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Adam Richman

Tonight Adam Richman begins his quest to find the best sandwich in America. Throughout the season Adam will visit 10 different regions of the country, sampling 3 sandwiches in each one. He will crown regional winners who will move onto the finals. One will eventually take the title of Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.

Tune in at 9|8c as Adam heads to the Northeast where the Primanti Bros. capp and cheese will go up against DiNic’s roast pork sandwich and Katz’s corned beef and pastrami.  Then at 9:30|8:30c, Adam is in the Gulf Coast to crown a winner among the Domilise’s shrimp po-boy, Skipper’s Smokehouse’s grouper Reuben and Aguila’s media noche. Who will be the Northeast and Gulf Coast regional winners? You’ll have to watch to find out.

 

Marcus Sakey in disguise

Have you figured out who this is yet? Come on, guess! OK, we’ll tell you. It’s Hidden City’s host Marcus Sakey! In the Boston episode, Marcus is transformed into an older man so he can walk around Faneuil Hall to get a feel for what it is like to hide in plain sight, just like mob boss Whitey Bulger.  Whitey was living in Santa Monica, CA, for several years before the FBI finally arrested him.  Read Marcus’s take on the experience in his blog.

In addition to Whitey Bulger’s story, Marcus also dives into the Great Brinks Robbery and the case of the Boston Strangler.  When the Great Brinks Robbery was carried out in 1950, it was the largest bank heist in US history. The thieves made off with more than $2.7 million in assets.  The Boston Strangler case is one that still causes debate about whether Albert DeSalvo was really the true killer.  Marcus gets forensic psychologist Dr. David Bernstein to weigh in on the case and give him a glimpse into the mind of a psychopath. Dr. Bernstein then turns the tables on Marcus and gives him a psychopath quiz.

Catch Hidden City: Boston on Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ 10|9c.

Marcus Sakey and Rafael Tovar in Chicago

Cities are more than brick and concrete. They’re made of stories. And the best stories are usually about the worst people. In the new Travel Channel series Hidden City, crime novelist Marcus Sakey travels from city to city to explore 3 crimes or criminals who reveal the dark undercurrent of that city. We kick the season off by taking a unique look at Chicago.

Marcus starts by getting into the head of America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Holmes built a “castle” that became a death chamber for hundreds of victims. Marcus talks with architect Carlos Martinez about how Holmes used his twisted mind to create a hotel of horrors that included torture chambers, hidden passages and asphyxiation chambers. Then he talks with a police officer and demonstrator who were on opposite sides of the baton during the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots. Marcus also gets pepper sprayed to put himself in the shoes of the protestors. His time in Chicago ends with firing a Tommy gun and learning about John Dillinger’s death from gangster expert Jon Eig.  Discover more about each of these stories in the Hidden City Crime Files: Chicago.

Catch the premiere of Hidden City on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 10|9c.

 Crayola Factory

OK, let’s play a game. If I say crayons, what’s the first word that comes to mind? Did you say Crayola? Of course you did. The Crayola brand is pretty much synonymous when it comes to any art supplies like crayons and markers. As a former teacher, and now mom, it’s one of my most beloved brands. As a matter of fact, my daughter and I were out drawing with Crayola sidewalk chalk just yesterday.

In case you can’t tell, I am a big Crayola fan. So you can imagine how excited I was to learn that the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA, was just a short drive from our vacation destination of Lake Harmony, PA. A trip there was definitely in order.  I could go on and on about my visit, but instead, let me share with you the top 10 highlights. READ MORE

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