Highlights: December 2-8

KLRU Highlights

Performers from the mid- to late-60s singi  their biggest hits in archival footage from the classic TV show on Ed Sullivan’s Top Performers 1966-1969 at 6 pm Sunday.

Downton Abbey Revisited at 8 pm Sunday, 8:30 pm Thursday and 8:30 pm Saturday savors great moments from the series’ first two seasons, along with cast interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage and a sneak peek at what’s in store for the Crawleys as they enter the Roaring Twenties.

Legendary rocker Rod Stewart’s first solo holiday special features classic songs including duets with Michael Buble, Cee-Lo Green, Mary J. Blige and Ella Fitzgerald on Great Performances at 9:30 pm Sunday, 8:30 pm Thursday.

Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 at 7 pm Monday recaps the 25th birthday concert of the legendary musical with a company of over 300 actors and musicians at the O2 Arena in London.

My Music opens the archives to present many never-before broadcast doo wop classics artist and songs from the vocal group era in Doo Wop Discoveries at 7 pm Tuesday.

From England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, and Rome to the top of the Swiss Alps, Rick Steves and his gang bring home a vivid and intimate look at how seven diverse cultures celebrate Christmas in Rick Steves’ European Christmas at 9 pm Tuesday.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday looks firsthand at the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable, and through caregivers, biologists and animal behaviorists, explore what they suggest about the nature of animal emotions in “Animal Odd Couples.”

Tenors: Lead With Your Heart at 8:30 pm Wednesday and 7 pm Saturday presents an all-new set list from the internationally recognized group stretching the boundaries of classical crossover by combining classic songs, modern tunes and Spanish and French world music.

Super Brain with Dr. Rudy Tanzi at 10 pm Wednesday and 7 pm and 10 pm Thursday explores new discoveries in neuroscience.

Peter, Paul and Mary: Carry It On: A Musical Legacy at 9 pm Friday explores the four decade long career of Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers.

Next Avenue Growing Bolder: December Episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives.  Our newest effort is a national collaboration called Next Avenue that features resources and an online discussion of issues facing those 50+. As part of that project we are also airing, Growing Bolder Sundays at 10:30 am on KLRU. Growing Bolder delivers empowering stories that inspire audiences of all ages to believe that it’s never too late to achieve their dreams. It features stories of masters athletes, cancer survivors, musicians, health experts, entrepreneurs and more.

Upcoming episodes:

12/2: “On A Mission”
The Father of Juicing Fights Back – He’s 87, still vibrant and still on a mission. Just don’t call Jay Kordich the Juiceman anymore. A legal battle took the name from him but not his spirit or his conviction. He believes raw juices saved his life more than 60 years ago. See why he’s been shouting it to the world ever since. Life Lessons From Coach Bill – Growing Bolder Vice President Bill Shafer spends his days guiding the GB team and his nights and weekends molding lives on his son’s youth hockey team. We followed Coach Bill and his team as they battled for a spot in their league’s championship and discovered what they learned off the ice may be more important than any final score at the rink. Man on a Mission – Mr. Bill is on a very serious crusade; to improve the lives of families in need. His job at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando, Florida, is often back-breaking work, but Mr. Bill does it all with a smile. Hear what keeps him going.

12/9: “True Grit”
What’s SUP? – We had to know what’s SUP after receiving an email that read, “At 46 years old, I took a BOLD move, quit my 19+ year safe and secure job with the Florida Lottery and started living my dream.” That got our attention. We had to know more. We found a family living their dreams and helping others discover a new FUN way of exercising — at any age. Eclectic Collector – Everybody likes to collect things, but what if those things get out of hand? What if they take over everything? Audrey Lentz has always had an eye for things that please her. From Howdy Doody to the present day, from pinball to pez, she has an amazing collection. But what sets her apart is, her home… her ENTIRE home is her display case! True Grit – From the outside looking in, Tom Ross has it all — a high-powered job, Broadway plays in New York and downhill runs in Utah. From the inside looking out, the view is much different. When he came to a crossroads in life, he chose to start growing bolder.

12/16: “Gospel of Good”
From Broadway to Busts – Lawrence Holofcener wrote for Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” Sammy Davis Jr. and Merv Griffin. After becoming one of the top songwriters around, he decided to walk away and take another risk — he wanted to be an actor. Not only did he become an actor, he made his debut on Broadway in “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off.” He even went on to star in “Hello, Dolly!” with Carol Channing and in “Fiddler on the Roof.” Now, at the age of 85, he’s a respected painter and sculptor. One of his most famous pieces is a tourist destination in London. He’s used two simple words to guide him through his amazing life: why not? Gospel of Good – With the daily news filled with stories of unethical businessmen and out-of-control corporate greed, we’re happy to shine the light on a Fortune 500 company and a retired CEO who are proving that giving back is the best way to move forward. The Most Vibrant 107-Year-Old in the World – At 107, Wilhelmina Hoorn raises the bar of what’s possible to a whole new level! Come celebrate her birthday with a woman who has lived around the world and seen great hardships and great joy. Plus, her birthday is made even more special by the fact that she gets to celebrate it with five generations of her family, including her three feisty daughters — all in their 80s themselves.

12/23: “Born To Dance”
With the Greatest of Ease – 67-Year-Old Joe Johnston is a champion at track and field, and the pole vault is his specialty. He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, but he’s no circus performer. Joe says he has the secret to life, and he’s sharing it with Growing Bolder. So She Thought She Could Dance – Thanks to the popularity of dance shows on network TV, dance studios around the country are busier than they’ve been in decades. Many more people would love to take lessons but worry about embarrassing themselves. By all accounts, Quin Bommelje was so bad when she first started, her teacher and even her husband couldn’t bear to watch. She had a hard time to keeping time to the beat. Now, her younger dance partner has a hard time keeping up with her! Final Resting Place – It’s art. It’s a memorial. It’s grandma’s cremated remains! We’re all about living and normally wouldn’t cover the National Funeral Directors Convention, but we heard the industry is changing rapidly. We promise, this story isn’t depressing. A little weird? Yeah, we’ll give you that. From launching your loved one’s ashes into space to tucking them into the barrel of a hunting fan’s shotgun, we’ll give you unusual ideas for a final resting place.

12/30: “Take Second Chances”
Famous Face – His life was one of abuse and rejection. The more he suffered, the stronger his resolve. No one believed in him, until a chance meeting with a fledgling talk show host changed everything. Now, after 20 years as Oprah Winfrey’s personal makeup artist, Reggie Wells is set to soar. Roderick Sewell – Just a few years ago, Roderick Sewell was a homeless teenager with no legs who was failing school. Today, he’s a world-class athlete, attends college and he’s set his sights on a big goal — making the Paralympics team. His life started turning around when he got involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, an organization that not only provides running legs for disabled athletes — it provides a pathway to a successful life. Second Chance at Life – At age 68, Larry Pontius had a life expectancy counted in single-digit days. Even the smallest things reminded him of his own mortality — commercials for a football season he might never see; pictures of places he might never get to visit. Then came a life-changing call.

Q Night at the Movies for December

KLRU Q Night at the Movies spotlights a classic film on select Saturday nights at 8 p.m. This month’s feature films will be:

12/1– Dark Victory
An heiress (Bette Davis) with only months to live embarks on a social whirl, then marries her doctor (George Brent). Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart.

12/8 – Soldier In The Rain
An Army supply sergeant’s (Steve McQueen) tragic hero is a portly master sergeant (Jackie Gleason) who knows his way around. Cast: Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld.

12/15 – No Time For Sergeants
A naive and stubborn Georgia rube (Andy Griffith) joins the peacetime Air Force and talks back to his sergeant (Myron McCormick). Cast: Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick, Nick Adams.

12/29 – A Walk In The Clouds
A married chocolate salesman (Keanu Reeves) agrees to pose for a day as the new husband of a pregnant vineyard heiress (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) in postwar California. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Anthony Quinn.

Create Special Days in December

Starting at 10 am each Saturday, KLRU Create offers viewers themed programming to get you started on various projects. KLRU Create is on channel 18.2 over the air.

December 1 Sweet Ending
Everyone knows the best part of any meal is dessert. Join Create to indulge in the yummy goodness of cakes, brownies and cookies. Julia Child bakes a moist Vanilla Chiffon cake. Katie Brown Whips up Orange and Cherry brownies and Sugar an.d Spice cookies. Nick Stellino and Chris Kimball and company try their hand at sweet endings too. Those with a sweet tooth wiil certainly enjoy this marathon.

December 8 Gift of Giving
They old proverb states, “it’s better to give, than to receive,” with the holiday season quickly approaching be sure to gift specialists, Katie Brown, Joseph Rosendo; Donna Dewberry and Rachel Alien. They’ll take you to the finest holiday markets and you’ll learn how to add that extra special detail to a homemade gift. Show someone how muoh you care, with the gifts of love that you give.

December 15 California Dreamin’
West Coast is a dream come truel Hop a trolley in San Francisco and slp wine in Napa with Burt Wolf. Joseph Rosendo takes us far from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, to other parte of Los Angeles for an unexpected good time. Venture off to the beautiful island of Catalina with Doug lVloConnell. Eureka, it’s California!

December 22 Joy to the World
Celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa with the help of some of our favorite Create friends. With traditions of the holidays provided by travel expert and cultural histoilan Buit Wolf; and holiday recipestrom Mary Ann Esposito, Katie Brown and Andreas /iestad, you’l| be celebrating the season with Warmth and good cheer.

December 29 Midnight Celebration
Five! Four! Three! Two! One! HAPPY NEW YEAR! having a New Year’s open house and you‘re invited! Indulge in the tasty appetizers prepared by our exceptional chefs Hubert Keiier, Katie Brown, and it/lary Ann Esposito. Toast to the New Year with globe trekker Rick Steves, as you tour France’­s Champagne Region. VVe’re planning to bring in 2013 with an unforgettable party and we hope that you’ll| be there too!

Local arts and adventure Thursday night on KLRU

We’ll be live from Studio 6A tomorrow night for an exciting evening of local arts and adventure !

Starting at 7pm, we’ll be live in studio 6A with a great line up of KLRU Collective highlights. If you haven’t visited our online arts portal, KLRU Collective, then tune in tomorrow to see our favorite videos of local movers and shakers in our creative community. And we’ll literally be moving and shaking with special guests from the Austin Samba School joining us!

Austin Samba School from KLRU Collective on Vimeo.

Following our mix-tape of KLRU Collective, we’ll premiere the brand new Arts in Context episode,  All My Friends Are Vampires, which documents Fantastic Fest,  the largest genre film festival in the country, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from around the world held each year in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar. We’ll have Tim League, founder of Fanstastic Fest and the Alamo Drafthouse, in studio with us and we’ll giveaway a 2013 Fantastic Fest badge and an Alamo movie theater experience for you and your friends.

All My Friends Are Vampires Trailer from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

You’ll probably be hungry at 8:30pm, so we’ve planned a special Daytripper hour of the best in Texas BBQ. Chet joins us with the inside scoop on taking daytrips and brings some great gifts when you support the station, like a 2013 Daytripper BBQ Calendar, Daytripper Koozies, and a subscription to Texas Highways magazine.

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Community Cinema: Beauty Is Embarrassing 12/4

Explore the artistic world of Wayne White at this month’s Community Cinema screening at 7 pm on December 4 Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.).

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING by Neil Berkeley
Artist Wayne White found early success as one of the creators of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and now his “word” paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world. This is a funny, irreverent story of the highs and lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art.

In the Studio: Civic Summit What it Takes for Texas Families 12/6

Civic Summit

KLRU and the Center for Public Policy Priorities present an evening focusing on families and the economy

DATE: Thursday, December 6th
TIMES: 6:30 pm doors; 7pm documentary screening; 7:30 pm townhall discussion/taping
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: Event is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP now

First watch the documentary “Fighting Chance” and then participate in a community discussion about families and poverty to be broadcast on KLRU Decmeber 13 at 8:30 pm.

What does it take for a family to survive and thrive in Texas? “Fighting Chance” follows the lives of five families and shows the tough choices they must make — sacrifices that most Texans could not imagine. Their journeys are chronicled as they fight to meet their most basic needs. The realities of poverty are exposed and common assumptions are challenged as to what it takes to survive.

Immediately after the screening, community members and leaders join in conversation to discuss the challenges and barriers families in Texas face in order to get by. Hear how different cities address issues and provide solutions for their communities. Learn also about tools and resources available to help families get ahead.  Discussion guests include:

  • Walter Moreau, Executive Director, Foundation Communities
  • Frances Deviney, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate, Center for Public Policy Priorities
  • Moderated by Sherri Greenberg Director, Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Garnet Coleman, State Representative from Houston and Chairman of the County Affairs Committee

Civic Summit: What it Takes for Texas Families will be broadcast on KLRU and be available online at the Civic Summit website

Highlights: November 25-December 1

KLRU Highlights

In this riveting special, Downton Abbey Revisited at 7 pm and 8:30 pm Sunday, 9:30 pm Thursday, and 7 pm and 8:30 pm Saturday savors great moments from the series’ first two seasons, along with cast interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage and a sneak peek at what’s in store for the Crawleys as they enter the Roaring Twenties.

My Music opens the archives to present many never-before broadcast doo wop classics artist and songs from the vocal group era in Doo Wop Discoveries at 7 pm Monday.

My Music presents Motown’s biggest hits, b-sides, album cuts and radio classics from The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Miracles, Martha & The Vandellas and more in Motown: Big Hits and More at 9 pm Monday.

From the archives of the Ed Sullivan Show comes the best performances from the mid- to late-60s on Ed Sullivan’s Top Performers 1966-1969 at 7 pm Tuesday and 5 pm Saturday.

Dr. Fuhrman’s Immunity Solution! at 9 pm Tuesday gives his insights on how we can become almost totally resistant to colds, influenza, and other infections.

Hosted by Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Oscar Hammerstein II – Out of My Dreams at 7 pm Wednesday celebrates one of the most acclaimed lyricists and librettists of the 20th century.

Dr. Wayne Dyer offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to them on Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled at 8:30 pm Wednesday.

Local arts night begins at 7 pm with KLRU Collective segments and the newest episode of Arts In Context profiling Austin’s annual Fantastic Fest, which is the largest genre film festival in the U.S.

The Daytripper focuses on Texas BBQ as Chet talks about his favorite spots to eat at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Pioneering activist and best-selling author Gloria Steinem discusses her life and career on Overheard With Evan Smith at 7:30 pm Friday.

Featuring performances from various legendary clubs and hot performance spots, My Music travels on location to London and around the UK to the place where the British Rock Era was born in British Beat: My Music at 9 pm Friday.

Add some punch with standout perennials that stand up to weather swings on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how a gardener sliced out lawn for perennials that thrive in watering restrictions.

KLRU Holiday program schedule – Day at a time 2012

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NOVEMBER:
Wednesday, November. 21st
8 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
9 am & 2 pm — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
3 pm – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
5 pm – Martha’s Thanksgiving, Part 1-2

Thursday, November 22nd
8 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
9 am — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
5 pm – Martha’s Thanksgiving, Part 1-2

Friday, November 23rd
6:30 am – Martha’s Thanksgiving, Part 1-2
8 am – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
9 am – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Saturday, November 24th
6 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
8 am – Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery

Sunday, November 25th
6 am – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
8 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas

DECEMBER:

Saturday, December 1st

9:30 am — Biscuit Brothers #102
10 am — Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows

Monday, December 3rd
8 am — Curious George’s #701 (repeats 2:30 pm) new season 7 episode
9 am — Shalom Sesame – Chanukah:  The Missing Menorah

Tuesday, December 4th
8 am — Curious George’s #702 new season 7 episode (repeats 2:30 pm)

Friday, December 5th
8 am — Curious George’s #703 (repeats 2:30 pm) new season 7 episode
12 noon — Shalom Sesame – Chanukah:  The Missing Menorah

Friday, December 7th
9:30 amDinosaur Train #117 Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers

Monday, December 10th
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #221 premieres

Tuesday, December 11th
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #222 premieres

Wednesday, December 12th
9 am — Super Why! #138 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #223 premieres
12 noon — Clifford’s Puppy Days

Thursday, December 13th
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #224 premieres

Friday, December 14th
9 am — Super Why! #159 The Nutcracker
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train#212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
11:30 am — Barney & Friends#1119Gift of the Dinos and a Visit to Santa

Saturday, December 15th
9 am — Clifford’s Really Big Movie TV debut

Sunday, December 16th
10 pm — Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn

Monday, December 17th
11 am -– Wordworld #125 The Christmas Star/A Christmas Present for Dog

Tuesday, December 18th
9:30 am —Dinosaur Train #117 Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers
10:30 am — Sid the Science Kid #133 Sid’s Holiday Adventure

Wednesday, December 19th
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #219 Oh, Holiday Cheese
7 pm — Nature “Christmas at Yellowstone”

Thursday, December 20th
9 am — Super Why! #159 The Nutcracker
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train#212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
9 pm — Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
10 pm — National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012

Friday, December 21st
9 am — Super Why! #138 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
11 am — Wordworld#125 The Christmas Star/A Christmas Present for Dog

Saturday, December 22nd
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train#212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
2 pmChristmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn

Sunday, December 23rd
2 pm — National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012
3 pm — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
5 pm — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
10 pm — Christmas at Luther:  Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Monday, December 24th
9 am — Super Why! #138 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
9:30 am Dinosaur Train #117Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #219 Oh, Holiday Cheese
8 pm — Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
9 pm — Christmas at Belmont
10 pm — Christmas at St. Olaf:  Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing

Tuesday, December 25th
9 am — Super Why! #159 The Nutcracker
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train#212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
10:30 am — Sid the Science Kid #133 Sid’s Holiday Adventure
11 am — Wordworld#125 The Christmas Star/A Christmas Present for Dog
11:30 am — Barney & Friends#1119Gift of the Dinos and a Visit to Santa
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #219 Oh, Holiday Cheese

Wednesday, December 26th
9 am — Super Why! #121 The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Saturday, December 29th
9 am — Super Why! #121 The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Monday, December 31st
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #510 Hello New Year, Goodbye Moon

Happy Holidays on KLRU

KLRU has numerous specials for the family to enjoy together this holiday season. The day-by-day schedule is available here and below we have more detailed descriptions of each program.

KLRU kicks off the holiday season with a Christmas special marathon the day before Thanksgiving, anchored by the new The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas. This one-hour, family-friendly special is filled with singable songs and a story about helping a lost reindeer get home before Christmas.  Along the way, we learn that a variety of animals – from African elephants to bottlenose dolphins – have amazing abilities that allow them to make lengthy journeys together.  The Cat in the Hat Know a Lot About Christmas airs November 21 at 9 am and 2 pm; November 22 at 9 am; November 23 at 8 am,  November 25 at 6 am and December 23rd at 5:00 pm.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas airs November 21 at 8 am; November 22 at 8 am; November 24 at 6 am, November 25 at 8 am and December 23rd at 4:00 pm.

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas airs November 21 at 3 pm and November 23 at 9 am.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Martha Speaks and Wild Kratts on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 22
Daniel celebrates a day to say “Thank You.”  When Martha learns that Helen’s extended family is coming for Thanksgiving, she decides to search for her own long-lost canine siblings.  And the Kratt brothers defend the honor of the wild turkey.

Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 am
This one-hour animation special features a new Thomas adventure.  When trouble strikes at the Blue Mountain Quarry, Thomas is sent to help his Narrow Gauge engine friends.  While shunting and hauling, he discovers a little green engine hiding in the tunnels. Thomas is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery but discovering the truth is harder than he imagined!  Will Thomas be able to help his new friend?  Or will the little engine be sent away from Sodor forever?  Find out in Thomas’ most mysterious adventure yet, a movie the whole family will love!

Biscuit Brothers airs Saturday, December 1st at 9:30 am.
Hanukkah (Chanukah,) Kwanzaa, Hispanic tradition, birthdays and other holidays and celebrations are explored after Tiny Scarecrow accidentally releases all the holiday melodies from Melody Garden. This song filled special shows how a “holiday” can be a good time to learn about other cultures and traditions and a great time to share your culture and traditions with others.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows airs Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 am.
Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows features classic clips from beloved singer and television personality Andy Williams’ Christmas specials. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Quintessential moments include Williams’ solos on “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” as well as ensemles with his brothers on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and with the Osmonds on “Silver Bells.” Interviews with Williams, his son Bobby and Donny Osmond are interwoven with the clips.

Curious George’s seventh season premieres with three new episodes, December 3-5.

Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah airs December 3rd at 9 am and December 5th at noon.
It’s time to celebrate Chanukah in Israel. Grover is bringing the latkes, and all is well until Anneliese gets caught in a game of tag with a chicken and loses her special menorah — right before sunset! Can her friends find the missing menorah in time?

Dinosaur Train premieres four new episodes, December 10-13.

Clifford’s Puppy Days airs Wednesday, December 12th at noon
The kittens accidentally break the Menorah. Their “sticky” attempts to fix it result in a special, if unusual, Menorah that becomes part of their annual celebration.  Zo can’t resist sneaking in and opening all eight of his presents on the first night of Hanukah. He soon realizes that he’s spoiled his own fun by taking the surprise out of each night. Flo comes to the rescue by allowing him to share in her new gifts.

Clifford’s Really Big Movie will make its broadcast TV debut on December 15 at 9:00 am. Worried that he costs too much to feed, Clifford runs away to join a carnival act and helps win a lifetime supply of his favorite Tummy Yummies.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn airs Sunday, December 16th at 10 pm; Thursday, December 20th at 9 pm; Sunday, December 23rd at 2 pm and Monday, December 24th at 8 pm.

Emmy and golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour and Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas special featuring some of the season’s best-loved songs.

Nature “Christmas at Yellowstone” airs Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 pm.
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. NATURE journeys in the footsteps of the men who first explored the park, and travels with their modern-day counterpart on his own journey of discovery. From the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley, this is a Christmas like no other.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012 airs Thursday, December 20th at 10 pm and Sunday, Decebmer 23rd at 2 pm.
Celebrating its 90th year, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree signals the start of the holiday season across the country. Taped at President’s Park in Washington, D.C., the 60-minute special will feature performances and readings by top musical artists and actors. The evening’s festivities will be capped off by the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree by a very special guest!

Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy airs Sunday, December 23rd at 10 pm.
This program celebrates the joy and traditions of Christmas with the renowned choirs of Luther College in Decorah Iowa. Holiday music, 500 choristers, a symphony orchestra, thousands in the audience and glowing candlelight capture the wonder and joy of the season as Luther College’s internationally-acclaimed musicians mark 32 years of sharing the seasonal gift of music with their annual Christmas concert.

Christmas at Belmont airs Monday, December 24th at 9:00 pm.
Christmas at Belmont is an annual Belmont University tradition celebrating the holiday season and the musical diversity and rich talent of the university’s School of Music. The concert features a collage of familiar carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. More than 400 student voices join with School of Music faculty to present the annual holiday production.

Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing airs Monday, December 24th at 10:00 pm.
This production of one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed annual musical celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the annual Christmas Festival from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Featuring St. Olaf’s renowned choirs and orchestra, the program’s rich blending of compositions will highlight selections from previous Christmas Festivals, including excerpts from R.V. Williams Hodie. Additionally, this centennial performance will debut newly commissioned works by American composers Andre J. Thomas and David N. Childs.

Wordgirl New Year’s episode premieres  December 31