Limits
The Steve Miller Band/Preservation Hall Jazz Band: ACL presents great American music with the Steve Miller Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Miller performs classic blues tunes as well as his hits. The PHJB presents classic New Orleans jazz with special guests the Del McCoury Band and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
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.
Jon Roemer - Dakota, IL
"I actually came to Eastern looking for a degree in broadcasting or journalism of some sort. When I came through (Hit-Mix 88.9) on a student tour, they said you can get experience on-air. That's pretty cool."
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Frances Murphy - Charleston, IL
"I appreciate the partnership WEIU has had with child care providers in our area through Child Care Resource and Referral."
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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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Aaron Walk - How Mattoon Got Its Name
Wonder how Mattoon got its name? Storyteller Aaron Walk gives us the details.
Aaron would love for you to tune in to Mattoon: This is Our Story on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. We hope you'll join us!
Jennifer Day Tariq - Helen Douglas Hart Legacy
Jennifer Day Tariq tells us about the life and legacy of Helen Douglas-Hart. A life long adventurer Helen was the first woman pilot of Coles County and the first president of the Coles County Historical Society. Her lasting mark on the community can be seen everyday when you visit the Friendship Garden and her pride and joy, the Douglas-Hart Nature Center.
Jennifer would love for you to tune in to Mattoon: This is Our Story on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. We hope you'll join us!