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What’s new on PBS Wisconsin in July?

June 19, 2023 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

Cooks, conservationists, craftsmen and creators – celebrate these and more in the all-new series premiering this month on PBS Wisconsin and the free PBS App.

Steven Raichlen’s Planet Barbecue

12 p.m. Saturdays beginning July 1

Steven Raichlen’s Planet Barbecue builds on the success of the grilling master’s past shows: his detailed cooking tutorials seasoned with cutting-edge techniques and eye-popping dishes.

Raichlen is also joined on set this season by grill masters and social media influencers who showcase a variety of grilling and smoking approaches. The series highlights an age of unprecedented cultural diversity and global interconnection while Raichlen travels the world in search of the best barbecue and grilling recipes.

Human Footprint

8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning July 5

Hosted by biologist and Princeton University professor Shane Campbell-Staton, Human Footprint embarks on a journey to understand all the ways humans have transformed the planet.

Part science series and part travel show, Human Footprint takes viewers from farms to restaurants, from a high-tech lab to a sweltering street market, from pristine rain forests to the sewers of New York City. Stories of science, history and culture reveal the complicated, conflicted and remarkable species that is Homo sapiens.

The series is not a “doom and gloom” tale of human villainy. Instead, it is an honest reckoning with our vast footprint and our species’ singular history of transforming the planet. As our power to reshape the planet grows, will our understanding of the world we inhabit ever catch up?

D.I. Ray

9 p.m. Sundays beginning July 9

When D.I. Rachita Ray, a British Asian policewoman new to homicide, is assigned to investigate the suspected honor killing of a young Muslim man, she quickly realizes the suspects can’t be guilty. The evidence against the two brothers from a British Hindu family is flimsy at best. Her attempts at conveying this to her superiors and her colleagues fall on deaf ears, hidden biases and a keenness to wrap the case up. That is until her probing leads the team to a much more sinister crime.

In this drama, D.I. Ray goes on a journey that sees her uncover a complex web of deceit within organized crime, while laying bare the wounds deep within herself that she’s spent a lifetime ignoring. Wounds that are born from a desperate desire to fit in, despite not looking the part.

The Travelling Auctioneers

7 p.m. Thursdays beginning July 13

Auctioneer Christina Trevanion and craftsman Will Kirk take their traveling auction house on the road to help families cash in on their hidden treasures via exciting on-site auctions.

In each episode, The Travelling Auctioneers visit a home where they use their skills, expertise and enthusiasm to research, restore and ready items for sale. Christina hunts down the provenance of collectables while Will breathes new life into objects destined for landfill, both seeking to make the items as desirable as possible for sale.

On auction day, with the latest tech at their disposal, the treasures are then sold to the highest bidders at home and around the world. The duo are on a mission to arm the British public with all the tricks of the auction trade.

Secrets of the Royal Palaces

6 p.m. Sundays beginning July 16

Historian Kate Williams (Prince Philip: For Queen and Country; The Stuarts: A Bloody Reign) explores more scandalous and shocking stories about the residences of the British monarchy. Guiding the viewer through the art, architecture and recent events are specialist historians, royal commentators and ex-royal staff members who share the behind-the-scenes palace stories that have shaped the modern royal family.

Southern Storytellers

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Songwriter, screenwriter and actor Billy Bob Thornton. Courtesy of Renaud Brothers Films.

8 p.m. Tuesdays beginning July 18

Celebrate Southern identity through the eyes of contemporary creators of literature, music, film and television, including authors Jesmyn Ward, Michael Twitty, Angie Thomas and David Joy; poets Jericho Brown and Natasha Trethewey; songwriters Jason Isbell, Lyle Lovett, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Adia Victoria, Amanda Shires and Justin Moore; songwriter/screenwriter/actor Billy Bob Thornton and songwriter/actress Mary Steenburgen; and screenwriters Qui Nguyen and Michael Waldron.

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