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Partisan conflicts, the government shutdown, and the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act have all taken a toll on President Obama’s approval ratings this year. But with a healing labor market and improving economy, can the president turn things around in 2014? We’ll ask Dan Balz of The Washington Post. After a relatively unproductive legislative year, Congress begins its holiday recess with a rare bipartisan budget deal. Susan Davis of USA Today will explain why the two-year federal budget minimizes but does not completely eliminate the threat of a government shutdown.
This unique musical event marks the first time Charles Dickens’ classic "A Christmas Carol" has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists and performed for audiences in a concert setting. Robert Christianson’s score is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs, and the story, faithfully adapted by Broadway’s Alisa Hauser, is performed by such Chicago and New York theater luminaries as Michael Aaron Lindner and E. Faye Butler. The concert is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances, providing audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of experiencing it as never before.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. This episode features selected performances from the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, including Dr. John, Stephen Stills, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and more.
After producing a hundred of his travel shows, Rick Steves and his public television crew finally celebrated Christmas in Europe. Rick and his gang brought home a vivid and intimate look at how seven diverse cultures celebrate Christmas. From England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, and Rome to the top of the Swiss Alps, this special gets you down on the carpet with wide-eyed children, up in the loft with the finest choirs, and into the kitchen with grandma and all her secrets.
From the Academy Award® nominated director Roko Belic ("Genghis Blues") comes a new cinematic adventure. "HAPPY" is a feature‐length documentary that leads viewers on a journey across five continents in search of the keys to happiness. The film addresses many of the fundamental issues we face in today’s society: how do we balance the allure of money, fame and social status with our needs for strong relationships, health and personal fulfillment? Through remarkable human stories and cutting‐edge science, "HAPPY" leads us toward a deeper understanding of why and how we can pursue more fulfilling, healthier and happier lives.