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Airs Wed., Nov. 26, 2014 at 8 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. & Thurs. Nov. 27 at 8 a.m. & Fri., Nov. 28 at 8 a.m. & 2 p.m. & Wed., Dec. 17 at 8 a.m. & 2 p.m. & Thurs., Dec. 25 at 8 a.m. & 2 p.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 Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto, portrayed by wildlife photographer Jeff Palmer, this film chronicles Hutto’s remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Hutto spent each day out and about as a “wild turkey” with his family of chicks — until the day came when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own. As it turned out, this was harder than he ever imagined. Hutto’s story also became a book, "Illumination in the Flatlands."
Airs Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 5 p.m. & 6:30 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 Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at 11 p.m. & Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV
American soprano Renée Fleming and special guests bring the magic of Christmas in New York to homes across America. The essence of the city during this most wonderful time of year is captured in a series of intimate and unique musical performances in a beautiful setting decorated for the holidays. Fleming performs popular seasonal favorites with Kurt Elling, Kelli O’Hara, Gregory Porter and Rufus Wainwright, and is joined by her daughters and sister to sing heartwarming Christmas carols.
Airs Sun., Dec. 7, 2014 at 7 a.m., Mon., Dec. 8 at 10 p.m., Wed., Dec. 10 at 10 a.m., Thurs., Dec. 25 at 4 a.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 Thurs., Dec. 11, 2014 at 8 p.m. & Sat., Dec. 13 at 9:30 p.m. & Sun., Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. on KPBS TV
Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Celtic Woman present their new chapter of musical enchantment in "Home For Christmas." Vocalists Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Méav Ni Mhaolchatha and Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt perform timeless holiday favorites (“Silent Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “Joy to the World”) with their signature Celtic twist, under the distinctive musical direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer David Downes.
Airs Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
This unique musical event marks the first time Charles Dickens’ classic "A Christmas Carol" has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists and performed for audiences in a concert setting. Robert Christianson’s score is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs, and the story, faithfully adapted by Broadway’s Alisa Hauser, is performed by such Chicago and New York theater luminaries as Michael Aaron Lindner and E. Faye Butler. The concert is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances, providing audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of experiencing it as never before.
Airs Wednesday, Dec. 17 & Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at 12 p.m. on KPBS TV
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 with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.
Airs Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
From Trondheim’s historic Nidaros Cathedral, "Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir" treats PBS viewers and lovers of choral music to a spectacular holiday concert featuring the 75-voice St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor. The production pairs the cathedral’s spare gothic beauty and stunning acoustics with the distinctive a cappella singing style for which the St. Olaf Choir — which owes its origins and legacy to Norway — is internationally known.
Airs Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at 1:30 a.m. & Thursday, Dec. 25 at 5 a.m. on KPBS TV
As seen and heard by more than 80,000 people in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, this program features renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning "Les Misérables" tenor Alfie Boe in a concert of holiday favorites. Boe’s moving signature performance of “Bring Him Home” is a highlight. The choir also welcomes a surprise guest, Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, the famous candy bomber of the Berlin airlift. Together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, these special guests bring attendees to their feet more than once during the night.
Airs Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
This opera recounts the true story of the World War I Christmas Eve truce. For one magical evening on December 24, 1914, French, German and Scottish soldiers laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration reflecting the peace, fellowship and humanity of the season. Based on the Academy Award-nominated film "Joyeux Noel," this two-act production was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera and premiered in November 2012 to national acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts.
Airs Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6 p.m. on KPBS TV
Co-hosted by actor and producer Tom Hanks and singer-songwriter, actress, and producer Rita Wilson, this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting features a talented line-up of performers, including Wilson herself. Additionally, pop phenomenon Fifth Harmony, Grammy-winning legend Patti Labelle, multi Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actor NE-YO, multiplatinum-selling artist Steve Miller, pop world duo Nico & Vinz, award-winning vocal group The Tenors, and country star Chely Wright will perform holiday favorites.
Airs Sunday, December 21, 2014 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 Monday - Thursday, December 22 - 25, 2014 at 7 a.m. & 10 a.m. on KPBS TV
There’s a miracle on Sesame Street in this special holiday tale. Elmo, Abby Cadabby and their new friend Stiller the Elf (voice of Ben Stiller) are going to count down to Christmas with the Christmas Counter-Downer. But all the counting boxes have gone missing and Christmas may never come again! Can Elmo, Abby and Stiller the Elf save Christmas? With the help of very special guests Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Ty Pennington, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico and Kevin James (as Santa Claus), Elmo and friends learn to believe in Christmas miracles.
Airs Monday, December 22, 2014 at 9 a.m. on KPBS TV
In “Daniel’s Winter Adventure,” Daniel, Dad, Prince Wednesday and Prince Tuesday are all going sledding! But once they get to the hill and see how tall it is, Daniel and Prince Wednesday get scared. Dad assures them that if they try it a little bit at a time, they might surprise themselves and have a great time. In “Neighborhood Nutcracker,” Daniel is going to see a show called "The Nutcracker Ballet!" Once he arrives at the performance, he finds out that Prince Wednesday is sick and needs Daniel to fill in for him and dance on stage. Daniel is reluctant at first, but realizes that if he learns the steps a little bit at a time, he can dance the Nutcracker and the show will go on!
Airs Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11 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 Tuesdays, December 23 & 30, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity.
Airs Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. 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, December 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert are underway, creating inconvenience for the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House. Two unmarried patients are dispatched to York Lodge, a badly managed home for pregnant women. Chummy takes over running the facility after an outbreak of chicken pox there. Dr. Turner treats a destitute older couple, former residents of a mental hospital closed under the mental health reforms. As residents of Nonnatus welcome the new year, the question on everyone’s mind is, what will 1960 bring?
Airs Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 9:30 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 Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Join chef Vivian Howard for a taste of the holidays as she serves up the best of her Southern cooking heritage and the Chanukah traditions her husband Ben grew up with. From a simple corned ham to an upscale oyster dressing, from humble Hoppin’ John to an elegant red velvet cake, sample one of the most charming and delicious holiday celebrations of the season.
Airs Monday, December 29, 2014 at 12 a.m. on KPBS TV (updated from Dec. 28 at 10:30 p.m.)
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 Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Continuing a broadcasting tradition, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER presents the annual New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve celebration concert. This year's gala rings in 2015 with George Gershwin favorites, featuring Dianne Reeves and Norm Lewis. The broadcast will include Gershwin’s "Cuban Overture," his own suite of music from "Porgy and Bess," and selections from the Gershwin songbook, such as “Strike Up the Band." Bramwell Tovey conducts.
Airs Wednesday, December 31, 2014 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.
Airs Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Always one of “our favorite things,” PBS continues the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year at the opulent Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of guest conductor Zubin Mehta, and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the broadcast features a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.
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Airs Thursday, November 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. on KPBS FM
Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table®, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. Quickly becoming a Thanksgiving morning tradition, past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed. Lynne handles all questions with wit, expertise and laughter. Joining Lynne for the broadcast this year will be: Lidia Bastianich, Carla Hall, Melissa Clark, Henry Alford, Francis Lam and David Leite. Phone lines (800-537-5252) will be open nationwide from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST) and the program will be simulcast live on at splendidtable.org. Live audience interaction via Facebook and Twitter - use the hashtag #turkeyconfidential. Get recipes from the show!
Airs Thursday, November 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. on KPBS FM
This one-hour radio special, hosted by Dan Pashman of "The Sporkful" podcast, Cooking Channel’s "You’re Eating It Wrong" and the new book, "Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious," is an entertaining combination of in-studio interviews, listener calls, and in-kitchen segments with food and drink experts, as well as some of public radio’s favorite personalities. You’ll learn useful tips about how to make classic Thanksgiving dishes, interesting facts about the science of cooking and the art of eating, and surprising details about the ways in which diverse cultures have adapted Thanksgiving traditions and made them their own.
Mo Rocca and Amy Sedaris share tips for holiday entertaining, covering everything from what music to play to mediating family disputes. NY Times Magazine drinks columnist Rosie Schaap brings Dan to her bar, where she offers the perfect cocktail for a fall day in the kitchen (pro tip: not too many!). Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich discusses the economics of leftovers and tells the story of the time a turkey tried to put the moves on his wife. "On the Media’s" Brooke Gladstone takes Dan into her kitchen to teach him how to make her trademark Thanksgiving dessert, a Mennonite dish with saltines in it. Everything goes wrong to hilarious effect, but the dish still comes out right. Plus: Kenji Lopez-Alt of "Serious Eats" shares bird-brining and basting secrets, and NY Times food editor Sam Sifton rails against appetizers at Thanksgiving and explains why cloth napkins on the table are the equivalent of a leather interior in a car.
Between these lively conversations, you’ll hear from listeners all over the country recounting the sights, smells and tastes that answer the question, “How do you know it’s Thanksgiving in your house?” And we even check in with a real Thanksgiving veteran, a beleaguered but always cheerful Butterball Turkey Talkline Lady. "The Sporkful with Dan Pashman" is on Facebook and you can follow @TheSporkful on Twitter.
Airs Thursday, November 28, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS FM
With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. New for 2014, two great poets join us at the table. We remember Dr. Maya Angelou, and she shares her Thanksgiving blessing and memories. Nikki Giovanni reads food poems from her new book, and recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college! Garrison Keillor reads "Minnesota Thanksgiving" by John Berryman, and to celebrate another poet with a centenary in 2014, Dylan Thomas reads his poem of praise "Fern Hill." Also, Simple Gifts from Copland, a Simple Song from Bernstein, and lots of music about fall, food, and gratitude. For listeners in the kitchen, on the road, or relaxing after the feast, "Giving Thanks" provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.
Airs Monday, December 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KPBS FM
A perennial NPR favorite with brand new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andrew Borowitz, and Theodore Bikel. Hear a wide variety of stories perfect for the holiday --- one story is funny and crisp, another historical, and there's one with a multicultural theme. Also included is a story about the supernatural and one that ends with the best last line for any Hanukkah show, "Love is the only miracle." Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. Photo: Susan Stamberg/ Credit: 2006 NPR by Antony Nagelmann
Airs Saturday, December 20 at 10 a.m. & Sunday, December 21 at 3 p.m. on KPBS FM
America's funniest auto mechanics take calls from weary car owners all over the country, and crack wise while they diagnose Dodges and dismiss Diahatsus. You don't have to know anything about cars to love this laugh fest. This past year, host Tom Magliozzi (1937-2014) died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Read his obituary. We are all fortunate that Tom spent so much of his life in front of a microphone, sharing so many hours with the millions of listeners he loved. Because of that we, and future generations, will be able to continue to enjoy the magical alchemy of Car Talk.
Airs Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6 p.m. on KPBS FM
It's the sixth edition of a weird holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. Hear renditions of great holiday music you'll never hear at the mall or your mother's house.
Airs Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. on KPBS FM
NPR Music's Alt.Latino presents the 3rd edition of Festivo Alt.Latino -- a special holiday concert featuring the 20 piece choral ensemble Choral Cantigas. This musical performance also includes stories about holiday traditions and cultures. Hear a traditional Peruvian Christmas carol, folk music from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico plus Parrandas from Venezuela and Puerto Rico. The many rich styles of Latino choral music will unite listeners through the joyful and transformative power of music. Hosted by Felix Contreras.
Messiah With The PSO
Airs Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 3 a.m. on KPBS FM
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates the season with a performance of Handel's Messiah. Betsy Burleigh conducts the orchestra, soloists and Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall. Jim Cunningham is your host as Lisa Shaffer, soprano; Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano; Philippe Castagner, tenor; and Sanford Sylvan, bass join the Orchestra and Choir in "Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exhalted"; "I know that My Redeemer Liveth" and the famous Hallelujah Chorus. Photo courtesy of WQED-Pittsburgh
Airs Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. on KPBS FM
An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of this holiday classic, using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy. From NPR and KCRW.
Airs Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 12 p.m. on KPBS FM
NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first "Tinsel Tales" program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary. Photo: Lynn Neary/ Photo Credit: © 2010 NPR, by Doby Photography
Tinsel Tales 3 NEW!
Airs Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 1 p.m. on KPBS FM
Listeners tune to NPR for holiday stories of all kinds; funny, touching, insightful, and surprising. Hear the latest version of evergreen delights while driving to the mall, entertaining friends, or relaxing in front of a crackling fire. Hosted by Lynn Neary.
Airs Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS FM
This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary. Photo: Lynn Neary/ Photo Credit: © 2010 NPR, by Doby Photography
Airs Friday, December 26, 2014 at 12 p.m. & 10 p.m. on KPBS FM
Maureen Cavanaugh hosts KPBS Midday Edition, a daily talk show keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts. Editors Roundtable is also a part of KPBS Midday Edition, airing every Friday at noon as The Roundtable.
Airs Friday, December 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. on KPBS FM
"A Season's Griot" is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 19 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples. The program features stories of families and fatherhood. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show’s poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette. Photo: Madafo Lloyd Wilson, "A Season's Griot"/ Credit: WHQR
Airs Tuesday, December 30 at 7 p.m. & Wednesday, December 31 at 12 p.m. on KPBS FM
Help say good-bye and good riddance to 2014 with the Capitol Steps and our annual year-end review. It's all in our hour-long radio special of "Politics Takes a Holiday!" This year will feature all-new awards, such as: "Is that guy jumping the White House fence, or is he just really into Michelle's 'Get Moving' campaign?" "You say ISIS, I say ISIL. Let's call the whole thing off." And of course, "I scream, you scream, we all scream EBOLA!" Go ahead and announce it on your social media pages, but don't post it on the Cloud because we have some pictures we really don't think the world is ready to see. So let's send 2014 out like a character from "Fifty Shades of Grey"...with a bright red bottom. Let's have some fun, shall we?