MPTV Premieres & Highlights: April 2010

Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970

April 1st / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Musician and enigmatic poet Leonard Cohen wowed a crowd of 600,000 people at the infamous 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in the UK, widely considered to be the last great concert of its time. Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, and his then production manager Bob Johnston take a look back at the Isle of Wight and how Cohen single handedly took over the festival with his music.
00:57:37 / #0 / APTPS0

Movie: Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

April 3rd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Paul Muni plays a murdered gangster who makes a pact with the devil. Anne Baxter and Claude Rains also star.
01:41:16 / #104 / CRNTH

Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom "Easter"

April 3rd / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Of all the holidays and celebrations in the Christian calendar, none is more directly involved with the taste of freedom than Easter. The theme of Easter is liberation-liberation from time, liberation from sin, and liberation from death. Burt Wolf discovers how a rabbit jumped into the moon, learns the intricate egg decorating tradition from Ukraine, inspects the ultimate Easter eggs created for the Czars of Russia, and takes a walk down Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday.
00:26:40 / #110 / APT0

Promise of Public-Good Journalism: The 2010 Zeidler Memorial Lecture

April 4th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Noted journalist, author and commentator John Nichols discusses how journalism is failing the public and ways of improving its reputation. Nichols has achieved a national reputation as regular columnist for The Nation, the Madison Capital Times, and as co-author of books on politics and US foreign policy. His book "Death and Life of American Journalism," was co-authored with Robert McChesney. This is part of the third annual Frank Zeidler Memorial Lecture created to celebrate the ideas and service to the citizenry of the public official and activist who served as mayor of Milwaukee from 1948 to 1960. Socialist Zeidler (1912-2006) devoted his life to peace, democracy, economic progress and environmental advances.
01:26:46 / #0H / MPTV

Around The World in 20 Years

April 4th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Michael Palin searches to reunite with the crew of his 1988 series "Around the World in 80 Days." Will his long search be crowned with a reunion with men with whom he forged a special bond, and on whom his life depended 20 years ago?
00:52:21 / #0 / BBC

Whale Mission

The Keepers of Memory

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

The northern right whale is the planet's most endangered large-whale species. Today there are fewer than 350 left, but tantalizing evidence suggests there are more whales out there. The sailing ship Sedna IV and her science team are followed on an ancient route around the remote Cape Farewell whaling grounds, in the treacherous North Atlantic Ocean.
00:52:00 / #0H / NFB

Mormons

"Pt. 1"

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of America's fastest growing religions, and its influence circles the globe. The church has 11 million members today and over half of them live outside the U.S. Yet the birth of Mormonism and its history is one of America's great neglected narratives. This four-hour documentary brings together FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in their first co-production to provide a searching portrait of this fascinating but often misunderstood religion.
01:56:46 / #101# / PBS0

Whale Mission

The Last Giants

April 6th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

After a century of commercial exploitation that nearly wiped out whale populations, a moratorium on the slaughter of whales was established in 1986. Since then, members of the International Whaling Commission fight over the possible resumption of the hunt. Conservationists discuss the future for the last of the planet's giants.
00:52:00 / #0H / NFB

NOVA

Hunting the Edge of Space - Pt. 1

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

NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe. This tale of human ingenuity involves some of the most colorful figures of the scientific world Galileo, Kepler, Newton, William Herschel, George Hale and Edwin Hubble--leading up to today's colossal telescopes. Now, at the center of an international space race, a new generation of ever-larger telescopes is poised to reveal answers to longstanding questions about our universe--and, in turn, to raise new questions.
00:56:46 / #3708H / PBS0

Mormons

"Pt. 2"

April 6th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The richness, the complexities and the controversies of the Mormons' story is told through interviews with leaders and members of the church, with leading writers and historians, and with supporters and critics of the Mormon faith.
01:56:46 / #102# / PBS0

Building Alaska

April 6th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Alaska's railroads, bridges and highways provide transportation for people and goods making a once impassable environment accessible for all. A look is taken at the major construction projects that built Alaska, including: the White Pass, Copper River and the Alaska Railroads; the Richardson and Parks Highways; and future projects on the drawing board.
01:26:39 / #0 / EPS0

Great American Seafood Cook-Off II

April 6th / 9:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

Fires blazed and seafood sizzled as New Orleans hosted the sixth annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in July 2009. Chefs representing 15 states created dishes using seafood from their home state or from local sustainable fisheries. Highlights from the events are presented.
00:26:46 / #0H / APTEX

Buddha

April 7th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man, the Buddha. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth. He said only that he was a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. Richard Gere narrates.
01:56:46 / #0# / PBS0

Attenborough Collection

Bear: Spy in the Woods

April 7th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

An army of camouflaged roving cameras are used to unravel the lives of one of the world's most popular groups of animals-bears. It is the most intimate portrayal ever of life amongst these engaging creatures. Sir David Attenborough, one of the most erudite presenters in British television, hosts.
00:52:06 / #101 / BBC

Attenborough Collection

Bear: Spy in the Woods

April 7th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

An army of camouflaged roving cameras are used to unravel the lives of one of the world's most popular groups of animals-bears. It is the most intimate portrayal ever of life amongst these engaging creatures. Sir David Attenborough, one of the most erudite presenters in British television, hosts.
00:52:06 / #101 / BBC

Independent Lens

Unmistaken Child

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

Lama Konchog was considered the greatest Tibetan mediator of the 20th century. When he died in 2001, Tenzin Zopa, his shy and gifted disciple for 21 years, is unexpectedly appointed to lead the search for the reincarnation of his late Master.
01:26:46 / #1119 / PBS0

Tonic Sol-Fa: If I Can Dream

April 8th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Award-winning vocal quartet Tonic Sol-Fa continues to take a cappella to new heights, with their soaring vocals, smooth harmonies, heart-felt lyrics, upbeat arrangements and engaging stage presence. The program highlights the group's trademark humor and skilled musicianship as they perform audience favorites, as well as covers of songs by Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Keith Urban, and others.
00:56:46 / #0H / APTEX0

Movie: High Society (1956)

April 10th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Louis Armstrong, and Celeste Holm star in this musical version of "The Philadelphia Story." Cole Porter songs include "Did You Evah?," "True Love," "You're Sensational," and "Now You Has Jazz."
01:46:49 / #156 / APTSY0

Great Romances of the 20th Century

Wagner & Wood

April 10th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood were two of the most handsome stars of the 1950s. Their love story is traced, ending with their nine-year second marriage that ended in tragedy.
00:26:00 / #106 / BBC

Richard Bangs' Adventures with Purpose Greece: Quest for the Gods

April 11th / 8:00 / MPTV 36.1

Ancient Greece produced one of humankind's most extraordinary periods of cultural and intellectual transformation. From this prolific era sprang the very essence of Western civilization: poetry and architecture, the sciences and a democratic form of government. Essential to this revolution of human thought stood the powerful and revered deities of Greek mythology. Richard Bangs embarks on a great odyssey through Greece to discover the meaning and relevance of Greek mythology today. Richard begins his time-travels in Athens, and then heads to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. He visits the island of Ithaca and the site of the mystical oracles at Delphi.
00:56:46 / #0H / APTEX0

Celtic Pilgrimage with John O'Donohue

April 11th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Celtic Pilgrimage with John O'Donohue
Irish author, poet and philosopher John O'Donohue journeys through the sacred landscape of western Ireland. Weaving ancient wisdom with personal history and breathtaking imagery, the documentary reveals a deeper Ireland beyond the usual travelogues.
00:56:46 / #0 / APTEX0

Masterpiece Classic

The Diary of Anne Frank

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

A Jewish teenager hiding from the Nazis pours out her heart to the only true friend she has left: her diary. MASTERPIECE CLASSIC presents the most accurate-ever adaptation of one of the world's most beloved and widely read memoirs. Ellie Kendrick stars as Anne; co-stars Iain Glen, Tamsin Greig and Felicity Jones.
01:56:46 / #4009# / PBS0

Bloody Thursday

April 12th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

A pivotal moment in American labor history is told, the Pacific Waterfront Strike of 1934. Dockworkers up and down the West Coast fought for their rights against the forces of shipping companies, politicians and police.
00:56:34 / #0H / NETA0

Among The Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust in Arab Lands

April 12th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Robert Satloff's eight-year journey to find an Arab hero who saved Jews during the Holocaust reveals what happened to the half-million Jews of the Arab lands of North Africa under Nazi, Vichy, and Fascist rule.
00:56:46 / #0H / PBS0

Vizcaya

April 13th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

During the early 20th century, captains of industry and commerce built lavish palaces to showcase their newly acquired wealth. Actor Andy Garcia narrates the incredible vision of International Harvester Vice President James Deering (1859-1925) in constructing his "Palace of Dreams" on Miami's bayside frontier. The high-definition documentary details the confluence of talent responsible for building the 180-acre estate, which required employing one-tenth of Miami's population and took almost a decade to complete. Today, this National Historic Landmark stands as a quintessential example of American Renaissance architecture, landscape design, decorative arts, and art collecting.
00:56:45 / #0H / APTEX0

NOVA

Hunting the Edge of Space - Pt. 2

April 13th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe. This tale of human ingenuity involves some of the most colorful figures of the scientific world Galileo, Kepler, Newton, William Herschel, George Hale and Edwin Hubble--leading up to today's colossal telescopes. Now, at the center of an international space race, a new generation of ever-larger telescopes is poised to reveal answers to longstanding questions about our universe--and, in turn, to raise new questions.
00:56:46 / #3709H / PBS0

Frontline

Obama's Deal

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

Health care reform was the first big policy deal taken on by the Obama administration. FRONTLINE goes behind closed doors at the White House, in Congress and the boardrooms of the giant health-care lobby to examine the political battles and costly compromises that defined Barack Obama's endeavor.
00:56:46 / #2815H / PBS0

Independent Lens

Blessed Is the Match

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

Joan Allen narrates the story of Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc. Safe in Palestine in 1944, she joined a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Parachuting behind enemy lines, she was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis.
00:56:46 / #1120H / PBS0

When Families Grieve

April 14th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Katie Couric and the Sesame Street Muppets help families cope with the death of a parent. Families share strategies that have helped them to move forward while keeping the memories alive.
00:56:46 / #0H / PBS0

Worse than War

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

Author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen explores the phenomenon of genocide, offering insights about its dimensions, its patterns and causes, and its tragic role in politics and human affairs. Goldhagen listens to witnesses and confronts perpetrators in nine countries around the world. Based on his book of the same name.
01:56:46 / #0H / PBS0

Auction 2010 Preview Show

April 15th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

An exciting preview of merchandise up for bid as part of MPTV's annual auction, April 23-
May 1. Highlights include original artwork, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, vacation and leisure packages, sports equipment, furniture, oriental carpets, workshop tools, and much more. More information at greattvauction.com.
00:26:46 / #0H / MPTV

Death of the Old West

April 16th / 9:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

In the early morning hours of April 19, 1909, a group of Ada, Oklahoma residents avenged the murder of a popular local rancher by lynching the four suspects. The mob drove the outlaw element out of town, but in the process perpetrated a terrible miscarriage of justice. DEATH OF THE OLD WEST marks the 100th anniversary of the event by examining the hanging and the fallout that still fascinates historians and stirs emotions among local residents.
00:26:46 / #0H / APTEX0

QE2 - The Last Voyage

April 18th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The world's longest serving and most beloved cruise ship, the QE2, has come a long way since her humble beginnings as piles of steel and timber on 'Yard Number 736' in Scotland. Nearly 40 years after her maiden voyage, one of the most iconic liners in the world is about to embark on her final journey, as she glides gracefully towards retirement.
00:50:50 / #0 / BBC

Freshwater Seas

The Great Lakes

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

The Great Lakes were instrumental in the making of America, but now, new environmental challenges are threatening disaster. Producer Lindsey Haskin investigates the future of the Great Lakes.
00:56:46 / #102H / DPTV

Earth Days: American Experience

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

"Earth Days" looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement-from its post-war rumblings in the 1950s and the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's incendiary bestseller "Silent Spring," to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration, and the subsequent firestorm of political action.
01:56:46 / #2205H / PBS0

Balloon Fiesta

April 20th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Crews equipped with high-definition cameras capture the mass ascensions, thrilling competitions, and interesting characters of the 2008 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
00:56:46 / #0H / APTEX0

NOVA

The Big Energy Gamble

April 20th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

California's energy conservation programs are examined, along with the development of new sources of carbon-free power, to find out how the rest of the country can join in the aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future.
00:56:46 / #3519H / PBS0

Frontline

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan

April 20th / 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.
00:56:46 / #2807H / PBS0

Bombing of Germany: American Experience

April 20th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Award-winning producer Zvi Dor-Ner examines the defining moments of the offensive that led the U.S. across a moral divide. Weaving together interviews with WWII pilots and historians, and archival footage of the bombing and its aftermath, the film is a reminder of the dilemma imposed by war's civilian casualties, a topic that continues to resonate as America enters the eighth year of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
00:56:46 / #2203H / PBS0

Hide and Seek

April 20th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

There were 1.6 million Jewish children living in Europe at the start of World War II. More than a million of them died in the Holocaust. Those who survived often did so because they were hidden from the Nazis. Using photographs and dramatic recreations, the stories of 21 child survivors from around the world are told.
00:50:00 / #0 / APTSY0

Independent Lens

Dirt! The Movie

April 20th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth," this film examines why we should stop treating dirt-like dirt! This program was shown to a standing-room only audience at MPTV Community Cinema.
00:56:46 / #1121H / PBS0

Through A Dog's Eyes

April 21st / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Dog trainer Jennifer Arnold's non-profit organization, Canine Assistants, trains dogs to assist people with a variety of disabilities. Families whose lives have changed with the addition of a service dog are profiled. The film also explores the amazing dog/human bond.
00:56:46 / #0H / PBS0

P.O.V.

Food, Inc."

April 21st / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. The nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and the environment.
01:56:46 / #2301H / PBS0

Stop the Presses

April 25th / 10:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

As circulation and revenue at daily newspapers have plunged, thousands of journalists have been laid off and stockholders have forced top news organizations out of business. STOP THE PRESSES goes inside the disheartened newsrooms of America to document this devastation, and journeys into the communities these papers serve to learn what readers think of journalism's fate.
01:19:00 / #0 / APTSY0