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The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2009

The National Christmas Tree Lighting is celebrating its 86th year. The tree for this year’s celebration is from Arizona! The ceremony airs Friday, December 18th at 9:00 p.m. on PBS-HD.

MASTERPIECE Oliver Twist

Dickens’ much loved story of daring pickpockets, diabolical villains, and amazing adventures. Part 2, Friday at 9:30 p.m. on PBS-HD.

NATURE: Christmas in Yellowstone

Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wildlife as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year. Wednesday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.

A Very Monkey Christmas

Go on a holiday adventure with Curious George as he prepares for Christmas Day in A Very Monkey Christmas. Friday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m. on PBS-HD.

TOSCA

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET opens its season with a new production of Puccini’s Tosca, staged by Luc Bondy in his Met debut. Wednesday, Dec. 16th 8:00 p.m. on PBS-HD.

Mobile AM Radio

Mark Duggan takes looks at how some government agencies are using the old-fashioned technology of mobile AM radio stations to convey important information.

Urban Chickens

Tony Paniagua explores the local interest in raising & keeping chickens in backyards or other urban environments.

Howe Gelb

Mark Mclemore has a conversation with singer and songwriter Howe Gelb. His new concert film, "Sno Angel Wingin' It," showing at a benefit on Saturday at the Loft Cinema.

FRONTLINE From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians

FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Tuesday, December 15th at 9:00 p.m. on PBS-HD.

MICHAEL MCDONALD – THIS CHRISTMAS

A SOUNDSTAGE SPECIAL EVENT. Singer Michael McDonald combines yuletide favorites with some of his signature hits for a perfect blend of holiday cheer. Tuesday, Dec. 15th 9:00 p.m. on PBS-HD.

AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Desert Bayou: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government airlifted 600 African Americans to the almost entirely white state of Utah. Sunday, December 13th at 9:00 p.m on PBS World.

NATURE: The Dragon Chronicles

Renowned herpetologist Rom Whitaker searches for modern-day dragons. Thursday at 8 p.m. on PBS-HD.

Gift of Love!

Show your love to family and friends during your Hanukkah celebration. Saturday, December 12th beginning at 7:00 a.m. on PBS Create.Saturday, December 12th beginning at 7:00 a.m. on PBS Create.

THE CIVIL WAR

Ken Burns'epic documentary brings to life America's most destructive — and defining — conflict. Sunday, December 13th at 8:00 p.m. on PBS-HD.

STRAIGHT NO CHASER – LIVE IN NEW YORK: HOLIDAY EDITION

The a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser, presents an entertaining evening for everyone. Saturday, December 12th at 10:00 p.m. on PBS-HD.

ANATOMY OF A PANDEMIC

An examination of the overarching human dimension of a pandemic’s impact on modern society and the science and history of these crises. Monday, December 14th at 9:00 p.m. on PBS-HD.

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