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Schedule Highlights December 5 to December 11
Monday, December 5
Everything is bigger in Texas, including updated values of treasures from 2005 such as a Mickey Mantle All Star watch, an 1840 Texas Artillery short sword and an Edith Parsons "Turtle Baby" fountain. Antiques Roadshow Vintage Houston 2019 at 7:00 pm.
Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing. 8 Days: to the Moon and Back at 8:00 pm.
Celebrate 50 years with the GRAMMY-winning band, who have sold more than 48 million records worldwide. Their hits include "What a Fool Believes," "Listen to the Music," "Jesus Is Just All Right," "China Grove," "Takin' It to the Streets" and more. The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald: 50th Anniversary at Radio City at 10:00 pm.
Tuesday, December 6
Go beyond the legend and meet the woman who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. One of the greatest freedom fighters in U.S. history, Tubman was an Underground Railroad conductor, a Civil War scout and a spy. Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom at 7:00 pm.
Explore the stories and music of Black artists who relied on an underground guide to navigate the injustices of racial segregation while on the road. Features performances and interviews with vocalists, musicians, activists, historians and others. Musicians' Green Book: An Enduring Legacy at 8:30 pm.
Investigating Russian war crimes through eyewitness accounts, videos and exclusive 3D data. With the AP and SITU, mapping the atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine. Also, the story of a family's struggle to reunite after separation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Frontline Crime Scene: Bucha at 10:00 pm.
Wednesday, December 7
Dogs have long been dependable companions by our sides. But it wasn't always that way-and a look at their closest living relative, the wolf,makes it clear why. Researchers reveal how humans tamed fearsome canines over tens of thousands of years, and how modern dog intelligence and behaviors have made them indispensable companions. NOVA Dog Tales at 7:00 pm.
Get an intimate look into life in Lapland, fabled land of Santa Claus and actual home of tenacious wildlife such as reindeer, wolverines, Brown bears and more. NATURE Santa’s Wild Home at 8:30 pm.
Worshiped as a goddess, condemned as satanic and spun into a stunning array of breeds, cats have long fascinated humans. But did we ever really domesticate them? And what can science tell us about our most mysterious companions? NOVA Cat Tales at 10:00 pm.
Thursday, December 8
The next mayor of Austin will face some big challenges after taking office including affordability, homelessness, transportation and safety. Journalist Sonta Henderson leads a frank discussion on some of the issues and possible solutions. ATX Decides: Austin's Next Mayor at 7:00 pm.
In this one-hour special, Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe - taking millions of people with it. He traces fascism's history from its roots in the turbulent aftermath of World War I, when masses of angry people rose up, to the rise of charismatic leaders who manipulated that anger, and the totalitarian societies they built. In addition, Rick chronicles the brutal measures the leaders used to enforce their ideologies, and discusses the horrific consequences of genocide and total war. And yet despite all this, inspiration can be found by those who resisted. Along the way, Rick visits poignant sights throughout Europe relating to fascism, and talks with Europeans whose families lived through those times. The goal of the RICK STEVES SPECIAL: THE STORY OF FASCISM IN EUROPE is to learn from the hard lessons of 20th-century Europe, and to recognize that ideology in the 21st century. Rick Steves Fascism In Europe at 8:00 pm.
Grab a front-row seat to this 1984 Tokyo concert, one of Nelson's live legendary performances. Filmed at Budokan, the famous martial arts hall, the show features an amazing collection of Nelson's greatest hits. Willie Nelson: Live at Budokan at 9:30 pm.
Friday, December 9
Described by Architectural Digest as "the Oscars of the design world, " the Arthur Ross Awards celebrate the lifetime achievements of architects, artists, and historians in the classical tradition of design. This program features six recipients of the Award and some of their most iconic designs, in New York and beyond, as they reflect on the impact of this distinction on their careers. Arthur Ross Awards: Classicism, Humanism, and Grace at 7:30 pm.
As the Ice Age glaciers melted, European civilization was born-and with it, so was art. From the Stone Age came prehistoric art: mysterious tombs, mighty megaliths, and vivid cave paintings. Then the Egyptians and the Greeks laid the foundations of Western art-creating a world of magical gods, massive pyramids, sun-splashed temples, and ever-more-lifelike statues. Rick Steves Art of Europe Stone Age to Ancient Greece at 8:00 pm.
For most of America's history, sacred buildings represented our greatest feats of innovative engineering and artistic design. For a time, America's tallest structure and its largest-capacity building were churches, and a Maryland church organ stood as the most complex machine ever built. SECRETS OF SACRED ARCHITECTURE unlocks the elements of design that make these innovative structures so fascinating and unveils the meaning embedded in religious architecture. Secrets of Sacred Architecture at 9:00 pm.
Christmas at Belmont 2021 features Belmont University students performing holiday favorites in the new Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Nashville. This celebration of the season includes holiday favorites and classic songs. Christmas at Belmont 2021 at 10:00 pm.
Enjoy innovative Austin rock & roll from Jackie Venson, plus a vintage 2012 performance from soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples and friend Bonnie Raitt. Venson plays songs from Vintage Machine, while Staples performs songs from across her long career. Austin City Limits Jackie Venson/Mavis Staples with Special Guest Bonnie Raitt at 11:00 pm.
Saturday, December 10
Jake Myrick and Noriko Kamei have taken their love for namazake and created Sequoia Sake, a small brewery in the heart of San Francisco. Rooted in the traditions of Japanese sake brewing, they work to resurrect an heirloom rice in California pioneering the young but growing craft sake movement in the U.S. Migrant Kitchen Sequoia Sake at 5:00 pm.
La Cruz are the owners of Essex Squeeze, a juice bar that offers a healthy taste of New York City flavor. From running bridges in NYC to serving up delicious juice, Cedric and Charles are focused on helping people find a healthy balance through exercise and nutrition. Start Up Essex Squeeze: Lower East Side, Manhattan NYC at 6:00 pm.
Enjoy Texas artists from across the musical spectrum with Leon Bridges and Khruangbin. Fort Worth native Bridges performs modern R&B tunes from LP Gold-Diggers Sound. Houston trio Khruangbin plays worldbeat-tinged psych rock from its album Mordecai. Austin City Limits Leon Bridges/Khruangbin at 7:00 pm.
Lord Arthur Hawthorne and his wife return to Kembleford when he retires from editorship of his newspaper and holds a garden party to announce his son Gabe would takeover as editor. Hawthorne had expected Father Brown to give him his personal attention and when he refuses finds himself accused of breaking the seal of the confessional and is suspended from his parish; his place taken by Father Featherstone, Hawthorne's London priest. At the garden party Hawthorne is threatened by Stanley Buchanan, a homosexual exposed in Hawthorne's newspaper. When a rifle shot wounds Hawthorne, Inspector Mallory arrests Buchanan, although Hawthorne suspects his wife or son.A second attempt on Hawthorne's life leads to Buchanan's release. Father Brown investigation with Mrs McCarthy's help uncovers Hawthorne's philandering, his wife's unhappiness, his son's unwillingness to take over editorship, and Father Featherstone's thwarted ambitions. Father Brown The New Order at 7:59 pm.
The dreamy frontman of buzzy rock 'n' roll band The Queenmakers is found dead in the dressing room, just as they are about to go on for their set. Upon inspection, Sister Boniface finds a peculiar sting on the back of his neck. Sister Boniface Mysteries Song for the Dead at 8:45 pm.
Poirot and Hastings are entertaining Japp when the conversation turns to the recent disappearance of a banker, Mr Davenheim, from his large country house, the Cedars. Boasting, Poirot agrees to a five-pound bet with Japp that he could solve the case within a week without moving from his chair. Agatha Christie's: Poirot The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim at 9:31 pm.
Esther Summerson, brought up an orphan, is summoned to London by her guardian's solicitors, where she is to meet the Wards of Court in the Jarndyce versus Jarndyce case. Bleak House Episode 1 at 10:25 pm.
The mysterious law-writer, Nemo, has been found dead in his lodgings; Lady Deadlock has taken an interest in his identity and her lawyer is investigating. Esther has been entrusted with the running of Bleak House by John Jarndyce, her guardian. Bleak House Episode 2 at 11:20 pm.
Sunday, December 11
First held in 1912, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States, and features more than 450 students from St. Olaf College's renowned choirs and orchestra. Featuring familiar carols, beloved choral works,and exciting new compositions, the theme "Love Divine" is explored through words and music in this cherished, annual tradition. St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Love Divine at 11:30 am.
Thrilling sopranos Christine Goerke and Liudmyla Monastyrska share the title role of the legendary cold-hearted princess. Tenors Yusif Eyvazov and Yonghoon Lee trade off as the bold prince determined to win Turandot's love, alongside sopranos Gabriella Reyes, Michelle Bradley, and Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liu and bass-baritone James Morris and basses Alexander Tsymbalyuk and Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini's stirring score. Great Performances at the Met Turandot at 12:30 pm.
Discover how resistance, survival and revival are revealed through an empire of horse-mounted Comanche warriors, secret messages encoded in Aztec manuscript and a grass bridge in the Andes that spans mountains and centuries of time. Native America New World Rising at 3:00 pm.
Christmas on the Danube is a companion to European Christmas Market. It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, Christmas on the Danube visits the cities along the Danube, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas. Christmas on the Danube at 6:00 pm.
James and Helen test the waters of their relationship as James ponders a new job prospect. Tristan dives into his vet practice a bit too confidently. All Creatures Great and Small On Masterpiece Where The Heart Is at 7:00 pm.
Hopeful of a closer relationship with Helen, James invites her to the gala spring dance. Siegfried also tries his luck with romance. All Creatures Great and Small On Masterpiece Semper Progrediens at 8:00 pm.
Michael's brother is the prime suspect in his ex's murder. Annika goes for what looks like a one-way ride. A secret about Michael comes out.Medical advice clashes with farming wisdom as James and Helen have their first quarrel. Mrs. Pumphrey's dog gets Tristan in trouble. All Creatures Great and Small On Masterpiece We Can But Hope at 9:00 pm.
A sad event emotionally disrupts everyone's life at the academy. Luisa is uncomfortable with Arcadio's pressure to sell the house. Ram n wants to impress Teresa on their first date. Ángela suffers in silence after David and his children abandon her. La Otra Mirada Let It Go at 10:00 pm.