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Each year at the end of November and the beginning of December, we host our final membership drive of the calendar year. This year we’ve put together a special line-up of great programs we think you’ll enjoy. While the full schedule is available at, here’s a line-up of highlights for each night of the November/December Membership Drive at CET and ThinkTV:


Barbara StreisandFriday, November 29th

Barbra Streisand gets back to her roots tonight on Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn. This program will air at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET. It will encore at 8pm Saturday, Nov. 30, on CET Arts and at 8pm Tuesday, Dec. 3, on ThinkTV14.





Texas TenorsSaturday, Nov. 30th

Tonight is a great night for music enthusiasts, especially if you like country and folk. We’ll have Texas Tenors: You Should Dream at 8pm and John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind at 9:30pm on ThinkTV14. For those looking for music of the classic variety, catch Best of the 60s at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16.





Downton AbbeySunday, Dec. 1st

Sunday is a big night for Downton Abbey fans! In preparation for Downton Abbey Season 4, we’ll be airing Return to Downton Abbey at 9pm. This special remembers the first three seasons and looks ahead to season 4 with host Susan Sarandon. If you’re not a Downton fan, consider checking out Great Performance: Pavarotti – A Voice for the Ages at 8pm on ThinkTV14 or Il Volo Buon Natale at 7:30pm on CET Arts.




Celtic WomanMonday, Dec. 2nd

We’ll be live in the CET studio tonight with special thank you gifts for members, including concert tickets! Join us for Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas at 8pm and Brit Floyd: Live at Red Rock at 9:30pm. If you’re up north, join us for Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghost of Christmas Eve. This program also has a great line-up of thank you gifts!





Tenors: Lead with your HeartTuesday, Dec. 3rd

The live membership drive continues in Cincinnati with Tenors: Lead with Your Heart at 8pm on CET and CET Arts. On ThinkTV, we’ll have Best of the 60s at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and the encore performance of Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn at 8pm on ThinkTV14.





Deepak ChopraWednesday, Dec. 4th

Fans of Celtic Woman can catch the group’s new holiday special Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas at 8pm on ThinkTV16 followed by Carole King – James Taylor Live at the Troubadour at 9:30. In Cincinnati, viewers will have Deepak Chopra: What are You Hungry For? at 8pm on CET.






Elton JohnThursday, Dec. 5th

Legendary artist Elton John performs “Your Song,” “Rocket Man” and “Candle in the Wind” tonight on Elton John in Concert at 9:30pm on CET. If you’re more of the fiddling type, join us at 8pm on CET Arts for Fiddlers Holiday with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. For ThinkTV viewers, highlights include an encore of Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and Doc Martin: Revealed at 10pm on ThinkTV14.




Brit FloydFriday, Dec. 6th

We’ll be bringing back the ever-popular Magic Moments – The Best of 50s Pop at 8pm on ThinkTV14 tonight as well as John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind at 9pm on ThinkTV16. On CET, we’ll be encoring Brit Floyd: Live at Red Rocks at 9pm on CET and CET Arts.






Viewer’s Choice Weekend will be Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8. Visit our schedule page at for the most updated information!

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Tuesday, November 19th, will mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. This famous speech reminded Americans that the founders of our country created the nation on the principals of freedom and liberty. It also encouraged the people to honor those who died in the Civil War by committing to the preservation of America as a country where all men are created equal.


In honor of the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we’ll be airing Lincoln@Gettysburg on CET and ThinkTV16. This program is set in 1863, when Lincoln proved himself a master of the new frontier – not on the battlefields, but in his “high tech” command center armed with a new machine called The Telegraph.


The "Internet" of the 19th century, the telegraph gave Lincoln new powers to reshape leadership and wield personal control across distant battlefields. The results of Lincoln's pioneering experiment in electronic leadership led to the rebirth of America on the fields of Gettysburg – both in the battle that turned the tide of the Civil War, and in a few words that recast the American ideal as a national creed: the Gettysburg Address.


ThinkTV and CET have also challenged our communities to memorize The Gettysburg Address. Get details here:


And here's a preview of Linconln@Gettysburg

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It’s been almost 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. But what actually happened? Was there a cover-up? What about a conspiracy? Although the tragedy is nearly five decades past, the mysteriousness of the event as well as the lasting national impact has kept it fresh in many minds.


In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination, ThinkTV and CET will present three new JFK programs: JFK: American Experience, NOVA: Cold Case JFK and Secrets of the Dead: One PM Central Standard Time.


JFK: American Experience

Part 1: Monday, Nov. 11, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Part 2: Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

This new portrait offers a fresh assessment of the man, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise. Beginning with Kennedy’s childhood years as the privileged but sickly second son of one of the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lackluster congressman, his successful run for the U.S. Senate, and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in U.S. history.


NOVA: Cold Case JFK

Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Fifty years later, what can science tell us about the Kennedy assassination — and the investigations that followed? The 1963 murder, in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses, was a homicide investigator’s best-case scenario. Yet somehow the JFK assassination became a forensic nightmare. Now, NOVA follows a group of experts trying to unravel the lingering mysteries of the assassination.


Secrets of the Dead: JFK – One PM Central Standard Time

Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

This program tells the story of two men: one, the president of the United States — shot in Dallas and rushed to Parkland hospital, his fate unknown — the other, respected CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. This special recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the New York CBS Newsroom from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of the President’s death.


Preview of JFK Week:

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The 150th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address is Nov. 19, 2013 and Ken Burns – in conjunction with his upcoming PBS documentary The Address – has challenged America to memorize the speech in hopes that it will become to greatest mass memorization in history.


In honor of this famous speech and Ken Burns’ challenge, ThinkTV and CET are asking classrooms, organizations, clubs, families, groups and individuals to memorize The Gettysburg Address and submit an original video. We’re looking for everything from clubs reciting the speech together to family musical mash-ups!


If you have an idea for an original video, all the details and rules are available online at and We’re hoping people have the speech memorized by the 150th anniversary on Nov. 19, but the deadline for video submissions isn’t until Nov. 27. Submitted videos will be posted on our website for public voting the week of Dec. 2 and the top three videos will be featured on our webste.


If you have any questions about this project, contact CET’s Jason Dennison at or ThinkTV’s Diane Kroplin at with the subject line “Gettysburg Address Challenge.”

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For the week of Halloween, CET and ThinkTV are excited to bring you an American Experience presentation of one of the scariest stories of all time – War of the Worlds.


This year marks the 75th anniversary of the legendary radio drama that caused widespread panic. Shortly after 8pm on Halloween Eve in 1938, the voice of a panicked radio announcer broke in with a news announcement reporting strange explosions on the planet Mars, followed minutes later by news that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey.


Although most listeners understood that the news was part of a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic, convinced that America was under a deadly Martian attack. It turned out to be H.G. Wells' classic The War of the Worlds, performed by 23-year-old Orson Welles.


The film examines the elements that made America ripe for the hoax: America’s longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937; and Welles himself, the wunderkind director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme.


Watch the first chapter of the program online now: 

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