MPTV Premieres & Highlights: March 2010

I Remember

Else Ankel, Ph.D.

March 1st / 6:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Host Jim Peck speaks with founding director of the Urban Ecology Center, Else Ankel, Ph.D. As an environmental scientist-in-residence at Riverside High School, Dr. Ankel was the catalyst for a grass roots effort to revitalize Riverside Park, and helped found the Urban Ecology Center.
00:28:16 / #1614H / WMVS

Dolley Madison: American Experience

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

Style icon, extravagant hostess, humanitarian, doting mother, trusted political advisor, and diplomat. These are the roles we now expect in a First Lady, roles created by President James Madison's wife, Dolley. As the "first First Lady," she used her unelected position to legitimize the nation's new capital, to create a political and social style for the new country and to give Americans a sense of their own national identity. This portrait features Tony Award-nominee Eve Best (Nurse Jackie) as Dolley Madison and Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays as James Madison.
01:26 / #2204 / PBS (DVS)

Morristown: Where America Survived

March 1st / 9:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The "hard winter" of 1779-80 is revisited, when General George Washington's troops arrived at the densely wooded area just south of Morristown, known as Jockey Hollow, to build a log hut city for their winter camp. The film is an eye-opening look at how the camp saved the army and the American Revolution--from the brink of disaster. Based on John T. Cunningham's book, "The Uncertain Revolution" and shot at Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey, the program is narrated by award-winning actor Edward Herrmann.
00:26:46 / #0H / PBS0


Pluto Files

March 2nd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has held a warm place in the public imagination. So, when the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium stopped calling Pluto a planet, director Neil deGrasse Tyson found himself at the center of a firestorm led by angry, Pluto-loving elementary school students. But what is it about this cold, distant rock that captures so many hearts? NOVA joins Tyson as he follows the story of its discovery and the science that surrounds this former planet, including the possibility of finding more Pluto-like planets in the mysterious Kuiper belt - an area of icy rocks at the edge of the solar system.
00:56:46 / #3706H / PBS0


The Suicide Tourist

March 2nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable, or when we enter the late stages of painful, terminal illness? With unique access to Dignitas, the Swiss non-profit that has helped over 1,000 people die since 1998, Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky offers a revealing look at a couple facing the most difficult decision of their lives.
00:56:46 / #2811H / PBS

Flappers, Speakeasies, and the Birth of Modern Culture

March 2nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The 1920s shut the door on Victorian values and marked the beginning of an enormous cultural shift. Women were entering the workforce in large numbers; it was the dawn of the age of mass media and advertising; and, it was the Jazz Age. Archival footage, interviews with historians, film experts and fashion editors provide an eye-opening yet fun glimpse into this colorful, flamboyant and unforgettable era.
00:50:14 / #0 / APTSY0

Independent Lens

The Eyes of Me

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

Four teens that have lost their sight are followed, as they struggle to fit in, prepare for college and live independently.
00:56:46 / #1116H / PBS0

At Close Range with National Geographic

March 4th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

National Geographic magazine photographer Joel Sartore shoots in some of the most exotic locales on earth, but often in wretched conditions for weeks on end. On the job, he's been chased by bears, wolves, alligators and musk oxen. Capturing the beauty of Sandhill cranes in Nebraska or the tropical Amazon jungle, Sartore pursues the perfect image--photographs form the narrative for every National Geographic article. This documentary shows Sartore in consultation with National Geographic photo editors in Washington, DC, as thousands of individual frames are whittled down to the 10 or 20 that will accompany a typical magazine story.
00:56:46 / #0H / PBS0

Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra

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

Grammy-winning polka band Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra perform at Caesars' Windsor Hotel and Casino in Canada during the 2009 Polkapalooza Festival.
00:56:11 / #0 / PFP0

T.A.M.I. Show - Rock 'n' roll's First Concert Film

March 6th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

THE T.A.M.I. SHOW, short for Teen Age Music International, introduced rock 'n' soul youth culture to America in the first concert movie of the rock era. One of the rarest and most sought-after performance films from its time, the 1964 concert event featured future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Supremes and many other American and British Invasion hit-makers in their prime. This legendary film hasn't been seen in its entirety since it originally appeared in theaters in 1964.
01:58:05 / #0 / PFP

Best of Daniel O'Donnell on Film

March 7th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

This musical retrospective showcases two decades of Daniel O'Donnell's career highlights, including many videos never before televised. The special captures the artistic growth and succession of musical genres that the Irish singing sensation has mastered.
01:29:00 / #0 / PFP0

Music of Ireland - Welcome Home

March 7th / 8:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

The story of contemporary Irish music is told, starting in 1960 with the Clancy Brothers. Grammy-winner Moya Brennan (Clannad) hosts this new documentary featuring exclusive interviews and performances from The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney, Riverdance's Michael Flatley and Bill Whelan, U2's Bono and Adam Clayton, Sinead O'Connor, and others.
01:29:00 / #0 / WLIW0