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Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 | PBS, 8 ET/PT, times may vary
A century ago this Christmas Eve, America suffered what has been called our worst unsolved mass manslaughter: The death of 73 women and children at a union Christmas party, caused, Copper contends, by strikebreakers yelling "fire" in the crowded hall. That event, along with the Michigan strike the mine owners were trying to break, is the subject of this film from director/producer Jonathan Silver (Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals) that includes an on-air performance by Steve Earle of Woody Guthrie's ballad 1913 Massacre. Think of it as a reminder that peace and goodwill have always been endangered commodities.
NCIS | CBS, 8 ET/PT
Ben Vereen, whose Tony-winning performance in Pippin is the stuff of which musical legends are made, guests on this legendarily popular drama as Vance's estranged father-in-law. While Vance is dealing with personal matters, Gibbs and the team tackle a mysterious illness that seems to be targeting the children of military families.
The Voice | NBC, 9 ET/PT
Tonight The Voice names its winner, who -- if patterns hold -- will then promptly vanish from the pop-culture radar. Viewers certainly seem to enjoy The Voice, but one can't help thinking it might serve as a better launching pad for talent if the show focused more on the singers than the judges, and if those judges, entertaining though they may be, advised more and gushed less.
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