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December 2022

50 Years of Broadcasting in Upper Michigan

Since we started broadcasting in December 1972, we have been pleased and honored to bring you 50 years of valuable, educational and entertaining programming, and the tradition continues this December. From live concert and theater performances, to holiday specials for both young and old, this month is full of new and special programming you won't want to miss on WNMU-TV! And don't forget, we are also airing special holiday episodes of your favorite local programs like Under the Radar Michigan and Great Getaways. You'll want to settle in all month long for these and more noteworthy programs airing on WNMU-TV PBS. Programs are also available to stream LIVE from our website, pbs.org or the PBS app. 

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

Remember for a pledge of $20 or more you receive your monthly Fanfare, and with $60 you can get  WNMU Passport to watch your favorite WNMU-TV and PBS programs on demand from any device. You can binge entire seasons and catch up on episodes of your favorite PBS programs that you may have missed. With your support, we hope to continue our tradition of public broadcasting in Northern Michigan and Wisconsin for another 50 years! 

December 1-3

Ask the DNR Snowmobiling, Post-Deer Season, Ice Fishinng

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

Personnel from the Michigan DNR visit WNMU-TV to answer questions from viewers on topics including snowmobiling, post-deer season, ice fishing, and more.  

Thursday, December 1 at 8/7c. Repeats 12/2 at 3/2c.

Fresh Coast Flashback 2022

Fresh Coast Flashback 2022

Check out fan favorite films from Marquette's Fresh Coast Film Festival 2022. The films feature local stories and issues. Check back for a full lineup.

Thursday, December 1 at 9/8c. 

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

Arthur's Perfect Christmas
Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a spin on seasonal traditions in this special, showing children many ways to celebrate “the holidays.”  

Friday, December 2 at 6:30a/5:30c. Repeats 12/15 at 10a/9c.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas
Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat go through Christmas present confusion.

Friday, December 2 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/8 at 1/12c, 12/13 at 9a/8c, and 12/23 at 10:30a/9:30c..

A Creature Christmas
Wild Kratts

A Creature Christmas

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.   

Friday, December 2 at 10a/9c.

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

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.  

Friday, December 2 at 1/12c.  Repeats 12/9 at 6:30a/5:30c, and 12/14 at 11:30a/10:30c.

Seaside Hotel "Season 5, episode 1"

Seaside Hotel

Season 5, Episode 1

1932: The regular guests are back at the hotel, but in the midst of the idyll, the very wealthy August Molin arrives from Copenhagen with his Swedish wife. Mr. Weyse is instantly captivated by Mrs. Molin, but it’s a dangerous game.

Fridays at 9/8c, begins December 2.

High School Bowl Calumet vs Iron Mountain; Bark River-Harris vs West Iron County

High School Bowl
Calumet vs Iron Mountain; Bark River-Harris vs West Iron County
2021-22 defending champion Calumet takes on Iron Mountain while Bark River-Harris challenges West Iron County in this first round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, December 3 at 8/7c. Repeats 12/5 at 3/2c.

Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, M.D.

Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, M.D.
Your brain’s history is NOT your destiny. You can make your brain better with this powerful message from Dr. Daniel Amen. Part of Go Public! 22.  

Saturday, December 3 at 9/8c. 

Aging Breakthrough with Dr. Kellyann

Aging Breakthrough with Dr. Kellyann
Aging is inevitable but that doesn’t mean you can’t control how it happens and feel better with age. Shift the way you think about aging with Dr. Kellyann. Part of Go Public! 22.  

Saturday, December 3 at 10:30/9:30c.  Repeats 12/6 at 2:30/1:30c.

December 4-10

Finding Tyler

Finding Tyler

In August 2003, Tyler Johnson was a prized scholar in theoretical physics about to begin his Ph.D. work. Months later, he was living on the island of Corsica as a fugitive wanted by the FBI for eco-terrorism. Gain a glimpse into the introspective struggle of life as a fugitive through Tyler's own words and interviews with those who knew him best.  

Sunday, December 4 at 3/2c.

Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2

Join the stellar cast to celebrate the beloved musical that became a worldwide phenomenon. Part of Go Public! 22.   

Sunday, December 4 at 7/6c.

Josh Turner King Size Manger

Josh Turner King Size Manger
Multi-platinum-selling recording artist Josh Turner heralds in the holiday season with his first Christmas special.   

Sunday, December 4 at 11/10c.  Repeats 12/13 at 3/2c.

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
The Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally take a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home in time for Christmas.  

Monday, December 5 at 6a/5c.  Repeats 12/23 at 12p/11c.

Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop (My Music)

Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone and Nick Clooney host this nostalgic trip back to the 1950s, with a mix of live performance and archival footage. Part of Go Public! 22.  

Monday, December 5 at 8/7c. 

Michael Loukinen

Finnish American Lives

A moving portrait from producer Michael Loukinen of traditional Finnish American culture in Northern Michigan, highlighting the fragile community of memory connecting ourselves with parents and grandparents. Part of Go Public! 22.  

Monday, December 5 at 10/9c.

A Chef's Life

Holiday Special

Join Vivian as she prepares foods that draw on her Southern heritage and Ben's Chanukah traditions.  

Tuesday, December 6 at 1:30a/12:30c.

Celtic Woman

Postcards from Ireland

Join the multi-platinum ensemble on a spectacular musical journey around the Emerald Isle. Part of Go Public! 22.   

Tuesday, December 6 at 8/7c.

Beth Ames Swartz 

Reminders of Invisible Light

Artist Beth Ames Swartz wants resolves to promote love and creativity over fear and pain through her work.  

Tuesday, December 6 at 11:30/10:30c.

Peg + Cat + Holidays

Peg + Cat + Holidays
This holiday special features Peg + Cat in three holiday-themed stories: "The Christmas Problem," "The Hanukkah Problem," and "The Penguin Problem."   

Wednesday, December 7 at 8:30a/7:30c.  Repeats 12/23 at 9:30a/8:30c.

Nature

Penguins: Meet the Family

Meet all 18 species of penguins from around the world.

Wednesday, December 7 at 8/7c. 

NOVA

Ghosts of Stonehenge 

A decade of archaeological research uncovers provocative new clues about Stonehenge.

Wednesday, December 7 at 9/8c. Repeats 12/8 at 3/2c.

American Experience

The Polio Crusade

In the 1950's a Polio outbreak swept the U.S., devastating communities nationwide.

Wednesday, December 7 at 10/9c.

Ask the Doctors Behavioral Health

Ask the Doctors
Behavioral Health
Get your medical questions answered by area professionals during this live broadcast from WNMU-TV studios. This week's topics include behavioral and general health.  

Thursday, December 8 at 8/7c. Repeats 12/9 at 3/2c.

Seaside Hotel

Episode 2

Molin is trying to hide that he is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Friday, December 9 at 9/8c.

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams

The American Pops Orchestra presents an evening celebrating the album of holiday classics.

Saturday, December 10 at 1a/12c. 

High School Bowl: Superior Central vs Gladstone; Marquette vs. Norway

High School Bowl
Superior Central vs Gladstone; Marquette vs. Norway
Superior Central takes on Gladstone while Marquette challenges Norway in this first round of High School Bowl.  

Saturday, December 10 at 8/7c. Repeats 12/12 at 3/2c.

Discover Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Part 1Spring & Summer

Discover Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Part I - Spring & Summer

This two-part program immerses viewers in the delightful details of Vivaldi's masterpiece, starting with Spring and Summer in Part 1.  

Saturday, December 10 at 9:30/8:30c. 

December 11-17

All Creatures Great and Small: Where The Heart Is

All Creatures Great and Small

Where The Heart Is

James and Helen test the waters of their relationship as James ponders a new job prospect.

All Creatures Great and Small: Semper Progrediens

All Creatures Great and Small

Semper Progrediens

James invites Helen to the gala spring dance. Siegfried also tries his luck with romance.

All Creatures Great and Small: We Can But Hope

All Creatures Great and Small

We Can But Hope

James and Helen have their first quarrel. Mrs. Pumphrey’s dog gets Tristan in trouble.

Re-entry Realities: Hope Deferred

Larry Thompson, an Ohio inmate serving out his fourth prison number and his reentry mentor Pastor Joe Hoeflinger develop and broadcast a reentry program.  

Monday, December 12 at 9:30/8:30c.

POV

Let the Little Light Shine

An academic beacon for Black children on Chicago’s South Side battles gentrification.

Monday, December 12 at 10/9c.

How to Cook Well at Christmas with Rory O'Connell

Irish chef Rory O'Connell returns with a collection of new recipes and helpful techniques for the holiday season.  

Monday, December 12 at 11:30/10:30c.

Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir

Christmas Day in the Morning

Actor Richard Thomas tells the Pearl S. Buck story "Christmas Day in the Morning".

Tuesday, December 13 at 1a/12c.

O Holy Night: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir

Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir

O Holy Night

Tony® Award-nominee Megan Hilty and actor Neal McDonough star in this Irish-inspired holiday special. 

Tuesday, December 13 at 8/7c.

In A Different Key

How life turned out for the first child diagnosed with autism, and what acceptance means.

Tuesday, December 13 at 9/8c. 

Earthshot Prize 2022

The Earthshot Prize 2022
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is proud to partner with The Earthshot Prize to bring the Awards Ceremony to Boston. The prize is designed to incentivize global urgent optimism and action to help repair the planet.   

Wednesday, December 14 at 8/7c. 

NOVA

Rebuilding Notre Dame

A team tackles the restoration of iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.

Wednesday, December 14 at 9/8c. Repeats 12/15 at 3/2c.

American Experience

Test Tube Babies

When the first human egg was fertilized in a lab in 1944, the news spread like wildfire.

Wednesday, December 14 at 10/9c.

Ask the Lawyers

Ask the Lawyers

Area attorneys specializing in elder law answer questions submitted from viewers by phone and email.  

Thursday, December 15 at 8/7c. Repeats 12/16 at 3/2c.

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.  

Friday, December 16 at 6:30a/5:30c. Repeats 12/20 at 8:30a/7:30c, and 12/25 at 7:30a/6:30c.

Seaside Hotel

Episode 3

Mr. Molin has come down with a nervous stomach.

Friday, December 16 at 9/8c. 

December 18-24

Discover Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Part II - Autumn & Winter

This two-part program immerses viewers in the delightful details of Vivaldi's masterpiece, featuring autumn and winter in part 2. 

 Saturday, December 17 at 9:30 pm ET.

The Tidings
"The Tidings: A Christmas Concert for Troubled Times," is a cantata composed by Paul Van Ness that reflects on a darker side of the Christmas story.  

Sunday, December 18 at 7/6c.

All Creatures Great and Small

Many Happy Returns

Tristan works out how to make clients happy. James and Helen have a heart-to-heart.

 Sunday, December 18 at 8/7c. 

All Creatures Great and Small

The Last Man In

James has old scores to settle. Tristan and Siegfried must acknowledge their differences.

Sunday, December 18 at 9/8c. 

All Creatures Great and Small

Home Truths

James must solve multiple emergencies. Siegfried, Tristan and Mrs. Hall also face hurdles.

Sunday, December 18 at 10/9c.

Independent Lens: We Believe in Dinosaurs

Independent Lens
We Believe in Dinosaurs
Witness Creationism and science collide aboard an enormous Noah's Ark in rural Kentucky.  

Monday, December 19 at 10/9c.

CLOWN by Quentin Blake

On Christmas Eve, Clown goes on a journey to find a new home for himself and his friends.

Monday, December 19 at 11:30/10:30c.

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Discover the surprising Tudor origins of some favorite Christmas traditions.

Tuesday, December 20 at 10/9c.

The Letter: A Message for Our Earth

Featuring Pope Francis and diverse stories from India, Senegal, Hawaii, and the Brazilian Amazon, local leaders representing a voice that is not being heard–the voices of wildlife, the Indigenous, the youth, and the poor–come together to find unity in their distinct worldviews and strength in their common values.  

Wednesday, December 21 at 8/7c.  

American Experience

The Man Who Tried to Feed the World

Explore the life of 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, who tried to solve world hunger.  

Wednesday, December 21 at 10/9c.

Snowflake

Gale LaJoye's theatre performance helps viewers turn sorrow into joy.

Thursday, December 22 at 8/7c. Repeats 12/23 at 3/2c.

Seaside Hotel

Episode 4

A meeting between Morten and Madsen turns out quite differently from what Madsen feared.

Friday, December 23 at 9/8c. 

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Alan Cumming recounts the origin story of how a prince got put into a nutcracker.

Saturday, December 24 at 1a/12c.

Buttons: A Christmas Tale

Buttons A Christmas Tale
Follow the heartwarming journey of two orphan girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (Dick Van Dyke and Dame Angela Lansbury), they discover miracles can happen when you believe.  

Saturday, December 24 at 5:30 pm ET.  Repeats 12/25 at 6:30/5:30c.

USAF Band of Mid-America Presents

Spirit of the Season 2022

Enjoy your holiday favorites played by groups ranging in size and genre from United States Air Force Band of Mid-America’s large concert band to their rock band and jazz ensembles.  

Saturday, December 24 at 8/7c.

America's Forests with Chuck Leavell: US Capitol Christmas Tree

America's Forests with Chuck Leavell

US Capitol Christmas Tree

The journey of the Capitol Christmas tree from Colorado to DC.  

Saturday, December 24 at 8:30/7:30c.  Repeats 12/26 at 3:30/2:30c.

All is Bright! A Concordia Christmas

All is Bright! A Concordia Christmas
The musical ensembles of Concordia University Irvine and friends treat you to a festive collection of music that brings light, hope, and joy to the season.  Saturday, December 24 at 9/8c. 

Repeats 12/25 at 2/1c.

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Christmas 1914. Allied and German soldiers suspend arms for a night of song and hope.

Saturday, December 24 at 9:30/8:30c.

December 25-31

Great Lakes Now

Shrinking Winter

Scientists work to understand the causes and potential effects of less ice cover on the Great Lakes, a documentary photographer and three longtime ice anglers reflect on changes to the winter fishing season, and a competitive speed skater shares the joys of “wild ice.” 

Sunday, December 25 at 3:30/2:30c. 

All Creatures Great and Small

The Perfect Christmas

James and Helen question their future together as Christmas approaches.

Sunday, December 25 at 8/7c. 

Anthony Williams' Urban Nutcracker

Anthony Williams' Urban Nutcracker
A celebration of multicultural communities puts a modern spin on the 19th-century fairy tale.  

Sunday, December 25 at 10:30/9:30c.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2022

Call the Midwife 

Holiday Special 2022

With Christmas approaching, the midwives move to their maternity clinic and are delighted when their first patient is a familiar face. Life in Poplar returns to normal after the tragic train crash, and everyone unites for a festive talent show.

Sunday, December 25 at 9/8c.

American Masters

Groucho & Cavett

Discover the enduring friendship between legendary comedians Dick Cavett and Groucho Marx.

Tuesday, December 27 at 8/7c. 

London's New Year's Day Parade 2023 Welcome Back To London
Bring in the New Year with fun performances at iconic locations throughout the U.K. capital. This year, 24 marching bands and 1,000 cheerleaders from schools and colleges across the United States will perform through the streets of London, marching alongside dignitaries and performers from around the world.  

Wednesday, December 28 at 1a/12c. 

Nature

American Arctic

Follow the planet’s longest land-animal migration on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Wednesday, December 28 at 8/7c. 

NOVA

The Truth About Fat 

Could it be that body fat has more to do with biological processes than personal choices?

Wednesday, December 28 at 9/8c. Repeats 12/29 at 3/2c.

Attakapas: The Cajun Story

Attakapas The Cajun Story
Trace the lineage of the Acadian people, one of America’s unique and influential immigrant populations, and be transported into the heart of their journey from France to St. Martinville, LA.  Thursday, December 29 at 8/7c. 

Repeats 12/30 at 3/2c.

The Milky Way: Classic Film of the Month

Classic Film of the Month
The Milky Way
A quirk of fate leads Lloyd, a mid-mannered milkman, into the prizefighting ring and into a series of improbable but perfectly linked events. 

Friday, December 30 at 9/8c. 

United in Song

Ringing in The New Year Together 2022

Ring in the New Year with music that celebrates our nation's diversity, from folk to rock to opera.

Saturday, December 31 at 8/7c. Repeats 12/31 at 9:30/8:30c.