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March 20, 2020
Weekly program highlights, events, station news and more

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Earth's Sacred Wonders
Earth's Sacred Wonders:
Series Premiere
Many of the world’s best-known landmarks have been inspired by faith, and today, more worshipers than ever are flocking to these sacred places. For some people, they’re sanctuaries for quiet contemplation; for others, they’re sites for astonishing acts of worship, dangerous challenges and extraordinary deeds of devotion. In this fascinating three-part series, discover what people do for faith in some of the most sacred places on Earth. 

"House of the Divine," the first episode in the Earth’s Sacred Wonders series, premieres Wednesday, March 25, at 10:00 p.m.
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A History of Christianity:
Series Premiere
In this new six-part series, Oxford University professor Diarmaid MacCulloch -- one of the world's leading ecclesiastical historians -- reveals the origins of Christianity and explores what it means to be a Christian.

Episode 1, "The First Christianity," airs on Sunday, March 22, at 1:00 p.m.; in this episode, MacCulloch explores the origins of Christianity, east of Jersusalem and Rome, and considers whether Christianity can survive in our secular society. In Episode 2, "Catholicism" (which follows immediately at 2:30 p.m.), MacCulloch traces the extraordinary rise of the Roman Catholic church.
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Rick Steves: Hunger and Hope --
Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala
In this hour-long special, Rick Steves travels through Ethiopia and Guatemala to learn about extreme poverty and its solutions, including smart development aid, empowerment of women, child nutrition and education.

Rick Steves: Hunger and Hope -- Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala will premiere Tuesday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m.
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Coming in April: World on Fire
Don't miss a moment of World on Fire on Masterpiece, which begins on April 5! Become a KCTS 9 member and enjoy the member benefit of Passport -- access all seven episodes on the night of the premiere. 
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Black Pepper Beef
Winter Ratatouille
This recipe was featured in Lidia Celebrates America, one of chef Lidia Bastianich's popular cooking series. She says, "The ratatouille can be made three or four days in advance, and keeps well. It can be served on its own as an appetizer, or makes a great side dish or a tasty topping for bruschetta."
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