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PBS Program Club

PBS Program Club

Start a PBS Program Club!

They’re simple, easy and fun. PBS Program Clubs work like book clubs, but for TV. Each month, you just watch a show, get together with friends and discuss. PBS provides the shows. You provide the people.

WTIU has information on how to start a club and would love to help those interested in participating. Just e-mail us at or visit the PBS Program Club site .

Instead of reading books, participants watch thought-provoking programs on WTIU and get together to discuss them. People form their own clubs and meet in living rooms, lunchrooms and coffee shops around the country. Some even meet in cyberspace.

Each month, two new programs will be offered along with discussion questions. The Program Club web site even has electronic cards to remind club members of meetings.

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In Performance at the White House: The Motown Sound

Tuesday, March 1 at 8pm


"The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House" is a PBS music special in the East Room of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama will host the event on Thursday, February 24 in celebration of Black History Month and the legacy of Motown, the distinctive soul-infused pop music sound, style and presentation that was born in Detroit and embodied by the Motown Records label. The evening will include program host Jamie Foxx and performances by Foxx, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, the group Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, John Legend, Amber Riley, Smokey Robinson, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks.


PBS NewsHour

Weeknights at 7pm with a rebroadcast at 10pm on TIU World (30.2)


For 30 years, millions of Americans and citizens of the world have turned to MacNeil/Lehrer Productions for the solid, reliable reporting that has made PBS NewsHour one of the most trusted news programs in television. The new PBS NewsHour is the latest evolution of "MacNeil-Lehrer" journalism. The new program and Web site represent a logical transformation of our news organization to engage, inform and enlighten Americans about the issues and events that directly affect their everyday lives. An explanation of the changes can be found here.


Wilderness Plots

Sunday, March 6 at 1pm


"There was an element of fate, there was an element of serendipity." This is how Tim Grimm, folk singer and songwriter, describes his discovery of Wilderness Plots, a book by Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders. The book is a collection of brief tales about the settling of the American frontier. Grimm, together with other musicians began writing songs inspired by Sanders's stories. What resulted was an innovative venture that blends genres into a complete experience. Wilderness Plots features a selection of these songs in performance and readings by Sanders, all complemented by interviews with the artists and views of the Southern Indiana scenery. The interviews provide background information and offer insight into the artists: their work, their perspectives, their love for music, writing and history.


Red Green Test Drive

Saturday, March 5 at 8:30pm

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Red and the members of Possum Lodge share advice on home repairs and coping with mid-life crises. Harold interviews the men about their hobbies, new member Blair Cobden makes his presence felt, and Colin Mockrie does crafts with wieners. WTIU Members who make a contribution during the show will have an opportunity to receive tickets to a Red Green one-man show at Bloomington's Buskirk-Chumley Theater on April 16th.


Celebrating North American Steam Railways

Saturday, March 5 at 10:30am


Celebrating North American Steam Railways explores the impact the steam engine had on North America by visiting 17 of the continent's most historic and scenic tourist steam railroads. This special takes viewers from the frozen tundra of Alaska to the vast high desert of Arizona, and from the rolling hills of New Hampshire and the Black Hills of South Dakota to the prairies and vast mountain ranges of Canada. The program also visits Steamtown National Historic Site, provides a first-hand lesson on how a steam engine works, and shows why millions of people each year are drawn to visit and ride steam railways.


Nightly Business Report

Weeknights at 6:30pm


For more than 30 years, Nightly Business Report has provided business news in a fast-paced format. Consistently television's most-watched daily business news program, the award-winning series combines business and economic news, extensive financial market coverage, in-depth analysis, corporate profiles, features and commentaries by noted economists and business experts. Susie Gharib and Tom Hudson co-anchor.