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Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:00pm
Austin City Limits: Tom Waits
Austin City Limits presents one of the most requested episodes in the show's 37-year history: an unforgettable performance of Tom Waits captured in December of 1978. more info | more stories like this

Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 9:00pm
Downton Abbey, Season 4 -- Parts 6 & 7
Six months after Downton Abbey's great tragedy, Mary is mired in grief and the estate is engulfed in death taxes. As the family struggles to lift their financial and emotional woes, clashes arise, sparks fly, and it is up to the older generation to bring Mary back to life, and Robert to his senses – no easy task in either respect. more info | more stories like this

Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:00pm
The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014
Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson host this year’s National Christmas Tree lighting.
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Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 7:30pm
Call the Midwife Holiday Special
In this special, newly married Chummy and Nurse Jenny Lee are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother, and Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant, Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play. In true Chummy fashion, mishaps ensue. more info | more stories like this

Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 11:30pm
Austin City Limits: Radiohead
As one of the most celebrated alternative rock groups of the past two decades, Radiohead’s musical legacy is undisputed. The band’s progressive sound and experimental structures have come to define them as masters of innovation in modern rock music, while speaking to the social and political climate of an entire generation. web extra | more stories like this

Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 7:00pm
A Horizons Holiday Special
In the tradition of the Horizons series, musicians representing the region’s varied musical traditions perform songs that celebrate the holiday season. Groups include CoroLatino Americano, the Afro American Music Institute Boys Choir, Gabrielle and Mr. DeVilla, (Filipino folk music), The Bastard Bearded Irishmen, an Irish rock band and the Asian influenced jazz ensemble Silk Sound. | more stories like this

Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 7:30pm
Call the Midwife Holiday Special
In this special, newly married Chummy and Nurse Jenny Lee are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother, and Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant, Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play. In true Chummy fashion, mishaps ensue. more info | more stories like this

Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 10:00pm
Downton Abbey, Season 4 -- Part 8
Lady Rose meets the Prince of Wales and faces a dilemma. Trouble also plagues Cora’s mother, her brother, Edith and almost everyone else at Downton Abbey. more info | more stories like this

Monday, December 29, 2014 at 8:00pm
Antiques Roadshow: Manor House Treasures
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is taking inspiration from the furnishings and finery of the sprawling estates in popular period dramas such as “Downton Abbey” and “Upstairs, Downstairs” for its new special. “Manor House Treasures” features extraordinary objects from across the pond — and beyond — that would fit right in any stately homes of the rich and powerful, including a Lord Byron cellarette and portrait, ca. 1810; a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, ca. 1915, that was gifted to the caretakers of an estate; and a Louis Comfort Tiffany necklace, ca. 1905, that belonged to the owner’s wealthy great-grandmother and is appraised for $75,000 to $100,000. more info | more stories like this

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8:00pm
Live From Lincoln Center: Gershwin Celebration
The New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve Concert is a highlight of the PBS end-of-the-year schedule. This year an all-Gershwin program will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey featuring singers Dianne Reeves and Norm Lewis as soloists. more info | more stories like this

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  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

featured specials

  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

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