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december 2012

Stars all around to sing for you


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december 2012 Volume XL, Number 6

Partnership benefits U of I students By Jan Slater, Interim Dean, U of I College of Media The College of Media is proud to be the home of Illinois Public Media, and all of us in the college consider ourselves fortunate to have such an important partner that serves our community. The connection is unique, and one that benefits the college both on campus and beyond. The professional journalists, technicians and producers at IPM are, in essence, an extension of our faculty, bringing the academic mission of the college inside the walls of Campbell Hall. Whether involved in news or community engagement, these professionals teach students through hands-on experiences that build on classroom learning. Student interns have been able to propose story ideas for the news department, edit radio interviews for the website, use social media to promote content and develop public service announcements. Our students are encouraged to work on real-world projects—to cover stories happening right now, stories that affect the lives of thousands of residents across central Illinois. A number of these reports have been shared with the public through and Illinois Public Media. At the same time, student stories aren’t limited to the issues and events happening in central Illinois. Illinois Public Media has also aired the documentaries produced by professor Nancy Benson’s students during their international reporting classes in Turkey, China, Romania, Italy and Peru. And Illinois Public Media was an important partner for professor Jay Rosenstein’s award-winning documentary, The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today. This election year offered up some interesting opportunities at Illinois Public Media for students. They were involved with editing and transcribing pre-election interviews and assisted with election night coverage as well. Students used social media techniques to cover the 2012 general election in a non-traditional way. With your support of Illinois Public Media, you are also supporting the education of College of Media students. We cannot thank you enough and will continue to do our best to bring you stories that affect your lives.

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Fulfilling musical gift wishes

In this special season of song and celebra-

tion, turn to WILL-TV for specials featuring not only holiday music, but everything from pop and blues to rock, classical and opera. At 6:30 pm Sunday, Dec. 2, The Tenors: Lead with Your Heart features Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters performing music from their newly released album in a concert from Las Vegas’ Smith Center. Then, while on tour in November 1981, The Rolling Stones dropped in to Muddy Waters’ Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago to catch a performance by the legendary bluesman. Soon the group was on stage jamming with Waters, Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz—a unique occasion captured on film as Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live, which airs at 8 pm Thursday, Dec. 6. At 8 pm Thursday, Dec. 13, Live from Lincoln Center presents The Richard Tucker Opera Gala, featuring the Tucker Foundation’s 2012 award winner joined by opera luminaries and members of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Choral Society. Photo lower right: Courtesy of Victor Bernard Photography

And get the behind-the-scenes story of the making of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, the least known of the various films starring the iconic group. Never theatrically released or nationally broadcast on U.S. television, the 1967 film received only sporadic TV syndication in the 1980s. Now Great Performances presents The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Revisited at 8 pm Friday, Dec. 14, packed with unseen footage and contributions from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Martin Scorsese, Peter Fonda and Terry Gilliam, among others, plus special context for the era. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour film follows at 9 pm.

Downtown Abbey Season 3

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Photo: Courtesy of (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

Come to our sneak preview event

If you just can’t wait until January to see how Shirley MacLaine’s character, Martha Levinson, takes on the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith), join us for a free screening of the first hour of Downton Abbey’s new season. Join us at the I Hotel, 1900 S. First St., Champaign, from 7-9 pm Tuesday, Dec. 18, for An Evening with WILL-TV: Downtown Abbey Season 3 Premiere. See what happens now that the Great War is over and the longawaited engagement between Lady Mary and Matthew is on. All is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigue and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate for a third thrilling season. We’ll have light dessert, a cash bar and a special display of costumes from the period brought by staff from the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, who will be available to talk about the clothing. It’s optional, but we’d love for you to wear a period costume—either from the Edwardian period of Season 1, the World War I period of Season 2, or the post-World War I period of Season 3. We’ll have a raffle for special Downton Abbey prizes. If you are a Leadership Circle or Vision Circle member, you may have already received a notice about this event. Seating is limited, so please call 217-333-7300 to reserve your spot. Reservations close at 5 pm Friday, Dec. 14, or as soon as all spots are filled. Downton Abbey season 3 premieres Sunday, Jan. 6, on WILL-TV. 2 PATTERNS • DECEMBER 2012

Nathan Gunn ... adds his voice to the holiday season At 8 pm Friday, Dec. 21, Grammy Awardwinning baritone and University of Illinois School of Music professor Nathan Gunn and actress Jane Seymour are the featured performers in Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In working with choir director Mack Wilberg to prepare the program, Gunn said they were in agreement that the music should be an even mix of “classical” and “standard.” “That’s why we performed In dulci jubilo, Mighty Lord and King All Glorious from the Bach Christmas Oratorio, Sing Lullaby, Silent Night and Angels, From the Realms of Glory in addition to White Christmas, Winter Wonderland and Let It Snow. I also ham it up a bit while singing Twas the Night Before Christmas.” “The combined choir and orchestra are the largest musical body I’ve worked with, plus the largest audience for that kind of stage,” Gunn said. “I want to remind WILL-TV viewers to look at how happy all the performers are while playing, singing and dancing, and to take note of the choir’s incredibly good diction.” Gunn was “very impressed” at how well organized the rehearsals were—especially since the orchestra, the choir, the dancers and the stage help are all volunteers. “Everyone was thoroughly prepared and very welcoming,” he continued. “I love the Christmas season and to be able to begin it last year with that concert made me very happy.”

Rick Steves is coming!

Popular travel show host and author Rick Steves is coming for a special event in Champaign-Urbana the evening of Thursday, March 14. He’ll talk about smart traveling, and show video and photos from his recent trips. Watch your January Patterns for details and information on how you can reserve your spot in the audience! And enjoy our Rick Steves’ Europe Marathon at 6 pm Sunday, Dec. 9. During the TV pledge

Do you

love BritComs?

Don’t miss WILL-TV’s Last of the Summer Wine marathon at 7 pm Saturday, Dec. 1, featuring WILL-TV program director David Thiel’s interview with the show’s producer and director, Alan J.W. Bell, along with extended clips of some of Bell’s favorite episodes. “We originally conducted the interview for a donor event, but now want to share it with all of our BritCom fans,” David said. “We value our ongoing relationships with Mr. Bell, and hope that our viewers

show, you’ll have the opportunity to receive a ticket to the event as a thank-you gift for your pledge to WILL. As host of the public television series, Rick Steves’ Europe, airing at 5:30 pm Saturdays on WILL-TV, and WILL-AM’s Travel with Rick Steves at noon on Saturdays, Steves encourages Americans to dive deep into Europe and become “temporary locals.” The author of 30 European travel books wants people to discover not just great cities, but cozy “back door” villages away from the tourist-trampled routes.

Photos: Courtesy of BBC Worldwide

will take this opportunity to support Last of the Summer Wine and BritCom Saturday Night.” During the interview, David talks with Bell about his experiences producing the show—the world’s longest running sitcom. After first debuting on BBC One in January 1973 as an episode of Comedy Playhouse, Bell produced and directed the series between 1983 and its conclusion in August 2010. PATTERNS • DECEMBER 2012 3


WILL-FM 90.9 and HD1 106.5 in Danville

6 am NPR Morning Edition with Renee Montagne, Steve Inskeep and Jim Meadows

9 am Classic Mornings with Vic Di Geronimo Join Vic for music and companionship and make each morning a classic morning!

Noon Afternoon Classics Jeff Esworthy, Julie Amacher, Lynn Warfel and Mindy Ratner keep you company throughout the afternoon. Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac is at 1:01. NPR News Headlines at 3:01.

4 pm Live and Local with Kevin Kelly Kevin’s get-together features music and a daily serving of news about, and interviews with, area musicmakers, plus a calendar of regional music events.

5 pm NPR All Things Considered with Robert Siegel, Melissa Block and Michele Norris

7 pm The Evening Concert Great performances from the great concert venues. Listings are subject to change.

Monday: San Francisco Symphony and Holiday Specials 12/3 Michael Tilson Thomas, cond MAHLER 12/10 Specials: Hanukkah Lights 2012 & Chanukah in Story & Song 12/17 Herbert Blomsted, cond; Arabella Steinbacher, violin MOZART; DVORAK 12/24 Special: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 12/31 Special: Toast of the Nation (8 pm–4 am)

Tuesday: The New York Philharmonic This Week and Holiday Specials 12/4 Charles Dutoit, cond; Nikolai Lugansky RACHMANINOFF; ELGAR 12/11 Kurt Masur, cond; Glenn Dicterow, violin; Alisa Weilerstein, cello BRAHMS 12/18 Specials: Welcome Christmas; Echoes of Christmas 12/25 Special: Handel’s “Messiah” from Handel and Haydn Society (7–10 pm)

s Jean-Yves Thibaudet (7 pm, 12/5)

Wednesday: Live! At the Concertgebouw and Holiday Specials 12/5

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra James Gaffigan, cond; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano RAVEL; DEBUSSY 12/12 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Semyon Bychkov, cond; Joshua Bell, violin BRUCH; SHOSTAKOVICH 12/19 Specials: A Chanticleer Christmas; A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico 12/26 Specials: Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs; A Season’s Griot 2012

Thursday: Cleveland Orchestra and Holiday Specials

12/6 Ton Koopman, cond BACH 12/13 Robert Porco and David Robertson, conds SCHUBERT; MAHLER 12/20 Special: St. Olaf Christmas Festival 12/27 Franz Welser-Most, cond R.STRAUSS; MOZART


Prairie Performances and Holiday Specials

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra Michael Luxner, cond The Mahler Sixth (10/13/12) REVUELTAS; MAHLER Illinois Symphony Alastair Willis, cond Holidays in the Heartland (11/16/12 & 11/17/12) Christiane Noll, vocals 12/21 Specials: Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol; Festivo Alt. Latino; A Paul Winter Solstice Concert (9–11 pm) 12/28 TBA 12/7 12/14

9 pm Night Music Gillian Martin, Bob Christiansen, Ward Jacobson, Scott Blankenship or John Zech keep you company through the night and into the morning. NPR News Headlines at 9:01.


saturdays & sundays saturdays 7 am

NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon

9 am

Classics By Request

John Frayne plays requests for two hours at this time each Saturday. Submit requests at classreq@illinois. edu or 217-265-5084. Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac at 9:01.

11 am

Classics of the Phonograph

John Frayne’s weekly exploration of memorable recordings from the 20th century. 12/1 Shura Cherkassky, Piano Virtuoso of the Old School 12/8 Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata, with Famous Violinists 12/15 Debussy at 150: Martinon’s Complete Orchestral Music 12/22 The Nativity Story on Records 12/29 Dancing Out the Old Year


Afternoon at the Opera

Live Broadcasts from the Met begin Dec. 8. 12/1 MARIA STUARDA (Donizetti). Patrick Summers, cond, with Joyce DiDonato, Katie van Kooten, Eric Cutler, Robert Gleadow and the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus. 12/8 UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (Verdi). Fabio Luisi, cond, with Sondra Radvanovsky, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Alvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus. 12/15 AIDA (Verdi). Fabio Luisi, cond, with Liudmyla Monastyrska, Olga Borodino, Roberto Alagna, George Gagnidze and the Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus. 12/22 THE BARBER OF SEVILE (Rossini) (Sung in English). Yves Abel, cond, Isabel Leonard, Alek Shrader, Rodion Pogossov and the Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus. 12/29 THE TEMPEST (Adès) (Sung in English). Thomas Adès, cond, with Simon Keenlyside, Audrey Luna, Isobel Leonard and the Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

4 pm

NPR All Things Considered

5 pm

A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor and friends present music, skits, and the latest news from Lake Wobegon. [Also Sundays at 2 pm] Specials: 7 pm 12/22, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (see article page 6); 8 pm Jazz Piano Christmas XXIII

7 pm

Classics All Night

Bob Christiansen and Scott Blankenship keep you company Saturday night and into Sunday morning. NPR News Headlines at 7:01 and 10:01.

s The Nativity Story on Records (11 am, 12/22)

sundays 7 am NPR Weekend Edition with Rachel Martin

9 am Sunday Baroque Suzanne Bona provides relaxing early music by the likes of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac at 9:01.

1 pm From the Top A live performance program featuring America’s best young classical musicians, hosted by pianist Christopher O’Riley.

2 pm A Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keillor and friends present music, skits and the latest news from Lake Wobegon.

4 pm NPR All Things Considered

5 pm Classical Music Mindy Ratner and Valerie Kahler are your hosts. NPR News Headlines at 7:01. Specials: 7 pm 12/2, Advent Voices; 7 pm 12/23, The Story of Christmas: A Pageant from Washington National Cathedral; 8 pm, Traditional Lessons and Carols from Dallas.

10 pm Harmonia Angela Mariani presents Baroque and early music. NPR News Headlines at 10:01.

11 pm The Romantic Hours Music, poetry and romance with Mona Golabek.

midnight Classical Music Scott Blankenship and John Zech are your hosts throughout the night and into the morning. PATTERNS • DECEMBER 2012 5

101.1 and 90.9 HD2



6-9 am Classical Music

7-9 am Classical Music

9 am-noon

9-11 am Classics by Request

Classic Mornings with Vic Di Geronimo

John Frayne plays requests at this time each Saturday. Submit requests at or 217-265-5084.

Join Vic for music and companionship and make each morning a classic morning!

11 am-Noon Classics of the Phonograph

Noon-overnight Classical Music; Fridays 7-9, Prairie Performance

John Frayne’s weekly exploration of memorable recordings from the 20th century. See page 5 for listings.

(see listings page 5)

Noon-overnight Classical Music;



all day Classical Music

The Western Wind

Holiday specials all month long As part of The Evening Concert in December, WILL-FM is presenting special programs that highlight the season’s celebrations. At 7 pm Monday, Dec. 10, the NPR favorite Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show and read by NPR’s Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. It’s followed at 8 pm by Chanukah in Story and Song with The Western Wind performing songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes. Then at 9 pm Friday, Dec. 21, it’s a new Paul Winter Solstice Concert from New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, featuring gospel singer Theresa Thomason, Mbira master Chris Berry and the Paul Winter Consort with a variety of singers and the cathedral’s pipe organ. At 7 pm Saturday, Dec. 22, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn features harpist Catriona McKay, fiddlers Chris Stout and Winifred Horan, and cellist Natalie Haas. Singers include Chieftains vocalist Alyth McCormick from Scotland, the four-part 6 PATTERNS • DECEMBER 2012

s Catriona McKay

harmonies of Navan and the vocals of Mick McAuley and Eamonn McElholm. Beginning at 8 pm Monday, Dec. 31, NPR’s Toast of the Nation takes you from coast to coast with four celebrations of midnight in different time zones. The party continues until 4 am. See program listings on pages 4-5 for the full lineup of holiday specials.

Focus Program notes WILL-AM’s Focus (10:06 am) for Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, will be replaced by holiday programming. On Dec. 26-28 and again on Dec. 31, listen for encore presentations of host Craig Cohen’s favorite Focus interviews.

FM 90.9 HD3

AM 580 Listener Comments: 217-333-0853 /

Monday–Friday NPR Morning Edition with Jim Meadows

5:00 6:00 6:30 7:00 9:00

BBC World Briefing Focus with Craig Cohen 10:00 NPR News 10:01 Holiday programming (12/24 & 12/25) From the Focus archives (12/26-12/28; 12/31)



BBC Overnight Continued Commodity Week Mid-American Gardener NPR Weekend Edition Car Talk

BBC World Service Inside Europe

Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me

Says You

Car Talk

NPR Weekend Edition

Fresh Air NPR News 11:01


State Week in Review


Commodity Week

The Afternoon Magazine with Craig Cohen


Travel with Rick Steves

On the Media

Talk of the Nation


This American Life

State of the Re:Union

The Closing Market Report NPR News 2:01


The Midnight Special

The Tavis Smiley Show

BBC Business Daily


The World


All Things Considered with Jeff Bossert


NPR All Things Considered

All Things Considered


The People’s Pharmacy

Keepin’ the Faith

6:00 7:00

Commonwealth Club Living on Earth

Focus with Craig Cohen (repeat of 10 am program)


Latino USA

This American Life To the Best of Our Knowledge


Left, Right & Center

On Point


Alternative Radio

New Dimensions



Le Show


New Letters on the Air

11:006 am

BBC World Service

NPR News 12:01

Fresh Air (repeat of 11 am program)

FOCUS BBC World Service

Wait Wait ...

BBC World Service

Bold Listing = National/International News

Agriculture Catch our interactive talk show with host Craig Cohen, live weekdays at 10:06 am, then continue the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Listen to archived programs anytime at

Weather Monday-Friday AM: 6:09, 6:20, 6:50, 7:09, 7:20, 7:39, 7:50, 8:09, 8:20, 8:39, 8:50 PM: 12:37, 4:06, 4:35, 5:06, 5:35 Saturday and Sunday Occasional updates

Dave Dickey, agriculture director; Todd Gleason, host, Closing Market Report & Commodity Week

Pre-Opening Market Report: 8:49 am; Opening Market Report: 9:49 am; Market Update: 10:58 and 11:58 am; Ag and Stock Market Report: 12:55 pm; Settlements: 1:58 pm; Closing Market Report: 2:06 pm. To listen to archived ag reports, sign up for the Illinois Public Media Ag E-newsletter, or download our agricultural podcasts, visit Call 217-333-3434 for market analysis, updated at 9:15 am and 3:15 pm daily.

Illinois Public Media News Craig Cohen, news and public affairs director

The news from Illinois Public Media’s award-winning staff of reporters — Jim Meadows, Jeff Bossert and Sean Powers—can be heard during Morning Edition, The Afternoon Magazine and All Things Considered.



WILL-TV Cooking—6-8 am; noon-2 pm

Sun and Wed: Caprial and John’s Kitchen: Cooking for Family and Friends; Taste This; Nick Stellino’s Family Kitchen; Art of Food with Wendy Brodie Mon and Fri: Taste of Louisiana; Bake, Decorate, Celebrate; Ciao Italia; P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table Tue and Thur: Joanne Weir Cooking Confidence; Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class; Chef’s A’Field Culinary Adventures; Christina Cooks

Travel—8-9 am; 2-3 pm

Sun and Wed: OpenRoad; Grannies on Safari Mon and Fri: Globe Trekker Tue and Thu: Wild Nevada/Smart Travels—Europe with Rudy Maxa (begins 12/18); In the Americas with David Yetman/Seasoned Traveler (begins 12/27)

Gardening/Home Improvement—9-11 am; 3-5 pm

Mon and Fri: This Old House; American Woodshop; P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home; B Organic with Michele Beschen

Tue and Thu: Woodwright’s Shop; Woodsmith Shop; Victory Garden; For Your Home Wed: Ask This Old House; Rough Cut with Tommy Mac; Garden Smart; Katie Brown Workshop Sun: Ask This Old House; Rough Cut with Tommy Mac; Growing a Greener World; Katie Brown Workshop

Arts and Crafts—5-6 am; 11-noon

Sun and Wed: It’s Sew Easy; Best of Simply Painting Across Europe Mon and Fri: Sewing with Nancy; Jerry Yarnell’s School of Fine Art Tue and Thu: Martha’s Sewing Room; Best of the Joy of Painting

Saturday Marathons—5-11 am; 5-11 pm Dec. 1: Sweet Ending Dec. 8: Gift of Giving Dec. 15: California Dreamin’ Dec. 22: Joy to the World Dec. 29: Midnight Celebration

See the full Create schedule at

Primetime Schedule Monday-Friday

9:00 PBS NewsHour 10:00 Nightly Business Report 10:30 Journal


7:00 The Spartans (12/31) 8:00 Jews & Christians (12/3, 12/10); Three Faiths, One God (12/17, 12/24); The Spartans (12/31) 11:00 God in America; Asian and Abrahamic Religions (12/24); The Spartans (12/31)


7:00 Aspen Institute Presents; Nature (12/25) 8:00 Nature 11:00 Nature


7:00 Independent Lens (12/12, 12/19, 12/26) 8:00 Frontline 11:00 Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics on Trial (12/5); Deadline Every Second: On Assign ment with 12 Associated Press Photogra phers (12/12); The John Robinson Story (12/19); Independent Lens (12/26) 11:30 Independent Lens (12/5)


7:00 Phoenix Mars Mission: Ashes to Ice (12/6); Secrets of the Dead (12/13); NOVA (12/20, 12/27) 8:00 Secrets of the Dead 11:00 NOVA

12.2 Fridays

7:00 Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon (12/28) 7:30 Global Voices (12/21) 8:00 How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin (12/7); Bhutan: Middle Path to Happiness (12/14); Iranian Americans (12/21); Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon (12/28) 11:00 American Masters: Lennon NYC (12/7); American Experience: The Amish (12/14); First Freedom: Fight for Religious Liberty (12/21); Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon (12/28)


7:00 Washington Week 7:30 McLaughlin Group 8:00 Need to Know 8:30 Inside Washington 9:00 The Dust Bowl (12/1, 12/8); Titanic with Len Goodman (12/15); Paris: The Luminous Years (12/22); American Masters: Joffrey Ballet (12/29) 10:00 Saving the Titanic (12/15) 10:30 Reverence: Life in the Ballet (12/29) 11:00 Moyers & Company


7:00 America Reframed (12/2, 12/23, 12/30) 9:00 Global Voices 10:00 POV (12/2); Global Voices (12/30) 10:30 Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics on Trial (12/9); Take 2 (12/16) 11:00 America Reframed (12/2, 12/23, 12/30)

See the full World schedule at


WILL-TV daytime

David Thiel, Program Director

Monday - Friday Market to Market (M) Nightly Business Report (T-F) Body Electric (M, W, F) Sit and Be Fit (T, Th) Clifford Martha Speaks Curious George/Clifford’s Really Big Movie (12/14); Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (12/25) The Cat in the Hat Super WHY!/The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas (12/25) Dinosaur Train Sesame Street Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood




Angelina Ballerina

French in Action


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood



Curious George

6:30 7:00

Curious George/Clifford’s Really Big Movie (12/15) The Cat in the Hat Super WHY!

7:30 8:00

Dinosaur Train Thomas & Friends

Dinosaur Train Cyberchase

8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30

Bob the Builder Sid the Science Kid Motorweek Growing a Greener World

Wild Kratts Electric Company SciGirls Moyers & Company

The Cat in the Hat Super WHY!/Clifford’s Really Big Movie (12/16)

Word World Barney & Friends

P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home 11:00 Mid-American Gardener 11:30 Victory Garden

America’s Heartland Market to Market

Super Why!

Noon America’s Test Kitchen

The McLaughlin Group

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

12:30 Cook's Country

eligion + Ethics R Newsweekly

Sewing Programs


Sid the Science Kid

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Painting and How To Programs


Martha Stewart’s Cooking School Pati’s Mexican Table

How To Programs 2:00 Arthur’s Perfect Christmas (12/25)

Sara’s Weeknight Meals

The Cat in the Hat


Clodagh’s Irish Food Trails

Arthur/The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas (12/25)


Rudy Maxa’s World


3:30 4:00 4:30

Heartland Highways

Wild Kratts Electric Company

BBC World News Nightly Business Report

5:00 5:30 6:00

Hometime This Old House Hour

Rick Steves’ Europe

SPECIALS 12/2 1:00, Tai Chi, Health & Harmony 2:00, Super Brain 3:30, Boundless Potential 5:00, Under the Streetlamp 12/9 1:00, Irish Rovers Christmas 2:30, Andy Williams Christmas 4:00, Celtic Woman—Believe 12/16 1:00, Rick Steves Special: Rome 2:00, Norway Passage 3:00, Great California Road Trips 3:30, Inspector George Gently 5:00, Hustle 6:00, Doctor Who 12/23 1:00, Christmas with Wartburg 2:00, National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012 3:00, European Christmas Market 3:30, Inspector George Gently 5:00, Hustle 6:00, Doctor Who 12/30 1:00, Smithville Fiddlers 2:00, 2011 Blues Music Awards 3:30, Inspector George Gently 5:00, Hustle 6:00, Downton Abbey Revisited

See above Lawrence Welk PBS NewsHour Programming will vary during the pledge drive Dec. 1-9. Please see listings. 1:00 pm Sewing M: Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Tu: Sewing with Nancy W: Knitting Daily Th: Sew It All F: It’s Sew Easy

1:30 pm Painting and How To M: Best of Joy of Painting Tu: Paint This with Jerry Yarnell W: Beauty of Oil Painting Th: Painting with Paulson F: Beads, Baubles and Jewels

2:00 pm How To M: Woodsmith Shop Tu: Wai Lana Yoga W: Garden Smart Th: Jazzy Vegetarian/ B Organic (begins 12/20) F: Woodwright’s Shop


Exploring freedom of religious choice Learn how the Founding Fathers raised the ideal of religious freedom to the level of a fundamental human right—told through re-enactments, the Founding Fathers’ own words and the commentary of key experts. First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty (7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 18) profiles the lives and times of the colonial Americans who codified freedom of conscience for the first time in human history as an inalienable right protected by law.

Glass as art Chihuly Outside covers nearly half a century of Dale Chihuly’s epic outdoor installations, from his first experiments with floating glass on water and his early work at Art Park in upstate New York to his exploration of large-scale installations at 12 of the world’s preeminent botanic gardens and conservatories. It airs at 9 pm Monday, Dec. 17.

Reinventing dance

Making a list and checking it twice Antiques Roadshow: Greatest Gifts (7 pm Monday, Dec. 17) features items that guests received as presents— a Louis Comfort Tiffany necklace and a Fender bass guitar, for example—that turned out to be valuable and notable. Consider these memorable gifts for your own holiday wish list. 10 PATTERNS • DECEMBER 2012

American Masters uncovers the story of the new dance philosophy of founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino that combined modern and traditional techniques. Featuring the work of choreographers Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington, along with interviews and rare archival performance footage, The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance showcases the company from 1956 to today. It airs at 8 pm Friday, Dec. 28.

december tv features Finding humor in politics A new documentary pays tribute to humorist Mark Russell’s insights on politics and society, including presidential campaigns, congressional antics and defining moments from the IranContra affair, the first Gulf War and the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Mark Russell’s America (8 pm Tuesday, Dec. 25) features clips from his more than 100 public television specials and a present-day interview where Russell reminisces about his 30-year career.

Sausages and socialization Breakfast Special 2: Revenge of the Omelets celebrates some great breakfast spots—Big Ed’s in Raleigh, N.C.; Post Road Diner in Norwalk, Conn.; and Square Cafe and Hot Metal Diner in Pittsburgh, Penn., plus three others. This sequel airs at 7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 25.


WILL-TV Friday Night Public Affairs 7:00 Washington Week 7:30 Need to Know

BritCom Saturday Night 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:15

As Time Goes By Waiting for God Keeping Up Appearances To the Manor Born Red Green Show Doctor Who Doctor Who Confidential

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Trains Around North America

Earth Songs 60s Pop, Rock & Soul Irish Rovers Christmas Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows 7:00 Last of the Summer Wine Marathon See article page 3. 9:00 To The Manor Born 25th Anniversary Special. A confession mobilizes Audrey to defend a community, safeguard 400 years of history and save her marriage. 10:30 Doctor Who Christmas Special 2011: The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe. Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel and her kindness is repaid years later.

2Sunday 1:00 Tai Chi, Health and Happiness with DavidDorian Ross 2:00 Super Brain with Dr. Rudy Tanzi 3:30 Boundless Potential with Mark Walton 5:00 Under the Streetlamp 6:30 The Tenors: Lead with Your Heart See article page 1. Repeated 1:30 am Monday. 8:00 Masterpiece Classic (TV-14) Downton Abbey, Series II. Part 1 of 7. Two years into World War I, Downton Abbey is in turmoil, as young men go to war or avoid it. 10:30 Earth Songs (TV-G) Inspiring poetry and stunning video footage of Patagonia, the Caribbean, Iceland, Peru, New Zealand and other locations.

3Monday 7:00 Celtic Woman—Believe (TV-G) Classic Irish songs, timeless pop tunes and inspiring music for the entire family. Repeated midnight Wednesday; and 4 pm Sunday. 9:00 Irish Rovers Christmas (TV-G) A spirited set of fun-loving holiday tunes in a brand-new special. Repeated midnight Tuesday; 1:30 am Thursday; and 1 pm Sunday.


10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 American Masters (TV-PG) Johnny Carson: King of Late Night. Interviews with family, colleagues and stars combine with unprecedented access to Carson’s personal and professional archives to offer a revealing look at the star. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Nature (TV-G) (DVS) Animal Odd Couples. Nature investigates the concept of animal emotions. Repeated midnight Thursday. 8:30 Viewer’s Favorite from the Pledge Drive 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Jubilee (TV-G) Kilborn Alley Blues Band. Catch this local band in a performance from the 2010 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival in Henderson, Ky. 8:00 Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live (TV-PG) See article page 1. Repeated midnight Friday; 10:30 pm Saturday; and 1:30 am Sunday. 9:30 Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session (TV-G) The famed 1983 live jam session with two of the greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar. Repeated 1:30 am Friday; and midnight Sunday. 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Washington Week 7:30 Illinois Lawmakers 8:00 Doo Wop Discoveries (TV-G) Never-before-broadcast performances by The Del Vikings, The Clovers, The Drifters, Larry Chance & The Earls, The Harptones, and many more. Repeated midnight and 5 pm Saturday. 10:00 Motown: Big Hits and More (TV-G) Extended stereo mixes of the label’s biggest hits, b-sides, album cuts and radio classics from The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Miracles, Martha & The Vandellas and others. Repeated 2 am Saturday.

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Super Brain with Dr. Rudy Tanzi Boundless Potential with Mark Walton Earth Songs Under the Streetlamp Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows

WILL-TV 5:00 Doo Wop Discoveries 7:00 Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Cameron Mackintosh’s concert features more than 300 actors and musicians, including Alfie Boe, Nick Jonas, Jenny Galloway and Camilla Kerslake, as well as members of original 1985 London cast. 10:30 Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live (TV-PG) Repeated from 8 pm Thursday.


1:00 Irish Rovers Christmas 2:30 Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows 4:00 Celtic Woman—Believe 6:00 Rick Steves’ Europe Marathon The travel expert showcases Rome, Paris and London. 8:00 Masterpiece Classic (TV-PG) Downton Abbey, Series II. Part 2 of 7. Downton is turned into a convalescent home; Lavinia and Sir Richard’s secret comes out; Anna tracks down Bates and Branson seizes his chance to strike a blow for Ireland. Repeated midnight Monday; and 3 am Tuesday. 9:15 Masterpiece Classic (TV-PG) Downton Abbey, Series II. Part 3 of 7. Isobel and Cora lock horns; Mrs. Bird starts a soup kitchen; Matthew and William embark on a perilous patrol behind German lines. Repeated 1 am Monday; and 4 am Tuesday. 10:30 Downton Abbey Revisited Savor great moments from the series’ first two seasons, along with cast interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage and a sneak peek at what’s coming next season. Repeated 1 am 12/26; 7:30 pm 12/27; 2:30 am 12/29; 3 am and 6 pm 12/30; and 3:30 am 12/31.

10Monday 7:00 Antiques Roadshow (TV-G) Orlando, Fla. Part 1 of 3. Repeated 1 am Tuesday; 4 am Wednesday; 4 am Friday; and 7 pm Saturday.

8:00 Market Warriors (TV-PG) Antiquing In Pasadena, Calif. The pickers are challenged to find Native American wares that will be auctioned at Baker Auction in Denver. Repeated midnight Tuesday; 3 am Saturday; and 4 am 12/17. 9:00 Sierra #3 Locomotive: A Star Is Reborn (TV-G) A chronicle of the restoration of one of the oldest operating steam locomotives in the U.S., featured in more than 100 movies and television productions over 90 years. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Saving the Titanic (TV-PG) Personal stories of bravery of the nine members of the ship’s engineering crew who fought courageously to keep the power systems running. Repeated midnight Wednesday; and 3 am Thursday. 8:00 Titanic with Len Goodman (TV-PG) The Dancing with the Stars judge explores the ship’s 100-year legacy, including stories of victims’ modern-day descendants. Repeated 1 am Wednesday; and 4 am Thursday. 9:00 Frontline The Undertaking. Michigan poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch offers insight into the ways that Americans cope with life, death and grief. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Nature (TV-PG) (DVS) Revealing the Leopard. Learn how leopards, which hunt from South Africa to Siberia and from Arabia to Sri Lanka, rarely move without a completely premeditated predator strategy. Repeated midnight Thursday.

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WILL-TV 8:00 NOVA (TV-G) (DVS) Secrets of Stonehenge. New investigations offer fresh discovery and debate as researchers find important clues about Stonehenge’s meaning in the landscape surrounding it. Repeated 1 am Thursday. 9:00 Secrets of the Dead (TV-PG) (DVS) China’s Terracotta Warriors. Explore new information on the extraordinary story of China’s 8,000 terracotta warriors, made two centuries before the birth of Christ. Repeated 2 am Thursday; and 3 am Friday. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose

13Thursday 7:00 Mid-American Gardener (TV-G) Repeated 11 am Saturday. 7:30 Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid (TV-G) In the state of Veracruz, Mexico, this orchid is still cultivated on small farms and forest remnants by the same indigenous people who have been growing it for centuries. 8:00 Live from Lincoln Center (TV-G) Richard Tucker Opera Gala. See article page 1. Repeated 1 am Friday; and 2 am Monday. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Friday Night Public Affairs See page 12. 8:00 Great Performances (TV-PG) The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour Revisited. See article page 1. Repeated 1 am Saturday; and 3 am Sunday. 9:00 Great Performances (TV-PG) The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. Repeated 2 am Saturday; 4 am Sunday; and 10 pm 12/31. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Antiques Roadshow (TV-G) Orlando, Fla. Part 1 of 3. Repeated from 7 pm Monday. 8:00 BritCom Saturday Night See page 12. 11:30 Austin City Limits (TV-PG) Monsters of Folk.

16Sunday 7:00 Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas See article page 17. 8:00 Masterpiece Classic (TV-PG) Downton Abbey, Series II. Part 4 of 7. In the war, Matthew and William go over the top to an uncertain fate. Vera plays a cruel endgame with Bates and Anna, while Daisy faces the most severe test of her life. Repeated midnight Monday; and 3 am Tuesday. 9:00 Masterpiece Classic (TV-PG) Downton Abbey, Series II. Part 5 of 7. As the


war nears its end, Downton’s aristocrats and servants put their lives back together. Mary and Sir Richard go estate hunting, and a mysterious wounded officer makes a revelation. Repeated 1 am Monday; and 4 am Tuesday. 10:00 Roadtrip Nation (TV-PG) Portland–Cambridge. Meet Brooklyn, Elliot and Nekeed, a team of Roadtrippers who are searching for something bigger in life. They interview Brother Stavros, co-founder of the New Skete monastery in New York. 10:30 Roadtrip Nation (TV-PG) Boston–New York City. The team visits MIT Media Lab and the USA Shaolin Temple and meet the creators of sOccket, along with the co-founder of Bamboo Bike Studio. 11:00 Woodsongs (TV-G) Celebrations of the Ozarks and Arkansas.


7:00 Antiques Roadshow (TV-G) Greatest Gifts. See article page 10. Repeated 1 am Tuesday; 1 am Friday; and 7 pm Saturday. 8:00 Market Warriors (TV-PG) Antiquing In New Milford, Conn. The pickers are challenged to find metal objects at the weekly Elephant Trunk Country Flea Market. Repeated midnight Tuesday; and 4 am Monday. 9:00 Chihuly Outside See article page 10. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty (TV-PG) (DVS) See article page 10. Repeated 3 am Thursday; and 2 am Friday. 8:30 Iranian Americans The underreported history of a group of immigrants finding refuge, overcoming adversity and ultimately creating new lives in the United States. Repeated 1:30 am Wednesday; and 3:30 am Friday. 9:30 Frontline From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians. Part 1 of 2. The many ways that Christians have interpreted Jesus and his teachings. 11:30 Charlie Rose


7:00 Nature (TV-G) Christmas In Yellowstone. As snow falls, breathtaking landscapes frame scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters. Repeated midnight Thursday. 8:00 NOVA (TV-G) (DVS) Riddles of the Sphinx. An expert team of archeologists carries out experiments that reveal the techniques and labor invested in the carving of this gigantic sculpture, plus new discoveries about the people who built the Sphinx. Repeated 1 am Thursday. 9:00 NOVA (TV-G) (DVS) Building Pharaoh’s Ship. Archeologists and boat builders reconstruct a mighty trading vessel shown on a mysterious carving, and

WILL-TV launch it in the Red Sea. Repeated 2 am Thursday; and 3 am Saturday. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Mid-American Gardener (Specials) (TV-G) Repeated 11 am Saturday. 7:30 European Christmas Markets (TV-G) Travel through Germany, France and Switzerland to visit their charming markets, accompanied by music of the Kingston Trio. Repeated 3 pm Sunday. 8:00 Hustle Cops and Robbers. Mickey is blackmailed by a former cop-turned-bank security manager. Repeated 5 pm Sunday. 9:00 Inspector George Gently (TV-G) Gently in the Blood. Gently and Bacchus are investigating the trade in fake passports when the body of a young civil servant, employed at the passport office, is found by the sea. Repeated 3:30 pm Sunday. 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Friday Night Public Affairs See page 12. 8:00 Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn See article page 2. Repeated 1 am Saturday; 3 am Sunday; 8 pm Monday; and midnight Tuesday. 9:00 Christmas at Belmont (TV-G) Belmont University’s School of Music celebrates with familiar carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. Repeated 2 am Saturday; 4 am Sunday; and 2 am Monday. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


8:00 BritCom Saturday Night See page 12.


7:00 The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas See article page 17. 8:00 Masterpiece Classic (TV-PG) Downton Abbey, Series II. Part 6 of 7. The Spanish flu strikes Downton; Mary, Sybil and Robert each confront a moment of truth while Anna and Bates know a moment of happiness. Repeated midnight Monday; and 3 am Tuesday. 10:00 Roadtrip Nation (TV-PG) Philadelphia–Chicago. The team meets Rosemarie Certo, the owner of Dock Street Brewing Co., and Grammy Award-winning children’s folk singer Ella Jenkins. 10:30 Roadtrip Nation (TV-PG) St. Louis–Bay Area. The group talks with St. Louis City Museum founder and creator Bob Cassilly, then sought-after expedition photographer Jimmy Chin. 11:00 Woodsongs (TV-G) Gary Biscuitz Davis & The Hackensaw Boys.


7:00 Antiques Roadshow (TV-G) Orlando, Fla. Part 2 of 3. Repeated 1 am Tuesday; 4 am Thursday; and 3 am and 7 pm Saturday. 8:00 Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn See article page 2. Repeated from 8 pm Friday. 9:00 Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy (TV-G) The annual Christmas concert of the internationally acclaimed choirs of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Repeated 2 am Tuesday; and 4 am Wednesday. 10:00 Purdue Christmas Show 2011 (TV-G) A cast of more than 250 Purdue University student performers fill the campus’ 6,000-seat Elliott Hall of Music with the sights, sounds and spirit of the holidays.

7:00 Antiques Roadshow (TV-G) Greatest Gifts. Repeated from 7 pm Monday.


WILL-TV 11:00 Winter Voices: An A Cappella Holiday (TV-G) This WILL-TV production features a cappella musical groups from Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Decatur and Springfield performing 20 holiday selections.

25Tuesday 7:00 Breakfast Special 2: Revenge of the Omelets (TV-G) See article page 11. 8:00 Mark Russell’s America (TV-G) See article page 11. 9:00 Frontline From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians. Part 2 of 2. The many ways that Christians have interpreted Jesus and his teachings. 11:00 Newsline 11:30 Charlie Rose


7:00 Nature (TV-PG) (DVS) Wild Balkans. The thick forests, vast wetlands and deep chasms of Middle Europe’s Balkans guard wild animals that have all but vanished from the rest of Europe. Repeated midnight Thursday; and 2 am Friday. 8:00 NOVA (TV-G) (DVS) Building The Great Cathedrals. To save Gothic cathedrals, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists discover the hidden formulas of how these architectural marvels were built. Repeated 1 am Thursday; and 3 am Friday. 9:00 NOVA (TV-G) (DVS) Quest for Solomon’s Mines. Two groundbreaking expeditions expose new clues that illuminate the legend of Solomon and reveal the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty Biblical kingdoms. Repeated 2 am Thursday; and 4 am Friday. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Mid-American Gardener (Specials) (TV-G) Repeated 11 am Saturday. 7:30 Downton Abbey Revisited Savor great moments from the series’ first two seasons, along with cast interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage and a sneak peek at what’s in store for next season. Repeated from 8 pm Friday. 9:00 Inspector George Gently (TV-G) Gently Through The Mill. The manager of a mill is found hanged after an apparent suicide, but money is missing from the office safe and Gently suspects foul play. Repeated 3:30 pm Sunday. 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


28Friday 7:00 Friday Night Public Affairs See page 12. 8:00 American Masters (TV-PG) Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance. See article page 11. Repeated 1 am Saturday; and 2 am Monday. 9:30 Restaging Shelter (TV-G) A chronicle of the artistic process of the Urban Bush Women and their founding director, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, as they reconstruct Zollar’s master work, Shelter, for the Virginia Commonwealth University dance program. 10:00 Last of the Summer Wine 10:30 Newsline 11:00 Charlie Rose


7:00 Antiques Roadshow (TV-G) Orlando, Fla. Part 2 of 3. Repeated from 7 pm Monday. 8:00 BritCom Saturday Night See page 12. 11:30 Austin City Limits (TV-PG) Sonic Youth/The Black Keys.


6:30 Call the Midwife Special A just-added holiday episode in follow-up to the first season of this new series. 8:00 Masterpiece Classic (TV-PG) Downton Abbey, Series II. Part 7 of 7. In the finale of season two, the family gathers at Downton Abbey for Christmas. Repeated midnight Monday. 10:00 Roadtrip Nation (TV-PG) Los Angeles. The group of travelers interviews an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a curator at Griffith Observatory. 10:30 Roadtrip Nation (TV-PG) In-Studio Interviews: David Bader and Milena Acosta. Roadtripper alumni interview education outreach supervisors at the Aquarium of the Pacific. 11:00 Woodsongs (TV-G) The McEuens & The Snyder Family Band.

31Monday 7:00 Live from Lincoln Center (TV-G) New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve. See article page 17. Repeated 8:30 pm. 8:30 Live from Lincoln Center (TV-G) New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve. Repeated from 7 pm. 10:00 Great Performances The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. Repeated from 9 pm 12/14. 11:00 Live from the Artist’s Den Norah Jones.


Holiday specials with Curious George and The Cat in the Hat George and The Man with The Yellow Hat are puzzled about what to give each other for a Christmas gift. The Man is having trouble reading George’s wish list and George doesn’t have a clue about what to get for The Man who has everything. Will they be able to find the answers before Christmas morning? Find out when Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas airs at 7 pm Sunday, Dec. 16. Then in a new special, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas (7 pm Sunday, Dec. 23), the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they must depend on a variety of animals—and their remarkable abilities—to help them make an amazing journey home.

Celebrating a

musical legend An all-star celebration of the life and work of composer Marvin Hamlisch is the focus of the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve from Live at Lincoln Center at 7 pm Monday, Dec. 31. Hamlisch, who died in August, won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards in addition to receiving the Pulitzer Prize for A Chorus Line.


membership news & events

s Left: Renee Montagne from NPR’s Morning Edition. Inset: Garrison Keillor from Prairie Home Companion.

Radio Programming 101 By Bob Culkeen, WILL Station Manager Part of my job as station manager is making sure that we’re continually evaluating our radio schedule with the goal of delivering the finest available programs to our listeners. We look at program offers, audience suggestions and support, program performance, value, diversity and balance, staff input, program cost and our budget. We’re fortunate to be able to choose from offerings of National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, the British Broadcasting Corporation, independent sources and other public radio stations, as well as our WILL-produced programs. I, along with other staff members, listen to the programs, research information about the potential audience and analyze other aspects of the programs to make our decisions. In some cases, rather than airing a complete national series, we select individual, premium programs to make up a series that we program ourselves, such as The Evening Concert on WILL-FM, made 18 PATTERNS • DECEMBER 2012

up of concerts from the best orchestras around the world and in central Illinois. While we receive some of our programs free of charge, we must pay for many of them. These fees are part of what your financial support of WILL Radio helps to take care of. A few examples of annual program costs include: • Morning Edition and Weekend Edition $89,358 • Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me $5,982 • BBC World Service $9,958 • Prairie Home Companion $12,518 • This American Life $875 • Car Talk $20,967 We’ve been making changes over the past few months to strengthen our radio schedule. When looking for a companion weekday program for WILL-AM’s Focus, we elected to move Fresh Air to 11 am. This created a balanced block of news and informational programs, and allowed us to air Fresh Air live. In the past we’ve received numerous audience requests for us to air NPR’s Talk of the Nation. By moving Fresh Air, we were able to add Talk of the Nation to our schedule at 1 pm weekdays. We recently added State of the Re:Union (see accompanying article) at 1 pm Sundays. In an effort to build a larger audience on the

FM side of the dial, we moved Live and Local to 4 pm, which created a block of related programs. Before this move, the FM format shifted from talk to music throughout the day. We hope you’re enjoying these changes. During our successful fall pledge drive, we received a number of positive comments about our programming and recent additions. Thank you for your comments and continued support of Illinois Public Media and the WILL stations. Please keep in touch by dropping me an email with your feedback or suggestions to

State of the Re:Union joins AM schedule The current narrative of our nation, says Al Letson, is that things are falling apart. And yet, when you zoom in close, you see that everyday people are doing extraordinary work to help each other, to engage their community and to overcome obstacles. That’s what State of the Re:Union, produced by Letson and airing at 1 pm Sundays on WILL-AM 580, is all about—telling those stories about the dreamers and doers in cities and towns across America. State of the Re:Union was created by Letson as an entry in the Public Radio Talent Quest, which aimed to identify a new generation of public radio on-air talent. The show was one of two winners awarded start-up funding, and Letson has produced four seasons of programs that look at how a particular American city or town creates community, the ways people transcend challenging circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that give an area its uniqueness. For more information, visit

Gifts for all seasons At WILL, we tend to think primarily of membership gifts. The average single gift to WILL is a little more than $100. That number has remained stable for several years. We’re grateful for nearly 13,000 Friends of WILL whose gifts of all sizes keep our operating budget humming. Private support (from individuals and businesses, primarily from individuals) makes up more than 40 percent of our budget each year. Have you ever wondered, apart from your annual gift, what you can do for WILL? You might consider a gift of appreciated stock. Making a gift of stock you’ve owned for some time—that has increased in value—would translate into capital gains tax liability if sold. But, stock can make a very effective gift to a nonprofit organization like WILL. From a tax planning standpoint, it may in fact be better to give appreciated securities rather than make gifts of cash. If you give stock directly to a nonprofit like WILL/Illinois Public Media, the organization receives the full market value of the gift—no capital gains tax is assessed. Such a gift may allow you to make a donation bigger than you may have considered possible. If you own appreciated stock that you don’t have to rely on for your own income, please consider making a gift of stock for WILL. Please consult your tax or financial professional about tax-savvy ways to make gifts, or call Danda Beard at WILL, 217-333-9393.


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s Top left: 13th Congressional District Debate in WILL-TV studio on Nov. 1; Top right: Cara Maurizi in Words in the Wind, a fundraiser for Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project on Nov. 1; Bottom right: Community Content and Engagement Director Kimberlie Kranich works with a student in Champaign’s Stratton Leadership and Microsociety Magnet School’s Digital Media Lab; Bottom left: a Stratton student works with digital video equipment.

Send us your recipes that wow your family What are your favorite dishes to prepare and share with your family? What are your go-to recipes that draw compliments from young, old and everyone in between? Send us your family dinner recipes for WILL-TV’s cookbook we’ll create in conjunction with our March 4 cooking special, Family Dinner Favorites. During the show, we’ll use some submitted family dinner recipes to demonstrate how you can use local ingredients all year long in your favorite dishes. You could even be selected to prepare your recipe on the show with host Lisa Bralts, Illinois Public Media marketing director, whose series about local foods, In My Backyard, airs on 20 PATTERNS • DECEMBER 2012

WILL-AM 580. Lisa is also former director of Urbana’s Market at the Square. All the recipes will be compiled into a cookbook that will be a thank-you gift for supporting WILL during the March TV membership drive. If you’d also like to appear as a cook on the show, please include an explanation of why you’d like to participate. Email your recipes for appetizers, main dishes, sides or desserts to or mail them to Recipes, WILL-TV, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801. For more information, call Stacey Rudolph at 800-898-1065.

Hats off to the businesses who joined our list of underwriters in 2012 2012 was a great year of support for the WILL stations from our business community. Across central Illinois, businesses of all types and sizes—from sole proprietorships to local offices of national corporations—come together to help bring you the outstanding programs on WILL-AM, WILL-FM, WILL-TV and WILL online, along with special projects in news, community engagement and educational outreach. Among this group are numerous program underwriters who have joined us for the first time this year. We thank the following businesses for their new commitment of support to public media, and ask you to do the same when you work with these organizations.

Thank you! Amara Yoga & Arts Antiques, Crafts & More Asahel Gridley Antique Shop Bacon & Van Buskirk Glass Company Barham Benefit Group Black Dog Smoke and Ale House Blossom Basket Florist Boulder Designs/Border Magic Bridle Brook CenterPoint Communications/ Union of Concerned Scientists Central Illinois Antique Dealers Association Champaign County Historical Museum Champaign County Mental Health Board Champaign Public Library Charleston Community Theater Chesser Financial Cline Center for Democracy Country Financial/Scott Jackson Country Insurance & Financial Services Doyle Law Team Dynagraphics/Fast Impressions Effingham Performance Center First Advisors Financial Group, LLC First Bank (Savoy division)

Generations of Hope Google/GAB America Business Illini Pella Windows, Inc. Illinois State Bar Association James Blachly Karen’s Kloset Kyle McGinnis CPA Meyer Drapery Services, Inc. Pars Rug Gallery Pioneer Hi-Bred PNC Wealth Management Prairieland Feeds Preservation Emporium Shelby Motors Steel Star Metal Roofing & Siding Technology Entrepreneur Center The Little Gym Thomas, Mamer & Haughey Total Grain Marketing U of I Department of Physics U of I College of Engineering University Laboratory High School University YMCA Wesley United Methodist Church and Student Foundation

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