This Week on TV: MIT's famous Latke vs Hamentaschen debates - and other Holiday Specials

This Week on TV: MIT's famous Latke vs Hamentaschen debates - and other Holiday Specials

Handel's Messiah, Haunted "Ghoultide" cheer, and more on the channels this week

  • Posted on: 19 December 2016
  • By: lily

Celebrate Christmas and Hannukah with CCTV on Channel 9 this weekend

Friday Dec. 23 6-9pm, Saturday Dec. 24 12pm-midnight, and Sunday Dec. 25 12pm-4:30pm the program includes:

A full rendition of Handel’s Messiah, performed by Cambridge Community Chorus - Saturday Dec. 24 12-2pm.

More holiday concerts from Cambridge Community Chorus are scheduled Friday Dec. 23 6-7:25pm and Saturday Dec. 24 8:15pm-midnight.

Penny Dreadful’s Shilling Shockers - a Halloween favorite - is back for a Christmas Special, featuring Santa Claus, Martians, and lots of “Ghoultide” cheer. Saturday Dec. 24 at 6:25pm.

And, to mark the beginning of Hannukah 2016, a marathon of MIT’s famous Latke vs Hamentaschen Debates - in which esteemed local academics argue for which pastry is superior - Saturday Dec. 24 2:15-6:25pm, and Sunday Dec. 25 12-4pm.

More broadcast times in the days upcoming are scheduled on Channel 8. Visit CCTV's online schedule for a full list.

Also, catch What's New? Massachusetts' December 2016 Holiday Special - In this first statewide edition of "What’s New? Massachusetts," get into the holiday spirit with co-hosts Sam Baltrusis and Sharon Fillyaw as they spotlight some of the season’s top events including the spectacular Boston Winter event at City Hall Plaza which includes an ice skating path, a holiday market and other treats from jolly ol’ Saint Nick. Travel back in time with “Classic Diners of Massachusetts” author and local expert Larry Cultrera. And chat with Father Christmas himself, Santa Claus, who will make a seasonal visit to the Shops at Chestnut Hill.

Watch on Channel 8, Monday Dec. 19 at 10am, Tuesday Dec. 20 at 11am, Wednesday Dec. 21 and Thursday Dec. 22 at 1pm.

What are the local implications does a Trump presidency?

In the wake of the November 8 elections, Bay State Forum host Barbara Anthony brings on guests to discuss the victory of President Elect Donald Trump and what it means for our futures. Watch on Channel 8, Monday Dec. 19, Thursday Dec. 22, and Saturday Dec. 24.

Guests include former Attorney General and current Senior Counsel at Casner and Edwards, LLP, Scott Harshbarger: After leaving public office in Massachusetts, Scott went to Washington to head up the public interest group Common Cause, where he worked across the aisle to bring about campaign finance reform.

And, Cambridge State Representative Marjorie Decker: Marjorie is a long time progressive and political and social activist serving for many years as a Cambridge city councilor before moving onto the State House.