On KPBS TV
Airs Sunday, Nov. 22 at 11 p.m. & Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
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
“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.
Airs Weekdays, Nov. 25 - 27, 2015 at 7 a.m. & Dec. 7, 18, 24 & 25 at 7 a.m. on KPBS TV
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."
Airs Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 at 12 p.m. on KPBS TV
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.
Airs Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
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!
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
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
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!
Airs Thursday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV
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.
Airs Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. on KPBS TV
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.
Airs Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
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).
Airs Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
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.
Airs Monday, Dec. 24, 2015 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
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.
Airs Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
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.
Airs Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
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.
On KPBS Radio
Airs Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on KPBS FM
“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.
Airs Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 from 9 p.m. - 10 p.m. on KPBS FM
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.