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December Programming Highlights

You deserve a break from December’s hectic pace. When you’re ready to relax (or even when you’re on the go with livestreaming on this website, WTVP Passport or the PBS App), WTVP has programming to inform, enlighten and entertain. Make the best use of your free time in December with these and other programs on WTVP.


AMERICAN MASTERS
KEITH HARING: STREET ART BOY
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 10 PM

International art sensation Keith Haring blazed a trail through the legendary art scene of 1980s New York and revolutionized the worlds of pop culture and fine art. This fascinating and compelling film – told using previously unheard interviews that form the narrative of the documentary – is the definitive story of the artist in his own words. The film also includes exclusive, unprecedented access to the Haring Foundation’s archives, capturing the wild, creative energy behind some of the most recognizable art of the past 50 years. Following Keith Haring’s diagnosis with AIDS in 1989, he asked writer and art critic John Gruen to write his biography. For five days in the summer of 1989, Keith gave Gruen, in intimate and candid detail, the story of his life, and these interviews are included in the film. Haring’s closest friends, family and collaborators – from the sleepy Pennsylvania of his youth to the mythic clubs of gay New York – share their revelatory encounters, touching poignantly on the AIDS crisis, which made a tragic icon of this life-affirming artist.

Airdate:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 12/01/2020 @ 10:00 PM
American Masters

Keith Haring trailer

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Explore the definitive story of international art sensation Keith Haring.


WTVP

MAIN STREET MEMORIES: 1950s
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 8 PM

Take a nostalgic ride back to Peoria just a few decades ago with WTVP's original production Main Street Memories: Peoria in the 1950s. Cruise along with us as we explore the streets of downtown Peoria back in their heyday, with stores like Woolworth's, Grant's and Szolds. Restaurants, sports and industry are explored through heartwarming stories told by the Peorians who lived them.

Airdate:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 12/03/2020 @ 8:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sat, 12/05/2020 @ 1:30 AM
  • WTVP-WR 47.3 - Sat, 12/12/2020 @ 9:30 PM
  • WTVP-RM 47.5 - Thu, 12/31/2020 @ 6:30 PM
  • WTVP-RM 47.5 - Thu, 12/31/2020 @ 11:00 PM

JOE BONAMASSA: ROYAL TEA LIVE
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 10 PM

This 60-minute special features a new solo studio album Royal Tea, inspired by his British guitar heroes Jeff Beck, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton and Cream, and recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios.

Bonamassa is known for taking risks and venturing into uncharted territory throughout his wide-ranging career, but now he has found a new way to surprise his fans and music lovers. Royal Tea brings Bonamassa full circle.

Airdate:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 12/08/2020 @ 10:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sat, 12/12/2020 @ 2:30 AM

DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 10 PM

The irreverent documentary Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas tells the story of the unlikely Jewish immigrants who, enamored with Broadway and Hollywood, wrote some of the most popular songs in America: Christmas music. The doc features rarely seen archival footage, musical performances and interviews.

Airdate:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 12/11/2020 @ 10:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 12/13/2020 @ 2:30 AM

CRAFT IN AMERICA: STORYTELLERS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 8 PM

Storytellers highlights artists who use narrative to communicate personal and universal truths, creating a uniquely powerful expression of our human experience. Featuring: sculptor George Rodriguez, whose oversized ceramic figures tell universal stories; the Art to Wear movement with gallerist and craft historian Julie Schafler Dale and textile artist Linda J. Mendelson, who draws inspiration from poetry and pushes the boundaries of wearable art; multimedia works by Nicholas Galanin, an artist of Tlingit and Aleut ancestry that critically explore society’s past and present; and Christina Bothwell, who explores themes of loss and hope through her unique approach to glass.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 12/18/2020 @ 8:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sat, 12/19/2020 @ 2:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 12/21/2020 @ 2:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 12/22/2020 @ 12:00 AM
Craft in America

STORYTELLERS preview

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Artists who use narrative to communicate personal stories & universal truths.


Craft in America

DEMOCRACY preview

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DEMOCRACY explores how craft is intertwined with our nation's defining principles.

CRAFT IN AMERICA: DEMOCRACY
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 9 PM

Craft in America: DEMOCRACY explores how craft is intertwined with our nation’s defining principles. The episode begins with Robert L. Lynch, President of Americans for the Arts, who speaks to the presence of craft in U.S. history and the role of government in the arts. He also guides us through several of the significant Washington, D.C. monuments and memorials, highlighting their aesthetic and emotional resonance.

Airdate:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 12/18/2020 @ 9:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sat, 12/19/2020 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 12/22/2020 @ 1:00 AM

CITY HALL
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 7 PM

Director Frederick Wiseman returns with another kaleidoscopic look at the function and practice of community, policy and civic engagement in shaping Americans’ everyday lives. This time, Wiseman trains his gaze on the inner working of the city of Boston, taking viewers into the public and backroom discussions that can either inspire or stall municipal action. This top-down approach to representing governmental function speaks to the multicultural and immigrant communities and businesses of Boston’s neighborhoods and suburbs, while also standing in for the whole nation constantly improving its legacy and debating the future.

Airdate:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 12/22/2020 @ 7:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 12/23/2020 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-WR 47.3 - Sun, 12/27/2020 @ 5:56 PM
  • WTVP-WR 47.3 - Sun, 12/27/2020 @ 11:00 PM
City Hall

City Hall Preview

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CITY HALL shows a city government offering a variety of services to a diverse population.


Laura Ingalls Wilder signing books
Laura Ingalls Wilder signing books.

AMERICAN MASTERS
LAURA INGALLS WILDER
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 7 PM

American Masters: Laura Ingalls Wilder presents an unvarnished look at the unlikely author whose autobiographical fiction helped shape American ideas of the frontier and self-reliance. A Midwestern farm woman who published her first novel at age 65, Laura Ingalls Wilder transformed her frontier childhood into the best-selling Little House series. The documentary delves into the legacy of the iconic pioneer as well as the way she transformed

her early life into enduring legend, a process that involved a little-known collaboration with her daughter Rose.

Airdate:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 12/29/2020 @ 7:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 12/31/2020 @ 2:00 AM