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Austin City Limits

Rejoice in a high voltage hour with New Orleans-born R&B/jazz/gospel musician Jon Batiste.


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Tonight | 11:00PM

Live from the Old Steeple

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer & educator. Laurie has twice been voted "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

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Tonight | 6:00PM

Lawrence Welk

Viewers just can't seem to get enough of this television classic. A new generation of viewers are enjoying this trip down memory lane. This American televised musical variety show features songs and entertainment from a bygone era.

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Tonight | 7:00PM

Classic Gospel

The Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlin Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys reflect on their gospel music roots and influences, perform some of their most popular songs, and combine harmonies for some unique collaborations.

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Get a local perspective on the strike happening at John Deere, as Jim welcomes Dan Gosa of the Quad City Federation of Labor. Plus, Geoff Greenwood of MidAmerican Energy discusses the rise in energy costs to consumers.


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Hosted by Jim Mertens this news-magazine style current affairs program offers viewers timely-content on a variety of regional and national issues, and events.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with special programs & streaming content in September and October.

Alma's Way

NEW! Alma's Way

Created by Lifetime Achievement Emmy®-winner Sonia Manzano and produced by Fred Rogers Productions.

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New KIDS Schedule

In October we updated our WQPT PBS KIDS programming schedule with shows airing from 6:30AM–3:30PM.

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WQPT PBS Passport

This member benefit provides access to countless hours of on-demand PBS content.

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PBS Short Film Festival

All 2021 PBS Short Film Festival films are now streaming here on our website or by using the PBS Video app.

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WQPT PBS Livestream

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Weeknights | 6:30PM

BBC World News

BBC World News goes beyond the headlines to provide context & analysis.

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Thursdays | 7:30PM

Whitney Reynolds

The Whitney Reynolds Show approaches topics with insight, inspiration and hope.

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Thursdays | 7:00PM

The Cities with Jim Mertens

Regional and national guest discuss a variety of topics on The Cities.

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Explore with Mr. Scott

There's much to explore just outside your own front door. Mr. Scott offers awesome ideas for you and your family.

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Vibrant Neighborhoods

Come along as we explore the impact and value of immigrant communities here in the Mississippi Valley region.

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Embracing Our Military

This WQPT initiative fosters an understanding of military and veteran life through televised programs, events & more.