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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Charleston, South Carolina

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Charleston, South Carolina

 

The Holy City has quite the history, and Samantha takes a walking tour through its hidden alleyways and the French Quarter, including a tour of the haunted Old City Jail. She also visits the City Market to learn about the Gullah tradition of sweetgrass basket weaving.

 

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INDEPENDENT LENS
The Armor of Light

 

The Armor of Light Two Christians – an Evangelical anti-abortion activist and an African-American mother whose son was murdered – find common ground in the fight against a rising tide of gun violence.

 

Immediately after the film, PBS ill premiere a town hall-style discussion under the overarching theme of “Armed in America,” furthering the national conversation around American guns.

 

TIME SCANNERS
Jerusalem

TIME SCANNERS: Jerusalem

 

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.

 

Jerusalem
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.

 

SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER
Hajj

 

Join host Bruce Feiler on an unprecedented journey to the world’s most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages. Feiler and contemporary sojourners trek to sacred sites visited annually by hundreds of millions of pilgrims. Each episode follows a modern-day pilgrim on a private spiritual journey. The series presents a comprehensive picture of the practice of pilgrimage in its varied expressions around the globe, over thousands of years.

 

Hajj
“The Hajj is the iconic pilgrimage on Earth,” says host Bruce Feiler, as millions of pilgrims gather in the valleys outside the city of Mecca in today’s Saudi Arabia to take part in the annual five-day pilgrimage every Muslim hopes to complete at least once. Since non-Muslims aren’t permitted in Mecca, Bruce’s surrogate is Anisa Mehdi, a veteran reporter of the Hajj, with whom Bruce will Skype at regular intervals.  Anisa joins a group of Muslim pilgrims from Boston who begin their journey in Medina, the second of Islam’s holy cities.

 

 

SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER
Jerusalem

 

Join host Bruce Feiler on an unprecedented journey to the world’s most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages. Feiler and contemporary sojourners trek to sacred sites visited annually by hundreds of millions of pilgrims. Each episode follows a modern-day pilgrim on a private spiritual journey. The series presents a comprehensive picture of the practice of pilgrimage in its varied expressions around the globe, over thousands of years.

 

Jerusalem
Sukkot, or the Feast of the Tabernacles, is one of three great festivals in the Jewish calendar when, in ancient times, Jews from across Israel were commanded to come to the Temple in Jerusalem on pilgrimage.   But although Jewish pilgrimage lessened in importance after the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 62 C.E., Christian pilgrims began coming to Jerusalem and the Holy Land within centuries of Jesus’ death.

 

During the week of Sukkot, host Bruce Feiler travels to Israel with Jewish and Christian pilgrims.  For many Christians, the road to Jerusalem begins in the Galilee along the Jesus Trail, a route that follows the path of Jesus’ ministry.  For a Jewish pilgrim from Philadelphia, spending Sukkot in Jerusalem not only honors ancient Jewish pilgrimage but also her personal time of decision, whether to remain in America or move to Jerusalem on permanent pilgrimage.

 

 

Christmas on the Danube

 

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.” Other highlights include a visit to the Melk Abbey, the old town on Passau, and the charming Christmas Market in Bratislava.

 

 

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies

 

Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor and voice artist John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt lake City, Utah for a concert of holiday favorites.  Among the highlights are Voight’s performances of the English carol “The Holly and the Ivy” and the light-hearted “The Twelve Days After Christmas” with the choir and orchestra.

 

The program also includes two festive Russian pieces, with dancers joining the choir and orchestra for excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Polonaise” from Christmas Eve and “Dance of the Tumblers” from Tchaikovsky’s The Snow Maiden.

 

Another highlight is Rhys-Davies’ dramatization of “A Dickens Christmas,” a vignette featuring him as the Ghost of Christmas Present.