September Program Highlights

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The start of the Fall season brings new series, new seasons of popular series, specials, screenings, fairs, and festivals.

Videos in the Commons

September 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 September we’re bringing you Arts Are Alive in STL—a stimulating experience with music, dance and visual arts by local and international artists.
St. Louis Speakers Series

St. Louis Speakers Series Starts Next Month

The opening of the 2016-2017 season of the St. Louis Speakers Series is right around the corner. Don’t miss engaging talks by the trio of Michele Norris, Jason Riley and Morris Dees (Oct. 18); 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).

The lectures are held from 8:00–9:30 p.m., Powell Hall, St. Louis


First Fridays in the Public Media Commons

First Fridays in the Public Media Commons

Join us in the Public Media Commons for our September First Friday featuring video on the big screens of Lo-Fi Cherokee 2016, an annual event where local music, video, social media and St. Louis city culture are brought together and captured on video by Bill Streeter. Please bring chairs or blankets for seating.

Friday, September 2, starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis
Saint Louis Art Fair

Nine at the Saint Louis Art Fair

We look forward to meeting you at the Nine Network booth at the Saint Louis Art Fair in downtown Clayton. Our producers, staff and volunteers will be at the intersection of Forsyth and Meramec. On Friday at 8:00 p.m., our Stay Tuned crew will be taping the next week’s show. On Saturday and Sunday, have fun at our photo booth and meet Daniel Tiger and Super Why!.

Friday, September 9–Sunday, September 11. For fair times, visit
Storytime in the Commons
Storytime in the Commons

Storytime in the Commons

We invite you to join us for Storytime in the Commons, our free family reading program. Meet Daniel Tiger himself and read this month’s stories. We are pleased to be able to give a free book to each family courtesy of Bring Me a Book St. Louis. The event features visuals on our two-story screens, crafts, games, and other activities.

Storytime in the Commons is part of the Nine Network’s American Graduate initiative and is presented in partnership with St. Louis Public Library. Please bring chairs and blankets for seating. This event is free, but registration is required at Space is limited; we encourage you to check back if this event is at attendance capacity.

Saturday, September 10, 9:30–11:00 a.m., Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis
Murmuration Festival

Join Nine at Murmuration

The Nine Network is taking “Storytime in the Commons” and PBS Kids characters on the road to the new Murmuration Festival on the Cortex Campus. The festival combines the best in art, science, and technology. Find us in the Future Innovators Zone. Visit for schedule and tickets.

Friday September, 23–Sunday, September 25, Cortex Campus, 4320 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis
First Presidential Debate Live in the Commons

First Presidential Debate Live in the Commons

Join your fellow citizens and watch the PBS NewsHour’s live coverage and analysis of this year’s first presidential debate from Hofstra University on the big screens in the Public Media Commons.

Monday, September 26, 8:00 p.m., Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis
DonnyBash Live

DonnyBash Live

Be a part of Donnybrook fever as of one of public television’s longest-running, local public affairs programs kicks off its 30th anniversary on January 7, 2017. There is still time to renew your membership to the Nine Network (and ask a friend to join in the fun) to receive tickets to DonnyBash 2016. The Donnybrook panel and an audience of their biggest Nine Network fans will be live at the Sheldon Concert Hall in Grand Center.

Go to for tickets now, call member services at (314) 512-9199 or email

Thursday, September 29, 5:30–9:00 p.m., Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis
Grand Center Arts Festival

Celebrate the Arts at the Grand Center Arts Festival

The Nine Network invites you to our neighborhood to attend our Grand Center Arts Festival in the Public Media Commons. The event will include live music, dance performances, and stories about Grand Center, produced by the Nine Network, shown on the giant screens in the Commons. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

Please bring chairs or blankets for seating. The festival is free to attend, but registration is required at

Friday, September 30, 7:00–9:00 p.m., Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis

Plan Ahead

Have the ultimate night out under the stars at Wine98 in the Public Media Commons! Sample and purchase products from various wineries, restaurants, boutiques, and more. Event tickets include access to samples of both wine and food via the Wine98 Sample Pass. 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. Tickets and information available starting September 9 at


Birth of Sake

POV: Birth of Sake

Go behind the scenes at Japan’s Yoshida Brewery, where a brotherhood of artisans spends six months in nearly monastic isolation as they follow an age-old process to create sake, the nation’s revered rice wine.

Monday, September 5, 10:00 p.m.
9/11 Inside the Pentagon

9/11 Inside the Pentagon

This documentary reveals little-known stories of the attack on the Pentagon and the courage, perseverance and heroism that kept the nation’s defense headquarters operating.

Tuesday, September 6, 7:00 p.m.
Encore presentation: Wednesday, September 7, 10:00 p.m.
The New Deciders

America By The Numbers: The New Deciders

A new America By The Numbers election special examines the power and influence of Arab-Americans, Black Millennials, Latino Evangelicals, and Asian-Americans in the 2016 elections.

Tuesday, September 6, 9:00 p.m.
15 Years of Terror

Nova: 15 Years of Terror

Fifteen years after the worst terror attack in history, Nova investigates the psychology of a terrorist. Can we understand what happens in the mind of a terrorist and intercede to stop the next attack?

Wednesday, September 7, 9:00 p.m.
Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking

Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking, Season 4

The Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking is back for its fourth season. Pop-up feasts will be created in all-new locations in California, Maryland, Montana, North and South Carolina, and Washington, DC.

Saturdays, beginning September 10, 12:30 p.m.
Cook's Country

Cook’s Country, Season 9

Watch the new season premiere, and the final season with Chris Kimball as host. Learn how to make spicy cheese bread and old-fashioned, vanilla frozen custard.

Saturdays, beginning September 10, 1:30 p.m.
Great Performances at the Met

Great Performances at the Met

For the first time in a century, the Met stages The Pearl Fishers, George Bizet's lush, melodic romance.                       

Sunday, September 11, 2:30 p.m.
The Great British Baking Show Masterclass

The Great British Baking Show Masterclass

In an adjunct to the popular competition series, Mary and Paul present short and sweet guides to baking success.             

Sundays, beginning September 11, 5:00 p.m.
Churchill's Secret

Churchill’s Secret

Michael Gambon stars as Winston Churchill in this two-hour dramatization of Churchill’s life-threatening stroke in the summer of 1953, when he was prime minister for the second time. His illness and battle to recover was kept secret from the world.

Sunday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
Indian Summers

Indian Summers, Season 2

This British period drama brings the story of the end of an empire into sharp relief. Three years have passed since the last season and Aafrin is secretly fighting for Indian independence from inside the civil service.

Sunday, beginning September 11, 9:00 p.m.
Gentlemen of Vision

Gentlemen of Vision

This new Nine Network documentary depicts the struggles and successes of members of the St. Louis-area competitive stepping team during the 2015-2016 season. This documentary is headed to the St. Louis International Film Festival! Part of
“Spotlight Education” week and the American Graduate initiative.

Monday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.
All the Difference

POV: All the Difference

Another film depicting the importance of education follows two young African-American men from Chicago’s South Side as they defy the odds to graduate from college.

Monday, September 12, 10:00 p.m.
The Contenders

The Contenders—16 for ‘16

This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history.

Tuesdays, beginning September 13, 7:00 p.m.
Omarina's Story

Frontline: A Subprime Education/Omarina’s Story

A fresh look at the troubled for-profit college industry and one girl’s journey from a public middle school to an elite New England private school, and on to college.

Tuesday, September 13, 8:00 p.m.
Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature: Shape

This four-part series explores how we experience the consequences of the natural forces that keep Earth on the move. The first episode, Shape, is followed by Elements (Sept. 21), Color (Sept. 28), and Motion (Oct. 5).

Wednesdays, beginning September 14, 8:00 p.m. (four one-hour episodes)
School of the Future

Nova: School of the Future

In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children.

Wednesday, September 14, 9:00 p.m.
American Graduate Day

American Graduate Day

A live, four-hour national broadcast features stories of St. Louis-based American Graduate Champions and showcases the incredible work being done across the country to help kids succeed in school and in life.

Saturday, September 17, 1:00 p.m.
PBS NewsHour Weekend

PBS NewsHour Weekend from St. Louis

Hari Sreenivasan will report from the Nine Network on the various ways schools and teachers are trying to improve student performance and engagement.

Saturday, September 17, 6:00 p.m.
Art in the Twenty-First Century

Art in the Twenty-First Century

A new season of the series hosted by Claire Danes groups 16 featured artists by their unique and revealing relationships to the places where they live: Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Vancouver.

Sunday, September 18 and 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Royal Wives at War

Royal Wives at War

Take a fresh look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through dramatized monologues by the two women at its heart, the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson, as they look back at the dramatic events that led to Edward VIII’s decision to give up the throne.

Sunday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.
Poldark Revealed

Poldark Revealed

When Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the screen during the first season of Poldark, viewers swooned over the swashbuckling handsome hero. Now relive the action, adventure and romance with Inside Poldark, a look back at the first season and a peek at what lies ahead.

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Kingdom of Shadows

POV: Kingdom of Shadows

Citizens and law enforcement pursue justice for victims of the violent drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border.                      

Monday, September 19, 10:00 p.m.
Defying the Nazis

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War

This film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky tells the story of how Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, helped to save hundreds of imperiled political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.

Tuesday, September 20, 8:00 p.m.
India - Nature's Wonderland

India—Nature’s Wonderland

Join wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin, actor Freida Pinto, and mountaineer Jon Gupta as they explore India’s natural wonders in this new two-part series.

Wednesday, September 21 and 28, 10:00 p.m.


A new British crime drama comes to Thursday nights. Luther, played by Idris Elba, is a brilliant but emotionally impulsive detective who is tormented by the dark side of humanity while hunting down murderers.

Thursdays, beginning September 22, 9:00 p.m.
Poldark, Season 2

Poldark, Season 2

The two-hour premiere of the second season of the journeys of the 18th-century Cornwall adventurer Ross Poldark answers season one's tragic cliffhanger.

Premiere: Sunday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.
Regular time slot: Sundays, 8:00 p.m.
PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour: Special Report

Watch live coverage and analysis of the first presidential debate from Hofstra University.                                                      

Monday, September 26, 8:00 p.m.
The Choice

Frontline: The Choice

This election special offers dual biographies of the presidential candidates. "The Choice 2016" takes the long view, through sweeping panoramas of the biographies of Trump and Clinton.

Tuesday, September 27, 8:00 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. Cook up something special with Up in Smoke (September 3 & 4), Stir the New York Melting Pot (September 10 & 11), Pati’s Mexican Table (September 17 & 18), and crafters will not want to miss the Wisconsin Quilt Expo (September 24 & 25).
World Channel

Nine World: Hispanic Heritage Month (available on Channel 9.3 and Charter 185)

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15) on Nine World with a collection of groundbreaking documentaries and insightful profiles, highlighting the stories, people, music and issues that explore Latinos in America. 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