MPTV Premieres & Highlights: January 2010

Ed Sullivan's Rock and Roll Classic - The 60s (My Music)

January 1st / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Some of the greatest Pop-Rock moments of Ed Sullivan's programs spanning the years 1963-1968 are presented. Performances include: The Beatles with their million-selling number one chart debut "I Want to Hold Your Hand," followed by another John-Paul-George-Ringo smash, "She Loves You." Other featured British Invasion icons are the Rolling Stones, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Animals, Herman's Hermits,) and Petula Clark with her Grammy-winning evergreen "Downtown."

Dr. Wayne Dyer: The Power of Intention

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

America's best-selling author and speaker on transformational wisdom, Dr. Wayne Dyer, presents a new definition of the concept of "intention" and a new method to connect to one's infinite potential. Dr. Dyer transforms conventional thinking about how things happen in life into an exhilarating exploration of the power of intention and a profound understanding of how each person possesses the power to co-create the life he or she desires. The program is based on his book The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way.

Great Performances "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2010"

January 1st / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Georges Pretre leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a festive selection of Strauss Family favorites at Vienna's stately Musikverein concert hall. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews hosts this 26th annual New Year's Day celebration.

Next Frontier: Engineering The Golden Age Of Green

January 2nd / 11:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Renewable, clean energy technologies that can improve our future and create significant economic opportunities are explored. Technologies and policies around the world are examined, including those that address the serious problem of excessive carbon dioxide emissions and our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels.
Length: 00:57:34 / Episode: #0H / Source: NETA0

Moneywise Homeowner's Empowerment Special

January 2nd / 2:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Home preservation and mortgage scam advice is presented by a panel of experts. Hosts Kelvin Boston of public television's Moneywise series, and inspirational best-selling gospel singer Vickie Winans reveal how Americans caught up in the mortgage crisis are coping with depression, scam artists and foreclosure. Panelists: Shelia Bair, Chairman of the FDIC; Holly Patraeus, Director of the Better Business Bureau Military Line; Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League; Judge Greg Mathis of the Judge Mathis Show; and, representatives from Fannie Mae, United Way and the National Council of La Raza.

MI-5

Diana

January 2nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

A deranged former MI5 officer takes over The Grid, convinced that MI5 and MI6 conspired to kill Diana, Princess of Wales in Paris in 1997.

Milwaukee 2015: Water, Jobs, and the Way Forward

January 3rd / 12:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Milwaukee 2015: Water, Jobs, and the Way Forward
A panel of business and civic leaders explore how the increasing demand and decreasing supply of affordable freshwater could make Milwaukee a global water-technology hub by 2015. The panelists discuss critical steps that must be taken in the next few years to secure the wealth of the Milwaukee region. Recorded November 2, 2009, at Marquette University Law School. Panelists: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; Governor Jim Doyle; Barry L. Grossman, an attorney with Foley & Lardner and member of the M-7 Water Council board of directors; Kim Marotta, Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility at MillerCoors; Richard A. Meeusen, President and CEO of Badger Meter and co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 Water Council; Carlos E. Santiago, Chancellor of UW-Milwaukee; Anselmo Teixeira, Senior VP of Siemens Water Technologies.

Nature

White Falcon, White Wolf

January 3rd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The film follows the perilous parenthood of two species--white gyr falcons and Arctic wolves on Canada's remote Ellesmere Island, where winter lasts nine months and raising young in such a hostile environment is a daily struggle.

Masterpiece Classic

Cranford - Part 3

January 3rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Matty suffers great disappointment and, in a nostalgic mood one evening, decides to confide in Mary about Mr. Holbrook. The mention of India prompts Mary to write to Major Gordon to tell him that Jessie regrets her decision not to marry him. Also, Dr. Harrison visits the Rectory and formally asks the Reverend Hutton for permission to court Sophy. Meanwhile, Miss Pole invites the ladies of the town to a secret meeting to discuss Matty's crisis. United in their love for Matty, they decide to help her financially. (3 of 3)

This Emotional Life

Family, Friends & Lovers

January 4th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

This three-part series explores ways to improve social relationships, learn to cope with depression and anxiety, and become more positive, resilient individuals. Program highlights include: a young boy, adopted from a Russian orphanage, whose story illustrates how attachment in infancy fundamentally shapes his ability to build relationships for years to come; parents of newborn twins; a couple in therapy for a troubled marriage; a teenager who was bullied with tragic consequences; and, two women grappling with the stress of workplace conflicts. Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness, Professor Daniel Gilbert hosts. Each episode weaves the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research, along with revealing comments from celebrities such as Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Richard Gere.

Sherlock Holmes

The Master Blackmailer - Part 1 & 2

January 4th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) is on an astonishing campaign to thwart one of London's most evil men--Charles Augustus Milverton, the king of all blackmailers. Holmes has few clues to work with and needs one of the blackmailed to help trap Milverton. Robert Hardy (Harry Potter, Little Dorrit) plays Milverton.

Taste of History

Martha Washington Won the War

January 5th / 6:02 / MPTV 10.1 HD

Martha Washington was the secret weapon that kept troop morale high during the hard winter's encampment at Valley Forge. In her honor, her authentic Turkey Stew with Oysters is prepared. Patricia Brady, an expert on Martha also joins the program. (1 of 13)

Timewatch

The Secrets of Hadrian's Wall

January 5th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

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)

NOVA

Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor

January 5th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

NOVA joins an exclusive dive beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor to trace new clues to the historic sinking of the USS Arizona. 1,177 crew members perished in the dramatic 1941 sinking of the storied battleship-the greatest loss of life in United States naval history. For decades, it has been thought that the Arizona was brought down by fire from Japanese aircraft. But the discovery of a Japanese "midget sub" displaced from the scene of the battle raises new questions about the Arizona's final hours.

Life Is a Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story

January 5th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The remarkable show business career of legendary actress Rosalind Russell is traced. The star of Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, Gypsy and others, Russell was an innovative and highly talented performer, earning four Oscar nominations, winning five Golden Globes and a Tony Award. Russell was also a lifelong humanitarian, helping to found the U.S.O. Acclaimed actress Kathleen Turner narrates, in the first person through readings from Rosalind's autobiography. Clips and rare footage are interwoven throughout the program.

Human Spark

Becoming Us

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

Alan Alda is followed as he explores our uniquely human brains and tackles the differences between us and our extinct Neanderthal cousins. In this first of three episodes, Alda discovers Neanderthals were tenacious and resourceful, but they produced no art and employed a stone tool technology that changed little over millennia. The people who painted in caves, our ancestors, were strikingly different, possessed of the "human spark." Alda is on a mission to discover where and when the human spark first ignited.

Paul McCartney in Red Square

January 7th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

For decades, the seminal rock music of the Beatles was banned by the Soviet government. Yet, the groundbreaking music of the Beatles could not be completely stifled by the repressive regime. The barriers came down for good on May 24, 2003, when Paul McCartney, during his first visit to Russia, performed before a rapturous crowd of 100,000 in Moscow's Red Square. Scenes from McCartney's whirlwind visit and performance are interwoven with interviews, classic Lennon/McCartney songs, Wings hits, and highlights from the musician's solo career.

Best of the Jack Benny Program

The Lettermen

January 9th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The pop music group, The Lettermen, performs some of their greatest hits

Hard Problems: The Road to the World's Toughest Math Contest

January 10th / 7:00 am / MPTV 36.1

Six exceptional high school students from America compete at the world's toughest math competition--the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The grueling and exhilarating contest pits the top teams from 90 countries against one another. In their quest to solve some of the most challenging problems, talented young men and women shatter many stereotypes and clichés about the mathematically gifted.

Nature

Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air

January 11th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes--they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. Stunningly beautiful footage of hummingbirds is combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities, helping us understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

American Masters

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

January 11th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Sam Cooke put the spirit of the black church into popular music--creating a new sound and setting into motion a chain of events that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. Cooke became the first African American artist to reach number one on both the R&B and the pop charts. He proved with his pop/gospel hybrid, that it was, indeed, possible to win over white teenage listeners and keep his faithful church followers intact. The life and career of Cooke is chronicled, including his popular and unique gospel hits, "Good News," "Wonderful World," "You Send Me," "Change Is Gonna Come," and more.

American Masters

Marvin Gaye: What's Going On

January 11th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

His standing among the most enduring 20th-century American musical artists is without question, yet his story is rarely told beyond the tragic circumstances of his death. Enormously talented and equally complicated, Gaye created an intimate style--full of honesty, integrity, and vulnerability. He was the Motown star who challenged and changed the face of black music. Extensive performance footage and insight from Mary Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Mos Def, and others capture the tone and texture of a career that still leaves an indelible mark on the musical landscape.

Adelante!

Milwaukee Zoo: Jaguar/Sudden Death/UW-M Latino Alum

January 12th / 6:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The Milwaukee County Zoo is visited for a close-up look at "Pat the Cat," a jaguar from Belize. Statistics are reviewed, indicating the number of sudden deaths in the state has increased; and, members of the UW-Milwaukee Latino Alumni organization discuss their mission. Host and producer is Patricia Gomez.

NOVA

Building Pharaoh's Ship

January 12th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

A magnificent trading vessel embarks on a royal expedition to a mysterious, treasure-laden land called Punt. This journey is intricately depicted on the wall of one of Egypt's most impressive temples, but was it real? NOVA follows a team of archeologists and boat builders as they reconstruct the mighty vessel shown on the mysterious carving, and then launch it into the Red Sea on a unique voyage of discovery.

Independent Lens

Young @ Heart/George and Rosemary

January 12th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The entertaining and inspiring members of the Young@Heart Chorus, a New England senior citizens chorus, has charmed audiences worldwide with their renditions of songs by everyone from the Clash to Coldplay. As Stephen Walker's critically acclaimed documentary begins, the retirees, led by their demanding musical director, are rehearsing their new show. Following the program is an animated romantic comedy (George and Rosemary) about two golden agers that prove that passion is not exclusively for the young.

Bill Cosby: The Mark Twain Prize

January 12th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

A star-studded cast of comedians and colleagues, including Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Carl Reiner salute Bill Cosby as the 12th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The life and achievements of the beloved comedian are celebrated, including an assortment of classic film clips from his career spanning more than four decades.

Great Performances

Passing Strange

January 13th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Recorded for television at the end of its Broadway run in July 2008 by Spike Lee, this musical is the semi-autobiographical story of a young black man who leaves behind his middle-class, church-ruled upbringing in mid-1970s Los Angeles to travel to Europe in search of his artistic and personal identity, or what he calls "the real." There he finds he can exploit his "South Central" persona, playing the cool black expatriate-musician-until he learns complexity and hypocrisy are not limited to middle-class African American life.

Outdoor Wisconsin

Illinois: Asian Carp/Ledgeview Nature Center/Pond

January 14th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The 26th season of Outdoor Wisconsin begins with Dan Small touring the Illinois River near Havana, Illinois a small town south of Peoria, with Kevin Irons, a biologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, and Dr. Greg Sass, who directs the Illinois River Biological Station. They search for invasive silver Asian carp which are not only a physical hazard to recreational boaters, but they present an environmental problem as well. Debby Wolniak explores the caves at Ledgeview Nature Center with naturalist Ron Zahring. In this week's archival flashback segment from 1984, Dan and Tom Newbauer take their sons fishing on a pond in Waukesha County. (photo: dansmalloutdoors)

Chicago / Earth, Wind & Fire - Live at the Greek Theatre

January 14th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The Grammy-winning artists Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire perform their top hits at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Performing both as individual bands and together as one group, the two Grammy-winning legends play hit-after-hit including Earth Wind & Fire's "Fantasy" and "Let's Groove" and Chicago's "Make Me Smile" and "Saturday in the Park."

4th Street Forum

Does America Need an Economic Bill of Rights?

January 15th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

A decent home, a job, and a fair business atmosphere are among the economic rights proposed sixty years ago. Audience members and a panel of experts discuss why today's crisis calls for a Second Bill of Rights. Denise Callaway, director of communications for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation moderates. (For information on how to be part of the audience, call 414-272-2833, or click on the series title).

Gullah

January 15th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The culture preserved by the descendants of slaves who never left St. Helena Island, SC is explored.

Creating Blue Man Group

January 17th / 12:00 am / MPTV 36.1

A behind-the-scenes look is taken at one of the most exciting and successful performance shows in the world, Blue Man Group. Rare performance footage and animation-style interviews with the creators reveal how the creative process makes the group a hit around the world.

Nature

Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves

January 17th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

What happens when two great predators come face to face in Yellowstone? The bear is a loner, ranging far and wide in search of a rich variety of resources. The wolf hunts to survive and finds its strength in speed and teamwork. In every encounter, the opposition must be measured, strengths must be tested, and risks must be carefully weighed. Each time, one of them will have a tactical advantage--but which one, and when? What emerges as each remarkable scene unfolds is the keen awareness that runs through all of Yellowstone.

Big Band Blues: Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival

January 18th / 12:00 am / MPTV 36.1

This unique concert features 22 musicians performing Blues, Boogie Woogie, Jazz and Swing music, in front of an ecstatic audience dancing along to their energetic tunes.

Benjamin Latrobe: America's First Architect

January 18th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The life and work of early American architect Benjamin Latrobe is chronicled. His work ultimately defined the first uniquely "American" architecture. Latrobe is well-known for his work on the central portions of the United States Capitol building; the design of the Baltimore Basilica, the first Catholic cathedral built in the United States; and his designs for the White House porticos. Other distinguished works include the Bank of Pennsylvania and the Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia. Noted architecture critic Paul Goldberger hosts the documentary.

Frontline

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan

January 19th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

In Afghanistan, an ancient tradition has re-emerged. Hundreds of boys are being lured off the streets on the promise of a new life, many unaware that their real fate is to be used for entertainment and sex. They're the "Bacha Bereesh," literally "beardless boys," chosen for their size and beauty, trained to sing and dance for male audiences-- then traded for sexual favors among former warlords and powerful businessmen. With remarkable access inside a sexual exploitation ring operating in northern Afghanistan, Najibullah Quraishi, an Afghan journalist investigates this illegal practice, talking with the boys and their masters--documenting how Afghan authorities responsible for stopping these crimes are sometimes themselves complicit in the practice.

What Are You? Mixed Races in Milwaukee

January 19th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Individuals from mixed races and bi-racial families discuss the challenges of living in a society that seems to always ask, "What Are You"? For some, it is a constant battle of defining, defending, and often discrimination. Produced by Paul Kaplan.
Repeats: SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2010 / 10:00 PM /36.1

Independent Lens

Copyright Criminals

January 19th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Long before everyday people began posting their video mash-ups on the web; hip-hop musicians perfected the art of audio montage. Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod examine the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the ongoing debates about artistic expression, copyright law and (of course) money.

Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami

January 19th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Miami played a critical role in the evolution of one of the significant cultural figures of our time: Muhammad Ali (nee Cassius Clay). This film chronicles Cassius Clay's arrival in Miami in the fall of 1960 (fresh from earning a gold medal in the Rome Olympics), his life in Overtown--a neighborhood that was considered "Harlem South" and a vibrant center of black entertainment and commerce--and his affiliation with the famed Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach. Over the course of the next few years--coinciding with the height of the national civil rights movement, Clay evolved both professionally and politically, piling up victories in the ring and adopting the black separatist teachings of the Nation of Islam. It was during this time that Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali.

Great Performances at the Met

The Audition

January 20th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Young opera singers are followed as they struggle to succeed in one of the most difficult professions in the performing arts. Filmed behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions, the film covers the dramatic week leading up to the finals of the 2007 auditions. Three very different tenor contestants compete: Michael Fabiano, a fiery 22-year-old grappling with his inner demons; Alek Shrader, a 25-year-old with movie-star looks who attempts to sing nine high Cs in the fiendishly difficult aria that made Pavarotti a star; and Ryan Smith, who at the age of 30, and with little formal training, is pursuing his dream of operatic career.

Fit Kids, Healthy Families

January 21st / 12:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The critical threat to children's health posed by childhood obesity is examined. Experts explain how and why childhood obesity has risen to become a major issue. Valuable information is presented on making wise nutritional and exercise choices to help insure a lifetime of healthy habits.

Soundstage

Tim McGraw

January 21st / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Tim McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, dominated the charts with 30 Number One singles and received three Grammys, among other countless awards. The 2009 release of his tenth studio album, Southern Voice, represents a new level of depth and intensity for the seasoned country artist, showcased on this episode of Soundstage. McGraw croons out his reflective and haunting new songs "If I Died Today" and "I'm Only Jesus." Other show highlights include "Live Like You Were Dying," "Good Girls," and "Still."

American Masters

Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound

January 22nd / 8:00 / MPTV 36.1

The private life and public career of Joan Baez is chronicled, examining her history as a recording artist and performer--as well as her unwavering journey as the conscience of a generation. Rare performance footage is interwoven with candid interviews with David Crosby, Bob Dylan, ex-husband David Harris, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Roger McGuinn, and others.

Wisconsin Sports: Badger Hockey

Badgers vs. Denver

January 22nd / 10:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Badgers vs. Denver

Nature in the City

January 22nd / 9:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center (UEC) is explored. A neighborhood-based, environmental education, nonprofit community, the center is located on 15 acres on the east bank of the Milwaukee River. From its humble grassroots beginning over 16 years ago, today the center is one of the world's premier urban ecology centers. (Co-produced by MPTV's Raul Galvan. This film was nominated for a 2009 Midwest Emmy Award.)

Running Free

January 23rd / 5:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Producer and Director Ethan Lightner explores Parkour, the efficient movement of the body to overcome obstacles. Those that have mastered the art are profiled, including Traceurs Nick Kane of Los Angeles and Brian Rower of www.rawmercury.com. (Mr. Lightner was awarded the 2008-2009 Midwest Emmy in the College Student Production Entertainment Program/Segment. He is an alumni of the MATC Television & Video Production Division program).

Masterpiece Classic

Emma - Part One

January 24th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Unmarried and glad of it, Emma Woodhouse (Romola Garai) thinks herself the perfect matchmaker for others. Her friend Mr. Knightley (Jonny Lee Miller) has his doubts. Undeterred, she takes on the matrimonial cause of Harriet Smith (Louise Dylan), with unanticipated results.

I Remember

1959 Winter Dance Party

January 25th / 6:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Host Jim Peck interviews Musician/Historian Mark Shurilla about The 1959 Winter Dance Party, a rock 'n' roll tour that included Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and "The Big Bopper" J.P. Richardson. They died in a plane crash after 11 days of concerts around the Midwest on February 3, 1959. The day is commemorated by Don McLean as "the day the music died." The Winter Dance Party started Jan. 23, 1959, in Milwaukee--at George Devine's Million Dollar Ballroom (now the Eagles Club). The program also features commentary by Donna Fischer-Doffing and her brother Ron Fischer, who attended that concert, as well as Tony Szikil, a photographer, who took photos of the Jan. 24, 1959, performance at the Kenosha Eagles Club.

Wyatt Earp: American Experience

January 25th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

As a young man, Wyatt Earp was a caricature of the Western lawman, gaining notoriety as the legendary gunman in the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Shortly after his death in 1929, distressed Americans down on their luck transformed Wyatt Earp into a folk hero. The complexities and flaws of this Western lawman reveal how the West was won and how he took control of his own destiny.

Sound Tracks

Music Without Borders

January 25th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

A global reporting team tracks down incredible performances and amazing musicians. Marco Werman of Public Radio International's "The World" hosts. The legend of Afrobeat creator and superstar Fela Kuti is traced; the raging popularity of Vladimir Putin's sexy propaganda song is examined; the creators of "Borat" are followed as they try to make amends with the insulted people of Kazakhstan; and the mood of a cozy Portuguese bar is captured with diva Mariza.

Frontline

The Fall of Lehman

January 26th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

In the beginning, well before the bank failure that sent the country into full-scale financial meltdown in the fall of 2008, there were warning signs at Lehman Brothers that went unheeded. FRONTLINE traces the largest bankruptcy in history back to the late 1990s when the venerable Lehman Brothers bank decided to do business with a dubious mortgage lender, who was being sued for fraud. Through insider interviews, internal documents and exclusive video, FRONTLINE reveals how Lehman Brothers ignored warnings from its own traders as the company entered into mortgage and real estate business, and how this played out disastrously for Lehman Brothers and the country.

Independent Lens

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

January 26th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

An in-depth look is taken at machismo in rap music and hip-hop culture--where creative genius, poetic beauty and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence and homophobia. "Beyond Beats and Rhymes" goes beyond the music and profiles several people who use rap as a creative and artistic expression.

National Parks: America's Best Idea

The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)

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

Filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the history and splendor of America's national parks, including the development of the first national park--Yellowstone, and the influence of park advocate John Muir. Filmed over the course of more than six years in some of nature's most spectacular locales, this documentary is a story of people from every conceivable background who devoted themselves to saving precious land they loved. (1 of 6)

Mystery!

Miss Marple, Series III: Towards Zero

January 28th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The formidable Lady Tressilian (Eileen Atkins, Gosford Park) reluctantly hosts a house party on her Devon estate, where loyal companion Mary and her eccentric old friend Treves help their wheelchair-bound hostess entertain a glittering array of guests. Miss Marple, an old school friend of Lady Tressilian, is intrigued when Treves tells a story about a child murderer who was never convicted. When Treves is found dead the next day--and another murder follows--Miss Marple is determined to find the killer.

Soundstage

The Fray

January 28th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The Fray packs a punch with an emotion-filled performance featuring songs from 2005s "How to Save A Life" and their eponymous 2009 album "The Fray." Singer Isaac Slade leads an expressive set, always connecting with the audience, as he belts out hits including "Never Say Never," "How To Save A Life," "You Found Me" and "Cable Car."