October Program Highlights

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Videos in the Commons

October Videos in the Commons

Grab your lunch and head over to the Public Media Commons to immerse yourself in the beautiful sights and sounds of fall—the Nine Network's October video theme. The Commons is the perfect place to picnic and is open every day from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Storytime in the Commons
Bring Me a Book St. Louis

Storytime in the Commons

Enjoy our last family reading program of the year. The event will feature stories, visuals on the big screens, crafts, and games about Peg + Cat, a PBS Kids' animated preschool series. PBS Kids' characters will be available for photos with the children. We are pleased to be able to give a free book to each child courtesy of Bring Me a Book St. Louis. This event is free, but registration is required. Please bring blankets or chairs for seating.

Storytime in the Commons is part of the Nine Network's American Graduate initiative and is presented in partnership with St. Louis Public Library.

Saturday, October 1, 9:30–11:00 a.m., Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis

Peg + Cat at Miss M's Candy Boutique

Peg + Cat to Appear at Miss M's Candy Boutique

Another opportunity to meet and take pictures with Peg + Cat is at Miss M's Candy Boutique's Grand Opening celebration. The spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat from the hit PBS Kids show will be at the boutique to welcome you to the new Grand Center store at the corner of Olive and Grand.

Sunday, October 2, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., 500 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis

Presidential Debates in the Commons

Presidential Debates in the Commons

Join your fellow citizens and watch the PBS NewsHour's live coverage and analysis of three debates this month on the big screens in the Public Media Commons. Please bring blankets or chairs for seating. 

Tuesday, October 4 (vice presidential debate from Longwood University), Sunday, October 9 (second presidential debate from Washington University, St. Louis), and Wednesday, October 19 (final presidential debate from University of Nevada, Las Vegas). 

These events are free, but registration is required.

8:00 p.m., Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis, and Nine PBS.

Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up Community Film Series Returns

Best of Enemies captures the legendary 1968 debates between two famed intellectuals and ideological opposites: leftist Gore Vidal and neoconservative William F. Buckley. Their televised debates demarcated the moment TV's political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle. After the film, stay for a discussion with some of the panelists from Donnybrook, and moderated by the Nine Network's Jim Kirchherr. 

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a free series presented by the Nine Network of Public Media and the Missouri History Museum, in collaboration with Independent Lens and Independent Television Service. 

The film will air on Nine PBS Monday, October 3, 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m., Lee Auditorium, Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

Hamilton's America and Arts Preview

Hamilton's America and Arts Preview

The Nine Network proudly presents previews of Hamilton's America and the PBS Arts Fall Festival in the Public Media Commons. Join us for an intimate look at the creation of the wildly successful Broadway production of Hamilton and an enticing glimpse at upcoming arts programming on Nine PBS. This event is free, but registration is required.

Friday, October 7, 7:00–9:00 p.m., Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis

Trash or Treasure Member Event

Trash or Treasure Member Event

Next Saturday is our Trash or Treasure event for members, presented in partnership with Kodner Gallery. Bring your art, antiques or collectibles for evaluation at this seventh annual event. 

Admission with two items at $50 includes a one-year Nine Network membership. Each additional item is $25. Become a Sustaining Member at $120 annually ($10 a month is charged to your credit card and it renews annually) and bring six items. Contact member services at (314) 512-9199 or letters@ketc.org for more information. Purchase tickets at the door. Visit nineNet.org for more information and directions.

Saturday, October 8, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:30), Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Dr., Collinsville, Illinois


Wine98 Proceeds to Benefit the Nine Network

Have the ultimate night out under the stars at Wine98. Sample and purchase products from various wineries, restaurants, boutiques, and more. Event tickets include access to samples of both wine and food. Additional food and beverage selections will be available for purchase at the event. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Nine Network.

Saturday, October 8, 7–10 p.m., Public Media Commons. Link to tickets and information. The rain date is October 15.

St. Louis Speakers Series

St. Louis Speakers Series Starts October 18

Michele Norris, Jason Riley and Morris Dees discuss racism in America on the opening night (Oct. 18) of the 2016-2017 St. Louis Speakers Series. Other speakers in the series are Ehud Barak (Nov. 1); Rita Moreno (Nov. 22); John Cleese (Jan. 24); Gen. Martin Dempsey (Feb. 28); Ted Koppel (Mar. 28); and Jon Meacham (April 18).

Tuesdays, 8:00–9:30 p.m., Powell Hall, St. Louis

Feast TV Taste and See

Final Feast TV Taste & See of the Season

Join us for "Go Fish," the final Feast TV Taste & See of the season. Experience the beauty and the flavor of local, Midwest-raised fish and learn the how's and why's of preparing, dining and imbibing with all things aquatic. Dishes will be paired with outstanding wines, of course. Food-related videos, demonstrations, and other activities are part of this can't-miss event.

Go to nineNet.org to purchase tickets. Feast TV Taste & See is a partnership of the Nine Network and Feast Magazine with presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors LLC. Admission is $15. Must be 21 to enter; a valid photo ID required. 

Friday, October 21, 7:00–10:00 p.m., Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis

Wild Kratts

Plan Ahead

The hit PBS Kids series, Wild Kratts, on Nine PBS comes back to the Peabody Opera House for two performances in November. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated series, will be live on stage to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. Get tickets online.

Sunday, November 13, 1:00 p.m., second show at 4:30 p.m.


A Chef's Life

A Chef's Life, Season 4

The fourth helping of this award-winning series continues in October. It features a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends. 

Saturdays, 12:00 p.m.

Willie Velasquez

Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice

Meet the charismatic and pioneering activist whose work transformed the power of the Latino vote.                                                   

Monday, October 3, 10:30 p.m.

Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature: Motion

Learn how we experience the consequences of natural forces that keep Earth on the move.                                                   

Wednesday, October 5, 8:00 p.m.


Nova: The Great Human Odyssey

Walk in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors as scientists trace the paths that led us out of Africa and around the world. From snowy Siberia to remote Pacific islands, discover how humans survived and thrived in every corner of the planet.

Wednesday, October 5, 9:00 p.m.

Martha Bakes

Martha Bakes, New Season

Use Martha Stewart's tips and techniques to create delectable baked goods.                                                                           

Saturdays, October 8–November 9 at 2:30 p.m., repeats Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

This Old House

This Old House, New Season

A new season begins in Arlington, MA, where the homeowners restore and expand on the interior and exterior details of their Arts and Crafts style home built in 1909. 

Saturdays, October 8–29, 5:00 p.m.

From This Day Forward

POV: From This Day Forward

Meet an American family coping with one of life's most intimate transformations. Sharon Shattuck's father came out as transgender, living as Trisha. Her mother stayed with him. Now Sharon wants to understand how the family survived intact.

Monday, October 10, 10:00 p.m.


Nature, New Season

Watch three new episodes on hummingbirds, a wildlife cameraman who discovers an "African Eden" in his homeland, and the world's rarest giraffes.

Wednesdays, October 12-26, 8:00 p.m.

Super Tunnel

Nova: Super Tunnel

Follow an army of engineers and designers as they tackle the complex challenge of building Crossrail, a massive new subterranean railway deep beneath the streets of London. 

Wednesday, October 12, 9:00 p.m.

Grammy Salute to Music Legends

Great Performances: Grammy Salute to Music Legends

All-star concert salutes the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator award winners. Honorees include Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, John Cage, and more.

Friday, October 14, 9:00 p.m.

Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House, New Season

A new season is underway. Watch Tom and Kevin create a bookshelf using stair treads and minimal tools. Landscape designer Jenn Nawada turns wild foundation plantings into an enviable front garden. 

Saturdays, October 15–29, 5:30 p.m.

The Durrells in Corfu

The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece

Keeley Hawes stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary England to a sun-dappled Greek island with her four recalcitrant children, ages 11 to 21.

Sundays, October 16–November 20, 7:00 p.m.

Hooligan Sparrow

POV: Hooligan Sparrow

Follow Hooligan Sparrow and other activists across southern China as they seek justice for schoolgirls allegedly sexually abused by their principal. Named enemies of the state, the activists face interrogation and prison. The filmmaker is a target, too.

Monday, October 17, 10:00 p.m.


Tesla: American Experience

Meet the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology helped create our wireless world.                                                   

Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 p.m.

Hamilton's America

Great Performances: Hamilton's America

This documentary follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and the history behind it. Features interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Questlove, Jimmy Fallon, Nas, Stephen Sondheim, and more.

Friday, October 21, 8:00 p.m.

Thank You for Playing

POV: Thank You for Playing

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife document their emotional journey with a video game, "That Dragon, Cancer." It evolves from a cathartic exercise into an acclaimed work of art.

Monday, October 24, 10 p.m.

Norman Lear

Norman Lear: American Masters

Discover how the prolific creator of "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons" and "Good Times" effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms and activism. Features George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Jon Stewart, Russell Simmons and others.

Tuesday, October 25, 8:00 p.m.

What Tomorrow Brings

POV: What Tomorrow Brings

Go inside the very first girls' school in a small Afghan village. Never before have fathers allowed their daughters to be educated. Now the Taliban threatens. As they learn to read and write, the girls discover the lives they dream of leading.

Monday, October 31, 10 p.m.

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