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Membership Drive | August 2021
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Membership Drive - August 2021

It's that time! Our August Membership Drive is an opportunity for viewers to join WTVP as a member, renew their existing membership or become a sustaining member.  Support from viewers like you helps us provide programming, produce local content and plan events all year long. 

What is a Membership Drive?

  • A WTVP|PBS membership drive is an on-air fundraising effort that helps raise necessary funds to produce PBS’s high-quality programming and content.
  • When you donate to your local PBS station, you prove that WTVP|PBS viewers have a unique relationship in deciding and appreciating WTVP's quality programming.
  • Regularly scheduled PBS programming is often interrupted for fundraising appeals, or for special pledge programming.

Membership Drive Schedule for WTVP | August 12 - 29 

  • To view all programming on our five channels and pledge programming please visit our  TV Schedule.
  • Programming subject to change.

 Featured Specials

KEN BURNS' THE CIVIL WAR 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 8:30 PM 

Celebrate the 31st anniversary of the landmark series with this in-depth overview of the iconic documentary. See video clips and interviews with Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires and others.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 08/12/2021 @ 8:30 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sat, 08/14/2021 @ 2 AM

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL: BETWEEN THE PAGES
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 6:30 PM 

All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece was the feel-good hit series of the winter, generating both large audiences and terrific reviews. All Creatures Great and Small: Between the Pages brings viewers behind-the-scenes and between-the-pages of the hit series to experience all the drama, humor and joy that preserves the rich spirit, tone and values of Herriot’s iconic characters and novels. The program captures the best moments from the series, and interviews with the cast and creators offer their insights and reflections on this timeless, life-affirming story. There's even a look ahead to Season 2.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 08/15/2021 @ 6:30 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/17/2021 @ 3:30 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 08/19/2021 @ 8:30 PM

RICK STEVES' TRAVEL AS A POLITICAL ACT 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 11:30 PM 

Rick Steves believes there's more to travel than good food and fun in the sun. Travelers who travel as a political act can have the time of their lives and come home smarter, with a better understanding of today's world. In his inspirational lecture, Rick explains how when we venture thoughtfully out of our comfort zone, we gain an empathy for the other 96 percent of humanity and come home with the greatest of all souvenirs: a broader perspective.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 08/15/2021 @ 11:30 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 08/16/2021 @ 11:30 AM

 

CHICAGO BY L WITH GEOFFREY BAER 
MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 8:30 PM 

Nothing says Chicago like the rumble of an ‘L’ train overhead. Featured in countless movies and television shows, the ‘L’ is recognized worldwide as an iconic part of Chicago’s landscape and an easy, affordable ticket to explore Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Ride along with host Geoffrey Baer on the spectrum of the CTA’s color-coded lines — Red, Blue, Green, Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple and Yellow — to meet local people and hear the real stories of Chicago’s neighborhoods. Explore Chicago’s immigrant communities, architectural and historic treasures, and colorful murals and public art in stations along the lines.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 08/16/2021 @ 8:30 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 08/18/2021 @ 12 AM

TOWER OF POWER: 
50 YEARS OF FUNK AND SOUL 
MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 11:30 PM 

Tower of Power has been delivering their unique brand of soul music to fans since 1968. This all-new performance from the Fox Theater in Oakland, California showcases Tower of Power’s soul-funk-R&B sound with songs like Hangin’ With My Baby, After Hours, Stop, Do It With Soul, What Is Hip? and more.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 08/16/2021 @ 11:30 PM

KEN BURNS: HEMINGWAY 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 7 PM

Ken Burns: Hemingway celebrates the critically acclaimed documentary series about the iconic literary figure from filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. This in-depth and moving program features exclusive interviews with Burns, Novick, writer Geoffrey Ward and others who helped bring together the powerful and informative six-hour series. Featuring heart-wrenching and revealing moments from the series, Ken Burns: Hemingway provides insights into the heroic personality of the author and his literary achievements.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 08/16/2021 @ 11:30 PM

DOLLY PARTON: I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 9 PM

Celebrate the beloved singer-songwriter’s career from her early days to her success as a crossover pop superstar. Performances include Coat of Many Colors, Here You Come Again, Islands In the Stream (with Kenny Rogers) and 9 To 5.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/17/2021 @ 9 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 08/19/2021 @ 2:30 AM

DESERT DREAMS
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 10 PM

The Sonoran Desert is alive with beauty, and this stunning film captures the changes over the seasons with views of its remarkable plants and animals.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 08/18/2021 @ 10:00 PM

 

LIZA WITH A Z 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 7:30 PM

One of the first concert films made for television, Liza with a Z (1972), starred Liza Minnelli and was produced by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Liza with a Z is not simply a case of putting cameras in front of an existing concert. Liza and her team rehearsed at a Broadway theatre for eight weeks, and the special was shot on film instead of video, a rarity for TV at that time. Marvin Hamlisch was the music conductor and Halston, a friend of Liza Minnelli’s, designed the costumes.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 08/20/2021 @ 9 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 08/22/2021 @ 12:30 AM

I MISS DOWNTON ABBEY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 8:30 PM

Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations of the most successful British drama ever. Allen Leech (Branson) hosts.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 08/22/2021 @ 8:30 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/24/2021 @ 12 AM

 Specials | Full Schedule

  • Programming is subject to change.  

Thursday, August 12

8:30 PM - Ken Burns: The Civil War

Saturday, August 14

2:00 AM - Ken Burns: The Civil War
4:00 AM - Aging Backwards 2 with Miranda Esmonde-White 
9:00 AM - Overcoming Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Grief with Daniel Amen MD 
11:00 AM - Let's Talk Menopause
1:30 PM - Brain Revolution 
3:30 PM - Energy Paradox with Steven Gundry, MD 
5:30 PM - Lawrence Welk – Milestones & Memories 
8:30 PM - John Fogerty: My 50 Year Trip
10:30 PM - Bluegrass Now!

Sunday, August 15
12:00 AM - Lawrence Welk – Milestones & Memories
3:00 AM -  Brain Revolution 
11:30 AM - Discovering Your Warrior Spirit with DJ Vanas
1:30 PM - Longevity Paradox with Steven Gundry 
3:30 PM - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – Uncovering America 
5:00 PM - Iconic Women of Country 
6:30 PM - All Creatures Great and Small: Between the Pages 
8:00 PM - Unforgotten Season 4 – Episode 6 
9:00 PM - Professor T - Episode #106
10:00 PM - Carole King & James Taylor Live at the Troubadour 
11:30 PM - Rick Steves’ Travel As A Political Act

Monday, August 16 

3:00 AM - Overcoming Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Grief with Daniel Amen MD 
11:30 AM - Rick Steves’ Travel As A Political Act
7:00 PM - Daniel O’Donnell and Special Guests
8:30 PM - Chicago By L with Geoffrey Baer 

Tuesday, August 17

1:00 AM - Unforgotten Season 4 – Episode 6 
2:00 AM - Professor T – 106
3:00 AM - Rick Steves Island Hopping Europe 
3:30 AM - All Creatures Great and Small: Between the Pages 
12:00 PM - Iconic Women of Country 
1:30 PM - Aging Backwards 2 with Miranda Esmonde-White 
7:00 PM - Ken Burns: Hemingway 
9:00 PM - Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You 
10:30 PM - ABBA Forever – A Celebration

Wednesday, August 18

12:00 AM - Chicago By L with Geoffrey Baer 
3:00 AM - Daniel O’Donnell and Special Guests
4:30 AM - George Perris: Live at the Acropolis 
12:00 PM - Transformational Power of Yoga 
7:00 PM - Nature: Pandas Born to Be Wild 
8:30 PM - NOVA: Dog Tales 
10:00 PM - Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Season in the Sonoran Desert
11:30 PM - Avett Brothers at Red Rocks 

Thursday, August 19
1:00 AM - Ken Burns: Hemingway
2:30 AM - Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You 
4:00 AM - Aging Backwards 3 with Miranda Esmonde-White 
12:00 PM - NOVA: Dog Tales 
7:00 PM - New Peorians – The Irish 
7:45 PM - New Peorians – The Germans  
8:30 PM - All Creatures Great and Small: Between the Pages 
10:00 PM - Country Music: Live at the Ryman 

Friday, August 20 
12:00 AM - Nature: Pandas Born to Be Wild 
1:30 AM - NOVA: Dog Tales 
3:00 AM - ABBA Forever – A Celebration 
4:30 AM - Rick Steves' Festive Europe
12:00 PM - Nature: Pandas Born to Be Wild 
1:30 PM - Aging Backwards 3 with Miranda Esmonde-White 
7:30 PM - Sinatra In Concert at Royal Festival Hall 
9:00 PM - Liza with a Z 
11:00 PM - Bee Gees One Night Only 

 




 

 

Saturday, August 21

12:30 AM - New Peorians – The Irish 
1:15 AM - New Peorians – The Germans 
2:00 AM - Johnny Cash: A Concert Behind Prison Walls 
3:00 AM - Country Music: Live at the Ryman 
10:30 AM - Steps to Pain-Free Living 
1:30 PM - Eat Your Medicine: The Pegan Diet with Mark Hyman, MD 
3:30 PM - Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive
5:30 PM - Great Performances – Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 
7:30 PM - John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music) 
9:30 PM - Dear Jerry Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia 
11:00 PM - Mary Chapin Carpenter: One Night Lonely 

Sunday, August 22

12:30 AM - Liza with a Z 
2:00 AM - Sinatra In Concert at Royal Festival Hall 
3:30 AM - Bee Gees One Night Only 
11:30 AM - Ancient Remedies 
1:30 PM - Ken Burns: Hemingway 
3:30 PM - Peoria’s Playground: A History of the Peoria Park District 
4:15 PM - New Peorians – The Lebanese 
5:30 PM - NOVA: Dog Tales 
7:00 PM - Salute to Budapest and Vienna
8:30 PM - I Miss Downton Abbey! 
10:30 PM - Zoltan Maga: Live from Budapest with David Foster 

Monday, August 23

12:00 AM - Great Performances – Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age
2:00 AM - John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music) 
4:00 AM - Transformational Power of Yoga 
8:00 PM - Underground Railroad: The William Still Story 
9:30 PM - Sam Cooke: Legend 

Tuesday, August 24

12:00 AM - I Miss Downton Abbey! 
2:00 AM - Salute to Budapest and Vienna
3:30 AM - Zoltan Maga: Live from Budapest with David Foster 
10:30 PM - Johnny Cash: A Concert Behind Prison Walls 

Wednesday, August 25

7:00 PM - Nature: Octopus, Making Contact 
8:30 PM - Colorado
10:00 PM - Il Volo: Ten Years 

Thursday, August 26

1:30 AM - Underground Railroad: The William Still Story 
3:00 AM - Sam Cooke: Legend 
4:30 AM - Rick Steves' Island Hopping Europe 

Friday, August 27
12:00 AM - Nature: Octopus, Making Contact 
1:30 AM - Colorado
3:00 AM - Il Volo: Ten Years 

Sunday, August 29

8:00 PM - Wicked in Concert

Monday, August 30

12:00 AM - Wicked in Concert

Tuesday, August 31

3:00 AM - Wicked in Concert

Thank you for your Support!