Join NPT for two free documentary screenings at Watkins College of Art

NPT is hosting two free screening events in the coming weeks. The first is Thursday, March 22, and features Dolores, part of our Indie Lens Pop-Up series. The documentary is about Dolores Huerta, feminist icon and activist for labor, Chicano and civil rights causes. This event takes place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. It is a free event, but RSVPs are required at Seating will be first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Download our Indie Lens Pop-Up schedule here. Independent Lens airs Mondays on NPT.

On Tuesday, April 3, we’ll host a free screening and discussion of The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, a documentary about the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and counterculture icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta. Acosta was the inspiration for the Dr. Gonzo character in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, written by his friend, legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter S. Thompson.

A panel discussion follows the screening. The event is free, but RSVPs are required at Seating will be first come, first served.

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Support NPT this Spring & Receive Concert Tickets, Museum Passes & More

It’s March Membership Campaign time here at NPT and we have several ticket offers as thank-you gifts when you make a generous donation to NPT. Scroll below to find concert tickets, meet-&-greet opportunities with performers, museum passes, and tickets to NPT’s annual Antiques & Fine Arts Appraisal Day. Call 844-213-5345 to take advantage of performance and meet-&-greet offers. Your contribution supports NPT’s educational, cultural and civic programming.

A full list of our March 2018 ticket offers is below.

Postmodern Jukebox performs modern music in the manner of bygone eras, taking Radiohead, Katy Perry and Guns N’ Roses back to swing, ragtime or Motown styles. Postmodern Jukebox: The New Classics premieres Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. with encores Monday, March 12, at 11 p.m. and March 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets to the ensemble’s April 29, 2018, show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center are available as pledge thank-you gifts. Call 844-213-5345 for information.

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall ‒ An Acoustic Evening airs Wednesday, March 7, at 8:30 p.m. The blues guitarist performs an all-acoustic set with guests in this special recorded in January 2016. Thank-you gifts for Joe Bonamassa pledges include tickets to Bonamassa’s Aug. 9, 2018, concert at the Ryman Auditorium. Call 844-213-5345 for information.

Patsy Cline: American Masters airs Sunday, March 11, at 7 p.m., with an encore Wednesday, March 14, at 11 p.m. In addition to CDs and DVDs, we’ll have Patsy Cline Museum passes available during a live pledge broadcast with special guest Julie Fudge, Cline’s daughter. Call 844-213-5345 for information.

Celtic Woman: Homecoming ‒ Ireland airs on Sunday, March 11, at 8:30 p.m., with an encore Tuesday, March 13, at 11 p.m. The Irish quartet will perform June 15, 2018, at TPAC and we’re offering concert tickets and a meet-&-greet opportunity for the show. Call 844-213-5345 for information.

Best of Trains Around North America airs Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. Watch a live night of television as producer/director Robert Van Camp joins us in the studio to offer excursion packages during the broadcast of these scenic railway journeys.

Celtic Thunder is celebrating 10 years with a new special featuring 27 songs including traditional Irish tunes and new works. Celtic Thunder X premieres Tuesday, March 13, at 8 p.m. Our thank-you gifts for Celtic Thunder pledges include tickets and a meet-&-greet opportunity for the group’s Dec. 9, 2018, show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Call 844-213-5345 for information.

Ray Stevens CabaRay is now open in West Nashville. If you enjoy Stevens’ variety show Saturday evenings on NPT, you’ll be pleased to know we’re offering tickets to this new venue as thank-you gifts during this Membership Campaign. Call 844-213-5345 for information.

Appraisal Day 2018 returns to the Factory at Franklin on June 23, 2018. Tickets are available now during our March Membership Campaign!

Enjoy this month’s special programming (check our schedule for additional airings) and please support Nashville Public Television.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’


Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the iconic public television children’s show, turns 50 this year! To celebrate, PBS is pairing episodes of popular animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with the original Mister Rogers episodes that inspired them. Watch through March 2 at 8:30 and 9 a.m. on NPT. There will also be PBS Kids Family Night dedicated to the pairings; enjoy that on NPT3 PBS Kids from 6 to 8 p.m. nightly, Friday, March 2, through Sunday, March 4.

The weekday episodes are as follows:

  • February 26: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Daniel’s Fish Dies/Daniel’s Strawberry Seeds” (NEW) and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Death of a Goldfish”
  • February 27: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “The Tiger Family Grows/Daniel Learns About Being a Big Brother” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Families”
  • February 28: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Visiting Grandpere/The Tiger Family Goes Home” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Grandparents”
  • March 1: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Friends Help Each Other/Daniel Helps O Tell a Story” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Friends”
  • March 2: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Daniel Gets Mad/Katerina Gets Mad” and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood “Mad Feelings”

Download the four Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Coloring Pages: Trolley, King Friday, Queen Sara, Mr. McFeely.

There’s something for older viewers, too. Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like, a new special hosted by Michael Keaton, features a number of guests sharing their memories of the long-running series. The program premieres Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. Keaton’s connection to the Mister Rogers series is a long one ‒ he worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the show in the 1970s. He’s joined by Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and others who reveal their favorite memories from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Series performers Joe Negri (“Handyman Negri”), David Newell (“Mr. McFeely”) and Joanne Rogers, Fred’s widow, also share their personal stories.


Additional airtimes for Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like on NPT are:

  • Saturday, March 10, at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 10, at 10:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11, at noon

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‘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

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

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

‘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 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

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 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.