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New Programs Premiere in the Winter Pledge Drive

November 28 – December 3 (Week 1)

All Programs Below are Listed in Chronological Order & Air on Ch. 5.1 & Ch.9.1:

PBS Arts Fall Festival

Ch.5.1 – Friday 11/28 at 9:00 pm; Sunday 12/7 at 6:00 pm; Sunday12/28 at 3:30 pm; Monday 12/29 at 8:30 pm
Ch.9.1 – Sunday 11/30 at 5:00 pm; Saturday 12/6 at 10:30 pm

Emmy & Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home – to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that is – to perform music from her career. With a classically trained voice set off by a gift for acting and comedy, Chenoweth appears at a state-of-the-art theater that now bears her name, performing Broadway, television and film songs like “Popular” and “For Good” from Wicked, songs from her acclaimed performances on “Glee” and beloved music from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and many more.

book-90-fw_JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Secret

Ch. 5.1 – Saturday, 11/29 at 9:30 am and Saturday, 12/6 at 6:00 am

Most people know that sugar is bad for them, but few know sugar can actually be the real cause of inflammation, bloating, metabolic disorders, fatigue, and weight gain. JJ Virgin shows viewers how to lower their sugar impact which helps retrain taste buds, restore sugar sensitivity, heal the digestive tract, and rev up the metabolism, turning sugar burners into fat burners and promoting weight loss.


Ch.5.1 – Saturday 11/29 at 3:30 pm; Thursday 12/4 at 7:00 pm; Saturday 12/13 at 3:30 pm;
Saturday 12/27 at 10:30 am
Ch.9.1 – Friday 12/26 at 7:00 pm

Travel across Europe for a delightful sampling of some of the most dramatic and fascinating railway journeys in the world. From the frozen wastes of Norway to the sunny shores of the Italian Adriatic coast, and up to Scotland, host Julian Davison guides viewers through breathtaking scenery, providing cultural and historical insights along the way.


Ch.5.1 – Saturday 11/29 at 6:00 pm; Saturday 12/27 at 6:00 pm
Ch.9.1 – Thursday 12/4 at 10:30 pm; Tuesday 12/30 at 7:00 pm

Treat yourself to a big dose of laughter and hilarious routines from the master of music and comedy. Host Itzhak Perlman presents the legendary performer’s funniest and most memorable skits.


Ch. 5.1 – Saturday 11/29 at 7:30 pm; Tuesday 12/2 at 7:00 pm; Sunday 12/7 at 10:30 pm; Saturday 12/27 at 12:00 pm; Monday 12/29 at 7:00 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Saturday 12/6 at 6:30 pm

Join Nick Clooney on a tour of the Golden Age of movie musicals sure to leave you singing for days. Featuring performances by Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Elvis Presley, James Cagney and more.


Ch. 9.1 – Saturday 11/29 at 8:30 pm
Ch. 5.1 – Wednesday 12/3 at 9:30 pm

Thrill to the soaring voices of the angelic Evancho and Cheyenne Jackson in a live concert at Pennsylvania’s magnificent Longwood Gardens, with performances from the classical canon, along with uplifting sacred music, Broadway tunes and pop songs.


Ch.5.1 – Saturday 11/29 at 9:00 pm; Monday 12/1 at 8:30 pm; Saturday 12/6 at
9:00 pm; Saturday 12/27 at 3:00 pm
Ch.9.1 – 11/30 at 8:30 pm; 12/28 at 7:00 pm

Celebrate the impact of the trio that provided America’s soundtrack for generations and combined artistry with activism for five decades.

A1_Main_RascalsROCK REWIND 1965-1967 (MY MUSIC)

Ch. 5.1 – Sunday 11/30 at 6:00 pm; Thursday 12/4 at 8:30 pm; Saturday 12/13 at 9:30 pm; Saturday 12/27 at 1:30 pm; Wednesday 12/31 at 9:00 pm

Join host Adam West (Batman) to celebrate fun, romance and good times with classic songs from The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Byrds, The Righteous Brothers, The Rascals and more.


Ch. 5.1 – Sunday 11/30 at 7:30 pm; Sunday 11/30 at 9:00 pm; Monday, 12/1 at
10:30 pm; Sunday 12/7 at 9:00 pm; Friday 12/19 at 10:30 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Monday 12/15 at 8:30 pm

Relive treasured moments from Downton Abbey’s first 4 seasons and get a tantalizing preview of what’s in store for the Crawleys and the staff in Season 5. Video clips, cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage help answer some burning questions: Is Lady Mary ready for romance? Did Mr. Bates kill Mr. Green? What will become of Edith’s baby? Carson and Mrs. Hughes — will they or won’t they? Celebrate the joys, triumphs and intrigue taking place at Downton Abbey — upstairs and down. Bernadette Peters hosts.

1833_MoranANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Junk in the Trunk 4 (Hours 1 & 2)”

Part 1 – Ch. 5.1 – Monday 12/1 at 7:00 pm & Monday 12/8 at 8:30 pm
Part 2 – Ch. 5.1 – Monday 12/15 at 7:00 pm & Sunday 12/21 at 12:00 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Wednesday, 12/17 at 9:00 pm

There are even more NEW appraisals to share from the 8 cities it visited during its newly expanded 2014 Season 18 tour, 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; 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; Julia Child’s copper pans, ca. 1960, that Child used on her TV show (photo); & a German violin with a Sartory bow that is appraised for $25,000 to $27,000, with $20,000 of the value in the bow alone.

A1_Main_Bing Crosby_credit_UniversalAMERICAN MASTERS “Bing Crosby Rediscovered”

Ch. 5.1 – Tuesday, 12/2 at 8:30 pm

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.


Ch. 5.1 – Wednesday 12/3 at 7:00 pm; Sunday 12/7 at 9:30 am
Ch. 9.1 – Saturday 12/6 at 8:00 pm

A compilation of the most compelling, emotional and even humorous stories about bird behavior, intelligence and flight from the NATURE archives. This special presentation draws from 16 notable films, including the Emmy-award winning “My Life as a Turkey” and “An Original DUCKumentary,” as well as 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.

1 Neil Armstrong NASA PortraitNOVA “First Man on the Moon”

Ch. 5.1 – Wednesday 12/3 at 8:00 pm and Sunday 12/7 at 10:30 am
Ch. 9.1 – Saturday 12/6 at 9:00 pm

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.

DOWNTON ABBEY: Season 5 – Special Preview Screening!



Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00pm
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Downton Abbey inspired costumes encouraged.

Call (505) 988-1234 to get your ticket.
For more information call (505) 277-2121

Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by:


A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production

This screening is sponsored by:


Downton Abbey Season 5 premieres January 4 at 8:00pm on KNME-TV.
For DVDs and more Downton Abbey items, visit

Election 2014 Live Coverage – Thank You Student Crew!

New Mexico PBS has the best student crew in the world as evidenced by their hard work and dedication during last night’s Live Election 2014 Coverage. Here’s some photos of the staff & crew hard at work Election Day 2014. Thank you especially to Multimedia Assistant Elizabeth Gamez and Student Aaron Anglin for the tweets and photos.

Special thanks to our partners, KUNM @KUNMnews, UNM’s New Mexico News Port @NMNewsPort, the UNM Daily Lobo’s weekly online newscast The Howl @TheHowlNM, New Mexico Telegram @NMTelegram, New Mexico In Depth @NMInDepth, New Mexico Watchdog @NMwatchdog, and the Santa Fe Reporter @SantaFeReporter.

Native American Heritage Month Programs

Nov. 6 – 13

New Mexico PBS has a dynamic line-up of four new programs commemorating Native American Heritage Month, airing November 5 – 13. Many of this month’s programs focus directly on various Native peoples living in New Mexico or the American Southwest.
The various shows below are presented in chronological order:

FeaturedVeterans1WARRIORS RETURN
Thursday 11/6 7:00 pm

Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home. Viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy are helping these warriors return.

Thursday 11/6 at 7:30 pm

This program is a conversation among members of the Lakota, who are seeking ways to restore their culture after a legacy of colonialism. Offering a fresh perspective into the lives of the Sioux on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, the film looks at how these Sioux communities struggle to maintain tradition, while confronting the challenges of broken families, abuse, and poverty. By sharing their stories across generations, they hope to build a vision for the future.

Saturday 11/8 at 11:00 pm

This documentary celebrates the spectacular beadwork of the Northwest Plateau People. The film provides a rare opportunity to experience Plateau culture through the eyes and hearts of artists, who share their history, motivation, and the beadwork that plays an important role in binding their culture together. Native Plateau beadwork is part of the rich tapestry of American culture. Plateau culture is unique and its story of survival a quintessentially American story.

A1_Main_Indian101_001LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101
Thursday 11/13 at 7:00 pm

This documentary profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris. President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course, called “Indian 101,” was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. In addition to her work in civil rights, world peace, the environment and women’s rights, Harris is best known for introducing landmark legislation.

Veterans’ Day Commemoration Programs

Nov. 6 – 11

New Mexico PBS has a dynamic line-up of programs commemorating Veterans’ Day – Nov. 11.
The programs will air November 6 – 11, and are presented in chronological order:

FeaturedVeterans1WARRIORS RETURN
7:00 pm Thursday 11/6

Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home. Viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy are helping these warriors return.

ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops - Backstage And AudienceA SALUTE TO THE TROOPS: IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE
7:00 pm Friday 11/7

President and Mrs. Obama host a PBS music special from the White House, with an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States. Performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and active duty military members U.S. Army Sgt. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer. There also will be a performance by Daughtry via satellite of their USO concert at Yokota Air Base in Japan, as well as a live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

8:00 pm Tuesday 11/11

Premiering on Veterans’ Day, this 2-hour special program recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandoes of the Deep” through firsthand accounts — including that of a D-Day demolition team member — and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementoes. Admirals, master chiefs, clandestine operators, demolitioneers and snipers reveal how US Navy SEALs morphed into the world’s most admired commandoes.

1_BATAAN.Pedro-Pete-Gonzalez by a picture of himself (in foreground, left, black pants) in Bataan death march.Photo-Evy Todd-NM PBSBATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION
10:00 pm Tuesday 11/11

A New Mexico PBS Production — On December 15, 2011, honoring the 70th anniversary of the fall of Bataan and the subsequent death march, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) proposed S .2004, legislation to grant the Congressional Gold Medal to the troops who defended Bataan during World War II. The next day, Congressman Martin Heinrich (D-NM) proposed its counterpart in the House of Representatives H.R. 3712. One inspiration for this action was the documentary TRAGEDY OF BATAAN. New Mexico PBS produced a program with some of the N.M. survivors of the surrenders of Bataan and Corregidor, their first-hand accounts, and incorporated the original documentary, TRAGEDY OF BATAAN.

PBS Kids Appy Hour

ABC Library hosts PBS Kids Appy Hours with NM PBS where you can come with your device and learn about free apps to help your children learn! Receive gift codes to download FREE PBS Kids Apps on your device!

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Appy Hour

KNME-TV Launches the New Season of PUBLIC SQUARE

TOPIC: “Improving Child Well-Being”
Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m.

  • “This is the most important issue facing our state – what’s happening to our kids – and we’re taking a very incremental, slow, futile approach to what’s needed and we’re condemning ourselves to failure by this.”– Jerry Ortiz y Pino, state senator
  • “What I don’t think we want to do is water down services for those who really need it.” — Sue Wilson Beffort, state senator
  • “I don’t see the investment that matches up with what we already know about brain development.” – Dr. Andy Hsi, director of UNM FOCUS program
  • “How bad does it have to get before we get motivated and generate the political will?” — Bill Jordan, New Mexico Voices for Children
  • “Our state has an epidemic of toxic stress. These adverse childhood experiences are delaying our children.” — Allen Sanchez, St. Joseph’s Children


Only one place on television lets civic dialogue take center stage, every month. It’s PUBLIC SQUARE on New Mexico PBS. Watch as community members and leaders meet to help solve important issues.

Tune in for the new season premiere, Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 pm on Channel 5.1, hosted by Meghan Kamerick. Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a new, 2-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

This month, PUBLIC SQUARE presents perhaps one of the most important and discussed topics: “Improving Child Well-Being” in New Mexico. With a long history of low rankings, this year New Mexico was ranked 49th in the country on child well-being by the Kids Count Survey. That translates into major costs as they grow up, including more teen pregnancies, dropouts, poverty and crime. What would it take to improve those numbers and ensure our children have a better future?

The impetus to focus more resources on children in their early years is steadily growing nationwide and in New Mexico as research on brain development reveals how crucial those early years are to building cognitive, emotional and social skills. State policymakers have steadily increased the amount of money going into early childhood programs, yet the percentage of children these programs are reaching remains small.

Even economists have argued this kind of investment yields returns as high as $18 for every dollar spent. So should the state marshal its resources by only making targeted investments in the kids at the most risk? Or should it pour far more money into this effort and make early childhood programs more universally available?

In this program, PUBLIC SQUARE brings together a family in need, advocates, and experts in early childhood for a candid, and often challenging, solution-based conversation. Community leaders include State Senators Sue Wilson Beffort, Jerry Ortiz y Pino, and John Sapien, as well as Jennifer Padgett, deputy secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department, and Leighann Lenti, deputy secretary of the Public Education Department.

PUBLIC SQUARE is a part of KNME’s commitment to community engagement through meaningful dialogue. Each month, PUBLIC SQUARE allows for a substantive dialogue between citizens and state and local leaders. KNME’s goal is to establish PUBLIC SQUARE as an integral component of its community service to New Mexico.


Albuquerque-Based ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Episodes

Episodes Taped in July 2014
To Air on New Mexico PBS in the Fall of 2015

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will air its three Albuquerque-based episodes on New Mexico PBS in the Fall of 2015, in the second block of new episodes. Exact airdates will be announced mid-2015. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW regularly airs on Monday nights at 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. on Ch.5.1

The 12-time Emmy® nominated series came to Albuquerque in July of 2014, as part of its eight-city summer production tour. Approximately 5,100 guests attended the all-day appraisal event where guests received valuations of their antiques and collectibles from specialists from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers.

Some highlights from the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Albuquerque tour stop included:

  • Jane Peterson oil painting, appraised by Debra Force, for $300,000 retail value
    The owner purchased this Peterson painting in a Cambridge, Massachusetts gallery for $150. Painted around 1929, it is an oil on canvas and is entitled “The Answer.”
  • Chinese Snuff Bottles, appraised by James Callahan for $50,400-$60,400 at auction
    The owner’s grandfather purchased these snuff bottles in his travels to Asia. One bottle is made of lapis and is worth $400, while the other is carved jade that was made in an Imperial workshop and is worth $50,000-$60,000.
  • Sonic Blue Fender Stratocaster, appraised by Richard Johnston for $45,000 at auction
    The guest is a guitar player and has owned the instrument, along with the original case, for 52 years. It has a custom “Sonic Blue” paint job. A color first used on automobiles, John Lennon and George Harrison both owned one of these rare custom guitars.

For a preview of the upcoming 2015 season, which kicks off Monday, January 5 at 7 p.m. on Ch.5.1, New Mexico PBS, go to:


This documentary profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris. President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course, called “Indian 101,” was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. LaDonna Harris and Producer Julianna Brannum in attendance.