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Join us for a weekend of music & holiday specials and brand-new episodes of local programming! 

DecemberFest

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Program Highlights

In the Shadow of the Bitterroots | Outdoor Idaho

Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains define our state’s squiggly eastern border. Rugged, remote and hard to get to, the Bitterroot Mountains offer a challenge and reward. Outdoor Idaho’s “In the Shadow of the Bitterroots” will uncover the history, culture, recreation and science of the land. From sacred Nez Perce trails to the tallest peaks, this show will inspire curiosity about a unique mountain range.

"In the Shadow of the Bitterroots" airs December 1 at 8pm and December 4 at 7pm.

Author Anthony Doerr | Dialogue

Host Marcia Franklin talks in-depth with author Anthony Doerr about his newest book, “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” and the Netflix adaptation of “All the Light We Cannot See,” his 2014 novel that won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The conversation was taped at the 2022 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.

Dialogue's Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference: Anthony Doerr airs Sunday, December 4 at 5 PM.
 

Remembering the Sunshine Mine Disaster | Idaho Experience

Fifty years after the fire that killed 91 miners in Kellogg, Idaho Experience looks at the ways the community is remembering the losses and lessons of the 1972 disaster.

"Remembering the Sunshine Mine Disaster" premieres Sunday, December 4 at 6pm.


 


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Program Schedule


Friday, December 2


PBS NewsHour is anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff and features the latest news, analysis, field reports from around the world, live studio interviews and discussions. For almost 50 years, millions have turned to it as public broadcasting’s marquee nightly news program for the solid, reliable reporting that has made it the most objective news program on television.

Bloomberg's David Westin sits down with the top names in finance and economics to talk about the week's biggest issues on Wall Street.

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover brings together the brightest minds and freshest voices from across the political spectrum to engage in a contest of ideas about important issues confronting our nation.

The longest-running legislative show in the West, Idaho Reports covers the issues on what is happening in the Idaho state legislature.

This Grammy-winning film documents the rise of soul music legend Sam Cooke, from his beginnings as a gospel singer to his crossover to the pop and R&B charts. An exploration of more than just his music alone, the biography also looks at Cooke’s personal life and his role as a civil rights activist. The film includes interviews with Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Dick Clark, and others.

This music documentary celebrates the five-time Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. The program charts Orbison's career and relationships with other musicians through interviews and archive performances, some never before seen in America. From the sell-out international tour with The Beatles through his collaboration with George Harrison and The Traveling Wilburys, Orbison’s legacy endures.


Saturday, December 3


Sitting has gathered a negative reputation in recent decades. But if done skillfully, in moderation, and punctuated with exercise breaks, sitting can be comfortable, restful, and even therapeutic. In this special, viewers learn how to heal their backs as they sit by using gentle traction to elongate their backs and breathing to naturally massage their spines.

Stress and anxiety can have devastating consequences for our work, our relationships, and our mental health. Dr. Rangan Chatterjee provides a roadmap for relief, identifying the key daily stresses and offering a four-step plan to help you take back control and lead a more fulfilled, calmer life.

From what used to be a short period in which to rest, relax, and wind down after a life of hard work, this new Third Age is now being re-imagined as an unprecedented time for new freedoms, personal reinventions, and renewed purpose. Most of us haven’t yet fully considered or imagined the new choices, challenges, and opportunities that lie in front of us. Life’s Third Age with Ken Dychtwald is a public television special based on the long-awaited new book What Retirees Want: A Holistic View of Life’s Third Age by Ken Dychtwald, PhD, and Robert Morison. Based on his 40+ years in the field, Ken is considered North America’s foremost thought leader regarding aging, longevity, and retirement.

Join the acclaimed personal financial expert for essential advice on planning for and thriving inretirement. With empathy, straight talk and humor, Suze provides information about key steps for anyone trying to achieve their “ultimate retirement.”

Travel on a spectacular visual journey through the wonders of America's first national park. Set to classical music from some of the world's best composers, the park's magnificent scenery and wildlife are showcased as they change through the seasons.

In October 2021, Hollywood legend John Williams made his conducting debut with the internationally renowned Berliner Philharmoniker. After opening with the “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” Williams and the Berlin players performed a wide-ranging selection of music from some of his best-known film scores.

Two-time Grammy-winning country music superstar Reba McEntire lends her unmistakable voice to classic hymns and newly-written songs of hope.

Celtic Woman shares a message of love, hope and holiday joy with their fans around the world in the form of musical postcards, written with the songs from Celtic Woman’s latest album. Breaking from the usual format of their TV specials, Celtic Woman brings an innovative, fresh and vibrant approach to their performances, taking viewers on a musical journey through some of the most stunning land and seascapes across Ireland.


Sunday, December 4


Through the years, there's nothing more heart-warming than the familiar songs of the season at holiday time. Old-fashioned favorites celebrated through the generations are featured in A Classic Christmas (My Music). Hosted by Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days), this nostalgic special spotlights traditional carols ("Silent Night," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,") as well as popular standards ("White Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"), children's tunes ("Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty The Snowman," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus") and romantic selections ("The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland," "Merry Christmas Darling").

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas — from carols to gift-giving, feasting and drinking — was just as popular 500 years ago, with some surprising Tudor twists.

Celebrate the holidays with this timeless favorite featuring the magical combination of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby in an early color television special from 1957.The two legends swap Christmas carols, songs, and stories, pay a musical visit to Victorian England and duet on Christmas classics. Directed by Sinatra, with music conducted by Nelson Riddle.

Host Marcia Franklin talks in-depth with author Anthony Doerr about his newest book, “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” and the Netflix adaptation of “All the Light We Cannot See,” his 2014 novel that won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The conversation was taped at the 2022 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.

Fifty years after the fire that killed 91 miners in Kellogg, Idaho Experience looks at the ways the community is remembering the losses and lessons of the 1972 disaster.

Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains define our state’s squiggly eastern border. Rugged, remote and hard to get to, the Bitterroot Mountains offer a challenge and reward. Outdoor Idaho’s “In the Shadow of the Bitterroots” will uncover the history, culture, recreation and science of the land. From sacred Nez Perce trails to the tallest peaks, this show will inspire curiosity about a unique mountain range.

This concert performance features James Taylor's most important songs, interspersed with personal anecdotes, touching reflections, and never-before-seen home movies and photographs from Taylor's personal archives. Recorded at the Colonial Theatre in the heart of the Berkshires, the concert features such favorites as "Carolina in My Mind," "You've Got a Friend," and "Fire and Rain."