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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter - November 25 - December 1

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO...

This newsletter for next week's viewing is coming to you a little earlier than usual because of the holiday.

Mind of a Chef (image) And since food is on our minds on this day before Thanksgiving, here's a sneak peek at Chef David Chang's classic dish, corn miso (pictured). In an upcoming episode of MIND OF A CHEF, we'll also see Chef Christina Tosi's burnt miso apple pie. More about the Chef's dishes later in this newsletter.

Hawaii's own ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro can trace his ancestral roots back to Fukushima Prefecture. In TOMORROW BEYOND 3/11 My Fukushima Home (Sun., Nov. 25, 10:30 pm), he visits evacuees from the nuclear-contaminated town of Futaba, where he finds residents living in an abandoned school far from home. They sing along to Shimabukuro's music in a heartwarming exchange. He is also reunited with Omori, a dancer from Spa Resort Hawaiians theme park in Futaba.

Al Harrington (image) A Life of Gratitude is what we're calling Part 2 of my conversation with Al Harrington on LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Nov. 27, 7:30 pm). Al recalls his days as a star running back at Punahou, which provided him the opportunity to attend Stanford University. After graduating with a degree in history, Al worked as a teacher and later became an actor and Waikiki showman. He never forgot the help he received along the way, or the lessons of kindness he learned.

This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., Nov. 28 at 11:00 pm and Sun., Dec. 2 at 4:00 pm.

With the Affordable Care Act a certainty, the next INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII looks at Obamacare in Hawaii (Thurs., Nov. 29, 8:00 pm ). Host Dan Boylan and guests will discuss how Hawaii residents are affected by the impending legislation, how Hawaii is ahead in healthcare transformation and the steps Hawaii needs to take to stay ahead.

Panelists include: Joan Danieley, Kaiser Permanente Vice President of Health Plan Service and Administration and Hawaii Healthcare Transformation Councilmember; Beth Giesting, Office of the Governor Healthcare Transformation Coordinator; Senator Josh Green, Senate Health Chairman and ER physician; and Virginia Pressler, Hawaii Pacific Health Executive Vice President/Chief Strategic Officer and Hawaii Healthcare Transformation Initiative Co-Chair.

INSIGHTS is also available online via live streaming. We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org

Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:

Downton Abbey (image) In Downton Abbey Revisited (Sun., Nov. 25, 8:00 pm), savor great moments from the series' first two seasons, along with cast interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage and a sneak peek at what's in store for the residents of the Grantham estate, as they enter the Roaring Twenties. What will become of Bates? What new mischief will villainous footman Thomas and scheming lady's maid O'Brien instigate? Will wedding bells finally ring? And how will the formidable Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith) handle the arrival of Lady Grantham's American mother (Shirley MacLaine)? By the way, Downton Abbey Season 3 premieres Sunday, January 6 at 8:00 pm.

Stella is 95 (image) Stella is 95 (Sun., Nov. 25, 9:30 pm) is a moving and fun film about aging, focusing on a charismatic older person who's lived and continues to live a very full life. It sparks thought and discussion on the glorious aspects of aging and erases some of the stigma of growing older.

From classic jazz at Preservation Hall to Bourbon Street blues, MUSIC VOYAGER (Sun., Nov. 25, 10:00 pm) takes us to the Crescent City for New Orleans: The Perfect Musical Storm. Host Jacob Edgar hears the sounds of trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, virtuoso Troy "Trombone Shorty" and crooner Jeremy Davenport. There's also a jam session with Cyril Neville and Galactic at Tiptitina's, then Edgar visits local legend Kermit Ruffins at his annual Mardi Gras morning barbeque.

The Chiffons (image) Doo Wop Discoveries (Mon., Nov. 26, 8:00 pm) brings back pivotal R&B and pop vocal groups of the late 50s and 60s through never-before-broadcast archival and new live performances of their most loved hits. Pop music icons Smokey Robinson, Mike Stoller (of the writing team Lieber & Stoller), producers Mitch and Phil Margo of the Tokens, Aaron Neville, Neil Sedaka and more share their favorite doo wop styles and songs. (Pictured: the Chiffons.)

Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones (image) Restored from the original footage, Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones Live (Tues., Nov. 27, 9:30 pm) captured Muddy Waters' November 1981 performance that the Rolling Stones had come to see. It didn't take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining the legendary bluesman on stage. Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Lefty Dizz are also featured.

A Night with Warren Washington (image) One of the nation's leading atmospheric scientists is profiled in A Night with Warren Washington (Tues., Nov. 27, 11:00 pm). Dr. Washington talks about his family's history from the 1900s in Portland, Oregon to being awarded the National Medal of Science in 2010. National Academy of Sciences President Dr. Ralph Cicerone conducts the interview.

Buenos Aires City Guide (image) The next GLOBE TREKKER (Thurs., Nov. 29, 11:00 pm) sends host Judith Jones to the capital of Argentina. In Buenos Aires City Guide, Judith experiences the tango, explores the city's barrios, visits the heart of Argentine government and enjoys a sip or two of wine.

Korean American chef and restaurateur David Chang continues on a culinary journey, letting us see inside THE MIND OF A CHEF - his. Here are his latest food adventures:

New York (Fri., Nov. 30, 9:00 pm)
In this episode, chef/restaurateurs the "Torrisi Boys" prepare oysters and carrot dashi. Chang also visits native New Yorker Ivan Orkin in Tokyo, where he's making ramen.

Fresh (Fri., Nov. 30, 9:30 pm)
Explore the idea of fresh in the kitchen: instant broth, pea agnollini, fresh and aged steak with Chef Tien Ho, and ikejime with Chef Dave Arnold and Chef Yoshihiro Murata in Kyoto.

Soy (Fri., Nov. 30, 10:00 pm)
Chang visits tofu and miso factories in Japan; pastry chef Christina Tosi makes burnt miso apple pie; Chef Laurent Gras takes on tofu; and Chang makes his classic corn miso.

Sweet (Fri., Nov. 30, 10:30 pm)
Pastry chef Christina Tosi makes corn cookies and her three-layered Arnold Palmer cake; Chef Joe Burns makes ice cream; and Chang goes strawberry picking.

The Four Tops (image) Enjoy the biggest and best moments from past PBS Motown specials in Motown: Big Hits and More (Sat., Dec. 1, 7:00 pm). Filled with additional footage and archival gems, this special features many of Motown's biggest hits, B-sides, album cuts and radio classics from the Temptations, the Four Tops (pictured), Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Miracles, Martha & the Vandellas and more.

Get into the spirit of the season in Christmas with Nathan Pacheco (Sat., Dec. 1, 10:30 pm), as Nathan performs holiday favorites including "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "O Come, All Ye Faithful," "White Christmas," "Silver Bells" and "O Holy Night."


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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at PBS Hawaii…
Leslie

Leslie Wilcox
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