NPT Productions Lands Five Midsouth Regional Emmy Nominations

Left to right: Joe Elmore and Ken Simington (Tennessee Crossroads) ; Thuy Rocco (Next Door Neighbors: Storytellers Ha & Thuy) and Mike Rocco

Left to right: Joe Elmore and Ken Simington (Tennessee Crossroads) ; Thuy Rocco (NDN: Storytellers Ha & Thuy) and Mike Rocco

NPT celebrated another successful year at the 29th Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards last night! Receiving five nominations from five different categories both inspired and encouraged our entire station.

A full listing of categories and productions, including those individuals nominated, follows.

Aging Matters: End of Life, Beth Curley, Mary Makley

Tennessee Crossroads: Ridin’ the Rails, Joe Elmore, Ken Simington

NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis – Food, Will Pedigo, Matthew Emigh

ArtQuest: Art Is All Around You, Linda Wei, Matthew Emigh, Beth Curley, Samantha Andrews, Anne Henderson, Dajiah Platt

Next Door Neighbors: Storytellers Ha & Thuy, Shawn Anfinson, Will Pedigo

Children’s Book Signing to Go Down in History at NPT


Anyone who has experienced change can understand a little of Savannah Green’s troubles in Gloria Respress-Churchwell’s new children’s book, Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History A Savannah Green Story. Uprooted by her father’s death, Savannah sulks about being transplanted to Robert Churchwell Elementary School, an unfamiliar Nashville setting. Savannah’s outlook shifts when she finds out about the school’s namesake, and how he is truly the “Jackie Robinson of Journalism.”

What makes the story even more interesting is that Robert Churchwell is Gloria Respress-Churchwell’s real-life father-in-law! Immortalizing her father-in-law through this wonderfully written children’s book, Respress-Churchwell beckons us all into an unforgettable story that encourages us to probe the family history that surrounds us.

Gloria Respress-Churchwell, former NPT board member, will be on hand Thursday, November 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to sign copies of her book. If you’d like to pick up a signed copy of the book and talk with the author, we hope you’ll join us.  A portion of all book sales from the event will benefit NPT.

Don’t Ration Your Excitement for this Downton Abbey Event!


Violet Crawley, who “hates to get news second-hand,” is in good company. Nobody likes to receive news when it’s too late to do anything about it. Well, we at NPT want to make sure that you know about an upcoming event that’s sure to be a smashing success!

Though the last episode of Downton Abbey Season 4 didn’t leave us in shambles like previous seasons (alas for season 3!) we wait in eager expectation for when we get to reunite with the Crawley family and friends and see how the plot thickens.

Have you ever wanted to attend one of those fancy parties that the Crawley family hosts? Or enjoy live period music with fellow Downton fans? What about see the premiere of the first episode of Downton Abbey Season 5 on MASTERPIECE before it airs?

Here’s your chance to immerse yourself in a not-so-long-ago time at NPT’s 1920s Soirée and Screening inspired by Downton Abbey on MASTERPIECE at the Franklin Theatre on Thursday, December 11.

The 1920s Soirée will include hors d’oeuvres from Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering, drinks courtesy of VPT Ventures/Ajax Turner, live music and fun photo opportunities. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in Roaring 20s attire or as their favorite Downton Abbey character.

Following the Soirée, Downton Abbey enthusiasts will attend the only Middle Tennessee screening of the first episode of Downton Abbey Season 5 on MASTERPIECE, before it airs on NPT on January 4, 2015.

Soirée starts at 7:00 PM with the public screening at 8:00 PM.  Following the screening, guests are invited to go across the street for an after-party with music and champagne at event sponsor Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry. Get your tickets soon, because they’re going fast!

Known for her blunt honesty and expressive behavior, Violet Crawley has been known to pronounce, “At my age, one must ration one’s excitement!”

If, like Violet, you also believe you do not have time or energy for this event, peruse photos of last year’s event and see for yourself that this is an opportunity you will not want to miss!




Merle Hazard’s latest “Dual Mandate” featured on the PBS NewsHour

Local singer/songwriter/financial guru Merle Hazard (aka Jon Shayne) was featured again this week on the PBS NewsHours’ Making Sense of Financial News series. In this clip reporter Paul Solman uses Hazard’s latest hit Dual Mandate to explain the Federal Reserve’s role in stimulating economic growth while keeping inflation in check. Somehow it all begins to make much more sense when backed by steel guitar.

Here’s the clip from the PBS NewsHour:

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And here’s the full video Dual Mandate produced here at NPT by Jon Shayne  and NPT’s own Jim DeMarco and Matt Emigh:

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Next Door Neighbors: New Beginnings

NPT Visits Our Next Door Neighbors From Rwanda, Haiti and Burma

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NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS: NEW BEGINNINGS, the newest episode of NPT’s Next Door Neighbors series, premieres Friday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. on NPT. For the past eight years, episodes have highlighted Nashville’s Kurdish, Somali, Hispanic, Bhutanese and Sudanese communities (now available for viewing at, and this time viewers will meet Nashville’s neighbors from Rwanda, Haiti and Burma. These three small countries hold big challenges for their residents. Following the premiere, NPT will also broadcast last year’s installment in the NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS series, “Community.”


Refugee resettlement to the United States is often the last option displaced people have for a permanent home. The opportunity is available to less than one percent of the world’s refugees. Once in the U.S., in cities like Nashville, refugees are expected to build new lives. But what if a chance to go back to their homeland finally arrives? Which home will they choose? In three segments during the 30-minute documentary, host Danielle Colburn Allen explores why these neighbors of ours left their native countries behind and set out to make a new beginning in Nashville.



The Gatebuke family survived the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. They now live in Nashville and work to help others from the troubled African region. Alice Gatebuke is a columnist for the Huff Post:









Phidomise Leveque is president of Tennessee Haitian Voice, a group that works to promote education, recreation and cultural experiences that will benefit Haitians and all cultural groups living in the Nashville area and helps eliminate disparities among Haitian families living in Tennessee with respect and love. She also hosts a weekly Haitian radio show on WFSK 88.1fm called Planet Creole.  “Phiphi” shares the plight of the Haitian people and the Nashville Haitian community’s efforts to help the poverty-stricken nation.


NDN-NBeg_Alvarez_LamarExecutive Chef Lamartine Alvarez, whose mother taught culinary school, has always enjoyed cooking. Now the  Owner/Operator of Chez Lama Catering, he prepares delicious Haitian cuisine for weddings, church gatherings and other Nashville-area events.






Regine Pierre, RN, BSN, was crowned Miss Port-au-Prince in 2013 and is now Miss Haiti International 2014. She uses her position to help Haiti eradicate cholera, especially after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the small island nation.






The Karen population from Burma saved a Smyrna church from closing its doors. This heartwarming story includes interviews with Father Randy Hoover-Dempsey and other members of All Saints Episcopal church.





NPT’s award-winning NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS series looks at Nashville’s status as a destination city for refugees and immigrants and explores the rich diversity of people now calling Nashville home. Across the United States, mid-sized cities like Nashville are experiencing unprecedented growth in their international populations. Together these communities are redefining the traditional international city on a smaller local scale.

NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS is much more than the documentary series – it also includes in-depth web content, public community forums, a televised panel discussion after the premiere of each program and literacy outreach for children and parents of immigrant families.

This extensive effort has played a key role in sharing authentic stories of immigrants and helping build bridges between their communities and Middle Tennessee’s traditional culture. Through this project, NPT has helped grow a welcoming of diversity while focusing on the many ways that new immigrants are contributing to Nashville’s growing economy and vibrant cultural life.

NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS: NEW BEGINNINGS is made possible by the financial support of The Nissan Foundation, The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, and a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A partnership with the Vanderbilt University Center for Nashville Studies provided valuable research and community outreach.


About Nashville Public Television:

Nashville Public Television, Nashville’s PBS station, is available free and over-the-air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area, through its main NPT and secondary NPT2 channels, and to anyone in the world through its stable of NPT Digital services, including, YouTube and the PBS video app. The mission of NPT is to provide, through the power of traditional television and interactive digital communications, high quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve.




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Known Audio Issues For Some Charter Cable Subscribers

We have received calls from some Charter Cable subscribers who are hearing no audio or Spanish on certain NPT programs, starting about two weeks ago. It appears to be a problem with certain Charter Cable boxes. We have contacted Charter Cable Technical Support, and they recommend the following procedure to reset the audio on the affected boxes.


1>     On your Charter remote, press MENU twice to go to AUDIO SETUP

2>     Under AUDIO SETUP, go to AUDIO DEFAULT.

3>     This should indicate ENGLISH. Cycle through the selections to wind up on ENGLISH.

4>     Exit the MENU.


You should now be monitoring the main audio channel on NPT’s broadcast.

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‘Tennessee Crossroads’ Turns Lens on 20th Anniversary of ‘Eyes on LaFollette’

EOL - Photo by Andy Ashby, 1997

Photo by Andy Ashby, 1997.

Two graduates of program return to document its impact; segment coincides with new exhibit at Tennessee State Museum

Tennessee Crossroads will focus on Eyes on LaFallotte in an upcoming episode.

In the segment, premiering on NPT on Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m. and ETPTV on Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m., NPT videographer Matt Emigh and producer Will Pedigo follow a group of photojournalism students from the University of Tennessee as they make their annual trip to document life in LaFollette, Tennessee.

The Eyes on LaFollete project, now celebrating more than 20 years, is a collaboration between the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the LaFollette Press.  One weekend each year, advanced photojournalism students head into town and attempt to capture their best images in hopes that they will be selected for publication in a special edition of the paper.  For many students, it’s their first real world assignment. This was the case for both Emigh and Pedigo, who were themselves participants in the 1999 edition of Eyes on LaFollette as students of UT Professor Rob Heller.

Will Pedigo, Rob Heller and Matt Emigh (Courtesy of Karen Cumorich, LaFollette Press)

Will Pedigo, Rob Heller and Matt Emigh (Courtesy of Karen Cumorich, LaFollette Press)

“I knew going back to LaFollette was going to be special, but didn’t realize I would feel like I was getting to do the project all over again” said Pedigo, who has gone on to produce numerous Emmy Award winning NPT documentaries like Beautiful Tennessee: Our Scenic Waterways, Next Door Neighbors and Children’s Health Crisis. “I have to say, seeing our professor Rob Heller made me a little nervous. We wanted to do the project justice.”

This year, the Eyes on LaFollete project will also be transformed from pictures printed on newspaper, to the walls of the Tennessee State Museum. Eyes on LaFollette: UT Student Photojournalism Project Marks 20 Years, running from October 3 to November 30 at the Museum, will include select photographs culled from 17 editions, tens of thousands of images, and the work of more than 250 students, Emigh has more than a few that will be featured in the exhibit. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

“To see the culmination of two decades of work from so many brilliant UT student photographers is such an exciting opportunity,” said Emigh, an Emmy Award winning NPT videographer. “I can’t wait to see this exhibition— it’s going to be a real treat!”

The Eyes on LaFollette segment will re-air on Tennessee Crossroads on NPT on Sunday September 28 at 10 a.m. on NPT. It will also be available on the Tennessee Crossroads website, by searching for “Eyes on LaFollette.”

‘NPT Presents: Community Cinema’ Announces 2014-15 Season | Return to Nashville Public Library

Community Cinema, presented by Nashville Public Television, celebrates its seventh year in Nashville with a return to the main branch of the Nashville Public Library and six new documentaries culled from the upcoming Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS and NPT series Independent Lens.

The screenings and post-film discussions will take place from October to May and begin on October 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. with a special presentation of “Makers: Women in Hollywood,” producers Rory Kennedy and Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s showcase of the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment.

Sallie Mayne, former executive director of the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), will coordinate the screenings.

“I’ve been a supporter of the Community Cinema series from its early days in Nashville partnering with NaFF, and I’m thrilled to once again be working with NPT,” said Mayne. “Fans of the series will welcome the return to the beautiful confines of the downtown Library and its state-of-the-art theatre. And then there are the films. This year’s strong slate of films is sure to engage the Nashville audience.”

Presented in partnership with ITVS, local public television stations and leading community organizations, Community Cinema holds preview screenings and discussion in over 90 cities across the country, making a real contribution on a range of current social issues by connecting communities with organizations, information, and the opportunity to get involved. NPT Presents: Community Cinema began in Nashville in 2008, and except for the 2013-14 season at NPT’s Studio A, has been held at the Nashville Public Library. It is presented locally in partnership with ITVS, the Nashville Public Library and the Nashville Film Festival.

A complete list of this year’s films and dates follows (click here for a link to view the 2014-15 season trailer):

NPT Presents: Community Cinema 2014-15.

MAKERS: Women in Hollywood

MAKERS: Women in Hollywood

by Rory Kennedy with Producer/Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Nashville Public Library, Main Branch

MAKERS: Women in Hollywood showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment. Audiences hear from actress-producer-activist Jane Fonda; television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, who created Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal; screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who re-imagined the traditional Disney princess by making Belle (Beauty and the Beast) a self-possessed, strong-willed young woman; director Ava DuVernay, who was the first African-American to win best director at Sundance for her film, Middle of Nowhere; writer-director-actress Lena Dunham; and Academy Award-winner Geena Davis. Narrated by Julia Roberts.  Nashville Women in Film and Television is a partner with NPT for this screening and panel discussion.


by Darius Clark Monroe
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Nashville Public Library, Main Branch

In this gripping blend of documentary, true-crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.  Project Return is a partner with NPT for this screening and panel discussion:

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A Path Appears

A Path Appears

by Maro Chermayeff
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Nashville Public Library, Main Branch

A Path Appears goes to Chicago, Nashville, Boston, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

American Denial

American Denial

by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, and Kelly Thomson
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Nashville Public Library, Main Branch

Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.

by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
Saturday, April 18, 2015 (time TBA)
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Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

by Thomas Miller and Kirk Marcolina
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Nashville Public Library, Main Branch

Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.


Veterans Coming Home: Courage Beyond

Zachary Bell and his children

Zachary Bell and his children

As we announced in August, NPT is part of a new nationwide project called Veterans Coming Home.  The project includes a new digital series and broadcast spots, community discussions,  a dedicated website at and a social media campaign at

We released our first video on August 18, “What War Feels Like.” Today, we release our second. In “Courage Beyond,” veteran Zachary Bell shares his experience getting out of the military and adjusting to civilian life.

Producer Will Pedigo shared these thoughts:

Veterans Coming Home is showing us that there are many challenges veterans face as they transition to civilian life.  Some challenges are related to the isolation veterans experience as they lose touch with their fellow soldiers; others struggle to find a new purpose and career outside of the world where they thrived.  Zachary Bell talked honestly about both of these issues in his interview.  In this piece, he shares how a moment of loss motivated him to find a job working with veterans and families like his own.  It’s a good thing that we have folks like Zachary Bell out there making a difference for those that have served all of us.

Today, Bell is an Outreach Specialist for Courage Beyond, part of Centerstone of America. Courage Beyond provides confidential, no-cost or low-cost programs and services to warriors and their loved ones facing post-traumatic stress disorder and other invisible wounds of military service. Learn more at or if you need support now, call 866.781.8010.

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Visit Phillips Toy Mart to enter NPT’s Thomas the Train Coloring Contest and Giveaway


Thomas Basket - This Could Be Your Child's!

This Could Be Your Child’s!


NPT is excited to partner with Phillips Toy Mart in a Thomas the Train Coloring Contest.  Any child between the age of 2 and 6 can be entered to win a Thomas and Friends gift basket (Pictured above) valued at more than $50. All you need to do is to stop by Phillips Toy Mart and have your Thomas fan color in a Thomas & Friends coloring sheet.  While you are there, you can check out Phillips Toy Mart’s huge selection of toys for children of all ages. Arts and crafts, educational toys, electronics, puzzles, games, costumes and accessories and so much more. Contest ends Saturday, September 13, so full steam ahead to Phillips Toy Mart!


5207 Harding Pike

Nashville, TN 37205

(615) 352-5363

Hours:  Monday through Saturday

9:00AM til 5:30PM

Official rules available at Phillips Toy Mart or click here.