A Guide to WOUB’s Sizzlin’ Summer Pledge Aug. 28 – Sept. 6

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Summer’s end is approaching, which means Labor Day is right around the corner. Thankfully, WOUB has all the diverse content one could hope for as a truly unprecedented Sizzlin’ Summer comes to a close! From deep dives in the lives and times of everyone’s favorite musicians (from ABBA to Johnny Cash) to programs intended to help you live your best life, even amidst a pandemic, from Friday, August 28 through Sunday, September 6, WOUB has your entertainment needs covered.

Check our a guide to our upcoming pledge programming below, and be sure to check this link for more information on our programming, as well as to know when encore presentations are coming up!



9 P.M. – ABBA Forever – A Celebration

Celebrate the supergroup with Neil Sedaka, Donny Osmond, Tim Rice and the band members themselves. Featuring a greatest hits soundtrack including “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia!,” the program includes original interviews and rare archival footage. (Encore presentation scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 at 8 p.m.)

10:30 P.M. – Country Music #104

Travel to Memphis, where Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley usher in the era of rockabilly. Ray Charles crosses America’s racial divide by recording a country album. Patsy Cline shows off Music City’s smooth new Nashville Sound. (Encore presentation scheduled for Thursday, September 3 at 8 p.m.)



11 A.M. – Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy 
Join yoga teacher Peggy Cappy as she demonstrates movements to use at home to strengthen muscles and help increase mobility for people who are challenged by arthritis or the stiffness that comes with age or injury.

12 p.m. – Aging Backwards 3 with Miranda Esmonde-White 
Learn how to keep your mind sharp and your body active as you age using gentle daily movement.

1 P.M. – Nova: Dog Tales

Dogs have long been dependable companions by our sides. But it wasn’t always that way-and a look at their closest living relative, the wolf, makes it clear why. Researchers reveal how humans tamed fearsome canines over tens of thousands of years, and how modern dog intelligence and behaviors have made them indispensable companions. (Encore presentation scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 at 9:30 p.m.)

4 P.M. – Deepak Chopra: Becoming Metahuman 

The secrets of moving beyond limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities are revealed.

5:30 PM – Neil Diamond: Hot August Night III

Neil Diamond: Hot August Night III chronicles Neil Diamond’s triumphant return to the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in August 2012. This magical evening celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original multiplatinum-selling Hot August Night collection that was recorded at the very same venue in 1972. (Encore presentation scheduled for Tuesday, September 1 at 9:30 p.m.) 

10 P.M. – Avett Brothers at Red Rocks 

Join the three-time Grammy Award nominees for a magical night of music in this stunning natural setting. The band performs an energetic mix of bluegrass, country, pop melodies, folk, indie rock, honky-tonk, and ragtime before a sold-out crowd.



1 P.M. – Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like 

Join host Michael Keaton to celebrate “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the pioneering children’s series that premiered nationally 50 years ago. Celebrities, cast members and Joanne Rogers reveal their favorite memories from the series.

4 P.M. – Change Your Brain, Heal Your Mind with Daniel Amen, MD

Daniel Amen

Discover practical steps to help you feel happier, sharper and more in control of your own destinies. (Encore presentation scheduled for Tuesday, September 1 at 8 p.m.)

6 P.M. – Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller

Ken Burns

Join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sam Waterston, Doris Kearns Goodwin and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker.

8 P.M. – Riverdance: the 25th Anniversary 


Celebrate the magic in this powerful and stirring reinvention of the groundbreaking show. Catapulting Riverdance into the 21st century, this new cinematic experience immerses viewers in the extraordinary energy and passion of Irish music and dance.

10 P.M. – ’70s Soul Superstars (My Music)

Join Patti LaBelle for an all-star reunion of the legends of 1970s Motown, R&B and soul, including the Commodores, original lead Eugene Record reuniting with the Chi-Lites, the Stylistics, Yvonne Elliman, Heatwave, the Trammps and the Emotions. (Encore presentation scheduled for Saturday, September 5 at 1:30 p.m.)



8 P.M. – Independent Lens: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

Celebrate the legacy of icon Fred Rogers in a film from Academy Award winner Morgan Neville. Beamed daily into American homes, Rogers and his cast of puppets and friends spoke simply and directly to children about some of life’s weightiest issues.



8:30 PM – Ken Burns: The National Parks 

Explore the beauty and grandeur of our nation’s magnificent parks, from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon. Filmmakers Burns and Dayton Duncan vividly reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the series. (Encore presentation scheduled for Saturday, September 5 at 4 p.m.)



6 P.M. – Ken Burns: The Civil War 
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark series in September 2015 with this in-depth overview of the iconic documentary. See video clips and interviews with Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires and others.

8 P.M. – Country Music #106 ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968-1972)

Learn how country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, as Army captain turned songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard, and artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds find a recording home in Nashville.

10:30 P.M. Country Music

This program takes a look at the making of Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary series.



BEST OF WOUB provides encore presentations of viewer’s favorites programs during this SIZZLIN’ SUMMER membership campaign.