Dec. 6 – Dec. 12, 2015


Arts, Drama, Culture


Songs of Joy: A PBS Hawaii Holiday Celebration

Sun., Dec. 6, 7:00 pm



Hawaiian Christmas medleys, original compositions and re-interpretation of a
popular song are featured on this holiday special. These accomplished local
artists offer their gifts of music: Manu Boyd; Ho‘okena with Maila Gibson;
Kuana Torres Kahele; Henry Kapono; Nina Kealiiwahamana with Aaron Salā; The
Leo Nahenahe Singers; Gail Mack with Gordon Kim; and Peter Medeiros with
Joshua Silva and Nate Stillman.



Downton Abbey, Season 5, Part 4 of 9

Sun., Dec. 6, 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 4 of 9
Lord Merton delivers a bombshell to Isobel, and Mary does likewise to Tony.
Police suspicions deepen in an unexplained death. Robert and Sarah lock horns.


A Salute to Downton Abbey

Sun., Dec. 6, 9:00 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.


European Christmas Markets

Sun., Dec. 6, 10:30 pm



Europe’s Christmas markets are where the town center, market square, or just
the sides of narrow, cobblestone streets come alive in the dark of winter with
festively decorated wooden stalls offering hot wine, regional food, Christmas
decorations, sweet confections, toys, regional crafts and local entertainment.


The Midtown Men Live in Concert!

Mon., Dec. 7, 7:30 pm

Sat., Dec. 12, 9:30 pm



Four stars of the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys – Tony winner Christian
Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer –
perform hits of the 1960s including “Sherry,” Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Never My
Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and others. The concert was recorded at
the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ.


PBS Hawaii: Celebrating 50 Years with Songs of Aloha

Mon., Dec. 7, 9:00 pm



Robert Cazimero states, “It’s a testament to a time gone by, that really might
not be seen again.” Jon de Mello, owner and CEO of Mountain Apple Company, says,
“This show is the top of Hawaiian music in the 20th century.”


Robert Cazimero and Jon de Mello are referring to Hawaii: Songs of Aloha,
a program originally broadcast to a national PBS audience in the year 2000 that
gathered some of Hawaii’s brightest stars on one stage: The Brothers Cazimero,
Amy Hānaiali‘i Gilliom, Willie K, O’Brian Eselu, Makaha Sons, Jake Shimabukuro,
Nā Leo, Hapa, Ledward Kaapana, Cyril Pahinui and the Kamehameha Schools Concert
Glee Club. In October of this year, to commemorate 50 years of public television
in Hawaii, PBS Hawaii brought back this historic treasure as PBS Hawaii:
Celebrating 50 Years with Songs of Aloha
. Join PBS Hawaii President and CEO
Leslie Wilcox and co-host Robert Cazimero as PBS Hawaii presents an encore of
this timeless program that captures magical moments of Hawaiian music and dance.



Papa Mau: The Wayfinder

Mon., Dec. 7, 11:00 pm



In 1974, Hawaiians sailed the traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a from
Hawaii to Tahiti and proved to the world that their ancestors had explored the
vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean by navigating with the stars. This film tells
the story of the critical role that master navigator Mau Piailug played in that
voyage, and the rebirth of Polynesian unity and pride that followed. The
Hōkūle‘a was built by members of the newly formed Polynesian Voyaging
Society, who dreamed of sailing in the way of their ancestors. Shortly
thereafter, a search began for someone who could teach them the art of
non-instrument navigation, which had been all but lost until they met
Micronesian-born Mau, who agreed to share his knowledge. Follow the remarkable
journey of an iconic voyaging canoe and a new generation of Hawaiian navigators
who, under the guidance of Papa Mau, revitalized and reclaimed Polynesia’s
voyaging tradition.



Aung San Suu Kyi

Tues., Dec. 8, 7:30 pm



In this conversation from January 2013, Leslie Wilcox talks with Aung San Suu Kyi,
the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Her nonviolent
campaign for human rights and democracy in Burma led to her initial house
arrest in 1989. Suu Kyi speaks candidly about house arrest, her political role
and the elusive but important goal of perfect peace. This episode was produced
in partnership with Pillars of Peace Hawaii, an initiative of the Hawaii
Community Foundation.


This program will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11:00 pm and Sunday,
Dec. 13 at 4:00 pm.



Andrea Bocelli: Cinema

Tues., Dec. 8, 8:00 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.


50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary

Tues., Dec. 8, 10:00 pm



Celebrate the impact of the trio that provided America’s soundtrack for
generations and combined artistry with activism for five decades. This program
features rare television footage, including a BBC program from the early 1960s
that embodies many of the trio’s best performances and most popular songs. This
is Peter, Paul and Mary at the peak of their artistry, a time when this popular
and influential trio dominated the Billboard music charts.


From the group’s emergence in Greenwich Village, to the Civil Rights and anti-war
era of the 1960s, through the decades of their later advocacy and music, to
Mary Travers’ moving memorial, and finally to the present, where their legacy
continues to inform and inspire successive generations, this far deeper and
more intimate exploration of the trio reveals the impact of their artistry and
activism on their generation and the world. Songs include: “Five Hundred
Miles,” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “If I
Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song),” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are



If You Can’t Beet ’Em…

Wed., Dec. 9, 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.


If You Can’t Beet ’Em…
Matt from Crooked Fence Produce shows Vivian how to make “the best pickled
beets she ever ate.” Vivian incorporates beets into an unconventional chocolate
cake in honor of Ms. Mary’s 89th birthday.


The Best of 50s Pop

Wed., Dec. 9, 8:00 pm



This special presents top pop hits of the 1950s by singers and groups who brought
songs of love and optimism to listeners glued to their AM radios. These classic
tunes and immortal voices bring back those memories with artists such as Patti
Page, The Four Lads, Frankie Laine, The Four Aces, Ed Ames, The McGuire Sisters,
Gogi Grant and others.



Globe Trekker Road Trip: Andes

Thurs., Dec. 10, 10:00 pm



Inspired by Che Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries, Trekker Zay Harding
begins a 3,000 mile trip along Ruta 40 through the Andes. Starting his trek
near the Argentina-Bolivia border, he crosses into the brilliant white salt
flats of the Salinas Grandes, takes in the kaleidoscopic natural wonders of 7
Colors Hills, stops at the oldest continuously inhabited city of Tilcara,
explores pre-Columbian ruins in Pucara, drives the hair-raising roads to the
little town of Cachi and visits the National Park of Leoncito. Zay next makes
his way to the green valleys of Mendoza Province where he fuels up at the O’
Fournier bodega before ending his journey beneath Aconcagua, the tallest
mountain in the western and southern hemispheres.



Annie Jacobsen: The Pentagon’s Brain

Thurs., Dec. 10, 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.


Annie Jacobsen: The Pentagon’s Brain
Journalist and New York Times best-selling author of Area 51 and
Operation Paperclip, Annie Jacobsen takes us into the world of the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, in her newest book,
The Pentagon’s Brain. Jacobsen tracked down key players in DARPA’s
past and present to uncover the history.


60s & 70s Slow Songs

Fri., Dec. 11, 9:00 pm



Relive memorable nights of slow dancing and romancing to favorite love songs,
featuring unforgettable classics from The 5th Dimension, Dusty Springfield,
Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and many others.


Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live

Fri., Dec. 11, 10:30 pm



Celebrate 30 years of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking
compositions with this American group known for blending classical music and
rock. The program features songs from their annual Christmas tour, including
the “Deck the Halls,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Silent Night” and



The Primitive Bowmaker

Sat., Dec. 12, 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 Primitive Bowmaker
Experienced naturalist and wilderness survivor, Greg Anderson is also a master
bow maker. With Greg as his guide, Eric learns how to craft a traditional bow
and tests his skills.




Sat., Dec. 12, 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” award.


Join Chef Kinch as he tackles the challenges chefs face due to picky eaters.
He sees these challenges as a unique opportunity to challenge himself as a chef.



Following the Reformation Trail in Switzerland and Germany, Part 1

Sat., Dec. 12, 7:30 pm



Joseph follows the historic path of the reformers as he travels through
Switzerland and Germany during the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant


From Broadway to Hollywood with Richard Glazier

Sat., Dec. 12, 8:00 pm



Join pianist and historian Richard Glazier for a unique view of Broadway and
Hollywood through music. Weaving together interviews, piano performances and
commentary, Glazier explores the history of the music written for Broadway
musicals, Hollywood films and television.



Portugal. The Man/Local Natives

Sat., Dec. 12, 11:00 pm



ACL presents contemporary indie rock from Portugal. The Man and Local Natives.


Public Affairs



Sun., Dec. 6, 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. 10, 7:30 pm



This episode is the third in a series of six shows in which each episode focuses
on a specific Hawaiian value. The Hawaiian value for this show is ha’aha’a, which
means humbleness and humility. Each of the following stories reflects this theme:


The top story comes from the students at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on
Kauai. They feature a Kauai resident named Moses Hamilton who learned humbleness
and humility when he had to start all over again after a tragic car accident that
left him a quadraplegic. While undergoing re-hab, Moses took up mouth painting
(painting by holding and manipulating the paint brush in one’s mouth), and is a
now a successful artist who sells his paintings at a shopping mall in
Hanalei, Kauai.


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


Ka Waihona o Ka Naauao (Oahu): Uncle George, a native Hawaiian stand-up paddle
board instructor in West Oahu, exemplifies humbleness by giving away something
of great value – paddle board lessons.


Roosevelt High School (Oahu): A Roosevelt High School student uses his experience
growing up in poverty-stricken countries to instill a sense of humility in his
fellow students.


Lahaina Intermediate School (Maui): A retiree-turned-elementary-school crossing
guard proves that a humbleness of spirit comes in handy when dedicating your life
to the safety of young children in your community.


Mililani Middle School (Oahu): After years in the spotlight as star quarterback
for the UH football team, Garrett Gabriel choses the much more humble profession
of counseling.


Iolani School (Oahu): The value of ha’aha’a, or humbleness, teaches us that we
are neither indestructible nor immortal. This realization may have saved the life
of a coach at Iolani School.


Waianae High School (Oahu): This story explores how a family in West Oahu deals
with a very humbling experience: the onset of dementia in the family matriarch.


This episode is hosted by Aiea High School in Honolulu.


This program encores Saturday, Dec. 12 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3:00 pm.
You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,



What Should We Do with Hawaii’s Drug Offenders?

Thurs., Dec. 10, 8:00 pm



In Hawaii, a drug conviction can lead to jail time, particularly when the drug in
question is crystal methamphetamine, the state’s top drug threat. Mandatory minimum
sentences are meant to deter trafficking, sale and use of crystal meth, but critics
say these penalties send non-violent drug abusers to prison when treatment might be
a more effective option.


INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a live public affairs show that is also
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time to or post them to our Facebook page



Fri., Dec. 11, 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. 11, 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. 11, 8:30 pm



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





Machu Picchu

Wed., Dec. 9, 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.


Machu Picchu
A team of laser-scanning experts in the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu
attempt to answer three big questions: How did the Inca build a city atop a
mountain ridge? How were the terraces constructed? And how did they supply
water to the city?



Biography Hawaii: Koji Ariyoshi

Thurs., Dec. 10, 9:00 pm



Koji Ariyoshi lived a remarkable life at the center of events that transformed
Hawaii, America, China and the world. Born on a Kona coffee plantation in 1914,
he worked as a stevedore in Honolulu while attending the University of Hawaii.
He was employed on the San Francisco docks when World War II broke out, and
soon found himself at Manzanar internment camp for American Citizens and aliens
of Japanese ancestry.


When he enlisted in the U.S. Army, his language skills led to an assignment
which ultimately carried him to Yenan, China, where he observed Communist
re-education camps for Japanese POWs and worked closely with several of China’s
future leaders, including Mao Zedung. After returning to Hawaii, Ariyoshi
became involved in union activities, and soon was editing the Honolulu Record,
the voice of labor during the turbulent conflicts between unions and Hawaii’s
ruling elites.


In August 1951, Koji Ariyoshi was one of the activists arrested and charged with
being a Communist – a small group that had become known as the Hawaii Seven.
Eventually acquitted, he later became a founder and champion for the University
of Hawaii’s Ethnic Studies and Oral History programs, and for state historic
preservation. This documentary contains interviews with family and friends,
commentary by cultural historians, and stunning footage for wartime China.





Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Sat., Dec. 12, 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.


Tips, Tricks & Techniques
Don and the editors provide the tips and tricks you need to know to build better
projects, from handy assembly hints to using the right techniques.



Sat., Dec. 12, 2:30 pm



It’s trash day and Jenn is ready to recycle. See how homeowners can use organic
garbage to create soil. Watch Richard play detective to figure out why a steam
boiler is losing so much water.



It’s Foundation Time

Sat., Dec. 12, 3:00 pm



Work begins on the mudroom foundation. Kitchen designer Linda Cloutier imagines
cabinets in the dream kitchen. A giant vacuum removes 100-year-old insulation
from the attic. Norm and Tommy resize an existing door to fit a smaller




Sat., Dec. 12, 4:00 pm



Follow Martha Stewart’s directives to prepare spectacular Danish pastry at home.
Learn to create the easy, flaky dough that transforms into apricot bowties, a
decadent cheese-filled Danish and an unforgettable brown-sugar cinnamon Danish.



American Classics with a Twist

Sat., Dec. 12, 4:30 pm



Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make meatloaf
at home. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of frozen
pizzas. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to
apple pie with cheddar cheese crust.



A Toast to Julia

Sat., Dec. 12, 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.


A Toast to Julia
Jacques raises a glass to his beloved friend Julia Child as he shares recipes
and anecdotes from their past. First, sole vin blanc, one of Julia’s
favorites, begins with a fish filleting lesson, and a healthy pour of white
wine for the sauce. Then Jacques mixes together an aromatic assortment of
spices for a pan-roasted rack of lamb with spice crust served on a crown of
fried potatoes cooked to a golden brown crisp and accompanied by a stew of peas
and fennel with lardons.



Joanne Chang

Sat., Dec. 12, 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.


Joanne Chang
Acclaimed Boston pastry chef Joanne Chang from Flour Bakeries joins Ming to
make four scrumptious berry dishes, from a honey champagne sabayon parfait
to a strawberry ginger kir royale.