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KPBS will broadcast these holiday specials throughout the months of November, December and January. These broadcast dates are subject to change and more shows will be added to the listing, so check back often. Happy Holidays!

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PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE: Turkey Day

Airs Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. on KPBS TV + on CREATE Nov. 18 & 23 at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 & 23 at 12:30 p.m.

PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE: Turkey Day Tease photo

Pati and her family celebrate Thanksgiving in the Jinich house. Pati cooks for and hosts the Jinich family traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all of the essentials - turkey, stuffing, veggies, the works - all with a Mexican twist, of course.

Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas

Airs Wed., Nov. 22. Thurs., Nov. 23, Mon., Dec. 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 12 & 14 at Noon, Dec. 13 & 15 at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 17 & 31 at 7 a.m. & Dec. 27 & 29 at 11:30 a.m. on KPBS TV

Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas Tease photo

After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo's dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo's new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit

KEN KRAMER'S ABOUT SAN DIEGO: Thanksgiving Special

Airs Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

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We remember the "Turkey Queen" of Ramona; play "Guess The Year" when some curious things were making news in San Diego at Thanksgiving; look at some Holiday light traditions in our county, and much more!

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: The Good Stars

Airs Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at 8 p.m. & Friday, Nov. 24 at 3:30 p.m. on KPBS

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: The Good Stars Tease photo

Join Anne Shirley as she turns 13 and faces complex issues with friends, adults and Gilbert. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to be sensible, a journey fraught with confusion and some unfortunate — albeit amusing — mishaps.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims (on KPBS 2)

Airs Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims (on KPBS 2) Tease photo

This documentary endeavors to tell the true story of the Pilgrims, a small group of religious radicals whose determination to establish a separatist religious community planted the seeds for America’s founding.

POV: Listening Is An Act Of Love: A Storycorps Special

Airs Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

POV: Listening Is An Act Of Love: A Storycorps Special Tease photo

The first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. The special features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project, when everyday people sit down together to share memories and tackle life’s important questions.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (2016)

Airs Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (2016) Tease photo

A new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel tells the story of Anne Shirley, a precocious orphan placed in the care of uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew, played by acclaimed actor Martin Sheen. Neither the adventurous Anne nor the conservative Marilla could anticipate the profound effect they’d have on each other’s lives.

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: Christmas Masterclass (On KPBS 2)

Airs Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: Christmas Masterclass (On KPBS 2) Tease photo

Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holiday season.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - The Broadway Musical (on KPBS 2)

Airs Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - The Broadway Musical (on KPBS 2) Tease photo

Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning "White Christmas" with big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter's famous tunes.

Making A New American Nutcracker (on KPBS TV & KPBS 2)

Airs Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS2 + Sunday, Dec. 24 at Noon, Monday, Dec. 25 at 10:30 p.m on KPBS TV

Making A New American Nutcracker (on KPBS TV & KPBS 2) Tease photo

Join narrator Neve Campbell for interviews with the creative team that brought to life an original Joffrey Ballet production, reimagining the tale of Marie as she falls asleep on Christmas Eve and dreams of the World's Fair.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Airs Monday, Dec. 11, Friday, Dec. 15 and Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. & 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 on KPBS TV

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas  Tease photo

Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma - neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present!

Peg + Cat + Holidays

Airs Monday, Dec. 11, Friday, Dec. 15 & Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

Peg + Cat + Holidays Tease photo

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring "The Christmas Problem," "The Hanukkah Problem," and "The Penguin Problem. " This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems.

The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

Airs Tuesday, Dec. 12, Thursday, Dec. 14 & Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at 6 a.m. on KPBS TV

The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!  Tease photo

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals to help them make an amazing journey home.

Christmas At Belmont 2017 (on KPBS 2)

Airs Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

Christmas At Belmont 2017 (on KPBS 2) Tease photo

Join Grammy-winning host Sheryl Crow and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty and Nashville Children’s Choir for a production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.

LIDIA CELEBRATES AMERICA: Holidays For Heroes

Airs Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

LIDIA CELEBRATES AMERICA: Holidays For Heroes Tease photo

Join host Lidia Bastianich for an unforgettable holiday special celebrating veterans, who discuss the importance of family during holidays, the challenges and sacrifices of their work and the pride they take in having defended our country.

European Christmas Markets

Airs Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. on KPBS TV

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Join us in our discovery of Europe's Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square, or just the sides of narrow, cobblestone streets come alive in the dark of winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering hot wine, regional food, Christmas decorations, sweet confections, toys, regional crafts and local entertainment.

Last Tango In Halifax Holiday Special

Airs Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 from 8-10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Last Tango In Halifax Holiday Special Tease photo

Packed with shocks and surprises, the heartwarming drama continues the compelling story of childhood sweethearts, reunited after nearly 60 years apart, as they and their families negotiate the highs and lows of life and relationships.

VICIOUS: Holiday Special

Airs Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

VICIOUS: Holiday Special Tease photo

Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) is up to her old tricks

Christmas In Christ Chapel At Gustavus

Airs Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 at 6 a.m. on KPBS TV

Christmas In Christ Chapel At Gustavus Tease photo

A tradition since 1973, Christmas is a time for the Gustavus Adolphus College community in St. Peter, Minnesota to celebrate the holidays with one another. More than 300 students, faculty, and staff bring the program to life each year through the use of music, dance, spoken word, and the visual arts.

Rick Steves' European Christmas

Airs Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. on KPBS TV

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Rick Steves takes an intimate look at how seven diverse cultures celebrate Christmas. From England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, and Rome to the top of the Swiss Alps, this special gets you down on the carpet with wide-eyed children, up in the loft with the finest choirs, and into the kitchen with grandma and all her secrets.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Naughty Or Nice

Airs Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

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Highlights include an 1863 Temperance lithograph illustrating the evils of imbibing spirits; a letter from Gerald Ford to his kindergarten teacher who called him “naughty little Gerry Ford”; and a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe.

Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2017

Airs Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2017 Tease photo

Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve: Bernstein On Broadway

Airs Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve: Bernstein On Broadway  Tease photo

Ring in 2018 celebrating the legacy of the legendary Leonard Bernstein featuring the New York Philharmonic. Led by Bramwell Tovey, with special guests Annaleigh Ashford, Christopher Jackson, Laura Osnes and Aaron Tveit, this loving tribute promises to become a classical music moment to remember.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2018

Airs Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

GREAT PERFORMANCES: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2018 Tease photo

GREAT PERFORMANCES continues the cherished tradition of ringing in the new year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of Italian conductor and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti, featuring Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna State Ballet. This year’s program welcomes new host Hugh Bonneville

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The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential 2017

Airs Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on KPBS FM

Turkey Confidential hosts

This year we have double the fun with hosts Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Francis Lam tag teaming. This will be Lynne's last "Turkey Confidential" as she retires at the end of 2017 and turns over the reins to Francis. Join us as Lynne and Francis take calls and come to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests alike on the biggest cooking day of the year.

They'll also be joined by special guests - chefs/restaurateurs Lidia Bastianich and Marcus Samuelsson, comedian/actor Amy Sedaris from "At Home with Amy Sedaris," and test cook extraordinaire Dan Souza of AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN.

Have a question (or disaster story) to share with Lynne and Francis? Submit it via our Contact Us form. Tell your Thanksgiving tale or ask a question at our Facebook event page, Twitter, or call in during the live show to 1-800-242-2828.

The Science Of Gratitude

Airs Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS FM (updated!)

Host Susan Sarandon

The past 10 years have seen an explosion in the scientific study of happiness. The findings so far are complex, and incomplete. But if they could be distilled into one simple prescription for happiness, it would probably be this: Say thank you. Gratitude, it seems, is a key — perhaps the key — to feeling more satisfied with your life. It improves your relationships with loved ones. It’s even good for your heart.

Learn more about these and many other cutting-edge findings in “The Science of Gratitude,” a one-hour radio special narrated by Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon. The special, produced by the Peabody Award-winning Ben Manilla Productions in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center, will be airing this fall on public radio stations nationwide, distributed by Public Radio International.

“The Science of Gratitude” will combine scientific research with personal stories illustrating the benefits and obstacles to feeling truly grateful. Throughout the hour, you’ll gain practical insights into how to cultivate more gratitude in yourself, your kids, your workplace, and beyond.

The Hilarious World Of Depression

Airs Sundays, Dec. 3 and 24, 2017 from 1 - 2 p.m. on KPBS FM

Hilarious World Of Depression

A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. "The Hilarious World of Depression" is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe.

Questions? Feedback? Story to Share? Contact us.

Marketplace Tech - The Holidays Of The Future

Airs Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 from 1 - 2 p.m. on KPBS FM

Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood

“Marketplace Tech” host Molly Wood explores the future of holiday purchases and celebrations. How will the holiday experience change in the next decade? How will we buy things? What machines and bots will join us around the dinner table? What companies will be household names? How will people with less money be utilizing technology?

It's an entertaining examination of current tech trends and predictions on tech's lasting effects on our most special occasions. Pictured: Host Molly Wood. Credit: Christopher Michel.

New! Hanukkah Lights 2017

Airs Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 from 1 - 2 p.m. on KPBS FM

Hanukkah Lights

A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Authors TBA. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration

Airs Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 from 10 p.m. - Midnight and Saturday, Dec. 23 from 8-10 p.m. on KPBS FM

“Paul

Celebrate the Return of the Sun - and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Annual “Winter Solstice Celebration.” On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ.

The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Fabiana Cozza, Gary Booker, Theresa Thomason, Paul McCandless, Eugene Freisen, the percussion troupe Forces of Nature. Pictured: Paul Winter at the Winter Solstice Celebration 2. Credit Jeff Day.

Messiah With The PSO 2017

Airs Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 from 8 - 10 p.m. on KPBS FM

Manfred Honeck

Join in a Pittsburgh concert tradition that thousands enjoy to usher in the holiday season, Handel’s ever-popular “Messiah.” The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh come together for one of the most festive musical events of the year.

This is Handel at his most inspired and some of the most magnificent choral writing ever created. Get swept away in the drama of this majestic masterwork. Pictured: Music Director Manfred Honeck.

Tinsel Tales 4: So Much More NPR Christmas Favorites

Airs Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 from Noon - 1 p.m. on KPBS FM

Tinsel Tales

In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places.

NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

A Season's Griot 2017

Airs Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 from 9 - 10 p.m. on KPBS FM

Madafo Lloyd Wilson

“A Season's Griot” is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 21 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.

Wilson has worked as a storyteller and musician for nearly 30 years. Following in the footsteps of the griot, a West African storyteller, he shares the vibrant traditions of African and African-American folklore.

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday New Year's Edition 2017

Airs Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 from Noon - 1 p.m. on KPBS FM

“Capitol

Put down those indictments, Robert Mueller — if you're hoping Paul Manafort will sing like a canary, all you have to do is tune in to the Capitol Steps' year-end edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday." You might even pick up some classified secrets as he joins the Donald to sing "I'm So Indicted.”

Also featured in the Capitol Steps' show will be the year's biggest stars — Mike Pence, Rex Tillerson, Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders, and those who were gone too soon — Sean Spicer, Tom Price, and, of course, the Mooch.

Now is your chance to finally enjoy the headlines you were too scared to read. After all, the Capitol Steps won't tell you what to think, but they will tell you what rhymes with Papadopoulos. Pictured: Album cover art. Credit: Jerry Holbert.