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This Week on LPB - December 25-31, 2017


LPB (The nuns and midwives at Nonnatus House battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care on the Call the Midwife Holiday Special.)

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM LPB! And this is your last e-newsletter from LPB...this year! Tonight at 7, see a special episode of Antiques Roadshow. Naughty or Nice - how perfect for Christmas - will highlight items such as a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the movie Some Like It Hot, and an 1863 Temperance lithograph. At 8PM on the Call the Midwife Holiday Special, the midwives strive to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. At 9:30 on Christmas in Belmont, join host Sheryl Crow for a concert of carols, classical pieces, and seasonal favorites. At 10:30, see Christmas Masterclass on The Great British Baking Show with recipes inspired by rich traditions from all over Europe. Then close out Christmas Day with an encore of Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Tuesday, on Boxing Day, see The Sultan & the Saint at 7PM on LPB. Explore how St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt risked it all to end the Crusades. At 8PM, the little-known history of America's Spanish colonists who settled in Florida in 1565 is revealed on Secrets of Spanish Florida - A Secrets of the Dead Special. At 10PM on Secrets of the Dead, a team of scientists explores royal tombs beneath the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan.

The new year starts next week, and if you are making a resolution to live healthier, watch Louisiana Public Square Wednesday at 7PM. What diet is most effective? What role does exercise play in the health equation? Get answers to these questions and more. At 8PM, The Story of Cats continues on Nature. Follow cats into the Americas, and see the rise of the domestic cat. On NOVA at 9PM, investigate how an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66-million years ago.

Thursday at 7PM, it isn't funny when a clown is murdered on Father Brown. At 8, what shocking news does Louisa have for Doc Martin? Then, Honoria and Hawdon desperately try to secure Edward's freedom on Dickensian. At 10:30 on Dr. Blake's Mysteries, a jockey is thrown from his horse during practice and killed.

See the last episode of Louisiana: The State We're In of 2017 Friday night at 7PM, followed by Washington Week. At 8PM, see An Evening at the Governor's Mansion: A Christmas Celebration. Filmed by LPB this month, the celebration features performances by tenors Paul Groves and Robert Grayson. At 9PM, American Masters: Bob Hope looks at the entertainer's personal life and long career.

Saturday at 6PM, see the New Year's program on The Lawrence Welk Show, followed by two hours of great British comedies. At 9 on A Place to Call Home, Sarah gets word that her mother is gravely ill. On Capital at 10, the "We Want What You Have" campaign takes a nasty turn for the worst. Then on The Detectorists, Andy has a job interview.

Spend New Year's Eve with LPB. At 6PM on part one of Remember Me, Tom enters assisted living, and a social worker falls to her death. Hannah's dreams are haunted by a ghost. On Victoria on Masterpiece at 7PM, will Victoria and Albert get married? At 8PM, enjoy the annual PBS tradition and ring in 2017 with the New York Philharmonic and their special guests on Live from Lincoln Center.


LPB Join Friends of LPB as we celebrate Season 2 of Victoria with a Victorian Tea on Sunday, January 7 at LPB's studios. Spend the afternoon sipping tea paired with delectable pastries. Guests will enjoy a sneak preview of the new series, before anyone else! For more information and to purchase tickets, go to LPB's website.

Victoria Season 2 on Masterpiece premieres on the six-station LPB network on Sunday, January 14 at 8PM.


LPB LPB and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge are looking for the 2018 Louisiana Young Heroes. A Young Hero can be defined in many ways, but to those who know them they are exceptional students who devote their time, talents, and energy to make a difference. Now in its 23rd year, the Louisiana Young Heroes Awards annually honor students in grades 7-12 who excel in the classroom, serve their local communities, and often demonstrate great personal courage in overcoming adversity.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Louisiana Young Heroes. Students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school (public, private or parochial) or home-schooled, and cannot be older than 19 years of age. Nomination forms can be downloaded and filled out or submitted through the online form at Letters of recognition, newspaper articles, and other supporting materials should be sent to support the nomination. Previous winners are not eligible. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2018. Winners will be announced on LPB’s weekly news and public affairs program Louisiana the State We’re In and on February 23, 2018 at 7PM. Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be Monday, April 16, 2018. The Young Heroes will be treated to a day full of activities in Baton Rouge, including a number of surprises.

To read more about the Louisiana Young Heroes Awards, or to download a nomination form or use the online nomination form, go to

For more information, call Margaret Schlaudecker at (800) 272-8161, ext. 4276 or (225) 767-4276 or email


LPB See Martin and Chris Kratt live on stage here in Louisiana! Join the Kratt Brothers for Wild Kratts Live at Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:30PM. Experience, live on stage, the astounding “creature” fundamentals, and the infectious excitement and inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make their hit PBS series so popular with kids and their families. For details and tickets, go to LPB's website.

You have to experience Celtic Woman live in concert on their "Homecoming" tour. LPB has tickets for their Friday, May 4 performance at the Raising Cane's River Center Arena. Get an orchestra ticket for a $75 contribution.

LPB also has tickets to see guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa in concert in Shreveport or New Orleans. A $200 contribution gets you an orchestra ticket and meet and greet pass for the performance at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on Friday, May 18 or at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans on Saturday, May 19. A $150 contribution secures an orchestra ticket for either performance.


LPB LPB invites you to a screening of Independent Lens: Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities on Monday, February 5 at 6PM in the Cotillion Ballroom on the campus of Southern University. This film explores the pivotal role that these institutions have made on American life, culture and history over the past 150 years. Nurturing some of the most influential Americans of our time, from Booker T. Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Toni Morrison to Oprah Winfrey, HBCUs have transformed lives and helped to advance civil rights, remaining an essential part of local communities. This special screening is free and open to the public. To RSVP, or for more information please call 225-767-4274 or email


LPB Playwright Lorraine Hansberry is best known for A Raisin in the Sun, the first play written by an African-American woman produced on Broadway. LPB and Baton Rouge Community College invite you to a special screening of Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, an American Masters film celebrating her life and work, Monday, February 26 at 6PM at the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion. The film features interviews with Hollywood legends Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, and Louis Gossett Jr., with narration by award-winning actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and the voice of Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose as Hansberry. This screening is free and open to the public. To RSVP, or for more information please call 225-767-4274 or email


LPB If you want to relax after opening gifts, or while eating sugar cookies, LPB Passport is the perfect companion! And Passport will keep your holiday spirits alive with these great programs: Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes; Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve; NOVA: Great Cathedral Mystery; The Great British Baking Show Masterclass Season 1: Christmas Masterclass; The Great British Baking Show Masterclass Season 2: Christmas Masterclass; Downton Abbey: Season 2 Christmas Special; Downton Abbey: Season 5 Christmas Special; Downton Abbey: Season 6 Christmas Special; My Mother & Other Strangers Season 1 Christmas episode; Vicious: Holiday Special, and Grantchester: Season 3 Christmas Special. Of course, whatever type of programming you are in the mood for, Passport has it. And LPB Passport makes a great gift!


LPB Whether you will be hosting a party or curling up on the couch with LPB, PBS Food has recipes to make your night more festive.

Adults and kids will all enjoy Spiced Hot Chocolate with a few extra spices for added flavor: cinnamon, star anise and cayenne.

Simple Stuffed Mushrooms feature a combination of Italian parsley, lemon, crunchy bread crumbs and cheese.

Have a warm meal ready in under 25 minutes no matter how many people you are feeding with French Bread Pizza.

Spending New Year's Eve at home? This festive spin on the classic dark and stormy is a perfect cocktail to share among friends.

For these recipes and more for any day of the year, go to PBS Food.


Don't want to wait for days? You don't even need to walk to the mailbox! LPB now has some of our programs available as digital downloads. Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall’s Journey To Save Our Seeds & Stories, Atchafalaya Houseboat, Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, Turning the Tide, and The Vietnam War: Louisiana Remembers are available to be downloaded as soon as you make your contribution to LPB.

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