MPTV Premieres & Highlights: January 2012

Electric Light: Dawn of a New Era

January 1st / 12:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Beginning January 1st, 2012, the way you light your home, your business, your school and your world will dramatically change. The electric light technology we've all taken for granted for more than 130 years--the incandescent light bulb--is about to go away forever. This fascinating journey examines the beginnings of electrical light, demonstrating how light affects virtually every aspect of human life. Lighting experts explain how electric light can be manipulated to make us more alert and productive at work, and improve sleep. A look is also taken at how commercial and residential consumers will be able to choose from a new, wide array of lighting options that will improve quality of life while saving energy for the planet. (26 min)

Himalaya with Michael Palin

"North by Northwest"

January 4th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Michael Palin begins a 2000-mile journey across a region of might, majesty and mystery, encountering new extremes of wealth and poverty, intense heat and freezing cold. Beginning at the Khyber Pass, Michael Palin takes the Khyber steam railway through the North-West Frontier Province, home of the Pathan people, a fierce race who live by the philosophy of hospitality and revenge. (1 of 6)
(56 min)

Additional episodes will air on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on MPTV Digital 36.1

Great Performances

"Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin"

January 6th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The LA Philharmonic and its dynamic music director, Gustavo Dudamel, present an all-Gershwin repertoire, with a special guest appearance by virtuoso jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. Highlights include: An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue and a solo performance of "Someone to Watch Over Me," spotlighting the virtuoso jazz piano of special guest Herbie Hancock. (56 min)


Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu

"Spice-Rubbed Seared Salmon/Lemon Rice with Peanuts"

January 7th / 12:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This is the second season premiere of this MPTV-produced show. Culinary instructor and author Alamelu Vairavan prepares an aromatic Lemon Rice that is pleasing to the eyes and to the palate. She also prepares Butternut Squash Masala, a delicious vegetable dish that will spark your senses; and, an exquisite and easy-to-prepare Spice-Rubbed Seared Salmon. (1 of 13)
(26 min)

Additional episodes will air on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on MPTV Digital 10.1 and 36.2.


Horsemen Cometh

January 8th / 10:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The world's only P-51 Mustang formation aerobatic team is captured on film, as they harness the grace and power of the legendary "Cadillacs of the Sky." Three renowned air show pilots attempt to tame these vintage fighters and showcase the plane's heritage at air shows around the world. Cameras go into the cockpits and the skies as the pilots deftly fly in lock-step formation while performing dramatic aerial maneuvers. (56 min)


All Aboard

"The Power, The Might, The Locomotive"

January 8th / 12:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The story of the American Railroad is told. In this first of three parts, the invention of the locomotive harnesses 'horse power' to move goods and people across America. (1 of 3)
(28 min)

Additional episodes will air on Sundays at noon on MPTV Digital 36.1


Masterpiece Classic

"Downton Abbey, Series II - Part One"

January 8th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Multiple Emmy winner "Downton Abbey" resumes the story of aristocrats and servants of Downton Abbey during the tumultuous World War I era. Two years into the war, Matthew (Dan Stevens) and other young men go to war--or avoid it. The women also pitch in, and many couples see their romantic dreams dashed. (1 of 7)
(116 min)

Additional episodes will air on Sundays at 8:00 p.m. on MPTV Digital 10.1


Billy The Kid: American Experience

January 10th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Born to impoverished Irish immigrants, Billy the Kid came of age in a lawless corner of New Mexico. Caught in the middle of a many conflicts, the Kid captured national attention with his reckless violence and miraculous escapes. A fascinating look is taken at the legend who transformed himself from a skinny orphan boy to the most feared man in the West and eventually to an enduring icon. (56 min)

Outdoor Wisconsin

"28th Season Premier: Sportsman's Club/Ice Auger"

January 12th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Outdoor Wisconsin kicks off its 28th season with a pheasant hunt at Wild Wings Sportsman's Club with Dan Small, Debby Wolniak and the 2010 Outdoor Wisconsin banquet high bidders. Tom Newbauer looks at a new environmentally safe propane ice auger. In an archival segment from 1988, Larry Bandy takes a kite-skiing lesson on Pewaukee Lake from Steve Shapson. (1 of 26)
(26 min)

Additional episodes will air on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on MPTV Digital 10.1 and 36.2


Great Performances

"Let Me Down Easy"

January 13th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Anna Deavere Smith ("The West Wing," "Nurse Jackie") turns her theatrical exploration to matters of the human body. She interviews an eclectic range of people and then performs as the interviewees in their own words. This new gallery of indelible portraits ranges from boldface names such as cyclist Lance Armstrong, Texas Governor Ann Richards, to lesser-known but equally memorable characters, including a rodeo bull rider, and the director of a South African orphanage--all sharing their searing experiences in confronting the price and politics of health, facing the end of life and encountering the ultimate resilience of the human spirit. (116 min)


Smokin' Fish

January 14th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He spends a summer smoking fish at his family's traditional fish camp, as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre, and ridiculous, he attempts to navigate the messy collision between the modern world and an ancient culture. (56 min)

Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence

"Spain On My Mind"

January 14th / 2:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Joanne shares her emotional connection to Spain. She begins by preparing Salmorejo, a cold tomato and bread soup she first discovered in Southern Spain. She works with her student to overcome his fear of cooking lamb by preparing a hearty lamb, white bean, and chorizo stew. (1 of 26)
(26 min)

Additional episodes will air on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. on MPTV Digital 36.1


Moyers & Company

January 14th / 6:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Bill Moyers returns with a weekly hour of compelling and vital conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time. A range of scholars, artists, activists, scientists, philosophers and newsmakers bring context, insight and meaning to important topics. (56 min)

Additional episodes will air on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. on MPTV Digital 36.1


Movie: Goodbye Again (1961)

January 15th / 10:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Repeatedly disappointed by her unfaithful lover (Yves Montand), a 40-ish interior decorator (Ingrid Bergman) in Paris turns to a U.S. client's playboy son (Anthony Perkins).
(120 min)

Hammer On Steel: The Concert

January 16th / 12:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The University of Akron's Steel Drum Bands celebrate their 30th anniversary concert with Calypso singer Relator and percussionist Andy Narell. The Trinidad-Akron connection to steel drum music is highlighted, and the instruments early development in Trinidad is detailed. (52 min)


Inside Nature's Giants

"Sperm Whale"

January 18th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Experts dissect a whale's organs to reveal the secrets of the deep-sea giant which was stranded and died on Pegwell Bay, Kent, England. (56 min)

Great Performances at the Met

"Anna Bolena"

January 20th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Anna Netrebko opens the Met season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera's greatest mad scenes in this Met premiere production by David McVicar. Ekaterina Gubanova is her rival, Jane Seymour, Ildar Abdrazakov sings Henry VIII, and Marco Armiliato conducts. (206 min)


Movie: Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

January 22nd / 10:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

A medical professor (James Cagney) recruits a U.S. student (Don Murray) for the Irish Republican Army in 1921 Dublin. (115 min)

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet

January 22nd / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The story is told of the seventh-century prophet who changed world history in 23 years and continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people. This lively, thorough portrait of the man and the prophet goes to ancient Arabian sites where Muhammad's story unfolded and into the homes, mosques, and workplaces of some of America's approximately seven million Muslims to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad's example. (114 min)

Geronimo: American Experience

January 24th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Geronimo grew into a leading warrior and healer, but after his tribe was relocated to an Arizona reservation in 1872, he became a focus of the fury of terrified white settlers. To angry whites, Geronimo became the archfiend, to his supporters, he remained the embodiment of proud resistance, to other Apaches, he was a stubborn troublemaker. American Experience delves into the life of one of the most complex historical figures of the American West. (56 min)

Around the Corner with John McGivern

"Bay View"

January 26th / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Join Emmy Award-winning actor John McGivern as he explores living, working and playing in SE Wisconsin's unique communities. In the first of this 13-episode weekly series, experience Bay View along with John as he checks out the Lake Express Ferry, goes inside Klement's, and chats with residents. He finds food and fun at Pastiche Bistro, Riviera Maya, Lulu's, and Sugar Maple, learns how food is grown at Sweet Water Organics, "chills on the hill," relaxes at Tonic, visits the Boulevard Theater and asks Alderman Zielinski to sum up the neighborhood. And, as will happen in every episode, historian John Gurda shares the history and demographics of the area. (1 of 13)
(26 min)

Additional episodes will air on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on MPTV Digital 10.1 and 36.2


Great Performances

"Bennett Duets 2"

January 27th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The crooner's second duets album features Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson and Norah Jones. (86 min)


American Masters

"Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune"

January 27th / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The life and artistry of singer-songwriter Phil Ochs is examined. One of the most politically active singer-songwriters to emerge in the 1960s, Ochs' songs such as "I Ain't Marching Anymore," "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends," "The War Is Over"--and "There But for Fortune," are inseparable from the anti-Vietnam War era. A cohort of Bob Dylan and Abbie Hoffman, his ultimate disillusionment with the government and several of his heroes, and a familial tendency to bi-polar disease led to his suicide in April 1976. (86 min)


America's Wildest Refuge

January 28th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Tucked into a remote corner of Alaska, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a place where wilderness is experienced on an epic scale. From forested lowlands in the south, to the towering mountains of the Brooks Range--and north to the coastal plains, an ecological and historical portrait of this corner of Alaska is presented. (56 min)

Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem

January 29th / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The inspiring life story of the pioneering American mathematician Julia Robinson (1919-1985) is told, charting her major contribution to solving one of the 20th century's most vexing mathematical questions--Hilbert's Tenth. Narrated by actress Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years). (56 min)

Great Getaways: Rob on the Road

January 29th / 12:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Host Rob Stewart continues his exploration of the Golden State with new and fascinating destinations throughout California. He ventures off the Pacific coast in search of migrating whales, and discovers the incomparable beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore. Then, Rob meets fascinating wild animals at a unique sanctuary in the Sierra foothill town of San Andreas. (29 min)


Designing Healthy Communities

"Retrofitting Suburbia"

January 29th / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Dr. Richard Jackson M.D., M.P.H, investigates the link between our nation's obesity and Type 2 Diabetes epidemic with urban sprawl fueled by car dependency. To prevent disease through better urban planning, Boulder, Colorado redesigns the city to make bicycles a safe alternative transportation. (1 of 4)
(59 min)


Jesse James: American Experience

January 31st / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

According to legend, Jesse James was a Western outlaw, but in reality, he never went west. He has been called America's own Robin Hood, yet he robbed both rich and poor, and didn't share his ill-gotten gains. He was known as a gunfighter, but his victims were almost always unarmed. Less heroic than brutal, James was a member of a vicious band of Missouri guerrillas during the Civil War and sought vengeance for the Confederate defeat afterwards. In a life steeped in prolific violence and bloodshed, he met what was perhaps the most fitting end. (56 min)