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Programming Highlights | May 2022
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You can always find the best documentaries and musical performances on WTVP. This month is no exception. In May, explore a historic California disaster, people-moving in San Francisco, mental health in America, the indigenous high school experience, babies in China, Cole Porter, Lionel Richie and much more.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
FLOOD IN THE DESERT
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 8 PM

Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history. A colossal engineering failure, the dam was built by William Mulholland to ensure the growth of Los Angeles by bringing water to the city via aqueduct.

 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 05/03/2022 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 05/04/2022 @ 12 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 05/07/2022 @ 1 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 05/07/2022 @ 9 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 05/07/2022 @ 3 PM

Trailer | Flood in the Desert

Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history.

MOVING SAN FRANCISCO
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 9 PM

From unique cable cars that conquered impossible hills to the current wave of ride-sharing companies and autonomous vehicles, San Francisco has been a constant laboratory for how to move people through an urban landscape. Moving San Francisco reveals eye-opening stories that connect the city's transit past to the challenges facing every modern city today.

 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 05/04/2022 @ 9 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 05/06/2022 @ 12 PM

INDEPENDENT LENS
WHEN CLAUDE GOT SHOT
MONDAY, MAY 9, 9 PM

In Milwaukee, a 15-year-old attempted to carjack law student Claude Motley and shot him in the face. Through multiple surgeries and catastrophic healthcare bills, the effects of gun violence upend Claude's life. Yet he still finds himself torn between punishment for the young man and the injustice of mass incarceration for Black men and boys. Can he find mercy in his heart for his attacker?

 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 05/09/2022 @ 9 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 05/11/2022 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 05/15/2022 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Wed, 05/11/2022 @ 7:30 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 05/12/2022 @ 12:30 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 05/12/2022 @ 8:30 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 05/14/2022 @ 11 AM

Trailer | When Claude Got Shot

After being shot in the face, a law student is torn by the effects of gun violence.

GREAT PERFORMANCES
ANYTHING GOES
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 8 PM

Enjoy this London production of Cole Porter's classic musical led by Sutton Foster who reprises her Tony-winning role as Reno Sweeney. It is directed by Kathleen Marshall with favorite songs like I Get a Kick Out of You and You're the Top.

 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 05/13/2022 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sat, 05/14/2022 @ 12:30 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 05/16/2022 @ 2 AM

INDEPENDENT LENS
SCENES FROM THE GLITTERING WORLD
MONDAY, MAY 16, 9 PM

Three Indigenous students experience the highs and lows of adolescence while attending one of the most remote high schools in the United States. Living in the uniquely beautiful but isolated Diné community within the Navajo Nation reservation, they navigate life as teenagers and dream of a glittering future.

 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 05/16/2022 @ 9 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 05/17/2022 @ 1 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 05/22/2022 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Wed, 05/18/2022 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 05/19/2022 @ 1 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 05/19/2022 @ 9 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 05/21/2022 @ 11 AM

Trailer | Scenes From the Glittering World

Indigenous teens going to a remote school on Navajo Nation reservation plan their futures.

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Salutes Lionel Richie

This May, The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song salutes Lionel Richie.

LIONEL RICHIE: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 8 PM

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song salutes musician Lionel Richie. Richie is an Alabama-born songwriter with a smooth voice and a deft touch for the romantic ballad. Lionel Richie's outstanding work has shown us that music can bring us together. Even when we face problems and disagree on issues, songs can show us what we have in common.

 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 05/17/2022 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 05/18/2022 @ 12:30 AM

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
ONE CHILD NATION
MONDAY, MAY 23, 9 PM

After the birth of her first child, filmmaker Nanfu Wang returns to China to speak with her family and explore the ripple effect of that country's devastating social experiment, the one-child policy. At its core, One Child Nation is a riveting personal story revealing shocking human rights violations and forces us all to reckon with the consequence of blind obedience.

 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 05/23/2022 @ 9 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 05/25/2022 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 05/29/2022 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Wed, 05/25/2022 @ 7:30 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 05/26/2022 @ 12:30 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 05/26/2022 @ 8:30 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 05/28/2022 @ 11 AM

One Child Nation - Trailer

Filmmaker Nanfu Wang explores the devastating impacts of China’s one-child policy.

Trailer | Bedlam

The stories of people with mental illness are explored with immediacy and urgency.

INDEPENDENT LENS
BEDLAM
MONDAY, MAY 30, 9 PM

Shot over five years, Bedlam examines the mental health crisis through intimate stories of those in and out of overwhelmed and under-resourced psych emergency rooms, jails and homeless camps in Los Angeles. Psychiatrist and filmmaker Dr. Ken Rosenberg continues to search for answers to his own late sister's mental illness.

 

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 05/30/2022 @ 9 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 05/31/2022 @ 1:30 AM