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Dec. 20 – Dec. 26, 2015


Arts, Drama, Culture



Goodwood House

Sun., Dec. 20, 7:00 pm

Tues., Dec. 22, 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.


Goodwood House
Join Fellowes at Goodwood, for 300 years the home of the Dukes of Richmond.
He learns how the house and family owe their existence to an affair between
King Charles and a French spy, and about the House Party, where illicit
affairs were conducted.



Downton Abbey, Season 5, Part 7 of 9

Sun., Dec. 20, 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 7 of 9
Edith is found out. Mary finally shakes a suitor. Isobel and Lord Merton reveal
their plans. Robert throws another guest out of the house.



Downton Abbey, Season 5, Part 8 of 9

Sun., Dec. 20, 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 8 of 9
Someone tries to derail Rose and Atticus’ happiness. Mrs. Patmore gets a surprise.
Anna is in trouble. Robert has a revelation.


Christmas on the Danube

Sun., Dec. 20, 10:30 pm



Travel the majestic Danube River as it passes through stunning European
landscape, history and culture. Cities visited include: Vienna, where Christmas
markets come alive within the city’s grand buildings; Budapest, with its grand
Parliament and spectacular river setting; Salzburg, where music fills the air
at the Christmas Markets in Mozart’s birthplace; Oberndorf, where we learn the
origin of the most famous Christmas carol, “Silent Night.”



George Winston (Plays Slack Key)

Mon., Dec. 21, 7:30 pm



This vintage episode presents a rare solo slack key concert with George
Winston, best known the world over for his evocative piano music, musical
interpretations of the ever-changing seasons of his childhood Montana home.
But slack key guitar has been his passion for many years. Winston performs his
“Montana-ized” versions of such slack key classics as: “Sweet Lei Mamo” by
Charles Hopkins; “None Hula” by Lena Machado; and Leonard Kwan’s “Nahe Nahe.”



Junk in the Trunk 2

Mon., Dec. 21, 8:00 pm



This special features appraisals from El Paso, TX, Atlanta, GA, and Minneapolis,
MN, including a Missouri Regiment Colt Pistol worth more than $22,000, sapphires
and diamonds from Tiffany and an item with Dr. Seuss’ signature.


Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Santino Fontana and
the Sesame Street Muppets


Mon., Dec. 21, 9:00 pm

Thurs., Dec. 24, 8:00 pm



Renowned star of stage and song Santino Fontana and the Muppets from Sesame
join the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple
Square in Salt Lake City, Utah for a magical holiday extravaganza. The concert
includes a rendition of a classic carol from Sesame Street, “Keep Christmas with
You,” as well as “Sing a Christmas Carol” from Scrooge, and inspiring
arrangements of sacred Christmas music.


Christmas at Belmont

Mon., Dec. 21, 10:00 pm

Thurs., Dec. 24, 10:00 pm



Join Grammy-winning host Kathy Mattea and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont
School of Music faculty and Nashville Children’s Choir for a production of
traditional carols, classical masterworks and light-hearted seasonal favorites.



Home for the Holidays

Mon., Dec. 21, 11:00 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.


Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Desmond Tutu

Tues., Dec. 22, 7:30 pm



In this conversation from August 2012, Leslie Wilcox talks with Desmond Tutu,
the South African former archbishop who openly and peacefully opposed apartheid.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate recalls tough experiences that taught him peace
and compassion. Archbishop Tutu also explains why it’s best to forgive, even in
the most difficult situations. He even reveals his lighthearted side and talks
about how humor can defuse tense moments.


This program will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 11:00 pm and Sunday,
Dec. 27 at 4:00 pm.


A Grand Mercer Christmas

Tues., Dec. 22, 8:00 pm

Thurs., Dec. 24, 11:00 pm



Taped in Macon, Georgia’s historic Grand Opera House, students and faculty
from Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music and its renowned Robert
McDuffie Center for Strings perform classical Christmas selections and
exclusive new arrangements by noted Boston Pops arranger Randol Bass and
Grammy Award-winner Matt Catingub. Performances by the 45-voice Mercer
Singers, conducted by Dr. Stanley Roberts, and the McDuffie Center for
Strings Ensemble are complemented by Macon native and program host Robert
McDuffie, as well as the McDuffie Center’s director, former Oregon Symphony
concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti.
Jerusalem: Center of the World

Tues., Dec. 22, 9:00 pm



Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating and complicated cities in the world.
This program draws on religious texts, the science of archaeology and oral
traditions passed on through millennia to examine why this small city has
occupied the minds of so many for so long. Host Ray Suarez leads viewers to the
holiest sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – on the land, from the sky
and underground.



Honey, I’m Home!

Wed., Dec. 23, 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.


Honey, I’m Home!
Vivian turns up the heat on a dish of chicken livers drizzled with hot honey. While
Ben preps for his art show in Durham, Vivian descends on the city’s restaurant
row to sample sweet, honey-themed dishes.


A Chef’s Life Holiday Special

Thurs., Dec. 24, 9:00 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

Fri., Dec. 25, 7:30 pm

Sat., Dec. 26, 10:00 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.


Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Fri., Dec. 25, 9:00 pm



Join the revels as Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960. An unexpected surprise
for a grieving mother brings the holiday magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked
when one of its own disappears. A film crew promises to make this a memorable


Vicious: The Holiday Special

Fri., Dec. 25, 10:30 pm



Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their
small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has
volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la
Tour) is up to her old tricks, and a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up
hidden truths – and surprises as well.




Fri., Dec. 25, 11:00 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.



The Quilter

Sat., Dec. 26, 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 Quilter
Theadra Fleming hands over the needle and thread to Eric as this quilter
explains the African American tradition of quilting with a focus on colors,
symbolism and the history of African textiles.



25 Bites

Sat., Dec. 26, 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”


25 Bites
Learn why Chef Kinch believes no meal should take more than 25 bites to finish.
Through delicate preparation, he details the various components that bring the
perfect dish together.



Eastern Europe’s Treasures: From Budapest to Bucharest

Sat., Dec. 26, 7:30 pm



Join Joseph on a colorful kaleidoscope of adventures on the road from Budapest,
Hungary to Bucharest, Romania.



Walt Disney, Part 1

Sat., Dec. 26, 8:00 pm



Walt Disney was uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, a master filmmaker
who harnessed the power of technology and storytelling. This new two-part film
examines Disney’s complex life and enduring legacy, featuring rare archival
footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and
interviews with biographers, animators and artists who worked on early films,
including Snow White, and the designers who helped turn his dream of
Disneyland into reality.



Tom Waits

Sat., Dec. 26, 11:00 pm



Tom Waits performs in this classic episode from 1979.


Public Affairs



Sun., Dec. 20, 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. 24, 7:30 pm



This episode is the fifth in a series of six shows in which each episode focuses
on a specific Hawaiian value. The Hawaiian value for this show is ‘ike pono, which
means to know what is right. Each of the following stories reflects this theme:


The top story comes from the students at Maui Waena Intermediate School who
feature Christopher Malik Cousins, owner of the Farmacy Health Bar in Wailuku,
Maui. Cousins had been a troubled youth, often in trouble with the law and even
living on the streets. Being fed at Saint Theresa’s Church in Kihei eventually
inspired him to do the right thing and open his own health food restaurant. His
motivation for opening the business was not to make money, but to provide his
family and community with healthy snacks, to employ people who need a helping
hand (like he did), and to encourage his customers to “pay-it-forward” by
contributing to a program that helps to feed the hungry with healthy foods. “I
went from someone who wasn’t doing Maui any good to someone who is making a
difference,” says Cousins.


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


Waianae Intermediate School (Oahu): Sosefina Matautia, once a self-professed bully
at Waianae Intermediate School, decided to do the right thing and change her ways.
While becoming a kinder, better person benefitted those around her, Sosefina
was motivated to change because of her own dreams of someday becoming a doctor.


Hall Middle School (Maui): Led by math teacher Debi Davis, Seabury Hall Middle
School students do the right thing for the less fortunate by weaving colorful
yarn hats that are distributed around the world to help brighten the lives of
underprivileged children.


Kealakehe High School (Hawaii Island): Students and other community members in
Kona do the right thing by banding together to build Habitat for Humanity homes
for families on the Hawaiian Homes wait list.


Waianae High School (Oahu): Sometimes doing what you know is right requires great
sacrifice. Sometimes doing what is right means doing less for yourself. Such is
the case with Waianae High School student Daisy Agae, whose grades suffer because
she has to take care of her two younger brothers, one of whom is a special
needs child born with debilitating medical conditions.


Hawaii Preparatory Academy (Hawaii Island): Hawaii Island resident William ”Black”
Abraham was headed down the wrong path as a young adult, until he decided to do
the right thing and dedicate his life to saving lives. He did so by becoming an
Ocean Safety Officer at Hapuna Beach and is now inspiring the next generation
of lifesavers through his Junior Lifeguard training program.


Kamehameha Schools Maui High (Maui): An East Maui couple do the right thing by
taking in and caring for animals with debilitating and life-threatening illnesses.
As a result, their home has become the East Maui Animal Refuge, more affectionately
known as the Boo-Boo Zoo. This episode is hosted by Waiakea Intermediate School
in Hilo, Hawaii.


This program encores Saturday, Dec. 26 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 27 at 3:00 pm.
You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,



Fri., Dec. 25, 8:30 pm



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


Science and Nature



Magic of the Snowy Owl

Wed., Dec. 23, 8:00 pm


Take an intimate look at the snowy owl, a bird made popular by Harry Potter’s
faithful companion, Hedwig. “Snowies” stand out for their beauty, intelligence
and charm. Go deep into the owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to
observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless owlets
until they’re able to fly.



Building the Great Cathedrals

Wed., Dec. 23, 9:00 pm



Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider
web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry.
But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor
of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural
marvels were crafted with just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink
of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers,
architects, art historians and computer scientists searches the naves, bays and
bell-towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth
came true.




Wed., Dec. 23, 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.


Explore Jerusalem’s building legacy, from the walls of Temple Mount to the
man-made mountain of Herodium. Experts use 21st-century technology to analyze
constructions from the time of Christ and solve centuries-old mysteries behind
their creation.





Fundamentals of Woodworking

Sat., Dec. 26, 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.


Fundamentals of Woodworking
No matter what you want to build, the Woodsmith editors show you the best solutions.



Sat., Dec. 26, 2:30 pm



Watch Roger track the path of Monarch butterflies and set up a garden just for
them in Fort Worth. See Scott bring some luster to an under-lit closet.



Victorian 2

Sat., Dec. 26, 3:00 pm



Kevin meets Richard in the basement to discuss the HVAC plan. Tommy’s excavation
crew replaces the old steel main water line at the front of the house. Katherine
and interior designer Amanda Reid select tile for the bathrooms.



Celebration Cakes

Sat., Dec. 26, 4:00 pm



Martha Stewart makes three easy-to-prepare layer cakes to mark a special celebration:
a sprinkle cake; a fanciful hedgehog cake with meringue spikes; and her
daughter’s coconut-covered heart cake.



A Hearty Fall Dinner

Sat., Dec. 26, 4:30 pm



Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make skillet
roast chicken and potatoes at home. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges
host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of brown mustard. Chris shares a test
kitchen tip for aerating wine. Then, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers
the secrets to perfect Brussels sprout salad.



Chef in Training

Sat., Dec. 26, 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.


Chef in Training
A basket of fresh bread is a staple on Jacques’ dining table, so he begins the
show with an easy fast fougasse. Then using seafood for a unique twist,
he makes salmon rillettes to top the loaf.


While working at the Russian Tea Room in New York, Jacques recalls serving a
spice-rubbed poussins a la russe, now a favorite dish of his granddaughter
Shorey. He prepares it as the main course, accompanied by broiled maple sweet
potatoes. Shorey also gets a tutorial from her grandfather on how to make her
favorite breakfast food, crepes with lemon jam.



Mario Batali

Sat., Dec. 26, 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.


Mario Batali
Ming cooks at home with world-renowned, award-winning chef Mario Batali, who
runs some of the country’s finest restaurants. The two swap stories, crack
jokes, and whip up two delicious home-cooked dishes right in Ming’s loft kitchen.
Mario prepares chicken tortellini in a sweet onion broth, while Ming makes tasty
Thai dumplings in a rich coconut broth.