This Week on WOSU TV- July 6-12

On Monday, July 7 WOSU TV begins the 5-part series CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY.  This new series from Nashville Public Television focuses on the Civil War’s Western Campaign, which some historians argue shaped the final outcome of the Civil War. CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY uses letters from both soldiers and civilians, interviews with scholars and hundreds of re-enactors to recreate the epic battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Atlanta.  In this week’s first episode “Bloody Shiloh,” Union forces led by an obscure general named Ulysses S. Grant establish a foothold in southern Tennessee near a simple log structure known as “Shiloh Church.”  A Confederate force of over 40-thousand, led by General Albert Sidney Johnston, launch a surprise attack on Grant. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war. CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY begins Monday night at 10pm.

On Tuesday HISTORY DETECTIVES: SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS looks into the disappearance of Glenn Miller. As one of the country’s most celebrated and beloved entertainers, Miller’s official mission during World War II was to entertain the troops. One evening he takes off from England in heavy fog, heading to France and his plane vanishes. Glenn Miller’s disappearance is perhaps the biggest mystery and cold case of World War II, but the HISTORY DETECTIVES investigation finds new information that could help solve the mystery. HISTORY DETECTIVES: SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS begins Tuesday evening at 9pm.

Wednesday NOVA and SECRETS OF THE DEAD take on Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece the Mona Lisa.  In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. The portrait had originally sold two years before for around $20,000 but upon further study, by a new breed of art detectives, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million. NOVA looks at how these new type of experts are approaching art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover “who committed the art”.  Following NOVA at 10pm is a new SECRETS OF THE DEAD.  It is the most famous painting in the world, created by the hand of a genius but does the Mona Lisa have a secret history?  Did Leonardo da Vinci paint an earlier version of the iconic portrait or is the Mona Lisa masterpiece hanging in the Louvre the original version?  A night of the mysterious Mona Lisa on WOSU TV.

We wrap up the week with a great AMERICAN MASTERS profile of Carol Burnett on Friday night arts.  And a bonus for you train lovers, join us for the Sunday Showcase for train travel starting in Florida, winding through Switzerland and ending up in the Arctic circle.  Beautiful scenery and great adventures, starting Sunday, July 13 at 2pm.