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December 2019 Program Highlights

All programs airs on Channel 13.1 unless noted.

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December 1-8

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol
In the tradition of the Dickens holiday classic, Nature Cat is visited by the spirits of Nature Past (Daisy), Present (Squeeks) and Future (Hal) on Christmas Eve.

Sunday, December 1 at 7 am ET. Repeats 12/2 at 8 am ET.

Red Green Show: Sasquatch
Red uses Harold as bait as he hunts for the elusive Sasquatch.

Sunday, December 1 at 2 pm ET.

Lawrence Welk: God Bless America
This special, marking Welk’s 100th birthday, looks at the nation’s history through the eyes and experiences of the famous bandleader.

Sunday, December 1 at 8 pm ET.

Aging Backwards 3 with Miranda Esmonde-White
Host Miranda Esmonde-White presents gentle, full body workouts to help viewers keep their bodies moving.

Monday, December 2 at 7 am ET. Repeats 12/4 at 8 pm ET.

PBS NewsHour
Join anchor Judy Woodruff and correspondents for in-depth analysis of current events.

Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 8 at 7 pm

Antiques Roadshow: Harrisburg Part 2
Charles Wagner Red Sox archive, Carl Schweninger oil, Karen Carpenter jacket. Which is $300,000?

Monday, December 2 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/3 at 3 pm ET.

Straight from the Heart: Timeless Music from the 60s & 70s (My Music)
Join Tony Orlando and Dawn for musical memories featuring the most popular singers and songs heard on the radio in the 1960s and 1970s.

Monday, December 2 at 9 pm ET.

Peter, Paul and Mary at Newport 1963-65
Songs filmed during the emergence of the most honored folk trio in history, including 17 never-before-seen, archival performances including "The Times They Are A-Changin," and more.

Tuesday, December 3 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/4 at 2:30 pm ET.

Ice Bridge: Mackinac Island’s Hidden Season
Highlights of the island's beautiful winters, and trace the formation of the "Ice Bridge." Distilled from 5 years of extraordinary footage.

Tuesday, December 3 at 9:30 pm ET.

Wai Lana Yoga for a Better Life & a Better World
Wai Lana reveals how the principles and practices of yoga can vastly improve our lives and the world we live in.

Wednesday, December 4 at 7 am ET.

Food: What the Heck Do I Eat? With Mark Hyman, MD
A no-nonsense guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health with myth-busting insights, easy-to-understand science, and delicious, wholesome recipes

Wednesday, December 4 at 9 pm ET.

Ask the DNR: Snowmobiling, Post-Deer Season, Ice Fishing
DNR professionals answer viewers' questions on seasonal topics.

Thursday, December 5 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/6 at 3 pm ET.

Fresh Coast Flashback 2019
Highlighting the best films from Marquette's Fresh Coast Film Festival 2019

Thursday, December 5 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 12/8 at 3 pm ET.

Under the Radar Michigan: Christmas Show 2
We’ll cut down our own tree, see one that actually sings and find out where Rudolph and all the other reindeer romp.

Thursday, December 5 at 11 pm ET. Repeats 12/6 at 5 pm ET.

Michigan Out of Doors
This weekly show features the sportsmen and women of Michigan and highlights the unbelievable natural resources here in our state.

Thursday, December 5 at 11:30 pm ET. Repeats 12/7 at 5:30 pm ET.

Articulate with Jim Cotter
Andrew W.K. defies conventional definitions of partying. Documentarian Lauren Greenfield studies what our culture values.

Fridays at 12:30 am ET, begins December 6. .

Washington Week
Join award-winning journalists for discussion and analysis of the week's major stories.

Friday, December 6 at 8 pm ET.

Off the Record
Weekly Michigan Public TV coverage of the governor's office, the state legislature, the political campaign trail, and state government.

Friday, December 6 at 8:30 pm ET.

Shakespeare Live! From the RSC
Celebrate Shakespeare 400 as Great Performances presents the RSC's star-studded gala.

Friday, December 6 at 9 pm ET.

High School Bowl
Ishpeming vs. Wakefield; Republic-Michigamme vs. Iron Mountain

Saturday, December 7 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/9 at 2:30 pm ET.

Alone in the Wilderness
Thousands have dreamed of living in the wilderness of Alaska, but Richard Proenneke lived it. The “real” Frontier House.

Saturday, December 7 at 9:30 pm ET.

The Red Green Show: Rain Man
Faced with a drought, Red tries to create rain by seeding the clouds with chemicals using a homemade cannon.

Saturday, December 7 at 10:30 pm ET. Repeats 12/8 at 2 pm ET.

The Lawrence Welk Show: Southtown, U.S.A
The Mills Brothers guest on this classic black and white show from 1964, and of course they delight with their hit, "Paper Doll".

Sunday, December 8 at 5 pm ET.

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece: Episode 9
Learn how fate will resolve the stories of the occupants of this unforgettable house.

Sunday, December 8 at 6 pm ET.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin’ Back
Celebrate the band’s hits along with special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne and more.

Sunday, December 8 at 8 pm ET.

Best of Go Public!
Encores of the most popular programs from WNMU-TV's December fundraiser. Tune in to find out!

Sunday, December 8 at 9:30 pm ET.

December 9-15

Clifford The Big Red Dog Special
With his loving human, Emily Elizabeth, and dog pals, Cleo and T-Bone, Clifford inhabits a colorful island community, inviting viewers on a fun-filled journey through childhood, navigating the dips and curves along the way.

Monday, December 9 at 10:30 am ET. Repeats 12/13 at 10 am ET.

The Best of The Joy of Painting: Special Edition Enjoy the painting techniques of Bob Ross as he creates a beautiful "Home in the Valley" painting. Monday, December 9 at 2 pm ET.

High School Bowl
Ishpeming vs. Wakefield; Republic-Michigamme vs. Iron Mountain

Monday, December 9 at 2:30 pm ET.

Antiques Roadshow: New Orleans Part 1
Bracelet and Van Cleef & Arpels ring, Mardi Gras Comus Krewe watercolors and Keith Haring graffiti.

Monday, December 9 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/10 at 3 pm ET.

Classic Christmas (My Music)
Join Gavin MacLeod and Marion Ross for a festive, all-star special of classic holiday songs.

Monday, December 9 at 9 pm ET.

Closer to Truth: Death Disrupted?
Religions offer life after death. Many people are skeptical. Evidence for post-mortem survival? Again, skeptics abound.

Tuesdays at 12:30 am ET, begins December 10.

Sondorgo
The brotherhood of virtuosity, contemporary inventions and respect, the band Söndörg from Hungary combines these all brilliantly with their signature instrument, the Hungaro-Serbian tambura.

Tuesday, December 10 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/11 at 3 pm ET.

Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell
A winter wonderland of yuletide carols and seasonal favorites in this concert filmed in Dublin.

Tuesday, December 10 at 9 pm ET.

Nature: Raising The Dinosaur Giant
Witness the work of paleontologists bringing the largest dinosaur ever discovered to virtual life.

Wednesday, December 11 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/18 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Bigger Than T.rex
Uncover the secrets of Spinosaurus, the biggest and most fearsome predator of all time.

Wednesday, December 11 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 12/12 at 3 pm ET.

SuperNature: Wild Flyers: Masters of the Sky
Explore the extremes of true flight: power, acceleration, top speed, maneuverability and endurance.

Wednesday, December 11 at 10 pm ET.

Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
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.

Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 am ET. Repeats 12/25 at 8 am ET.

Ask the Doctors: Addiction/Behavioral Health
Healthcare professionals answer viewers' questions

Thursday, December 12 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/13 at 3 pm ET.

Under the Radar Michigan: UTR Christmas Special
Hold onto your sleigh bells … cause it’s our first ever UTR Holiday Extravaganza where we show you some of our favorite Holiday happenings around Michigan.

Thursday, December 12 at 9:30 pm ET. Repeats 12/13 at 5 pm ET.

The Magic of Christmas In Alsace
Christmas in the Alsace region of France is best experienced in the small towns where each community has its own unique holiday traditions, celebrations, food, and of course wine.

Thursday, December 12 at 10 pm ET.

Christmas on the Danube
Visit cities along the Danube, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas.

Thursday, December 12 at 10:30 pm ET.

Articulate with Jim Cotter: Knowing the Rules, Then Breaking Them
In music and in life, composer Caroline Shaw sees no boundaries. For Robert Janz, art is fleeting and impermanent.

Friday, December 13 at 12:30 am ET.

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special
Join Vivian as she prepares foods that draw on her Southern heritage and Ben's Chanukah traditions.

Friday, December 13 at 10 pm ET.

NMU Commencement
Live coverage of Northern Michigan University’s mid-year commencement ceremonies.

Saturday, December 14 at 10:30 am ET.

High School Bowl
Hancock vs. Calumet; Menominee vs. Stephenson

Saturday, December 14 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/16 at 3 pm ET.

Jamestown: Ep. 1
Jocelyn regains her thirst for advancement. Silas devotes himself to life with the Pamunkey.

Sunday, December 15 at 7 pm ET.

Victoria Season 3 on Masterpiece: Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears the Crown
Revolution sweeps across Europe and pressure builds on Victoria with new arrivals at the Palace.

Sundays at 8 pm and 9 pm ET, begins December 15. Repeats 12/16 at Midnight ET.

Victoria Season 3 on Masterpiece: London Bridge Is Falling Down
Victoria must decide whether to fight the Chartists with force or allow them to present their petition.

Sunday, December 15 at 9 pm ET.

Liona Boyd: A Winter Fantasy
A magical evening concert performed by world-renowned classical guitarist, Liona Boyd and her protege, Andrew Dolson.

Sunday, December 15 at 10 pm ET.

December 16-22

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenoweth
The Tabernacle Choir is joined by Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth for this annual Christmas special.

Monday, December 16 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 12/20 at 10 pm ET.

Independent Lens: Attla
Discover the inspiring true story of legendary Alaska Native dogsled champion George Attla.

Monday, December 16 at 10 pm ET.

Let’s Go Luna!: Luna’s Christmas Around the World
When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of Luna, the kids try to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions along the way.

Tuesday, December 17 at 9:30 am ET. Repeats 12/24, 12/25, and 12/26 at 9:00 am ET.

Ornament of the World
Learn how Muslims, Jews and Christians in medieval Spain forged a common cultural identity.

Tuesday, December 17 at 8 pm ET.

Nature: Snowbound: Animals of Winter
Travel with wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan to meet animal survivors of winter.

Wednesday, December 18 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/25 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Who's The Smartest?
In this special, NOVA explores communication breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds, and dolphins.

Wednesday, December 18 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 12/19 at 3 pm ET.

SuperNature: Wild Flyers: Crowded Skies
See why survival in the sky depends on more than beating gravity or mastering flight.

Wednesday, December 18 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Lawyers: General Law
Law professionals answer viewers' questions

Thursday, December 19 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/20 at 3 pm ET.

Under the Radar Michigan: Christmas Show 2
We’ll cut down our own tree, see one that actually sings and find out where Rudolph and all the other reindeer romp.

Thursday, December 19 at 9:30 pm ET. Repeats 12/20 at 5 pm ET.

The Night Before Christmas Carol
David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens–and seventeen other familiar characters from the ghostly classic, "A Christmas Carol."

Thursday, December 19 at 10 pm ET.

Currier & Ives: Perspectives On America: Printmakers to the People
Personal stories of Currier & Ives and how they met, the history of their firm and its phenomenal growth.

Fridays at 2 pm ET, begins December 20.

Lidia Celebrates America: Return of the Artisans
Celebrate culture through food with celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich.

Fridays at 9 pm ET, begins December 20.

The Lawrence Welk Show: Christmas
Lawrence joins the gang for "Jingle Bells". Norma and thegroup sing "Silent Night" and Arthur Duncan shows us how to "Ring Those Christmas Bells".

Saturday, December 21 at 7 pm ET. Repeats 12/22 at 5 pm ET.

High School Bowl
Munising vs. Gwinn; North Central vs. ManistiqueSaturday, December 21 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/23 at 3 pm ET.

Hope College Christmas Vespers
Get to know the beautiful and historic Mackinac island through the people, businesses and families who call it home through the changing seasons.

Sunday, December 22 at 3 pm ET.

Jamestown: Ep. 2
Henry and Winganuske’s child falls ill. Jocelyn forms a relationship with the Pamunkey.

Sunday, December 22 at 7 pm ET.

Victoria Season 3 on Masterpiece: Et in Arcadia
At Osborne House, Albert relishes the opportunity to spend time with the family away from London, but Victoria is desperate to get back to the Palace and the business of politics.

Sunday, December 22 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/23 at Midnight ET.

Victoria Season 3 on Masterpiece: Foreign Bodies
When Albert leaves the Palace for Cambridge, Victoria faces the traumatic impact of a cholera epidemic on the streets of London.

Sunday, December 22 at 9 pm ET

Same God
A female professor at a prominent Christian college donned a hijab in “embodied solidarity” with Muslim women saying Christians and Muslims worship the "same God." The firestorm that followed exposed the rifts among evangelicals over race, Islam, and freedom.

Sunday, December 22 at 10 pm ET.

December 23-31

Once Upon A Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri: 2019
The sights and sounds of science come alive in this Christmas Lecture by renowned science communicator, Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Chemistry Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Monday, December 23 at 1 pm ET. Repeats 12/26 at 3 pm ET.

Christmas at Belmont
A concert of carols, classical works, world music and seasonal favorites.

Monday, December 23 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 12/24 at 8 pm ET.

Independent Lens: Supergirl
Meet Naomi, an Orthodox Jewish girl with a surprising talent: breaking world powerlifting records.

Monday, December 23 at 10 pm ET.

Let’s Go Luna!: Luna’s Christmas Around the World
When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.

Tuesday, December 24 at 9 am ET.

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
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.

Tuesday, December 24 at 10 am ET. Repeats 12/25 at 10 am ET.

Curious George: 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!

Tuesday, December 24 at 11 am ET. Repeats 12/25 at 11 am ET.

Peg + Cat + Holidays
This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring "The Christmas Problem," "The Hanukkah Problem," and "The Penguin Problem."

Monday, December 24 at 12 pm ET. Repeats 12/25 at 12 pm ET.

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas
A 12-day extravaganza showing that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas has surprising Tudor origins

Wednesday, December 25 at 8 pm ET.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years.

Wednesday, December 25 at 9 pm ET.

Jordan Smith ‘Tis the Season
The Season Nine winner of NBC's The Voice stars in his very first one-hour concert program.

Wednesday, December 25 at 10:30 pm ET.

Hannukkah: A Festival of Delights
Explore the evolution of Hanukkah from a small holiday within Judaism to prominence in American culture.

Thursday, December 26 at 8 pm ET.

London's New Year's Day Parade 2020: Preview Show
London’s New Year’s Day Parade is a cherished turn-of-year tradition bringing pomp, circumstance and good old-fashioned fun to the U.K. capital.

Thursday, December 26 at 10 pm ET.

Craft in America: Quilts
Learn about contemporary quilters as we celebrate the role quilts have played in our country's story.

Friday, December 27 at 9 pm ET.

The Lawrence Welk Show: New Years
Bob Ralston makes New Year's Eve a family affair with his wife, daughter and grandson.

Saturday, December 28 at 7 pm ET. Repeats 12/29 at 5 pm ET.

High School Bowl
Lake Linden vs. Bessemer; Norway vs. Westwood

Saturday, December 28 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/30 at 3 pm ET.

Austin City Limits 6th Annual Hall of Fame Honors
Celebrate the 2019 ACL Hall of Fame inductees; Shawn Colvin, Buddy Guy and Lyle Lovett are honored.

Saturday, December 28 at 11 pm ET.

Jamestown: Ep. 3
Maria tries to form a new life for her and Pedro. Silas seeks revenge. Jocelyn meets her match.

Sunday, December 29 at 7 pm ET.

Victoria Season 3 on Masterpiece: A Show of Unity
After an assassination attempt, the Royal household visit Ireland. Intrigue, conflict and romance all blossom during a stay at the Palmerston estate.

Sunday, December 29 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/30 at Midnight ET.

Victoria Season 3 on Masterpiece: A Coburg Quartet
A Georgian ball at the Palace could not come at a worse time as private pictures of the Royal family are made public.

Sunday, December 29 at 9 pm ET.

POV: Midnight Traveler
Hear a firsthand account of the dangers facing a family of refugees seeking asylum from the Taliban.

Monday, December 30 at 10 pm ET.

Live from Lincoln Center: N.Y. Philharmonic: Celebrating Sondheim
Ring in the New Year with the New York Philharmonic performing Stephen Sondheim's beloved works.

Tuesday, December 31 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/31 at 11 pm ET.

A Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen
Jazz singer Jackie Allen backed by her national all-star quintet perform a concert featuring romantic loves songs from The Great American Song Book.

Tuesday, December 31 at 10:30 pm ET.