Christmastime In New Orleans

Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 pm on 12.1

This special transports viewers into the holiday season with music, food and New Orleans' unique style of hospitality during Christmastime. It features music from the NOLA Players, special guest appearances by actors Wendell Pierce and Jim Caviezel, and internationally-acclaimed chefs John Folse, Leah Chase and John Besh.

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European Christmas Markets

Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30 pm on 12.1

This program showcases Europe's Christmas Markets, where the cities and towns come alive in winter with festively-decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. Special folk arrangements of traditional Christmas carols by the Kingston Trio add to the special's magic.

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Finding Traction

Wednesday, December 12 at 8:00 pm on 12.1

FINDING TRACTION presents the inspirational story of ultra runner Nikki Kimball and her quest to become the fastest person in history to run America's oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail. Throughout the film, Nikki's crew and support team provide an intimate portrayal of the courage, grit and passion behind her record attempt.

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Sake in Paris "Pairing with French Cuisine"

Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 pm on 12.1

To celebrate 160 years of French-Japanese relations, 24 brewers in Japan sent their sake to 24 restaurants in Paris to create new dishes and pairings. One brewery had been ravaged by the tsunami in 2011, and the brewer sent a video message to the French chef telling his story of making sake after the catastrophe. 

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NHK Documentary "The Nebuta 2018: A Challenge of Father and Daughter"

Thursday, December 13 at 8:00 pm on 12.1

Huge illuminated floats known as Nebuta delight 2.5 million spectators in northern Japan each year. They've been called the world's greatest paper art form. This program depicts the conflicts and bonds between a father and a daughter as they vie for the top prize.

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Thursday, December 13 at 9:00 pm on 12.1

At Eiheiji, a world-famous Zen monastery in Japan, young monks have been practicing zazen for 770 years: simply sitting to calm the mind and examine one's self. With unprecedented access inside this remarkable temple, EIHEIJI follows the monks' lives over the course of 6 months.

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Frontline "American Patriot"

Friday, December 14 at 9:00 pm on 12.1

FRONTLINE goes inside the violent battle between a ranching family in the West and the federal government, examining how a simmering fight over land in Nevada and Oregon became deadly, invigorated a wider right-wing anti-government movement, and continues to challenge prosecutors and law enforcement.

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Front and Center "Jack Johnson"

Saturday, December 15 at 8:00 pm on 12.1

Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson appears at the McKittrick Hotel joined by G. Love for performances of some of his greatest hits and new material including "Better Together," "Good People," and "Home.”

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Masterpiece "To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters"

Monday, December 17 at 8:00 pm on 12.1

Ever since they were revealed to the world as women and not the notorious Bell brothers of their pseudonyms, the Bronte sisters have fascinated legions of devoted readers. This drama follows their rise as the secret authors of the most controversial fiction of the 1840s.

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Globe Trekker "Food Hour: The Story of Beef"

Tuesday, December 18 at 9:00 pm on 12.1

Along with fellow presenters sharing delicacies from around the globe, this informative and entertaining episode joins Kate Comer on a voyage to discover the extraordinary journey behind the world's favorite red meat. The story of beef would not be complete without seeing Zay Harding attempt to eat a 72-ounce steak.

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Rick Steves' Special: European Christmas

Wednesday, December 19 at 7:00 pm on 12.1

Christmas in Europe is a rich and fascinating mix of Christian and pre-Christian traditions. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, Rick Steves and his family experience the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families, and even play in the snow.

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