(See Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea today at 3PM on LPB1 & at 7:30PM on LPB2)

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - we hope you have the luxury of a day off!

Today, PBS NewsHour will provide live coverage of President Obama's inauguration process, the speech and the swearing-in. That starts at 10AM on LPB1 - the children's shows normally at that time will move to LPB2. Then at 3PM, LPB premieres a new children's special, Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea! Chris and Martin get swept up in the jet stream and a sea of plankton while trying to recover their lost shrink ray.

Tuesday night at 7, Pioneers of Television looks at Primetime Soaps - from "Peyton Place" to "Knots Landing." That's followed at 8 by part three of The Abolitionists: American Experience.

The news of the tragedy in Newtown, CT, is still fresh in everyone's mind. The actions of the shooter have started a national conversation about gun control and treatment of the mentally ill. Where does Louisiana stand on these issues? At 7, tune in for Newtown: A Louisiana Perspective on this month's Louisiana Public Square.

Thursday night at 8, see part one of Electric Vendetta on Midsomer Murders. At 10, LPB will have part one of A Lesson in Murder on Foyle's War.

Of course, Friday night starts at 7 with LPB's newsmagazine, Louisiana: The State We're In. Charlie and Shauna will cover the headlines from around the state. At 9, LPB will have back-to-back episodes of a new series, Shakespeare Uncovered. First, join Ethan Hawke in his quest to play Shakespeare’s murderous Thane of Cawdor. Then, enjoy Joely Richardson’s investigation of Shakespeare’s heroines in two cross-dressing comedies.

Saturday nights mean British comedies on LPB from 7 to 9PM. At 10 on Doctor Who, the Doctor arrives at a factory on Earth where human doubles are used to mine dangerous acid.

We will have an encore showing of Downton Abbey, Season 3, Part 3 at 7 in case you missed it last week. Then at 8 on Part 4, the Crawley family faces its severest test yet.


LPB Baton Rouge has been selected as one of the eight cities for the Summer 2013 tour of Antiques Roadshow! The event will be Saturday, July 27th at the Baton Rouge River Center.

You must have a ticket to attend the event. Visit LPB's website or call 1-888-762-3749 to apply for tickets. The deadline for applications is April 8th. Three thousand names will be chosen in a random drawing in April - each person selected will receive two tickets each. Each ticket holder may have two items appraised.

LPB will also be offering tickets - stay tuned to find out how you can get them!


LPB Enjoying Downton Abbey? Don't want to miss a minute of it? Are you and your family fighting over watching Downton Abbey or the Super Bowl on February 3rd? LPB has the solution! On Thursday, January 31st at 6:30PM, LPB will host the Downton Abbey Super Sneak Peek at our studios, 7733 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge. In addition to seeing Episode 5 before the rest of the state, you will be treated to dinner! You can't beat dinner and a movie for one low price! Tickets are only $25 each - space is limited! When you purchase a ticket, you are entered to win Seasons 1, 2 and 3 DVDs of Downton Abbey and a “Free John Bates” tote bag. For more information or tickets, go to LPB's website or call (225) 767-4214.


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 Now through April 6, 2013, children in the LPB viewing areas can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. LPB will select local winners in the spring of 2013. The local winners will be featured on LPB’s website.

The local winners will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced during the summer of 2013 and the winning stories will be featured on

The national winners will receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players. Additionally, Highlights for Children has joined the Contest as a new promotional partner and all participants will have the option to receive a print or digital version of Highlights magazine.

Go to LPB's website for the rules and guidelines. Mail your entries to: PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, 7733 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810. For more information, call (800) 272-8161, ext. 4276 or (225) 767-4276 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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 and at the Baton Rouge River Center Arena on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The performances in Baton Rouge is at 10:30AM. In Bossier City, showtime is 7PM. For a $25 contribution, you will receive one gold circle seat ticket.

In both cities, 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!


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 and 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 LPB will hold two special premiere showings of Sid the Science Kid - The Movie! at the Lafayette Science Museum in Lafayette on Sunday, March 17 at 1 and 2:30PM. The auditorium holds 100 and we expect to have a full house for both showings. It'll be a red carpet event! Plus, every child will have the chance to try out a Sid experiment! Check back on our website - we'll have more details soon!


LPB Enter the 2013 MASTERPIECE Classic Sweepstakes daily through April 30, 2013, for a chance to win a trip for two adults from the US to Britain! This 5-day, 4-night trip features a VIP tour of Highclere Castle with Lord Carnarvon, and afternoon tea with Lady Carnarvon, author of Lady Almina & the Real Downton Abbey. Your trip will also include VIP tours of Kensington Palace and the Selfridges & Co department store in London. You will also enjoy afternoon tea with Jessica Fellowes, author of The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, The World of Downton Abbey, and Mud & The City: Dos & Don'ts for Townies in the Country. Travel to Britain must be from Sept. 21-26, 2013. No purchase necessary; enter online; winner will be selected by random drawing.


LPB has more than 250 informational, educational, inspirational and entertaining DVD's available on ShopLPB. Meet some of the people important to Louisiana history in programs such as Uncle Earl, Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories, and Lindy Boggs: Steel & Velvet.

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

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January 21-27, 2013

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