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HOLIDAY SPECIALS, MORE NEWS & A NEW CHANNEL

Arizona Public Media has a host of exciting specials to inspire your Thanksgiving holiday spirit. AZPM’s winter television membership campaign, “Home for the Holidays,” starts over the Thanksgiving weekend and includes some very special holiday programs; two Nature programs, Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air and Christmas in Yellowstone, Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas and Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes just to name a few. Please tune in, enjoy the festive programs and consider a pledge to AZPM to show your support.

Local news on NPR 89.1 FM now begins one hour earlier on weekdays (5:00 a.m.) and coming in 2012, AZPM will add weekend newscasts on NPR 89.1. These changes are the result of a strategic initiative to produce more local news content for and about our community, and made possible through your generous membership support.

Arizona Public Media takes pride in our community programs. In partnership with the Pima County Library and Community Cinema, Now Showing at Your Library film series features screenings of films from the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. This month the featured film is We Still Live Here, the story of the revival of the language of the Wampanoag nation in southeastern Massachusetts. This is the first time a language with no Native speakers has been revived in this country. Click here for a list of Pima County Library locations and film schedules.

If you liked Create TV – you’ll love ReadyTV. ReadyTV is Southern Arizona’s new lifelong learning channel and another step in AZPM’s strategic plan to provide more original programming. Having made great strides with local news programs such as Arizona Week and Political Roundtable, ReadyTV, with its dedicated how-to and lifestyle programming, provides an entertaining and enriching destination for viewers in Southern Arizona who like to cook, build, travel, garden, craft, paint, do yoga, enjoy music, and so much more! ReadyTV includes your favorite programs such as master chef Julia Child, This Old House, Rick Steve’s Europe, and The Desert Speaks. Find it on Comcast channel 201, Cox channel 82 or Broadcast channel 6-3.

Other PBS-HD 6 programming highlights for November include:

The American in Primetime series continues with the final episode The Crusader on Sunday, the 20th at 7 p.m. The Crusader, delves into the increasingly grey area between right and wrong as television heroes confront internal demons while seeking their own forms of justice. Guests include the creators, writers and actors from the televisions series 4, Dexter, MASH, House, The Wire* and more. Go here for an advance video clip.

The final two episodes of the NOVA, Fabric of the Cosmos series air consecutively on Wednesday the 16th with a double header, Quantum Leap at 8 p.m. followed by Universe or Multiverseat 9 p.m. Join physicist and accomplished author Brian Greene on a mind-bending journey through space, time, and the universe with the final two episodes.

PBS Arts Fall Festival Series continues on Friday night, Nov. 18th at 9:30 p.m. with PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock. Inspired by the "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, "Women Who Rock" reveals new insights into what it means to be female in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, while exploring how those dynamics between the sexes have changed with time. Hosted by Cyndi Lauper. Learn more here.

Woody Allen: American Masters premieres over two nights, Sunday the 20th and Monday the 21st at 9 p.m. This documentary provides unprecedented access to this notoriously private film legend’s life and creative process, from his childhood to his most recent film Midnight in Paris.

Saturday nights now feature our new commercial-free Hollywood at Home film series. On Nov. 19th PBS-HD 6 airs the Academy® Award winning romantic comedy, Moonstruck, starring Cher, Nicholas Cage and Olympia Dukakis. On Thanksgiving Day we present a movie marathon*. For film schedules and fun film trivia click here.

On behalf of all of us at AZPM, please accept our very best wishes to you and your family for a festive Thanksgiving. As always, thank you for your viewership, listenership and continued support of Arizona Public Media.

Jack Gibson

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