LIFE IS A BANQUET | SATURDAY, 7 P.M.
The Rosalind Russell Story: The star of Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, Gypsy, and scores of other memorable films and Broadway shows, Rosalind Russell came into her own during Hollywood's Golden Era and was paired with many of the luminaries of that time ... MORE >>
Life is a BanquetThe Rosalind Russell Story | Saturday, 7 p.m.
The star of Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, Gypsy, and scores of other memorable films and Broadway shows, Rosalind Russell came into her own during Hollywood's Golden Era and was paired with many of the luminaries of that time, including Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, and Kirk Douglas. Long an advocate for those with disabilities, late in life this unique and pioneering talent was struck with severe rheumatoid arthritis, which derailed her career. Thereafter, Russell championed the needs of millions also suffering from the disease.
Whether considered for her sophisticated comedy roles or dignity under duress, her humanity shines through. Narrated by Kathleen Turner, this insightful and warm profile comes on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of her breakthrough role as Sylvia Fowler in The Women (1939) and the recent 55th anniversary of her most famous role as Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958).
Al Capone: IconSunday | 8 p.m.
Al Capone — the quintessential self-made American man, ruthless killer or both? Just his name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence. To this day, Americans are fascinated by this celebrity gangster. The question is why?
Masterpiece: Mystery! - SherlockThe Great Game | Monday, 8 p.m.
Sherlock much solve perplexing and dangerous puzzles specifically laid out for him. Can he and Watson catch up to the villain before innocent people are harmed?
His Girl FridaySaturday | 8 p.m.
A newspaper editor (Cary Grant) uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife (Rosalind Russell) from remarrying.
Catalina: Hollywood's Magical IslandWednesday | 7 p.m.
Through the eye of film director, Greg Reitman, we get a first hand glimpse of The Magic Isle off the coast of California, Santa Catalina Island. While exploring historical, social, and environmental changes, the film captures the mystical splendors, natural beauty and romance of Catalina.
Using a mix of rare 16mm, archival film and old black and white stills, inter-cut with interviews of islanders, historians and celebrities; the viewer is taken on a journey during America's golden era. It begins with the acquisition of the Santa Catalina Island Company in 1919 led by William Wrigley, Jr. He set a course for Catalina's future in the world of art, sports, music and entertainment that was unmatched in US history even through present day. The film highlights stars of the Big Band Era, Marilyn Monroe, and the island's role as Hollywood's secret playground for the stars. The island even played a role in helping to elect a President. We witness the island's tragedy and heartache - deftly captured in the film with heartfelt interviews and a score that tugs at the emotions. Utilizing interviews with Jean-Michel Cousteau, heirs of the Wrigley family, residents and visitors of the island; we learn of William Wrigley, Jr's dream of preserving the island's natural beauty as well as providing a magical place for all to enjoy.
The film concludes with Art Good Jazz Trax, Fender's Catalina Island Blues Festival, and a visual kaleidoscope of modern day Catalina Island as an ecological paradise highlighting the revival of the island as a place of leisure and entertainment.
Classic GospelWomen of Homecoming, Part 2 | Saturday, 6 p.m.
Bill and Gloria Gaither host this power-packed music celebration featuring Christian music's most-loved female artists.
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).
Globe Trekker - PrimatesFriday | 7 p.m.
Our Trekkers visit the last strongholds of many rare and sometimes endangered species of primates. Justine heads to Thailand in search of the White-Handed Gibbon. Holly, Ian and Megan get up close and personal with the orangutan in Borneo and Sumatra, the chimpanzee in Tanzania and Zambia and the Mountain Gorilla in the remote mountains of Uganda. Ian glimpses the elusive Golden Bamboo Lemur on Madagascar, Eils Nevitt discovers the Black-Crowned Dwarf Marmoset - at six inches high, the world's second-smallest monkey - in the Amazon jungle, and Zay encounters two enormous and extremely rare apes in Africa: the Drill in Cameroon and the Mandrill, known as the world's largest monkey, in Gabon.
Friday Music Block
8 p.m. - Live From the Artists Den
Jason Mraz: Accompanied by the four members of LA folk-rock band Raining Jane, Jason Mraz revisits old favorites like "Hello, You Beautiful Thing" and "I Won't Give Up" and previews new material from his upcoming album YES!
9 p.m. - Austin City Limits
Portugal. The Man/Local Natives: ACL presents the best in contemporary indie rock with Portugal. The Man and Local Natives. Portugal. The Man performs tracks from its latest record Evil Friends, while Local Natives plays tunes from its LP Hummingbird.
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.
Dale von Behrens - Mattoon, IL
"For children’s education, you're tops! A family in this area that has children should definitely be a member of WEIU."
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Sam Jones - Ashmore, IL
"I support WEIU because I know that at any time, day or night we can tune in and we can count on good, quality entertainment and good wholesome programming made available to us. WEIU is what I consider to be a family friendly television station because I know that if my children or grandchildren are visiting and they enter the room where I'm watching TV, I don't have to worry about anything inappropriate being on my TV screen. I know that I can trust WEIU and I love that!"
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Jack Neal - General Manager
When Did You Start at WEIU? 2010
Favorite Show on WEIU-TV: This is a tough one! I'm a fan of everything we do both on the air as well as in the world of education. But truth be told, my favorites are locally produced programs. Heartland Highways gives me a chance to see some of the many amazing places in this wonderful area we call home. I've seen places on Heartland Highways that lifelong east central Illinois residents didn't know existed...and then made the short drive to see those places up close and personal myself. And I've learned so much about some of the most interesting people who are our neighbors.
Another of my top three would be Four Rivers Ag Report. Though I'm not a farmer, I live on a working farm and see the daily ag activity that drives our area. No matter what we do, we are a part of agriculture. And I find that fascinating. The things I've learned about our farm community as a result of Four Rivers are pretty amazing. And as much as Four Rivers Ag Report focuses on the farmers in our area, it does just as good a job of celebrating our rural lifestyle.
Last but not least is News Watch. There is nowhere else to find the kind of coverage News Watch provides our area. Even in a world of 24/7 online and cable/satellite news services, I find News Watch the only place to watch and learn what's happening in OUR community. It's unique.
What have you learned while working at WEIU? This could be a chapter in itself!In my case, I came to WEIU after working in public broadcasting for decades.I'd worked for many stations in many parts of the country. My fascination with WEIU was two-fold: The fact that WEIU is MORE than a PBS station, and the opportunity to live in this incredible community. Being a part of a non-commercial TV station that goes so far beyond programming what most PBS stations provide has allowed me to learn an amazing number of new things about our world. And being in the east central Illinois community has taught me just how special and unique this place is. I've learned that what may appear on the outside to be an unchanging environment becomes a wealth of different sights, sounds and experiences with the march of the seasons, the constantly varying weather and the beautiful lighting variations of each passing day.
Why should someone become a member of WEIU? WEIU is certainly not like most TV stations. We're obviously nothing like a commercial TV station which is funded by commercials based on the number of people watching each program. Yet, we're also different than most non-commercial TV stations, as well ... both in what we air and who we aim to serve. And that's important to me. As I've seen more of the media universe surround us with an array of programs, news, shopping channels and pretty much anything you could imagine, I still find WEIU the ONLY place where I can learn about MY neighbors and MY community. I know such a service is not going to be supported by other communities or by commercial sponsors. I frankly wouldn't expect it to be. So I find it important to support that service that serves me and the people who are my neighbors. It seems to be part of the American way of taking care of those things that are important to us. At least that's how I see it!
WEIU is very important to me and I hope to you, as well.
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-- Linda, Charleston
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