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This edition: December 2013

Episode Details

Original tape date: December 4, 2013.

First aired: December 13, 2013.

We speak with Karen Daubmann, the New York Botanical Garden’s Director of Exhibitions, about what’s new at this year’s Holiday Train Show

The holidays always bring big releases and blockbuster movies…this year is no different but many of them aren’t what you consider holiday fare. Pat Collins brings you her preview.

Barry Mitchell learns he’s neither an architect nor a baker when he tries to construct a holiday gingerbread house.

Everyone knows that shopping can be an amazing experience in NYC – but during the holidays – the windows themselves put on quite a show when Manhattan’s biggest department stores reveal their holiday window displays. Tinabeth Pina stops by Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf’s, Tiffany’s, Bloomingdales & Saks.

Mike Gilliam finally fulfills his dream of joining the Big Apple Circus when we got an look inside the world-famous big top.

Donna Hanover speaks with Rick Elice, the writer of Peter and the Starcatcher, as well as Steve Rosen and Rick Holmes, the talented actors who play "Smee" and "Black Stache" in the hit off-broadway musical, Peter and the Starcatcher.

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson profiles the Batoto Yetu Dance Troupe for kids and sits down with its founder Julio Leitao to discuss how the company celebrates African dance, music and culture.

Guest List

Fred Berschleiser Circus Lover

Emily Crepun Circus Lover

Pascale Crepun Circus Lover

Harry Cunningham SVP Visual Merchandising & Store Planning, Saks

Karen Daubmann Director of Exhibitions, New York Botanical Garden

Rick Elice Playwright, Librettist, “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Rick Holmes Actor, “Peter and the Starcatcher”

John Kennedy Kane Ringmaster, The Big Apple Circus

Adia Lara-Thein Batoto Yetu Dancer, Batoto Yetu

Julio Leitao Founder & Creative Director, Batoto Yetu

Lili Massac Batoto Yetu Dancer, Batoto Yetu

Paul Olszewski Visual Director, Macy’s

Roe Palermo DVP Visual Merchandising, Lord & Taylor

Liz Rodbell President, Department Store Group, Hudson’s Bay Company

Steve Rosen Actor, “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Ashinique Spivey Batoto Yetu Dancer, Batoto Yetu

Tony Spring President and COO, Bloomingdale’s

Rob Torres Clown, The Big Apple Circus

Jenny Vidbel Animal Trainer, The Big Apple Circus

Jeriah West Rehearsal Director, Batoto Yetu