Lords of NatureLife in a Land of Great Predators | Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs - could their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and cougar? Narrated by Peter Coyote, this documentary goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. Wolves and cougars, once driven to the edge of existence, are finding their way back -- from the Yellowstone plateau to the canyons of Zion, from the farm country of northern Minnesota to the rugged open range of the West. LORDS OF NATURE: Life in a Land of Great Predators tells the story of science now discovering the great carnivores as revitalizing forces of nature, and a society now learning tolerance for the beasts they had once banished.
Michael Wood's Story of EnglandPeasants' Revolt and the Black Death | Monday, 7 p.m.
Charts events in the village leading to the people's involvement in the Civil War of Simon de Montfort and follow the story of Kibworth as it reaches the catastrophic 14th century. The village goes through the worst famine in European history, and then, as revealed in the astonishing village archive in Merton College Oxford, two-thirds of the people die in the Black Death. Helped by today's residents - field walking and reading the historical texts - and by the local schoolchildren digging archaeological test pits, Michael Wood follows stories of individual lives through these times, out of which the English idea of community and the English character begin to emerge..
Masterpiece: Mystery! - Endeavour, Season 2Nocturne | Monday, 8 p.m.
When an elderly man is murdered with a ceremonial dagger, Morse’s investigation leads him to an isolated and dreary school for girls. Digging into the school building’s disturbing history, he learns of a series of murders that took place almost 100 years before to the day. As the centenary approaches, Morse races to prevent the ghosts of the past from crashing into the present.
Olmsted and America's Urban ParksSunday | 8 p.m.
151 years after Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) designed New York City's Central Park with Calvert Vaux, it remains an undisputed haven of tranquility amid one of the largest, tallest and most unnatural places in the world. OLMSTED AND AMERICA'S URBAN PARKS, narrated by actress Kerry Washington, examines the visionary urban planner and landscape architect's impact on the development of America's first great city parks in the late 19th century.
With incredible foresight, Olmsted brought nourishing green spaces to New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Louisville and dozens of other U.S. cities. Throughout his working life, Olmsted and his firm carried out more than 500 commissions, including nearly 100 public parks. He believed parks should serve as vital democratic spaces, where citizens from all walks of life could converge and feel restored. Prior to officially committing to landscape architecture, Olmsted worked as a New York Times correspondent to the Confederate states, the manager of a California gold mine and General Secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission during the Civil War. Olmsted, a workaholic by today's standards, devoted the latter half of his life to creating green spaces for overworked city dwellers.
Told in large part through Olmsted's own words (voiced by Oscar winning actor Kevin Kline), this film weaves together his poignant personal story and pioneering vision with contemporary footage of the lasting masterpieces he left behind.
NATUREFabulous Frogs | Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Join Sir David Attenborough on his journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs, shedding new light on these charismatic, colorful and frequently bizarre little animals through firsthand stories, the latest science and cutting-edge technology. Frogs from around the world are used to demonstrate the wide variety of frog anatomy, appearance and behavior. Their amazing adaptations and survival techniques have made them the most successful of all amphibians.
Classic GospelGaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase | Saturday, 6 p.m.
"The Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound...Together" features two great quartets celebrating one great God through songs that, according to Bill Gaither, "are best sung together." Enjoy the harmony of these eight men as they lift up their voices and their lives in a truly remarkable evening of celebration, worship, joy and camaraderie.
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).
All-Star OrchestraWhat Makes A Masterpiece? | Sunday, 6 p.m.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Philip Glass: Harmonium Mountain. This program will be an exploration of the creative process, tracing the genesis of Beethoven's iconic symphony and the development of a new work by a modern master. Interactive features will show how short rhythmic and melodic motives evolve into vast symphonic organisms. Interviews will include leading Beethoven scholars and the All-Star musicians.
Friday Music Block
8 p.m. - Live From the Artists Den
The Killers: The Killers played an unforgettable show in New York City at the magnificent Chinatown landmark Capitale, designed in the 19th Century by influential architect Stanford White as the home of the Bowery Savings Bank. The Las Vegas-based band drew on material from across their multi-platinum catalogue, including such smash hits as “Mr. Brightside” and "Human.”
- Miss Atomic Bomb
- A Dustland Fairytale
- Mr. Brightside
- All These Things That I've Done
- Flesh And Bone
- Vegas Documentary feat. Runaways
- Two Door Cinema Club Spotlight feat. Sleep Alone and What You Know
9 p.m. - Austin City Limits
Queens of the Stone Age: Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP ... Like Clockwork.
Sunday Lifestyle Programming Block
5 p.m. - Illinois Pioneers: Dannel McCollum
The former Champaign mayor talks about how his family’s involvement in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case affected him as a child, reflects on his years teaching school, and relates behind-the-scenes stories about the city’s Boneyard Creek and Virginia Theatre projects.
5:30 p.m. - Burt Wolf: Travels and Traditions
Luzern for Fun and Profit: For a while, Burt lived in the Swiss city of Lucerne. He describes it as "Home on the Range", but the range he had in mind is the Alpine Mountain Range of central Europe. The city sits at the end of a great lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains. It is one of the most beautiful settings in Europe with an amazing number of cultural attractions including the Rosengart Museum with its outstanding collection of works by Picasso.
6 p.m. - Pinot Noir: The Holy Grail of Wine
A true story of adversity, struggle and love between the toughest grape- Pinot Noir, and people whose passion for Pinot Noir would stop at nothing in pursuit of her beauty. The film is based around the story of John Saemann, an inexperienced wannabe vintner, who, taunted by his addiction to Pinot Noir's mysterious allure, is drawn to the magic of Sonoma Mountain, where he pursues his own vision of the Holy Grail of wine. What John is unaware of is that he is about to encounter years of trials and tribulations in the vineyard and in the winery. He takes the challenge of centuries as many have to try the impossible and invests his soul and passion hoping his vineyard can leave a legacy in the world of fine Pinot Noir.
7 p.m. - Antiques Roadshow: Richmond, Hour 2
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW stops in Virginia's capital city, where host Mark L. Walberg attempts to stump appraiser Sebastian Clarke on Federal-era materials at the Wilton House Museum. Highlights include a 1765 Thomas Pitts silver epergne that was previously used to hold flowers instead of desserts and is now valued at $15,000 to $50,000; a Leveille-Rousseau perfume bottle, ca. 1890, bought at a Virginia flea market for around $20 and now appraised at between $6,000 and $8,000; and a Tiffany & Co. brooch, ca. 1937, found in the spare-button envelope of a dry cleaning business and valued at $65,000.
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Jana Johnson - Membership Manager
When Did You Start at WEIU? August 2006
What Does WEIU Mean to You? Local and national family-friendly radio and television.
Favorite Show on WEIU-TV: Hands down ... Heartland Highways! From the first time I watched, I was hooked; it takes me places in Illinois that I never knew existed. FYI: The hosts of HH (Lori Casey and Kate Pleasant) are as nice in person as they are on the show!
What have you learned while working at WEIU? That local is so important! WEIU has the opportunity to inform and involve the people who live in and around Central Illinois. The staff at WEIU take our jobs very seriously and we believe in communication with our viewers.
Why should someone become a member of WEIU? This is an easy question. If you value family friendly television and radio, then you should be honored to support your local television station. Where else can you have such amazing programming? Turn to WEIU-TV to enjoy educational children's programming, travel around the world and discover music, dance, food and entertainment. In addition to that, tune in to stay informed on what's going on around our community with a LIVE news broadcast Monday-Friday at 5:30 p.m., and watch our local programs such as Heartland Highways, The Paw Report, Four Rivers Ag Report, Being Well, @ Issue, and Hobbies, Crafts and Collectibles. The WEIU radio station is Hit-Mix 88.9. Most days there is LIVE on-air talent from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Hit-Mix plays the widest variety of the biggest and best artists, and they play a little bit of country as well!
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