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Ferguson: A Special Report

Two Nine Network Specials

Tune in for a special edition of Donnybrook focused on events in Ferguson followed at 7:30 p.m. by Ferguson: A Special Report, hosted by Jim Kirchherr. Or, watch live online at

Wednesday, November 26, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Peter Paul and Mary

50 Years With Peter Paul and Mary

This intimate exploration reveals the impact of the group’s artistry and activism on their generation and the world, from their experience in Greenwich Village to the present.

Monday, December 1, 8:30 p.m.

Bing Crosby Rediscovered

American Masters:
Bing Crosby Rediscovered

Explore the life and legend of this iconic entertainer through never-before-seen footage and interviews with his immediate family—wife Kathryn, daughter Mary and sons Harry and Nathaniel—and singers Tony Bennett and Michael Feinstein.

Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.

The Candy Bomber

The Candy Bomber

Hear the heartwarming true story of Col. Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, the American pilot who brought joy to children living in the rubble of post-war Germany by dropping treats from his plane during the Berlin Airlift in 1948.

Tuesday, December 2, 9:00 p.m.

Nature: Best of Birds

Nature: Best of Birds

Celebrate bird brains, birds’ eyes, crows’ feet and more with Nature’s “all-star bird collection,” featuring some of the most memorable bird scenes from Nature’s award-winning library including excerpts from My Life as a Turkey, An Original DUCKumentary, Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air, Raptor Force, Birds of the Gods, Ireland’s Wild River and more.

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.

Nova: First Man on the Moon

Nova: First Man on the Moon

First human on the moon Neil Armstrong was determined to stay out of the spotlight after his successful command of Apollo 11, so the talent, luck and experience that led to his out-of-this-world achievement are not widely known. Nova presents an intimate portrait of Armstrong through interviews with his family and friends, many of whom have never spoken publicly before.

Wednesday, December 3, 8:00 p.m.

Stay Tuned

Donnybrook and Stay Tuned on Ferguson

Tune in and join the conversation on Thursday, December 4, in back-to-back shows as the Donnybrookers, Casey Nolen and studio guests discuss unfolding events in Ferguson. Watch on air or online. (Also, tune in December 18 for a review of events during the past year, including recent happenings in Ferguson.)

Thursday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming – Christmas in New York

Celebrate the magic of the season with the acclaimed soprano and guests Kurt Elling, Kelli O’Hara, Gregory Porter and Rufus Wainwright. The most wonderful time of the year is captured in unique musical performances of favorite holiday songs and carols.

Thursday, December 4, 9:00 p.m.

A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen

A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen

The industry’s biggest names perform The Boss’ biggest hits at 2013’s MusiCares Person of the Year benefit. Among the highlights: Alabama Shakes with a fierce rendition of “Adam Raised a Cain,” Elton John on “Streets of Philadelphia” and John Legend with a piano-driven arrangement of “Dancing in the Dark.” A PBS Arts Fall Festival presentation.

Friday, December 5, 8:00 p.m.

Feast TV

Feast TV

Head inside Kansas City’s tiny, artisanal Fervere Bakery; meet Liz Huff, chef-owner of Catalpa, a reservation-only, eight-table restaurant in historic Arrow Rock, Missouri; see how St. Louis’ Simone Faure crafts perfect French-style pastries; and see how some of the country’s best artisan chocolate is made at Askinosie in Springfield, Missouri.

Saturday, December 6, 2:00 p.m.

Inside Asprey

Inside Asprey:
Luxury by Royal Appointment

Situated in one of London’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Asprey is an exclusive shop that has been trading its brand of luxury since the days of Queen Victoria. For the first time this British institution welcomes cameras beyond its immaculate shop floor to provide a glimpse into the rarified world of extreme wealth.

Monday, December 15, 7:00 p.m.

Rick Steves

Rick Steves’ Special: The Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians Today

The crossroads for three great religions, the Holy Land has been coveted and fought over for centuries. Host Rick Steves visits the major sights; along the way, he learns about security walls, disputed settlements and the persistent challenges in the region as Israelis and Palestinians work on peaceful coexistence.

Monday, December 15, 10:00 p.m.

Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler

Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler

In this six-part series, host Bruce Feiler follows modern-day pilgrimages on spiritual journeys to sacred sites cherished by billions and visited annually by hundreds of millions.

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., beginning December 16

A Chef's Life Holiday Special

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special

Join Chef Vivian Howard for a taste of the holidays as she serves up the best of her Southern cooking heritage and the Hanukkah traditions of her husband. On the menu: a simple corned ham, an upscale oyster dressing, humble Hoppin’ John and an elegant red velvet cake.

Tuesday, December 16, 9:00 p.m. and

Saturday, December 20, 10:30 a.m.

Peg + Cat + Holidays

Peg + Cat + Holidays

This special holiday episode of Peg + Cat features Peg, a chatty and tenacious 5-year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone using math to solve problems having to do with Christmas, Hanukkah and penguins.

Wednesday, December 17, 11:00 a.m.

Journey to Planet Earth: Extreme Realities

Journey to Planet Earth: Extreme Realities

Can climate change affect national security? This documentary, hosted by Matt Damon, focuses on recent political conflicts and severe weather events to explore how extreme weather is having an effect on the geopolitical landscape.

Wednesday, December 17, 8:00 p.m.

Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power

Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power

Combative, provocative and searingly blunt, Adm. Hyman G. Rickover was a maverick who, when few thought it possible, harnessed the power of the atom to drive the first nuclear-powered submarine and later, built the world’s first commercial nuclear power plant.

Friday, December 19, 8:00 p.m.

Arts America
Downton Abbey

Arts America

Every Saturday (3:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.) on Arts America, Patrick Murphy showcases arts in St. Louis and across the country. On Sundays, the show kicks off a whole afternoon of arts. After Arts America on December 28, prepare for season five of Downton Abbey by reviewing the final episodes of season four beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Saturdays, 3:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1:00 p.m.

Unwrap the Season

Unwrap the Season

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America performs a concert of holiday music in an hour-long program recorded by the Nine Network in December at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in St. Louis.

Sunday, December 21, 1:30 p.m. and

Monday, December 22, 7:00 p.m.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies

Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites.

Wednesday, December 24, 10:00 p.m.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Vanessa Redgrave, the heard but not seen voice of mature Jenny, will make an appearance on this special episode as the nurses and nuns prepare to welcome the 1960s.

Thursday, December 25, 8:00 p.m.

New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve

New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: Gershwin Celebration With Dianne Reeves and Norm Lewis

Ring in the New Year with style and swagger, as jazz great Dianne Reeves and Broadway leading man Norm Lewis join the New York Philharmonic for a lush orchestral bounty of Gershwin classics, including Cuban Overture and his own suite of music from Porgy and Bess.

Wednesday, December 31, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein’s New Year’s Eve

at the Rainbow Room

The classic song man welcomes to New York City’s refurbished Rainbow Room guests Darren Criss (Glee), Leslie Odom (Smash), Kelli O’Hara, Christine Ebersole, Marilyn Maye, Aaron Tveit and 17-year-old Julia Goodwin.

Wednesday, December 31, 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

Public Media Commons

Public Media Commons

The Public Media Commons has become a site for a wide range of events, including the free Artists Showcase December 2 at 7:00 p.m. It’s located between the Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio on Olive. You can also rent the space for special occasions. Check out the website!