MPTV Premieres & Highlights: May 2010
Movie: A Night at the Opera (1935)
May 1st / 7:00 / MPTV 36.1
This marvelous musical comedy features the Marxes in full gear. The snooty world of opera provides a perfect backdrop for Groucho, Chico, and Harpo's insanity as they come to the aid of lovesick, unknown tenor (Allan Jones). The finale is a riot.
Length: 01:31:10 / Episode: #157 / Source: APTSY0
Finale Channel 10 Great TV Auction 2010
May 1st / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
The final night of the 10-day auction concludes around midnight. Merchandise, certificates, services, art, antiques, and collectibles are auctioned off to support MPTV. Tune in; bid via phone or online, www.greattvauction.com. The auction is also streamed live on www.mptv.org.
Lark Rise to Candleford
May 2nd / 7:00 / MPTV 10.1 HD
As the residents of Lark Rise and Candleford return in this warm-hearted series, could the fortunes of the Timmins family be about to change? A journalist named Daniel arrives to deliver the news that Emma has been left some money. Elsewhere, the Pratt sisters are keeping secrets from one another.
Length: 00:59:05 / Episode: #123H / Source: BBC
Survival: Lives in the Balance
The Struggle to Breathe (Philippines)
May 2nd / 10:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
This documentary on global health goes into villages where people suffer from diseases and conditions long since conquered in other parts of the world. In the Philippines, 19-month old Nazario fights pneumonia. (1 of 4)
Length: 00:50:40 / Episode: #101 / Source: APTEX0
Blitz: London's Longest Night
May 2nd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
The events of one night in the Blitz of 1940 are followed; when London was subjected to the most ferocious and terrifying attack of the war: 24,000 firebombs were dropped on the city--45 tons of explosives. The story of the night is told through the written accounts of eye-witnesses and the memories of ordinary Londoners who survived it, one of whom lost his entire family, when a public shelter was destroyed by a bomb.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #0Z / Source: PBS0
Foyle's War, Series VI: The Russian House
May 2nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
In the aftermath of the jubilant celebration of V-E Day, a wave of crime has swept across England. Foyle stumbles upon an international cover up. If exposed, it could reveal the darkest secrets of The War Office and bring down the British government.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #4012+ / Source: PBS0
Story of Lassie
May 4th / 8:59 / MPTV 36.1
In 1943, a magnificent collie catapulted to stardom in the classic MGM film "Lassie Come Home." Both the story and the performances moved audiences to tears and established Lassie as an American icon, as well as a genuine Hollywood movie star. Actress June Lockhart highlights clips from Lassie's MGM feature films and from her television series on CBS, which were television's top-rated programs for 17 years. Interviews and stories come from those who knew Lassie best: trainer Robert Weatherwax, and actors, directors and producers who worked with the world's favorite collie.
Length: 01:00:04 / Episode: #0 / Source: APTSY0
Kilauea: Mountain of Fire
May 4th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Kilauea, on Hawaii's Big Island is the world's most active volcano. Its latest eruption began in 1983, and it hasn't stopped. Since that time it has created 544 acres of new land and has consumed 200 homes. The devastation by flowing lava also creates a process that's central to life on these islands. The most spectacular moment of creation is when lava pours into the ocean creating new land. It is here that filmmaker Paul Atkins finds himself getting a shot few have ever filmed--the cataclysmic meeting of 2000 degree lava and 75 degree ocean water.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2609H / Source: PBS0
May 4th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
The business of higher education is a $400 billion industry fueled by taxpayer money. FRONTLINE follows the money to uncover how Wall Street and a new breed of for-profit universities are transforming the way we think about college in America.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2817H / Source: PBS
Secrets of the Dead
May 5th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Ten months after the end of World War II, off the coast of Hawaii, America destroyed one of Japan's most advanced weapons systems. It was an attempt to keep an advanced, top-secret submarine out of the hands of the Russians. Secrets of the Dead reveals the startling story of Japan's successful creation of a technological masterpiece-an aircraft carrier submarine.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #904# / Source: PBS0
Live From Lincoln Center
Perlman, Ax and Ma @ The Penthouse
May 5th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax play Mendelssohn and more in the chamber setting of Lincoln Center's living room, the Kaplan Penthouse. Alan Alda hosts.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #3502H / Source: PBS0
From The Top at Carnegie Hall Special Edition
Rhythm and Strings
May 5th / 9:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
America's most extraordinary young musicians, aged 8 to 18 perform. Sixteen-year-old marimba player Joshua Jones finds rhythm all around him; 12-year-old violinist Anna Lee gives a performance of Pablo de Saraste's "Ziguenerweisen." Eleven-year old pianist Alice Burla, and 13-year-old cellist Taeguk Mun take to the stage; and The Maggiore Trio performs the third movement, Presto ("Gypsy Rondo"), from Haydn's Piano Trio in G Minor. (1 of 3)
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #101 / Source: PBS0
SCTV Golden Classics
May 6th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Featured are some of the most hilarious skits from the legendary sketch comedy television series, starring John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Dave Thomas. Launched in 1976, the Emmy Award-winning SCTV, or Second City Television, followed the exploits of an aspiring fictional television station, led by Owner and President Guy Caballero (Flaherty), and the inimitable personalities who starred in its local programs.
Length: 00:55:38 / Episode: #0P / Source: WLIW0
Need to Know
May 7th / 7:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
PBS's new TV and Web newsmagazine offers what viewers need to know -- along with a healthy dose of insight, perspective and wit. NEED TO KNOW cuts through the noise of nonstop news to bring you the most compelling stories of the week and of our times. NEED TO KNOW is a cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting, culminating in a one-hour on-air broadcast every Friday night on PBS. The program will feature documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and more. NEED TO KNOW will cover five primary news beats: the economy; the environment and energy; health; national security; and culture. Alison Stewart and Jon Meacham co-anchor.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: PBS
May 7th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
Using dramatic recreations and special effects, the program brings the May 20, 1883, volcanic eruption in Indonesia to life. The island of Krakatoa was reduced to a third of its former size, and sent waves, that reportedly topped 100 feet high, crashing onto Asian shores, killing 36,000. Portions of the program tie the resulting tsunami destruction to the December 26, 2004, tsunami.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #0 / Source: PBS0
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
May 7th / 9:30 pm / MPTV 36.1
Retired Park Ranger Kristen Hintz explores Sleeping Bear Dunes, part of the Michigan National Lakeshore area.
Length: 00:30:00 / Episode: #0H / Source: WGVU
Student Operations Day, 2010
May 8th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
Between 9:00 a.m. May 8, and 1:30 a.m. May 9, the second year MATC/MPTV Video Broadcasting students present their final projects on a variety of topics. Most programs run for 27 minutes. Descriptions of each segment and producer/director names are listed at www.mptv.org/schedule. The show subtitles are listed here.
"WEPPN (We Promote Positive News)"
"TV School: Story of the MATC-MPTV Partnership"
"The Croatian American"
"MKE Bike Messenger"
"Skate Parks in Milwaukee: Time for a Public Option"
"Exploring Your World"
"Metamorphosis: Evolution of a Song"
"WMMA Waukesha Mixed Martial Arts"
"A Message on Climate Change from the Dairyland"
"Ops off the Air"
"Transient in Transit: Wisconsin"
"The Past & Future Influence of Frank Lloyd Wright"
"Connecting the Dots"
"Connections: Animation Workshop"
"Ok Go Live"
"Behind Closed Doors"
"The Allanah and Phaedra Show"
"Loyalty, Strength and Power: Knock Out Gym"
"Living with the Stigma"
"T.M.U. (The Midwest Underground)"
Bombing of Germany: American Experience
May 9th / 7:00 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.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2203H / Source: PBS0
May 9th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
The planning for the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944, took two years, cost thousands of lives and involved a deception of breathtaking audacity. D-Day examines the intricate jigsaw, presenting events through the eyes of the men and women who were there, telling their extraordinary stories.
Length: 00:51:57 / Episode: #101 / Source: BBC
Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World: American Experience
May 10th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
This is a fantastic sea adventure, a cautionary economic and environmental tale, and a mythic saga of man and nature. Filmmaker Ric Burns tells the thrilling and epic story of three centuries of American whaling and the unique relationship between American whalers and the giant creatures they hunted.
Length: 01:56:46 / Episode: #2208# / Source: PBS0
The Horse Boy
May 11th / 9:00 / MPTV 10.1 HD
A family's unforgettable journey as they travel from Texas to Mongolia in search of a miracle to heal their autistic son.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #1124H / Source: PBS0
Okie Noodling II
May 11th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
In 2002, filmmaker Bradley Beesley brought the strange subculture of bare-handed catfishing to public television audiences in the award-winning film, Okie Noodling. In this sequel, Beesley returns to his home state of Oklahoma to chronicle the sport's evolution over the last decade. He revisits the colorful, original cast and meets some new and eccentric fishermen en route to the largest noodling tournament in the United States. This latest installment also explores the legalization issues and commercialization of this once backwoods practice.
Length: 00:56:45 / Episode: #0 / Source: APTEX0
The Doors: When You're Strange
May 12th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Johnny Depp narrates the story of The Doors, one of America's most iconic, influential, theatrical and mysterious rock bands. This film is the first feature documentary to tell their story, with original footage shot between their formation in 1965 and Morrison's death in 1971.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #2302# / Source: PBS0
Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu
Lemon Rice/Eggplant Masala/Lima Beans/Rice Options
May 15th / 11:00 am / MPTV 10.1 HD
Culinary instructor and author Alamelu Vairavan prepares delicious dish of Lemon Rice, transforms eggplant into a simple, irresistible dish of Eggplant Masala, and shows how to select the proper rice for rice dishes. (1 of 6)
Repeats Friday at 6 p.m.
May 15th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
A wealthy Gaston finds out he prefers a young Parisian girl to be his wife, rather than his mistress. Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold, and Eva Gabor star.
Length: 01:55:28 / Episode: #161 / Source: APTSY0
Composer Daron Hagen/Danceworks/Pfister Artist in Residence/
May 17th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Hosts Jon Anne Willow and Tom Strini explore arts and culture in Milwaukee. Former New Berlin resident and composer, Daron Hagen, talks about the premiere of his opera, Amelia, at the Seattle Opera. Danceworks' Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program, which works with 45 public and private schools in Milwaukee, is highlighted. At the Pfister Hotel, it's time for the new artist in residence, Katie Musolff, to begin as artist Reginald Baylor moves on. And finally, John McGivern rediscovers the Milwaukee Public Museum. Performance excerpts from Theatre Gigante's "And...Action!" and an MATC student animation round out the show. Lois Maurer is producer.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: MPTV
Blueprint for Tomorrow's Education
May 17th / 8:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
This documentary takes a look at how schools, businesses, and communities are partnering to prepare students for the 21st century workplace. Innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs throughout Wisconsin are explored, including Bay View High School's construction, architecture, and technology (BAT Academy); Burlington High School's BHS Chemicals Company; the Fluid Power Challenge, a fluid power technology skills competition for 8th grade students; and the "green" garage partnership between Bradley Tech HS, Lowe's Foundation, the Helen Bader Foundation and Growing Power.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: MPTV
May 18th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
From the first Chinese-American film produced in 1916 to Ang Lee's triumphant "Brokeback Mountain" nine decades later, "Hollywood Chinese" brings together a fascinating group of actors, writers, directors, and iconic film images to examine how Chinese people have contributed to and been portrayed by an industry that was often ignorant about and dismissive of race.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #2202H / Source: PBS0
Warrior Weapons and Battlefield Mobility
May 19th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
The key technological advances that have defined ground warfare through the ages are explored. These segments (Parts 1-2 of 4) explore the development of the soldier and his weapons.
Length: 01:43:32 / Episode: #101-102 / Source: PBS0
Polio Crusade: American Experience
May 21st / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
It was the largest public health experiment in American history--a crusade that eradicated polio, one of the 20th century's most dreaded diseases. The polio epidemic terrified Americans for decades, it affected thousands of children--many left crippled, paralyzed, or dead from the devastating and contagious virus. But on April 26, 1954, hope emerged. The Salk vaccine trials began to take place. The personal accounts of polio survivors are interwoven with the story of an ardent crusader, who tirelessly fought on their behalf, while scientists raced to eradicate the dreaded disease. Based in part on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Polio: An American Story" by David Oshinsky, this film features interviews with historians, scientists, polio survivors and the only surviving scientist from the core research team that developed the Salk vaccine, Julius Youngner.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2102 / Source: PBS0
May 21st / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
This fascinating documentary looks at what it meant to be an Apollo wife, what was required of them by their husbands, by NASA and by the media. Ten of the wives reminisce about events long ago, reveal their own personal stories and how the 'Space Age' brought them together and tore them apart.
Length: 00:49:55 / Episode: #0 / Source: BBC
Austin City Limits
Dave Matthews Band
May 22nd / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Rock superstars of the Dave Matthews Band kick off ACL's 35th season with hits and songs from their album, "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King."
Length: 00:56:45 / Episode: #3501H / Source: PBSPL0
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
May 22nd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
A witty adaptation of Philip Barry's Broadway hit play; "The Philadelphia Story" is a romantic screwball comedy, emphasizing--with punch--how the rich are blinded to the simple joys of life. Divorced Philadelphia heiress Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) is preparing for her second marriage, when her ex-husband, C.K. Dexter-Haven (Cary Grant), arrives in town with national magazine reporters Macaulay Connor (James Stewart) and Elizabeth Imbrie (Ruth Hussey). Tracy, who resents the intrusion, sets out to make fools of the reporters, but her plan backfires.
Length: 01:52:14 / Episode: #163 / Source: APTSY0
Victory in the Pacific: American Experience
May 23rd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
This provocative, thorough examination of the final months of the war looks at the escalation of bloodletting from both Japanese and American vantage points.
Length: 01:56:45 / Episode: #1710Z / Source: PBS0
Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories
May 24th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
In this three-part documentary series, MAY 24-26, Wisconsin Vietnam War veterans recount their experiences. Veterans from all regions of Wisconsin reflect on their memories and their experiences during and after the war. Three parts air on consecutive nights. (1 of 3)
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #101 / Source: WPT
Place Out of Time - The Bordentown School
May 24th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
For a 70-year period, when America cared little about the education of African-Americans and discrimination was law and custom, the Bordentown School was an educational utopia. An incubator for black pride and intellect, the school taught values, discipline and life skills to generations of black children. Bordentown's story is told by alumni and historians, with archival footage. Ruby Dee narrates.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0 / Source: PBS0
Mystery of the Megavolcano
May 25th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Earth's biggest volcanic eruption is examined. A remote lake in Southeast Asia conceals evidence of Earth's greatest volcanic cataclysm of the last 100,000 years. Miles beneath its placid surface lays a magma chamber that exploded so violently, during the Ice Age, that gases and ash may have encircled the globe, and blotted out the sun for years on end. The program investigates whether the Toba eruption may have helped kick the climate into an unprecedented freeze, and perhaps even pushed ancestral human populations to the brink of extinction.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #3312# / Source: PBS0
Roller Derby Chronicles: Rolling Thunder
May 25th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
The fascinating history of roller derby is chronicled, from its origins as a Depression-era skating marathon to its height in popularity as a nationally syndicated road show. The documentary also looks at modern attempts to revive the sport, following the determined efforts to bring back Roller Derby to the storied Kezar Pavillion in San Francisco, the site of the Derby's glory years.
Length: 00:48:00 / Episode: #0H / Source: APTSY0
Motor Racing: 1950
May 27th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
The excitement, glory, crashes, close-calls, heartaches, and milestones from early days of motor racing to recent years are revisited. This episode highlights the year 1950 and the first World Driver's Championship. Drivers were challenged by a new breed of drivers from Europe, Britain and South America; and, racing was up and running with classics like the Mille Milia, and La Mans. (1 of 26)
Length: 00:26:00 / Episode: #1 / Source: WWIDE
May 27th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Vietnam Veterans from Wisconsin and around the country are officially welcomed home in this moving tribute from Lambeau Field. This special event features musical performances, special tributes; excerpts from the documentary Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories; and prominent speakers. Named for the landing zones that military service members were deployed to during Vietnam, this special event is among the largest gatherings of Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans in U.S. history.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: WPT
Agatha Christie's Poirot
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
May 27th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
Poirot is unenthusiastic when a Mrs. Todd asks him to find her a cook. He is positively insulted when she proceeds to dismiss him from the case with a one guinea fee for his services. There's no mystery too small for Hercule Poirot, and once he agrees to take on a case he sees it through to a conclusion. Poirot has also realized that there is a great deal more to the cook's disappearance than meets the eye. (1 of 10)
Length: 00:50:44 / Episode: #101 / Source: APTSY0
May 27th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
Detective Creegan is faced with a tough first case, when three children are abducted. He soon has a suspect Ronald Hinks, a scientist for a Swiss pharmaceutical company, but very little evidence to secure a conviction. Touching Evil follows detectives in the UK as they combat serial crime. (1 of 6)
Length: 00:50:57 / Episode: #101 / Source: EPS0
Mystery of Memory
May 29th / 9:00 / MPTV 36.1
An eye-opening journey of discovery into the workings of the organ that forms memories, the brain. A look is taken at many medical challenges of today, including understanding how to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a leading mental health issue facing American veterans.
Length: 00:28:52 / Episode: #0H / Source: EPS0
May 29th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
George Cukor directed this thriller about a husband (Charles Boyer) on the verge of driving his wife (Oscar-winning Ingrid Bergman) insane. She starts to suspect his involvement as the gaslights dim. Angela Lansbury also stars as a tarty maid, in her film debut. Story based on the Patrick Hamilton play "Angel Street."
Length: 01:53:50 / Episode: #160 / Source: APTSY0
Roots of Health
May 30th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
Explored are the connections between environment and health. Through three powerful stories filmed in London, England; Oakland, California; and India, the film looks at the socio-economic and environmental conditions that play a strong role in why people stay healthy or fall ill.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0 / Source: APTEX0
May 30th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
The training, history, heart, and unique warrior culture of the United States Marine Corps is examined. With significant access to Marine Corps training facilities, the program reveals what it takes and what it means to be a Marine--from the first moments of a recruit's arrival at boot camp. An extensive examination of the often grueling Marine Corps training, including the Martial Arts Program, confidence course and intense rifle range instruction. The program also demonstrates how the Marines evaluate and shape their future leaders with the rigorous Officer Candidate Leadership reaction course and infamous "Quigley" exercise.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0
National Memorial Day Concert
May 30th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
From the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) co-host this patriotic event. Dignitaries, actors and musical artists salute the troops, including Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); Award-winning country music artist Brad Paisley; classical crossover artist Katherine Jenkins; and three-time Tony-nominated Broadway star Kelli O'Hara in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #2010H / Source: PBS0
Stories from the Home Front: The War in Wisconsin
May 31st / 9:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
During World War II, Wisconsin sent over 70,000 troops into battle. Back home, the war brought challenges and opportunities as the nation mobilized its economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities. As a large industrial city, Milwaukee was in a prime position to help the war effort. Veterans, POWs, citizens and historians discuss their war experience on and off the battlefield.
Length: 00:28:47 / Episode: #0H