Enjoy NPT’s Victoria Event & Local Victorian Holiday Celebrations

npt-victoria-graphic-horizontalJoin NPT on Sunday, Dec. 11, for our Victoria Preview Screening and Victorian Celebration at the Franklin Theatre. This new Masterpiece series premieres in January and follows the feisty teen queen’s reign after she ascended the British throne in 1837. Victoria on Masterpiece features finely appointed interiors, lavish costumes and extravagant ballroom scenes as it provides a look at the woman who gave her name to an era. Tickets to NPT’s Victoria event are available at wnpt.org/victoria.



Victoria’s 63-year reign coincided with the Industrial Age, the Dickensian era and the American Civil War. It was also the time when many of our holiday traditions were established, among them the adornment of Christmas trees, the Christmas Carol story and the sending of Christmas cards. Appropriately, our Victoria preview event takes place during the holiday season.

Here are some opportunities to enjoy a Victorian holiday experience in the Nashville area.

Franklin's Dickens of a Christmas. Ryan Jason Photography

Franklin’s Dickens of a Christmas. Ryan Jason Photography

Dickens of a Christmas, Downtown Franklin
At this time of year, Downtown Franklin looks like the set of a holiday movie and becomes even more festive during the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County’s annual Dickens of a Christmas. The 32nd edition of the event takes place the weekend of Dec. 10-11 and features Tiny Tim and the Cratchits, Scrooge, Marley and other characters plucked from Dickens’ stories; 200 musicians and dancers, a stilt walker and a unicyclist. Sugar plums, roasted chestnuts and other 19th-century English fare will be available from vendors; while a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas will distribute treats to children.

Remember, if you’re planning to attend Dickens of a Christmas on Sunday, finish the experience with NPT’s Victoria Preview Screening and Victorian Celebration!





Belmont Mansion

Belmont Mansion

Belmont Mansion
Adelicia Acklen, the remarkable heroine of Belmont Mansion, was born just two years before Victoria. A portrait of the young queen dressed in ceremonial robes and wearing a glittering crown hangs at the center of Belmont Mansion’s grand staircase. During the holidays, seasonal flowers are added to the staircase and the mansion is bedecked in swags of greenery and arrangements of greenery and berries reminiscent of those of Adelicia’s time.

Belmont Mansion is celebrating a two-year restoration of Adelicia’s central parlor to its 1860s glory with a special Christmas treatment of festive greenery above the doors and windows. The mansion’s dining room has been laid with desserts and multi-course table setting typical to the Victorian era.




Grassmere Historic Home, Nashville Zoo
Yuletide tours of the Grassmere Historic Home will be offered weekends Dec. 3-4 through 17-18 and will include live entertainment. The house will be decorated with greenery in the Victorian style using ribbons and decorations that belonged to Margaret and Elise Croft, the sisters whose family bought Grassmere in 1888. Docents will explain Victorian traditions that are still part of modern celebrations, while discussing customs such as taking a turn stirring the Christmas pudding for good luck.

Grassmere Historic Home

Grassmere Historic Home


Lotz House Civil War House Museum
This historic home was completed in 1858 and survived the brutal Battle of Franklin. The house was built by German immigrant Albert Lotz, a master carpenter who created the home’s stunning cantilevered staircase and free-floating handrail. During the holiday season Lotz House is decorated in the manner of a mid-1880s Christmas and will be part of Twinkling Tennessee Christmas, a Gray Line tour of exterior light displays in Franklin. The Lotz House stop includes hot apple cider and cookies.

Lotz House Civil War House Museum

Lotz House Civil War House Museum


New Undersea Series from Jim Henson Now Part of Kid’s Lineup on NPT

splashbubblesThe latest addition to NPT’s children’s programming lineup is Splash and Bubbles, a new series from The Jim Henson Company, producers of Dinosaur Train and Sid the Science Kid. This new series airs 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday on NPT. Splash and Bubbles was designed by a team of marine biologists, digital innovators and educators to show the wonders of the undersea world to children ages four to seven, while also helping them develop social-emotional skills.

Splash and Bubbles uses groundbreaking digital puppetry technology to follow the adventures of Splash, a yellow fusilier fish who has migrated all over the ocean. He now lives in Reeftown, where he has befriended Bubbles, a Mandarin Dragonet whose vivid orange and electric blue coloring matches her colorful personality. Until Splash came along, Bubbles and most of the other Reeftown residents had no idea what lived beyond the cozy confines of their coral walls. Together, Splash, Bubbles and their friends explore the world’s undersea habitats, make new friends and learn about the many different ways life looks and lives in the ocean, celebrating the importance of diversity along the way.

Each Splash and Bubbles episode includes two 11-minute animated stories, as well as live-action content. The series is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the National Science Foundation. Videos, games and downloadable activity pages related to the series are available on the PBS Kids/Splash and Bubbles website.

Here’s our updated weekday schedule of children’s programs:

6:00     Wild Kratts
6:30     Ready Jet Go!
7:00     Nature Cat
7:30     Curious George
8:00     Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
8:30     Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
9:00     Splash and Bubble
9:30     Sesame Street
10:00   Dinosaur Train
10:30   Peg + Cat
11:00   Super Why!
11:30   Thomas & Friends
12:00   noon Bob the Builder
12:30   The Cat in the Hat
1:00     Splash and Bubble
1:30     Curious George
2:00     Nature Cat
2:30     Ready Jet Go!
3:00     Odd Squad
3:30     Odd Squad
4:00     Wild Kratts
4:30     Arthur
5:00     Martha Speaks
5:30     WordGirl

Click here to find your children’s favorite shows on our schedule.


NPT Earns Four Midsouth Regional Emmy Nominations; Simington Honored

emmy statuette
NPT received four nominations in four categories at the 31st Midsouth Regional Emmy Award announcement party on November 17, 2016, at BMI on Nashville’s Music Row.

The following NPT productions and staff received nominations:

NPT Reports: Aging Matters: Living with Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Beth Curley, Mary Makley

Christmas at Belmont, Ed Jones, Don Carr

Tennessee Crossroads #2949, Ken Simington, Joe Elmore

A Word on Words, Linda Wei, Matthew Emigh, Will Pedigo, JT Ellison, Mary Laura Philpott, Beth Curley

In addition, it was announced that Ken Simington will be inducted into the Silver Circle. The Silver Circle honors those with at least 25 years of service to the television industry and who have made a significant contribution to the community and to Midsouth television. Simington, who was the longtime executive producer of NPT’s Tennessee Crossroads magazine program, died in August of this year.

We’d also like to congratulate our friends and partners on their nominations, including Todd Squared (Bluegrass Underground, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Friends ‒ Fifty Years and Circlin’ Back) and The Jackson Foundation Media Productions (Tennessee’s Wild Side, Writing on the Wild Side, Wild Side TV: Nature’s Classroom).

See the full list of nominations here. The 31st Annual Midsouth Regional EMMY® Awards will be held Jan. 21, 2017, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

NPT’s ‘Aging Matters: Abuse & Exploitation’ Premieres Nov. 17

There are more than 5 million elder abuse victims in the United States and it is estimated that one in 10 adults over the age of 60 is a victim. Aging Matters: Abuse & Exploitation, the eighth documentary in Nashville Public Television’s NPT Reports: Aging Matters series, explores the issues behind elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The documentary premieres Thursday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. on NPT.

The primary risk factor for elders is isolation, Kathleen Quinn, former executive director of the National Adult Protective Services Association, says in the film. Aging Matters: Abuse & Exploitation offers insight from a number of people working the frontlines of identifying and dealing with abuse, including law enforcement officials, social services personnel and community leaders.

Several surprising and thought-provoking facts about elder abuse are shared in the documentary. For example, there are more victims of elder abuse than there are of child abuse and domestic violence combined. And while exploitation by scammers and other strangers grabs the most headlines, the majority of perpetrators are people close to and trusted by the victim, people who are an integral part of the elder’s life.

In the second half hour of the broadcast, a panel of experts moderated by NPT senior producer LaTonya Turner considers two scenarios – physical abuse and financial exploitation – and what to do if you suspect either situation.

A preview screening and discussion of Aging Matters: Abuse & Exploitation is set for Wednesday, Nov. 16, at FiftyForward Patricia Hart Building with panelists Lauren Angulo, Victory Over Crime Director, FiftyForward; Teresa Clark, FiftyForward client; Zoe Sams, Davidson County Assistant District Attorney General; and Ardie Griffin, Davidson County Assistant District Attorney General.

Aging Matters: Abuse & Exploitation was produced by Will Pedigo, who previously produced the Aging Matters Healthy Aging and Economics of Aging documentaries. Pedigo has also worked on NPT’s Veterans Coming Home, Children’s Health Crisis and Next Door Neighbors documentary series.

The NPT Reports: Aging Matters series is hosted by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Kathy Mattea. Aging Matters: Abuse & Exploitation is made possible by the generous support of the West End Home Foundation, the Jeanette Travis Foundation, The HCA Foundation and Cigna-HealthSpring. Additional support provided by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Jackson National Life Insurance Company and AARP Tennessee.

Additional broadcast times for Aging Matters: Abuse & Exploitation are below; the documentary will also be available for online viewing at wnpt.org/agingmatters/.

  • Monday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m. on NPT2
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. on NPT2
  • Saturday, Nov. 26, 9 p.m. on NPT2
  • Sunday, Nov. 27, 5 p.m. on NPT2
  • Friday, Dec. 9, 9 p.m. on NPT


About Aging Matters: NPT Reports: Aging Matters is a major initiative designed to open a community-based conversation about what older citizens in Middle Tennessee need to optimize their quality of life and what the community needs to do to prepare for a coming explosion in our aging population. Over the course of several years, NPT has focused on issues such as caregiving, finances, end-of-life issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s through documentaries, televised town halls or panel discussions, Aging Matters updates, community engagement conversations, a project website, interactive online screenings and DVD distribution.

Interview with ‘SOUNDBREAKING’ Music Supervisor; Series Airs Nov. 14-23

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music, PBS’ highly anticipated music series, premieres Monday, Nov. 14, and explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world in eight, one-hour episodes. The series combines unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers and innovators from across the music spectrum with new interviews, rare archival studio footage and an extensive soundtrack.

George Martin is one of more than 150 artists featured in the SOUNDBREAKING series.

The series was the final project of legendary music producer Sir George Martin, a connection Nashville-based Carter Little said made his job as music supervisor on the series easier. “The way we were able to bring all of this music and get all of these labels and publishers was that Sir George Martin and the Beatles were a major part of this show.”

Little addressed the audience at NPT’s October advance screening of Soundbreaking at the Belcourt Theatre and recently spoke with NPT about the series. His involvement with the project began while it was still in development and he worked with the filmmakers to identify songs and storylines in the show around which sequences were built. “It’s been many, many years in the making,” he laughed.

A self-described music and recording junkie, Little said it was a joy “to spend so much time investigating, exploring the records, the producers, the engineers and the artists and the songwriters that I love so much and that have had such a big influence on my life.” The project was a labor of love for Little and other members of the team. He added that despite spending the last 25 years immersed in music and recording, he has still learned much from Soundbreaking.

Highlights of the series include:

  • George Martin and the Beatles’ groundbreaking work in the studio creates a new paradigm for pop music
  • Phil Spector rises as the first “rock star producer”
  • Paul Epworth collaborates with Adele on “Rolling in the Deep”
  • Stevie Wonder embraces the synthesizer and makes a break with Motown
  • Giorgio Moroder fuses R&B with electronica and the dance floor explodes
  • The art of sampling gives rise to hip-hop
  • Michael Jackson and Madonna take the art of the music video to new heights
  • Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye use the long-playing record for new kinds of expression


The Stevie Wonder segment is part of “Going Electric,” the fifth episode of Soundbreaking, and concerns the musician’s post-Motown discovery of the work of synthesizer pioneers Bob Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil. “[Their synthesizer] looked like eight airplane cockpits tied together with cables, ropes and electrical connections,” Little said. “Stevie Wonder loved the sound and ended up collaborating with them on the next string of records he made, which included Songs in the Key of Life, Inner Visions and Talking Book. This is a great story and unlikely story.”

Soundbreaking not only tells such little-known stories, it tells them in an innovative manner. “What Jeff [Dupre] and Maro [Chermayeff] did in this show, and what we were able to do with the licensing to match their creative vision, was to license the song so that if we wanted to have a whole song play for its entirety, we could,” Little said. In the episodes, the songs play longer than the usual snippet familiar to viewers of music documentaries. The idea, Little explained, is to give viewers an immersive experience minus extensive editorializing. “That is beautiful,” he said, “because what they’re saying is that the song speaks for itself and that we’re not going to hit you over the head constantly with commentary; that each of these eight hours will tell a story that’s compelling enough that we can back off for a few minutes and not say anything.”

Soundbreaking will air on NPT weekdays, November 14-23, 2016, at 9 p.m.; check our complete schedule at wnpt.org/schedule for replays.

Soundbreaking is presented by Higher Ground in association with the late Sir George Martin, and produced and directed by Emmy- and Peabody Award®-winning filmmakers Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre of Show of Force (Half the Sky, A Path Appears, Carrier, Circus, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present). The television series is the centerpiece of a multi-platform project that includes an extensive educational outreach initiative in partnership with PBS, The Grammy Museum® at L.A. LIVE and The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. An interactive website, soundtrack CD and companion book with stunning photographs and unique interviews will also accompany the Soundbreaking series.



NPT’s ‘Dr. Shawn Joseph: One on One’ premieres Sunday, Nov. 13

Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph talks to LaTonya Turner in NPT's Studio A.

Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph talks to LaTonya Turner in NPT’s Studio A.

NPT’s Dr. Shawn Joseph: One on One premieres Sunday, Nov. 13, 6:30-7 p.m. In the program, NPT senior producer LaTonya Turner talks with the Metro Nashville Public Schools Director about the future of the city’s public schools.

In addition to Sunday’s premiere, the half-hour program will air on NPT2, our secondary channel, on Friday, Nov. 18, at 9:30 p.m. Dr. Shawn Joseph: One on One will be available for online viewing at http://video.wnpt.org/show/npt-specials/ as of Monday, Nov. 14.

This program is the second of NPT’s One on One interviews with community leaders; the first in the series, Mayor Megan Barry: One on One, premiered Oct. 23 and is available for online viewing at http://video.wnpt.org/video/2365872922/.

NPT Receives 2017 Grant from the West End Home Foundation

The West End Home Foundation’s Dianne Oliver and NPT’s Beth Curley.


Dianne Oliver, executive director of the West End Home Foundation, stopped by NPT last week to notify us that we’ve been awarded a 2017 grant in support of our Aging Matters project. This new grant will help fund two new documentaries – including Aging in the Workplace – along with a wide range of community engagement activities that will further extend the impact of the Aging Matters project. The West End Home Foundation has been a major supporter of Aging Matters for the last four years and we’re grateful for the generous support of this important project.

The latest Aging Matters documentary, Abuse & Exploitation, was also made possible in part by the foundation’s support and premieres Thursday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. on NPT.

The West End Home Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of seniors through support of nonprofit organizations that provide advocacy, food, housing, health and transportation services to seniors.

NPT Observes Veterans Day with Special Programming Beginning Nov. 1

NPT will air special programming in observance of Veterans Day 2016, the 75th anniversary of the USO and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Please join us in saluting veterans and their families.


Veterans of the 1950 Battle of Chosin

Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. Aside from the antics of the hospital crew on “MASH,” the Korean War may be largely absent from the American historical psyche. But the first major military clash of the Cold War took place during that war. The two-hour Battle of Chosin on American Experience revisits that Thanksgiving Day, 1950, battle through archival footage and interviews with more than 20 veterans.

Monday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. For many people, the USO brings to mind sounds of big bands and black-and-white newsreel images of Bob Hope and his contemporaries. However, the USO continues to play an integral role in the lives of military personnel. USO – For the Troops is a 75th-anniversary salute to the organization via a modern-day tour featuring NFL all-star Charles Tillman of the Carolina Panthers (himself a military brat); country singer and ex-Army member Craig Morgan, Miss America Betty Cantrell and others. The tour travels to seven countries in eight days aboard a C17 transport plane and shows that the current USO addresses the needs of wounded warriors and other veterans as well as military spouses. NPT hosted a preview screening of this documentary in October.


Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 9 p.m. ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff reports on military medical advances through interviews with injured soldiers, active duty personnel, physicians and scientists in Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield.

Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11 p.m. In June 2014, a handful of remaining members of the 29th Infantry Division made a final trip back to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Omaha Beach: Honor and Sacrifice shows these aging veterans sharing their stories and visiting Omaha Beach and the Normandy-American cemetery to say their final good-byes to their fallen friends.

Monday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 p.m. Sands of War is about the training center Gen. George Patton established in the Mojave Desert to prepare one million soldiers for World War II combat.

Monday, Nov. 21, at 11 p.m. By the time she died in 2015, Augusta Chiwy had been “re-discovered” by historian and author Martin King. Chiwy was visiting her Belgian village for Christmas in December 1944 when she was asked to help tend to American soldiers during the opening days of the Battle of the Bulge. Her actions earned her the nickname of Angel of Bastogne. Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne is the story of how this nurse – a black woman – became a legend.

August Chiwy, aka the Angel of Bastogne

August Chiwy, aka the Angel of Bastogne

Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. PBS is observing the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with two new documentaries. The first, Pearl Harbor – USS Oklahoma: The Final Story, investigates why this battleship capsized during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack when no others did.

 USS Oklahoma capsized after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Credit: Courtesy of National Archives.

USS Oklahoma capsized after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Credit: Courtesy of National Archives.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. The second documentary, Expedition Pearl Harbor, goes inside the submerged lower decks of USS Arizona for the first time since 1941. Among the survivors interviewed in the program is Donald Stratton, who was 19 when he was assigned to the battleship.

Several of these programs will air more than once; please check http://www.wnpt.org/schedule/ for additional airtimes.

NPT’s Signal Is Once Again Available for All Viewers


We’re back. NPT is once again available to all viewers.* Thank-you for your patience during our tower maintenance and the resulting outage to some of our viewers. Many episodes of our programming are also available for online viewing at wnpt.org/video.

We have scheduled re-broadcasts of Poldark on Masterpiece, Hamilton’s America and Indian Summers to accommodate viewers who may have missed episodes during our tower maintenance.

Poldark on Masterpiece

  • Season 2, Episode 4 airs Sunday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. and is currently scheduled to be repeated Thursday, Nov. 3, at 11 p.m.
  • Season 2, Episode 3 (originally aired Sunday, Oct. 16) will be repeated Thursday, Oct. 27, at 11 p.m.

Hamilton’s America


  • Monday, Oct. 24, at 2 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m.

On NPT2, the additional airtimes are:

  • Monday, Oct. 31, at 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m.

Indian Summers on Masterpiece

  • Season 2, Episode 5 (originally aired Sunday, Oct. 16) will re-air Saturday, Oct. 29, at 11 p.m.
  • Season 2, Episode 6 (originally aired Sunday, Oct. 23) will re-air Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 p.m.

Mayor Megan Barry: One-on-One premieres Sunday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. and will re-air in prime time Thursday, Oct. 27. at 9:30 p.m.

On NPT2, the additional airtimes are:

  • Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 31, at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m.

For our complete schedule, please go to wnpt.org/schedule.

*If you still aren’t receiving our signal and you watch NPT via antenna, you may need to re-scan in order to find us. If you are a cable viewer and are still unable to receive our signal, please email NPT with your provider contact information.

NPT’s ‘Mayor Megan Barry: One-on-One’ Premieres Sunday, Oct. 23

NPT’s Mayor Megan Barry: One-on-One premieres Sunday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. In the program, NPT senior producer LaTonya Turner talks with Mayor Barry about Nashville’s pressing issues and the mayor’s vision for the city’s future.

In addition to Sunday’s premiere, the half-hour program will be shown Thursday, Oct. 27, at 9:30 p.m.

Mayor Megan Barry talks to LaTonya Turner in NPT's Studio A.

Mayor Megan Barry talks to LaTonya Turner in NPT’s Studio A.

On NPT2, Mayor Megan Barry: One-on-One airs:

  • Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 31, at 9:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m.

Mayor Megan Barry: One-on-One
will be available for online viewing at video.wnpt.org from Monday, Oct. 24.