Rock, Pop and Doo WopMy Music | Friday, 7 p.m.
Rock and pop legends Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (formerly of Sha Na Na) and Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) bring back the best songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s rock, pop and doo wop era in this MY MUSIC concert event. The special, recorded in May 2010, includes live performances and rare, never before available archival classics from the Dick Clark vaults.
American MastersJohnny Carson - King of Late Night | Thursday, 7 p.m.
Explore the life and career of "The Tonight Show" host — seen by more people than anyone else in U.S. history — through unprecedented access to Carson’s personal and professional archives, including all existing episodes of "The Tonight Show" from 1962-1992. Interviews with family, colleagues and performers who appeared, began or were influenced by "The Tonight Show" illuminate his story: David Letterman, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Angie Dickinson, David Steinberg, Don Rickles, Carl Reiner, Doc Severinsen and others. Kevin Spacey narrates.
American MastersCarol Burnett - A Woman of Character | Wednesday, 7 p.m.
America in the 1960s and 70s was in turmoil. The civil rights struggle, the war in Vietnam and the sexual revolution defined a nation in conflict. But at 10 o’clock every Saturday night, in dorms and dens, in living rooms and bedrooms across the country, Americans watched “The Carol Burnett Show.”
For 11 years, the wacky performer yelled like Tarzan and won — and sometimes broke — our hearts with her edgy, always sympathetic, characters. She could fall down a flight of stairs or hold her own in a duet with Julie Andrews. Yet, as with so many brilliant comedians, hers was a difficult childhood. A glimpse of something deeper and darker began to emerge in the dramatic career that followed her TV variety show.
Friday Travel Programming Block
7 p.m. - America's Heartland
Head for Arizona's bad lands on an unusual sheep drive. Test your haircutting abilities at a Tennessee sheep shearing school. Travel to Nevada where wooly white animals help prevent wildfires.
7:30 p.m. - Artland Highways
Don’t miss a special presentation of Heartland Highways -- or rather Artland Highways -- here on WEIU. This inspirational 90-minute program highlights the talents of people living right here in the heartland.
Art comes in many forms and canvases -- including wood, glass, metal, the digital realm and beyond -- and you’ll see it all unfold in this program. Meet the artists and hear their stories of inspiration and passion for what they do. Every mile is an artventure, so don’t miss Artland Highways!
8 p.m. - Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope
A San Antonio Christmas - San Antonio is a festival town and Christmas is a most festive time of year. Joseph joins the locals and visitors to celebrate the season along San Antonio's famous river walk surrounded by songs, decorations and plenty of holiday cheer.
Yet San Antonio is more than the River Walk, and Christmas in San Antonio means more than twinkling lights. In San Antonio, faith is real and "Feliz Navidad" is heard more often than "Merry Christmas." So, Joseph explores the city's spiritual roots at festive events like Mission San Jose's Mirachi Mass, as well as Christmas and Chanukah events held at the historic La Villita in the Arneson River Theater. The real meaning of Christmas is most evident when he gathers with San Antonio families in their homes to honor their heritage and practice their customs in traditional ceremonies such as the Tamalada - holiday tamale making - and in the city's San Fernando Cathedral at the midnight Serenada for the Virgin of Guadalupe.
8:30 p.m. - Rick Steves' Europe
Paris: Embracing Life and Art - In this second of two episodes on Europe's "City of Light," we ride a unicorn into the Middle Ages at the Cluny Museum, take a midnight Paris joyride in a classic car, get an extremely close-up look at heavenly stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle, go on a tombstone pilgrimage at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and savor the Parisian cafe scene. Few cites are so confident in their expertise in good living-and as travelers, we get to share in that uniquely Parisian joie de vivre.
9 p.m. - Globe Trekker
Food Hour: Southern China - Celebrated New Zealand chef Peter Gordon discovers the roots of Cantonese cuisine. Peter's journey takes him north to Lianzhou, the mountain home of the Yao tribe, where he cooks succulent spiced pork. Next he walks the rice fields of the Pearl River Delta, meets traditional medical doctors in Foshan, cooks up a strength-giving feast for dragon boat racing crews in Guangzhou, shops in the fabled market of Qingping, samples street fare in Chaozhou, visits the tea mountains near An'xi, stops in the glittering city of Xiamen and ends his journey in Daya Bay for simple soul food.
Wages of SpinDick Clark, American Bandstand and the Payola Scandals | Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.
A fascinating, multi-dimensional and provocative account of the evolution of the Philadelphia music scene between 1952 and 1962, the evolution of American Bandstand, and the creation of one of the industry's true moguls, Dick Clark. Pulling no punches, the documentary takes on the highly-controversial subject of the payola scandals of the time period and Clark's testimony before Congress. Performers interviewed include Chubby Checker, Connie Francis, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Len Barry, Charlie Gracie, members of The Beach Boys, Danny & the Juniors and many others.
Downton Abbey - Season 3 MarathonNew Year's Eve | Begins at 2 p.m.
WEIU begins airing the all new fourth season of Downton Abbey on Jan. 13, but before that exciting day we're giving you the opportunity to catch up or refresh your memory on everything that happened in Season 3!
Beginning at 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve, we'll air all six episodes of Season 3 in a row -- a grand total of seven straight hours of this international hit series!
2 p.m. - Season 3, Part 1 (More Info)
5 p.m. - Season 3, Part 3 (More Info)
6 p.m. - Season 3, Part 4 (More Info)
7 p.m. - Season 3, Part 5 (More Info)
8 p.m. - Season 3, Part 6 (More Info)
EIU Fall CommencementGet Your DVD Copies!
Maybe you missed out on seeing your favorite Eastern Illinois University graduate receive his/her diploma at this year's Fall Commencement ceremony, or perhaps you'd just like to have video of this momentous occasion to relive over the years. Either way, WEIU has you covered!
If you would like to purchase DVD copies of the commencement proceedings, visit our online store for pricing and ordering information!
Christmas on the DanubeSaturday | 9:30 p.m.
The Danube. The flowing river that passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture. With the riches of the Hapsburg Empire and the Holy Roman Empire of Germanic Nations, the cities and towns along the Danube became architectural beauties and inspired artists, writers and musicians. Castles, abbeys and cathedrals rose from the medieval times. Music of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss filled the streets and concert halls. The cities of the Danube are particularly spectacular at Christmas. With their Christmas markets filled with local crafts and food, and holiday lights and activities, a visit to the cities along the Danube at Christmas are a magical experience. As we travel along the Danube, from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, we see magnificent cities, learn of their histories, see their major sights, and visit their Christmas Markets. As we watch, we listen to the classical music created for the season. A truly marvelous Christmas treat!
Our Danube journey starts in Passau, with lovely buildings constructed along the Danube and a commanding cathedral in front of which we find its charming Christmas Market. Here we visit the Simon bakery to see how the traditional gingerbread is made. Next we visit the magical town of Salzburg at the base of the alps on a snowy day, and enjoy the many Christmas activities there. We also visit the commemorative site of the church where the most famous of Christmas carols, Silent Night, was composed and first performed on Christmas Eve. Then off to fabulous Vienna, brightly lit for the holidays and with its many Christmas Markets, including the Christmas Market that sits in front of its Gothic Town Hall, decorated as an advent calendar. We complete the Austrian portion of or trip with a visit to a lovely abbey situated right on the Danube river. We make a stop at Bratislava, one of eight country capitals located right on the Danube river, and see a country reclaiming its culture. A finally, the impressive Budapest, revealing its magnificence as we approach from a bend in the river and view its imposing Parlimanet building. Budapest is filled with history and a folk-filled Christmas Market.
Secrets From the Love Doctorwith Dr. Terri Orbuch | Friday, 8:30 p.m.
For over two decades, Dr. Terri Orbuch – also known as “The Love Doctor®” – has followed hundreds of couples as part of an ongoing, landmark study funded by the National Institutes of Health. In a new special, “Secrets From the Love Doctor,” Dr. Terri Orbuch will reveal the secrets that she uncovered during her groundbreaking research. Whether you’ve been together 5, 10 or 50 years, these secrets will help you transform your relationship into a partnership that feels exciting, passionate and really HAPPY!
One of America’s most trusted relationship experts, Dr. Orbuch is a marriage and family therapist, professor at Oakland University, and has studied the relationships of thousands of people – including Metro Detroiters – for over 25 years. She has published more than 40 articles, written five books, and been quoted by publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Reader’s Digest. Unlike other relationship experts you’ve seen on TV, Dr. Orbuch blends her years of experience as a therapist with practical advice that is based on her own scientific research. In the new special, Dr. Orbuch translates science into accessible and simple strategies for improving and enhancing your relationship – at every stage!
Sunday Lifestyle Programming Block
5 p.m. - Growing Bolder: Gospel of God
From Broadway to Busts - Lawrence Holofcener wrote for Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows," Sammy Davis Jr. and Merv Griffin. After becoming one of the top songwriters around, he decided to walk away and take another risk -- he wanted to be an actor. Not only did he become an actor, he made his debut on Broadway in "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off." He even went on to star in "Hello, Dolly!" with Carol Channing and in "Fiddler on the Roof." Now, at the age of 85, he's a respected painter and sculptor. One of his most famous pieces is a tourist destination in London. He's used two simple words to guide him through his amazing life: why not?
Gospel of Good - With the daily news filled with stories of unethical businessmen and out-of-control corporate greed, we're happy to shine the light on a Fortune 500 company and a retired CEO who are proving that giving back is the best way to move forward.
The Most Vibrant 107-Year-Old in the World - At 107, Wilhelmina Hoorn raises the bar of what's possible to a whole new level! Come celebrate her birthday with a woman who has lived around the world and seen great hardships and great joy. Plus, her birthday is made even more special by the fact that she gets to celebrate it with five generations of her family, including her three feisty daughters -- all in their 80s themselves.
5:30 p.m. - My Generation: A Mission to Remember
Maria Shriver makes it her mission to help Alzheimer's patients and caregivers. One man climbs seven summits to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research. How music therapy can help reduce the ravages of Alzheimer's. Can speed reading exercise your brain and boost your defense against Alzheimer's?
6 p.m. - Chef's Life: Collard Green Queen
Vivian spends the morning with her neighbors, the Mills brothers, participating in their 100-year-old all-male family tradition of making collard kraut. Vivian visits Warren at Brother's farm to talk about the Eastern Carolina ingredient with a cult following, the cabbage collard. Vivian prepares for an event called Terra Vita, where she will serve three courses to 100 people and make collards the star they deserve to be.
6:30 p.m. - The Mind of a Chef: Curry
How did curry become so popular in England? When colonial occupiers returned to England, they brought back an appetite for fiery Indian cuisine. Ultimately, this craving resulted in the mass production of the pulverized spice blend known as curry powder. British curries caught on, with chicken tikka masala, which combines grilled, marinated chicken cubes with a hearty tomato-cream sauce, becoming England's national dish. In this episode, April explores the originals and her homeland's versions of this historic cuisine. Legendary cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey takes April to her favorite curry spot in New York City, then cooks. In London, April hangs with her chef friend Stevie Perle and makes and eats English and Pakistani curries. Harold McGee breaks down the magic of curry.
7 p.m. - Antiques Roadshow: Politically Correct
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW throws its hat in the ring with this special edition, a salute to the presidential election and the keepsakes of political battles long past.
Beth Ridgeway - Charleston, IL
"If we don’t support PBS it will go away and it won’t be there for our children or grandchildren and they won’t have the opportunity to learn the things that we did…and we can’t have that!"
WEIU membership is important to Beth, and you can also be a proud member!
Bill Boaz - Charleston, IL
"I try to seek out something that I would support ... it wouldn’t be a problem for me to sit and watch the Gaithers for an hour or two or even three!"
WEIU membership is important to Bill, and you can also be a proud member!
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.
Is WEIU as important to you as it is to Jack? Become a member today!