This Week on WOSU TV: Memorial Day Edition

Executive producer Jerry Colbert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.(Photo: Capital Concerts)
Executive producer Jerry Colbert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.(Photo: Capital Concerts)

WOSU TV celebrates veterans and marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day with special programs all this week.


The National Memorial Day Concert (8 p.m.) A great evening and a viewer favorite. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise  are back once again to co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast of the concert. This year, conductor Jack Everly will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra and famed film composer John Williams will make a special appearance with the orchestra, joining an all-star line-up in honoring American soldiers.


American Experience presents: Death and the Civil War (9 p.m.) This program will explore an essential but largely overlooked outcome of the Civil War: death. The number of war casualties caused the American people to experience death like never before. Contending with death on an unprecedented scale presented extraordinary challenges. Heroic efforts were undertaken to find new solutions, new institutions and new ways of coping with the tragic outcome of war.


D-Day 360 (9 p.m.) This show is a fascinating look at the day’s events from a different perspective. The program charts the vital statistics behind D-Day. What exactly did it take to launch this massive invasion? It’s a great look at the strategy, logistics, probability analysis and operational decisions. D-Day 360‘s 3D visualization conveys the enormous scale of the operation. This is a must-watch.


D-Day’s Sunken Secrets. (9 p.m.) In less than 24 hours, the Allies moved thousands of ships, tanks, and landing craft across the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy. Not all of the equipment remained on the surface of the ocean. Hundreds of ships sank creating one of the world’s largest underwater archaeological sites. NOVA was able to capture the action as specialist dive teams, submersibles, and underwater robots discover and plot the relics left on the ocean’s floor.


Civil War Songs and Stories (10:30 p.m.) To preserve troop morale during the Civil war, the Union and Confederate armies mustered professional brass bands  to accompany regiments. Their music, that of patriotism, valor and victory, death and defeat, both inspired soldiers and gave them consolation. In Civil War Songs and Stories, we learn about some of the most iconic songs of the war including of “Dixie,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Bonnie Blue Flag”, and many more songs by some of Nashville’s most talented artists.

It’s another great week on programming on WOSU TV. We hope you’ll join us!