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December 2020

Scroll down to learn about this month's featured programs. Shows are organized week by week. All programs are on 13.1 unless otherwise noted.

Go Public! 2020: November 29–December 6

Don't miss the special programs during Go Public! 2020. Thank you for your support!

December 1-5

What to Eat When with Dr. Michael Roizen & Dr. Michael Crupain

What to Eat When with Dr. Michael Roizen & Dr. Michael Crupain
The ultimate nutritional playbook that will allow you to adjust the kinds of foods you eat to the situations that you find yourself in, from a day at a baseball game to a genetic disposition to a chronic disease. Part of Go Public! 2020

Tuesday, December 1 at 8 pm ET.

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)
A treasure trove of historical footage of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era. Featuring Pete Seeger and Judy Collins, Harry Belafonte, Bobby Darin and more. Part of Go Public! 2020

Tuesday, December 1 at 9:30 pm ET.

European Christmas Markets

European Christmas Markets
This special travels along the rivers that connect Germany, France and Switzerland (the Mosel, Rhine and Main rivers), visiting cities and towns to learn of their history, see their major sights, and visit their charming markets.

Tuesday, December 1 at 11:30 pm ET.

Aging Backwards 3 with Miranda Esmonde-White

Aging Backwards 3with Miranda Esmonde-White
Host Miranda Esmonde-White presents gentle, full body workouts to help viewers keep their bodies moving. Part of Go Public! 2020

Wednesday, December 2 at 3 pm ET.

Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold Tour

Stevie Nicks
24 Karat Gold Tour
Grab a front-row seat for this epic concert featuring songs from her Fleetwood Mac and solo careers. Part of Go Public! 2020

Wednesday, December 2 at 9:30 pm ET.

Ask the DNR "Snowmobiling, Post-Deer Season, Ice Fishing"

Ask the DNR
Snowmobiling, Post-Deer Season, Ice Fishing
Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources answer phoned-in questions from viewers about snowmobiling, post-deer and bear seasons, and ice fishing. Part of Go Public! 2020

Thursday, December 3 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/4 at 3 pm ET.

Linked to Legends: The U.P. Teams That Played the Packers

Linked to Legends
The U.P. Teams That Played the Packers
This documentary focuses on U.P. athletes who played for and against the early Packers, along with other U.P. players who made their mark in the first decade of the NFL. Part of Go Public! 2020

Thursday, December 3 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 12/7 at 3 pm ET.

The Magic of Christmas in Alsace

The Magic of Christmas in Alsace
Experience Christmas in the Alsace region of France, in the small towns and villages where each community has its own unique holiday traditions, celebrations, food, and of course wine. Part of Go Public! 2020

Thursday, December 3 at 11:30 pm ET.

Professor T: The Trial

Professor T
The Trial
Professor T gets involved in a trial about a high profile murder

Friday, December 4 at 9 pm ET.

American Masters: Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

American Masters
Charley Pride: I’m Just Me
See how country star Charley Pride used music to triumph over prejudice and injustice.

Friday, December 4 at 10 pm ET.

Lawrence Welk "God Bless America"

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. Part of Go Public! 2020

Saturday, December 5 at 6 pm ET.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Ghosts of Christmas Eve
The late Ossie Davis narrates a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas, with musical performances by Jewel, Michael Crawford and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Part of Go Public! 2020

Saturday, December 5 at 8:30 pm ET.

December 6-12

Johnny Cash: A Night to Remember

Johnny Cash
A Night to Remember
Discover a never-before-seen Johnny Cash concert from 1973, featuring some of his biggest hits. Part of Go Public! 2020

Sunday, December 6 at 7 pm ET.

Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You (My Music)

Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You
(My Music)
Celebrate the beloved singer-songwriter’s career from her early days to her success as a crossover pop superstar. Part of Go Public! 2020

Sunday, December 6 at 8:30 pm ET.

Hank Locklin Country Music's Timeless Tenor

Hank Locklin
Country Music's Timeless Tenor
Recall the unquestionable talent, unorthodox career path and notable contributions of prolific songwriter, Grammy-nominated recording artist and Grand Ole Opry star Hank Locklin.

Sunday, December 6 at 10 pm ET.

Call the Midwife 2018-19 Holiday Specials

Call the Midwife
2018-19 Holiday Specials
Holiday SpecialsSee how some unexpected Christmas visitors cause joy and chaos in equal measure for the midwives.

Monday, December 7 from Midnight-3a.

The Legacy List with Matt Paxton

The Legacy List with Matt Paxton
The team has 24 hours to find a lost poetry book by a POW father in Richmond, VA.

Mondays at 9 pm ET, begins December 7. .

Independent Lens Charm City

Independent Lens
Charm City
Get to know the people on the front lines of three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore.

Monday, December 7 at 10 pm ET.

Ornament of the World

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

Tuesday, December 8 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/9 at Midnight ET.

Nature Snow Bears

Nature
Snow Bears
Witness the incredible journey of newborn polar bear cubs as they learn to survive in the Arctic.

Wednesday, December 9 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/16 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA Bird Brain

NOVA
Bird Brain
Watch as scientists test the intelligence of birds and reveal skills we assumed unique to humans.

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

NOVA Rise of the Rockets

NOVA
Rise of the Rockets
Behold the technologies and companies that promise a new renaissance in space travel.

Wednesday, December 9 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Doctors Women's Health

Ask the Doctors
Women's Health
Area physicians answer questions focusing on women's health, phoned-in by viewers.

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

Professor T The Legacy

Professor T
The Legacy
A businessman vanishes without a trace just days after a failed attempt on his life. Blood is found, yet there is no body. Is this a genuine crime, or could it have been staged by the "victim" himself?

Friday, December 11 at 9 pm ET.

Once Upon A Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri

Once Upon A Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
2019
University of Wisconsin Madison Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri presents the 50th annual "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri." The show includes many colorful, captivating, and rousing science experiments.

Friday, December 11 at 10 pm ET.

Turmoil & Triumph The George Shultz Years

Turmoil & Triumph
The George Shultz Years
Secretary George Shultz's early life, his service as a U.S. Marine, his academic career and his early cabinet posts as Secretary of Labor and Treasury under President Nixon.

Saturdays at 8 pm ET, begins December 12. Repeats 12/14 at 3 pm ET.

December 13-19

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas
Discover the surprising Tudor origins of some favorite Christmas traditions.

Sunday, December 13 at 6 pm ET. Repeats 12/18 at 10 pm ET.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown becomes the director of the gang's holiday play. Can he overcome his friends’ preference for dancing over acting, find the “perfect” tree and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

Sunday, December 13 at 7:30 pm ET.

Sanditon on Masterpiece: Ep. 1

Sanditon on Masterpiece
Ep. 1-3
Experience Jane Austen's unfinished novel in this adaptation from screenwriter Andrew Davies.

Sundays starting at 8 pm, Parts 1-3 air December 13. Repeats 12/14 at Midnight ET.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir featuring Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir featuring Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas
Celebrate the holidays with a nostalgic program that exudes the warmth and peace that the season can bring.

Monday, December 14 at 9 pm ET.

Independent Lens: The Force

Independent Lens
The Force
Go deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles with demands for reform.

Monday, December 14 at 10 pm ET.

Ella Wishes You A Swingin' Christmas, with Vanessa Williams

Ella Wishes You A Swingin' Christmas, with Vanessa Williams
Enjoy an evening celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's entire iconic album of holiday classics.

Tuesday, December 15 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/25 10 pm ET.

Christmas at Belmont

Christmas at Belmont
Featuring Belmont University students, Michael W. Smith and CeCe Winans.

Tuesday, December 15 at 9 pm ET.

Nature: Animal Odd Couples

Nature
Animal Odd Couples
Investigate unlikely cross-species relationships and see what they suggest about animal emotions.

Wednesday, December 16 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/23 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA "Einstein's Quantum Riddle"

NOVA
Einstein's Quantum Riddle
Join scientists as they grab light from across the universe to prove quantum entanglement is real.

Wednesday, December 16 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 12/17 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Apollo's Daring Mission

NOVA
Apollo's Daring Mission
Hear astronauts and engineers tell the story of how Apollo 8 paved the way to the moon landing.

Wednesday, December 16 at 10 pm ET.

Ask the Lawyers: December General Law

Ask the Lawyers
December General Law
Area attorneys answer phoned-in questions from viewers.

Thursday, December 17 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/18 at 3 pm ET.

Professor T: Murder By Numbers, Part 1

Professor T
Murder By Numbers, Part 1
When two bodies are found within days of each other, both with numbers carved into their chests, it seems Antwerp has a serial killer on its hands. Will Professor T resurface to help with the case?

Friday, December 18 at 9 pm ET.

Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years: To Start The World Again

Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years
To Start The World Again
Inside the White House, Cabinet members continue to vie for the President’s attention, putting forth competing tactics to achieve the administration’s goals.

Saturday, December 19 at 8 pm. Repeats 8 pm 12/19.

December 20-26

Holidays at Murray State

Holidays at Murray State
The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and featured soloists highlight this annual seasonal special–a one hour sojourn in sight and sound through Murray State and the Purchase area of Kentucky.

Sunday, December 20 at 7 pm ET.

Sanditon on Masterpiece Ep. 4-6

Sanditon on Masterpiece
Ep. 4-6
Charlotte aids a forbidden romance. A cricket match brings tensions to a boil. Charlotte and Sidney join forces to rescue Miss Lambe.

Sunday, December 20 starting at 8 pm. Repeats 12/21 at Midnight ET.

The Legacy List with Matt Paxton "Lenis Northmore / Newark, DE"

The Legacy List with Matt Paxton
Lenis Northmore / Newark, DE
The team is on the hunt for art and heirlooms in this huge, museum-like home in Delaware.

Monday, December 21 at 9 pm ET.

Independent Lens: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Independent Lens
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
Discover how Native American musicians transformed blues, jazz and rock in this musical celebration.

Monday, December 21 at 10 pm ET. .

City Hall

City Hall
City government touches almost every aspect of our lives. City Hall shows a city government successfully offering a wide variety of services to a diverse population.

Tuesday, December 22 at 8 pm ET.

Nature: Snowbound: Animals of Winter

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

Wednesday, December 23 at 8 pm ET. Repeats 12/30 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Pluto and Beyond

NOVA
Pluto and Beyond
Watch the New Horizons spacecraft zoom toward an object four billion miles from Earth.

Wednesday, December 23 at 9 pm ET. Repeats 12/24 at 3 pm ET.

NOVA: Flying Supersonic

NOVA
Flying Supersonic
Uncover the history of the Concorde, the passenger plane that flew at twice the speed of sound.

Wednesday, December 23 at 10 pm ET. .

America from the Ground Up

America from the Ground Up
Join Monty as he sets out to explore the ways that America’s Native peoples used and altered the landscape.

Monday–Friday at Midnight, begins December 24 .

Luna’s Christmas Around the World

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.

Thursday, December 24 at 9 am ET. Repeats 12/25 at 9 am ET.

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
Journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas.

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

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George
A Very Monkey Christmas
This special brings together kids’ favorite monkey, the Man in the Yellow Hat, and all the other Curious George series characters for this heartwarming, hour-long holiday special.

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

Peg + Cat + Holidays

Peg + Cat + Holidays
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.

Thursday, December 24 at Noon ET. Repeats 12/25 at Noon ET.

Kingston Trio Holiday Cheers

Kingston Trio Holiday Cheers
George Grove, Bill Zorn, and Rick Dougherty perform a unique collection of seasonal tunes including several of the inspirational songs from their 1960s album "The Last Month of the Year."

Thursday, December 24 at 8 pm ET.

Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Messiah, Prince of Peace

Wheaton College Christmas Festival
Messiah, Prince of Peace
Students from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois perform sacred Christmas music and carols from around the world.

Friday, December 25 at 3 pm ET.

Christmas Tree Ship

Christmas Tree Ship
The true story of the now-legendary, but doomed Lake Michigan voyage of the three-masted schooner Rouse Simmons loaded with thousands of Christmas trees for sale in the 1912 Christmas season. Part of the Beaumier Heritage Doc. Series.

Friday, December 25 at 9 pm ET.

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

All is Calm
The Christmas Truce of 1914
Relive the moment when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together during World War I.

Friday, December 25 at 11 pm ET.

Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years: Swords Into Plowshares

Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years
Swords Into Plowshares
As the Iran-Contra scandal grows, a summit meeting continues in Iceland as these two leaders meet each other face to face for a second time to determine the future of a nuclear world.

Saturday, December 26 at 8 pm. Repeats 8 pm 12/19.

December 27-31

Great Lakes Now Series: Looking Up and Out

Great Lakes Now Series
Looking Up and Out
See state-of-the-art dark skies photography from one of the best places in the lower 48 to view the famous Northern Lights. Visit the new floating islands in Chicago’s “Wild Mile,” which are good news for fish.

Sunday, December 27 at 3:30 pm ET.

Songs to Keep: Treasures of An Adirondack Folk Collector

Songs to Keep
Treasures of An Adirondack Folk Collector
Marjorie Lansing Porter dedicated her life to preserving the rare folk songs of the Adirondacks. This film features contemporary folk musicians Lee Knight, David Ruch, and others discussing and performing these traditional tunes.

Sunday, December 27 at 7 pm ET.

Sanditon on Masterpiece: Ep. 7-8

Sanditon on Masterpiece
Ep. 7-8
Sidney wrestles with his feelings for an old flame. Then, events take an unexpected turn at Sanditon's Midsummer Ball.

Sunday, December 27 starting at 8 pm. Repeats 12/28 at Midnight ET.

Call The Midwife 2020 Holiday Special

Call The Midwife
2020 Holiday Special
This year’s Christmas Special is set in December 1965. Everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations with all the trimmings, but nothing goes quite to plan.

Sunday, December 27 at 10 pm ET.

The Legacy List with Matt Paxton: Lambert Family / Mechanicsville, VA

The Legacy List with Matt Paxton Lambert Family / Mechanicsville, VA
The team meets a history-maker when they move a Harvard trailblazer in Virginia.

Monday, December 28 at 9 pm ET.

Vernon Jordan: Make it Plain

Vernon Jordan Make it Plain
Explore the life of one of the most influential African American thought leaders.

Monday, December 28 at 10 pm ET.

Abandoned in the Arctic

Abandoned in the Arctic
The story of the tragic Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881-1884 told with a group of kayakers retracing the party's retreat into the high arctic.

Tuesday, December 29 at 9:30 pm ET.

Nature: Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo

Nature
Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo
See the life-and-death relationship of wolves and buffalo in Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park.
Wednesday, December 30 at 8 pm ET.

NOVA: The Impossible Flight

NOVA The Impossible Flight
For the first time ever, two intrepid pilots fly a solar-powered airplane around the world.

Wednesday, December 30 at 9 pm ET.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration: 50 Years and Counting

Jazz at The Lincoln Center presents
Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration: 50 Years and Counting
Enjoy a celebration of the music of Sesame Street with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Thursday, December 31 at 3 pm ET.

Great Performances: 42nd Street

Great Performances
42nd Street
Tap-dance to this musical extravaganza about a young performer who gets her big Broadway break.

Thursday, December 31 at 9:30 pm ET.