MPTV Premieres & Highlights: June 2012

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Salutes Our Armed Forces

June 1st / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir pays tribute to the men and women who have served the United States in times of war. Inspirational interviews are also featured, including George Mitchell, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen; Dick Elliott, who served in Europe during World War II; Dale Rasmusssen, a current choir member and an Iraq veteran (2003-2004) and Jill Stevens, a combat medic in Afghanistan (2004-2005) and former Miss Utah 2007. Guests include: Brian Stokes Mitchell, a well-known Broadway star and the son of honoree George Mitchell--and, Linda Eder, a recording artist and Broadway performer. (Recorded July 2011) (56 min)

On The Issues with Mike Gousha

"John Gaddis"

June 1st / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette University Law School, speaks with Dr. John Lewis Gaddis. Dr. Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University and noted Cold War Historian. Gousha and his guest discuss Gaddis' new book about native Milwaukeean and highly esteemed American diplomat and historian George F. Kennan, who is generally considered to be the father of "Soviet containment" and later became U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. The book, "George F. Kennan: An American Life" which was published in November 2011, was recently awarded a Pulitzer Prize. (56 min)

PBS Arts from Seattle: American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty

June 1st / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In honor of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary, award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe creates a definitive portrait of the seminal band carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot concert and interview footage. (116 min)

Up Front with Mike Gousha: Gubernatorial Debate

June 1st / 9:00 pm / MPTV World 10.2

Mike Gousha moderates a debate between Gov. Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett at Marquette University's Law School. June 5 is Election Day for Governor. (56 min)

National Geographic Bee

"2012 National Geographic Bee"

June 2nd / 10:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The annual National Geographic Bee returns for the 24th consecutive year with host and moderator Alex Trebek. Fourth- to eighth-graders, all winners of their state-level geographic bees, compete for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second and third prizes are college scholarships of $15,000 and $10,000. The students represent the 50 states, District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools. (56 min)

Kathy Smith's Ageless Energy

June 2nd / 11:30 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Fitness icon Kathy Smith offers advice on remaining energetic and youthful for those over 50. Smith explains how to create a life-plan that ensures continuing energy, stamina, strength and vitality. (89 min)

Biz Kid$ -- Three Minutes to Change The World

June 2nd / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Four young entrepreneurs are followed, as they compete in an international contest to change the world. Sharing their lives, passions, joys and hardships, these semi-finalists from the United States, Canada, India and Singapore must present their business ideas to some of the world's most influential technology leaders--in just 180 seconds. (58 min)

Pa's Fiddle

June 2nd / 5:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Randy Travis, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, Committed, Natalie Grant, Ashton Shepherd, and The Roys perform an intimate evening of music and songs selected from the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder, beloved author of the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE books. The music is accompanied by an all-star Nashville band led by Grammy-Winner Randy Scruggs. As a child, Mrs. Wilder listened to her Pa on his fiddle, throughout her family's much celebrated adventures on America's vast prairies in the years just after the Civil War. (87 min)

Alfie Boe: Live from the Royal Festival Hall, London

June 2nd / 6:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Alfie Boe, best known for his role as Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary stage show of "Les Miserables," showcases his mesmerizing and outstanding voice in this concert filmed at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Boe delights with a truly magical performance that highlights his magnificent stage presence as he performs a selection of inspired renditions from some of the best-loved musicals of all time, including "Sunset Boulevard," "Company," "West Side Story" and, of course, "Les Miserables". (89 min)

Main Street Money

June 3rd / 11:00 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Mark Matson, a respected financial expert, explains how to navigate through the dangerous waters of today's economy to achieve goals for financial security. (86 min)

Chris Isaak Live! Beyond The Sun

June 3rd / 12:30 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Chris Isaak performs his most beloved hits and pays tribute to the glory days of legendary Memphis Sun Studio. Isaak recaptures the spirit of the original songs with his own brilliant band of stellar musicians, while revealing the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity. Joining Isaak for this special evening is Wanda Jackson, "The Queen of Rockabilly". (89 min)

Great Performances at the Met


June 3rd / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Renee Fleming reprises one of her most popular interpretations: the title role in Handel's "Rodelinda," under the baton of Baroque specialist Harry Bicket in the revival of Stephen Wadsworth's acclaimed production. Andreas Scholl stars as the exiled king Bertarido and Stephanie Blythe as his sister Eduige. English countertenor Iestyn Davies makes his Met debut as Bertarido's faithful friend Unulfo, and, in Met role debuts, Joseph Kaiser sings the usurper Grimoaldo and Shenyang the corrupt royal advisor Garibaldo. Harry Bicket conducts. (204 min)

Secrets of Longevity with Dr. Joseph Maroon

June 3rd / 1:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Dr. Joseph Maroon, neurosurgeon and best-selling author, explains how to unlock the power of our genes to enable a long healthy life. He explores in detail, the four pillars that determine our longevity: Nutrition and Supplements; Exercise; Avoiding Environmental Toxins; and Managing Stress. (89 min)

Movie: Love Never Dies

June 3rd / 6:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

This spellbinding follow-up to Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" is filled with intrigue, obsession and romance. Based on the book by Ben Elton, the highly acclaimed Australian production filmed in Melbourne features a 21-piece orchestra and an impressive cast of 36, including highly praised musical actors Ben Lewis as the Phantom and Anna O'Byrne as his Christine. (179 min)

Jazz Icons

June 3rd / 8:45 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Performances culled from the critically acclaimed Jazz Icons series, a significant collection of classic concerts and studio sessions that took place throughout Europe between 1957 and 1978 are highlighted. The numbers showcased in this vibrant special feature the greatest legends of jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Wes Montgomery, Anita O'Day, Rhassan Roland Kirk, Buddy Rich and Thelonious Monk. (89 min)

Vets In Practice

"Incontinent Rabbit/Dog In Trouble/Adopted Kittens"

June 4th / 1:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Individual stories of real-life vet school graduates are shown, as they set out on their careers, eventually becoming seasoned vets practicing all over the world. But they still encounter surprises, shocks, laughter, and hard-to-handle emotions in this most rewarding and sometimes heart-breaking of jobs. (28 min)

Oscar Hammerstein II - Out of My Dreams

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

One of the most acclaimed lyricists and librettists of the 20th century is celebrated. Oscar Hammerstein worked in the theater for over 40 years, writing the lyrics for over a thousand songs and the books for 45 operettas and musicals. His legendary musicals include Rose Marie (1924), Show Boat (1927), Oklahoma (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951) and The Sound of Music (1959). Matthew Morrison hosts. (88 min)

Doc Martin

"Preserve The Romance"

June 4th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) struggles to come to terms with fatherhood and his estranged partner, Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz). He soon begins to have serious doubts about the competency of the new doctor, Di Dibbs (Joanna Scanlan) after she misdiagnoses a patient, and dishes out prescriptions for totally inappropriate drugs. (1 of 8) (46 min)


June 5th / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This thrilling theatrical sensation features a breathtaking display of the beauty, as the world's best equestrians and more than 40 horses perform exhilarating stunts. With graceful horsemanship and enchanting music, this equestrian sensation captivates families and horse lovers alike. (40 min)

Coronation Britain

June 9th / 10:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

June 2012 marks the official 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. This special takes a close, personal and detailed account of the events leading up to the coronation, beginning with the death of her father, King George VI. (48 min)

Quest: Beyond the Stars

June 9th / 11:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Made in collaboration with NASA and the British Museum of Science, this special features images from the Hubble telescope and other archival sources from NASA. These stunning images are used as a backdrop to classical songs performed by Quest, an instrumental orchestra ensemble from Europe and features special guests Isobel Cooper (platinum-selling British Classical Cross-Over vocalist) and Scandinavian violinist, European recording artist Charlie Siem. (59 min)

Charlotte: A Royal at War

June 9th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The remarkable story of Grand Duchess Charlotte Wilhelmine is told, daughter of William IV, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. As the constitutional monarch of the small European country from 1919 to 1964, she faced daunting challenges during the chaotic and frightening years of World War II. Charlotte, however, found the courage to inspire her devastated nation through the power of radio, reaching her people in their darkest hour. (52 min)

OUT In America

June 9th / 2:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

An uplifting collection of unique, transformative stories and inspiring personal narratives are told through the lens of the country's most prominent LGBT figures and pioneers, as well as many average, yet extraordinary, citizens from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities. (84 min)

Trains Around North America

June 9th / 4:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Grammy-winning musician and storyteller David Holt traces America's railroad history, telling the unforgettable stories of the continent's historic and scenic tourist railroads. A variety of railways are explored, from quiet and relaxing trains featuring spectacular meals and views, to fast-paced trains full of glitz, glamour and movie stars. (179 min)

Great Performances at the Met


June 10th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Three of the opera world's leading stars--Jonas Kaufmann, Marina Poplavskaya, and Rene Pape sing the principal roles in a new production of Gounod's Faust, directed by Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff in his Met debut. Yannick Nézet-Seguin conducts his first Met performances of the opera. Ssoprano Michele Losier makes her house role debut as the student Siebel and Russell Braun makes his in the role of Marguerite's soldier brother, Valentin. (206 min)

Independent Lens

"Two Spirits"

June 10th / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Fred Martinez was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. This film explores the life and death of a boy, who was also a girl, and the spiritual nature of gender. (56 min)

America's Generations with Chuck Underwood

June 10th / 2:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A look is taken at the five living American generations with special emphasis on the Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and the Millennials. Each of these generations see their lives, America and their role very differently. Chuck Underwood explains the differences among the generations and how that plays out for government, consumers and families. (89 min)

Birds of Wisconsin, An 'In Wisconsin' Special

June 10th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

More than 400 species of birds live in or visit Wisconsin. This show takes viewers all over the state. Featured are whooping cranes, great grey owls, common terns, and others. (58 min)

Anyone and Everyone

June 11th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Families from Utah to North Carolina and Wyoming to New York, share their stories of having a gay child. This poignant and often heartbreaking documentary by first-time filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz (also the parent of a gay son) depicts families representing a wide range of religions, nationalities and political leanings. (56 min)

Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work

"The State Visit (Part 1)"

June 11th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

How do American hosts entertain a monarch who has visited nearly every country on earth and dined with 10 U.S. presidents over the course of her 55-year reign? At the site of the United States' first permanent British settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, the chief archeologist brushes up on royal etiquette. In Williamsburg, Virginia, nervous hotel staff make sure they prepare Her Majesty's room to an exacting standard of perfection. The White House hosts the first and only white-tie dinner of the administration and plans for every contingency, including canine misbehavior. (1 of 6) (56 min)

William and Mary

June 11th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Widowed father of two, William Shawcross (Martin Clunes) falls for midwife Mary (Julie Graham) as soon as he sees her picture at an up-market dating agency. But their first date doesn't go entirely according to plan. (48 min)

Sherlock Holmes

"The Empty House"

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

It is now three years since Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) has died at Reichenbach Falls, and Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke) still mourns for his friend the master detective. Scotland Yard calls Watson in on a murder case. One day in his office, Watson finds himself face to face with the "deceased" Sherlock Holmes. (1 of 11) (50 min)

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

"Something to Treasure (Series Four, Episode One)"

June 12th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Hetty (Patricia Routledge) and Robert (Derek Benfield) arrive home after a long break with their son Derek and his family in Australia. Hetty has scarcely unpacked before she gets embroiled in a new case about hidden treasure. She and her assistant Geoff have been asked by Moira Pridwell to find a book written by her husband, who died in a recent explosion at the iron ore mine where he worked in Cumbria. (49 min)

Great Performances

"Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway"

June 15th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Three-time Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick, Jr. with his big band and a 12-piece string section perform an infectious mix of evergreen standards, original compositions, and New Orleans street music. (86 min)

Piaf: Her Story, Her Songs

June 15th / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

French chanteuse Edith Piaf's story is told through a terrific theatrical presentation by singer Raquel Bitton, who literally becomes Piaf while singing, but steps back and tells her story--in English--between the mostly French songs. Archival photos of Piaf illustrate her life of lucky breaks and tragedy. Featuring 16 songs performed with a full orchestra, including La Vie En Rose, No Regrets, Hymn To Love. (88 min)

Cooking Raw

"Mushrooms/Farmers Market"

June 16th / 12:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Certified Raw Chef Caroline Carter visits the South Shore Farmers Market in Bay View and shops for fresh grown vegetables. Back in the studio with her daughter Shenita, they prepare mushroom-based recipes, including: a mushroom sandwich, "zippy zesty" marinated mushroom and vegetables, and a mighty, mighty mushroom salsa. (1 of 13) (26 min)

The Heart of the Matter

June 17th / 6:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs), occur in approximately one out every 100 live births in the U.S. Information about the disease is presented, through interviews with leading congenital heart specialists in the United States: doctors, nurses, scientists, patients and families. The disease is America's #1 birth defect. (59 min)

The Parents' Survival Guide: Childhood Obesity

June 17th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The statistics surrounding childhood obesity are alarming. In the past three decades, the number of children considered overweight or obese rose 300 percent. Multi- faceted solutions to this growing pediatric health problem are addressed, specifically the role parents can play as the "first line of defense" in their children's nutrition and fitness. (56 min)

Independent Lens

"We Were Here"

June 17th / 10:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

When AIDS arrived in San Francisco in 1981, it decimated a community, but also brought people together in inspiring and moving ways. (86 min)

Britain's Royal Weddings

June 17th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The intimate story of Britain's royal weddings is chronicled, from the Queen Mother through to Princess Margaret, told from the point of view of people who were there. Sophie Raworth hosts. (1 of 2) (59 min)

The Grove

June 18th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The AIDS pandemic has killed 22 million people worldwide, but few know about the existence of the National AIDS Memorial, a seven-acre grove hidden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. THE GROVE chronicles this garden's transformation from a neglected eyesore to landscaped sanctuary to national memorial. (56 min)

Queen Victoria's Empire

"Engines of Change/Passage to India"

June 19th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

"Engines of Change"--Beginning with the birth of Queen Victoria, this episode explores the changes brought to Britain by the industrial revolution. By the 1840s, urban migration has created overcrowding and extremes in pollution and poverty. However, British subjects remain loyal to their queen. Prince Albert, Victoria's husband, becomes a guiding force in the monarchy. Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone, political stars with starkly contrasting visions of empire, turn the nation's attention abroad. "Passage to India"--In the 1850s, one half of the world's industrial goods are made in Britain, and steamships bring British exports and families to far corners of the globe. In India, the clash of Victorian values and Indian culture explodes in the Great Mutiny and Cawnpore massacre of 1857. (116 min)

American Masters

"Judy Garland: By Myself"

June 22nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Judy Garland had one of the most photographed faces ever to come out of Hollywood. She also had one of the most frequently recorded voices of the last century. Garland worked for 43 of her 47 years, appearing in 32 feature films, making more than 1,100 theater, nightclub and concert performances, and recording nearly 100 singles and more than a dozen albums. Pulled largely from recordings she made in preparation for an autobiography she never finished, "By Myself" reveals Garland as she saw herself. (116 min)

Different Is The New Normal: Living A Life with Tourette's

June 24th / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Actor Michael J. Fox narrates the trials and triumphs of Ariel Small, a 17-year-old living with uncontrollable physical and vocal tics caused by Tourette Syndrome. With Ariel's permission, his mother documents their emotional journey to overcome the obstacles of Tourette's in order to raise awareness about the neurobiological disorder, dispel the misperceptions and social stigma associated it, and help others living with the condition. (56 min)

Mariachi High - PBS Arts

June 29th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas is filmed over the course of a year, as they compete and perform with astonishing musical virtuosity. (56 min)


June 29th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Four string virtuosos perform at Boston's House of Blues: renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin wizard Chris Thile. Critics hail the concert as "a most remarkable and organic cross-genre project in which the fire and drive of the bluegrass world meets the clarity and class of the classical music world".