(Pictured: Get ready for Downton Abbey, Series 3!)

Ring in the New Year with LPB! Tonight at 7, see Live from Lincoln Center - the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve celebration features an all-star celebration of the life and work of Marvin Hamlisch. That is followed at 8:30 by Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana's Music.

Happy New Year! Tuesday night, tune in to LPB for the annual Great Performances New Year's celebration. Julie Andrews hosts the celebration from Vienna, which will feature favorite Strauss Family waltzes.

Wednesday at 7PM, trace the incredible journey of Broken Tail, a tiger cub, on Nature. At 8, NOVA looks at Doomsday Volcanoes.

You'll be speaking in a British accent after spending Thursday night with LPB! At 7, see Antiques Roadshow UK, followed by Midsomer Murders, Lark Rise to Candleford, and Foyle's War.

Friday night is LPB's lineup of informational programming. Louisiana: The State We're In will be the first out of the gate at 7. At 9 on Great Performances, find out why Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland was so controversial.

Saturday night is another night of programs from "across the pond." Starting at 7 on LPB, see two full hours of British comedies. At 9, British drama begins with Call the Midwife, followed by Doctor Who.

Sunday night is one of the most eagerly anticipated nights in recent history! At 8PM, Masterpiece presents Part 1 of Downton Abbey, Series 3! Wedding guests descend on Downton Abbey - among them is Cora's freewheeling American mother. Stay tuned at 10 for Inspector George Gently. Then at 11:30, check out a new addition to LPB's lineup: DCI Banks!


LPB Whenever you shop online through Louisiana Gives, a portion of the purchase price can be donated to Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. It won't cost you anything extra and it will only take a few extra seconds.

Louisiana Gives has more than 200 stores covering every shopping category, but our most popular store is You can do your shopping at now and up to 7% of the purchase price will be donated to Friends of LPB.

Donations to nonprofit organizations are now at an all-time low. You can help by doing your online shopping through Louisiana Gives.

Thank you for thinking of Friends of LPB when you shop online!


LPB We hear too much about young people who get in trouble -- the students who do exceptionally well in the classroom or make a huge difference in their community do not receive the recognition they deserve. That’s why LPB and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge created the Louisiana Young Heroes Awards. Now in its 18th year, the awards honor students in grades 7-12 who have excelled in the classroom, have served their community or have shown great courage in overcoming adversity in their own lives. In other words, these young people are an inspiration to those around them.

Nominations are now being taken for the 2013 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards. Students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school or home-schooled and cannot be older than 19 years of age.

Some of our previous Young Heroes have overcome physical handicaps or personal tragedies, helped others after hurricanes, cared for family members, started charitable foundations, and even saved lives. You can read profiles and see videos of previous years' Young Heroes on our website.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the LPB website or submitted through the online form. Letters of recognition and other supporting materials should be sent to support the nomination. Students who have been nominated in past years may be re-nominated for this year’s awards. Previous winners are not eligible. The deadline for entries is Friday, February 8, 2013. Winners will be announced on LPB on Friday, March 1, 2013.

Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be April 17, 2013. The Young Heroes will be treated to a day full of activities including lunch on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion. The day will culminate in a banquet that night in Baton Rouge.

The awards are co-presented by the Baton Rouge Rotary Club and underwritten by ExxonMobil and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.


LPB Join LPB on Sunday, February 17th from noon until 5PM at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge as we spotlight the Wild Kratts & Dinosaur Train Underwater Adventures. In addition to special showings of Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea and Dinosaur Train’s Submarine Adventure, BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center will have live animals at the event along with their animal exhibits and educational presentations about Louisiana wildlife at the Swamp’s pavilion. A swamp tour will also be available where families can see numerous species of birds which live in Louisiana during the winter along with the other natural flora and fauna. LPB will have goody bags with Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train items for kids to take home.

For directions and admission prices, go to BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s website or LPB's website. For more info, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (225) 767-4276.


LPB When Elmo gets Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!

Elmo Can't Stop Singing will be at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 7PM, with a meet and greet with the cast at 5:30PM; and at the Baton Rouge River Center Arena on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 10:30AM, with the meet and greet at 9AM. Performances at both locations are at 10:30AM with meet and greets with the cast at 9:30AM. A $35 contribution to Friends of LPB gets you one gold circle seat ticket and a VIP meet & greet pass! For a $25 contribution, you will receive one gold circle seat ticket.

In Baton Rouge, come and play BEFORE the show! VEE Corporation introduces Play Zone at Sesame Street Live - a fun new way for children to experience their favorite street! Imagine your child sitting in Big Bird's nest, popping up in Oscar's trash can, or visiting Elmo's World. You never know who'll make an appearance! Play Zone opens one hour before the show - best of all, Play Zone is FREE with your Sesame Street Live ticket!


LPB On LPB's Facebook page - we share programming highlights, information about upcoming events, breaking news, behind-the-scenes photos from our productions - plus, sometimes we just get a little silly! You can share your thoughts about programs you see on LPB, or ask questions you may have.

We would love to have you join our Facebook family with over 5,500 fans right now – go to LPB’s Facebook page and click “like!”

You can also follow LPB on Twitter and Pinterest.


LPB has more than 250 informational, educational, inspirational and entertaining DVD's available on ShopLPB. And we have more than just books and DVD's, like Ms. Lucy's Skinny Cajun cookbook, our LPB Britcom Club mug, or the Chef John Folse After the Hunt t-shirt.

If you are a member of Friends you can get a 15% discount on all ShopLPB purchases. Check Visions for the code for savings.


LPB No one performs "Auld Lang Syne" quite like Celtic Woman....

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December 31, 2012 - January 6, 2013

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