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BY Daniel J. Engler
Jan. 7, 8 p.m., live
BCS Championship Bowl
ABC The Alabama Crimson
Tide and the Texas Longhorns, college football’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams, each
13-0, will battle it out inside Pasadena’s famed Rose Bowl.
Jan. 8, midnight
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL
Expert movers transport homes (midnight), giant machines (1 a.m.), an “aquatic
villa” and even a small town (2 a.m.).
Jan. 8, 3 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
A Hill Apart
EWTN Today, outside
Siauliai, Lithuania, perhaps 100,000 crosses, large and small, brought by
pilgrims, cover the Kryziu Kalnas, the Hill of Crosses — a testament to the
heroic faith of the Lithuanian Catholics who, under Soviet occupation (1944-1990),
risked their lives to replace crosses that the atheistic communists kept
Jan. 10, 8 p.m.
Nature: Hummingbirds: Magic in the
PBS High-speed and
infrared cameras capture real-time and slow-motion close-ups of beautiful,
acrobatic little hummingbirds, which every day must consume more than half
their body weight in nectar to survive.
Jan. 12, 8 p.m.
Nova: Building Pharaoh’s Ship
PBS Archaeologists and
boat builders construct a seaworthy replica of an Egyptian trading vessel built
for the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut (1508-1458 B.C.). The experts launch the ship
into the Red Sea and speculate about the location of the land of Punt, an
Egyptian trading destination.
Jan. 12, 9 p.m.
How the Earth Was Made: Ring of Fire
HISTORY This one-hour
episode investigates the “Ring of Fire,” a nearly 25,000-mile-long circuit of
active volcanoes and earthquake areas that rim the Pacific Ocean from near New
Zealand, up to Japan, Kamchatka and the Aleutians, and down through the Cascades
and the Andes.
Jan. 15, 3 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
Living Hope: Stories From the
EWTN This 2004
half-hour special follows Catholic pro-life college students from the American
Life League’s annual summer Crusade Walk across the country as they witness in
New York City.
Jan. 16, 4 p.m.
TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES
Famed Irish American director John Ford helmed this 1950 Western about the U.S.
Cavalry. John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara star, and the Sons of the Pioneers sing
“I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.” A highlight: Rescuing a child from a
chapel under Apache attack, Sgt. Maj. Quincannon (Victor McLaglen) makes sure
to genuflect before the Blessed Sacrament.
Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.