PROGRAM LISTINGS December 9 - December 15, 2012

Arts, Drama, Culture

Henry Live
Sun., Dec. 9, 7:00 pm
This is a special encore of an in-studio concert by Hawaiian music legend Henry Kapono recorded especially for PBS Hawaii in 2009. Henry performs a wide range of songs from throughout his career, including "Home in the Islands," "Sailing" and "Eho Mai."

Downton Abbey Season 2, Part 2

Sun., Dec. 9, 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 2
Downton is turned into a convalescent home with Thomas in charge. Meanwhile, Lavinia's and Sir Richard's secret comes out, Anna tracks down Bates and Branson seizes his chance to strike a blow for Ireland.

Downton Abbey Season 2, Part 3

Sun., Dec. 9, 9:00 pm
Part 3
Isobel and Cora lock horns over control of Downton's medical role. Mrs. Bird starts a soup kitchen. And Matthew and William embark on a perilous patrol behind German lines.

The Story of the Costume Drama: The Greatest Stories Ever Told
Sun., Dec. 9, 10:00 pm
This special is a celebration of 50 years of small-screen historical costume drama - the genre that has created some of the most memorable and best-loved series ever broadcast on PBS. Covering love and war, birth and death, the rich and the poor, the program shows how the genre has changed across the decades. Series covered include The Forsythe Saga, Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited and I, Claudius. Featured are interviews with the stars of the series and writers, cinematographers and location managers.

Kawai Cockett and Darlene Ahuna

Mon., Dec. 10, 7:30 pm
This special encore NA MELE features the traditional Hawaiian music of Darlene Ahuna and the late Kawai Cockett. In this performance, Kawai Cockett is backed by Sam Sepitmo and Charlie Wahineho'okae. Joining Darlene Ahuna are her husband J.J. Ahuna and Led Kaapana. Ha'aheo Cockett provides hula artistry.

Moments to Remember
Mon., Dec. 10, 8:00 pm
Highlighting the late 50s and early 60s pop era, Patti Page and Nick Clooney introduce performances and archival classics along with fellow emcees Peter Marshall, Wink Martindale and Mary Lou Metzger. The special features Frankie Laine, Julius LaRosa, the Four Lads, the Four Aces, the Four Freshmen, Roger Williams, Lenny Welch, the Platters, the DeCastro Sisters and archival performances from Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como and Nat King Cole.

Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies

Mon., Dec. 10, 10:30 pm
The little girl with a big voice returns with a special showcasing the great songs from the silver screen. Recorded in the movie palace splendor of the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, Jackie puts her unique stamp on such audience favorites as "My Heart Will Go On" (Titanic), "Some Enchanted Evening" (South Pacific), "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (The Lion King), "Pure Imagination" (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) and many more.

Shim Kanazawa

Tues., Dec. 11, 7:30 pm
Leslie Wilcox talks with Shim Kanazawa, often called "the Florence Nightingale of Hawaii." During World War II, Shim became a lifeline for Japanese American families incarcerated at relocation camps. Through the decades that followed, she has advocated for Hawaii's families, especially the elderly. Shim's dedication to helping others could be traced back to her parents' simple advice: to be good to everybody.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Dec. 12 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Dec. 16 at 4:00 pm.

Big Band Vocalists
Tues., Dec. 11, 8:00 pm
This special looks back at the "crooners" and "canaries" of the 1940s, featuring the greatest vocalists of the period when they started their careers performing with orchestras and dance bands. Among the legendary artists included in the rare, vintage footage are Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Doris Day, Helen Forest with the Harry James Orchestra, Peggy Lee with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and many more favorites from the World War II era. Nick Clooney and Peter Marshall host.

Cirque du Soleil: Flowers in the Desert
Tues., Dec. 11, 10:00 pm
This special presents mesmerizing performances recorded in Las Vegas at six different Cirque du Soleil shows: Mystére, O, Kà, Love, Criss Angel Believe and Viva Elvis.

Wed., Dec. 12, 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., Dec. 12 at 11:30 pm and Sun., Dec. 16 at 3:30 pm.

60s Pop, Rock and Soul
Thurs., Dec. 13, 9:00 pm
Hosted by icons Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and the late Davy Jones of The Monkees, this concert spectacular features hits and favorites of the AM radio era from Paul Revere & The Raiders, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Kingsmen, The Ventures, Question Mark & The Mysterians and Jefferson Starship. Every song is a classic from the decade of peace, love and profound social change - sung by performers who represent a period of time that resonates through the generations.

Paraguay and Uruguay

Thurs., Dec. 13, 11:00 pm
Host Holly Morris discovers two South American countries that may share a similar name but couldn't be more different. Beginning in Uruguay, Holly explores the beautiful coastline and experiences the largest gaucho festival in the world. Then she begins her Paraguayan adventure in its capital city Asuncion, heads into the countryside and visits the ruins of the 18th century Jesuit missions. She later hunts with the Ache people on the Mbaracayu Nature Reserve.

Magical Mystery Tour Revisited

Fri., Dec. 14, 9:00 pm
Produced at the peak of Beatlemania in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour is the least known of the various films starring the Beatles. It was never theatrically released or nationally broadcast on U.S. television, receiving only sporadic TV syndication in the 1980s. This documentary chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film and provides context for the era that set the scene for its production. The story is packed with unseen footage and features contributions from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Martin Scorsese, Peter Fonda and Terry Gilliam, among others.

The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour

Fri., Dec. 14, 10:00 pm
Released in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour was arguably ahead of its time, with a mostly improvised and loosely plotted script based around a surreal dreamlike coach trip to an unknown destination. The film is a showcase for six classic Beatles tracks including "I Am the Walrus," "The Fool on the Hill" and "Your Mother Should Know" and features John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves. On the coach, they're joined for a series of episodic misadventures by a cast of eccentric characters, including Auntie Jessie, tour director Jolly Jimmy Johnson, tour hostess Miss Wendy Winters and conductor Buster Bloodvessel. Now fully restored and presented properly for the first time, the film emerges from the shadows and onto the screen.

The Titanic with Led Goodman
Fri., Dec. 14, 11:00 pm
Join host Len Goodman as he examines the 100-year legacy of the Titanic, exploring the human stories that unfolded in the years after the ship sank. He meets descendants of passengers and crew and hears how, for the families of many on board, the sinking was just the start of the story. He visits Belfast, the city where Titanic was built, and journeys to other towns left scarred by the tragedy.


Sat., Dec. 15, 4:00 pm
Martha offers a lesson on the world's most common grain, starting with a perfect pot of fluffy white rice that you can incorporate into a main course or serve as an accompaniment to a host of other dishes. From there, she demonstrates her tried-and-true techniques for flavorful pilaf, risotto and Thai fried rice.


Sat., Dec. 15, 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.

Cathlyn explains the true meaning of bap (rice), considered as the main entree for Koreans, and shows tips on how to make perfect, delicious and nutritious multigrain rice in a traditional stone pot. Other recipes include traditional Korean dipping sauce and a fusion wrap.

Rice Pilaf with Ellie Krieger

Sat., Dec. 15, 5:30 pm
Cooking on the fly with Ming in this week's episode is Chef Ellie Krieger. Ellie, hailed as an expert on all things healthy, teams up with Ming to make rice pilaf. Along with some surprise ingredients and special spices from Ming's pantry, the chefs also create toasted garlic quinoa and coriander-crusted chicken along with spicy shrimp over preserved lemon pilaf.

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

Sat., Dec. 15, 7:00 pm
To mark the 25th anniversary year of The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh presented the musical in a lavish, fully staged production in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of the Royal Albert Hall. Audiences were invited to join the celebration, which was broadcast to theatres around the world. Stars Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine were joined by Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur André, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry and Wynne Evans as Piangi, together with a cast and orchestra of more than 200, including special guest appearances. The Phantom of the Opera first opened in 1986 at Her Majesty's Theatre and is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra. The show has been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries, played to more than 130 million people and won more than 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys and three Olivier Awards in the West End. In 2006, it became Broadway's longest-running show ever.

Shreveport: Road through Northern Louisiana

Sat., Dec. 15, 10:30 pm
Shreveport, a city with a rich musical history, counts among its myriad musical traditions the African American sounds of the South, country music, swing, rockabilly and the spicy influence of Cajun and Creole music. Blues guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd visits Lead Belly's grave for an acoustic jam with local icon Buddy Flett and enjoys a special performance on the stage where Elvis first tasted stardom. He also sits down with guitarist James Burton for a demonstration of his pioneering guitar licks and sits in on a boogie party with the band Dirtfoot.

The Civil Wars/Punch Brothers

Sat., Dec. 15, 11:00 pm
ACL presents new American acoustic music with the Civil Wars and Punch Brothers. The Civil Wars play tunes from the Grammy-winning album Barton Hollow. Punch Brothers showcase their latest, Who's Feeling Young Now?

Public Affairs

Sun., Dec. 9, 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. 13, 7:30 pm
Students from Kamehameha Schools - Kapalama in Honolulu host this edition of HIKI NŌ. Seabury Hall Middle School students on Maui feature a school project in which students create woven hats for children in different parts of the globe. From Oahu, Kawananakoa Middle School profiles Joel Kim, a coach at Palolo Boxing Club.

Other featured schools: Hawaii Preparatory Academy (Hawaii Island); Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Island School (Kauai); Lahainaluna High School (Maui); and Kalani High School and Saint Andrew's Priory (Oahu).

This program encores Saturday, Dec. 15 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,


Thurs., Dec. 13, 8:00 pm
Roberta Wong Murray moderates a discussion about the controversial development of genetically modified crops in Hawaii. Guests from the bio-tech industry and those opposed to GMO practices will offer their arguments from each side. They will also explore the ongoing labeling debate, as well as public health, and environmental and land issues that come into play.

Scheduled to appear: Mark Fergusson, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer at Down to Earth food store chain; Richard Manshardt, Horticulturist at UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources; Mark Phillipson, President of Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; and Hector Valenzuela, Vegetable Crops Extension Specialist at UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

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Fri., Dec. 14, 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. 14, 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. 14, 8:30 pm
THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest political analysts in the nation.

Special Programming

Dr. Wayne Dyer: Wishes Fulfilled
Wed., Dec. 12, 8:00 pm
Best-selling author and teacher Dr. Wayne Dyer presents his "Five Wishes Fulfilled Foundations," which are five steps to living from your "highest self" and attracting your deepest desires. Using his trademark humor, combined with source material drawn from some of the most original American "New Thought" philosophers of the 20th century, Dr. Dyer outlines a program for mastering the tools necessary for living a profound and extraordinary life, showing viewers how to create new thought patterns while defeating unproductive and recurring habits.