‘A Time of Joining,’ an NPT Original Production, Premieres Feb. 22

A Time of Joining, the latest documentary in NPT’s Citizenship Project series, premieres Thursday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. The film explores the rise of benevolent societies and fraternal associations in the years following the Civil War. These organizations provided members with burial insurance, status and other benefits before the nation had any sort of social safety net in place. A Time of Joining will help us understand how these institutions helped define and influence American ideals over a tumultuous period of growth for our young nation.

“These early mutual aid societies are just simply ways of pooling resources to provide a little insurance,” University of Memphis history professor Dr. Beverly G. Bond says in the documentary.

NPT’s Citizenship Project is a series of original productions about how different groups have fought for, obtained and maintained the rights and access we commonly associate with American citizenship. These include the right to vote, the right to receive a public education, the right to be considered equal before the law, and the right to worship the religion of one’s choice. Over the course of the project, the programs will cover Tennessee history from the end of the Civil War through the 1960s, exploring civil rights and women’s suffrage among other topics.

Whereas as many documentaries in The Citizenship Project will highlight specific groups ‒ African Americans or women, for example ‒ A Time of Joining is all-inclusive, says producer Ed Jones. Hundreds of organizations were assembled according to cultural heritage, profession, social class and religion, many beginning as burial societies such as Nashville’s Hebrew Benevolent Burial Association. Others were started as a way to preserve a historical perspective such as the Southern “lost cause” championed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

“A lot of historians and sociologists are really beginning to think that we’re just barely scratching the surface of just how many groups were out there, and how widespread the membership was,” Leigh Ann Gardner of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area states in the documentary.

Also appearing in A Time of Joining are: Dr. David Beito, history professor, University of Alabama; Rabbi Erin Boxt, Temple Beth El in Knoxville; Dr. Carole Bucy, history professor, Volunteer State Community College; Dr. Dan Cornfield, Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and American Studies, Vanderbilt University; Dr. Reavis L. Mitchell Jr., Dean of the School of Humanities Social and Behavioral Sciences, Fisk University; and Deborah Roberts, archivist, Temple Beth El, Knoxville.

Additional broadcast times for A Time of Joining are:

  • Sunday, Feb. 25, 9:30 p.m. on NPT
  • Monday, Feb. 26, 12:00 a.m. on NPT2
  • Monday, Feb. 26, 8 a.m. on NPT2
  • Monday, March 5, 12:00 a.m. on NPT
  • Saturday, March 10, 5 p.m. on NPT2
  • Sunday, March 11, 1 p.m. on NPT2

The documentary will also be available for online viewing at wnpt.org/show/citizenship.

Major funding provided by

Black History Month Programming on NPT is On-Air and Online

Black History Month on NPT brings a collection of programs to entertain, inform and inspire. Anchoring this year’s lineup is the Independent Lens broadcast of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, premiering Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. This documentary by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams highlights the role HCBUs – as the schools are commonly called – have traditionally played and continue to play in American society. The film was featured in NPT’s free Indie Lens Pop-Up event in February.

Additional programs are available for streaming via the NPT Passport portal; click here to see a full catalog of these shows. A selection of NPT’s original productions to enjoy during Black History Month is available here.

Special programs on air this month include:

AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange The 10th season of this multifaceted show is hosted by actor Nicholas L. Ashe and airs Tuesdays at 11 p.m. Episodes include a trio of short films highlighting a young percussionist and artist Lonnie Holley – who in 2014 conducted artist-in-residence workshops at Nashville’s Edmondson Park (Feb. 13). Later in the month, 10 Days in Africa: A Home Movie, chronicles filmmaker Regi Allen’s journey to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal (Feb. 27).

We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told, airing Monday, Feb. 19, at 11:01 p.m., is a journey through the jazz history of Pittsburgh. Steel City natives George Benson, Billy Eckstine, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams are among the featured musicians. The program also considers the social conditions and historical events that fueled that creative output.

We’ll Meet Again:
Freedom Summer
airs Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. This episode of Ann Curry’s show about heartwarming reunions brings together people whose paths crossed during the civil rights movement.

Also, watch for encore presentations of:

We are also rebroadcasting several NPT original productions about African-American history. These include First Black Statesmen: Tennessee’s Self-Made Men (Monday, Feb. 19, at 9:30 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 22, at 8:30 p.m.) and NPT’s Emmy Award-winning documentary, The Early Black Press: Tennessee Voices Lifted (Thursday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m.).

Find our full programming lineup at http://www.wnpt.org/schedule/.

Black History Month programming on NPT is made possible through the financial support of

NPT Wins 2017 NETA Awards in Three Categories

The NETA Awards took place in January 2018 in Washington, D.C.

NPT received three awards from the National Educational Telecommunications Association on Jan. 22, 2018, during that organization’s annual conference at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington, D.C. NETA honored 20 of its members with awards for excellence in community engagement, instructional media, content creation and promotion.

NPT received awards in the following categories:

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (Based on a Local Project)
NPT Reports: Aging Matters

CONTENT CREATION (News & Public Affairs)
NPT Reports: Aging Matters – Elder Abuse & Exploitation

PROMOTION (Single Video)
Music Row Material Solicitation

This year’s NETA Award winners were chosen by panels of judges working in specific disciplines at public television stations, national public media organizations and related professional associations.

The NETA Awards are an annual recognition of public broadcasting’s finest work, a tradition established in the 1960s by the pioneering Southern Educational Communications Association from which NETA was formed. NETA is a professional association organized in 1997 to serve and support public television licensees and affiliated educational organizations. The organization has member stations in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

‘Ask This Old House’ Nashville Segment Premieres Jan. 25 on NPT2

The Ask This Old House crew pulled into Middle Tennessee last fall to help homeowners with three projects, including a Sylvan Park couple who wanted to transform their side door into a Dutch door. General contractor Tom Silva helped homeowner Elayne complete the project. “It’s really a half-hour job,” Silva quipped, noting that in TV time that meant a long day of shooting. This segment premieres in NPT’s viewing area on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. on NPT2 during the second half hour of This Old House Hour (Episode #1612) and as a standalone Ask This Old House on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. on NPT.

Additional airtimes for the This Old House Hour are:

  • Friday, Jan. 26, 3 a.m. on NPT2
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 4 a.m. on NPT
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m. on NPT2
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, 5 p.m. on NPT

ATOH general contractor Tom Silva with Nashville homeowner Elayne Crain.

Elayne Crain, a natural on camera, gamely took part in the process, at one point helping to brace the door on sawhorses. “I’m gonna show off my nails because I just painted them,” she said. Her bungalow was built in 1918 and has already seen several home-improvement projects, a few involving their two young sons, the couple said. (The children weren’t present on the day of the shoot, but their playhouse was a source of mirth for the ATOH crew and visiting NPT staffers.)

While in the Nashville area, the ATOH team filmed additional segments (airdates to be announced) about a plumbing issue and used landscaping to address a privacy concern.

ATOH’s Richard Trethewey and producers Heath Racela and Sarah Chasse with NPT supporter Allen DeCuyper (in gingham shirt). Credit: Susan Adcock

’s plumber Richard Trethewey and producers Heath Racela and Sarah Chasse. also and attended an invitation-only fundraising event hosted by NPT supporters Steve Sirls and Allen DeCuyper at their historic home with proceeds benefiting Nashville Public Television’s educational, cultural and civic programming.

NPT’s ‘Early Black Press’ Documentary Wins 2018 Midsouth Regional Emmy

Nashville Public Television’s original documentary, The Early Black Press: Tennessee Voices Lifted, received an award in the documentary/historical category at the 32nd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards on Jan. 20, 2018, at Nashville’s Music City Center. Statuettes went to producers Ed Jones and LaTonya Turner.

The Early Black Press
premiered in April 2017 and is the second documentary in The Citizenship Project, a series of NPT productions that looks at how different groups have fought for, obtained and maintained the rights and access we commonly associate with American citizenship. Major funding for The Early Black Press was provided by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and the First Tennessee Foundation.

NPT’s next Citizenship Project documentary, A Time of Joining, premieres Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. and will be followed at 9 p.m. by a broadcast of The Early Black Press.

NPT productions went into the 32nd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards with six nominations. For a full list of this year’s winners please visit the NATAS-Nashville Chapter’s website at https://emmynashville.org.

‘British Antiques Roadshow’ Airs; Antiques & Garden Show Ticket Contest

Now there are even more opportunities for NPT viewers to enjoy Antiques Roadshow! We’ve added half-hour episodes of the British version of the show – snippets of which are an occasional bonus on the American version – Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

Fiona Bruce, host of the British edition of Antiques Roadshow.

Antiques Roadshow originated in the UK and like its American counterpart, the British version is filmed on location around the country, with stops at museums, cathedrals and historic homes and castles. The accents may be different, but the premise is the same: People hope to learn from expert appraisers whether they have trash or treasure on their hands. The items in question typically have a British provenance (one episode included a slice of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding cake from 1947!), but items from this side of the pond also appear, including a mask-wearing man with collection of Lone Ranger memorabilia.

Royal connection

NPT is offering one more treat for viewers who love antiques, gardens and all things British. We’ve partnered with the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville to give away tickets to the 2018 event taking place Feb. 2 – 4 at Nashville’s Music City Center. Enter at wnpt.org/gardenshow for a chance to win one of 10 pairs of general admission tickets or one pair of tickets to the show’s four lectures – including the keynote address by Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, younger brother of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Our contest ends Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018; winners will be notified on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Ticket retrieval details will be emailed to the winners. Limit one entry per person. Tickets to the 2018 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville are available for purchase at antiquesandgardenshow.com.

NPT’s Indie Lens Pop-Up Features ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ HBCU Doc in Feb.

NPT’s free Indie Lens Pop-Up documentary screenings continue Thursday, Feb. 8, with Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. The event takes place 6 to 8 p.m. Watkins College of Art (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville TN 37228). The event is free, however reservations are required at rising-npt.eventbrite.com. Panelists Cynthia Hopson of The Black College Fund in Nashville and historian Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D., will be joining us to discuss the documentary and historically black colleges and universities. NPT’s Black History Month programming is sponsored by Baker Donelson.

Tell Them We Are Rising, a film by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams, explores the pivotal role HBCUs have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture and identity. Tell Them We Are Rising reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice. Nashville is home to three HCBUs: Fisk University, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University.

NPT’s complete Indie Lens Pop-Up schedule is available here. Selected from the 2017-2018 season of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, which airs Mondays on NPT. Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations about what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.

‘Victoria on Masterpiece’ Season 2 Premieres Jan. 14; Binge on NPT Passport

Jenna Coleman in Victoria, Season 2. ©ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE

Victoria on Masterpiece returns to NPT for a second season beginning Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at 8 p.m. Written by historical novelist Daisy Goodwin, the series chronicles Victoria’s first years on the throne as she learns what it means to be queen, while also starting a family – including the all-important task of producing an heir – and managing a consort in search of a role of his own. Season 2 continues Sundays through Feb. 25. In addition to weekly replays on NPT2, each new episode will re-air Thursdays at 11 p.m. on our main channel.

Following the Jan. 14 premiere, the entire second season of Victoria on Masterpiece will also be available for streaming on NPT Passport. Season 1 of Victoria on Masterpiece is currently available on NPT Passport.



Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) returns as Victoria, Tom Hughes reprises his role as Prince Albert, and Rufus Sewell returns as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s advisor. Joining the cast in Season 2 is legendary actress Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), who plays the Duchess of Buccleuch, the court’s new Mistress of the Robes.



More than 16.2 million viewers tuned in for Victoria’s premiere season, making it the highest-rated drama on PBS in 20 years – second only to Downton Abbey. Victoria Season 2 is set during the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and finds Prince Albert and the public fascinated by technological breakthroughs such as the telegraph, a tunnel under the Thames and the development of a mechanical calculator. On the other hand, there are potential crises on the horizon with the Anglo-Afghan War and the Irish Potato Famine.

Changes in Kids Lineup Start Jan. 1; ‘Odd Squad’ Movie Premieres Jan. 15

We’re starting 2018 with a few tweaks to our children’s programming schedule; see the complete lineups below. Be sure to catch the new one-hour Odd Squad movie, World Turned Odd, this month. In the story, a series of wacky happenings seem to suggest – as Odd Squad Agent Olympia says in the show – that “every case Odd Squad ever solved has been undone.” See how the kids get the world back on track when the movie premieres Monday, Jan. 15, at 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on NPT; and 7 p.m. on NPT3 PBS Kids. World Turned Odd also includes a sneak peek of Pinkalicious & Peterrific, a new show based on the popular Pinkalicious books, premiering Feb. 19. 

Children’s programming is also available around the clock on NPT3, our 24-hour PBS Kids Channel, available over-the-air at 8.3, on Comcast 242 and Charter 189 (or 192, depending on your viewing area). NPT3 PBS Kids is available for streaming at http://www.wnpt.org/npt3/.

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

6:00     Ready Jet Go!

6:30      The Cat in the Hat

7:00      Nature Cat

7:30      Curious George

8:00     Curious George

8:30      Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

9:00     Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

9:30     Splash and Bubbles

10:00   Sesame Street

10:30   Super Why!

11:00   Dinosaur Train

11:30   Peg + Cat

noon    Sesame Street

12:30   Splash and Bubbles

1:00     Curious George

1:30     Nature Cat

2:00     Nature Cat

2:30     Wild Kratts

3:00     Wild Kratts

3:30     Odd Squad

4:00     Odd Squad

4:30     Arthur

As of Jan. 6, our weekend schedule of children’s lineup will be:


5:00     Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

5:30     Dinosaur Train

6:00     Bob the Builder

6:30     Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

7:00     Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

7:30     Splash and Bubbles

8:00     Curious George

8:30     Nature Cat


5:00     Sid the Science Kid

5:30     Cyberchase

6:00     Sesame Street

6:30     Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

7:00     Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

7:30     Splash and Bubbles

8:00     Curious George

8:30     Nature Cat


Please find our complete programming schedule at wnpt.org/schedule. Happy New Year!

‘Christmas at Belmont’ & Other Holiday Specials on NPT this Season

We’ve decorated our December schedule with holiday specials, including new episodes of Call the Midwife and Last Tango in Halifax. The 2017 Christmas at Belmont is the shining star atop our programming tree. Grammy-winning musician Sheryl Crow hosts the holiday concert recorded at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Belmont’s McAfee Concert Hall. Christmas at Belmont premieres Thursday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. on NPT and airs on NPT and PBS member stations across the country on Friday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. CT.


Sheryl Crow performs in Christmas at Belmont at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Dec. 4, 2017. Credit; Belmont University


Unwrap extra presents on NPT Passport, our members-only streaming portal. Here you’ll find a holiday playlist that includes three Downton Abbey Christmas specials, the Vicious holiday special and the Grantchester Christmas episode from Season 3. Click here for the complete playlist (also available on Roku) and here for information on NPT Passport. The playlist will be available through the end of the year. Because you’ve been extra good this year, we’re giving you Christmas at Belmont extras, too. See clips from previous years’ concerts at wnpt.org/christmas-at-belmont (NPT Passport not required).


Sleigh bells ring…

We have many more holiday treats sprinkled throughout our schedule this month, including perennial favorites from Keeping Up Appearances on Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Tenor Rolando Villazón joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a new holiday performance premiering Friday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.

Just in the time for the holidays, Dickensian returns to our schedule, airing Saturdays at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dec. 16 through Jan. 13. This clever series begins with Jacob Marley’s Christmas Eve murder and incorporates characters plucked from several Dickens stories.

The Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Special is packed with so much drama that it’s actually two shows. The two parts air Sundays, Dec. 17 and 24, at 7 p.m. In these episodes, the daughters are again experiencing upheaval: Gillian is convinced she’s being haunted (by a spirit who’s not as helpful as Scrooge’s visitors); while Caroline takes a new job and must relocate before Christmas.

Every town and dance company seems to have its own Nutcracker; Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet’s set its version at the city’s 1893 Exposition with all-new choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. Making a New American Nutcracker, airing Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 11 p.m., explores several aspects of the new ballet, from story to choreography to costumes and sets.

A PBS holiday tradition continues Christmas night with a new Call the Midwife Holiday Special. Airing Monday, Dec. 25, at 8 p.m., this year’s show features the Nonnatus House sisters and midwives helping Poplar’s residents through a bitterly cold yuletide during the “Big Freeze” of 1962/1963.

Call the Midwife. Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017


And a happy new year

Laura Osnes and Chris Jackson join the The New York Philharmonic for Bernstein on Broadway, the Live from Lincoln Center New Year’s Eve show on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. Later that evening at 10 p.m., Austin City Limits present its Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve show. This year’s honorees include Roy Orbison, Rosanne Cash and the Neville Brothers.

Hugh Bonneville

The annual Great Performances broadcast of the New Year’s Celebration from Vienna will be hosted by Hugh Bonneville this year, who takes over for the iconic Julie Andrews. The show airs Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at 8 p.m. and features the Vienna Philharmonic led by Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Find our complete programming schedule at wnpt.org/schedule.