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St. Lucia Festival of Lights
In Scandinavia and especially Sweden, the feast day of Saint Lucia is an important celebration of light during the short days of winter. How do Swedes, Chicagoans, and Nobel Prize winners enjoy the feast day?
Christiane Amanpour. Photo: Courtesy CNN International
Beginning December 11, WTTW Prime will broadcast the global affairs interview program Amanpour on PBS, hosted by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Look back on some of Amanpour's major exclusive interviews and accomplishments.
The Washington Post published its first issue on December 6, 1877
The Washington Post published its first issue 140 years ago on December 6. Over its long history, it has given us a memorable gaffe and a popular march, inspired a classic toy, and led huge investigations. Look back on some of its defining moments.
A double-decker bus during the Great Smog of London, in 1952
65 years ago on December 5, a deadly smog descended on London. Transportation stopped, people fell into the Thames, and an estimated 12,000 people died. Today, New Delhi has similar problems. How serious is pollution today?
Marshall Field's Christmas Windows with Uncle Mistletoe
They have been a tradition in Chicago for over one hundred years, and seemingly everyone has fond memories of going to see them. See some of your favorite Christmas windows and learn how they're put together in this episode of Chicago Stories from 2000.
Last Tango in Halifax, Wheaton College Christmas Festival, Secrets of Spanish Flordia. Photos: BBC/Red Productions/Gary Moyes; Funcación Nao Victoria; Wheaton College
The approach of the holidays means you'll probably be spending time with your family. Need a pleasant soundtrack? A festive portrayal of a loving but difficult family? A little-known story that has nothing to do with the holidays? See our picks. 
The CTA Holiday Bus. Photo: CTA
The Holiday Train is now in its 25th year, while the bus is in its fourth. Both offer photo sessions with Santa, colored lights, and bright decorations. Find their schedules here. 
The Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer. Photo: Ken Carl
There's a new Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer, but the TV program isn't the only way you can explore Chicago's vital waterway. You can also take your own audio tour of Riverwalk, enjoy 360 videos, watch an animated history of the river reversal, and more on our companion site.
The Chicago River at Wolf Point. Photo: Kristan Lieb
How much do you know about the river and its history? The Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer premieres November 27 at 7:30 pm.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd's Pie. Photo: Courtesy PBS Food
You survived making a delicious Thanksgiving meal, but what do you do now with the heaps of leftovers? Try repurposing your extra turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy in this homey, single skillet shepherd's pie. 
Thanksgiving Quiz: Turkey, Tofurky, Turducken, Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Sauce
How much do you know about turkeys, tofurkys, turduckens, and all the other dishes you only eat at Thanksgiving? 
Frontline: Poor Kids. Photo: Frontline
"When you're born into this world it's very hard to realistically change your life," says the director of the newly updated Frontline: Poor Kids. "Kids can escape into their dreams; adults escape into alcoholism or drugs. They didn't choose that."
Pan Dripping Turkey Gravy. Photo: Courtesy PBS Food
If you're making an outstanding turkey, you don't want to waste any of that fantastic flavor that drips off into the pan. Instead, turn those rich drippings into gravy, using a broth made from the giblets and neck bone of your bird.
Citrus Dry-Brined Turkey. Photos: Courtesy PBS Food
Turkey is arguably the most difficult part of a Thanksgiving meal to make, especially if you brine it in a liquid salt mixture. Try this dry-brine recipe, which is easier to manage, less messy, and more effective. 
Poldark. Photo: Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE
Did you miss the season finale of Poldark? Demelza makes a decisive choice regarding Armstrong while Rowella and Morwenna stand up to Osborne. George makes trouble for Drake, while Elizabeth gives George an ultimatum.