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50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary

8:30 pm Monday, Dec. 1, on WILL-TV: Celebrate the impact of the trio that combined artistry with activism for five decades.

Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Travers and Peter Yarrow performing at the 1963 March on Washington.

50 YEARS WITH PETER, PAUL AND MARY is a new documentary by four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/ director Jim Brown that focuses on portions of the trio’s career not included in earlier PBS specials. This program features rare and previously unseen television footage including a BBC program from the early 1960s that embodies many of the trio’s best performances and most popular songs. This is Peter, Paul and Mary at the peak of their artistry, a time when this popular and influential trio dominated the Billboard music charts. 

From the group’s emergence in Greenwich Village, to the Civil Rights and anti-war era of the 1960s, through the decades of their later advocacy and music, to Mary Travers’ moving memorial, and finally to the present, where their legacy continues to inform and inspire successive generations, this far deeper and more intimate exploration of the trio reveals the impact of their artistry and activism on their generation and the world.

50 YEARS WITH PETER, PAUL AND MARY features these songs:

“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”
“Five Hundred Miles”
“If I Had My Way”
“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
“Early Mornin’ Rain”
 “Puff, the Magic Dragon”
“If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)”
“Blowin’ in the Wind”
“The Times They Are a-Changin’”
“Cruel War”
“If You Love Your Country”
 “The Great Mandala”  
“I Dig Rock and Roll Music”
“There But For Fortune”
“Day Is Done”
 “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee)”
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”
“Sweet Survivor”
 “Leaving on a Jet Plane”
“Don’t Laugh at Me”
“We Shall Not Be Moved”
 “One Light Many Candles” (“One & Many” Reprise)
“Tell It on the Mountain”

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NOVA: First Man on the Moon

8 pm Wednesday, Dec. 3, on WILL-TV: He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong?

Neil Armstrong

NOVA presents an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon, through interviews with Armstrong’s family and friends. The film reveals his achievements as a Navy combat veteran and pioneer of high-speed flight. NOVA revisits the final moments of the Apollo 11 landing, when Armstrong brought the Eagle down safely with seconds to spare. But he regretted that he got so much credit for the team effort that the lunar landing represented. In its exploration of this quietly effective man, NOVA explores his achievements following Apollo. This is an inspiring story of heroic risk-taking and humble dedication to advancing humanity’s adventure in space.

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Kristin Chenoweth in Broken Arrow, Okla.

8 pm Friday, Nov. 28, on WILL-TV: Chenoweth goes home to perform music from her career.

Kristin Chenoweth

Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home — to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that is — to perform music from her career. With a classically trained voice set off by a gift for acting and comedy, Chenoweth appears at a state-of-the-art theater that now bears her name, performing Broadway, television and film songs like “Popular” and “For Good” from Wicked, songs from her acclaimed performances on “Glee” and beloved music from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and many more. Backed by a 13-piece orchestra led by Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Chenoweth welcomes song and dance friends from Broadway in a program sure to be unforgettable.

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Watch online now: Ollie Watts Davis interview

The soprano and U of I voice professor talks wiith Illinois Pioneers host David Inge about her mentors, her work with students and singing as a spiritual act.

Ollie Watts Davis

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The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential

10 am-noon Thanksgiving Day on WILL-AM: Live, two-hour call-in program. Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks.

Roasted turkey

On Thursday, Nov. 27, help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. Quickly becoming a Thanksgiving morning tradition, past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed. Lynne handles all questions with wit, expertise and laughter.

Joining Lynne for the broadcast this year will be:

Lidia Bastianich - Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur.
Carla Hall - chef, cookbook author and co-host of ABC's "The Chew".
Henry Alford - humorist, journalist and author weighing in on etiquette & family dysfunction.
Melissa Clark - New York Times food columnist and cookbook author

Phone lines (800-242-2828) will be open nationwide 10 am to noon central time and the program will be simulcast live on the Web at splendidtable.org. In addition to the open phone lines, The Splendid Table will interact with the audience on Twitter and Facebook.

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More Masterpiece coming to PBS in 2015

20 additional hours of Masterpiece to air including Wolf Hall and Grantchester.

James Norton, left, and Robson Green in "Granchester."

Masterpiece and PBS have announced exciting news for fans of British drama: more hours of Masterpiece are coming to PBS stations nationwide. In 2015, viewers can continue to tune in to the series during its longstanding Sunday at 8 pm (central) time slot, and also enjoy at least 20 additional hours of new programming—with some shows at 7 pm, others at 9 pm—throughout the year.

Masterpiece, which is produced by WGBH/Boston and has aired on PBS since 1971, has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. The audience for the 2014 season is up over 100 percent from 2010, and according to a 2014 public television survey, over 70 percent of members cited Masterpiece as their favorite show.

The enlarged Masterpiece footprint kicks off with Grantchester, a six-part mystery premiering Sunday, Jan.18, at 9 pm (central), following new episodes of Downton Abbey. Already a hit in the UK, Grantchester stars James Norton (Happy Valley) as a charismatic young clergyman and Robson Green (Wire in the Blood) as a down-to-earth cop who team up to fight crime in the beautiful hamlet of Grantchester in 1953. Based on the acclaimed mystery novels by James Runcie, the young vicar is styled after Runcie’s late father, who was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1980s.

On April 5, three-time Tony® Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Emmy® Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star as Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, a highly anticipated adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. The six-part series charts the shrewd and brilliant rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court — from a blacksmith's son to Henry VIII's closest advisor.

Other Masterpiece programming scheduled for 2015 includes: The Manners of Downton Abbey, a behind-the-scenes look at the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey; a third series of the popular Mr. Selfridge starring Jeremy Piven; a stunning new adaptation of the 1970s blockbuster Poldark, starring Aidan Turner; and the sumptuous drama Indian Summers, set in the waning years of British colonial rule in 1930s India.

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