NPT video shorts continue ‘A Path Appears’ conversations

Many of you have joined conversations about Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s Independent Lens series A Path Appears on Facebook, Twitter or through our Jan. 26 Community Cinema event. You can continue this engagement by viewing, sharing and commenting on five original NPT videos available on our YouTube channel.



Four of the videos focus on Oasis Center, the YWCA’s MEND program, End Slavery Tennessee and Thistle Farms-Magdalene House–local organizations helping at-risk populations avoid or recover from some of the issues discussed in A Path Appears. The fifth video in our series features author/series co-creator Kristof.

NPT producer Greta Requierme said working on the videos impressed upon her that sex-trafficking, abuse and teen endangerment are “happening right here, that’s it’s not an issue that’s being dealt with just in big cities.

“There’s a lot of need in our community, a lot of people who are in bad situations because they’ve been dealt a bad hand in life. The good news is there are great organizations in Nashville meeting people where they are, offering hope, compassion and a helping hand,” Requierme said.

NPT’s A Path Appears video shorts are available online and will also be shown on air over the next few months.

Word on the Street Is . . . The Big Yellow Bird Bash is Back!

If anyone knows how to celebrate, it’s the attendees of our annual Big Yellow Bird Bash. We’re returning to Houston Station in flying yellow style! Mark your calendars for March 7 from 7-11pm. Don your smart yellow pinstripe tie or your sunny skirt to the party and stroll down the yellow carpet in vogue. Prepare to dance, socialize, and partake of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

New this year, we are offering yellow feather boas for an additional $20 per person. Who doesn’t need a little more yellow in their life? Buying a boa will show extra support for NPT!

It’s gonna be a celebration to remember! To purchase tickets, visit today!

Use #BYBB in all references to the event on social media—especially the day of the event!

Still not convinced of the awesomeness of this party? This collage should wipe away any doubts you still have:

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A big yellow thanks to our sponsors:

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NPT Productions ‘ArtQuest’ and ‘Children’s Health Crisis: Food’ Win 2015 Midsouth Emmy Awards

NPT Productions ArtQuest: Art is All Around You and Children’s Health Crisis: Food picked up Emmys when the 29th Annual Midsouth Regional Awards were announced January 31, 2015, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.



ArtQuest: Art Is All Around You won for best Children’s Program, with statuettes going to producer and writer Linda Wei, editor Matthew Emigh and CEO Beth Curley of NPT; educators Samantha Andrews and Anne Henderson of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; and co-host Dajiah Platt.

Children’s Health Crisis: Food won in the Public Affairs category, with awards going to NPT producer Will Pedigo and editor Matthew Emigh.

NPT productions went into the awards with 5 nominations.


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From left: Matt Emigh, Shawn Anfinson, Ken Simington, Joe Elmore, Beth Curley

and Linda Wei at the 29th Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards, Jan. 31, 2015.

ArtQuest: Art Is All Around You, produced by Nashville Public Television in collaboration with educators from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, is a series of short broadcast segments focusing on developing children’s creativity and fostering a love for the visual arts through an interdisciplinary approach. Titled after the Frist Center’s interactive learning gallery for children of all ages, the segments are geared toward viewers ages 7-9 and air on NPT between 4-6 p.m. around the popular children’s programs “Arthur,” “Wild Kratts,” “Odd Squad,” “Martha Speaks” and “WordGirl.” You can watch all the series segments at the ArtQuest website or by visiting the NPT Arts Youtube Channel.

ArtQuest is made possible by the support of The Frist Foundation.

The Children’s Health Crisis project is a multi-year initiative built around a series of nine documentaries hosted by Kimberly Williams-Paisley on the state of children’s health in Tennessee. The project launched n 2009 in response to the increased number of children facing risks from poor or non-existent prenatal care, the rising epidemic of childhood obesity, misinformation about vaccinations, mental health issues, and adolescent sexuality. Learn more about Children’s Health Crisis: Food and the other documentaries in the series by visiting the Children’s Health Crisis website.

Children’s Health Crisis: Food was made possible by the support of the Healthways Foundation, the Nashville Health Care Council and The HCA Foundation.

For a full list of winners please visit the NATAS-Nashville Chapter website.

Black History Month Programming on NPT

NPT is observing Black History Month with a number of exciting programs celebrating the lives and accomplishments of African Americans. Here’s an overview of February’s offerings:

Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. & 9 p.m. Shakespeare Uncovered features Morgan Freeman investigating the origins of The Taming of the Shrew. Freeman was the star of a Wild West staging of the play 1990. Following that episode, British actor David Harewood—the first black actor to portray Othello’s title role at London’s National Theatre—discusses the play with Adrian Lester, the most recent Othello.  Watch a Preview

Monday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. An Antiques Roadshow compilation show includes items related to the history of African Americans. Watch a Preview

Monday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. Thomas Allen Harris’ Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People premieres on Independent Lens. The critically acclaimed documentary presents photographic portrayals of African Americans by African Americans spanning the advent of the medium to the present day. Watch a Preview


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Playwright August Wilson (1945-2005)

Friday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. American Masters honors Pulitzer- and Tony-award-winning playwright August Wilson. August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand includes rarely seen interviews with Wilson, new dramatic reading of his works and interviews with celebrated actors who’ve appeared in Wilson’s plays.

Monday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. This week, Independent Lens presents American Denial, a film that 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. Join us Saturday, Feb. 21, for a free Community Cinema event at Nashville’s main library for a screening of American Denial followed by a panel discussion. Watch a Preview


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

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New NPT Reports: Aging Matters Documentary Examines the Costs of Retirement

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NPT Reports: ‘Aging Matters: Economics of Aging,’ a new documentary exploring the challenges of financing retirement, premieres 9 p.m. Thursday, January 29

How will Boomers pay for retirement? It’s a question that has been grabbing headlines locally and nationally since the first Boomers began turning 65. Now, with pension funds endangered and medical costs rising, financing a comfortable retirement is becoming more and more of a challenge.

The statistics are sobering.

The good news is we’re living longer: The average person turning 65 this year will live to be 85 years old. However, the median retirement account for Americans ages 55 to 64 holds $111,000 and roughly one-third of us will rely on Social Security as our only source of income during retirement. Almost 70 percent of us will need expensive long-term care at some point during our lifetime.

“Economics of Aging,” the latest installment of the “NPT Reports: Aging Matters” series, hosted by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Kathy Mattea, discusses the costs and financial impact of aging and how people are navigating crucial financial decisions. This documentary draws on the knowledge of financial advisors, advocates and healthcare providers, as well as seniors who are living with these decisions right now.

Produced by LaTonya Turner (“Translating the Dream,” “Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and the War”) and Will Pedigo (NPT’s “Children’s Health Crisis” and “Next Door Neighbors” series), “NPT Reports: Aging Matters: Economics of Aging” will premiere 9 p.m. Thursday, January 29, on NPT.

“It’s not exaggerating to call it a crisis,” Turner said. “There’s no way to sugar-coat the message that a lot of people will not have the financial resources needed to last as long as they live after stopping work. That doesn’t mean they haven’t made smart choices about financial planning, the playing field has shifted greatly but some of the strategies haven’t.”

“NPT Reports: Aging Matters: Economics of Aging” is made possible by the generous support of Cigna-Healthspring, the West End Home Foundation, the HCA Foundation and the Jeanette Travis Foundation.

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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Ringing in the New Year with Downton Abbey and NPT!

What better way to ring in the New Year than with the Crawley family? At Two O’Clock Tea with NPT, we did just that, celebrating together the thrilling start of the fifth season of Downton Abbey drama. We gallivanted about in 1920s-era clothing. We posed at the castle with friends and champagne glasses. We dined on decadent hors d’oeuvres and sipped on lovingly-prepared loose-leaf tea. Best of all, we viewed the premiere of Downton Abbey Season 5 with eager expectations, and we were not disappointed!


We can’t wait to get together with all of you again. Be on the lookout for Downton Abbey events in the future. And in the meantime, consider gracing us with your presence at our upcoming party! Get ready to get all decked out in yellow!

Can’t get enough of Downton Abbey? Consider supporting NPT and add Downton Abbey Season 5 or all five seasons to your collection by pledging here.

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Happy New Year from NPT!

Ring in the New Year with both traditional celebrations and new performances. There’s no better way to reflect on 2014 and welcome 2015 than with these special programs on NPT.  Here are some great ways to celebrate the New Year:

Lawrence Welk Show New Year’s Celebration, Saturday December 27 at 7pm, features “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Let’s Start the New Year Right.” Maestro Welk and his musical family also salute the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade with “Moonlight and Roses” and more.

Dianne Reeves and Norm Lewis join the New York Philharmonic, led by conductor Bramwell Tovey, as they perform George Gershwin favorites. Live from Lincoln Center, Wednesday, December 31 at 7pm.

Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room, Wednesday, December 31 at 9pm. The energetic performer recaptures the heyday of the glamorous New York nightclubs as he hosts this celebration from high atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the glittering, newly restored Rainbow Room. Guests include Darren Criss (“Glee”), Aaron Tveit (“Graceland”), Leslie Odom (“Smash”), Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, nightclub legend Marilyn Maye, Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole and 17-year-old Julia Goodwin.

Always one of “our favorite things,” we continue the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year at the opulent Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of guest conductor Zubin Mehta, and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet on Great Performances, Thursday, January 1 at 8pm. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the broadcast features a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to go to and make your year-end gift to help support quality public television programming.

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A Downton Abbey Tea Party Just for You!


At NPT, we’ve been swimming in Downton Abbey-themed programs and events! Our 1920s soiree was an absolute hit. Nearly everyone was decked out in period attire, which was appropriate for our castle backdrop photo booth! We all clapped and laughed and boo-ed together at the appropriate times during the season 5 premiere (that sneaky Thomas)! Sharing the highs and lows of the episode with fellow Downton Abbey fans second-by-second was a rare treat!


Edie Wenczl and David Davis dancing at the abbey!

To continue our flair for all things Downton, we would like to invite everyone, whether you attended the soiree or not, for a special event here at our very own station! Make sure to get your tickets soon, because there are only 100 available!

Join us at Two O’Clock Tea with NPT in Studio A, a Downton Abbey inspired tea reception before a preview screening of the first episode of Season 5. From 2-3pm, enjoy English tea, champagne, scrumptious snacks, live music, fun photo opportunities, door prizes & more. Your ticket also includes a reserved seat at our free preview screening. Guests are encouraged to dress in their 1920s best. Proceeds from this event support programming on NPT like Downton Abbey.


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Christmas shows on NPT

Celtic Woman four Do you enjoy watching great Christmas shows? Sometimes they’re best surrounded by friends and family, other times just you and a cup of hot cider. Either way, we have several opportunities this month for you to get in the holiday spirit, from musical performances to documentaries to Christmas-themed series. Happy holidays from NPT!

Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas
Tues., Dec. 9 at 7pm
Sat., Dec. 13 at 8:30pm

Chef’s Life Holiday Special
Deck the Halls Y’all
Tues., Dec. 16 at 9pm
Thurs., Dec. 25 at 9pm

Christmas at Belmont
filmed live in Nashville
Fri., Dec. 19 at 7pm

Lawrence Welk Show
Sat., Dec. 20 at 7pm

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
Pt. 1 – Tues., Dec. 23 at 9pm
Pt. 2 – Tues., Dec. 30 at 9pm

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Thurs., Dec. 25 at 7:30pm

The National Christmas Tree Lighting
Thurs., Dec. 25 at 11pm

Keeping Up Appearances
Christmas Specials
1995 – Sat., Dec. 27 at 8pm
1994 Sat., Dec. 27 at 8:30pm

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Giving Back to Our Giving Members


Well, here we are again, caught in the middle of Thanksgiving and Christmas, between turkeys and lights! Yesterday, social media (including NPT) exploded with the Giving Tuesday hashtag, and many of us jumped on the giving bandwagon. In this season of giving we hope you’ll continue this tradition and remember NPT in your year-end giving plans. It truly is the partnership of the Middle Tennessee community that allows us to create the stellar programming that our viewers depend on.

It’s our members who fund the likes of Tennessee Crossroads, year after year.
It’s our members who bring Downton Abbey and Doc Martin to avid Middle Tennessee fans.
It’s our members who make in-depth projects like NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis and NPT Reports: Aging Matters a reality.

It’s our members who make history come alive through documentary series like Tennessee Civil War 150 and Next Door Neighbors.

As a special incentive, when you make a donation before December 31, 2014, you’ll automatically be entered into NPT’s $1000 Visa Card Giveaway! A winner will be randomly selected on January 2 and it could be you! If you’ve already made a donation to NPT this year, you may also enter without making a contribution. See official rules here.  If you’re an NPT Sustaining Member, you’re automatically eligible for the drawing.  By donating to keep quality programming on the air, you can help continue the spirit of giving throughout the year and make more great programming a reality.

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