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Discover the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Television’s most-watched history series, acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, has been honored with every major broadcast award.
Monday and Tuesday, October 8 and 9 at 9:00pm - The Circus
Explore the colorful history of this popular American form of entertainment, in an era when its stars were among the most famous people in the world and multitudes gathered to see the improbable and the impossible, the exotic and the spectacular.
Tuesday, October 16 at 9:00pm - The Eugenics Crusade
Learn the story of the unlikely -- and largely unknown -- campaign to breed a "better" American race, tracing the rise of the movement that turned the fledgling science of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control. Populated by figures both celebrated and obscure, it is an often revelatory portrait of an America at once strange and eerily familiar.
American Masters: Izhak
Sunday, October 14 at 10:00pm
Explore the life of the famous violinist, a polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel. With warmth and humor, conversations with musicians, friends and his wife of 50 years tell the story of this transcendent performer.
AMERICAN MASTERS, which pioneered the television biography genre, continues to offer insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. Winner of the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.
Authors and Their Hometowns
Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00pm
From To Kill a Mockingbird to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, authors from all eras have pulled from their hometown experiences to create great literature. Hosted by Meredith Vieira, this program explores how the hometowns of great authors have influenced their writing and their stories.
Autumnwatch New England
Wednesday and Thursday, October 17 and 18 at 8:00pm & Friday, October 19 at 8:30pm
In this live production, travel to the colorful landscapes of New England, meet a cast of unforgettable wildlife characters, and experience some of the best autumn has to offer, including leaf gazing, pumpkin carving and cranberry harvesting.
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Mixing intimate performance with personal interviews and behind the scenes footage, BackStage Pass is your front-row center seat for diverse music from Michigan and the Midwest's most talented artists. Whether the style is rock, jazz, folk, country, classical or R&B, BackStage Pass delivers outstanding entertainment.
October 6 – Donald Kinsey with the Dewaynes
Donald Kinsey, son of blues great Big Daddy Kinsey, brings a deeply rooted blues vibe to the stage with his infectious guitar playing and undeniable groove. Joining Kinsey are the Dewaynes featuring Craig “Griff” Griffith on harmonica and vocals. Together they jam to hits including “Got my Mojo Workin’” and “Hoochie Coochie Man.” Recorded at Michigan BluesFest 2015 in historic Old Town.
October 13 – Donald Kinsey with the Dewaynes – Encore
Back for an encore presentation, Donald Kinsey, son of blues great Big Daddy Kinsey, brings a deeply rooted blues vibe to the stage with his infectious guitar playing and undeniable groove. Joining Kinsey are the Dewaynes featuring Craig “Griff” Griffith on harmonica and vocals. Together they jam to “The Sky is Crying” and “Jamming.”
October 20 – George DeLancey Quartet
Former Michigan State University Jazz students George DeLancey, bass, and Jon Beshay, sax, bring jazz to life alongside Rick Roe, piano, and Sean Dobbins, drums. The George DeLancey Quartet featured “The Piano by the Window” and “Melancholy Evening” during this performance recorded at Lansing JazzFest 2015 in Lansing's historic Old Town district.
October 27 – George DeLancey Quartet – Encore
Back for an encore, George DeLancey Quartet featuring George DeLancey, bass; Jon Beshay, sax; Rick Roe, Piano; and Sean Dobbins, drums, continue the jazz jam with “Just One of Things” and “All The Things You Are.”