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Christmas is a magical time for many all over the world – and the same was true for the soldiers fighting in World War I in 1914. For one evening on December 24, 1914, French, German and Scottish soldiers laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration reflecting the peace, fellowship and humanity of the season.


CET and ThinkTV are excited to celebrate the season with a broadcast presentation of the operatic retelling of the true story of the Christmas Eve truce of 1914 with the program Silent Night. This two-act production was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera and premiered in November 2012 to national acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts. With a libretto by Mark Campbell, Silent Night is sung in French, English, German, Italian and Latin with English subtitles.


Silent Night will air at the following times:


Friday, Dec. 13, at 9pm on CET

Saturday, Dec.  14, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

Monday, Dec. 16, at 8pm on CET Arts

Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 9pm on ThinkTV14 


We're also excited to let you know that the Cincinnati Opera will present this production at Music Hall on July 10 and 12, 2014, just days away from the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. To commemorate that conflict, Cincinnati Opera is collaborating with the city’s leading cultural institutions to present “Cincinnati Remembers World War I,” a series of community programs focused on the World War I era. For more information, please visit


Here’s a preview of the program: 

12/05/2013 Programs 2 Comments

CET and ThinkTV are thrilled to announce that veteran journalist Tom Brinkmoeller is writing previews for a new section on our station websites called Mark your Calendar!


Tom, who has covered broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer and David Bianculli's TV Worth Watching website, recently moved back to Cincinnati after more than 20 years of living in Florida. Tom’s first preview is of Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn, which premiered on Nov. 29th but has multiple encore presentations this week.


Mark your Calendar is a fun, insightful addition to the content available online from CET and ThinkTV. Tom interviews experts and people connected with the show, pulls in the culture context of the program and brings a wealth of experience to these previews. Take a look and Mark your Calendar:

11/27/2013 Station News 0 Comments

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!

11/21/2013 Programs 1 Comment

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

11/15/2013 Programs 0 Comments

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:

11/07/2013 Programs 0 Comments


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