MPTV Premieres & Highlights: July 2011

PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest: MPTV Winners 2011

July 1st / 5:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Winning stories written and illustrated by children as part of Milwaukee Public Television's 2011 PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST are featured. The twenty stories celebrate the creativity of children in Kindergarten-Grade Three.
Length: 00:37:25 / Episode: #2011H / Source: MPTV

Capitol Fourth

July 4th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Award-winning musicians perform with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Jimmy Smits hosts, with performances by Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Matthew Morrison, Jordin Sparks, Little Richard with the Broadway Cast of Million Dollar Quartet, and Kelli O'Hara. Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #2011H / Source: PBS0

UW Band Concert 2011

Return to the Roses

July 7th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Under the direction of Michael Leckrone, this year's show celebrates the 125th anniversary of the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band with Badger spirit favorites, energetic medleys and Rose Bowl memories. Guest artists include: Ed Shaugnessy, Funamentally Sound and Grant Manhart. Shaugnessy was the drummer with Johnny Carson's Tonight Show Orchestra and continues to perform with bandleader Doc Severinson. Hailing from UW-Madison, Fundamentally Sound is an energetic a capella group that won the "UW's Got Talent" competition.

Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2011H / Source: WPT

Sky Island

July 10th / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In Northern New Mexico, the volcanic Jemez Mountains are isolated from all other ranges, an island in the sky, surrounded by a desert sea. This enchanting landscape is explored, as Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday and actress Meryl Streep narrate how climate change is dramatically altering the desert and alpine ecosystems.

Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0

Will Rogers and American Politics

July 11th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This film reveals how Oklahoma native Will Rogers emerged as one of the most powerful political voices in the United States. The documentary charts Rogers' impact on American politics through rare archival film footage, photos and documents, and interviews with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, actor Mickey Rooney, Cherokee Chief Chad Smith, comedian Lewis Black, former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh, Rogers' grandniece and scholars. Bill Kurtis, former CBS news anchor and host of A&E's American Justice and Cold Case Files, narrates.

Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: APTEX0

Great Performances

Rigoletto from Mantua

July 15th / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Filmed on location in and around Mantua, Italy, this production of "Rigoletto" stars Placido Domingo in the title role, Julia Novikova as Gilda, and Vittorio Grigolo as The Duke. Zubin Mehta conducts.

Length: 02:26:46 / Episode: #3701H / Source: PBS0

Masterpiece Mystery!

Zen: Vendetta

July 17th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) brings justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not. A killer is on a vendetta-fuelled rampage against those who wrongly imprisoned him. The episodes are based on the bestselling novels by Michael Dibdin.

Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #4118# / Source: PBS0


July 27th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This eight-part series, part of MPTV's "Finding Work Initiative" explores SE Wisconsin's job market, and examines the challenges of obtaining work in a troubled economy. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are profiled, including a school teacher searching for work in her field, an employed ex-inmate, and a resume writer. Governor Scott Walker talks about plans to bring jobs into the area; and, Terron Edwards from "New Home Project" explains how his program helps match applicants to jobs.

Length: 00:57:26 / Episode: #101 / Source: MPTV

Loopdiver: The Journey of a Dance

July 31st / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The performance work by the award-winning international dance company Troika Ranch is explored. The creative efforts of company members over a two year period are followed, as they struggle with the extreme physical and emotional demands of creating an experimental new work.

Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0