Honor. Celebrate. Remember. Explore
The KVIE Explorer Guide takes you on a terrific journey, giving you opportunities to experience growth and adventure. Exploring new ideas and broadening people’s horizons is available through public television for everyone regardless of their circumstances to participate. Each month, discover programs about national celebrations and observances to those that offer information on health awareness, cultural traditions, and holiday specials. Check this page each month for new information.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor
In remembrance of the raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, KVIE presents two programs in honor of this anniversary.
Long Days Working Hard
Long Days Working Hard documents the West Coast World War II experience highlighting Long Beach as a community uniquely positioned to fully participate in the war effort, including shipbuilding, aircraft manufacturing, petroleum production, Navy activity, and more.
Monday, December 14, 11:00pm-Mid.; 12/16 @ 2:00pm
Prange & Pearl Harbor: A Magnificent Obsession
Prange & Pearl Harbor: A Magnificent Obsession follows Gordon Prange’s life from chief historian in occupied Japan under General Douglas MacArthur to his professorship at the University of Maryland, through his unceasing journey to publish what is hailed as the definitive book about the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Friday, December 18, 3:00pm-4:00pm
United Nations Human Rights Day: December 10
KVIE is proud to feature programming that celebrates the struggle of marginalized groups to attain equal legal protection and social respect.
For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska
This program traces the Native Alaskan civil-rights movement. The film profiles the remarkable people behind the victories for citizenship, voting rights, and school desegregation. Blending re-enactments, rare and newly discovered historic footage and photographs, and interviews with tribal elders, For the Rights of All chronicles Alaska Natives' efforts to honor their heritage and leverage their future.
Thursday, December 17, 11:00pm-Mid.; 12/18 @ 2:00pm
Hanukkah: December 11 - 19 -12/11-19
Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the
Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the
miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days.
A Chanukah Celebration
Discover the rich history of Chanukah with actress Fran Drescher in A Chanukah Celebration. The celebration includes appearances by chef and New Jewish Cuisine host Jeff Nathan, musical performances from recording artist Craig Taubman, contemporary telling of the Eight Lights of Chanukah by author Irwin Kula, and the award-winning puppets from Alef…Bet…Blast-Off!.
Monday, December 14, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Kitka and Davka in Concert: Old and New World Jewish Music
Embark on a journey to appreciate more about Jewish culture through the stories and the music of its people. Kitka is a female vocal ensemble of women from all ethnic backgrounds who share an interest in traditional Jewish songs. Davka is an instrumental group that uses the sounds of traditional Jewish music mixed with Western classical, pop, and jazz influences.
Monday, December 14, 3:00pm-4:00pm
In the animated special Chanukah Stories, celebrity storytellers share two popular Chanukah tales. The Tie Man’s Miracle, narrated by actor Jami Gertz (Still Standing), celebrates the true meaning and enduring spirit of the holiday. The folktale Moishe’s Miracle, as re-told by television veteran Bob Saget (Full House), is chock-full of humor, mystery, and delicious latkes.
Sunday, December 20, 3:30pm-4:00pm; 12/21 @ 1:30pm; 12/22 @ 3:30pm
Jerusalem: Center of the World
For over 40 centuries, untold numbers of Jews, Christians, and Muslims have come to Jerusalem to look for God, while billions more have worshiped from afar. Jerusalem: Center of the World is the first documentary of its scope to delve into the historical facts and religious beliefs that have led so many to live and die for this city.
Sunday, December 20, 10:30pm-12:30am
The First Day of Winter
Winter begins in the U.S. when the sun is in the southern-most position to earth. Usually, this occurs on either December 21 or 22; in the Southern Hemisphere, it begins on June 22. KVIE explores the different faces of winter in Sid the Science Kid: Sid’s Holiday Adventure.
Sid the Science Kid: Sid’s Holiday Adventure
Sid loves celebrating the winter holidays where he lives, because it’s always sunny and warm. But this year, Sid and his family are visiting relatives where it’s chilly and cold. Sid wonders why it can’t be warm everywhere? At school, Sid discovers that temperatures are different all over the world!
Tuesday, December 29, 8:30am-9:00am
Christmas celebrates the day Jesus of Nazareth was born. It has also come to represent compassion and gift giving among friends, family, and even strangers. KVIE proudly presents several shows to celebrate the season.
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
Everyone’s favorite aardvark shows children many ways to celebrate the holidays, as Arthur, D.W., their family, and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, parties, and family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even Baxter Day (Buster and his mom’s special celebration). The only problem is, just like in real life, perfection is hard to attain.
Tuesday, December 15, 2:00pm-3:00pm; 12/25 @ 7:00pm
Trans Siberian Orchestra
This is a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas. A runaway little girl decides to return to her family after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters an old caretaker who guides her on her journey. The caretaker brings the theater to life through various musical performances by singers Jewel, Michael Crawford, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Tuesday, December 15, 3:00pm-4:00pm; 12/20 @ 4:00pm
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Ed Herrmann
Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, dubbed the last leading man by The New York Times, joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season’s most beloved songs. This program also features a reading of The Christmas Story by actor Ed Herrmann.
Wednesday, December 16, 8:00pm-9:00pm; 12/21 @ 8:00pm
Christmas at Luther: Night of Glory, Dawn of Peace
Breathtaking music, glowing candlelight, and the robed choristers of Luther College capture the wonder and joy of the holiday season. This special features performances by six choirs; the symphony orchestra, organ, hand bell choir, Christmas Brass and Percussion Ensemble; caroling; and the signature lighting of candles that encircle the audience in light.
Friday, December 18, 11:00pm-Mid.
Dance in America: The San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
Since the first production The Nutcracker in St. Petersburg more than a century ago, its charming story, dazzling choreography, and magnificent Tchaikovsky score have combined to make it one of the most popular and enduring ballets the world over. San Francisco Ballet makes the beloved ballet its own.
Monday, December 21, 9:00pm-11:00pm; 12/25 @ 2pm
Urban Nutcracker: Anatomy of a Ballet
Go behind-the-scenes of a daring adaptation of the holiday classic, in which a diverse group of dancers — a rough-edged tap star, a black cavalier, and a Latina teen — challenge traditional Nutcracker roles. The documentary captures the process of uniting the multi-ethnic team. Watch the crumbling of barriers as participants learn to work together.
Saturday, December 19, 8:00pm-9:00pm
Christmas at Belmont
Three-time Grammy Award winner and Belmont University alumna Trisha Yearwood hosts a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music, and light-hearted seasonal favorites. The program will feature Phoenix, Belmont University’s ten-voice pop, R&B, rock, and alternative ensemble; Session, a female a cappella ensemble; Jazzmin, a 12-voice blues, swing, bebop, and contemporary jazz group; and the Women’s Choir.
Wednesday, December 23, 9:00pm-Mid.
L.A. Holiday Celebration 2009
This program is a highlight version of the six-hour Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration event that took place in the Dorothy Chandler Music Center Pavilion on Christmas Eve 2008. The 1,000-1,500 performers participating in the show each year represent the many cultures and holiday traditions found in the county.
Thursday, December 24, 11:00pm-Mid.
Faith Hill, Joy to the World
Faith Hill, backed by an orchestra led by esteemed conductor David Campbell, sings favorites from her holiday album, Joy to the World. This Soundstage special features such favorites as Santa Claus Is Coming to Town and Holly, Jolly Christmas. A choir participates in more spiritual songs such as O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, and A Baby Changes Everything.
Friday, December 25, 8:00pm-9:00pm
Michael McDonald - This Christmas: A Soundstage Event
Singer Michael McDonald combines yuletide favorites such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and White Christmas with the Stevie Wonder Motown classic What Christmas Means to Me and some of his signature hits for a perfect blend of holiday cheer. McDonald’s soulful, throaty baritone infuses a unique vocal styling that adds a perfect twist to the holiday season.
Friday, December 25, 9:00pm-10:00pm
Christmas at St. Olaf: Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide
Five choral ensembles and the St. Olaf Orchestra — more than 500 student musicians strong — perform a rich repertoire of Christmas compositions, as well as familiar carols and hymns from around the world.
Friday, December 25, 11:00pm-Mid.
Kwanzaa, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, is a holiday of reflection — an opportunity for African Americans to celebrate their African roots. KVIE celebrates by presenting two programs that examine the history and traditions of Kwanza.
Healthy Heritage Kitchen
Wilbert Jones, a Chicago based chef and food product developer will demonstrate how to prepare healthy recipes for Kwanzaa, including spoon bread, seafood stew and pecan coconut pie — all of which cut cholesterol, sodium, and fat. Later, Jones is joined by Sira Williams to discuss the celebration of Kwanza.
Thursday, December 24, 2:00pm-2:30pm
Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom
Join Burt Wolf as he uncovers the epicenter of African American culture in the United States and takes you on a tour of Harlem. He’ll stop in at the Apollo Theater on amateur night, explore what faith means at Abyssinian Church, and pick up some down-home recipes.
Thursday, December 24, 2:00pm-3:00pm