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Dec. 13 – Dec. 19, 2015


Arts, Drama, Culture



Burghley House

Sun., Dec. 13, 7:00 pm

Tues., Dec. 15, 11:00 pm



Follow “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes on his quest to discover the real
stories of Britain’s great houses. As he uncovers personal stories hidden
behind the walls, he realizes these aren’t just homes for posh people – they
hold history.


Burghley House
Julian Fellowes visits Burghley House, for 500 years the home of heirs of
William Cecil, the political brain and iron fist behind the throne of
Elizabeth I. Fellowes hears tales of royals and commoners, including a
farmer’s daughter who married the tenth earl.



Downton Abbey, Season 5, Part 5 of 9

Sun., Dec. 13, 8:00 pm



The highest-rated drama in PBS history, this Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning
hit drama’s fifth season features intimately interlaced stories centered on an
English country estate.


Part 5 of 9
Rose makes a handsome new acquaintance. Something is wrong with Thomas. Edith’s link
to Marigold draws attention. Bricker and Robert lose control.



Downton Abbey, Season 5, Part 6 of 9

Sun., Dec. 13, 9:00 pm



The highest-rated drama in PBS history, this Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning
hit drama’s fifth season features intimately interlaced stories centered on an
English country estate.


Part 6 of 9
An ancient spark flares in Violet’s heart. While police deepen their probe, Bates
tells Anna the truth. A long and painful mystery is solved.


Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers

Sun., Dec. 13, 10:00 pm



The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based
in Raleigh, North Carolina, present holiday song selections from old yuletide
favorites to Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” score and other
sounds of the season. Other highlights include Chopin’s “Valse Brilliante,” and
“Silent Night.”



Richard Hoopii; Led Kaapana; Bobby Ingano; Chris Kamaka; Ululani Hoopii

Mon., Dec. 14, 7:30 pm



An encore presentation of this classic homage to the unique Hawaiian
tradition of male falsetto singing, recorded at the PBS Hawaii studios.



Junk in the Trunk 4, Part 2

Mon., Dec. 14, 8:00 pm



The Roadshow has packed a trunk full of additional treasures – including never-
before-seen appraisals, such as: a collection of 1898 Mardi Gras invitations;
Julia Child’s copper pans, ca. 1960, that she used on her TV show; and a German
violin with a Sartory bow that is appraised for $25,000 to $27,000, with $20,000
of the value in the bow alone.



Finders Keepers

Mon., Dec. 14, 9:00 pm



The Roadshow shines a spotlight on items whose discovery was a happy accident.
Examples include: a formerly buried Weller Coppertone vase that the guest
almost tripped over, valued at $2,500 to $3,000; and a collection of Cole
Porter and Monty Woolley letters, appraised for $50,000 to $70,000, that were
saved from the dumpster in true trash-to-treasure fashion.



Andrea Bocelli: Cinema

Mon., Dec. 14, 10:00 pm



From the Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical
tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the
movies. Joined by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, the renowned tenor
performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The
, Dr. Zhivago, Once Upon a Time in America,
Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more.


Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Sarah Keahi

Tues., Dec. 15, 7:30 pm



As a student at the University of Hawaii in the early 1960s, Sarah Keahi wanted to
be an English teacher. But her Hawaiian language instructor, Dr. Samuel Elbert,
saw a different path for her. “He said, ‘What about Hawaiian?’ And I said, ‘There
were no schools teaching Hawaiian, you know,’” Keahi remembers. “And he looked
at me, and he said, ‘There will be a day.’” Sarah Keahi went on to help
establish a mandatory Hawaiian language curriculum at Kamehameha Schools, and
taught Hawaiian language to generations of Kamehameha students.


This program will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 11:00 pm and Sunday,
Dec. 20 at 4:00 pm.

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special

Tues., Dec. 15, 8:00 pm



Delectable fudge. Crispy peanut brittle. Gooey chocolate-covered cherries. Old-
fashioned caramels. It’s the stuff of holiday memories… with a little bit of
a twist. Doing what she does best, Chef Vivian Howard hosts her own vision of
the season’s celebrations, exploring holiday traditions, Kinston, NC style. This
one-hour special invites viewers to join in one of the most charming and
delicious celebrations of the season. “Deck the Halls, Y’all!”


Off the Menu: Asian America

Tues., Dec. 15, 9:00 pm



Discover the wealth of stories, traditions and unexpected characters that nourish
this nation of immigrants, and go into the kitchens, factories, temples and farms
of Asian Pacific America to explore how the bond with food reflects community.
Included is a visit to MAʻO Organic Farms in Waianae, Oahu.



Home for the Holidays

Tues., Dec. 15, 10:00 pm



Join chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich to celebrate the holiday
traditions of Italy and those of six guests: Christopher Walken, Rita Moreno,
Carlo Ponti Jr., Ann Curry, Marcus Samuelsson and Padma Lakshmi.



A Casserole Says Plenty

Wed., Dec. 16, 7:30 pm



A Chef’s Life is a cooking and documentary series that takes viewers inside the
life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, opens a fine dining
restaurant in her small hometown in Eastern North Carolina. Each episode follows
Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry patches and hog farms
as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her menus. Using a chef’s modern
sensibilities, Vivian explores Southern cuisine, past and present – one ingredient
at a time. A celebration of true farm-to-table food, the series combines the
action and drama of a high-pressure business with the joys and stresses of
family life.


A Casserole Says Plenty
The Boiler Room welcomes a new manager, much to Ben’s delight. A family reunion
brings out long-lost relatives, the warmth of fellowship and an impressive
spread of home-cooked casseroles.



The Quietest Place on Earth

Thurs., Dec. 17, 9:00 pm



On the island of Maui, Haleakala rises 10,000 feet – nearly two miles – into the
sky. The massive crater located at its summit carries the unique distinction of
being “the quietest place on Earth.” The exquisite stillness of its
stark volcanic landscape inspires a variety of experiences ranging from
spiritual to philosophical. Featured are musical artist Keola Beamer, poet W.S.
Merwin, cultural specialist Clifford Nae’ole, paniolo Wilfred Souza and others.



Globe Trekker Road Trip: Patagonia

Thurs., Dec. 17, 10:00 pm



Trekker Zay Harding continues his journey along Ruta 40 by climbing Volcan Lanin,
the highest peak in the area. Traveling down the Seven Lakes Drive, he passes
through the Lake District in San Carlos de Bariloche, heads next to the former
hippie colony of El Bolsón, boards the La Trochita steam train, searches for
Butch Cassidy’s hideout in Cholila and drives on to Trevelin, a town founded by
Welsh immigrants that maintains that culture. Zay then makes the long trek to
Cueva de las Manos to admire its rock art, reaches El Chaltén for the
spectacular view of Mount Fitz Roy before the final leg that takes him to the
Cabo Virgenes lighthouse, the last stop on Ruta 40.



Hector Tobar: Deep Down Dark

Thurs., Dec. 17, 11:00 pm



This series features lively, engaging conversations about ideas in literature.
Host Terry Tazioli introduces the latest books – both fiction and non-fiction –
and interviews noted authors about the themes in their latest works.


Hector Tobar: Deep Down Dark
In August 2010, the world was captivated by the story of 33 miners in Chile who
were trapped underground for weeks after a disastrous mining accident. After
the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar received exclusive
access to the miners and their tales, and in Deep Down Dark, he brings
them to haunting, visceral life.



Sinatra: Voice for a Century

Fri., Dec. 18, 9:00 pm



Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic celebrate the 100th birthday of Frank
Sinatra with a star-studded concert event featuring Christina Aguilera, Chris
Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters and Sting.
Seth MacFarlane hosts.



Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

Fri., Dec. 18, 10:30 pm



Uncover the story of the first quintessentially American dance company, the
Joffrey Ballet. Founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino pioneered a new dance
philosophy by daringly combining modern and traditional techniques and art with
social statement, and integrating pop and rock music scores. Tracing the
struggles and triumphs of the company from 1956 to the present, the film
features interviews with former and current Joffrey dancers, the breakthroughs
of choreographers Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington, and rare
archival performance footage, including excerpts from signature works Astarte,
Trinity and Billboards. Mandy Patinkin narrates.



The Medieval Armormaker

Sat., Dec. 19, 1:00 pm



Host Eric Gorges goes on a quest to discover the true craftsmen in today’s world.
Traveling across the country, Gorges interviews the men and women responsible
for carrying the tools, trades and traditions of fine craftsmanship into the
21st century. Gorges, a welder by trade, meets and interviews master craftsmen,
and learns why they chose their craft, where they learned their skills, how
they live using their talents and the challenges and importance of keeping
those traditions alive in a modern-day world.


The Medieval Armormaker
James Gillaspie has been making medieval/Renaissance armor for over 20 years.
Host Eric Gorges plays to his base as a fellow metal shaper. James and Eric
do a little jousting and a lot of shop-talk.



New Orleans

Sat., Dec. 19, 7:00 pm



Chef David Kinch has forged a distinctive culinary path, putting him at the
forefront of new contemporary California cuisine with his restaurant Manresa.
Influenced by French and modern Catalan cooking, Kinch finds inspiration from
European traditions and refinement, American ingenuity and the bounty
California offers. For nine consecutive years, Manresa has held two Michelin
stars. His first cookbook, Manresa: An Edible Reflection, was nominated
for the James Beard Foundation “Cooking from a Professional Point of View”


New Orleans
Follow Chef Kinch as he returns to his old stomping grounds in New Orleans,
where his career began. He cooks up some classic southern comfort food with
old friends and new alike.



Following the Reformation Trail in Switzerland and Germany, Part 2

Sat., Dec. 19, 7:30 pm



Joseph continues his travels through Germany and Switzerland along the path
of the Protestant Reformation.




Sat., Dec. 19, 8:00 pm



This episode explores craft artists, objects and traditions of various holidays.
Featured are lion dancers and float builders of San Francisco’s Chinese New
Year Parade, Kwanzaa celebrations in Chicago and Oakland, and woodblock
Christmas cards made by Yoshiko Yamamoto in Washington state.




Sat., Dec. 19, 9:00 pm



This special celebrates various holiday traditions. Nordic folk woodcarver Harley
Refsal brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan
Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. Kathleen Trenchard creates sparkling
luminarias in San Antonio. Veronica Castillo creates a traditional
Mexican Tree of Life.


Xmas Without China

Sat., Dec. 19, 10:00 pm



Pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge his American
neighbors to survive the Christmas season without any Chinese products. The
Jones family eagerly accepts this consumer mission-impossible and is drawn
into an intercultural exchange with the Xia family. As the Joneses strive to
adapt without their Chinese-made appliances and Christmas lights, Tom hopes
that they’ll begin to appreciate his birthplace. When Tim Jones challenges
Tom about his pride in communist China, Tom, struggling to explain China and
go beyond the stereotypes, realizes he’s on a journey of self-discovery, torn
between his competing loyalties to the U.S. and China.



Emeli Sandé/Michael Kiwanuka

Sat., Dec. 19, 11:00 pm



The best in UK pop comes
to ACL with Emeli Sandé and Michael Kiwanuka. Sandé performs hits from her
album Our Version of Events, while Kiwanuka plays tunes from his debut Home


Public Affairs



Sun., Dec. 13, 6:00 pm



Hosted by Alexander Heffner, this weekly public affairs program is a thoughtful
excursion into the world of ideas, exploring issues of national and public
concern with the most compelling minds of our times.



Thurs., Dec. 17, 7:30 pm



This episode is the fourth in a series of six shows in which each episode focuses
on a specific Hawaiian value. The Hawaiian value for this show is ‘imi na’auao, or
enlightenment and wisdom. Each of the following stories reflects this theme:


The top story comes from the students at Moanalua High School in the Salt Lake
District of Oahu. They feature Lars Mitsuda, Moanalua’s culinary arts teacher,
who combines his passions for food and education by enlightening students on
the many life-lessons cooking can teach. From multi-tasking to management
skills, to business planning, to working with people, learning culinary arts
fosters a wisdom that students can use for the rest of their lives.


Also featured are student-created stories from the following schools:


Kamehameha School Kapalama (Oahu): This story shows how exploring a tumultuous
and traumatic episode from the past can enlighten the next generation on how
not to repeat history. Here students at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama study and
discuss the Bishop Estate “Broken Trust” controversy that led to positive
change and transparency in the trust that manages their schools.


Wheeler Middle School (Oahu): Enlightenment and wisdom can come from seeing
beyond stereotypes and getting to know people for who they really are. In this
story from Wheeler Middle School, a military dependent and a local boy become
friends, despite each of their pre-conceived ideas of what the other was
“supposed” to be like.


Kawananakoa Middle School (Oahu): Veteran boxing coach Joel Kim bestows gems of
wisdom on his young boxing protégés. If experience is the best teacher, then
Kim has earned a PhD from the School of Hard Knocks.


Konawaena High School (Hawaii Island): Live theatre can be a great tool of
enlightenment. Such was the case when a stage adaptation of The Diary of Anne
Frank enlightened students on the Kona Coast of Hawaii Island about the
persecution of Jews in World War II Europe.


Waianae Intermediate School (Oahu): Sometimes the best way to learn about
something of which we know little, is to witness it first-hand. Few middle
schoolers have had the experience of knowing someone who is transitioning from
the gender they were born with into that of the opposite sex. But when a
student at Waianae Intermediate School decided to transition from a boy to a
girl, fellow students, teachers, and school administrators became part of a
unique process of learning and enlightenment.


Roosevelt High School (Oahu): Some teenagers are wise beyond their years.
Roosevelt High School student Satoshi Sugiyama learned through observation that
in this age of the internet and social media, the most important connections
still happen face-to-face…especially over a cup of freshly brewed coffee.


This episode is hosted by Kua O Ka La Public Charter School on Hawaii Island.


This program encores Saturday, Dec. 19 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 20 at
3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.



What Do We Need to Know About Dengue Fever in Hawaii?

Thurs., Dec. 17, 8:00 pm



The number of confirmed cases of dengue fever in Hawaii County since
September has risen to 145. The mosquito-borne virus may cause high
fever, severe headaches, joint pain and rash. The flu-like illness
sometimes requires hospitalization. County, State and Federal
agencies say they have sufficient resources and they’re doing the
right things to contain this outbreak. But some Big Islanders
complain that the government response is slow and inadequate.
What do we need to know about dengue fever in Hawaii?


INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a live public affairs show that is also
streamed live on PBSHawaii.org. Your questions and comments are welcome
via phone, email, or Twitter. You may also email your questions ahead of
time to insights@pbshawaii.org or post them to our Facebook page



Fri., Dec. 18, 7:30 pm



For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered one of the most interesting
conversations of the week. Hosted by Gwen Ifill, it 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. 18, 8:00 pm



This weekly series features the iconic TV anchor’s focus on the events and
conversations shaping this week and the week ahead. Drawing on conversations
from his nightly PBS program and new insightful perspectives from around the
world, it captures the defining moments in politics, science, business,
culture, media and sports.



Fri., Dec. 18, 8:30 pm



THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest
political analysts in the nation.


Science and Nature



Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem

Wed., Dec. 16, 8:00 pm



This “thug of the savannah” is one the most fearless animals in the world,
renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo and
shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions and snakes. Little is
known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This film
follows badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem
in ways that must be seen to be believed.



Roman Catacomb Mystery

Wed., Dec. 16, 9:00 pm



Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the
Catacombs, a labyrinth of tunnels that is a cemetery for the citizens of ancient
Rome. In 2002, maintenance workers stumbled through an opening in one of the
tunnel walls and discovered a previously unknown complex of six small rooms,
each stacked floor to ceiling with skeletons. NOVA’s forensic investigation
opens insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens
during the heyday of the mighty Roman Empire.




Wed., Dec. 16, 10:00 pm



With cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins and landscapes
from ancient worlds, TIME SCANNERS reveals physical and forensic history, allowing
viewers to virtually reach out and touch the past.


The team uses laser-scanning technology to uncover the engineering secrets
behind ancient Rome’s Colosseum. Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his
team of laser-scanning experts to Rome on a quest to uncover some of the
engineering world’s oldest mysteries of the Colosseum. Using cutting-edge 3D
laser-scanning technology, the team wants to answer three questions. How did
the Romans produce some of the most impressive gladiatorial games ever seen in
Europe? How did the Colosseum’s mysterious roof really work? Finally, how does
the mighty Colosseum compare, in state of the art computer testing, to the
sports stadiums of the 21st century?





Power Tool Essentials

Sat., Dec. 19, 2:00 pm



Host Don Peschke, founding editor of Woodsmith Magazine, leads a cast of editors
as they explore a wide range of tips, tools, jigs and fixtures, techniques and
projects. The cast members are both experienced woodworkers and editors of
Woodsmith Magazine, and eagerly share their expertise in the techniques
segments, along with helpful opinions in the roundtable discussions.


Power Tool Essentials
Join the Woodsmith editors as they focus on some must-know power tool techniques.



Sat., Dec. 19, 2:30 pm



Watch Richard rescue an Atlanta homeowner by replacing a trendy mistake in the
bathroom. See Scott make an unusual find in an old attic, then shine a light on
a dark driveway.



Opening the Entry

Sat., Dec. 19, 3:00 pm



Kevin meets mason Mark McCullough as he starts laying blocks for the mudroom
foundation. Tommy builds a bay window in the kitchen. Norm visits the shop
where the original windows are undergoing restoration.



Pulled Doughs

Sat., Dec. 19, 4:00 pm



Join Martha Stewart to learn expert tips you’ll need to prepare pizza, pretzels
and strudel – all Old World European specialties that involve pulling dough.



Muffins and Doughnuts Get a Makeover

Sat., Dec. 19, 4:30 pm



Host Christopher Kimball visits the Dorset Union Store in Dorset, Vermont, where
doughnuts are baked fresh daily. Then, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the
secrets to making easier muffin tin doughnuts. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried
reveals his top picks for coffee makers. Finally, test cook Julia Collin
Davison shows Chris how to make whole-wheat blueberry muffins.



Cooking from Le Pelican

Sat., Dec. 19, 5:00 pm



Jacques Pépin presents his final series, featuring demonstrations of his impeccable
technique with the addition of candid exchanges between Jacques and his family
and friends.


Cooking from Le Pelican
Jacques and his daughter Claudine recreate his mother’s restaurant recipes from Le
Pelican, in Lyon, France. They begin with a country-style eggs and swiss chard
gratin, including a quick step-by-step bechamel demonstration. Jacques
goes on to cure his own meat for a dish of kale, sausage, ribs and lima bean
stew, followed by a springtime stew of radishes made with aromatic walnut oil.
Braised veal breast with pearl onions and artichoke, a hearty medley, is served
up with style by Jacques and Claudine.



Ivan Orkin

Sat., Dec. 19, 5:30 pm



SIMPLY MING returns for another season of mouth-watering recipes, celebrity
appearances and culinary road trips. Each episode kicks off with a technique
demonstration, followed by two dishes – one prepared by a nationally renowned
guest chef and one by host Ming Tsai. This season focuses on comfort food –
from childhood classics to melting-pot dishes from around the world.


Ivan Orkin
Chef Ming upgrades a classic, making a flavorful shrimp, beef and broccoli dish over
brown and white rice. Chef Ivan Orkin joins him in the kitchen to put together
a distinctive meal of steak served on crispy shrimp toast.