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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 8:00pm
Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler
Join host Bruce Feiler on an unprecedented journey to the world’s most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages. Feiler and contemporary sojourners journey to sacred sites cherished by billions and 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. more info | more stories like this

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 8:00pm
Nature: The Himalayas
The Himalayan mountain system is the planet’s highest and home to the world’s tallest peaks. NATURE explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of this mountain chain starring the mysterious snow leopard. more info | more stories like this

Friday, December 26, 2014 at 9:00pm
American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered
Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903-October 14, 1977) was, without doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the 20th century. For more than three decades, through radio, film, television and records, he reigned supreme. This new documentary explores the life and legend of this iconic performer, revealing a man far more complex than his public persona. support this program | | more stories like this

Christmas & the Holiday Season

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

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

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 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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 8:00pm
Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler
Join host Bruce Feiler on an unprecedented journey to the world’s most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages. Feiler and contemporary sojourners journey to sacred sites cherished by billions and 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. 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

Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
The Great British Baking Show: Biscuits
Follow the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best. Each week, the bakers tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds.
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Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 9:00pm
Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 1
Downton Abbey returns for an epic fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate—a deliciously entertaining formula that has made it the highest-rated drama in PBS history. more info | more stories like this

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00pm
Antiques Roadshow: New York
For the first time in 10 years, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visited the Big Apple to uncover New York's undiscovered treasures and heirlooms at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center! web extra | more stories like this

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10:00pm
Frontline: Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA
In Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, FRONTLINE goes inside the politics of America's gun debate. Veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk investigates the NRA, its political evolution and influence, and how it has consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation. more info | more stories like this

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:00pm
Nature: Wild France
When organizing a classic trip to France, most itineraries highlight the nation’s renowned food and wines, great art and architecture and celebrated culture of all kinds. But there’s another side to this popular destination that is not as visible, its wild side. Deep in the French countryside, it is possible for the adventurous to spot brown bears, wild boar, griffon vultures or wolves. These are among the creatures getting the chance and space to regain their old hunting grounds in France’s many mountains, valleys and forests. more info | more stories like this

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9:00pm
Great Performances: American Voices With Renée Fleming
Conceived and hosted by renowned American singer Renée Fleming, American Voices is the groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions and symposia convened in November 2013 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, bringing together vocal masters, industry titans and emerging artists to celebrate the artistry, technique and challenges of professional singing. During six master sessions, fledgling artists receive one-on-one mentoring from iconic singers in a variety of genres. more info | more stories like this

Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 8:00pm
The Great British Baking Show: Bread
The remaining 10 bakers get ready to brave bread. For the Signature, they must bake 12 perfect rye bread rolls, shaped as they prefer. The Technical calls for ciabatta loaves, using judge Paul’s recipe. For the Showstopper, the bakers have to make a filled centerpiece loaf with as much impact on a table as on the judges. Who will rise to the occasion? web extra | 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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