Dec. 27, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016


Arts, Drama, Culture


The Manners of Downton Abbey

Sun., Dec. 27, 7:00 pm



Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor
to Downton Abbey. Bruce and the series’ leading cast members explain
how they re-create the authentic etiquette of aristocrats and servants.
Bruce, who holds the prestigious Order of the British Empire, is an expert
on royal ceremony and custom. Among his responsibilities is to consult with
the actors on how to speak, stand, sit, eat, drink, dress and keep a stiff
upper lip.



Downton Abbey, Season 5, Part 9 of 9

Sun., Dec. 27, 8:00 pm



The Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return
to Downton for Christmas holiday.


Pulling Out All the Stops

Sun., Dec. 27, 10:00 pm



This program chronicles the competition onstage and behind-the-scenes of 10
extraordinary young organists from the United States and Europe vying for first
place in the first International Longwood Gardens Organ Competition. None of
Longwood’s 10 finalists has a chance to practice on the Aeolian Organ before
arriving at the competition. Each has only five hours to prepare to play on one
of the world’s most complex instruments, with its 10,010 pipes, 237 stops, five
32-foot pedal stops and four keyboards.



Hawaii Jazz All-Stars

Mon., Dec. 28, 7:30 pm



NA MELE swings with an encore of a classic special jazz salute to Hawaiian
music, featuring Sam Ahia on guitar and vocals, Rich Crandall on piano,
Sango Muyiwa on percussion, Noel Okimoto on vibes and Byron Yasui on upright



Junk in the Trunk 3

Mon., Dec. 28, 8:00 pm



This episode features appraisals from the Roadshow’s 2013 season, including
a sports collection that would make any Boston Celtics fan turn green with
envy, and an old book with a mysterious past that is valued at $35,000
to $50,000.



Treasures on the Move

Mon., Dec. 28, 9:00 pm



Travel by air, sea, land and time in this special featuring Art Deco travel
posters, a Waltham railroad pocket watch and a Lewis and Clark map. Which is
appraised at $45,000? Also: a trip to the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum.



East of Salinas

Mon., Dec. 28, 10:00 pm



This film is a story about immigration, childhood and circumstance. With
little support at home, Salinas, California third grader Jose Ansaldo often
turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, once a migrant farm kid himself. Oscar
helps Jose imagine a future beyond the lettuce fields where his parents work.
But Jose was born in Mexico – and he’s on the cusp of understanding the
implications of that.



Ed Francis

Tues., Dec. 29, 7:30 pm



In this conversation from 2013, Leslie Wilcox talks story with “Gentleman”
Ed Francis, a legend in Hawaii’s pro wrestling world. Francis was a
household name in the 1960s and 1970s, during the heyday of 50th State
Big Time Wrestling. He recalls growing up in Chicago in the midst of the
Great Depression, how wrestling facilitated his move to Hawaii and a life
-threatening riot at Honolulu’s Civic Auditorium. Francis says he now leads
a quiet life in Kansas.


This program will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 11:00 pm and
Sunday, Jan. 3 at 4:00 pm.



Muhammad Ali

Tues., Dec. 29, 9:00 pm



This biographical profile uses Muhammad Ali’s most memorable quotes to frame
his life story. Follow Ali’s path from his birth as Cassius Clay, through his
boxing successes, his conversion to Islam, his opposition to the draft, his
exile from the ring, his comeback fights, his battle with Parkinson’s disease
and his inspirational re-emergence at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.



They Call ’em ’bagas

Wed., Dec. 30, 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.


They Call ’em ’bagas
Lillie shows Vivian three ways to bring out the bitter and the sweet in
rutabagas. Vivian showers her team with gifts as they prepare a holiday
menu. A hectic New Year’s Eve at the restaurant ends with a toast and a
smile, despite brewing tension.


In Defense of Food

Wed., Dec. 30, 9:00 pm



Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating
journey to answer the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Busting
myths and misconceptions, Pollan reveals how common sense and old-
fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and at
the same time reduce our risks of falling victim to diet-related diseases.
Along the way, he shows how a combination of faulty nutrition science and
deceptive marketing practices have encouraged us to replace real food with
scientifically engineered “food-like substances.” And he explains why the
solution to our dietary woes is in fact remarkably simple: “Eat Food. Not
Too Much. Mostly Plants.”



New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne

Thurs., Dec. 31, 8:00 pm



Ring in the New Year with the Philharmonic and the sounds of Paris,
featuring conductor Alan Gilbert and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in music
by Ravel, Offenbach and Saint-Saens.


Salute to Downton Abbey

Thurs., Dec. 31, 9:30 pm



Join host Hugh Bonneville to recall the high points of the series storyline
and its memorable cast of characters. See interviews with creator Julian
Fellowes, executive producer Gareth Neame and the cast, clips from previous
seasons and tantalizing previews of season 6.


Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room

Thurs., Dec. 31, 10:00 pm



Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein
for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Feinstein is joined by Darren Criss, star
of the hit show Glee, Aaron Tveit from the series Graceland,
Leslie Odom from Smash, Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, nightclub legend
Marilyn Maye, and two-time Tony Winner Christine Ebersole.


ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival

Thurs., Dec. 31, 11:00 pm



Revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association
Honors & Awards ceremony. Featured artists include Don Henley, Lucinda
Williams, Robert Randolph, Buffy Sainte-Marie and the Mavericks.



From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016

Fri., Jan. 1, 7:30 pm

Fri., Jan. 1, 10:35 pm



The Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons performs favorite
Strauss Family waltzes at the opulent Musikverein accompanied by the Vienna
City Ballet. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host and gives
viewers a tour of the picturesque city.



The Abominable Bride

Fri., Jan. 1, 9:00 pm



Why is Thomas Ricoletti surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding
gown? Because, just a few hours before, she took her own life and now her
ghost appears to be prowling the streets with a thirst for revenge. Sherlock
Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) return
in this modern retelling of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories, but this
time out, the two find themselves in 1890s London.



The Soemakers

Sat., Jan. 2, 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 Shoemakers
Eric picks up hammer and nail to try his hand at being a shoemaker. Master
shoemakers Jesse Moore and Marika Verploegh Chasse give expert guidance
along the way.



Homer, Alaska

Sat., Jan. 2, 7:00 pm



This series combines flavorful ingredients, top chefs and beautiful locations
for the ultimate dining experience. In the third season of the Emmy-nominated
series, Australian chef Pete Evans goes coast-to-coast, traveling to Nashville,
Louisville, Miami, San Antonio, Hawaii and other locations across the United
States to meet the best chefs in each area and cook a delicious meal
that incorporates local and seasonal ingredients.


Homer, Alaska
Pete travels to Homer, Alaska to team up with a mother-daughter duo, chefs
Kristen and Mandy Dixon, to explore local Alaskan cuisine. Kristen, who has
been cooking in the backcountry of Alaska for over 20 years, and Mandy take
Pete on an adventure to forage for ingredients for their feast. Mandy
prepares a salad along with the signature Tutka Bay sling cocktail, while
her mom Kristen makes the main dish: fisherman’s stew with mussels, crab,
scallops and tomato broth.



Taiwan: Iron Pathways to Adventure, Part 1

Sat., Jan. 2, 7:30 pm



Joseph embarks on his journey aboard Taiwan’s extensive train system, in
search of treasures at the ends of the lines.



Walt Disney, Part 2

Sat., Jan. 2, 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
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.


A Tribute to Toussaint

Sat., Jan. 2, 10:00 pm



The late performer and songwriter Allen Toussaint worked with Dr. John,
B.J. Thomas, Boz Scaggs, Paul McCartney, Patti LaBelle, Fats Domino and
many others. As a philanthropist, he helped raise more than $1 million for
the hungry and homeless in his native New Orleans. To show their deep
appreciation for his music and charitable acts, New Orleans Artists
Against Hunger & Homelessness honored Toussaint on his 75th birthday with
this concert, recorded in 2013.




Sat., Jan. 2, 11:00 pm



French band Phoenix plays tunes from its album Bankrupt! and other
hits, including “Lisztomania,” “1901” and “Entertainment!”


Public Affairs



Sun., Dec. 27, 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.



Escaping ISIS

Tues., Dec. 29, 10:00 pm



This hard-hitting documentary delivers a stunning look at ISIS’ brutal
treatment of women who are Yazidi — an ethnic minority hated by the
Islamist group. FRONTLINE explores the lives of women who were held as
sex slaves and how they endured and escaped the brutal reign of ISIS.



Thurs., Dec. 31, 7:30 pm



This episode is the final in a series of six shows in which each episode
focuses on a specific Hawaiian value. The Hawaiian value for this show is
mālama, which means to care for, protect and maintain.


The top story comes from the students at Aliamanu Middle School on Oahu,
who report on the efforts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) and its community of volunteers to mālama the
Hawaiian Monk Seal.


Also featured are student stories from the following schools:


Seabury Hall Upper School (Maui): Paul Higashino of the Kahoolawe Island
Reserve Commission welcomes and relies on the valuable assistance from
volunteers in restoration and re-vegetation efforts on Kahoolawe Island,
which for decades was used as a target in military exercises.


Kauai High School (Kauai): Students cover five key steps in preparing for
a hurricane.


Maui High School (Maui): Maui resident Martha Watkins learns valuable
lessons from caring for her Alzheimer’s Disease-stricken mother.


Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (Kauai): Residents of Kauai mālama
the traditional process practiced by their ancestors for generations of
collecting pa’a’kai – sea salt – from a salt pond in Hanapepe.


Waianae Intermediate School (Oahu): Students at Waianae Intermediate
School mālama students with severe disabilities by acting as peer tutors
in their adapted physical education class.


Punahou School (Oahu): Student Dakota Miller, the youngest beekeeper in
Hawaii, cares for an apiary to help protect Hawaii’s dwindling bee


Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle (Maui): A community rebuilds Koieie Loko
Ia, an ancient, royal fishpond in Kihei, Maui.


This episode is hosted by Hana K-12 School in Hana, Maui.


This program encores Saturday, Jan. 2 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Jan. 3
at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,


Science and Nature



A Long Hard Struggle

Mon., Dec. 28, 11:00 pm



From the shrinking grasslands of Missouri Coteau, to playa wetlands
stressed by a decade of drought, to the Conata Basin where the Black
Footed Ferret teeters on the brink of extinction, examine the remaining
“wildness” in the states that compose the Great Plains.



We Live with the Land

Tues., Dec. 29, 11:00 pm



From the stunning beauty and challenging weather of a canoe trip to one
rancher’s partnership with tribal groups to slaughter and market grass-
fed bison, examine the places and creatures that survive after 150 years
of settlement and meet the people who care for and preserve this
fragile ecosystem.



Animal Misfits

Wed., Dec. 30, 8:00 pm



Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits,
odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped
for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the
apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling
to life and in some cases even thrive. Animals featured include: giant panda,
mole rat, three-toed sloth and aye-aye.






Tues., Dec. 29, 8:00 pm



Look back at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out
in summer 1977, plunging seven million people into darkness. By the time
the power was fully restored more than a day later, more than 1,600
businesses had been looted, over 3,700 people had been arrested, and
firefighters had battled more than 1,000 fires. See how this event led
to both lawlessness and acts of selflessness and generosity.





Craftsmanship on Display

Sat., Jan. 2, 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


Craftsmanship on Display
The editors of Woodsmith magazine provide shop-tested techniques for
building a rock-solid drawer using the table saw.



Sat., Jan. 2, 2:30 pm



Kevin learns about ales and lagers from Bridget Lancaster of America’s
Test Kitchen
. Tom loves rainy days – see his DIY project to conserve
water that costs only $40. Plus, how to avoid holiday disposal disasters!



Antiques for an Antique House

Sat., Jan. 2, 3:00 pm



Framing begins on the front porch. HVAC expert Brian Palen solves the puzzle
of snaking ductwork through a house designed in the age of coal. Kevin heads
to Brimfield, the world’s largest outdoor antique show, where Katherine
searches for furnishings.



Bake It Dark

Sat., Jan. 2, 4:00 pm



Join Martha Stewart for culinary tricks of the trade to coax the utmost
flavor from your baked goods. Create sticky toffee pudding served with a
toffee sauce, mini apricot tarte tatins and no-knead bread with
flavorful seeds.



Grilled and Smoked

Sat., Jan. 2, 4:30 pm



Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make
barbecued burnt ends. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to
a tasting of lemonade. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the
secrets to making smoky potato salad.



Autumn Leaves

Sat., Jan. 2, 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.


Autumn Leaves
Jacques’ seasonal menu starts with a fresh, smooth tomato velvet soup –
the name speaks for itself. Then, sliced tomato gratin made with
ripe, ruby-red tomatoes and coarse rustic bread, is Jacques’ go-to late
-summer dish. He continues with a tender grilled lamb shasklik
that includes easy, make-ahead instructions and a colorful red cabbage,
pistachio and cranberry salad with bleu cheese. Jacques goes on to
transform pizza dough into an apple galette, baked to
crispy perfection.



Mom & Dad, Part 1

Sat., Jan. 2, 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.

Mom & Dad, Part 1
What’s better than one Chef Tsai? How about three! Ming’s mom and dad stop
by to show who knows best when it comes to home cooking. While Pops cooks
up a Vegetarian ja jiang mien, Mom creates charred scallion noodles.