MPTV Premieres & Highlights: July 2010

Agatha Christie's Poirot

"The Third Floor Flat"

July 1st / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Poirot is bored; he hasn't had a case to probe for weeks. Hastings' bid to cheer his friend backfires when Poirot fails to correctly guess the murderer in the West End play they go to see. But life for the Belgian super sleuth is never quiet for long. No sooner has a new tenant moved into the third floor flat of Poirot's mansion block than she is murdered, giving Poirot a crime to solve on his very own doorstep. (5 of 10)
Length: 00:49:03 / Episode: #105 / Source: APTSY0


"Norah Jones"

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

Sultry vocalist and pianist Norah Jones is known for a unique blend of jazz and traditional vocal pop with hints of bluesy country and contemporary folk. In this special filmed at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, Norah performs a blend of covers by the likes of Tom Waits and Wilco, hits like "Don't Know Why" and "Come Away With Me," as well as tracks from her highly anticipated fourth album, The Fall.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #1706H / Source: PBS0

Great Old Amusement Parks

July 2nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Long before the days of giant theme parks, the U.S. had many amusement parks where families gathered for a cool escape on a hot summer day. This program celebrates these pre-Disney parks, visiting Playland in Rye, NY; Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN; and California's Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where vacationers can still reach for the brass ring on the merry-go-round. The special also checks out some old wooden roller coasters and other classic rides. Narrated by Rick Sebak.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0 / Source: PBS0

Capitol Fourth

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

Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits hosts the 30th anniversary broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. The country's 234th birthday celebration features a spectacular fireworks display, and performances by Reba McEntire; Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish); and, classical pianist Lang Lang with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
Length: 01:28:46 / Episode: #2010H / Source: PBS0

UW Varsity Band Spring Concert "100 Years of 'On Wisconsin'"

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

Under the direction of Michael Leckrone, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Varsity Band celebrates the 100th anniversary of "On Wisconsin," along with other Badger spirit favorites and energetic medleys of rock, gospel and Broadway hits.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2010 / Source: WHA

Shining Mountains: The Ancient Ones


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

Majestic and inspiring, the Rocky Mountains rise dramatically to divide the continent and define the past, present and future of North America. Guy Clarkson journeys through time, in a quest to understand and celebrate the unique ecological mosaic of the Rockies. (1 of 4)
Length: 00:46:45 / Episode: #101H / Source: NFB

History Detectives

"Lauste Film Clip/Baker's Gold/Transatlantic Cable"

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

The detectives visits a viewer who claims to have a clip of the first talking picture; they investigate the story behind Gold Rush sketches of five and eight-pound gold nuggets; and, they look over what might be a section of the first transatlantic cable.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #803# / Source: PBS0

Lost Cave Temples

July 5th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

In a remote corner of the Himalayas, in the forbidden kingdom of Mustang, a team of climbers scale cliffs to enter mysterious caves for the first time and discover ancient cave temples lost to the modern world.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0

Next Year Country

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

Faced with losing their farms and ranches, three Montana families hire a "rainmaker" in a last-ditch attempt to bring relief to their drought-stricken communities. Set against the backdrop of unprecedented regional drought, and the continued collapse of the American family farm, Next Year Country tells the heartfelt story of three families and the peculiar brand of prairie optimism, which sustains them in their struggle to hold on to a vanishing way of life.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0 / Source: NETA0


All Hands

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

A 10-part series tours with the USS Nimitz-24 stories high, three football fields long and carrying more than 5,000 Navy personnel and 85 military aircraft. From the admiral of the strike group to the fighter pilots to the youngest sailors, their six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf is captured on film. Raw footage reveals the personal conflicts around their jobs, families, faith, patriotism, love, the rites of passage, and the war on terror. (1 of 10)
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #101# / Source: PBS0

Making of Milwaukee

"Dirty Politics/The Roaring '20s"

July 6th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Socialists clean up dirty politics at City Hall. WWI erupts, triggering anti-German fever. Prohibition closes the pubs. Then, the Roaring Twenties and speakeasies engulf the city, and Milwaukeeans go to the movies. The series is based on the award-winning book, "The Making of Milwaukee," by host and historian John Gurda. (4 of 5).
Length: 00:59:16 / Episode: #104H / Source: WMVS


"Promised Land"

July 6th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices between blacks and whites remain unresolved. The film follows two black communities as they struggle to reclaim land from white owners, some of whom who have lived there for generations. Amid rising tensions and wavering government policies, the land issue remains South Africa's "ticking time bomb," with far-reaching consequences for all sides.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2304H / Source: PBS0

Braves New World

July 7th / 10:35 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

In 1953, the Boston Braves became the first major league team in 50 years to relocate. They made their home in Milwaukee, and in 13 seasons, they never experienced a losing season. Award-winning documentary producer William Povletich captures the history, drama, excitement, and surprises the Milwaukee Braves had in Milwaukee and the world of baseball. Povletich is a Wisconsin native and UW-Oshkosh graduate. He authored "When the Braves of Bushville Ruled Baseball" for the Wisconsin Magazine of History, and "Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak" from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: NETA0

David Suchet on the Orient Express: A Masterpiece Special

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

With glamour, insight, charm, beautiful photography, and fascinating stories, David Suchet (Poirot) goes on an excursion aboard the modern-day Orient Express. This one-hour program is a teaser special for "Masterpiece's: Poirot 'Murder on the Orient Express."
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0


"The National Pastime"

July 7th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

This is the second of PBS's three episodes re-broadcast of Ken Burns's landmark 1994 series BASEBALL. Classic baseball stories from the Great Depression through the 1950s, from Joe DiMaggio and Satchel Paige to Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson, to Willie Mays and Don Larsen lead up to the September 2010 premiere of Burns and co-director Lynn Novick's THE TENTH INNING, a new two-part, four-hour documentary series that takes BASEBALL from the 1990s to the present and explores the sport's new Golden Age -- an era of unprecedented home-run totals, popularity and prosperity -- as well as some of baseball's darkest hours -- the steroid era.

This episode leads off with the baseball season of 1941, one of the most exciting of all time. Joe DiMaggio hits in 56 straight games, the longest hitting streak in history. Ted Williams becomes the last man to hit .400; the Brooklyn Dodgers win their first pennant in 20 years; and then, the war intervenes and baseball's best players become soldiers.
Length: 02:34:21 / Episode: #106 / Source: PBS

California Dreamin'--The Songs of the Mamas and the Papas

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

This special celebrates the harmonious pop-rock group, The Mamas and the Papas, highlighting a wealth of classic television performances that have not been seen for more than 35 years. The special blends full-performance clips; rare home movies; exclusive interviews with members Michelle Phillips, John Phillips, and Denny Doherty; and vintage footage of the late Mama Cass Elliot.
Length: 00:59:00 / Episode: #0 / Source: APTSY0

Cooking Raw


July 10th / 11:00 am / MPTV 10.1 HD

In this first show in a new eight-part series, certified raw chef Caroline Carter and daughter Shenita Ray prepare Mexican dishes with "raw" ingredients. Menu includes: taco "meat" made with walnuts; traditional salsa and guacamole; and, non-dairy sour cream made with raw cashews. At State Fair Park, the ladies are visited at the Tommy Thompson Center, where cameras catch them in action preparing their popular line of flaxseed crackers.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: MPTV


Howard's End (1992)

July 10th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

An English businessman (Anthony Hopkins) thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to an impoverished woman (Emma Thompson).
Length: 02:21:00 / Episode: #167 / Source: APTSY0

Masterpiece Mystery!

"Poirot X: Murder on the Orient Express"

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

David Suchet stars as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in this adaptation of Agatha Christie's most popular novel. While on the Orient Express from Istanbul to London, the train becomes caught in a snowdrift and a passenger is found brutally murdered mid-voyage. Poirot is called upon to investigate the crime and find the culprit. Dame Eileen Atkins (Cranford), Hugh Bonneville (Miss Austen Regrets) and David Morrissey (Sense and Sensibility) guest star.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #4018# / Source: PBS0

Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years "A Call to Service"

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

This three-part series chronicles the career and contributions of Secretary of State George Shultz, the key shaper of foreign policy in President Ronald Reagan's administration. Shultz' early life, his early cabinet posts and his diplomatic challenges are chronicled, as he's sworn in as secretary of state.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: PBS0

Arts Digest

"Lynden Sculpture Garden/Racine Art Museum/La Lune Furniture/Latino Arts Strings"

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

Milwaukee's Lynden Sculpture Garden features more than 50 monumental sculptures spread out over a 40-acres location. Arts Digest marries breathtaking scenes of the sculptures with music from the MSO to create a truly inspiring viewing experience. Jon Anne Willow tours one of the most significant contemporary craft museums in the United States, the Racine Art Museum. Tom Strini visits La Lune Collection Furniture in Riverwest to learn about their hand crafted, environmentally conscious furniture. Young musicians from the Latino Arts Strings perform; and, John McGivern visits the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design to ask if artists are born or bred.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #102H / Source: MPTV

Gulf Islands: Mississippi's Wilderness Shore

July 13th / 7:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

One of the nation's most popular national parks is 80 percent underwater and partly located in Mississippi--the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The park is a collection of mainland historical sites and a string of beaches and islands stretching 160 miles. With breathtaking cinematography, this documentary tells the story of how this region came to be a national park, while highlighting their natural and historical significance.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: NETA0

Bud Selig, Baseball Baron

July 14th / 10:16 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Mark Siegrist hosts this look at one of baseball's most public, yet private figures. The former president and CEO of the Milwaukee Brewers had been baseball's Interim Commissioner for nearly six years before he took the official title of Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Other baseball barons felt that Selig's work ethic, consensus-building skills, and passion for the game made him the clear choice. Among those appearing are U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, retired Milwaukee Judge Robert C. Cannon, and longtime Milwaukee-based public relations executive Ben Barkin, in addition to former Milwaukee Brewer players such as Cecil Cooper, Larry Hisle, Sal Bando, and, of course, Bud Selig himself.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #0 / Source: WMVS

Breakfast Special

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

Rick Sebak visits interesting and unusual breakfast spots, from a Cuban cafe in downtown St. Augustine to a midwestern eatery in a shopping center outside Columbus, Ohio. He samples pancakes in rural New York State, tries loco moco in Hilo, Hawaii, and sees what's cooking at the Tin Shed in Portland, Oregon. There's more to breakfast than a bowl of cold cereal.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0

Livingston Taylor in Concert

July 15th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Livingston Taylor performs at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center. The brother of James Taylor, Livingston has recorded 13 albums and three retrospectives leading to such Top 40 hits as "I Will Be in Love with You" and "I'll Come Running." Livingston's varied repertoire includes a range of musical genres--folk, pop, gospel, and jazz. He has been a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989. (Recorded May 14, 2010)
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: MPTV

PBS Kids Go Writers Contest: MPTV Winners 2010

July 16th / 5:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Winning stories written and illustrated by children as part of this year's 2010 PBS Go! Writers Contest Awards contest are featured. The twenty stories celebrate the creativity of children in Kindergarten-Grade 3. Four of the stories have advanced to the national competition.
Length: 00:39:16 / Episode: #0H / Source: MPTV

Pavarotti - The Duets

July 16th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Luciano Pavarotti was the rare artist who could easily bridge the divide between classical and popular music. Together with an impressive roster of the best-known names in rock, pop and jazz, the great tenor entertained millions of people around the world with his charity concerts. This special is a compilation of the best of these performances, including some of the most emotional and world-famous pieces from the entire "Pavarotti & Friends" series.
Length: 00:59:02 / Episode: #0S / Source: APTSY0

Andrea Bocelli: A Child Destined to Sing

July 16th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Andrea Bocelli is one of the world's most successful male solo recording artists, having sold more than 20 million records worldwide. Behind his success, however, lies a story of immense courage and personal triumph more dramatic than any opera. Andrea Bocelli's musical and personal journeys are revealed, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-broadcast interviews. Narrated by Jeremy Irons, this informative biography features stirring performance clips and home video footage. Stand-out moments include performances from the 2000 Statue of Liberty concert and the 9/11 Memorial concert, as well as a remarkable recording of Bocelli singing for his family at age nine.
Length: 00:53:21 / Episode: #0 / Source: APTSY0


Presumed Innocent (1990)

July 17th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

A married prosecutor (Harrison Ford) hires an attorney (Raul Julia) to defend him against charges of murdering his seductive colleague.
Length: 02:08:00 / Episode: #168 / Source: APTSY0

Jewish Americans

"They Came to Stay/A World of Their Own"

July 18th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

In the 1700s, a small number of Jews came to America, struggling to hold fast to their faith and heritage while becoming part of the emerging nation. Though they fought in the American Revolution, they were at best tolerated, at worst shunned--becoming ready scapegoats in times of crisis. This three-part series examines the struggle of a tiny minority and how they made their way into the American mainstream--achieving some of the most remarkable accomplishments in American history, the arts, commerce, science and academia. Even as they have faced bigotry and rejection, Jews have embraced American culture while keeping alive their traditions and heritage. Liev Schreiber narrates. (1 of 3)
Length: 01:55:36 / Episode: #101 / Source: PBS0

PBS Previews: Circus

July 18th / 9:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

A sneak preview of PBS' upcoming series "Circus," reveals a behind-the-scenes look at how the producers documented the dramatic lives of those working under the big tent to put on the traveling Big Apple Circus.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0

Tavis Smiley Reports

"New Orleans: Been in the Storm Too Long"

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

Tavis Smiley takes an intimate look at the lives of a handful of the city's most resilient residents, five years after Katrina. Smiley once again works in close collaboration with Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and draws on the filmmaker's extensive five-year chronicling of some of the city's most hard-hit neighborhoods.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #103H / Source: PBS

American Masters

"Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself"

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

Musician Merle Haggard is followed for two years, on tour and at home on his ranch. Known for his distinctive voice, finger-picking and interpretations, the former prison inmate recently survived major lung surgery; he's now in top physical shape, full of creative juices and hitting new artistic and commercial highs. The program includes interviews with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams and Allison Krauss.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #2303# / Source: PBS0

Live from the Artists Den

"Ringo Starr with Ben Harper and Relentless 7"

July 22nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

In the Egyptian wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Artists Den hosts a once-in-a-lifetime concert pairing music legend Ringo Starr with modern folk-funk master Ben Harper, performing with his band Relentless 7. As an added surprise, singer-songwriter Joan Osborne sings backing vocals on selected songs, including "With a Little Help from My Friends."
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #201H / Source: APTEX0

Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star

July 22nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

This is a look at the exceptional life of an entertainer, who can also claim a Congressional Gold Medal as one of his achievements. Hosted by Les Brown, Jr., son of Hope's bandleader of 49 years, the program contains a wealth of clips culled from all the phases of Hope's long career: his NBC radio show, his many overseas military shows, his television series, and his long movie career. Hope's appearances with every U.S. president, from F.D.R. to Bill Clinton, are also featured.
Length: 00:58:47 / Episode: #0 / Source: APT0

2010 National Geographic Bee

July 25th / 3:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Alex Trebek hosts as 54 children in 4th through 8th grade compete for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The finalists in this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge have triumphed over a field of nearly 5 million students to earn a place in the national championships.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2010H / Source: MPT0

Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Performance at the White House

July 28th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Paul McCartney accepts the annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, presented by President Obama at the White House. The evening features performances by McCartney himself, and other artists including Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris, and Jack White, with remarks by Jerry Seinfeld. The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin. This award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world's culture. (Recorded June 2, 2010.)
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #1701H / Source: PBS0

Agatha Christie's Garden

July 29th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Where did Britain's grande dame of mystery go to escape the pressures of fame? AGATHA CHRISTIE'S GARDEN explores the writer's life through a tour of Greenway, her holiday home in Devon which she purchased in 1938. A 30-acre Georgian retreat, it was the place where Christie could shed her public persona and truly express herself. Pam Ferris (Rosemary & Thyme) hosts.
Length: 00:45:06 / Episode: #0 / Source: APTSY0