Thinking Inside the Box

Arts, Cooking, Vietnam, and More: 5 New MPTV Programs

by Ellis Bromberg, General Manager of MPTV

Hi, Ellis Bromberg with another video "Thinking Inside the Box."

During the spring and summer, you can see several broadcast and online projects we've been working on for months. I'm going to give you an update on them, and encourage you to check them out when you have a chance.

Right now, I am on the set of ARTS DIGEST. This is one of our newest programs. I'd like you to take a look around at it -- good work by our set designer Joe Sankey. You know, for decades, Milwaukee Public Television has had a commitment to bringing you the lively arts. Performances of drama and dance and music of every kind have been a regular feature here. And now a new chapter: a monthly arts magazine co-hosted by Tom Strini and Jon Anne Willow with special contributor John McGivern, produced by Lois Maurer. The premiere episode will be shown numerous times throughout May and June on Channels 10 and 36.1 -- just check the listings. Or you can watch it online here on, where you can also find links to the arts organizations and educators partnering with us, including discount ticket offers.

For the many viewers who love our cooking shows, we invite you to sample our two newest locally produced programs in that genre. HEALTHFUL INDIAN FLAVORS WITH ALAMELU can be seen Saturday mornings at 11 on Channel 10. You know, Indian cooking is just terrific, if you haven't tried it before -- my wife and I are huge fans -- and just as the name of the series implies, host Alamelu Vairavan does a great job with recipes that are both flavorful and healthful. And you can check out her recipes or buy her newest book right here at The series itself was produced by Jack Abrams.

Then, starting on June 26, be looking for a new non-cooking cooking show, COOKING RAW with the mother/daughter team of Caroline Carter and Shenita Ray. It's a very different take on healthy and creative food preparation, and you won't want to miss it. It'll be on Saturday mornings at 11 on Channel 10 beginning June 26. That series was produced by Raul Galvan.

The last week of May, please join us for the powerful WISCONSIN VIETNAM WAR STORIES. This is a remarkable compilation of veterans' experiences in their own words, shared by Wisconsinites who served in the Vietnam War. The three-hour mini-series premieres in one-hour blocks, Monday through Wednesday, May 24-26, at 8 pm on Channel 10. Then on Thursday, May 27, at 8, a broadcast of the much-anticipated LZ LAMBEAU event to welcome home Vietnam veterans. That'll be taped in Green Bay the previous Saturday. There's much more about the series and the LZ LAMBEAU event here at

Finally, we hope our youngest viewers have caught and are learning from our I AM THE FIT GENERATION spots featuring the local hip-hop group the Figureheads and airing between children's programs on Channels 10 and 36.1. The entertaining music videos encourage children, ages 4-12, to make healthy choices about diet and exercise. And again, there are lots of resources supporting this initiative right here on our website.

So there you have it, five new projects that are responsive to your interests and suggestions and feature local talent, all this spring and summer. So please let us know what you think of them. And until next month, thank you for your generous support of Milwaukee Public Television.