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New documentary from acclaimed filmmaker, Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl. Airing Sunday, 11/18 and Monday, 11/19 at 8 pm ET.

Dust-Bowl2.jpgChronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril. Repeated immediately after each airing.

Nova's Inside the Megastorm explores how Hurricane Sandy turned into a superstorm

Inside-the-Megastorm.jpgAiring at 7 p.m. ET, Sunday, 11/18 - was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing intensity due to a warming climate? How did this perfect storm make search and rescue so dangerous? Inside the Megastorm takes viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impacts and the future of storm protection. Repeated 11/21 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Featured Programming

carsonJohnny Carson: King of Late Night Thursday, 11/15 from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Repeated Sunday, 11/18 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET. American Masters - PBS gained 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, or began, on "The Tonight Show".

Hugh LaurieGreat Performances: Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk: A Celebration of New Orleans Blues Saturday, 11/17 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. Hugh Laurie explores the rich musical traditions of New Orleans through a tour of the city and performances of a wide variety of tunes.

David-Geffen.jpgInventing David Geffen Tuesday, 11/20 from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. American Masters - A profile of entertainment mogul David Geffen, who began his career in the William Morris Agency mail room in 1964, featuring remarks from friends, associates and observers, including Cher, Tom Hanks, Don Henley, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg.

Arts & Culture

Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre - Live From New YorkJoe Bonamassa: Live From the Royal Albert Hall Saturday, 11/17 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET. Bluesman Joe Bonamassa performs at London's Royal Albert Hall in a 2009 concert. Included: an appearance by Eric Clapton. Songs include "Django," "The Ballad of John Henry," "Last Kiss," "Lonesome Road Blues," "Happier Times" and "Blues Deluxe."

And don't forget you can choose to see Joe Bonamassa live on two different dates and locations:

Fox Theatre, Detroit, Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

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Single Meet & Greet Tickets - $250
Pair of Meet & Greet Tickets - $500

John Labatt Center, Ontario, Saturday, May 4, 2013 8:00 PM

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Broadway-American-Musical.jpgBroadway: The American Musical Sunday, 11/18 from 2:00 - 3:00 & 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET. Julie Andrews hosts the conclusion, which includes recollections of "West Side Story" by Stephen Sondheim; comments from Mel Brooks; clips from "The Producers," "Cats," "The Lion King," "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera."

Smokin-Fish.jpgSmokin' Fish Wednesday, 11/21 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. A documentary about Tlingit businessman Cory Mann of Juneau, Alaska, who travels to his family's traditional fishing camp to spend the summer. He reflects on his life and that of his people; and struggles with bills, the IRS and his business.

Leadership & Public Affairs

MiWeekMiWeek Friday, 11/16 from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET. News/public affairs program designed to meet the community’s evolving need for journalism-focused context and perspective on the top news and issues affecting Metro Detroit, the State of Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Miss an episode? Watch them online here.


Frontline Tuesday, 11/20 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Poor Kids - The economic crisis is seen through the eyes of three young girls in the Quad Cities, a group of cities along the Iowa-Illinois border that have been hit hard by the recession.

Environment, Energy, & Science

AutolineAutoline Sunday, 11/18 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. ET. Low Voltage - They arrived with such fanfare a couple years back, that you'd have thought we'd all be driving electrics by now but that's not the case. John McElroy and his panel look at the world of electric cars, if there's a want, a need or a business case to be made for their existence.

My-Life-as-a-Turkey2.jpgNature  Wednesday, 11/14 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. My Life as a Turkey -  Based on his true story, My Life as a Turkey chronicles naturalist and writer Joe Hutto’s remarkable and moving experience of raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings to adulthood.


second opinionSecond Opinion Saturday, 11/17 from 5:30 - 6:00 a.m. ET. What happens to our faces as we age? What causes us to look older? And most importantly, what should we do to preserve a youthful appearance? Our diverse panel debates the merits of aging gracefully...or not.

OurHealth-Urban.jpgOurHealth Urban Tuesday, 11/20 from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET. The program covers the most prevalent health conditions and lifestyle issues affecting the health of urban populations, making it a relevant and vital health information resource.

Children & Education

arthurArthur's Perfect Christmas Wednesday, 11/21 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. ET. The holidays are coming, and many Elwood City youngsters can't wait. D.W. is obsessed with her letter to Santa, while Muffy is throwing a big party. And Binky can't wait to cook at a homeless shelter on Christmas. Now if only he could cook!

Sesame Street Live 2013

elmomakesmusic.pngJoin us for another year of Sesame Street Live! Get your tickets early for the best seats in the house. 

Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. "Elmo Makes Music" features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as "C Is for Cookie" and "The Alphabet Song."

Go here for ticket information, and don't forget to join Kids Club for special offers on all DPTV events.

Create Programming Highlights

Create 56.3Looking for television's most popular how-to, cooking, crafting, and travel series? They're all on Detroit Public TV channel, 56.3 Create. (Comcast 288, BrightHouse 156, Charter 433).

Katie Brown's WorkshopLet's Talk Turkey Saturday, 11/17 All Day It's that time of year again... Turkey time! The family is coming over for a feast, and you'll be ready with the help of master chefs Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. Style experts Katie Brown and Christy Rost will offer tips to bring a festive look to your dinner table. This Thanksgiving dinner, with all the bells and whistles, will be talked about for years to come!

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