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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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VICIOUS: Holiday Special

Airs Sunday, Nov. 22 at 11 p.m. & Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 at 10:30 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, and a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths — and surprises as well.


Airs Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims Tease photo

“The Pilgrims,” a new film by Ric Burns narrated by celebrated actor Oliver Platt, will premiere on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on PBS. Produced by WETA Washington, D.C. and Steeplechase Films, in association with the BBC and CTVC, this two-hour 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.

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

Airs Weekdays, Nov. 25 - 27, 2015 at 7 a.m. & Dec. 7, 18, 24 & 25 at 7 a.m. on KPBS TV
Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas Tease photo

In this one-hour special, it's Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals' most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays? Find out on WILD KRATTS "A Creature Christmas."

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

Airs Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 at 12 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. Framing these intimate conversations from across the country is an interview between StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and his inquisitive 9-year-old nephew, Benji, animated in the inimitable visual style of the Rauch Brothers.

KEN KRAMER'S ABOUT SAN DIEGO: Thanksgiving Special

Airs Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
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KEN KRAMER'S ABOUT SAN DIEGO is a collection of stories about the history and people of the area we call home. In this episode, 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!

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Airs Mon., Dec. 7, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. & Sun., Dec. 20 at 8 a.m. & Thurs. Dec. 24 at 8 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. & Fri., Dec. 25 at 8 a.m. on KPBS TV
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas  Tease photo

In "A Very Monkey Christmas," 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! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.


Airs Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 at 9 a.m. & Friday, Dec. 25 at 9:30 am. on KPBS TV
DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD: Snowflake Day!  Tease photo

In this thirty-minute holiday musical episode, the Neighborhood is celebrating Snowflake Day! Daniel has a very important role as the snowflake in the Neighborhood’s Snowflake Day Show and he can’t wait to say his lines! The Enchanted Garden is full of excitement and winter cheer as everyone pitches in to make the celebration a true Neighborhood success!

Rick Steves' European Christmas

Airs Thursday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV
Rick Steves' European Christmas  Tease photo

After producing a hundred of his travel shows, Rick Steves and his public television crew finally celebrated Christmas in Europe. Rick and his gang brought home a vivid and 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.

Mr. Stink

Airs Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. on KPBS TV
Mr. Stink Tease photo

Chloe (Nell Tiger Free) sees Mr. Stink (Hugh Bonneville) every day, but she’s never spoken to him, which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp — and he stinks. But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed when it seems Mr. Stink and his stinky dog, Duchess, might be driven out of town. This special family comedy with a nose-clenching twist is based on David Walliams’ best-selling book.

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

Airs Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Arthur's Perfect Christmas  Tease photo

Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in his one-hour special, showing children many ways to celebrate “the holidays.” Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day” (Buster and his mom’s special celebration).

San Diego Ballet's Nutcracker

Airs Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
San Diego Ballet's Nutcracker  Tease photo

The San Diego Ballet's "Nutcracker" features an international cast from China, Japan, Russia, Hungary and Mexico as well as San Diego School of Ballet's children from all over San Diego County. This ballet fantasy delights with over 100 beautifully costumed dancers, reveling in Tchaikovsky's beloved score.

Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers

Airs Monday, Dec. 24, 2015 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers  Tease photo

The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, present the sequel to their critically acclaimed holiday special, "One Winter Evening at Meymandi." "Holiday Handbells" runs the gamut of song selections from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" score and other sounds of the season.

Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2015

Airs Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2015 Tease photo

Festive spirit is in plentiful supply as Poplar gets ready for the holidays. A trip to see the Regent Street lights and a visit from a BBC film crew promise to make this 1960 Christmas one to remember. As the community pulls together to prepare for the televised carol concert, Nonnatus is rocked to the core when one of its own goes missing, causing a full-scale manhunt. Meanwhile an unexpected surprise for a grieving mother may help bring the Christmas magic home.

Michael Feinstein New Year's Eve At The Rainbow Room

Airs Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Michael Feinstein New Year's Eve At The Rainbow Room Tease photo

Ring in the New Year with entertainer Michael Feinstein. The energetic performer recaptures the heyday of the glamorous New York nightclubs as he hosts this celebration from high atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the glittering, newly restored Rainbow Room. Guests include Darren Criss (GLEE), Aaron Tveit (GRACELAND), Leslie Odom (SMASH), Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, nightclub legend Marilyn Maye, Tony Winner Christine Ebersole and 17-year-old Julia Goodwin.

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Turkey Confidential 2015

Airs Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on KPBS FM
Turkey Confidential guests

“Turkey Confidential” is our annual live Thanksgiving call-in show. Join us Thursday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. (PST) for two hours of interviews and inspiration. Remember last year? Our scheduled guests this year are Jacques Pépin, Dave Isay, Nigella Lawson and Andrew Zimmern. Leave a message now at (800) 537-5252, or send Lynne your questions via email, Twitter and Facebook. Check out our complete archives of Thanksgiving recipes and Thanksgiving tips and how-tos.

The Science Of Gratitude

Airs Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 from 9 p.m. - 10 p.m. on KPBS FM
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.