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Programming Highlights | August 2021
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Butterfly on a Flower

No one comes close to the diversity of voices and perspectives that air every day on WTVP. August brings stories from the royal palaces of England, native nations in the Americas and nearby Rockford, plus explorations of pre-Civil War and post-9/11 America. And these highlights are just the beginning.

SECRETS OF ROYAL TRAVEL 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 7 PM 

From the earliest days of flight, the royal family has loved to fly in style. We lift the curtain on five-star regal luxury at 30,000 feet and tell the story of a royal love affair that shows no signs of abating.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 08/01/2021 @ 7 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/03/2021 @ 1:30 AM

 

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Princess Diana 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 7 PM 

Using a fresh and innovative combination of interview, archive and state-of-the-art graphics, In Their Own Words: Princess Diana offers a unique exploration of Diana's life through a contemporary lens that credits her choices, her suffering and her triumphs as the ultimate disrupter for a generation of women across the globe.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 08/08/2021 @ 7 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/10/2021 @ 1:30 AM

POV: MINDING THE GAP 
MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 9 PM 

First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their hometown of Rockford, Illinois. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately, that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 08/09/2021 @ 9 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 08/11/2021 @ 2:30 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 08/12/2021 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Wed, 08/25/2021 @ 11 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Wed, 08/25/2021 @ 6 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 08/26/2021 @ 7:30 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 08/28/2021 @ 11 AM
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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: THE WILLIAM STILL STORY 
MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 8 PM 

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story is the story of a humble Philadelphia clerk who risked his life shepherding runaway slaves to freedom in the tumultuous years leading up to America’s Civil War. William Still was the director of a complex network of abolitionists, sympathizers and safe houses that stretched from Philadelphia to what is now Southern Ontario.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 08/23/2021 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 08/26/2021 @ 1:30 AM

NATIVE AMERICA
FROM THE CAVES TO COSMOS 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 7 PM 

Combine ancient wisdom and modern science to answer a 15,000-year-old question: Who were the First Peoples in America? The answer hides in Amazonian cave paintings, Mexican burial chambers, New Mexico’s Chaco  Canyon and waves off California’s coast.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/24/2021 @ 7 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 08/25/2021 @ 12 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sat, 08/28/2021 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 08/30/2021 @ 4 AM
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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
The Big Burn 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 8 PM 

In the summer of 1910, hundreds of wildfires raged across the Northern Rockies. By the time it was all over, more than 3 million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead. It was the largest fire in American history.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/24/2021 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 08/25/2021 @ 12:30 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sat, 08/28/2021 @ 3 AM

 

LUCY WORSLEY'S ROYAL MYTHS AND SECRETS 
HENRY VIII’S REFORMATION 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 8 PM 

Lucy Worsley investigates the inside story of the English Reformation. Was Henry VIII's desire to divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn the real reason for England's split from Catholic Europe? Or was a secret political agenda at work behind the scenes?

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 08/29/2021 @ 7 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/31/2021 @ 2 AM
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POV
THE SONG OF THE BUTTERFLIES 
MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 9 PM

Rember Yahuarcani is an Indigenous painter from the White Heron clan of the Uitoto Nation in Peru. He left to pursue a successful career in Lima, but when he finds himself in a creative rut, he returns home to his Amazonian community of Pebas, visiting his father, a painter, and his mother, a sculptor, and discovers why the stories of his ancestors cannot be forgotten.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 08/30/2021 @ 9 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/31/2021 @ 1 AM

NATIVE AMERICA
NATURE TO NATIONS
TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 7 PM 

Explore the rise of great American nations, from monarchies to democracies. Investigate lost cities in Mexico, a temple in Peru, a potlatch ceremony in the Pacific Northwest and a tapestry of shell beads in upstate New York whose story inspired our own democracy.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/31/2021 @ 7 PM
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Generation 9/11 Promo

TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 8 PM on WTVP 47.1
Generation 9/11 introduces the youth born in the wake of the Twin Towers attacks. An estimated 108 unborn children lost their fathers in the attacks. The PBS International-distributed film follows this group of teenagers, weaving together various milestones in their lives, such as their first day of school, the first time the absence of their father was felt and how they learned about how their father died.

GENERATION 9/11
TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 8 PM 

Generation 9/11 introduces the youth born in the wake of the Twin Towers attacks. An estimated 108 unborn children lost their fathers in the attacks. The PBS International-distributed film follows this group of teenagers, weaving together various milestones in their lives, such as their first day of school, the first time the absence of their father was felt and how they learned about how their father died.

Airdates: 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 08/31/2021 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 09/10/2021 @ 8 PM