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A conventional and organic turkey face off for their place at the table in the 'Organic Panic' Christmas special. Photo courtesy of VisionTV

WATCH LIST: DECEMBER 2015

By Observer Staff


Organic Panic Christmas: Food
DIRECTED BY RICHIE MEHTA AND CHRIS REMEROWSKI
(VisionTV)

Chef Miriam Streiman of Mad Maple Inn in Creemore, Ont., teaches a family how to cook both an organic and conventional Christmas feast in a special holiday episode of this Canadian documentary series. The family visits the farms and stores behind their duelling meals before making a decision: Will they choose organic or conventional for their Christmas dinner? Dec. 7, 9 p.m. ET

Inventing the Universe: Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Science, Faith and God
BY ALISTER MCGRATH
(Hodder & Stoughton)


In his latest book, Oxford professor Alister McGrath (author of The Dawkins Delusion and C.S. Lewis — A Life) explores the connections between science and religion. Offering insights into the “big questions,” such as the origins and meaning of life, McGrath shows how science and faith can complement, rather than confound, each other. Dec. 1

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
(Columbia Records)


Revisiting one of Bruce Springsteen’s most musically creative periods, this compilation set features 52 tracks on four CDs, including The River double album; a new documentary about the making of the album in 1980; live footage from a landmark concert that year at Arizona State University; and a coffee table book of photographs with an essay by music journalist Mikal Gilmore. Dec. 4

Youth
DIRECTED BY PAOLO SORRENTINO, STARRING MICHAEL CAINE, HARVEY KEITEL AND RACHEL WEISZ
(Indigo Film)

Fred (Michael Caine), retired from an acclaimed career as a composer and conductor, takes a holiday in the Swiss Alps with his best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a successful filmmaker. As Fred soaks up the scenery, content to enjoy the leisure of old age, Mick races to complete the screenplay for what might be his last major film. Dec. 4


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