Pledge Highlights December 1 – December 4
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Black America MLK: And Still I Rise

Airs: Thursday, December 1 at 10:30PM

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks at the last 50 years of African-American history — from Stokely Carmichael to Barack Obama, James Brown to Beyoncé — charting the remarkable progress made and raising hard questions about the obstacles that remain.


Airs: Friday, December 2 at 7:30PM

CHRISTMASTIME IN NEW ORLEANS is a festive holiday special showcasing the music, sights and internationally acclaimed cuisine of New Orleans. Taped in part at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, the special spotlights a concert celebrating the city's vast and unique musical influences. Vibraphonist/percussionist Jason Marsalis and The NOLA Players perform a variety of holiday classics, putting a new twist on "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” “Joy to the World"and "Go Tell it on the Mountain." In addition, a few of the Big Easy's finest chefs, including John Folse, Leah Chase and John Besh, discuss how and why the city's gastronomy embodies a cross section of global cultures, and demonstrate recipes typical of New Orleans at Christmastime. Also, actor and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce (HBO's Tremeand The Wire) shares what makes the holidays in the Crescent City the only choice for him, and actor Jim Caviezel (CBS' Person of Interestand The Passion of the Christ) explains why this film destination is his favored "home away from home."

Eric Clapton: Slowhand at 70-Live at The Royal Albert Hall

Airs: Saturday, December 3 at 10:30PM

Celebrate the legendary guitarist’s 70th birthday with this concert in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, featuring Clapton classics including “Wonderful Tonight,” “Layla” and “Tears in Heaven.”

IL Volo Notte Magica

Airs: Sunday, December 4 at 7PM 

Join the international superstar trio and special guest Plácido Domingo for a magical night of music beneath the stars in Florence, Italy’s beautiful Santa Croce Square. Il Volo pays tribute to the Three Tenors with songs in true operatic style.