PROGRAM LISTINGS December 2 - December 8, 2012

Arts, Drama, Culture

Horses of the West
Sun., Dec. 2, 7:00 pm
From the sensitive beauty of elegant Arabians to a gentle nudge from a therapy horse, from the open runs of wild horses on the range to the muscle and skill of working ranch horses, this program takes viewers on an emotional journey on horseback through the American West. Narrated by actress Ali MacGraw, this new special celebrates the remarkable relationship of horses and the humans who love them, while offering a broad overview of the many different roles horses play.

Downton Abbey Season 2, Part 1

Sun., Dec. 2, 8:00 pm
The story of 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, and well as a drawing room full of new actors portraying the loves, feuds and sacrifices of a glittering culture thrown into crisis.

Part 1
Two years into World War I, Downton Abbey is in turmoil, as Matthew and other young men go to war - or avoid it. The women also pitch in, and many couples see their romantic dreams dashed.

A Fiddler's Holiday with the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band
Sun., Dec. 2, 10:00 pm
This concert is a musical celebration of the winter holiday season, a time when families gather round hearth and home to keep their spirits warm and bright. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are best known for "Ashokan Farewell," the musical centerpiece of the Grammy Award-winning score of THE CIVIL WAR series, and other frequent collaborations with Ken Burns. In this new PBS special, the band is accompanied by the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dr. Kevin P. Bartram.

Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby

Mon., Dec. 3, 7:30 pm
Thurs., Dec. 6, 10:00 pm
Legendary rocker Rod Stewart's first solo holiday special, with songs produced by David "Hitman" Foster, features 13 classic songs. The set list includes "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Auld Lang Syne," and duets with Michael Bublé ("Winter Wonderland"), Cee-Lo Green ("Merry Christmas, Baby"), Mary J. Blige ("We Three Kings") and even Ella Fitzgerald ("What Are You Doing on New Year's Eve?").

Peter, Paul and Mary: 25 Anniversary Concert

Mon., Dec. 3, 9:00 pm
In 1986, the legendary trio Peter, Paul and Mary marked their 25th anniversary with the taping of their very first PBS special. Now, two and a half decades later, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the group in Greenwich Village, this joyous and deeply moving live concert is being re-broadcast. The special features songs that became, for many, the soundtrack of their generation. Songs include such timeless classics as "Puff, the Magic Dragon," "If I Had a Hammer," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "Blowin' in the Wind."

Between the Folds

Mon., Dec. 3, 11:00 pm
Think origami is just paper planes and cranes? A determined group of theoretical scientists and fine artists has abandoned careers and scoffed at graduate degrees to forge new lives as modern-day paper folders. Together they reinterpret the world in paper, creating a wild mix of sensibilities towards art, science, creativity and meaning.

Sam Gon

Tues., Dec. 4, 7:30 pm
Leslie Wilcox talks story with Sam Gon, who's been with the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii for over 25 years. As the organization's senior scientist and cultural advisor, Sam brings together his two passions: science and culture. Sam is also a respected Hawaiian language chanter in the community. Switching between a traditional Hawaiian perspective and a Western scientific lens comes easily to Sam. "Why can't I be both simultaneously?" he asks.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Sun., Dec. 9 at 4:00 pm.

Oscar Hammerstein II: Out of My Dreams
Tues., Dec. 4, 8:00 pm
Hosted by Matthew Morrison (Glee), this special is a celebration of the most acclaimed lyricist and librettist of the 20th century. His legendary works include Show Boat (1927), Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951) and The Sound of Music (1959). Brimming with movie clips from his greatest musicals, the program features interviews with Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Shirley Jones, Mitzi Gaynor, Hammerstein family members and others.

Il Volo Takes Flight
Tues., Dec. 4, 9:30 pm
Italian heartthrobs Il Volo are three teenage tenors: Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble. They have received unanimous raves for their vocal talent and showmanship since their May 2011 debut in America on TV shows including American Idol, The Tonight Show, Ellen, The Today Show and Good Morning America. Already certified platinum in their homeland of Italy and several other countries, they have captured the hearts of Americans of all ages. Il Volo means "flight" and they soar in this special filmed at Detroit's famed Opera House on October 27, 2011.

A Girl's Life
Tues., Dec. 4, 11:00 pm
Girls entering adulthood in the next decade will see more opportunities than today's women ever imagined. Will these girls stride confidently through newly opened doors or are they destined to be stunted by societal messages that tell them females should be constantly agreeable, impossibly thin and sexy above all else? Author and educator Rachel Simmons examines the challenges facing young women as they surf the waves of 21st-century adolescence. Simmons interviews parents, psychologists, teachers and social workers who are helping nurture girls into capable, resilient adults. She also talks with four girls who tell their own deeply personal tales of dealing with issues like cyber-bullying, body image and violence. With courage and determination, these girls reveal their hopes and dreams for a powerful future.

Wed., Dec. 5, 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 Sun., Dec. 9 at 3:30 pm.

Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2
Wed., Dec. 5, 8:00 pm
No one could have guessed on October 8, 1985 when Les Misérables opened in London at the Barbican Theatre that it would become a worldwide phenomenon. But audiences embraced it from the start, creating a "people's musical" that has played in 42 countries and been seen by nearly 60 million people. In 2010, the legendary musical celebrated its 25th birthday and to mark the occasion, producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London. With more than 500 actors and musicians - including Alfie Boe, Nick Jonas, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas, Lea Salonga, Jenny Galloway and Katie Hal – this special includes the casts of the long-running Original Production at London's Queen's Theatre and members of the Original 1985 London cast.

The British Beat
Thurs., Dec. 6, 8:00 pm
This special features a mix of rare archival full-length performance films mixed with live performances from the Zombies, Wayne Fontana, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many more - including never-before-broadcast sets from Chad and Jeremy and Peter Noone. Petula Clark hosts.

Souls on Fire

Thurs., Dec. 6, 11:30 pm
Dutch martial arts champion Ernesto Hoost visits Otsuchi, a Tohoku fishing port devastated by the tsunami but slowly returning to life. There he shares heartfelt exchanges with the local fishermen. He also goes to a martial arts gym in Kamaishi, where most of its members lost loved ones. He empathizes with their determination to stick to their martial arts and later joins in the practice with children and other trainees.

Doo Wop Discoveries
Fri., Dec. 7, 9:00 pm
This special brings back pivotal R&B and pop vocal groups of the late 50s and 60s through never-before-broadcast archival and new live performances of their most loved hits. Pop music icons Smokey Robinson, Mike Stoller (of the writing team Lieber & Stoller), producers Mitch and Phil Margo of the Tokens, Aaron Neville, Neil Sedaka and more share their favorite doo wop styles and songs of the genre.

Holiday Tables and Traditions

Fri., Dec. 7, 11:00 pm
Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates culture through food. Join her for an Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes with actors Mo Rocca and Stanley Tucci; a Mexican-American Christmas Day with four generations of the Cortez family in San Antonio, Texas; a Chinese New Year feast and celebration with the Fong-Torres family; and a Jewish-American Passover seder with the Russ family of the famed specialty shop Russ and Daughters and food author Ruth Reichl.


Sat., Dec. 8, 4:00 pm
Fifth-generation New York City butcher Evan Lobel joins Martha for a master class on meat. Together, they teach viewers how to choose and cook the best cuts of meat, from tender to lean. Martha and Evan demonstrate some of the most useful butchering techniques, including cutting up a whole chicken, spatchcocking a Cornish game hen, butterflying a leg of lamb, butchering a beef tenderloin and making medallions from a pork loin.

Fermented Korean Foods and Seafood Delicacies

Sat., Dec. 8, 5:00 pm
Korean chef Cathlyn Choi showcases delicious, nutritious and easy-to-make Korean cuisine, featuring traditional and fusion ingredients as well exploring cultural aspects of Korean foods.

This episode features traditional fermented sauces and seafood delicacies that have been consumed by Koreans for centuries. Recipes include bibimbap, pan-fried oysters and calamari stir-fry.

Making Sausage with Chris Cosentino

Sat., Dec. 8, 5:30 pm
On this episode, learn how to grind your own meat and make your own sausage with the help of a man who can teach most butchers a thing or two: Chef Chris Cosentino. Chef Ming and Chris cook on the fly together creating two very different dishes: San Francisco sausage and peppers and chicken mushroom sausage patties with orange-snow pea salad.

Na Mele: Na Lani Eha from Iolani Palace presented by Hawaiian Airlines
Sat., Dec. 8, 7:00 pm
Contemporary local artists bring music from Hawaii's monarchy era to life from inside the majestic halls of Iolani Palace. PBS Hawaii was granted access to the historic palace, where TV cameras and crews are rarely allowed. The program features Marlene Sai, Robert Cazimero, Nina Kealiiwahamana, Haunani Apoliona, Dennis and David Kamakahi, Aaron Mahi, Kuuipo Kumukahi and the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders, Jeff Peterson, Helene Woodward, Ilana Mahiehie Davis and the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus directed by Nola Nahulu.

The Greatest Duets: It Takes Two
Sat., Dec. 8, 9:00 pm
Since the earliest days of pop music, great vocal duets have conveyed a unique emotional power that has given them a special place in the hearts of music fans everywhere. Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins shines a light on 12 of the greatest duets in music history, showcasing some of the best superstar pairings in classic music videos and television performances, including Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, Elton John and Kiki Dee, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes and many more.

Barbra Streisand: One Night Only at the Village Vanguard
Sat., Dec. 8, 10:30 pm
In September 2009, a select group of fans and friends had the rare opportunity to experience the legendary Barbra Streisand's performance in the ultimate up-close-and-personal setting of the historic Village Vanguard club. Accompanied by piano, bass, guitar and drums, this is the artist at her most intimate. Songs include "Evergreen," "The Way We Were," and "If You Go Away."

Public Affairs

Sun., Dec. 2, 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., Dec. 6, 7:30 pm
In this edition, hosted by students from Iolani School in Honolulu, Maui's Lahaina Intermediate School students cover the restoration of Lahaina's iconic Pioneer Mill smokestack. On Oahu, students from Ka Waihona o ka Naauao profile George Kalilikane, whose life was changed by stand-up paddling.

Other featured schools: Hilo High School (Hawaii Island); Kauai High School and Waimea High School (Kauai); and Waianae High School and Waipahu High School (Oahu).

This program encores Saturday, Dec. 8 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,

Fri., Dec. 7, 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., Dec. 7, 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., Dec. 7, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.