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
On NPT2, the additional airtimes are:
Indian Summers on Masterpiece
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:
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, 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.
On NPT2, Mayor Megan Barry: One-on-One airs:
Mayor Megan Barry: One-on-One will be available for online viewing at video.wnpt.org from Monday, Oct. 24.
Great Performances’ presentation of the Hamilton’s America documentary kicks off the 2016 PBS Fall Arts Festival on Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. The documentary combines interviews with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, President Obama and others; rehearsal footage and visits to historical sites to tell the story of the making of the award-winning musical.
Due to the great appeal of this program we are adding a prime-time broadcast of Hamilton’s America at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, to accommodate those viewers who will be unable to receive our signal while our transmission tower is undergoing maintenance.
The documentary will also be live streamed during the 8 p.m. Oct. 21 premiere via NPT’s online video portal at video.wnpt.org, Facebook Live at the Great Performances Facebook page and also on the PBS website.
Additional airtimes for Hamilton’s America on Nashville Public Television are:
On NPT2, the additional airtimes are:
More ways to experience and explore Hamilton’s America:
The 2016 PBS Fall Arts Festival airs Friday nights Oct. 21 through Dec. 23 and includes Bill Murray: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (Oct. 28); Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance (Nov. 4); and Live from Lincoln Center: Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody (Nov. 25). More information about the festival is available here.
Vivian Howard has chronicled her adventures as a farm-to-table restaurateur for three seasons of A Chef’s Life. Howard won the 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Television Personality; A Chef’s Life has also received a Daytime Emmy Award (2015) and a Peabody Award (2014). In the fourth season, Howard continues her culinary trek through ingredients, among them cabbage, catfish and peas. Onions and Avetts kicks off the season on NPT on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m. and features a performance by the Avett Brothers, whose “Will You Return” plays during the show’s opening titles.
This season also includes scenes of Howard hard at work on Deep Run Roots, her first cookbook. NPT is giving away a copy of Deep Run Roots via the Nashville Scene’s Free Stuff and viewers will have the chance to meet Howard at Parnassus Books on Oct. 6.
To be fair, “cookbook” doesn’t quite define Deep Run Roots, which is really a food-themed memoir. As recounted in the TV series, Howard grew up waiting to flee her eastern North Carolina home and made her way to New York, where her “smoldering obsession” with food led to various restaurant jobs and the goal of becoming a food writer.
“I always wanted to be a storyteller, I never gave up on that,” Howard said. “This is the first attempt to continue to follow that dream.” Howard spoke by phone just a few days after taking part in the Music City Food + Wine Festival. Her idea was to make Deep Run Roots as much about the stories as the food. She didn’t feel restricted by any rules for writing a cookbook because she didn’t know them. The nearly 600-page book is a wonderful read, highlighting Howard’s deep connection to region, family and food. She is as forthright in print as she is in her series, revealing the insecurities she felt as a country kid trying to make her way in the big city and how she learned to accept her life on its own terms and in its own place.
Howard is also throwing out the rules when it comes to promoting the book. “I wanted to cook for people and talk to people in an informal, affordable setting,” she explained. She also liked the idea of traveling with her own kitchen to avoid the stresses of working in different spaces over the course of a tour.
On the menu for her food truck’s Nashville stop is Tom Thumb (that’s sausage-stuffed pig appendix, as viewers might recall); Shrimp Stew with Poached Eggs; Watermelon Pickles Wrapped in Bacon; Pimento Cheese Grits with Salsa; and her mother Scarlett’s Chicken and Rice. For dessert there’s Warm Banana Pudding; Pepsi and Peanut Ice Cream Floats and Pecan-Chewy Pie. As photographed in the book, the latter is topped with a scoop of chocolate ice cream melting enticingly over the side of a slice and onto the saucer.
The photographs in Deep Run Roots were shot by Rex Miller, the Emmy Award-winning director of photography on A Chef’s Life. Miller’s images are beautiful and compelling, while also convincingly realistic; they look as though they were taken at a comfortable dinner party for friends. Howard plans to bring a taste of that party to Nashville.
Season 4 of A Chef’s Life premieres 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, on NPT. Find our complete schedule at wnpt.org/schedule.
NPT was presented with a 2016 NETA Award for its “Do Your Part for NPT” promotional campaign during the National Educational Telecommunications Association annual professional development conference in Baltimore. NETA honored 17 of its members with 24 awards for excellence in content production, promotion and marketing, community engagement, and instructional media during the mid-September conference.
NPT’s campaign was designed to encourage viewers to get involved with their public television station and consisted of two spots that were used on air and on social media.
The first featured then-Mayor Karl Dean stuffing envelopes at NPT and began airing the night of the September 2015 runoff election to name Dean’s replacement. The second spot featured Americana music legend Jim Lauderdale (host of Music City Roots: Live from the Factory at Franklin) providing hold music for incoming phone calls to the station. Both videos are available for viewing on NPT’s YouTube channel.
NPT’s Justin Harvey, Matt Emigh and Paul Mojonnier created the “Do Your Part for NPT” spots.
NPT’s broadcast tower is currently undergoing structural maintenance. NPT will be unavailable to some viewers during this time. Viewers who watch NPT using an antenna and subscribers to Dish Network, DirecTV and some smaller cable companies will be affected. AT&T Uverse and Comcast subscribers should not be affected.
We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have questions, please contact NPT at 615-259-9325.
In the meantime, you can watch many of our programs including Tennessee Crossroads, Volunteer Gardener and PBS NewsHour through our online video portal, the PBS app on mobile devices, Roku and Apple TV.
Poldark fans please note: You will be able to watch Sunday’s episode online at http://video.wnpt.org/ beginning Monday morning.
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Nashville Public Television will present an evening with famed Italian chef, best-selling cookbook author and Emmy Award-winning public television personality Lidia Bastianich at Mangia Nashville. The event will feature a five-course meal inspired by Bastianich’s latest cookbook, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine, curated by Mangia Nashville’s Nick Pellegrino, and including wine and sparkling water.
When setting the menu, Pellegrino will use a combination of Bastianich’s recipes (there are more than 400 in this book alone) and his own dishes. It’s a formula he employed four years ago for NPT’s previous event with Bastianich. “Her recipes, because they’re so family-oriented, they’re very conducive to what we do. It’s not like a normal restaurant where you’re preparing one dish and sending it out, we’re sending out platters of food,” Pellegrino said, referring to the multi-course Italian feasts he hosts each weekend at his Berry Hill restaurant.
Those began five years ago as pop-ups in Franklin and include, as will NPT’s Lidia Bastianich evening, singing and dancing to Italian-American classics by Sinatra, Frankie Valli, The Rascals and others. “Everybody works off about 1,000 calories, then you sit down and you eat some more,” Pellegrino said.
In addition to food and dancing, the Lidia Bastianich at Mangia Nashville evening will offer guests the opportunity to meet and mingle with Bastianich and other diners in a casual environment. Again, this meshes well with the atmosphere in Pellegrino’s restaurant. The space has a décor that is both stylish and relaxed with a large bar, open kitchen and dark rustic tables that Pellegrino built himself. Pellegrino, who opened this location in the spring of this year, also designed the 100-plus foot long banquette that wraps around one side of the restaurant.
The apple green leather banquette makes it easier to reconfigure tables when accommodating large groups, Pellegrino said. That should come in handy during Lidia Bastianich at Mangia Nashville. As Bastianich writes in the introduction to her latest cookbook: “Italian food is all about authentic ingredients, intense flavors, and the enjoyment that comes when family and friends get together.”
Tickets to Lidia Bastianich at Mangia Nashville are available at wnpt.org/lidia and are $200 per person (dinner only) or $250 per person (includes a copy of Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine cookbook which Bastianich will sign at the event). The book was co-written with Tanya Bastianich Manuali, the chef’s daughter, and includes nearly 100 pages of ingredients and techniques (kinds of food, condiments, tools and preparation methods); more than 400 recipes, among them appetizers and desserts; and concludes with a glossary and brief section on Italian culture and language.
Learn more of Bastianich’s by watching Lidia’s Kitchen Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. on NPT and Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NPT2.
The fifth annual American Graduate Day is Saturday, Sept. 17, and will feature a live block of programming hosted by journalist Soledad O’Brien with news segments, performances, interviews and mini-documentaries.
NPT is an active participant in the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen public media initiative and as such regularly creates documentaries and short video projects highlighting education issues in Middle Tennessee. This month we are rolling out three Champions videos. Champions work to improve their communities by dedicating their time, talents and resources to help students achieve better educational and personal results. Over the past few years, NPT has featured nearly 30 individuals and organizations in Champions videos and all are available on YouTube and on our American Graduate website in addition to regular broadcasts on-air.
Our new Champions videos highlight:
This year American Graduate Day comes at the end of Spotlight Education, a week of public television programming highlighting America’s students and new approaches to educating them. There will be special episodes of Frontline, NOVA and other shows, as well as special reports from PBS NewsHour and PBS NewsHour Weekend.
Here’s an overview of the week’s offerings on NPT.
Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10 & 10:30 p.m. Two NPT original American Graduate productions will air back-to-back. NPT Reports: Choice or Chance? is about school choice options in the Nashville area, followed by American Graduate: Translating the Dream, about the challenges faced by non-native English speakers as they try to navigate the education system in their new home.
Monday, Sept. 12, at 9 p.m. POV’s All the Difference (2016) is about two African-American males who manage to achieve their goal of graduating from college despite overwhelming odds and difficult life situations. One of the young men, Krishaun Branch, attended Fisk University.
Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. Frontline’s A Subprime Education is a look at the for-profit college industry and is especially relevant given the recent closure of ITT Technical Institutes across the country. The program considers accusations of predatory behavior and fraud among education chains. In that same episode, The Education of Omarina shows how an innovative program to curb the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey.
Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m. The focus is on innovative approaches to education in TED TALKS: Education Revolution. Speakers include Anna Deavere Smith and Sal Khan discussing the school-to-prison pipeline, the impact of micromanaging kids, and transforming struggling students into scholars.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. NOVA offers suggestions of how the School of the Future should look in our age of information, rapid innovation and globalization.
Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 p.m. The story told in Time for School began in 2003, when the five teens featured were starting their first year of school in their respective countries. Current-day footage is combined with material filmed over the intervening years as the children struggled to attain a basic education and now approach what should be their graduation dates.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 1 to 5 p.m. Look for NPT’s original video shorts – including the three new Champions spots– during American Graduate Day programming. We’ll also offer another chance to watch the NPT original production American Graduate: Translating the Dream at 5:30 p.m.
NPT is sad to announce the death of Ken Simington, a longtime NPT staff member and executive producer of Tennessee Crossroads. Simington died at his home last night after a fall and is survived by his wife Janice, two sons and grandchildren.
Simington’s broadcast career began at small radio stations in the northeast part of his home state of Arkansas. He earned a Master of Visual Arts from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV from Arkansas State University. Simington joined NPT (then WDCN) back in 1979 and worked his way through the ranks from studio supervisor to senior producer/director. He most recently served as a governor of NATAS Nashville/Midsouth Regional Emmys.
Simington’s affiliation with Tennessee Crossroads began at the show’s launch in October 1987, when he worked as a segment producer; he became the show’s executive producer a few years later. Simington was a consummate professional; he also had a terrific sense of humor, a knack for storytelling and a green thumb when it came to homegrown tomatoes.
Simington received 16 Regional Emmy nominations for Director and Magazine Programs – and won once for Living On: Tennesseans Remembering the Holocaust (2006). But he was perhaps proudest of Tennessee Crossroads and its consistently high ratings and popularity. Now in its 29th season, Crossroads remains the most watched locally produced program in the entire PBS system. Tennessee Crossroads is carried by public television stations across Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina.
“Ken Simington was the granddaddy of NPT’s production staff and had the distinct honor of being the celebrated producer of Tennessee Crossroads,” said Beth Curley, NPT’s president and CEO. “Ken loved every minute of his work, which viewers could witness every week. Ken had a long and distinguished career at NPT and was beloved by all of our staff. He was a unique talent who is already sorely missed by everyone at NPT.”
“He was a brother, a friend, a partner,” said Joe Elmore, Tennessee Crossroads’ longtime host. “We were like [Dean] Martin and [Jerry] Lewis – and Ken was Lewis.”
Poldark on Masterpiece returns this fall for a second season, but first, join NPT for a free advance screening from Season 2 on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Frist Center for the Visual Arts auditorium. The event is free; but RSVPs are requested at bit.ly/RossPoldarkNPT ($3 parking will be available with validation).
NPT will screen the first hour of the new season from 6 to 7 p.m. The museum’s café will be open for guests who want a glass or wine or a light meal before or after the screening; the café will also have live music from 6 to 8 p.m.
Poldark Season 2 will air on NPT Sundays at 8 p.m., beginning with a two-hour premiere on Sept. 25 and continuing through Nov. 27 (pre-empted Sunday, Oct. 9).
During the first season, Capt. Ross Poldark stunned his relatives and neighbors by returning late, but alive from fighting in the American War of Independence (aka The Revolutionary War). His father was dead, his affairs and finances in disarray. Meanwhile, Poldark’s uncle and cousin, Charles and Francis Poldark, were running a prosperous mining operation; unscrupulous George Warleggan had a rival operation; and Elizabeth, Poldark’s first love, had caught the eye of both Francis and George. Poldark married Demelza, a miner’s daughter.
As Season 2 starts, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) is on trial for a capital offense, accused of murder and “wrecking” — luring a cargo ship to the rocks for plunder. But neither betrayal, pestilence, nor starvation can stop him from fighting for justice in his native Cornwall. Returning with Turner for the second season are Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza, Heida Reed as Elizabeth, Kyle Soller as Francis Poldark, and Jack Farthing as George Warleggan. This season John Nettles (Midsomer Murders) joins the cast as Ray Penvenen.
Poldark is based on the novels of Winston Graham.