‘Victoria’ Season 2 Premieres in Free Screenings Around Idaho

Idaho Public Television invites the public to attend a free screening of the first hour of the Season 2 premiere episode of Victoria on Masterpiece. Screenings will be held at three locations around Idaho:

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Treasure Valley – Village Cinema, Meridian

January 8, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.


Pocatello – ISU Pond Student Union Bengal Theater

January 9, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.


Hayden (ages 21+) – Hayden Discount Cinema

January 10, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.


The events are free, but registration is required at idahoptv.org.


About Victoria, Season 2 on Masterpiece

Jenna Coleman returns for a new season as the young queen who wants it all — romance, power, an heir, and personal freedom — on Victoria, Season 2, airing in seven episodes that begin airing Jan. 14, 2018, on Masterpiece on Idaho Public Television.

Season 2 finds Victoria adapting to motherhood after the birth of her first child, a daughter (to the disappointment of many). Meanwhile, the disaster of the Anglo-Afghan War unfolds abroad, and the catastrophic Irish potato famine begins to wreak havoc. In other foreign affairs, a royal state visit to France is in the offing.

Most intriguing to Prince Albert is the budding Industrial Revolution, which is now sweeping England. There is Charles Babbage’s mechanical calculator, a collaborative project with the bewitching Ada Lovelace, daughter of the scandalous Lord Byron. Then there is William Fothergill Cooke’s miraculous electrical telegraph, not to mention Marc Isambard Brunel’s daring—and dangerous—Thames Tunnel.

Tom Hughes stars as the queen’s smoldering consort, Prince Albert. Also returning from last season are Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister and intimate friend; Nell Hudson as Nancy Skerrett, newly promoted to the queen’s chief dresser, whose secrets are yet to be revealed; and Ferdinand Kingsley as Charles Francatelli, the royal chef whose love for Nancy was spurned at the end of Season 1.

Joining the cast in the new season is legendary actress Dame Diana Rigg, who plays the Duchess of Buccleuch, the court’s new Mistress of the Robes — a fount of old-fashioned good sense for the queen, who is now in the throes of motherhood.

Discover Endangered Species in New ‘Science Trek’ Video Shorts

Idaho Public Television’s original series Science Trek visits Zoo Boise and introduces plants and animals that are in danger of going extinct — in other parts of the world and in Idaho — in a series of digital shorts on endangered species released in December.

Each month, Science Trek explores a subject with short videos available on the Science Trek website, on a Facebook page for parents and teachers, on YouTube, and on PBS LearningMedia, a free media site for preK-12 educators.

The following digital shorts are available on these platforms in December:

Endangered SpeciesEndangered Species: Endangered Species Basics – One in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians, and 70 percent of the world’s known plants are in danger of extinction. Find out more about endangered species and visit some of the endangered animals at Zoo Boise.

Endangered Species: Q&A – Zoo Boise acting director Liz Littman answers students’ questions about endangered species.

Endangered Species: Idaho’s Endangered Species – Idaho has 16 species on the threatened or endangered species list. Learn what they are.

Endangered Species: Saved Species – Learn some success stories in the battle to save endangered species.

Endangered Species: Extinct Animals – More than a thousand plants and animals have disappeared from the earth in the past 500 years. Find out about some of the more famous extinct animals.

Endangered Species: Endangered Plants – Mammals aren’t the only species currently on the endangered list. We are losing lots of plants too, some in Idaho.


About Science Trek

Science Trek continues its 19th season with a new digital content focus. Instead of producing new 30-minute broadcast shows, Joan Cartan-Hansen and the Science Trek team will deliver more online-first content.

“Each month, we explore a scientific subject with digital shorts available on the Science Trek website, on a new Facebook page for parents and teachers, on YouTube, and on PBS Learning Media, a free, online media-on-demand service developed for preK-12 educators,” says Cartan-Hansen. The Science Trek team is even experimenting with 360-degree immersive video production.

Cartan-Hansen says in addition to the video, each month’s topic will have facts, links, reading lists, lesson plans, games and other educational support material all available on the website. The Science Trek website has more than 90 different scientific topics with video and supporting educational material all correlated to Idaho’s science standards and the Common Core science standards.

Science Trek is made possible through funding from Idaho National Laboratory.

IdahoPTV Shares Vietnam War Resources With Teachers

Idaho Public Television recently hosted two screenings of the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick film The Vietnam War for educators. The exclusive screener featured an hour of highlights from the 18-hour documentary, which began airing on PBS stations in September.

A panel of veterans discusses the Vietnam War. Pictured (left-right) are Dan Ashley from the Boise Vet Center with Vietnam veterans Henry Parker, Tim Teater, Ken Rodgers and Tom Woodall. Cindy Lunte (right) moderates.
A panel of veterans discusses the Vietnam War. Pictured (left-right) are Dan Ashley from the Boise Vet Center with Vietnam veterans Henry Parker, Tim Teater, Ken Rodgers and Tom Woodall. Cindy Lunte (right) moderates.

Following the screening at South Junior High School in Boise, IdahoPTV’s education specialist, Cindy Lunte, led a panel discussion with Vietnam War veterans and a representative from the Boise Vet Center, himself an Iraq War veteran. The servicemen spoke of their experiences in war and the response from civilians upon their return home.

A panel of veterans also took part in a screening at Coeur d’Alene Public Library.

As part of each event, IdahoPTV’s teacher ambassador, Kari Wardle, shared with educators some of the more than 40 resources produced by PBS to enhance classroom discussions of the Vietnam War.

“We were excited to host these events for educators to talk about the Vietnam War,” Wardle says. “The veterans shared powerful lessons they learned from the war and told teachers what they want the young people of today to know — that we need to separate the war from the warrior and take care of the warrior.”

For more information on educational resources for teachers, search IdahoPTV Educates on Facebook or visit idahoptv.org/kids/teachers.cfm.

Celebrate the Holidays All Month Long!

Celebrate the season with sacred music, festive baking, children’s specials and holiday dramas airing throughout December on Idaho Public Television! Here are the highlights of new and encore shows airing on the IDAHO channel. Consult our online schedule for additional encores airing on the PLUS, CREATE and WORLD channels. All times are MT/PT:

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In America’s Home Cooking : Holiday Side Dishes (Saturday, December 2, at 9/8 AM), host Chris Fennimore welcomes home cooks who prepare a favorite side dish, including mushroom sour soup, Sweet Sally’s collard greens, brussel sprouts with cranberries, and more.

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas (Saturday, December 2, at 4:30 PM) brings the spirit of the season into your home with carols, Christmas classics and original songs, featuring tenor Russell Watson, singer Anne Cochran, actress Jane Lynch, legendary actor Dick Van Dyke, and winner of The Voice Jordan Smith.

Rick Steves Special: European Christmas (Sunday, December 3, at noon/11 AM) celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

In The Three Tenors Christmas (Sunday, December 3, at 5 PM), Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo sing traditional and classical Christmas songs including “White Christmas,” “Oh Tannenbaum,” “Ay! Para Navidad,” “Ave Maria” and “Jingle Bells.”

European Christmas Markets (Sunday, December 3, at 10:30 PM) travels through Germany, France and Switzerland to discover Europe’s Christmas markets, where town centers, market squares, and cobblestone streets come alive with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights.

The Great British Baking Show: Christmas Masterclass (Friday, December 8, at 8:30 PM) joins judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holidays.

In Christmas at Concordia: Gather Us In, O Child of Peace (Friday, December 8, at 9:30 PM), Concordia College reimagines the Christmas message with music embracing peace and reconciliation. Songs explore the themes of virtue in the community, including tolerance, compassion, and unity.

Christmas on the Danube (Friday, December 8, at 10:30 PM) travels the Danube River as it passes through the European landscape, history and culture on its 2,000-mile journey to the sea. There are stops at cities along the way decked out for the holiday season.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (Monday, December 11, at 8/7 AM) finds George and The Man in the Yellow Hat preparing for Christmas, but each has no idea what to give the other for a present. They follow each other around town, hoping to discover clues. Repeats December 15, 17 and 25.

In Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (Monday, December 11, at 10/9 AM), it’s Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo’s dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly place with no holiday spirit. Repeats December 12-15, 25, 27 and 29.

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas (Monday, December 11, at 4:30/3:30 PM) finds the Kratt brothers taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when they get an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe, their holiday party turns into a rescue mission. Repeats December 15 and 25.

In The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! (Tuesday, December 12, at 10:30/9:30 AM), The Cat, Nick and Sally journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. Repeats December 14 and 17.

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Rolando Villazon (Friday, December 15, at 8:30 PM) is a musical celebration of the holidays with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This season’s cross-cultural spectacular features the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon, and seasonal favorites. Repeats December 23.

Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland (Friday, December 15, at 10:30 PM) journeys with host Joseph Rosendo to Lausanne, Montreux and Basel to bask in the glow of a Swiss-style Christmas at holiday markets, on a scenic train ride, and atop a Ferris wheel.

In the Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Special (Sunday, December 17, at 8 PM), Caroline’s new headship involves moving the family to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie. Repeats December 24.

A BYU-Idaho Christmas (Monday, December 18, at 8 PM) features special guests David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco along with the symphony orchestra, choirs and dancers from Brigham Young University-Idaho performing a variety of Christmas music, ranging from holiday favorites to hymns and carols. Repeats December 23.

University of Idaho Holiday Concert (Tuesday, December 19, at 9 PM) is a celebration of the holidays, Idaho-style! Local school choral groups, along with orchestras, bell choirs, flute choirs, and jazz ensembles, perform holiday classics together with the Lionel Hampton School of Music. Repeats December 22.

Boise author Samantha Silva discusses her debut novel Mr. Dickens and His Carol on a new Dialogue (Friday, December 22, at 7:30 PM). The story reimagines how Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol.

Christmas at Belmont (Friday, December 22, at 9 PM) is an annual Belmont University tradition celebrating the holiday season and the rich talent of the university’s School of Music. The concert features a collage of familiar carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.

In a new Call the Midwives Holiday Special (Monday, December 25, at 8 PM), the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family. Repeats December 30.

An encore of the 2016 Call the Midwives Holiday Special (Monday, December 25, at 9:30 PM) follows the Nonnatus House family to South Africa after they receive an SOS call from a mission hospital that’s understaffed, underfunded and threatened with closure.

The Sultan and the Saint (Tuesday, December 26, at 8 PM) tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Two men of faith, one an itinerant Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, buck a century of war, distrust and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground.

Live From Lincoln Center‘s New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway (Sunday, December 31, at 9 PM) rings in 2018 with a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s best-loved works for Broadway, including West Side Story, featuring the New York Philharmonic and special guests. Repeats at midnight.

ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve (Sunday, December 31, at 11 PM) is Austin City Limits’ annual special celebrating inductees into its hall of fame. 2017 inductees Roy Orbison, Rosanne Cash and The Neville Brothers are honored by performers including Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, Trombone Shorty, Raul Malo and Ry Cooder.



Enjoy a Weekend of Music, Arts and Outdoor Adventure During DecemberFest!

Tune in to Idaho Public Television for a weekend filled with arts and entertainment, musical performances, scenic outdoor adventure, and health and lifestyle programming during DecemberFest, December 1-3. Click here to support IdahoPTV and pledge for tickets to see Jim Brickman, Shen Yun, and Celtic Woman perform live in Idaho:


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Here are the highlights of shows airing on our IDAHO, PLUS, CREATE and WORLD channels during DecemberFest (all times are MT/PT):


7:30 PM [IDAHO]: Dialogue host Marcia Franklin talks with cyclist and Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong.

8 PM [IDAHO]: Idaho Reports begins its 46th season interviewing lawmakers, stakeholders and lobbyists involved in Idaho politics.

8/7 PM [PLUS]: The 80s (My Music) takes a joyful jump into the 1980s, when music videos by Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen and others ruled the airwaves. Hosted by former MTV veejay Martha Quinn.

8:30/7:30 PM [CREATE]: Carole King Tapestry Live From Hyde Park, London, recorded at the 2016 Summer Festival at Hyde Park, captures the prolific songwriter performing her breakthrough album Tapestry in its entirety.

8:30 PM [IDAHO]: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years explores the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966. The 2.5-hour Ron Howard film reveals how the foursome united to become the global phenomenon that was “The Beatles.”


8/7 AM [IDAHO]: Forever Painless With Miranda Esmonde-White provides information on chronic pain and its causes, and offers a new approach to pain management.

9/8 AM [IDAHO]: America’s Home Cooking: Holiday Side Dishes welcomes home cooks who prepare favorite side dish recipes including mushroom sour soup, pumpkin dumplings and more.

11/10 AM [IDAHO]: Qi Gong for Anxiety guides viewers into the eastern healing practice of Qi Gong, which combines principles from medicine, philosophy and martial arts.

Noon/11 AM [IDAHO]: New Rules of Food With Kristin Kirkpatrick teaches simple, life-changing steps to get your diet, weight, energy and overall health back on track.

Noon/11 AM [PLUS]: America’s Home Cooking: B Is for Bacon spotlights the ingredient that has become a national obsession and demonstrates bacon is not only for breakfast!

1:30/12:30 PM [IDAHO]: National Park Symphony – The Mighty Five celebrates the grandeur and majesty of Utah’s five national parks set to glorious music from the Utah Symphony.

2:30/1:30 PM [IDAHO]: Bob Hope: American Masters explores the entertainer’s life, including writings, clips from his body of work, and interviews with fellow entertainers.

4:30 PM [IDAHO]: Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas brings the spirit of the season into viewers’ homes with carols, Christmas classics and original songs, featuring special guests. (Pledge your support during the program for tickets to see Jim Brickman when he visits Boise!)

6 PM [IDAHO]: Shen Yun – Music and Dance features the classical Chinese dance and music company with original orchestral arrangements, dances, handmade costumes and painted backgrounds. (Pledge your support during the program for tickets to see Shen Yun when they visit Boise!)

7 PM [IDAHO]: Lawrence Welk: Precious Memories is two hours of spiritual hymns, inspirational songs and gospel medleys performed by the Welk Musical Family.

8/7 PM [PLUS]: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years explores the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966. The 2.5-hour Ron Howard film reveals how the foursome united to become the global phenomenon that was “The Beatles.”

8/7 PM [CREATE]: Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches features the comedienne’s  personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades.

8/7 PM [WORLD]: Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You shows viewers how to “find financial solutions for you” with advice based not just on numbers, but on a critical understanding of themselves and their emotional needs.

9 PM [IDAHO]: Idaho From Above from local producer Wide Eye Productions captures Idaho’s remote and rugged landscapes from the air. (Sponsored by Air St. Luke’s.)

10 PM [IDAHO]: The Highwaymen Live at Nassau Coliseum features Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson (the “Mt. Rushmore of country music”) in a concert recorded in 1990.


Noon/11 AM [IDAHO]: Rick Steves Special: European Christmas visits Steves’ friends and family in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

2/1 PM [IDAHO]: 2Cellos Live at the Sydney Opera House features theme music to some of the biggest epics in movie history performed by Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, accompanied by the prestigious Sydney Symphony.

3:30/2:30 PM [IDAHO]: Carole King Tapestry Live From Hyde Park, London, recorded at the 2016 Summer Festival at Hyde Park, captures the prolific songwriter performing her breakthrough album Tapestry in its entirety.

5/4 PM [PLUS]: Idaho From Above from local producer Wide Eye Productions captures Idaho’s remote and rugged landscapes from the air. (Sponsored by Air St. Luke’s.)

5 PM [IDAHO]: The Three Tenors Christmas features Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo singing traditional and classical Christmas songs.

6:30 PM [IDAHO]: Idaho Experience: First Look gives viewers a sneak peek of what to expect from IdahoPTV’s forthcoming original series, Idaho Experience.

7/6 PM [PLUS]: Renee Fleming – Christmas in New York joins the classical soprano with guest performers for songs drawn from her recent holiday album.

7 PM [IDAHO]: Outdoor Idaho: Into the Pioneers explores the low lands and the highest peaks of Idaho’s Pioneer Mountains, along the way interviewing ranchers and geologists, outfitters and miners, biologists and explorers.

8/7 PM [PLUS]: Christmas With Daniel O’Donnell joins the Irish singer with special guests for a winter wonderland of yuletide carols and seasonal favorites in this concert filmed in Dublin.

8/7 PM [CREATE]: Journey in Concert: Houston 1981 features one of rock’s most enduring bands at the height of their popularity performing some of their greatest hits in this 1981 concert.

8:30 PM [IDAHO]: Celtic Woman – Homecoming: Ireland celebrates the timeless emotion of Ireland’s centuries-old heritage in this live concert filmed in Dublin. (Pledge your support during the program for tickets to see Celtic Woman when they visit Boise!)

9/8 PM [PLUS]: American Epic Sessions features Jack White and T Bone Burnett leading an epic recording session using the only 1920s wax-disc recording device in existence.

9/8 PM [WORLD]: 50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary celebrates the impact the musical trio has made on America, starting with its debut album in 1962 and featuring performances that start with the group’s emergence in Greenwich Village.

A Night for Trekkies on IdahoPTV!

On Saturday, November 25, Idaho Public Television features two specials for fans of the original Star Trek series and its 1980s relaunch, The Next Generation.

Remembering Leonard Nimoy (7/6 PM MT/PT on the WORLD channel) is an intimate journey into Leonard Nimoy’s personal life, featuring stories from his childhood growing up in Boston, his early career in Hollywood, his big breakout role on the Star Trek series, and highlights from his remarkable career — and then focusing on his remaining years during which he battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The film features interviews with Nimoy’s closest family members, including his children, Julie and Adam; his wife, Susan; his stepson, Aaron; and his six grandchildren, all sharing poignant stories and special memories of the man who personified the role of Spock and of a devoted family man.

Later that night, William Shatner takes viewers behind the scenes of the tumultuous creation of the series relaunch in William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge (11 PM on the IDAHO channel). Star Trek: The Next Generation is a series adored by fans around the world, but the path to becoming a classic was anything but simple. Shatner, who famously played Captain Kirk in the original 1960s version, takes viewers inside the creation of the 1986 relaunch. Doubts about the show’s success were rampant: not only did the new series exclude the characters Kirk, Spock and McCoy, but the original creator, Gene Roddenberry, was not a part of production. Through cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the film reveals the drama, chaos and controversy that ultimately led to another beloved entry in the Star Trek franchise.

‘Girl From God’s Country’ Explores the Career and Legacy of Film Pioneer Nell Shipman

Nell Shipman on location in the Idaho wilderness
Nell Shipman on location in the Idaho wilderness. Photo: Boise State University Albertsons Library Special Collection and Archives

Nell Shipman — silent film writer, director and star — came to Idaho’s Priest Lake from Hollywood in 1922 with her 10-year-old son, her ill-fated lover-producer, a future Academy Award-winning cinematographer (Joseph Walker) and a personal zoo of 70 animal actors that included bobcats, bears, elk, eagles, deer and sled dogs. She was the first of her kind: a female independent filmmaker who refuted Hollywood’s mistreatment of animals and refused the assured trappings of a studio contract to instead produce her own films on location in the Idaho wilderness.

Emblematic of an entire lost generation of female producers and directors in silent film, Shipman’s legacy remained a buried treasure in film history for decades.

Professor Tom Trusky at Boise State University stumbled upon Shipman’s existence in 1984 and began a transatlantic search to restore her forgotten and brilliant body of work. His scholarship included a redigitization of Nell’s “obtainable” films from 1912 forward and the publishing of her dusty autobiography, The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart. Dr. Trusky, however, died in 2009 before he could bring Nell her deserved accolades. Once again, although somewhat remembered in her Canadian home country, the “girl from God’s country” fell into obscurity in the U.S.

Now, nearly 100 years after the zenith of Nell Shipman’s career, a new documentary by filmmaker Karen Day and an all-female crew from Idaho tells the story of this unrelenting, unrepentant artistic talent and self-reliant film pioneer. Girl From God’s Country airs Friday, November 3, at 8 PM on Idaho Public Television.

“As female filmmakers in Idaho, Nell Shipman and my all-female crew are exceptions to the norm, even in Hollywood today,” says filmmaker Karen Day. “It’s wonderful that IdahoPTV supports our artistic efforts by sharing the amazing story of this Gem State pioneer of gender equality.”

Read more about the remarkable life of Nell Shipman and the efforts to restore her forgotten and brilliant body of work here.