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25 Shows to Watch This December on WVIA TV

Keystone Edition Reports: Beacons of Hope

Monday, December 5th 7pm
Education and opportunity are keys to success for many in NEPA, and the next Keystone Edition Reports takes a look at those two elements through the eyes of two area organizations, The STARS Program at Marywood University and the Hazleton Integration Project. Two organizations, one goal: serving the underserved. Keystone Edition Reports: Beacons of Hope.

Keystone Edition Business: Making Over Main Street

Monday, December 12th 7pm 
Has your favorite local shop been replaced by a big box store or online only shopping experience? Keystone Edition takes a deeper dive into what it’s like on a typical Main street and what business owners are doing to reinvigorate and reinvent downtown shopping.

Keystone Edition Arts: Trains!

Monday, December 19th 7pm
All aboard! Trains played an essential role in Pennsylvania's history and continue to fascinate today. Keystone Edition: Arts explores how and why trains fuel the imagination of some of the region's artists.

Keystone Edition Health: Dental Care: Brushing Up on Your Health

Monday, December 26th 7pm
Oral health can directly impact overall health, but the CDC reports more people in the United States are unable to afford dental care than any other form of healthcare. How can providers make dental care more affordable and accessible and how can our region’s residents take better care of their oral health?

Bucknell Forum Presents Jake Tapper

Tuesday, December 13th 7pm
Jake Tapper is one of five nationally renowned speakers who will discuss the theme "The State of American Democracy" in this year's Bucknell Forum - a speaker series that since 2007 has featured national leaders, scholars and commentators who have examined various issues from multidisciplinary and diverse viewpoints.

Careers that Work - Episode 2

Thursday, December 22nd 7pm
To address the concerns of developing a properly skilled and prepared local workforce, WVIA, partnering with the 1994 Charles B. Degenstein Foundation, has produced a multi-faceted media and related curriculum initiative called Careers that Work that focuses on educating and preparing students for well-paying jobs that fulfill the employment needs of growing industries throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. In this episode of Careers that Work we'll look at a welder, a nurse, an engineer, a soil scientist and a systems analyst.

Midsomer Murders: The Ballad of Midsomer County

Part 1, Sunday, November 27th 7pm
Part 2, Sunday, December 4th 7pm
Could a ballad made famous by late, lamented folk singer Johnny Carver be an inspiration for murder. Did someone want to kill Toby Winning for threatening to take the Little Crosby Folk Festival away from Midsomer - or is the true motive something hidden for 20 years?

Midsomer Murders: A Vintage Murder

Part 1, Sunday, December 11th 7pm
Part 2, Sunday, December 18th 7pm
The fizz goes out of a sparkling wine launch when the glasses are laced with poison. Who is targeting the Midsomer Vinae Winery and what does the attack have to do with the death of a child in a hit-and-run accident? Guest star Claire Bloom (Doc Martin; Limelight) Last appearance of Tamzin Malleson as resident pathologist Dr. Kate Wilding.

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)

Thursday, December 1st 8pm
Join John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful in a special featuring the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 50s & 60s folk era, with historic footage and new performances.

Great Performances - Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Friday, December 2nd 8:30pm
Explore the role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the American musical. Narrated by Joel Grey and featuring the classic shows of Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and more.

Moments to Remember (My Music)

Saturday, December 3rd 7pm
Patti Page and Nick Clooney co-host performances and archival classics from the late 50s and early 60s pop era with fellow co-hosts Peter Marshall, Wink Martindale and Mary Lou Metzger of "The Lawrence Welk Show."

Your DNA Secrets Revealed

Wednesday, December 7th 8pm
Learn about the science of DNA and the role genetics plays in our longevity, health and well-being. Hosted by author, educator and genetic genealogist Diahan Southard, the program explains why genealogical science is critical to understanding who we really are.

Doo Wop, Pop and Soul Generations (My Music)

Thursday, December 8th 8pm
A sequel to the successful 2018 Doo Wop Generations special, Doo Wop, Pop and Soul Generations (My Music) celebrates the legacies of the great artists and songs of the late 1950s and early 60s following the birth of rock and roll and the explosion of rhythm and blues on the radio. This new concert features the broadcast premiere of many original groups and new generation favorites that perform for sold-out doo wop, pop, and soul concerts nationwide. Following two decades of producing concert specials reuniting original performers on stage to sing their hits one more time, the My Music production team conducted a national talent search to present the next generation of younger singers and groups who carry on the tradition by channeling the doo wop, pop and soul sounds of the past.

American Masters - The Adventures of Saul Bellow

Monday, December 12th 8pm
Explore Nobel Prize winner Saul Bellow's impact on American literature and how he navigated through issues of his time, including race, gender and the Jewish immigrant experience. Featuring interviews with Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie and others.

POV - Let the Little Light Shine

Monday, December 12th 10pm
National Teachers Academy (NTA) is a top-ranked, high-performing elementary school in a growing south side Chicago neighborhood. As the neighborhood gentrifies, a wealthy parents group seeks to close NTA and replace it with a high school campus.

O Holy Night: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir

Tuesday, December 13th 8pm
Tony Award-nominee Megan Hilty and television and film actor Neal McDonough join The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for this Irish-inspired edition of this heartwarming annual celebration of music and holiday traditions.

In a Different Key

Tuesday, December 13th 9pm
A mother tracks down the first person diagnosed with autism to learn if his life holds promise for her own autistic son. She documents both cruelty and kindness, but also hope that more of us are learning to have the backs of those who are different.

NOVA - Rebuilding Notre Dame

Tuesday, December 14th 9pm
In April 2019, the world watched as a devastating fire almost destroyed Paris's iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Go behind the scenes with a team of engineers, masons, and timber workers tackling the daunting challenges of restoring the historic landmark.

Craft in America - Inspiration

Friday, December 16th 9pm
Inspiration visits the Saar family of artists (Betye Saar, Alison Saar, & Maddy Leeser), Simon Rodia & Watts Towers, weaver Diedrick Brackens, potter Ayumi Horie, Hmong master of paj ntaub embroidery Suzanne Thao & Mandora Young, artist Mary Little.

Craft in America - Home

Friday, December 16th 10pm
Home features Ojibwe artist Biskakone Greg Johnson, North House Folk School, ceramic artist Syd Carpenter, sculptor Wharton Esherick, architect Sim Van der Ryn & the Outlaw Builders, and curatorial consultant/educator Helen Drutt English.

Mary Berry's Ultimate Christmas

Monday, December 19th 9pm
Join the beloved British home cook and three special friends as they prepare her ultimate Christmas feast with all the trimmings. From the traditional turkey to her classic Christmas pudding, it's the perfect recipe for a deliciously festive holiday.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Friday, December 23rd 9pm
Join Alan Cumming for the real story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King with the beloved music of Tchaikovsky. Featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri, this new version is a rare holiday treat.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2022

Sunday, December 25th 9pm
With Christmas approaching, the midwives move to their maternity clinic and are delighted when their first patient is a familiar face. Life in Poplar returns to normal after the tragic train crash, and everyone unites for a festive talent show.

American Masters - Groucho & Cavett

Tuesday, December 27th 8pm
Discover the enduring friendship between television personality Dick Cavett and his mentor iconic comedian Groucho Marx. Their relationship is chronicled through interviews with Cavett, archival footage and interviews with George Burns and others.

United in Song 2022: Ringing In the New Year Together

Saturday, December 31st 8pm
Ring in the New Year with a concert performance celebration.