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Airs Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV
Host Christopher Kimball and test kitchen cooks Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison, Rebecca Hays and Yvonne Ruperti deconstruct America's favorite recipes to reveal the secrets to foolproof cooking at home.
Airs Monday, November 25, 2013 at 6:30 a.m. on KPBS TV
MARTHA SPEAKS celebrates the spirit of family in “Martha’s Thanksgiving,” a two-part episode airing during Thanksgiving week on PBS KIDS. After discovering that Helen’s extended family will be coming for Thanksgiving, Martha embarks on a quest for to find her own long-lost siblings. Come together with your family and enjoy this heartwarming episode that teaches words like reunion, quest, memory, and connection.
Airs Mon., Nov. 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. & Wed., Dec. 25 at 11 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 Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge his American neighbors to survive the Christmas season without any Chinese products. The Jones family eagerly accepts this consumer mission-impossible and is drawn into an intercultural exchange with the Xia family. As the Joneses strive to adapt without their Chinese-made appliances and Christmas lights, Tom hopes that they’ll begin to appreciate his birthplace. When Tim Jones challenges Tom about his pride in communist China, Tom, struggling to explain China and go beyond the stereotypes, realizes he’s on a journey of self-discovery, torn between his competing loyalties to the U.S. and China.
Airs Wed., Nov. 27 at 7 a.m. & 10 a.m. & Wed., Dec. 25 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 Wed., Nov. 27, 2013 at 8 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., Thurs. Nov. 28 at 8 a.m., Fri., Dec. 13 at 8 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., Tues. Dec. 24 at 8:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
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 -- from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs -- and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.
Airs Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Join the Italian vocal trio Il Volo to usher in the holiday season with performances of favorite Christmas classics. Filmed at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, this new special features “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wondeful Time of the Year,” “O Holy Night,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and many more.
Airs Mon., Dec. 2, 2013 at 10 p.m. & Sun., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV
Warm your heart and soul with the angelic voices of one of the world’s most acclaimed boy choirs as they perform traditional Christmas carols infused with the musical sounds of Ireland. Recorded in the spectacular St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland, the concert also features virtuoso musicians, including Irish flute player Brian Dunning and violinist Zoe Conway.
Airs Wed., Dec. 4, 2013 at 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 7 at 8:30 p.m. & Sat., Dec. 21 at 10 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 Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. on KPBS TV
Nine stars of the Lawrence Welk Musical Family are reunited to host this special, featuring great moments and memories spanning 30 years of Christmas holiday shows. The cast includes the Lawrence Welk Champaign lady, Norma Zimmer, Myron Floren, Jo Ann Castle, Mary Lou Metzger, Bobby Burgess, Ron Anderson, Sandi Griffiths, Ken Delo, and Gail Farrell.
Airs Mon., Dec. 9, 2013 at 8 a.m. & Wed. Dec. 25 at 8 a.m. on KPBS TV (more dates/times TBA)
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 Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that multiple Grammy award-winning superstar Mariah Carey will be performing at the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch will host the ceremony, which also includes holiday performances by The Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train, and Nolan Williams, Jr. and Voices of Inspiration.
Airs Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9 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 Saturday, December 21, 2013 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 Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. & 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
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.
Airs Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Host Joseph Rosendo journeys to Lausanne, Montreux and Basel to bask in the glow of a Swiss-style Christmas at some of the country's holiday markets, where food stalls feature some of the best regional fare. He samples locally produced wine, venison sausage fresh from the hunt and even chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Rosendo also enjoys a scenic train ride to Rocher-de-Naye, where he meets Father Christmas and his trusty companion, the Schmutzli, at Santa's Village.
Airs Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV
Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates culture through food. Join her for an Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes with actors Mo Rocca and Stanley Tucci; a Mexican-American Christmas Day with four generations of the Cortez family in San Antonio, Texas; a Chinese New Year feast and celebration with the Fong-Torres family; and a Jewish-American Passover seder with the Russ family of the famed specialty shop Russ and Daughters and food author Ruth Reichl.
Airs Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8 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, December 23, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
“Holiday” celebrates some of our most important traditions. Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. George Vanderbilt’s opulent turn-of-the-century Christmas is recreated at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. Daring chefs make lavish gingerbread houses for the competition at Grove Park Inn. Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions, tamales and Kathleen Trenchard’s sparkling luminarias. Garcia Art Glass makes colorful ornaments, and Veronica Castillo creates a traditional Mexican Tree of Life.
Airs Tuesday, December 24, 2013 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. In its 24th year, this ballet fantasy delights with over 100 beautifully costumed dancers, reveling in Tchaikovsky's beloved score.
Airs Tuesdays, December 24 & 31, 2013 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 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4 a.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 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3 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 Wed., Dec. 25, 2013 at 8 p.m. & Sun., Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV
As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.
Airs Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
CALL THE MIDWIFE follows nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy are back in the East End, Sister Bernadette, now known as Shelagh since leaving the convent, is preparing for her wedding to Dr. Turner and Jenny is facing huge challenges personally and professionally. At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is found under a warehouse close to Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families become homeless.
Airs Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER rings in the new year with a special broadcast of the New York Philharmonic’s opening gala concert featuring music director Alan Gilbert and special guest cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma. The concert, taped on September 25 at Avery Fisher Hall, will feature dance-inspired orchestral works, including "Azul" by Osvaldo Golijov, a cello concerto written for Ma; the world premiere of an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s "La serie del Ángel" by Octavio Brunetti, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic; and two classics by Maurice Ravel, "Alborada del gracioso" and "Boléro."
Airs Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Always one of “our favorite things,” we continue the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of guest conductor Daniel Barenboim 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 will feature a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews will return as host.
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Airs Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3 p.m. on KPBS FM
A perennial NPR favorite, "Hanukkah Lights" features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. Photo: Susan Stamberg/ Credit: 2006 NPR by Antony Nagelmann
Airs Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 10 a.m. on KPBS FM
"Turkey Confidential" is our annual live call-in show, designed to bail you out of any last-minute kitchen emergencies and provide a backdrop as you and your family prepare for the big day. Our guests this year will be Mario Batali, Pati Jinich, Ted Allen, Alexandra Guarnaschelli and Michael Pollan. To contact us during the show, ask questions on Facebook and Twitter, send us an email, or call (800) 537-5252.
Airs Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 12 p.m. on KPBS FM
Classical music is the heart and soul of the original "Giving Thanks." This year features a tribute to Bach, including Simone Dinnerstein; Eric Whitacre's gorgeous setting of e.e. cumming's "i thank You God for most this amazing day"; and Dawn Upshaw sings Maria Schneider's breathtaking new setting of "Winter Morning Walks" by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, who introduces the poem. Image courtesy of Fedorov Oleksiy
Airs Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at 10 a.m. & Sunday, Dec. 22 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.
Airs Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8 p.m. on KPBS FM
National Public Radio broadcasts a recording of Paul Winter's "Winter Solstice Celebration" during the holidays. More than 200 local NPR stations subscribe to this special performance, making it one of NPR's most popular seasonal shows. Photo © Jeff Day
Airs Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 6 p.m. on KPBS FM
It's the fifth edition of the not so new, wonky 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.
Airs Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 7 p.m. on KPBS FM
Latin American holiday traditions often reflect both indigenous and European roots with distinct characteristics that are often only similar in the language used. NPR Music's Alt.Latino hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd take us on a Latin American holiday travelogue through the eyes and ears of four very different Latin Alternative musicians who put aside their contemporary sounds and go back to their musical and cultural roots. Latin Alternative music is at its core a cultural hybrid of tradition mixed with genres like hip hop, rock, punk and electronic dance music. Contreras and Garsd have assembled a sampling of some of the genre's most creative minds to share holiday music from four very rich Latin American cultures.
Airs Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 3 a.m. on KPBS FM
Join the Handel & Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and soloists, all in performance at Boston's Symphony Hall. Handel's complete "Messiah."
Airs Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. on KPBS FM
Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of this holiday classic, using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. He re-creates Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley's spirit and the three Christmas ghosts: Past, Present and Future. Mimi Kennedy also performs. Produced by National Public Radio and KCRW.
Airs Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12 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.
Tinsel Tales 2
Airs Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1 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
Airs Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. on KPBS FM
Join us for a Kwanzaa celebration in story and song. Madafo Lloyd Wilson welcomes guest griots, reading their own original and traditional stories, and we'll hear an original work by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette. Photo: Madafo Lloyd Wilson, "A Season's Griot"/ Credit: WHQR
Airs Friday, December 27, 2013 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."