August Program Highlights

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August Videos in the Commons

August Videos in the Commons

Stop by the Public Media Commons any time—from 7 in the morning until 11 at night—to watch dynamic video on the two-story screens. It’s free, and for the month of August you can see a feast of innovative digital art created by local, national and international artists ranging from local students to international superstars.

August 1–31, 7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
First Fridays in the Public Media Commons

First Fridays in the Public Media Commons

The Nine Network’s production of Night at the Symphony featuring a performance by the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra will be the First Fridays feature. The Youth Orchestra musicians represent more than three dozen schools throughout the bi-state region. The performance will be shown on the two-story-high screens in the award-winning Public Media Commons.

Friday, August 5, starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Public Media Commons, between the Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio, 3653 Olive St.
Storytime in the Commons

Storytime in the Commons: Dinosaur Train

Our family reading program continues in August, and additional space has been added for this event. The August event will feature Dinosaur Train, with stories, visuals on the big screens, crafts, games, and other family activities geared to young children. Buddy, the dinosaur, will be available for photos. Storytime in the Commons is part of the Nine Network’s American Graduate initiative and is presented in partnership with St. Louis Public Library. Bring blankets or chairs. The events are free, but registration is required at

Saturday, August 6, 9:30–11:00 a.m., Public Media Commons
Feast TV Taste & See

Feast TV Taste & See in the Commons: Breakfast for Dinner

Join us for our popular series of events featuring regional foods and beverages in a spectacular setting. There will be videos playing on two-story screens, activities, and demonstrations. Indulge in doughnuts, eggs, crepes, pancakes, bagels, chocolate, coffee, and even coffee stout. See why breakfast is sometimes even better when it’s eaten for dinner.

The event will feature live music by Django’s Tiger Gypsy Jazz and delectable food and beverages from Kingside Diner, Strange Donuts, Yolklore, Kakao Chocolate, Kaldi’s Coffee, Legacy Bagelry & Coffee Bar, Röbller Vineyard, Larder & Cupboard, Walk Away Waffles, Sump Coffee, and Perennial Artisan Ales.

Tickets can be purchased online for $15. Feast TV Taste & See is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, in partnership with the Nine Network, Cat Neville, and Feast TV.

Friday, August 19, Breakfast for Dinner, 7:00–10:00 p.m., Public Media Commons. (The rain date is Friday, October 14.)
St. Louis Speakers Series

St. Louis Speakers Series Features Diverse Opinions

Don’t miss the upcoming 2016-2017 season of the St. Louis Speakers Series. Speakers include Ehud Barak; the trio of Michele Norris, Jason Riley and Morris Dees; Rita Moreno; John Cleese; Gen. Martin Dempsey; Ted Koppel; and Jon Meacham.

Seven consecutive Tuesdays, October–April, 8:00–9:30 p.m., Powell Hall, St. Louis


Odd Squad: The Movie

Odd Squad: The Movie

Guest stars Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and Hannah Simone (New Girl) bring their comedic talents to the PBS Kids summer event of the season, Odd Squad: The Movie. When a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrives with a gadget that fixes any odd problem, Odd Squad is run out of business, only to return to save the day with math and teamwork.

Monday, August 1, 7:00 a.m.
Repeats Wednesday, August 3, 3:00 p.m. and Friday, August 5, 7:00 a.m.
Night at the Symphony

Night at the Symphony (programming change)

This series produced by the Nine Network highlights specially selected St. Louis Symphony performances. Enjoy the music of Copland, Ives, and MacDowell.

Monday, August 1, 7:00 p.m.
A Time for Champions

A Time for Champions

A documentary produced by the Nine Network that tells the story of how soccer became more than a game as generations of young St. Louisans battled for neighborhood, church and city. It relives the St. Louis University soccer dynasty, which won their first National Championship in 1959 (the year the NCAA sanctioned soccer as an official Division I sport) and would win 10 more over the next 15 years.

Monday, August 1, 10:00 p.m.
The Nazi Games-Berlin 1936

The Nazi Games—Berlin 1936

See how the Nazis and the International Olympic Committee turned, to their mutual advantage, a relatively small, elitist sports event into an epic global and mass media spectacle that, despite the IOC’s determined attempts to forget, continues to this day.

Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 p.m.
The Boys of 36

The Boys of ’36

Inspired by the best-selling book, The Boys in the Boat, the film follows the underdog team that took the nation by storm when they captured gold at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Their unexpected victory over Hitler’s elite German rowers, and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it, gave hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression.

Tuesday, August 2, 8:00 p.m.
T-Rex—Her Fight for Gold

Independent Lens: T-Rex—Her Fight for Gold

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa “T-Rex” Shields from Flint, Michigan. Shields was just 17 when she won the gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012—the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympic games. She is scheduled to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Tuesday, August 2, 9:00 p.m.
Koko-The Gorilla Who Talks

Koko—The Gorilla Who Talks

In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, the now-famous Koko continues to redraw the line between people and animals.

Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 p.m.
Roman Catacomb Mystery

Nova: Roman Catacomb Mystery (programming change)

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the catacombs—a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long. Nova’s forensic investigation opens up new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens during the heyday of the mighty Roman Empire.

Wednesday, August 3, 8:00 p.m.
Spillover-Zika, Ebola & Beyond

Spillover—Zika, Ebola & Beyond (programming change)

This new documentary traces the spread of viruses and reveals strategies to prevent devastating outbreaks. The film mixes stunning graphics and compelling personal stories to provide much-needed scientific context for the current Zika crisis, the devastating Ebola pandemic and recent Nipah outbreaks.

Wednesday, August 3, 9:00 p.m.
Arts America

Arts America

On August 6, the work of the late mid-century Belleville architect Charles King joins other national artists; on August 13, a segment on a St. Louis woodworker who gives new life to recycled wood; and the August 20 episode celebrates the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s 130th anniversary.

Saturdays, beginning August 6, 3:30 p.m.
Repeats Sundays, beginning August 7, 1:00 p.m.
The Great British Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show

The new season of the U.K.’s smash competition series, The Great British Baking Show, continues on Sundays, culminating in the three-hour season finale on August 21 (5:00–8:00 p.m.).

Sundays, beginning August 7, 5:00 p.m.
Inspector Lewis, Season 8

Inspector Lewis, Season 8

A new season begins this month and includes the series finale. Find out how the series ends as working-class Inspector Lewis and his cool, cerebral partner Detective Sergeant Hathaway tackle murder and mayhem in the seemingly-perfect academic haven of Oxford.

Sundays, beginning August 7, 8:00 p.m.
American Experience: The Presidents

American Experience: The Presidents

An encore presentation of six films from the award-winning series, The Presidents, airs August 8–18, in prime time. The six presidents who served from 1963–1981—John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush—were among those who occupied a unique place at the center of national and world events.

Begins Monday, August 8, 8:00 p.m. (LBJ, Part 1, starts at 7:00 p.m. on August 10)
JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness

JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness

JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness examines how Johnson meticulously worked behind the scenes to outwit the Southern segregationists who were determined to maintain the racial divide. He cajoled, flattered, wheeled and dealed, using all the tricks he had learned as a long-serving senator, to ensure JFK’s legacy and ultimately transform America.

Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 p.m.
Dick Cavett's Watergate

Dick Cavett’s Watergate

Dick Cavett’s Watergate documents the scandal in the words of the people who lived it: from the botched burglary at the Democratic National Headquarters; to the daily Congressional Watergate hearings; to the behind-the-scenes battle between the White House and the show, culminating with the resignation of President Nixon on August 9, 1974.

Tuesday, August 16, 7:00 p.m.
The Politician's Husband

The Politician's Husband

A British miniseries about the shifting power dynamics in a marriage where the personal and the political collide. When Aiden's career as a senior cabinet minister comes to an abrupt halt as Freya's (a junior minister) simultaneously soars, the power balance within their marriage is irrevocably altered.

Saturday, August 20, 8:00–11:00 p.m. (three one-hour episodes)
The Tunnel

The Tunnel Finale (programming change)

Note: The program listing on page 33 of the July/August nineMagazine is incorrect. The Tunnel finale (episode 10) will air in place of Secrets of Scotland Yard. We regret the error.

Karl falls apart as the Truth Terrorist’s change of direction becomes unbearable. What will be the cost of catching their man? A hair-raising showdown begins.

Sunday, August 21, 9:30 p.m.
The Best of 50s Pop

Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop

Join hosts Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone and Nick Clooney for a nostalgic trip back to the 1950s. Return to the era’s pop music days with a mix of live performance and archival footage, including classic moments from favorite performers.

Monday, August 22, 9:30 p.m.
Cornerstones of Rock

Cornerstones of Rock: A Soundstage Special

Take a nostalgic trip back to the 60s and 70s with a reunion of garage bands whose rocking hits had people dancing across the U.S. Eight legendary bands, including the Buckinghams, the Ides of March and the McCoys, perform their best-known songs.

Friday, August 26, 8:00 p.m.
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is an award-winning six-part series written and presented by Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. It chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today—when America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

Sunday, August 28, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Inside Poldark

Inside Poldark

Relive the thrilling first season of the swashbuckling romantic series with hints of what’s to come for the dashing Captain Ross Poldark in season two (premiering September 25). Features cast and creator interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and the spectacular Cornish coastline.

Sunday, August 28, 7:00 p.m.
I Miss Downton Abbey!

I Miss Downton Abbey!

Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing, and the spectacular locations of the most successful British drama ever.

Sunday, August 28, 8:30 p.m.
Nine Create Lifestyle Marathons

Nine Create Lifestyle Marathons (available on Channel 9.4 and Charter 184)

Weekend marathons on Nine Create air Saturdays, 5–11 a.m. and 5–11 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The heat is on: watch Blazing Brazil (August 6 & 7), Cool Off (August 13 & 14), Land of the Rising Sun (August 20 & 21), and Global Rhythm (August 27 & 28).
World Channel

Nine World: Olympics and Your Vote (available on Channel 9.3 and Charter 185)

When you aren’t watching the summer games, switch over to films with historical context and stories about great athletes. “Your Vote 2016” films also continue this month. Click to view the Nine World schedule.
Vehicle Donation

Vehicle Donation Program

Thinking about selling your car, boat, motorcycle, truck or other vehicle? Donate it to the Nine Network and help support all the programs you love! Click to learn more