MPTV Premieres & Highlights: August 2009

Julia Child's Kitchen Wisdom

August 1st / 11:30 am / MPTV 10.1 HD

A retrospective of Julia Child's cooking shows and personal memories from her colleagues and fans. Photographs, taken by Paul Child between 1963 and 1983, appear throughout the program, along with some of Julia's memorable quotes. This is a timely rebroadcast before the new Merle Streep movie "Julie & Julia" opens in theaters August 7. (90 min)

Immaculee: Hold on to Hope

August 1st / 3:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

She survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide which left 800,000 people dead--including her parents--by hiding in a tiny bathroom with seven other women for 91 days. Ilibagiza tells her story of survival and forgiveness. The author of two books, she explains how she has found the strength to overcome the tragedy and forgive the people who perpetrated it. (90 min)

Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams with Carnegie Mellon University Professor Randy Pausch

August 1st / 4:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch presents his final lecture before a packed audience in September 2007. Upbeat, funny, and moving, he inspires others to realize their dreams. Professor Pausch passed away from pancreatic cancer in July 2008. (118 min)

Oak Ridge Boys: A Gospel Journey

August 1st / 5:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Hosted by Bill Gaither and filmed before an intimate audience of friends and fellow-artists at Gaither Studios, The Oak Ridge Boys perform their best-loved gospel favorites, combined with vintage footage and photos of their 36-year journey together. (90 min)

Leonard Cohen Live In London

August 1st / 6:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

Influential singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen performs at London's O2 Arena during his 2008 UK tour. The program, recorded live on July 17, 2008, features definitive renditions of classic songs drawn from Cohen's 40-year repertoire. (60 min)

Get Down Tonight--The Disco Explosion

August 1st / 8:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

KC and The Sunshine Band host a historic reunion from the superstars of the 1970s disco and dance era. This production features a mix of performances and classic archival clips from the disco days. Highlights include: Leo Sayer returning to America, for the first time in 30 years, to sing "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," Wild Cherry returning to the stage for the first time in three decades to "Play That Funky Music," and Martha Wash, of The Weather Girls, belting out "It's Raining Men." (120 min)

Miles Davis: The Sound of Miles Davis

August 2nd / 6:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

In a rare national television appearance filmed April 2, 1959, the legendary trumpet player performs with the Gil Evans Orchestra and one of his "great quintets," featuring tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. (30 min)

Motown Memories (My Music)

August 2nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Archival hits and rare interviews from five Motown legends are featured, including: The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, and Marvin Gaye. Mary Wilson, one of the original members of The Supremes, hosts. (90 min)

Call of the Wild

August 3rd / 10:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Chris McCandless' cross-country "spiritual pilgrimage" ended tragically on Alaska's Stampede Trail in August of 1992. In 2006, filmmaker Ron Lamothe traced McCandless' footsteps all the way to the abandoned bus where McCandless lived, and died of starvation. Lamothe has uncovered new evidence about the mystery surrounding his death that directly contradicts both "Into the Wild" author Jon Krakauer's literary interpretation and Sean Penn's film adaptation of the story. (87 min)

Loretta LaRoche: Juicy Living, Juicy Aging

August 3rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The health expert uses humor to discuss important information about mind, body, and spirit issues. Using the most recent scientific findings about linguistics, positive psychology and diet, she covers the full spectrum of "juicy content"-- language, energy, diet, emotions, and behavior. (90 min)

Brain in Love with Dr. Daniel Amen

August 4th / 10:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Award winning psychiatrist, brain imaging researcher, and multiple bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen presents a fresh and compelling twist on brain health: how to use your brain to bring and keep more love into your life. (90 min)

Beautiful World with Jim Brickman

August 4th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Inspired by his many travels and memorable experiences, songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman performs romantic tunes in an intimate setting at the Fallsview Casino Resort, located between the U. S. and Canada at Niagara Falls (60 min)

Dolly: Live In London O2 Arena

August 4th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Dolly Parton performs many of her classic hits such as "Two Doors Down," "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors," "Here You Come Again," "9-5," and "I Will Always Love You," as well as new songs from her most recent release Backwoods Barbie. (90 min)

Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews

August 4th / 8:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The original Watergate Interviews of 1977 are presented on the 35th anniversary of former U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation, (August 9, 1974). Sir David Frost conducted the most compelling political interview ever--the Frost/Nixon Watergate interview remains the largest TV audience for a political interview to this day. Frost comments on the historical impact of the Nixon interview and shares his reactions of their famous encounter. (90 min)

Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservatism

August 4th / 8:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservatism
Ben Wattenberg tracks the contentious history and unlikely participants in the neoconservative movement--and how they're still affecting the political landscape today. Wattenberg has been at the center of American ideas and events since 1966, when he became a speechwriter for and aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Eventually he served as an adviser to two Democratic presidential candidates and in the 1970s he helped write the Democratic National Platform. (57 min)


August 5th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

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Levon Helm Ramble At the Ryman

August 6th / 10:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Since 2004, Levon Helm has hosted evenings of music at his home studio in Woodstock, New York, known as "The Midnight Ramble." In 2008, Midnight Ramble went on the road to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Footage from the concert includes performances by Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Robert Plant, and others. (90 min)

Handel's Messiah Rocks

August 6th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

This contemporary adaptation of Handel's "Messiah" blends classical music with classic rock. Keith Lockhart conducts members of the Boston Pops. Soloists La Chanze (Tony Award-winning vocalist, The Color Purple), J. Robert Spencer (Tony-nominated performer, Jersey Boys) and MiG Ayesa (CBS' "Rock Star: INXS"), backed by a rock band, adult choir and children's choir, present a modern version of the famous oratorio. (90 min)

Easyway Gourmet

Chicken Dijon

August 7th / 6:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Kris Capra makes Chicken Dijon, a recipe she found while on a trip to Dijon, France. An elegant dinner, yet so easy to make, it is lightly sautéed then finished off in a delicate Dijon-Madeira- Cream Sauce. Served with baked asparagus and a baguette. (27 min)

Spirit of Brazil

August 8th / 10:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

The story of Brazilian music is told through stellar performances by some of Brazil's most engaging singers and charismatic musicians. The magical music of Brazil is told through rhythm and dance, melody and song. Juxtaposing main-stage performances with vibrant images recorded in samba schools and other colorful locales. (90 min)

Joel Harper's Firming After 50

August 8th / 3:00 pm /

Personal Trainer Joel Harper presents easy-to-follow toning and firming workouts using no equipment. (60 min)

Ric Edelman: Rescue Your Retirement

August 8th / 4:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Bestselling author and radio personality Ric Edelman and co-host Lyn May explain how to achieve financial security and prosperity for you and your family (90 min)

Love Me Tender - The Love Songs of Elvis

August 8th / 5:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Always a true romantic, Elvis recorded many love songs throughout his career, beginning with "I Want You I Need You I Love You" in 1956, and running the entire span of his life. Elvis' love songs were an unexplored area of Elvis' remarkable career--until now. Narrated by Ashley Judd, "Love Me Tender" is Elvis as you've never seen him (80 min)

On The Trail, An In Wisconsin Special

August 9th / 11:30 am / MPTV 10.1 HD

The Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail is explored, with a look at some of the best nature-observation opportunities in each of the state's 72 counties. Highlights include: wildlife at Jefferson County's Rose Lake; turkey vultures congregating in the air above Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo; the annual crane count at the Zeloski Marsh in Jefferson County, and more stops with stunning footage (60 min)

Living in the Big Empty

August 10th / 11:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The forbidding and austere landscape of Nevada's Great Basin region attracts people as eclectic as the place they call home. Veteran writers and photographers Richard Menzies, William Fox, and Bruce Van Dyke relate compelling stories about the region and some of its most colorful residents. Profiles include: Frank Van Zandt, creator of Thunder Mountain; drifter Floyd Eaton, the self-appointed lawman of small-town garbage dump; footless hitchhiker and hobo Stanley Gurcze; and artist Dewayne "Dooby" Williams, who lined a dirt road in Black Rock Desert with work inspired by the Big Empty. (60 min)

History Detectives

Hindenburg Artifact/John Adams' Book/Hip Hop

August 10th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

A woman in Littleton, NH, inherited her husband's aunt's belongings, which include a curious late-18th-century book titled "Trials of Patriots." It contains what appears to be President John Adams' signature in three places, and includes an inscription, "Charles Adams from His Father, 1794." The book is a collection of trial transcripts chronicling the sedition trials of Irish and Scottish radicals. If the book is indeed from Adams to his son, it could reveal pivotal clues about the inner-workings of this presidential family. (60 min)

Amazing World of Aviation: Origins of Flights

August 13th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The beginnings of flight are explored with a look at innovators such as Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo DaVinci, who discovered ways to give man wings. The invention of hot air balloons, Zeppelins, box kites, and of course, the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright are chronicled. (52 min)

Days That Shook the World


August 14th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The atomic bomb dropped onto the city of Hiroshima was the first ever to be used in a conflict situation. As a result of the attack, and the bombing of Nagasaki three days later, the Japanese surrendered and World War II ended. The story from the day of the bombing is told, from the point of view of the pilot and crew of the Enola Gay, those who made the decision, and the inhabitants of Hiroshima (51 min)

Jan and Dean....One Last Ride

August 14th / 9:59 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The sand, the sun, the surf...Jan and Dean perform all the songs that made the California lifestyle the American dream. Together for the first time in 1981 after years off due to Jan's long rehabilitation from his near fatal car accident in the mid 1960s (61 min)

Barbara Morgan: No Limits

August 16th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

From more than 11,000 applicants to the 1985 Teacher-in-Space program, Call Elementary School teacher Barbara Morgan was chosen to be the backup to Christa McAuliffe. When McAuliffe was killed in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986, Morgan's dream of flying in space was threatened. Using rare footage, as well as interviews with Morgan, her friends, colleagues, students and family, this program shows how Morgan became a full-fledged astronaut, overcoming additional, and sometimes tragic, challenges. On Aug. 8, 2007, Morgan and her crewmates triumphantly launched in the shuttle Endeavour. (57 min)

Masterpiece Mystery

Inspector Lewis Series 1--Old School Ties

August 16th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Lewis and Hathaway are called in to investigate the death of an ambitious Oxford student, revealing a case driven by celebrity, ambition, and dangerous sexual politics. (87 min)

Objects and Memory

August 17th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Why do people value objects? What is it about a piece of paper, an ID card or a small coin that provokes powerful memories? The response to items recovered or offered after 9/11 and other national tragedies is examined. The film uses objects and accounts of people whose lives were affected, interviews with historians, and poignant, powerful photographic images. The project emerged from New York-based filmmakers Jonathan Fein and Brian Danitz' need to "make sense" of the 9/11 tragedy. Frank Langella narrates the documentary, with music by Philip Glass. (57 min)

Making Sense of Place: Portland

August 18th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The transformation of Portland, Oregon from an urban wasteland into a thriving metropolis is chronicled. Following the growth of the 1950s and '60s, the civic leaders of Portland developed and implemented some of the most successful land-use policies in the United States. With its alternative transportation, distinct urban boundary, and overall "green" sensibility, can Portland continue to contain its growth and still satisfy all of its inhabitants? (57 min)

Movie: Lone Star (1996)

August 19th / 10:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

A small-town Texas sheriff (Chris Cooper) investigates when a brutal predecessor's remains surface 40 years after he was supposedly run out of town. Elizabeth Pena and Joe Morton also star. (132 min)

Time Team Special Edition

August 19th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

In Jamestown, archaeologists retrieve piles of perfectly preserved 17th-century pieces and trace the stories of the early American pioneers, learning why a third of them died within months of arrival. Plus, archaeologists discover what secrets lie buried beneath several of the world's most famous English residences. The team unearths the secrets of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. (90 min)

Movie: Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

August 22nd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Married New Yorkers (Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland) question the motives of an overnight guest (Will Smith) who pretends to be someone else. (112 min)

The King of Calls

August 22nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

An insider's look is taken at the world of American business outsourcing--telephone sales agents in India. Hopeful Indian sales agents are followed, as they are thrown into the fray of telephone sales, hoping to connect and sell to clients a continent away. (112 min)



August 23rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

A great white shark leaps out of the water to attack a decoy in False Bay off the coast of South Africa. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham, the program surveys the astounding variety of sharks and other ocean life drawn together by a unique pattern of warm and cold currents in the waters around southern Africa. (57 min)

The Colour of War: Adolph Hitler

August 24th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Recently discovered German color film with more than 10 hours of previously unseen color footage, reveals the story of the man whose fanaticism led to the greatest tragedy in human history. Pertinent excerpts are read from Hitler's diaries and letters as well as those of his mistress Eva Braun and Nazi leaders such as Albert Speers and Joseph Goebbels. (52 min)


Facing the Mortgage Crisis/Guests Miguel Pesqueira and Dario Romero

August 25th / 6:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Latinos make up one of the vulnerable communities in the mortgage crisis. Language barriers, cultural differences, lower education, and undocumented status made them easy targets for the sub-prime companies.

Fortunately, there is a high level of cohesiveness among Latinos living in Wisconsin which housing counselors can reach.

Miguel Pesqueira, North Shore Bank, explains how foreclosure affects banks and Dario Romero, Housing Authority, talks about how City of Milwaukee is fighting the effects of the mortgage crisis.

Black Nouveau

August 26th / 6:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

This special looks at the effects of the mortgage crisis on the African-American community in SE Wisconsin and provides resources where individuals can find free counseling. (27 min)


Harlem in Montmartre

August 26th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The story of the jazz age in Paris between the First and Second World Wars, explores a fascinating yet often neglected era in African-American cultural history. After peace treaty was signed at Versailles, many black Americans remained in Europe rather than return to the brutal segregation and racism of America. Over the next two decades, they created an expatriate community of musicians, entertainers and entrepreneurs, primarily congregating in Paris' hilly Montmartre neighborhood. (87 min)

Facing the Mortgage CrisisTown Hall

August 27th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Viewers are encouraged to tune in and call the helplines 211 or 1-888-861-3111 for advice and answers to foreclosure-related questions and concerns. Experts discuss community resources and options to prevent foreclosures. Program is simulcast on WHAD Radio 90.7 FM in Milwaukee and WGTD Radio 9 1.1 FM-Kenosha. Dan Jones hosts. (57 min)

Magic of Audrey

August 28th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Rare footage and interviews capture the allure and charisma of one of the world's most famous and photographed women. Audrey Hepburn's classic roles, personal life, fashion sense, and leading men are also highlighted. (48 min)


The Secrets of Hadrian's Wall

August 30th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Hadrian's Wall, a stone and turf fortification built across the width of northern England, was unique in the Roman World. It is a spectacular and complex barrier measuring 73 miles long, 20 feet high and ten feet thick. For 300 years it stood as the Roman Empire's most imposing frontier and one of the unsung wonders of the ancient world. But the purpose of the wall is still surrounded in mystery. Why was it built and was it to keep people in or out? Who lived on the wall and what was life like? (1 of 3) (49 min)

American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh

August 30th / 9:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Art Sinsabaugh's Midwest landscapes, photographed in the 1960s, were unprecedented in subject matter and format. He used a gigantic 12 x 20 inch "banquet" camera to capture panoramic photographs of rural and suburban spaces not normally treated as traditional "landscapes." Although admired by scholars, photographers and curators as an important innovator, his fame has been limited, partially because he often produced only a few prints of each photograph. His mounted exhibition prints are extremely rare. (27 min)

Extreme Environments


August 31st / 10:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

A look is taken at the oceans of the world and the marine life that inhabits them. Highlights include: the Great Barrier Reef, the Mexican Turtle Center, Seals, Whale Sharks, and more. (1 of 26) (25 min)

Great Performances

Herbert Von Karajan: Beauty As I See It

August 31st / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The illustrious career of Herbert von Karajan is chronicled. Leader of the legendary Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, he was the first successful large-scale classical music entrepreneur. In 2008, he would have turned 100. This film is a tribute to one of the 20th century's most famous and influential figures in classical music. (87 min)

Colour of War: The British Story

Darkest Hour

August 31st / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Chronicles the first years of WWII, as Winston Churchill became the embodiment of British morale. (1 of 3)