MPTV Premieres & Highlights: April 2011

Nazi Hunters

Pt. 1: Hunting The Nazi Rocket Scientists

April 1st / 11:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

NAZI HUNTERS profiles individuals who chased some of the most reviled criminals on earth. When World War II ended, the U.S. was desperate to get its hands on German scientists before the Russians did. Did military superiority override any concerns of bringing criminals to justice? (1 of 13)
Length: 00:51:00 / Episode: #101Z / Source: APTSY0


The Entertainer (1960)

April 2nd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

British song-and-dance man Archie (Laurence Olivier) knows he's a failure, and so does his alcoholic wife (Brenda de Banzie).
Length: 01:43:44 / Episode: #186 / Source: APTSY0

Autism: Coming of Age

April 3rd / 8:00 am / MPTV 36.1

In the next 10 to 15 years, an estimated 800,000 children with autism will age out of the school system and transition into adulthood. An inside look is taken at the lives of three adults with autism and includes interviews with their families and support teams. Autism and disability experts discuss the current system, impending challenges and possible outcomes for the future.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: APTEX

Civil War

Part 1 of 9: The Cause - 1861

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

Ken Burns's nine-part series brings to life America's most destructive--and defining conflict. Beginning with an examination of slavery, this episode looks at the causes of the war and the burning questions of union and states' rights.
Length: 01:44:10 / Episode: #101 / Source: PBS0

A Very Bloody Affair - 1862/
Forever Free - 1862

April 4, 2011, 7:00 pm

Part two traces the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Abraham Lincoln's war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. "Forever Free" examines how Lincoln must wait for a victory to issue his proclamation. But there are no Union victories to be had, thanks to the brilliance of Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.
Length: 02:26:46 / Episode: #102-3 / Source: PBS0

Simply Murder - 1863/
The Universe of Battle - 1863

April 5, 2011, 7:00 pm

A nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg precedes two clashes in the spring of 1863: at Chancellorsville in May, where Robert E. Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Ulysses S. Grant is prevented from taking the city by siege. The Battle of Gettysburg is the turning point of the war. For three days, 150,000 fight to the death in the Pennsylvania countryside culminating in Pickett's legendary charge.
Length: 02:26:46 / Episode: #104-5 / Source: PBS0

Valley of the Shadow of Death - 1864/
Most Hallowed Ground - 1864

April 6, 2011, 7:00 pm

Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee are pitted against each other in an extraordinary series of battles from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. In the second half, the presidential campaign of 1864 sets Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan. The stakes are nothing less than the survival of the Union itself.
Length: 02:26:46 / Episode: #106 / Source: PBS0

War Is All Hell - 1865/
The Better Angels of Our Nature - 1865

April 7, 2011 / 7:00 pm

William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea brings war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy. In the second half, five days after Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated. Lincoln is buried, John Wilkes Booth is captured and the war finally comes to a close.
Length: 02:26:46 / Episode: #108 / Source: PBS0


Part 1 of 3

April 3rd / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The Monastery follows five laymen on a spiritual journey to discover whether the age-old values of monks mean anything to a new generation. In the first of three parts, the men are introduced into the daily routine at Worth Abbey. It soon becomes clear that this crash course in monastic living is going to prove to be a bigger challenge than expected. (1 of 3)
Length: 00:51:20 / Episode: #101 / Source: BBC

Beyond The Light Switch

Parts 1 & 2

April 9th / 2:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Part 1
Host David Biello lays out the challenges and considers the tradeoff of carbon capture and storage, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, and the possibility of a nuclear renaissance. (1 of 2)
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: NETA0

Part 2
David Biello finds out what it's going to take in order to achieve the goals and create the jobs that are needed to secure the nation's energy future. (2 of 2)
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #102H / Source: NETA0 (114 min)

Milwaukee's Ethnic Bakeries

April 9th / 8:40 pm / MPTV 36.1

Milwaukee's cultural diversity is apparent in the city's ethnic bakeries. Mark Siegrist experiences some of the richest food traditions of the community. George Papas is known for his Greek Baklava from Papas Bakery. Mamie Waters' McCoy's Cake & Pie Shop customers appreciate her southern Carmel Cake. Dany Olier makes French pastry specialties like Baked Apple Tarts from Bay Bakery. Ken Loges, of Loges Bakery, turns his Vienna bread German creations into creatures of the swamp. Jorge Lopez illustrates the festive roots of Mexican ovens at Lopez Bakery. Troy Bartz, of Jonathan's Cafe & Bagelry, explores the art of how to make a classic New York-style Jewish bagel. In addition, Siegrist goes behind the scenes of the new Rice Palace Bakery & Deli to highlight a variety of Asian specialties with Chuedang Vue. The rewards of the Italian heritage of Peter Sciortino's Bakery are also celebrated with Joe Vella.
Length: 00:45:27 / Episode: #0H / Source: WMVS

Decoding Autism

April 10th / 8:00 am / MPTV 36.1

A look is taken at the devastating neurodevelopmental disorder that leaves families heartbroken, vulnerable and desperate for answers. Researchers talk about prevention, new treatments and even a cure. Families dealing with the challenges of raising children on the autism spectrum are interviewed.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: APTEX0

Decoding Autism Website

Asian and Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America

Part 1 of 2

April 10th / 9:00 am / MPTV 36.1

To many, the Asian religions remain a mystery despite a well-established presence on U.S. soil that dates back centuries. The beliefs, practices and rituals of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are explored, in an effort to highlight the similarities and differences to Abrahamic religions. (1 of 2)
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: APTEX0

Safeguarding Memory: Commemorating Jewish Mass Graves in Poland

April 10th / 6:30 pm / MPTV 36.1

Some of Poland's elderly citizens who witnessed brutal murders during the Holocaust openly share their memories.
Length: 00:26:39 / Episode: #0H / Source: NETA0

Earth: The Operators' Manual

April 10th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Geologist Richard Alley travels the world to report on the interconnected stories of humans and fossil fuels, Earth's climate history and our future energy options.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0

Official Best of Fest

Friendship, Part 1 of 13

April 16th / 6:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The best undistributed international and domestic short films are highlighted. Co-hosts Rick Stevenson and Dr. Brandon Whitehead visit Ireland to review the award-winning short film TEETH, a film about friendship, fishing and dentures. The second award-winning film is CELAMY, a film about a little girl and what happens when she outgrows her imaginary friend. (1 of 13)
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #101Z / Source: APTEX

Masterpiece Classic

Upstairs Downstairs, Part 2 of 3

April 17th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

A German-Jewish refugee comes to 165 Eaton Place as a maid, prompting a range of reactions from upstairs and down. Her experiences culminate in a crisis tied to the fascist movement sweeping Britain. Jean Marsh, Dame Eileen Atkins, Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard star.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #4109# / Source: PBS0

Forgiveness - A Time to Love and a Time to Hate

Part 1 of 2

April 17th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The transformative power, elusive nature and spiritual importance of forgiveness is explored. A compelling range of stories of forgiveness are told, including a victim of an attack, family members of a slain officer, and parents of murdered children. (1 of 2)
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: PBS0

Independent Lens

A Film Unfinished

April 18th / 6:30 pm /

A classic Nazi propaganda film used by historians for decades to mislead the general public is examined. The recent discovery of a second reel in an East German archive reveals elaborate scenes were staged to hide what was really happening in Warsaw.

Channel: 10.2

Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #1221 / Source: PBS0

Roadtrip Nation

Pt. 1 of 9

April 18th / 7:00 pm / MPTV World 10.2

Roadtrip Nation is a public television series and grassroots movement that encourages young people to hit the road in search of interviews with leaders who have defined their own distinct routes through life. The search for eclectic individuals who have resisted pressures to conform and who have become successful by following their own paths is what drives Roadtrip Nation. This remarkable movement documents these journeys of self-discovery in a free-spirited, adventurous series that encourages people all across the globe to move outside their comfort zones and explore the world.

Additional episodes air tonight at 7:30, 8:00, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 p.m., until 2:30 p.m.

Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #604 / Source: APT0

American Masters

John Muir in the New World

April 18th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

John Muir is revered as the father of the environmental movement, the father of conservation, and the founder of the Sierra Club. Filmed throughout the majestic, breathtaking landscapes and wilderness traveled by Muir, this documentary places our nation's most important asset in a cultural and social context.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #2402# / Source: PBS0

Space Age: Nasa's Story

Part 1 of 4

April 18th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

The complete history of mankind's journey into space is traced. Starting with NASA's beginnings in the Cold War, the series follows the iconic moments of space exploration from the race to get the first man in space to the first steps on the moon and beyond. (1 of 4)
Length: 00:51:15 / Episode: #101 / Source: BBC

Games of the North

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

For thousands of years, traditional Inuit sports have been vital for surviving the unforgiving Arctic. Acrobatic and explosive, these ancestral games evolved to strengthen mind, body and spirit within the community. Four modern Inuit athletes are followed, revealing their unique relationship to the games as they compete across the North.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0

Student Operations Day 2011

Full Day of MPTV Student Productions

April 19th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

8AM The Third Degree
Jake Curtis teaches a local bully how to be nice. (Produced by Dori Klitzka)

8:30AM Asian Sensation
Easy and delicious Thai recipes are prepared. (Producers: Matt Meier, AJ Panyasopa, Ben Miller, Teiara Aschebrock)

9AM Milwaukee's Hidden Chapel
A closer look is taken at Milwaukee's Zablocki VA Medical Center chapel. (Producer: James Zoltak)

9:30AM At The Cinema
Milwaukee's prime movie viewing venues are highlighted. (Producers: Geoffrey Niezgoda, Andre Wehlre, Matt Meier, Teiara Aschebrock and James Gale)

10:15AM Milwaukee's Professional Sports Teams
Milwaukee's professional sports teams are explored. (Producer: Patt Mott)

10:45AM Milwaukee Made
This live feature event explores Milwaukee's creative culture--focusing on art, music, theatre, and food. (Producers: Antonio Cole and Jeff Lahti)

11AM Off The Eatin Path

11:45AM Milwaukee's Fashion Flava
Milwaukee's hottest fashion designers share their views on fashion and the role it plays in their lives. (Producer: Jordan McCormick)

12:45PM Milwaukee Made
This live feature event explores Milwaukee's creative culture--focusing on art, music, theatre, and food. (Producers: Antonio Cole and Jeff Lahti)

1PM Milwaukee Highlights
This insider's guide to Milwaukee's best places to visit features museums, breweries, performing venues and sports arenas. (Producers: Kevin Cate, Steven Ball, Luis Delgadillo and Tom Shaver)

1:45PM The Earth Gives Life
A look is taken at the lives and legacies of both well-known and lesser-known environmentalists and their impact on Wisconsin. (Producer Jacob Fatke)

2:30PM American Politics
Progressive Liberals and Tea Party Conservatives share their opinions on the changing political climate. (Producer: Kyle Pomfret)

3PM Mt. Mary Fashion Show
Designers taking part in Mt. Mary College's annual fashion show are followed as they prepare for the event. (Producer: Joe Ponto)




Austin City Limits

John Legend & The Roots

April 19th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The best of contemporary R&B with John Legend and the Roots. The innovative hip-hop collective backs the Grammy-winning soul singer on a set of 70s soul covers and originals.

Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #3608H / Source: PBSPL0


Marilyn Monroe Part 2/Rupert Murdoch/The Beatles

April 19th / 8:36 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Marilyn Monroe's early days are traced, from her life in orphanages and foster homes--to stardom. A look is taken back at 2005, when Rupert Murdoch, one of the world's most powerful men, was awarded a humanitarian award; and, the Beatles' 1964 visit to America and Beatlemania is explored.

Length: 00:23:00 / Episode: #105 / Source: WRLDW

Secrets of the Dead

Lost in the Amazon

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

What happened to famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett, who went looking for a city of gold -- the Lost City of "Z" -- in the Amazon in 1925 and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever? Science and clues collected over the years reveal the fate of Fawcett--causing experts to re-think the image of a pristine uninhabited Amazon rainforest.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #1102# / Source: PBS0


Power Surge

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

NOVA travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change. The latest and greatest innovations are highlighted, including everything from artificial trees to green reboots of familiar technologies like coal and nuclear energy. Can our technology, which helped create this problem, now solve it?
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #3809# / Source: PBS0

Saving The Bay

Marvel of Nature (Prehistory-1848)"

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

Narrated by Robert Redford, this award-winning documentary explores one of America's greatest natural resources--San Francisco Bay. Animation illustrates the formation of the Bay following the last Ice Age. The first inhabitants along the Bay's shores are introduced, including Native Peoples along with flora and fauna, and continues through European exploration and settlement, including Spanish, Russian and ultimately, American influences that dramatically altered the region. (1 of 4)
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: PBS0

Final Forte: Wisconsin's Young Artists Compete

April 24th / 1:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

Experience the beauty of musical expression, the amazing technical mastery of young musicians and the building tension during the course of a competition as four gifted young artists vie for top honors.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: WPT

Secrets of the Dead

Escape from Auschwitz

April 27th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

The story of the spectacular escape from Auschwitz in 1944 by two young Slovak Jews reveals what happened to the most urgent copy of a letter sent to Allies.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #702+ / Source: PBS0

Apache 8

April 27th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

APACHE 8 tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe who has been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years. The woemen share their personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss, family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: NETA0

Great TV Auction Preview 2011

April 28th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD

An exciting preview of merchandise up for bid as part of MPTV's annual auction, April 29-May 7. Highlights include original artwork, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, vacation & leisure packages, sports equipment, furniture, oriental carpets, and much more.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #2011H

Edward and Wallis, A Royal Love Story

April 28th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1

Prince Edward was a man born to be king who refused to behave like one. Instead, he believed he could use the power and majesty of the throne to pursue his obsession with his twice-divorced American mistress, Wallis Simpson.
Length: 00:52:00 / Episode: #0 / Source: APTSY0