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LuminUS: Stories About Us

LuminUS: Stories About Us

PBS Western Reserve presents LuminUS—a collection of stories that are singularly focused on this region that we all call home. LuminUS explores the people, places, history and events that make Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania so special.


May 2022

Forum 360

Forum 360

First Monday of every month at 5 PM and 5:30 PM 

Airs on Fusion on Mondays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 5 PM


This public affairs series provides a local viewpoint on global topics. Subjects covered are both educational and entertaining, and are hosted by a Northeast Ohio community member who assists in determining the show’s content.

PBS Western Reserve

Monday, May 2, at 5 PM: The Akron Symphony—Not Your Grandma’s Orchestra

Monday, May 2, at 5:30 PM: Women Leading Real Estate in Northeast Ohio



Monday, May 2 & Saturday, May 7: Pandemic Radio

Monday, May 9 & Saturday, May 14: Western Reserve Historical Society

Monday, May 16 & Saturday, May 21: Mental Health Awareness

Monday, May 23 & Saturday, May 28: Akron Children’s Hospital

Monday, May 30 & Saturday, June 4: Dean UA Law School


Watch FORUM 360 online.


Studio C Sessions

Studio C Sessions

Fridays at 8:30 PM 

Repeats Saturdays at 1:30 AM

Airs on Fusion on Sundays at 8:30 PM 


Enjoy live performances that capture artists and audiences connecting in the closest of confines. To experience these unique concerts live, you have to be a member of The Summit FM, a public radio station serving Akron, Canton and Youngstown. This series allows you to watch these intimate music moments on PBS Western Reserve.

Friday, May 6: Muddy Magnolias / Magic Giant

Friday, May 13: Needtobreathe / The Wild Reeds

Friday, May 20: Kenny Wayne Shepherd / Emily Saliers

Friday, May 27: JD Eicher / Will Hoge




Monumental Devotion: The McKinley National Memorial

Monumental Devotion: The McKinley National Memorial

Tuesday, May 10, at 9 PM  

Repeats Monday, May 30, at 3:30 PM and Wednesday, June 1, at 4:30 AM 

Airs on Fusion on Saturday, May 14, at 2:30 PM; Monday, May 23, at 8:30 PM and Friday, May 27, at 10:30 PM 


This half-hour production explores the design and construction of the president’s final resting place, William McKinley National Memorial, located in Canton, Ohio. It also examines the life of President McKinley, including his devotion to his wife, Ida, his path to the White House and his assassination.


Around Akron with Blue Green

Around Akron with Blue Green

Tuesday, May 17, at 10:30 PM 

Repeats Wednesday, May 18, at 3:30 AM; Friday, May 27, at 4 PM and Monday, May 30, at 3 PM

Airs on Fusion on Friday, May 20, at 8:30 PM; Saturday, May 21, at 2:30 PM; Sunday, May 22, at 8 PM and Saturday, June 4, at 10:30 PM


This monthly half-hour shines a spotlight on all of the good things that Akron has to offer. Each show consists of four stories, including segments on dining, arts and culture, history, business, and movers and shakers.


May 2022

Visit V-Rock Shop, Zeber-Martell Studio, photographer JW Cooper and Pearl Coffee Company.




Under Fire, Under Siege: Strikebreakers in Kent, Ohio

Under Fire, Under Siege: Strikebreakers in Kent, Ohio

Tuesday, May 31, at 9 PM

Repeats Wednesday, June 1, at 2 AM

Airs on Fusion on Saturday, June 4, at 1:30 PM

In June 1936, two truckloads of Cleveland strikebreakers crashed through a peaceful picket line in Kent, Ohio. They fired sawed-off shotguns and tear gas in an attempt to intimidate the workers and break a six-week-old strike at the Black & Decker Co. The strikebreakers not only failed to end the strike but had the tables reversed on them as more than 100 strikers and sympathizers firing high-powered rifles at them for six hours. This local production tells the story of the strike, attack and siege.