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 WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: DECEMBER 2014

December 2014 Primetime Schedule (Printable Grid)
December 2014 Create Schedule (Printable Grid)

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: JUNK IN THE TRUNK 4
Mondays, December 1 and 15 at 8:00 p.m.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW has more appraisals than ever to share from the eight cities it visited during its newly expanded Season 18 tour. The first hour of “Junk in the Trunk 4” is an all new episode with appraisals from ROADSHOW’s 2014 season, including a Steiff Pushmi-Pullyu Doctor Dolittle character, ca. 1967, acquired at a PBS auction in 1968; a Pablo Picasso linocut, ca. 1950, discovered in a basement; and a pair of Italian carved door panels, ca. 1550, purchased at an estate sale for $500 and now valued at $20,000 to $30,000.
SUZE ORMAN'S FINANICAL SOLUTIONS FOR YOU
Monday, December 1 at 9:30
Up-to-date advice on a broad set of financial issues from Suze Orman, America’s most recognized expert in personal finance, include: how to invest; whether to buy or rent a home; saving for retirement; what kind of life insurance to buy; wills and trusts; student loans and more. Orman offers tangible information on managing money today and how to make smarter choices towards a more economically secure future.

AMERICAN MASTERS: BING CROSBY REDISCOVERED
Tuesday, December 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Fridaym December 26 at 9:00 p.m.

Explore the life and legend of this iconic entertainer through never-before-seen footage and interviews with his immediate family and Tony Bennett. Narrated by Stanley Tucci, this documentary reveals a man far more complex than his public persona

NATURE: BEST OF BIRDS
Wednesday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Watch a compilation of the most compelling, emotional and even humorous stories about bird behavior, intelligence and flight from the NATURE archives. Introduced by the series’ executive producer Fred Kaufman, this special presentation draws from 16 notable films, including the Emmy-award winning “My Life as a Turkey” and “An Original DUCKumentary.” Also represented are sequences from “Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air,” “Birds of the Gods,” “Raptor Force,” “Moment of Impact,” “A Murder of Crows,” “Love in the Animal Kingdom,” “Deep Jungle” and more.

NOVA: FIRST MAN ON THE MOON
Wednesday, December 3 at 9:00 p.m.
NOVA presents an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon, through interviews with Armstrong’s family and friends. The film reveals his achievements as a Navy combat veteran and pioneer of high-speed flight. NOVA revisits the final moments of the Apollo 11 landing, when Armstrong brought the Eagle down safely with seconds to spare. But he regretted that he got so much credit for the team effort that the lunar landing represented. In its exploration of this quietly effective man, NOVA explores his achievements following Apollo. This is an inspiring story of heroic risk-taking and humble dedication to advancing humanity’s adventure in space.

THE APPALACHIANS
Thursday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m.
The vast Appalachia region stretches across 13 states and is home to more than 23 million people, yet it may be the least understood culture in America. Appalachia has existed for generations as a region apart, isolated physically and culturally by its rugged mountains. The ethnically diverse Appalachian people — including many of the country’s first immigrants — played a profound, and often overlooked, part in the nation’s history and cultural and economic development. THE APPALACHIANS is a comprehensive historical and cultural overview of this distinctive region. This three-part series documents the unique legacy, courage, character, arts and culture of the central and southern Appalachian people. The film includes the work of outstanding Appalachian historians and scholars, writers and musicians, including Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn and traditional folk artists from the region.

DOWNTON ABBEY - SEASON 4 ENCORE
Episodes 1 & 2 – December 7 at 10:00 p.m.
Episodes 3, 4 & 5 – December 14 at 9:00 p.m.
Episodes 6 & 7 – December 21 at 9:00 p.m.
Episodes 8 – December 28 at 9:00 p.m.

Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate. Paul Giamatti makes an appearance alongside the beloved returning ensemble, including Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, guest star Shirley MacLaine and many others.

GREAT BRITISH BAKEOFF
Sundays at 8:00 p.m.
Passionate home bakers take part in a in a bake-off to test every aspect of their baking skills as they battle to be crowned the Great British Bake Off’s best amateur baker.

SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER
Tuesdays, December 16, 23 & 30t at 8:00 p.m.
Join host Bruce Feiler on an unprecedented journey to the world’s most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages. Feiler and contemporary sojourners journey to sacred sites cherished by billions and visited annually by hundreds of millions of pilgrims. Each episode follows a modern-day pilgrim on a private spiritual journey. The series presents a comprehensive picture of the practice of pilgrimage in its varied expressions around the globe, over thousands of years.
“Lourdes” and “Shikoku” premiere Tuesday, December 16
“Jerusalem” and “Hajj” premiere Tuesday, December 23
“Kumbh Mela” and “Osun-Osogbo” premiere Tuesday, December 30

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC NEW YEAR'S EVE: A GERSHWIN CELEBRATION
Wednesday, December 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year with style and swagger, as jazz great Dianne Reeves and Broadway leading man Norm Lewis join the New York Philharmonic for a lush orchestral bounty of Gershwin classics, including his Cuban Overture, Catfish Row, and his own suite of music from Porgy and Bess.

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE RAINBOW ROOM
Wednesday, December 31 at 9:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein with celebrity performances including Darren Criss, star of the hit show Glee, Aaron Tveit from the new series Graceland, Leslie Odom from Smash, Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, nightclub legend Marilyn Maye, 2-time Tony Winner Christine Ebersole, Michael’s newest discovery, 17-year-old Julia Goodwin, and many more brilliant, entertaining moments! The show is written and directed by Desperate Housewives creator and writer Marc Cherry. This performance celebrates the legendary New York nightclub, the Rainbow Room, where stars were born and legends perform.

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Tips for Parents

Tips on Watching Television with Children
Transform couch potatoes into jumping beans by becoming active learners rather than passive viewers!

Why Watch TV Together?

  • It encourages family interaction.
  • It provides information of interest.
  • It helps to establish guidelines for what and how much to watch.
  • It promotes making good choices.
  • Parents are more fully aware of choices available.

How to Choose a Program. Have a plan!

  • Does it encourage critical thinking?
  • Does it inspire, teach, motivate or entertain appropriately?
  • Does it reflect your expectations and values?
  • Does it reflect your expectations and values?
  • Does it broaden and enrich your horizons?

How to Watch Television:

  • Stay alert and interactive.
  • Encourage your children to watch with the eye of a critic.
  • Ask questions.
  • Create alternative endings.
  • Develop imagination and critical thinking by contrasting and comparing.
  • Participate in songs and games from the program.
  • When the program is over, get off the couch.

For more information concerning broadcast, cable, telephone and Internet issues, that will be of particular interest to parents and caregivers as they make choices that involve children, please visit the FCC's new "Parents' Place" at www.fcc.gov/parents.

Tips on Reading Aloud to Children

Why read aloud?
Would you like for your child to:

  • be a successful reader?
  • solve problems?
  • be self-confident?
  • be creative?
  • be successful in school?

If "Yes" is the answer, read to your child. It encourages cognitive growth, emotional growth, and social growth!

How to choose a book:

  • Look for an old favorite.
  • Choose one that your child likes.
  • Look at the illustrations.
  • Find a favorite author.
  • Visit the library.
  • Read a review on the Internet.
  • Read about a topic that everyone enjoys.

How to read aloud:

  • Get comfy.
  • Make sure that everyone can see the text and the illustrations.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Vary voice level, pitch, and timbre.
  • Personify story characters as you read.
  • Help your child to anticipate and predict the storyline.
  • Read again and again and again.

For more advice and thousands of educational activities dedicated to helping parents and caregivers raise children who are ready to learn, please visit www.pbsparents.org.