Music, Arts and Adventure During DecemberFest!

Tune in to Idaho Public Television for a weekend filled with arts and entertainment, musical performances, scenic outdoor adventure, and Idaho history programming during DecemberFest, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

Click here to show your support for IdahoPTV, and to pledge for tickets to see Sesame Street Live, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live and Shen Yun when they perform in Idaho.

Here are some prime-time highlights of shows airing on our IDAHO, PLUS and CREATE channels during DecemberFest (all times are Mountain/Pacific):


7:30 PM [IDAHO]: Dialogue host Marcia Franklin talks with architect Jeanne Gang, a MacArthur Fellow who was a speaker at the 2018 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. The two discuss some of Gang’s designs, as well as her architectural philosophy.

8/7 PM [PLUS]: The Everly Brothers – Harmonies From Heaven tells the story of Phil and Don Everly, two of the most important and influential early rock ‘n’ roll stars of the 1950s and ’60s.

8:30 PM [IDAHO]: We Sagebrush Folks: Annie Pike Greenwood’s Idaho on Idaho Experience brings to life the Idaho writer Annie Pike Greenwood, who was heralded during her time but ended up in relative obscurity.

9 PM [IDAHO]: Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like celebrates the pioneering children’s series that premiered nationally more than 50 years ago. (Pledge your support for tickets to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day! when it comes to Boise!)

10:30 PM [IDAHO]: The Carpenter: Christmas Memories presents the Christmas music offerings of beloved brother-sister recording duo Richard and Karen Carpenter, the most successful American act of the 1970s.


4 PM [IDAHO]: Betty White: First Lady of Television takes a definitive look at the life and career of the actress and comedienne, featuring her co-stars and friends.

5/4 PM [CREATE]: The Rick Steves Special European Christmas follows the travel host as he visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

5:30 PM [IDAHO]: Snow Bears on Nature travels to the Arctic to follow the journey of two newborn polar bear cubs as they leave their den for the first time on a perilous voyage to the sea in search of food.

7/6 PM [PLUS]: The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre celebrates the legendary rock band with the only live performance of their entire Sticky Fingers album.

9/8 PM [PLUS]: Emin: Live From Russia With David Foster captures international recording star Emin and special guests including composer David Foster for a concert taped at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

9 PM [IDAHO]: The Wrecking Crew documents the backing band that wielded influence over rock and pop music in the 1960s and early ’70s. These unsung instrumentalists were the sound behind hits by The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Elvis, The Monkees and others.


4:30 PM [IDAHO]: Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller pays tribute to the acclaimed documentary filmmaker with guests Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas and others.

6 PM [IDAHO]: Shen Yun – Music and Dance features the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company performing with original orchestral arrangements, handmade costumes and painted backgrounds. (Pledge your support for tickets to see Shen Yun when they perform in Idaho!)

7/6 PM [PLUS]: The Chris Botti Band in Concert on Great Performances features the Grammy-winning trumpeter and his band performing with vocalists Sy Smith and Victoria Swift, violinist Caroline Campbell and others.

7 PM [IDAHO]: Land of the Lost River Range on Outdoor Idaho explores the area that geologists call Basin and Range, and meets the hardy individuals live, ranch and play among Idaho’s tallest mountains.

8:30/7:30 PM [CREATE]: Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody, a special Live From Lincoln Center, features acclaimed pianist Lang performing music from Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Danny Elfman, Alicia Keys and more.

8:30 PM [IDAHO]: Pioneers of the Air: Idaho and the Birth of Commercial Aviation on Idaho Experience looks at the first commercial airmail deliveries in the U.S., which took flight from an airfield along the Boise River.

9:30 PM [IDAHO]: Neil Diamond: Hot August Night III chronicles Diamond’s return to the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles where he recorded the original Hot August Night album in 1972.

New Seasons of ‘Dialogue’ and ‘Idaho Reports’ Begin November 2


Dialogue Returns to the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

Host Marcia Franklin and the Dialogue team return to the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference for their 12th year of interviews at the renowned event.

The programs air Fridays at 7:30 PM and repeat Sundays at 6:30 PM (the Dec. 2 encore airs at 10:30 AM due to DecemberFest programming).

November’s interviews feature conversations with three Pulitzer Prize winners — author Adam Johnson (Nov. 2 & 4) and journalist Steve Coll (Nov. 16 & 18), who were at the conference, and former columnist Anna Quindlen (Nov. 23 & 25), who was the keynote speaker at the Idaho Humanities Council’s Distinguished Humanities Lecture in Boise. Franklin also talks with award-winning journalist Eliza Griswold (Nov. 9 & 11) and architect Jeanne Gang (Nov. 30 & Dec. 2), who both spoke in Sun Valley.

Idaho Reports Begins Its 47th Season

Idaho Reports, the longest-running public policy show in the Northwest, begins its 47th season on Nov. 2 with half-hour shows most Fridays at 8 PM leading up to the 2019 legislative session.

Beginning in January, the program expands to hourlong shows.

Host Melissa Davlin and producer Seth Ogilvie interview lawmakers, stakeholders and lobbyists to bridge the gap between Boise policy discussions and the everyday lives of Idahoans across the state.


Join Us for a Showing of ‘We Sagebrush Folks’ in Rupert!

Please register to join us for a free showing of the new Idaho Experience documentary, We Sagebrush Folks: Annie Pike Greenwood’s Idaho, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Historic Wilson Theatre in Rupert.

The documentary takes an in-depth look at the Idaho writer and teacher Annie Pike Greenwood, who penned We Sagebrush Folks. Published in 1934, the memoir chronicles the often grueling lives of farmers and their families in the Hazelton area during the turn of the 20th century, when Greenwood lived there. The book was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most poignant portrayals yet made of the thankless lives of toil, the hard fates and heroic spirits of the farm women of the West.”

The film also takes viewers into the aging and mysterious Greenwood School, named for the author.

Following the showing, producer Marcia Franklin will lead a Q & A session.

Register to Attend

The Historic Wilson Theatre

610 Fremont Street, Rupert

Tuesday, October 30

6:30 to 8 PM


IdahoPTV Honors Its Volunteers, Names ‘Volunteer of the Year’

On Oct. 1, Idaho Public Television held its annual volunteer appreciation event at its studios in Boise. Volunteers were treated to dinner, thanked for their service, and shown previews of upcoming local and national programs that their volunteer work makes possible.

Volunteer dinner

According to Shane Chariton, IdahoPTV major giving director, volunteers worked a combined 5,509 hours this past year. Using a $24.69 value of a volunteer hour (calculated annually by Independent Sector), that’s the equivalent of $136,017 donated as volunteer work — funds that were able to be put toward programs and activities that support IdahoPTV’s mission: to encourage lifelong learning, connect Idaho communities, and enrich the lives of all Idahoans.

Terry the Mule Lee

Terry “The Mule” Lee (pictured) was named Idaho Public Television’s volunteer of the year. “It’s not often that volunteers can keep up with our award-winning production crew — but Terry worked 204 hours this year alone, carrying equipment and assisting the crew on Outdoor Idaho shoots for many of the shows you’ll enjoy this year. His hard work in the field year after year is much appreciated!” Chariton says.

“The staff of Idaho Public Television wishes to thank all of our wonderful volunteers,” Chariton says. “We are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you and your volunteer support throughout the year!”

Join Us for a Free Preview of ‘Let’s Go Luna!’ at Theaters Around Idaho

Lets Go Luna

Idaho Public Television invites the public to attend a free preview of the new PBS KIDS animated series Let’s Go Luna! at one of several theaters around the state.

Let’s Go Luna! follows the hilarious adventures of three friends Leo, a wombat from Australia; Carmen, a butterfly from Mexico; and Andy, a frog from the U.S. as they traverse the globe with their parents’ traveling performance troupe, “Circo Fabuloso.” At each of the Circo’s stops, Luna the Moon guides the trio as they get to know the local region and its people.

The preview events are free, but attendees are encouraged to register in order to assure adequate seating. Previews will be held at the following locations:

Saturday, November 17, at 10 AM

Caldwell: Luxe Reel Theatre (913 Arthur Street)

Cascade: The Roxy Theatre (114 South Main Street)

Grangeville: Blue Fox Theatre (116 West Main Street)

Rupert: Historic Wilson Theatre (610 Fremont Street)


Join Us for a ‘Native America’ Preview and Panel Discussion

In conjunction with the upcoming PBS series Native America, Idaho Public Television is hosting a preview and panel discussion to take a closer look at Idaho’s Native American Indian tribes.

Along with a preview of the premiere episode of Native America, IdahoPTV producer Aaron Kunz will moderate a panel discussion with representatives from Idaho’s Native American tribes and experts from Idaho universities. The discussion will explore the impact Native tribes have on Idaho’s economy and the role education plays in the opportunities available to tribal students.

The public is invited to join us for this preview and panel discussion:

Wednesday, October 17, from 6-8 PM

at the Idaho State Museum (610 Julia Davis Drive in Boise)


The panel discussion will be live-streamed on the IdahoPTV Facebook page.

Kunz is producing two short video segments that will premiere during the preview event and air on IdahoPTV. One documentary will focus on the economic impact of Idaho’s tribal communities with their casinos, convention centers, fisheries and recreational opportunities on neighboring communities. The other will explore the ways tribal leaders and school districts are encouraging students to pursue higher education and then return to the reservation to be the next generation of teachers.

About the Series ‘Native America’: At the intersection of Native knowledge and modern scholarship is a new vision of America and its people. Native America is a four-part PBS series that challenges everything we thought we knew about the Americas before and since contact with Europe. It travels through 15,000 years to showcase massive cities, unique systems of science, art and writing, and 100 million people connected by social networks and spiritual beliefs spanning two continents. The series reveals some of the most advanced cultures in human history and the Native American people who created it and whose legacy continues, unbroken, to this day. The series explores this extraordinary world through an unprecedented combination of cutting-edge science and traditional indigenous knowledge—featuring sacred rituals filmed for the first time, history changing scientific discoveries, and rarely heard voices from the living legacy of Native American culture. ‘Native America’ airs Oct. 23 and 30 at 9 PM and Nov. 13 at 9 & 10 PM on Idaho Public Television.


Over-the-Air Signal Changes for Hagerman Area

Hagerman Rescan

In mid-September, the Idaho Public Television signal broadcasting from the translator near Hagerman, Idaho, will be re-channeled.

Between Sept. 18 and 30, viewers in the area who receive IdahoPTV via an over-the-air antenna will lose their signal and will need to perform a rescan of their digital TV sets or tuners in order to receive the updated channels.

Information on performing a rescan is located here:

If the rescan does not display the new channel, it may be necessary to follow these additional steps:

  • Turn off the television set or converter box
  • Unplug the power to the TV or box
  • Disconnect the antenna from the TV or box
  • Wait 10 minutes
  • Plug the power back into the TV or box
  • Rescan the channels with the antenna still unattached
  • When the scan is complete, reattach the antenna and rescan channels again.

Last year, as part of the FCC’s nationwide Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction, telecommunications company T-Mobile purchased spectrum in the 600 MHz block across the continental United States to bolster their cellular network. The Hagerman translator sits in the middle of T-Mobile’s purchased spectrum and is required to change channels or terminate operations entirely.  IdahoPTV was successful in applying for and receiving a new channel assignment to continue broadcasting in the area.

“A nod should be given to T-Mobile in that they graciously offered to pay for the equipment and services necessary to relocate our service to a new channel,” says Rich Van Genderen, Idaho Public Television’s director of technology. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”