Highlights December 4 to December 10

Posted on December 1, 2023

Monday, December 4th

Explore the era between Boomers and Millennials for exciting treasures from the mid-1960s to early 1980s, also known as the Generation X years. Standout appraisals include Matt Groening artwork,Charles Loloma bracelets and Evel Knievel's leathers. Antiques Roadshow The Gen X Years at 7:00 pm.

Celebrate trailblazing women in a special hour spotlighting outstanding contributions from female athletes, artists, activists and more who left an indelible mark on the world around us through their thought-provoking objects and accomplishments. Antiques Roadshow Women’s Work at 8:00 pm.

A Towering Task tells the story of the Peace Corps, a unique U.S. government agency born out of the Cold War and the heady days of the Kennedy administration. To this day, Peace Corps Volunteers redefine how America engages with the rest of the world. A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps at 9:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 5th

When Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor as the Supreme Court's first female justice in 1981, the announcement dominated the news. Time Magazine's cover proclaimed "Justice At Last," and she received unanimous Senate approval. Born in 1930 in El Paso, Texas, O'Connor grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona in an era when women were expected to become homemakers. After graduating near the top of her class at Stanford Law School, she could not convince a single law firm to interview her, so she turned to volunteer work and public service. A Republican, she served two terms in the Arizona state senate, then became a judge on the state court of appeals. During her 25 years on the Supreme Court, O'Connor was the critical swing vote on cases involving some of the 20th century's most controversial issues, including abortion, affirmative action - and she was the tiebreaker on Bush v. Gore. Forty years after her confirmation, this biography recounts the life of a pioneering woman who both reflected and shaped an era. American Experience Sandra Day O'Connor: The First at 7:00 pm.

The real-time accounts of the response, missteps and trauma in the Uvalde school shooting. Using official body cam and audio, with ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, a reconstruction of the chaotic response at Robb Elementary and the lessons learned. Frontline Inside The Uvalde Response at 9:00 pm.

Thought Police examines the long history of governments suppressing speech - with clear echoes of George Orwell's warning of a world without free speech. The program weaves personal stories from Hong Kong, North Korea, and Peru, whose governments tried to suppress free speech, one of them resulting in a monumental - and avoidable - human tragedy. Free To Speak Thought Police at 10:00 pm.

Wednesday, December 6th

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has long protected survivors of the Ice Age, but this once remote and frozen fortress is on the brink of change. Now, for the caribou, musk oxen, polar bears, and Arctic foxes, the ice age is slipping away. Nature American Arctic at 7:00 pm.

Who built Stonehenge and why? Discover how the last decade of groundbreaking archaeological digs has revealed major new clues to Britain's enigmatic 5,000-year-old site and the people who constructed it. Nova Ghosts of Stonehenge at 8:00 pm.

Is history repeating Itself? Follow an in-depth investigation into the real causes of the decline of the Roman Empire, three deadly epidemics and climate change could have caused its collapse-drawing frightening parallels to today. Secrets of the Dead The End of the Romans at 9:00 pm.

Thursday, December 7th

As humans spread out across the world, their toughest challenge was to colonize the Americas -- because of a huge ice sheet blocking their route. It has long been thought that pioneers -- known as Clovis people -- arrived about 13,000 years ago. But an underwater discovery in Mexico is forcing the story to be re-written. How closely related were the First Americans and today's Native Americans? It's a matter of huge controversy, focused on Kennewick Man. There are very few other skeletons in the world that engender such strong feelings. First Peoples at 7:00 pm.

Chet heads to the Rio Grande Valley to partake in a true Texas meets Mexico experience complete with traditional cow-head barbacoa, border birding, and the historic site of the first battle of the Mexican-American war. Daytripper Brownsville, TX at 8:00 pm.

Archaeology, technology, and the memories of a formerly enslaved man guide a journey into the past. A combination of legend, science, and discovery work in tandem to uncover the mysterious resting place of James Coryell, Texas Ranger. The Lost Grave of James Coryell at 8:30 pm.

Martin investigates a shooting after local farmer Dennis Thorpe shoots Robert, after he took some of his eggs. Meanwhile, Emily returns to the surgery to see Martin after her acne medication causes a bad reaction, and a secret bidder buys the Crab and Lobster pub. Danny Huston (Succession; Wonder Woman; American Horror Story) guest stars. Doc Martin Wild West Country at 8:59 pm.

Friday, December 8th

Tree In search of the perfect Christmas tree for the U.S. Capitol, Chuck Leavell travels to the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests to follow the journey - from selection and cutting to ornament making and community celebrations - of what will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way from Colorado to Washington DC. America's Forests with Chuck Leavell: US Capitol Christmas at 7:30 pm.

Experience the beloved American soprano perform arias by Puccini and Massenet to selections by Handel and Korngold from the intimate music salon of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. Great Performances at the Met Renee Fleming in Concert at 8:00 pm.

The irreverent documentary Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas tells the story of the unlikely Jewish immigrants who, enamored with Broadway and Hollywood, wrote some of the most popular songs in America: Christmas music. The doc features rarely-seen archival footage, musical performances and interviews. Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas at 9:00 pm.

The vocal and instrumental musical ensembles of Concordia University Irvine and friends invite you to a festive collection of music that celebrates, rejoices, and finds hope in the gifts of Christmas. Featuring the songs "Silent Night", "Wexford Carol" (a traditional Irish Carol), "Angels We Have Heard on High", "Riu, Riu Chiu" (a traditional Spanish Carol), "Hope Has an Answer (Psalm 65)" featuring performer Kip Fox, and more! Thrill of Hope: A Concordia Christmas at 9:55 pm.

Saturday, December 9th

Baobab Fare, a restaurant that serves up traditional East African dishes from their hometown of Burundi, Africa. This is a story about sharing your culture with the community. Start Up Baobab Fare: Detroit, MI at 6:00 pm.

Singer/songwriter Allison Russell and indie rock act The Weather Station offer an hour of acclaimed music. Russell performs her renowned album Outside Child, while the Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman, plays tunes from her LP Ignorance. Austin City Limits Allison Russell/The Weather Station at 7:00 pm.

Lady Felicia's impromptu visit coincides with Father Brown helping out a friend at an exclusive gentlemen's club. Father Brown The Company of Men at 8:00 pm.

A deck with a missing card provides Poirot with the clue he needs to solve the murder of the tyrannical head of a movie studio. Agatha Christie's: Poirot The King of Clubs at 8:46 pm.

Sunday, December 10th

Two advanced energy students share their thoughts on the future of nuclear, carbon capture and storage, solar and wind, batteries, energy reliability, climate change and their hopes for the future. Shadya Taleb, a graduate research assistant in carbon capture and storage at the Bureau of Economic Geology, and Grace Stanke, a nuclear engineering student and Miss America 2023, discuss. Energy Switch Students on the Future of Energy at 6:00 pm.

Agatha Christie's shocking disappearance in 1926 gripped the nation. Lucy Worsley unravels the mystery and reveals the profound influence this episode had on her writings. Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen Destination Unknown at 7:00 pm.

A missing ring is just one snag as James and Helen's wedding date approaches. For one thing, a farmer's cow may have TB. All Creatures Great and Small Second Time Lucky 8:00 pm

D.I. Rachita Ray is promoted to Homicide but realizes instantly she is there to 'tick a box' and that the so called 'culturally specific homicide' she is assigned to, is anything but. D.I. Ray at 10:00 pm.