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(Watch a sneak preview showing of Rodents of Unusual Size before the film is televised nationwide by PBS in January.)

Tonight at 7PM on Antiques Roadshow: Junk in the Trunk 4 (Part 1), appraisals include a Picasso linocut discovered in a basement and a pair of Italian carved door panels, ca. 1550, purchased at an estate sale. At 8PM, on Antiques Roadshow: Junk in the Trunk 4 (Part 2), enjoy never-before-seen appraisals such as a collection of 1898 Mardi Gras invitations and Julia Child’s copper pans, ca. 1960. Then at 9PM on Independent Lens: Rodents of Unusual Size, a fisherman in a Louisiana bayou goes up against 20-pound "swamp rats" that are eating up coastal wetlands.

Tuesday at 7PM, on Tree of Life: A Concert for Unity & Peace, violinist Itzhak Perlman joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in the memorial concert, taped at the city's historic Heinz Hall on November 27, in remembrance of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy. At 9PM, Letters from Baghdad chronicles Gertrude Bell's extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British Colonial power. Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I and established the Iraq Museum, infamously ransacked in 2003. Why has Bell been written out of the history she helped make? At 9:30PM, on FRONTLINE: The Facebook Dilemma (Part 1), learn early warnings about Facebook's impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world.

Wednesday at 7PM on Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Wild Lessons, a two-toed baby sloth learns to be independent and a young kangaroo is taught to socialize. At 8PM on Animal Babies: Safari Babies, young animals struggle to overcome challenges on the African savannah. Then at 9PM on NOVA: Ultimate Cruise Ship, pioneering shipbuilders embark on an epic endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship. That's followed at 10PM with Impossible Builds: The Floating House, as a team in Dubai attempts to construct a floating house combining the best of land and marine design.

Thursday at 7PM, when radio quiz "Up to You" comes to Kembleford, Father Brown suspects that one of the cast are responsible for their landlady's murder. At 8PM Doc Martin returns to Portwenn, but without Louisa, who has gone to stay with her mother in Spain. Then, Rachel may be able to help Martin change his ways and Louisa's return raises questions about her and Martin's relationship. At 9:30PM, on Wallander Season 4 on Masterpiece, the case of a missing Swede in South Africa leads Wallander down a dangerous path.

Friday at 7PM, get news from across the state on Louisiana: The State We're In. That's followed at 7:30PM by Washington Week. Then, on LPB's Art Rocks! at 8:30PM, meet Baton Rouge artist Becky Gottsegen, who has developed an incredible talent for capturing the likenesses of people, using clay. At 9PM, celebrate the 25th anniversary of k.d. lang's Ingenue at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas in this Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special. That's followed at 10:30PM with Great Performances: Havana Time Machine. Take a musical journey to today's Cuba where past, present and future collide in joyful celebration.

Saturday from 7-9PM, enjoy your favorite British comedies. On A Place To Call Home at 9PM, Sarah, Elizabeth and Anna devise a plan to destroy Regina, and James shares his feelings with Henry. On 800 Words at 10PM, George and Arlo implement a cunning plan to bring Shay back from Sydney.

Sunday at 7PM, on Little Women on Masterpiece, with their father away at war, the March sisters come to terms with their new life. At 8PM on Victoria Season 2 on Masterpiece, new mother Victoria is eager to return to ruling, and Albert’s friendship with Ada Lovelace is a threat. Season 3 of Victoriapremieres Sunday, January 13 at 8PM. At 10PM on Jamestown, disillusioned with the leaders of the settlement, Verity falls back into bad habits.


Do you have a taste for France? Help LPB and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana preserve our state's French heritage and language with a holiday event unlike any other. Cognac & Christmas includes a screening of a classic French tale and the exclusive launch of Marquis de La Fayette Cognac in the United States.

Four cognac varieties will be paired with an assortment of savory appetizers and sweets. H. Mounier has bottled award-winning cognac for over 150 years. Be among the first in the country to toast the season with Marquis de La Fayette cognac while supporting LPB and CODOFIL!

Wednesday, December 12
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Lafayette, Louisiana 
6:30 PM

Thursday, December 13
LPB Studios
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
6:30 PM 

Go to for tickets or call 225.767.4214 for more information.


Don't miss out on Winterfest offers that will be expiring soon. When you become a member, renew your membership, or make an additional year-year gift to LPB, this is the time of year when we are able to thank you for supporting public television in Louisiana with gifts of your choosing. Scroll to click on the thumbnail images for the individual Winterfest programs HERE for details. 

LPB depends on viewers like you. Thank you!


"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." Henry James 

Join Friends of LPB as we celebrate the highly anticipated Season 3 of Victoria with a Victorian Tea on Sunday, January 6th at the LPB studios. Spend the afternoon sipping tea paired with delicious pastries. You will enjoy a sneak preview of the new series, before anyone else! 

To purchase tickets call 225-767-4214 or visit our website at

Sunday, January 6 
2 - 3PM - Tea
3 - 4PM – Screening of the first episode of Victoria Season 3 on Masterpiece 
$25 per person
LPB Studios
7733 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Victoria Season 3 on Masterpiece premieres on the six-station LPB network on Sunday, January 13 at 8PM.


LPB has your VIP tickets at!

See Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, Wednesday, December 26 at 8PM. The show features classic Christmas hits, as well as a selection of Fresh Aire compositions from Mannheim Steamroller along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 29 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year.

Plus, see Celtic Woman at the Civic Center in Monroe, Wednesday, April 24 at 7PM. A $150 contribution includes an orchestra ticket and meet & greet pass; a $75 contribution includes an orchestra ticket. The Grammy® -nominated, multi-platinum international music group returns to North America with a brand new live show, Ancient Land. The tour announcement comes on the heels of the release of the 13th studio album of the same name.


This holiday season, give the gift of a Friends of LPB membership, and you'll be giving a world of exploration and entertainment! Access to LPB Passport starts at $60 or just $5 per month.

Members can catch up or relive favorite moments of Poldark and The Durrells in Corfu, along with hundreds of other programs. 

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Recently added programs include: Great Performances | Sound of MusicThe Great American Read – All episodes; Nature | Super Cats: Episodes 1 - 3NOVA | Last B24Native America | From Caves to Cosmos; and Native America | Nature to Nations.

Also, enjoy great LPB programs on Passport including Attakapas: The Cajun StoryDeeply Rooted: John Coykendall's Journey to Save Our Seeds & StoriesAgainst the Tide: The Story of the Acadian People; and many more!

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Watch Louisiana's Newsmakers anytime on LPB's website, or on LPB's YouTube channel. Charlie Cook, Editor & Publisher of The Cook Political Report, was the keynote speaker for the CABL Annual Meeting. Mr. Cook spoke on "National & State Perspectives: Understanding the Political Divide and What It Means for the Future." Newsmakers is underwritten by Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC Attorneys at Law.

New on Press Club, Bridge Center Board Chair Kathy Kliebert, District Attorney Hillar Moore, Police Chief Murphy Paul, and Coroner Beau Clark spoke about the tax needed to develop and operate a mental health center in Baton Rouge. The public safety and healthcare leaders said that the property tax, which appeared on Dec. 8 ballots for Baton Rouge voters, will create a cost-savings trade-off by keeping those who have mental illnesses and no other place to go out of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison System. Press Club is also available on LPB's YouTube channel.


When the temperatures drop, what could be better than this? Get cozy with leek and mushroom grilled cheese.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for grilled cheese
1 leek, trimmed and thinly sliced
3 ounces of mushrooms, sliced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup of grated Gouda cheese
Bread of choice

For cooking directions, click here.


Estate planning is important for every household and income. A few simple steps today can give you peace of mind tomorrow by ensuring that you and your loved ones are well-protected.

Your estate plan can also be used to support charitable causes that matter most to you, such as the quality programs and education services offered to our community by Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

Join other loyal public media supporters by requesting your FREE organizer, and then get your estate plan off the ground today. Click here for details.


ShopLPB has perfect gifts for your holiday shopping! Plus, we are offering free standard shipping anywhere in the continental US through December 26, 2018! (That's in addition to the discount for members!)

Feature of the week: An Evening at The Governor’s Mansion: A Christmas Celebration with Paul Groves DVD:

Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards host a joyful Christmas celebration with Metropolitan Opera star Paul Groves, accompanied by New York City Opera tenor and LSU Kirkpatrick Professor Emeritus Robert Grayson. Hear Christmas classics including “White Christmas,” “I'll Be Home for Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” “Silver Bells,” “Silent Night,” and many more.

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