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both on-air and online, start here. Arts and cultural programming on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below. Read more

Featured Programming

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 9:00pm
For generations, The Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition for audiences of all ages. In 2016, Chicago's Joffrey Ballet gave the work an ingenious makeover and a fresh new setting: the fairgrounds of Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 10:00pm
Handel’s “Messiah” is one of the most recognizable pieces in Western music, but many do not know the fascinating back story of how this beloved piece came to public attention and helped to save thousands of children.
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 9:00pm
Join Grammy-winning host Sheryl Crow and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty and Nashville Children’s Choir for a production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 10:00pm
A cosmic explosion of comedy, music, dance and science, Eric Idle's The Entire Universe tackles nothing less than the origins of the cosmos in a zany one-hour variety extravaganza
Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 5:00pm
Join O’Donnell and special guests for a winter wonderland of yuletide carols and seasonal favorites in this concert filmed in Dublin.
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 9:00pm
Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood for a masterclass that showcases festive favorites.
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 10:00pm
Experience the beauty of Weber Chapel bathed in the glow of 1,500 candles in Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service
Monday, December 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
Celebrate the high spirits and mystical beauty of Celtic and Appalachian Christmas traditions through music, dance, poetry and song.
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 9:00pm
During his eight-decade career, Bob Hope (1903-2003) was the only performer to achieve top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment
Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 9:00pm
Ring in 2018 with special guests celebrating the legacy of the legendary Leonard Bernstein
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Through the magic of modern technology, Elvis Presley is reunited with his original TCB band and back-up singers 25 years after his death, for a unique concert special
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 10:30pm
Meet the frank and funny creator of the groundbreaking “Tales of the City,” and follow his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South to a gay rights pioneer whose work has inspired millions.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 8:00pm
Former Royal Marine Arthur Williams travels to the globe’s most remote areas to find out how people establish life in such secluded places.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 10:00pm
Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow in the night sky.
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 9:00pm
American Masters' 200th episode features interviews with 150 subjects, including J.D. Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 9:00pm
This documentary tells stories of individuals who struggle with vision loss and blindness. 
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 9:00pm
Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a PBS music special honoring Tony Bennett’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song premieres
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 3:30pm
As part of our Dialogue on Disability programming, WXXI is pleased to present the first documentary to explore autism as sensory-based experiences. 
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:00pm
This captivating film brings Kevin Kling’s tales from the stage to the screen.
Sunday, March 18, 2018 (All day)
Join WXXI and Evan Dawson as we set out for Spain’s “jewels” – the three fascinating cities of Madrid, San Sebastian and Barcelona. 

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In recognition of LGBT pride month, host Robert Hammond is pleased to welcome Ari Shapiro to Stage Notes on Saturday, June 10 at noon on Classical 91.5.
On-Demand
Craft in America: SERVICE episode Documenting craft and the military and the power of the handmade to inspire and heal. Featuring papermaker Pam DeLuco, saddler Eugene Burks Jr., and ceramic artists Ehren Tool, Judas Recendez and Peter Voulkos. (Aired Nov. 2014) Watch On-Demand:
World War II is a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States. Watch On-Demand (In English & Spanish)

Recently Aired

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:00pm
Join Lidia Bastianich to celebrate our homegrown heroes–veterans who now cultivate the land they fought to defend.
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, we sit down with a local painter in her Anderson Alley studio.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:00pm
In Calculating Ada:The Countess of Computing, Dr. Hannah Fry (The Mathematics of Love) explores the short yet remarkable life of Ada Lovelace, a Victorian-era British socialite and one of the world’s earliest computer pioneers.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Director Jonathan Miller leads the virtuoso vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella in an inspiring show of choral music set to Chanukah texts. 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Mouthwatering moments with a diverse range of Jewish families celebrate the importance of food as a cultural connection to the past, and a hope to maintain tradition in the future.
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