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Around the Nation

Here are four arts and culture videos from public broadcasting partners around the nation.

Idea Channel asks “What Do Santa and Wrestling Have In Common?”

“People love Santa. Christmas is the largest holiday in western culture, and Santa Claus is the centerpiece of that holiday (sorry baby Jesus). But even though our understanding of Santa changes as we mature, we still maintain and cultivate our culture’s love of him. And to understand why this is, we had to ask: Is our relationship with Santa similar to wrestling?”

Watch What Do Santa and Wrestling Have In Common? on PBS. See more from Idea Channel.

From “Great Performances,” the story behind Magical Mystery Tour, the controversial and surreal Beatles film.

“Now with the film fully restored to the highest technical standard with a remixed soundtrack, it’s time to tell the extraordinary story of Magical Mystery Tour: why it was made, how it was made and the circumstances in which it was made. Magical Mystery Tour Revisited is the story behind the controversial and surreal Beatles film and features new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.”

Watch Magical Mystery Tour Revisited on PBS. See more from Great Performances.


MediaShift asks “E-Books or Print Books?”

“With the rise of e-books are printed books being left behind? Videographer Josh Davis visited some bookstores in North Carolina to talk to owners, managers and various readers — young and old — to get their thoughts.”

Watch E-Books or Print Books? on PBS. See more from MediaShift.


NYC-ARTS profiles Oskar Eustis and The Public Theater.

“Paula Zahn chats with Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of the Public Theater, about its grand re-opening, the historic significance of the New York landmark institution, and its ongoing presence as a cultural force in downtown theater.”

Watch Profile: Oskar Eustis and The Public Theater on PBS. See more from NYC-ARTS.

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