PROGRAM LISTINGS December 30, 2012 - January 5, 2013

Arts, Drama, Culture

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Sun., Dec. 30, 6:30 pm
In this special, newly married Chummy and Nurse Jenny Lee are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother, and Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant, Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play. In true Chummy fashion, mishaps ensue.

Downton Abbey Season 2, Part 7

Sun., Dec. 30, 8:00 pm
The story of the aristocrats and servants of Downton Abbey is resumed during the tumultuous World War I era. The international hit, written by Julian Fellowes, stars Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, as well as a drawing room full of new actors portraying the loves, feuds and sacrifices of a glittering culture thrown into crisis.

Part 7
In the series finale, the family gathers at Downton Abbey for Christmas.

Downton Abbey Revisited
Sun., Dec. 30, 10:00 pm
In this special, savor great moments from the series' first two seasons, along with cast interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage and a sneak peek at what's in store for the Crawleys as they enter the Roaring Twenties. What will become of Bates? What new mischief will villainous footman Thomas and scheming lady's maid O'Brien instigate? Will wedding bells finally ring? And how will the formidable Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith) handle the arrival of Lady Grantham's American mother (Shirley MacLaine)?

A Novelist's Journey to Tohoku

Sun., Dec. 30, 10:30 pm
French author Richard Collasse, whose novel L'Océan dans la Rizière about Japan's 3.11 tsunami generated publicity in France, revisits Miyagi to research a new novel and meet with survivors.

The Royal Hawaiian Band

Mon., Dec. 31, 7:30 pm
Founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III, the Royal Hawaiian Band has provided audiences the world over with a continual connection to Hawaii's royal heritage. During this vintage concert set on the grounds of historic Iolani Palace, Bandmaster Aaron Mahi pays tribute to one of his predecessors, Henry Berger, Royal Hawaiian Bandmaster from 1871 to 1915 and sometimes called the "Father of Hawaiian music."

One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch

Mon., Dec. 31, 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm
The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Paul Gemignani, rings in 2013 with this celebration of the life and work of Marvin Hamlisch. Joshua Bell, Raúl Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Maria Friedman, Josh Groban, Megan Hilty, Kelli O'Hara and Frederica Von Stade are featured in a program highlighting selections that span Hamlisch's groundbreaking music for stage and film. Audra McDonald hosts.

Breakfast Special 2: Revenge of the Omelets
Mon., Dec. 31, 9:30 pm
Tues., Jan. 1, 11:00 pm
This tasty sequel to the original Breakfast Special celebrates some great breakfast spots around the country, including three on the Big Island of Hawaii: Ken's House of Pancakes in Hilo, Baker Tom's Malasadas in Papaikou and Hawaiian Style Café in Waimea. Local advice is given by James and Beverly Rubio, who write the blog

George Ariyoshi: Journey to Washington Place

Tues., Jan. 1, 7:30 pm
Leslie Wilcox talks with former Governor George Ariyoshi, the state's third and longest-serving governor. According to Ariyoshi, his parents' Japanese cultural values shaped his character. Ariyoshi also recalls his long journey to becoming Hawaii's governor - from his childhood at Japanese school, all the way through meeting his future wife and his involvement in Hawaii's Democratic Revolution of 1954.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Jan. 2 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Jan. 6 at 4:00 pm.

From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013

Tues., Jan. 1, 8:00 pm
The cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic continues. With guest conductor Franz Welser-Möst wielding the baton at the opulent Musikverein, the program features favorite Strauss Family waltzes and the dancers of the Vienna City Ballet. Julie Andrews hosts.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Tues., Jan. 1, 9:30 pm
Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds? From Broadway's golden age, names like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim immediately come to mind. More recently, Broadway babies such as Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Andrew Lippa represent a sampling of the Jewish talents who continue to leave their mark on musical theater.

Wed., Jan. 2, 7:30 pm
Jim and Kanoa Leahey, Hawaii's father and son sports reporting duo, prove that the liveliest discussions happen with family and friends at the kitchen table. Join them as they talk story with special guests about "sports and other living things."

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Jan. 2 at 11:30 pm and Sun., Jan 6 at 3:30 pm.

Great Grandfather's Drum

Thurs., Jan. 3, 9:00 pm
This film celebrates Japanese American culture and history on Maui, told by descendents of plantation workers and by elders who lived this history. Experience the Maui Taiko drum ensemble's powerful performances and travel with them to rural Japan in search of their ancestral roots.

Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
Thurs., Jan. 3, 10:00 pm
This film is a character study of Congressman Joseph Cao, a Vietnamese American Republican elected by surprise in a historically African American Democratic district in New Orleans.

Mid-Atlantic States

Thurs., Jan. 3, 11:00 pm
Host Brianna Barnes begins her travels in New Jersey with a visit to Atlantic City and Wildwoods on a 1950s-themed weekend. Next it's on to Delaware, with stops in Lewes and Annapolis, followed by crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay. Brianna journeys through the Brandywine Valley, which stretches through Delaware and Pennsylvania, on her way to Philadelphia for a taste of the famous cheesesteaks and a look at the Art Museum. She continues west through Amish country, takes in the new Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville and checks out the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Brianna makes her way to Virginia, where she encounters a replica of Stonehenge made entirely from Styrofoam and concludes her trip at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

Paul Simon's Graceland Journey

Fri., Jan. 4, 9:00 pm
Paul Simon's Graceland album, an experiment in cross-cultural collaboration, was also commercially popular, selling 14 million albums worldwide and won multiple Grammys. Today, it's considered one of the most significant recordings of its time. But why was it so controversial in 1986? In 2011, Simon returned to South Africa to reunite and perform with several of the musicians involved in the original album, capturing a unique homecoming as he reflects on landmark events surrounding the album.

Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2011
Fri., Jan. 4, 11:00 pm
The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is a musical celebration honoring the year's Laureates. The 2011 edition of this concert, recorded at the Oslo Spektrum Arena, boasts an eclectic line-up of award-winning international musicians, including David Gray, Jill Scott, Evanescence, Janelle Monáe, Sugarland, Angelique Kidjo and the World Youth Choir. The co-hosts, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren and actress and activist Rosario Dawson, introduce the achievements of the three honorees: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen, for their non-violent struggle on behalf of women's rights.


Sat., Jan. 5, 4:00 pm
This episode is devoted to roasting, a straightforward and adaptable technique that works well for meat, fish and chicken. Martha's roast chicken showcases the benefits of this method, with a crisp exterior and moist interior. Because roasting so beautifully concentrates the flavors of the ingredients, it's also well suited to vegetables, and Martha includes a recipe for a delicious roasted root vegetable salad.

Bulgogi: Korean BBQ

Sat., Jan. 5, 5:00 pm
Korean chef Cathlyn Choi showcases delicious, nutritious and easy-to-make Korean cuisine, featuring traditional and fusion dishes as well as exploring cultural aspects of Korean foods.

Bulgogi: Korean BBQ
This episode explores the history of Korean barbeque and how it has evolved to become the most popular Korean food worldwide. Featured barbeque recipes are bulgogi (barbequed beef), dak galbi (chicken prepared in the style from the Chuncheon area of Korea) and classic galbi (barbequed short ribs).

Ganache with Joanne Chang

Sat., Jan. 5, 5:30 pm
On this week's episode, learn the art of making ganache, the simple mixture of chocolate and cream that's the heart of so many great desserts. Ming is joined by chef Joanne Chang who shows how ganache can be whipped up into two mouth-watering desserts: chocolate mousse napoleon and flourless rum nut chocolate cake.

Chinese Culture and Innovation, Part 2

Sat., Jan. 5, 7:00 pm
Land of the Dragon is a weekly documentary series in English about China that provides a window into a complex society that is increasingly impacting our own. Each episode sheds light on the lives, struggles and cultures of the country's 56 ethnic groups, the people's relationships to the land and the effects of modernization on Chinese individuals and society. It gives viewers a deeper, more balanced understanding of who the Chinese people are, what they value, how they live and where they are headed.

Chinese Culture and Innovation, Part 2
This episode explores some of the most unique architectural achievements in China, including buildings constructed without nails, and gardens based on ancient philosophy.

Sechseläuten: Switzerland's Spring Festival

Sat., Jan. 5, 7:30 pm
We find out what Sechseläuten means when we join Joseph on his springtime visit to Zurich, Switzerland. Considered a dry and formal business town, Zurich casts off the stereotype and its residents slough off their inhibitions when they welcome spring in celebration with the town's historic medieval trade unions. On parade day, Joseph dons a baker's cap and joins the Bakers' Guild for a romp through the streets of Zurich to the square where the Bogg (snowman), in observation of the end of winter, loses his head in a burst of firecrackers. Once he is engulfed in flames winter is banished and the citizens of Zurich use the glowing embers of his pyre to roast sausages, while quaffing local wine and partying well into the night.

World Dancesport Championships 2011
Part 1 of 3

Sat., Jan. 5, 8:00 pm
Art, entertainment and sport are combined to create DanceSport, where top dancers from all over the world compete for prestigious titles in the three main ballroom dancing disciplines: Latin, Standard and World Ten.

Geneva and the Matterhorn

Sat., Jan. 5, 9:00 pm
Renowned adventurer Richard Bangs explores the Rhone River, Lake Geneva and the Matterhorn regions of Switzerland — the country known since Medieval times as the "water castle" of Europe. On his quest, Richard uncovers how the Swiss harnessed the power of the Rhone to light Switzerland and its neighbors, power some of the world's most efficient rail systems and quench the thirst of millions, while still managing to preserve this precious resource.

Costa Rica: Quest for Pura Vida

Sat., Jan. 5, 10:00 pm
Renowned adventurer Richard Bangs explores Costa Rica, the ecological nexus of North and South America. The country is home to endless natural wonders: wild rivers, fire-spewing volcanoes, verdant rainforests and more species of animals and plants than found in the United States and Canada combined. Bangs attempts to uncover the secret to the Costa Ricans' success in preserving their small country's extraordinary biodiversity.

Sonic Youth/The Black Keys

Sat., Jan. 5, 11:00 pm
ACL presents the evolution of electric guitar music with Sonic Youth and The Black Keys. Sonic Youth showcases the avant-garde rock of its album The Eternal, while The Black Keys highlight the classic blues rock of their record Brothers.

Public Affairs

Sun., Dec. 30, 5:00 pm
Bill Moyers presents MOYERS & COMPANY, a weekly hour of compelling and vital con­versation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time. A range of scholars, artists, activists, scientists, philosophers and newsmakers bring context, insight and meaning to important topics. The series also occasionally includes Moyers' own timely and penetrating essays on society and government.

HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network
Thurs., Jan. 3, 7:30 pm
Crystal Cebedo of Waianae High School hosts this episode highlighting the outstanding stories so far this season. Teachers will share the triumphs, challenges and lessons learned while supervising their students in producing the featured stories.

Featured schools: H.P. Baldwin High School and Maui High School (Maui); Ka Waihona O Ka Naauao, Punahou School, Waianae High School, Waianae Intermediate School and Waipahu High School (Oahu).

This program encores Saturday, Jan. 5 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Jan. 6 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,

High Cost of College

Thurs., Jan. 3, 8:00 pm
Host Dan Boylan moderates this discussion about the high cost of a college education. January marks the final stretch for high school seniors applying to colleges for the fall semester. Meanwhile, tuition costs continue to rise, along with student loan debt, which has topped $900 billion in America. Guests will discuss whether college is still worth the price and how a higher education can be made more affordable.

Scheduled to appear: Frank Green, President-Elect of the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Dayna Kaneshiro, Post-High School Counselor at Roosevelt High School; Shelley Lane, Director of Curriculum and College Counseling at La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls; and Karen Lee, Executive Director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education.

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Fri., Jan. 4, 7:30 pm
For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week. The program, hosted by Gwen Ifill, is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

Fri., Jan. 4, 8:00 pm
This weekly current affairs series covers the issues being considered by candidates and voters - from immigration to education to health care, environment, jobs and the economy - from Main Street's point of view.

The program also profiles up-and-coming political leaders and will report regularly from the road, hosting the program from key states whose issues are important to the national election. Essays, many from Jon Meacham and from a diverse group of other journalists and big thinkers, are a weekly feature.

Respected and experienced media professionals anchor the program and report from the field. They include: Jeff Greenfield, a seasoned political, media and culture reporter and commentator who has worked for CNN, CBS and NBC; Maria Hinojosa, host and managing editor of NPR's Latino USA and former senior correspondent of NOW On PBS; Scott Simon, longtime host of NPR's Weekend Edition; and Ray Suarez, co-anchor of the PBS NEWSHOUR.

Fri., Jan. 4, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

Science and Nature

Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey

Wed., Jan. 2, 8:00 pm
Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming the tiger known as Broken Tail and his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub ever seen in Ranthambore, one of India's best protected tiger reserves. But suddenly and without warning, Broken Tail abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run moving through farmland and scrub until he was killed by a train nearly 200 miles from his home. To track Broken Tail's incredible journey, Colin and his soundman Salim retrace the tiger's path and piece together the cub's last days and reveal the fate of the few surviving tigers in India.

Doomsday Volcanoes

Wed., Jan. 2, 9:00 pm
The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010 turned much of the northern hemisphere into an ash-strewn no-fly zone. But Eyjafjallajökull was just the start. Katla, an Icelandic volcano 10 times bigger, has begun to swell and grumble. Two more giants, Hekla and Laki, could erupt without warning, and when they do, the consequences will be global. In this episode, we'll meet scientists who are trying to understand those consequences for air travel, for the global food supply and Earth's climate. Could we be plunged into years of cold and famine? What can we do to prepare for the coming disaster?

Icelandic Volcanoes

Wed., Jan. 2, 10:00 pm
Volcanoes are among the most spectacular and powerful forces on our planet. They create new land, change landscapes and destroy civilizations. But more than two billion years ago, they also breathed life into our world. From the ocean abyss to snow-covered summits, this ambitious series paints a detailed picture of the awareness required to survive around volcanoes. Spectacular scenery provides the backdrop for the extraordinary animals and plants that have learned to juggle with fire.

Icelandic Volcanoes
Europe has come to realize that a colossal power sleeps beneath Iceland, while Icelanders for centuries have learned to live amongst their volcanoes. The 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland provoked economic chaos by paralyzing a major air traffic network for days. This eruption, however, was mild. Much more powerful volcanoes in Iceland are ready to wake up. Through spectacular aerial footage of this country, which is an accumulation of lava and ash, a maze of craters and faults, the episode tries to discern which volcano could wake up next and what the consequences of a major eruption are likely to be.