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What to Watch, Listen to and Stream from VPM This Winter

Matt Paxton, Jaime, and Lex stand in the interior of an historic barn filled with colorful paintings.
"Legacy List" host Matt Paxton (left) helps Jaime and Lex pick through David Hayes' historic barn in Coventry, CT. (Photo: Shipyard Entertainment/VPM)
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Saam Bakhtiar stand outdoors at CrossKeys Vineyards, each holding a glass of red wine.
Tassie Pippert, host of "Un-Wine'd," enjoys a glass of wine with Saam Bakhtiar, director of operations at CrossKeys Vineyards. (Photo: VPM)
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Mike and Mary Anderson sit together on the floor, surrounded by musical instruments and children's books.
Mike and Mary Anderson host "Songs and Stories with Mary and Mike," a new music and literacy series for young children. (Photo: VPM)
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The logo for the VPM podcast "Seizing Freedom" is positioned to the left of a headshot of podcast host Dr. Kidada E. Williams who wears a red shirt.
Dr. Kidada E. Williams hosts the podcast series "Seizing Freedom." (Illustration:  L.A. Inkwell, Photo: Courtesy of Kidada E. Williams)
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Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, wearing in a dark suit, speaks to a researcher dressed in a lab coat and gloves and holding a petri dish.
In "Alzheimer's: What You Can Do," a researcher speaks to Dr. Rudolph Tanzi (right) whose team uses "Alzheimer's-in a-dish" to study the potential causes of dementia. (Photo: VPM)
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This winter, VPM's new programming lineup includes content to keep you informed and inspired. Tune in live or on-demand for in-depth news, brand-new episodes of your favorite food and lifestyle shows, plus new history and science series.

Read below for top winter 2021 highlights from VPM (check local listings).

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT
Saturdays, beginning Jan. 2 | Untamed Radio Series
9:39 a.m. on VPM News
Drawing on the success of VPM’s wildlife and conservation television series “Untamed,” host Ed Clark lends his talents and expertise to a new short-format “Untamed” radio series. Focused on wildlife-centered issues, the series will air weekly during “Weekend Edition Saturday” around the 9:39 a.m. programming break. 

Mondays, beginning Jan. 4 | Legacy List with Matt Paxton (Season 2)
9 p.m. on VPM PBS
Hosted by Richmond native Matt Paxton, the series about the hidden treasures found within our homes and the stories behind them returns for an eight-part second season. Together with his team of experts, including Jaime Ebanks, Mike Kelleher and Avi Hopkins, A&E veteran Paxton helps people downsize and transition to their next best lives. The show is produced by MY Entertainment and Shipyard Entertainment in association with VPM, and distributed to a national audience by American Public Television (APT).

Continuing coverage, beginning Jan 13 | Virginia General Assembly
VPM PBS and VPM News
VPM will provide televised coverage of the Virginia General Assembly, beginning with Gov. Northam’s State of the Commonwealth Address on Jan. 13. While the Assembly is in session, VPM will provide live midday coverage from the Virginia Senate Monday through Friday on VPM PBS. VPM News reporters will have feature stories and daily coverage of the legislative session on VPM News, VPM.org and on social media. 

Saturdays, beginning Jan. 16 | Un-Wine’d (Season 3)
1 p.m. on VPM PBS
Season 3 of VPM’s original wine and cooking series adds local flavor to Saturday’s culinary programming lineup. Host Tassie Pippert explores the tastes and terroir of Virginia, local winemaking traditions and the rich history of wine in the Commonwealth. Each episode includes cooking demonstrations straight from Pippert’s kitchen and recipes to pair with your favorite Virginia wines. Prior to the premiere, catch a two-part special airing of “Un-Wine’d” at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8.

Weekdays, beginning Jan. 18 | VPM Home Learning
VPM Plus
VPM supports distance learning by providing educational shows aligned with classroom instruction weekdays on VPM Plus. Joining the lineup this winter will be several new local series, including “Songs and Stories with Mary and Mike” featuring music and stories for young children, a program from Fitness DAWGS geared for children ages 4 to 7 that focuses on childhood health and healthy living, and a new science-centered series featuring content from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Virginia Zoo and the Science Museum of Virginia.

Feb. 1 | Seizing Freedom
Against the backdrop of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the sixteen-episode “Seizing Freedom” podcast utilizes first-hand accounts of Black people to showcase how they defined freedom for themselves and fought daily to maintain it, despite every effort to keep it from them. “Seizing Freedom” is hosted by historian, author and researcher Kidada E. Williams. 

COMING SOON
March | Virginia Home Grown
VPM’s original gardening and growing series will return for its 21st season in March. Hosted by Peggy Singlemann, director of park operations and horticulture at Maymont in Richmond, Va., the program engages a variety of experts and guests to share their personal perspectives on gardening. The eight-episode series, which airs monthly from March to October, focuses on growing in Virginia’s climate zones while highlighting locations throughout Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

Late Spring | Alzheimer’s: What You Can Do
Researchers have recently shown that we can implement simple, everyday practices to potentially forestall the onset of Alzheimer’s and other related forms of dementia. The third installment in VPM’s dementia documentary series delves into research that shows how our social interactions, diet, sleep habits, exercise and other aspects of daily life can have dramatic effects on our cognitive abilities as we age.