December Program Highlights

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Videos in the Commons

December Videos in the Commons

The beauty of winter is the video theme for December in the Public Media Commons from 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. The daytime schedule is lifestyle (7:00–11:00 a.m.), food/cuisine (11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.) and the arts (3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.). Daytime content varies; check the schedule at and head to the Public Media Commons for inspiring content.
Amazon Smile

Think of Us When Shopping on Amazon

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, too. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Nine Network. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select “St. Louis Regional Public Media” from the list of charitable organizations before you begin shopping. It will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation to the Nine Network. Thank you for thinking of us when you shop Amazon.


Meet the Patels

Film Explores Culture and Identity

The Nine Network’s Indie Lens Pop-Up Series presents 2014’s Meet the Patels in partnership with the Missouri History Museum. The filmmaker follows her brother, Indian-American actor Ravi V. Patel, as he embarks on a quest to find a wife and make his family happy. A Q&A session with Vasant Patel, Ravi’s father and executive producer of the film, moderated by Nine’s Jim Kirchherr, will follow the screening.

Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 p.m., Missouri History Museum, Des Lee Auditorium
The Sultan and the Saint

Screening of The Sultan and the Saint

The premiere of The Sultan and the Saint comes to St. Louis for two screenings. The goal of the producers, Unity Production Foundation, is to bring audiences of different backgrounds together, particularly Muslims and Christians, to watch the film in the spirit of dialogue, in the same way that Saint Francis and Sultan al-Kamil found a way to engage peacefully and respectfully. The film is coming to PBS in 2017. Learn more about the film and order tickets.

Sunday, December 11, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Wehrenberg Theatres Des Peres 14 Cine
Exploring Alzheimer’s

Exploring Alzheimer’s: Difficult Conversations

Many topics are difficult to approach, but especially those involving declining health or an adverse medical diagnosis. Join the St. Louis County Library and a panel of experts to explore how, when and why to start the conversation with loved ones of all ages. Presented in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and Maturity and Its Muse, the event will be moderated by the Nine Network’s Jim Kirchherr, senior director of content and host of SciTech Now. Registration requested at 314-994-3300.

Wednesday, December 14, 6:30 p.m., St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.


Stay Tuned

Stay Tuned–Union Station

Stay Tuned explores the past, present, and future of the iconic Union Station in St. Louis. Why is the building important for the St. Louis community? Will a planned redevelopment transform it into a family-friendly destination and restore it to its former glory?

Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
The Hollow Crown

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Henry VI, Part I
War rages and divisions within the English court threaten the crown. Young Henry VI causes outrage by marrying Margaret of Anjou, setting the scene for civil war.
Sunday, December 11, 8:00 p.m.

Henry VI, Part II
The feeble King Henry is overshadowed by Queen Margaret. Edward IV takes the throne, but youngest brother Richard has his eyes on the crown.
Sunday, December 18, 8:00 p.m.

Richard III
In his quest for the crown, Richard plans the murder of his brother George.
Sunday, December 25, 8:00 p.m.
Living St. Louis

Living St. Louis

A new episode of Living St. Louis features the Campbell House as it recreates a Gilded Age Christmas dinner, the nostalgic toys of the 1950s, 1960, and 1970s at the Missouri History Museum’s new exhibit, Merb’s Candies’ holiday chocolates, and pet photographer Lynn Terry.

Monday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.
Into the Arizona

Pearl Harbor–Into the Arizona

Join the first expedition to explore inside the USS Arizona since the date that will live in infamy. State-of-the-art imaging technology reveals the aftermath and incredible story of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Monday, December 12, 10:00 p.m.
Van Gogh’s Ear

Secrets of the Dead: Van Gogh’s Ear

This meticulous picture of Van Gogh’s life in Arles includes never before published evidence and a detailed timeline of the events leading up to the night he cut into his own ear, explaining the driving force behind the story that dominates art history.

Wednesday, December 14, 9:00 p.m.
Paul Simon

Austin City Limits Returns

ACL is the longest-running music program in television history and the only television show to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts. It was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 10 most influential music programs of all time.

Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.
December 17: Paul Simon
December 24: James Bay and Rhiannon Giddens
Arts America

Arts America

A new, full episode of Arts America will feature the St. Louis Chamber Chorus’ performing a festive holiday concert.

Saturday, December 24, 3:30 p.m.
Repeats: Sunday, December 25, 1:00 p.m.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Christmas Eve Specials

Christmas with the Duttons, 7:00 p.m.
Three generations of family present a joyful affair full of song, dance, comedy and surprises.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 8:00 p.m.
A tradition on Nine PBS for more than a decade, hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and four distinguished Metropolitan Opera soloists recorded live at Temple Square in Utah.

Saturday, December 24
Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen: American Masters

Explore the life of Finnish-American modernist architecture giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), whose visionary buildings include landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and Virginia’s Dulles Airport. Travel with his son, Eric Saarinen, as he visits the sites of his father’s work. Shot with the latest drone technology, the film showcases the architect’s body of timeless work for the first time.

Tuesday, December 27, 7:00 p.m.
Downton Abbey Marathon

Downton Abbey Marathon

Nine PBS presents every season and episode of Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey beginning with Season 1 and ending with Season 6.

Starts Thursday, December 29, 8:00 p.m.; ends Monday, January 1.
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