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.
Over the coming weeks, NPT will broadcast a number of programs that examine our nation’s history of political and racial tensions so that we might better understand the events of today. “Through engagement with these topics, we seek to enrich the lives of everyone who calls Nashville home,” said Beth Curley, NPT’s president and CEO. On Thursday nights, Aug. 11 through Aug. 18 and Sept. 8 through Oct. 13, NPT will pair an episode of the second series of Eyes on the Prize with a documentary about a related issue.
Thursday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. Eyes on the Prize: The Time Has Come (1964-1966)
The second series of this seminal chronicle of the civil rights era begins in the mid-1960s, as the fabric of the traditional movement changes with the rise of the Black Power movement. Malcolm X takes nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation of black leaders listens.
Thursday, Aug. 11, at 9 p.m. Independent Lens: Let the Fire Burn
On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied row house. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “let the fire burn.” Using archival news coverage and interviews, filmmaker Jason Osder brings to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history, one that ended with the deaths of 11 people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes.
Thursday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. Eyes on the Prize: Two Societies (1965-1968)
The Kerner Commission finds that America is becoming “two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal.”
Thursday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. Freedom Riders: The Nashville Connection
Nashville veterans of the 1961 Freedom Rides recall their role in the landmark event of the civil-rights era in this 2011 panel discussion moderated by journalist John Seigenthaler.
Thursday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. Eyes on the Prize: Power! (1966-1968)
The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities. In Cleveland, Carl Stokes wins election as the first black mayor of a major American city. The Black Panther Party, armed with law books and guns, is born in Oakland.
Thursday, Sept. 8, at 9 p.m. Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams
The story of civil rights leader Vel Phillips, now in her 90s, who became the first African-American judge in Wisconsin and the first woman, and African American, in the nation elected to executive office in state government.
Thursday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. Eyes on the Prize: The Promised Land (1967-1968)
Martin Luther King Jr. stakes out new ground for himself and the fragmenting civil rights movement.
Thursday, Sept. 15, at 9 p.m. Independent Lens: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Thomas Allen Harris’ critically acclaimed documentary presents photographic portrayals of African Americans by African Americans spanning the advent of the medium to the present day.
Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. Eyes on the Prize: Ain’t Gonna Shuffle No More (1964-1972)
A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize black America. Olympic champion Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali. The National Black Political Convention tries to create a unified response to growing repression against the movement.
Thursday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m. Independent Lens: American Denial
The film uses Gunnar Myrdal’s innovative research into the Jim Crow-era racism as a starting point for a look at how unconscious biases affect race relations in the U.S.
Thursday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. Eyes on the Prize: A Nation of Law? (1968-1971)
Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. At New York’s Attica State Prison, an inmate takeover leaves 43 men dead – four killed by inmates, 39 by police.
Thursday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. Frontline: Prison State
With unprecedented access, Frontline investigates the impact of mass incarceration in America. Around 2.3 million people are behind bars in the U.S. today, but a disproportionate number come from a few city neighborhoods, and in some places the concentration is so dense that states are spending millions of dollars annually to lock up residents of single blocks. “Prison State” examines one such community, Louisville’s Beecher Terrace housing project, and follows the lives of four residents as they move in and out of custody, while Kentucky tries break that cycle and shrink its prison state.
Thursday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. Eyes on the Prize: The Keys to the Kingdom (1974-1980)
Anti-discrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school desegregation order. The Bakke Supreme Court case challenges affirmative action.
Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9 p.m. Frontline: Separate and Unequal
Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared separate schools for black and white children unconstitutional, Frontline examines the comeback of segregation in America. The film focuses on Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a group of mostly white parents are trying to form their own city with its own separate school district, leaving behind a population of black students. Through this battle, Frontline shows the growing racial divide in American schools and the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.
Thursday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. Eyes on the Prize: Back to the Movement (1979-Mid-80s)
Power and powerlessness. Pummeled by urban renewal, a lack of jobs and police harassment, Miami’s black community explodes in rioting. In Chicago, an unprecedented grassroots movement triumphs. Harold Washington becomes Chicago’s first black mayor.
Thursday, Oct. 13, at 9 p.m. POV: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve society? Following a Florida man who received four life sentences at age 15, this eye-opening film reveals a justice system that routinely condemns young Americans to die in prison.
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It’s that time again. The Olympic team uniforms have been revealed (and critiqued), the first athletes have arrived in Rio and Olympic tie-in campaigns are well underway. But if you’re still seeking context for these Games, tune to NPT beginning this weekend for a look at historical, cultural and even gastronomic aspects of the Summer Olympics.
Get Ready to Rio! with Chef Hubert Keller, is a four-part cooking and travel series set in the Summer Olympic host city. Chef Keller meets with chefs and locals to learn about traditional and innovative Brazilian dishes, while also showcasing Rio de Janeiro’s breathtaking scenery. The series airs on NPT Saturdays, July 30 through August 20, at 1 p.m. You can also watch Get Ready to Rio! on NPT2, Wednesdays at 10 a.m., August 10 through 31.
Tuesday, August 2, at 7 p.m. The opening ceremony of the Olympics doubles as a high-tech branding opportunity for the host country and includes a dramatic lighting of the Olympic flame. We’re all familiar with the torch relay leading up to the ceremony; the tradition began with the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. Those Olympics introduced much of the now-familiar pageantry, but there was also a sinister side to those Olympics. The Nazi Games – Berlin 1936 uses newly declassified documents and rarely seen archival footage to expose the darker story of the Berlin Games.
Tuesday, August 2, at 8 p.m. Everyone loves an underdog and in the 1936 Olympics, the American rowing team was just that. Boys of ’36: American Experience tells the story of the team’s unexpected gold-medal performance and the obstacles they overcame in life as well as in sports. This new documentary is based on the best-selling book by Daniel James Brown.
Tuesday, August 2, at 9 p.m. Women competed for Olympic boxing medals for the first time during the 2012 London Games. Claressa “T-Rex” Shields won that first gold medal at age 17, but as the coming-of-age documentary T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold shows on Independent Lens, her toughest competition may come outside the ring. Shields is defending her medal in the 2016 Rio Games.
Thursday, August 4, at 8 p.m. After legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died this spring, many of the remembrances included footage that showed what an unusual a fighter he was. Other stories examined forgotten chapters in his rise from obscure Louisville kid to Olympic champion to icon. Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali looks at Ali’s 1960s battle to overturn the prison sentence he received for refusing induction into U.S. military service during the Vietnam War.
Thursday, August 4, at 9:30 p.m. Jesse Owens: Enduring Spirit looks at the athlete’s long association with Ohio State University from the days of his record-shattering performances on the school’s track team to well after his retirement from competition.
Thursday, August 4, at 11 p.m. The modern Olympics had its darkest moment on Sept. 5, 1972, when 11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage and eventually killed by Palestinian terrorists during the Munich Games. Munich ’72 and Beyond, is a new documentary about those horrifying events and the development of a Munich monument to the slain Olympians.
Friday, August 5, at 9 p.m. Niko von Glasow would seem to be the perfect choice to make a documentary about the 2012 London Paralympics. But the disabled filmmaker had no interest in sports nor the Games – until he took the assignment and got to know the athletes profiled in My Way to Olympia on POV.
Friday, August 12, at 9 p.m. It’s not quite the Olympics, but for the senior athletes featured in POV’s Ping Pong, participating in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships is a chance to show off their combined 703 years of experience. Their stories are inspiring and poignant; one competitor, for example, received a diagnosis of only one week to live, while another uses the sport as a respite to dementia.
Find our full programming lineup at wnpt.org/schedule/