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What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'Westworld' finale, Reveal podcast



Happy first weekend of December! If you're looking to enjoy the warm Florida winter, check out places to see "snow" and twinkly lights around Tampa Bay. If you're just relaxing at home wrapping presents and decorating, the small screen has almost too many options for holiday television. 

Watch this weekend


Jack Frost, 11 a.m., Freeform: The spirit of winter falls in love with a young woman and begs to be turned into a human in this classic musical.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, 3:35 p.m., Freeform: Is it a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? It's both!

Disney's A Christmas Carol, 5:10 p.m., Freeform: Jim Carrey plays Ebenezer Scrooge as he's visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.

The Polar Express, 9:20 p.m., Freeform: A doubting young boy is transported to the North Pole aboard a magical train for a meeting with Santa.


Arthur Christmas, 6:45 p.m., Freeform: Follows Santa's mischievous son Arthur as he scrambles to make sure the world receives presents by Christmas morning.

Elf, 8:50 p.m., Freeform: A human raised by elves leaves the North Pole to search for his birth father in New York City.

It's a Wonderful Life, 8 p.m., NBC: Small-town banker George Bailey learns what life would be like if he had never been born after an angel forces him to see how important his presence is to the community.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, 8 p.m., AMC: Youngster Kevin McCallister is separated from his family and faces familiar obstacles from the original in the Big Apple.


Fight Club, 6:30 p.m., CMT: Based on the best selling book from Chuck Palahniuk, the film follows a young man who joins a brutal club where people relieve their anger by beating each other to a pulp.

Rudolph's Shiny New Year, 10 a.m., Freeform: Everyone's favorite reindeer is on a mission for Santa to rescue Baby New Year before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, 4:30 p.m., Freeform: Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney lend their voices to the origin story of Santa Claus.

SEASON FINALE: Westworld, 9 p.m., HBO: In the supersized season one finale, an ambitious new narrative is revealed by Ford, Dolores embraces who she really is and Maeve's plan takes shape. Now that theories of multiple timelines and Bernard's true identity have been confirmed, we can only imagine how this fascinatingly bonkers show will end its first season.

Plug in


From the Center for Investigative Reporting, Reveal is an award-winning radio program that gives listeners audible forms of the longform journalism they love. This isn't a daily news roundup. It's podcast that takes a different look at stories we read and see every day, often revealing there's more to the story than a newspaper or broadcast television show could show.

Reveal often takes a broader look at seemingly small subjects  the love and oppression of a couple in Afghanistan and the story of Rodney King  while giving monumental topics a more intimate voice  an interview with a white supremacist and a peek into the lives of Immokalee workers.

The fight for rights of the Immokalee farm workers in Florida became a national story, but the reporter behind the episode from Dec. 21, 2015 gave it a different feel by recording the subtle sounds of strawberries being picked and tomatoes being dumped into a bucket.

Two of the most telling episodes on the election are "The secret Trump voter" and "A frank conversation with a white nationalist." They're both fascinating, terrifying and, at times, sad.

The episode "After Orlando" is a touching tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting with interviews with survivors and beautiful musical eulogy.

Since the purpose of investigative reporting is to expose issues and make a difference, almost every story reported by Reveal has an update later in the series, detailing how the episodes have made an impact or revisiting past investigations.

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Contact Chelsea Tatham at Follow @chelseatatham.


[Last modified: Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:44pm]


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