MPTV Premieres & Highlights: January 2013

Richard Bangs' South America: Quest for Wonder

January 1st / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Richard seeks out the continent's most revered sites and natural wonders--from its bone-rattling waterfalls to its ancient, sacred citadels. He visits awe-inspiring Iguacu Falls in Brazil and Argentina; mystical, remote Easter Island deep in the Pacific; the architectural ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru; and the biologically diverse Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador.

Great Performances

"From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013"

January 1st / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews hosts this festive New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, from the Musikverein concert hall. Popular Strauss Family waltzes are performed and the dancers of the Vienna City Ballet are featured. Picturesque Vienna landmarks are showcased, including The State Hall, the magnificent 18th-century central rotunda of the old imperial library, now known as the National Library; and Prince Eugene's beautiful Baroque rural palace.

Great Performances

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy"

January 1st / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Filmmaker Michael Kantor explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film is the first of its kind to examine the phenomenon that, over the 50-year period of its development, the songs of the Broadway musical were created almost exclusively by Jewish Americans. The work of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II and others are showcased. Dynamic footage includes performances by David Hyde Pierce (Spamalot), Nathan Lane (The Producers), Al Jolson (Sinbad), Fanny Brice (The Great Ziegfeld), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl) and other stars.

By Royal Appointment

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

A look is taken at the talented craftsmen and women who all hold "warrants" as official suppliers to the English Royal Family. From tailors to cheese makers, medal crafters to wine suppliers, and cobblers to carriage makers, their skills and craftsmanship have placed them in a very exclusive group. They alone have the right to display a Royal Coat of Arms and say that they are "By Royal Appointment". Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Bonekickers) narrates.

Life On Fire

"Icelandic Volcanoes"

January 2nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Volcanoes are among the most spectacular and powerful forces on our planet. The 2010 eruption of a volcano in Iceland provoked economic chaos by paralyzing a major air traffic network for days. Much more powerful volcanoes in Iceland are ready to wake up. Spectacular aerial footage of Iceland is used to show which volcano could wake up next and what the consequences of a major eruption are likely to be. (1 of 6)

Great Performances

"Paul Simon's Graceland Journey"

January 4th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Paul Simon's Graceland album, an experiment in cross-cultural collaboration, was commercially popular, and today is considered one of the most significant recordings of its time. But why was Graceland so controversial in 1986? Why did Simon face such vehement criticism? Filmmaker Joe Berlinger accompanies Simon on his return to South Africa to reunite and perform with several of the musicians involved in the original album, capturing Simon's unique homecoming as he reflects on the landmark events.

On The Issues with Mike Gousha

"Paul Tough, Author of How Children Succeed"

January 5th / 6:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Mike Gousha speaks with Author Paul Tough about education and the long-term success of children. His book "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" is the most talked-about education book of 2012 and a New York Times Top 10 bestseller. Tough was a reporter and producer for the NPR program "This American Life," and has written for the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker. Tough also authored the acclaimed 2008 book, "Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America". (Recorded at Marquette Law School, November 2012)

Speedy Delivery

January 6th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

A wig, mustache and timeless uniform help transform David Newell into the whimsical Mr. McFeely, an authentic character who always delivers. Newell is followed on his global quest to save "The Neighborhood," infused with a deep retrospective look into what made 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' the longest running children's show in history.

Mr. Cao Goes to Washington

January 6th / 10:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Follow the unexpected journey of Representative Joseph Cao, a Vietnamese American Republican who scored a surprise victory when he was elected to Louisiana's mostly African American Second Congressional District, which had elected Democrats for more than a century.

Schools That Change Communities

January 6th / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

From economically challenged rural areas to crime-ridden urban neighborhoods, a diverse range of K-12 public schools in five states tackling educational reform at the local level are profiled. Principals, teachers, students, and residents in Massachusetts, Maryland, South Dakota, Oregon and California discuss place- and community-based education, an interdisciplinary approach which emphasizes hands-on, curiosity-based investigation using the surrounding community and neighborhoods as "living" classrooms.

Great Lodge of the Marble Halls of Oregon: The Chateau at the Oregon Caves

January 6th / 6:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The historic Chateau at the Oregon Caves is explored. Built in 1934, it's one of the designated Great Lodges of the National Parks. Learn about the Monterey-style furniture, famous guests, and how the Chateau was brought back from the brink of disaster.

Masterpiece Classic

"Downton Abbey, Season 3 Premiere"

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

The Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey. Social changes, romantic inThe Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey. Social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate. As wedding guests descend on Downton Abbey, Cora's (Elizabeth McGovern) freewheeling American mother (Shirley MacLaine) tries to loosen up her in-laws. (1 of 7)



January 7th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In Mexico, more than 40 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the country's powerful drug cartels and organized crime. "Reportero" follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as risk their lives to report the truth.

Diamond Queen

"Part 1 of 3"

January 8th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

For the first time in modern history a monarch reaches her Diamond Jubilee. This definitive analysis of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, examines her history, constitutional role and responsibilities and her impact around the world. Andrew Marr tells the childhood story of the young girl who never expected to reign. He looks closely at the influence of her family and examines what The Queen's role as Head of State actually entails ,following her to the Middle East and the USA to assess the global impact of the Royal Family on British trade and international relations.

Around The Corner with John McGivern


January 10th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The first episode of the second season is Shorewood, so named because it's situated between the shore of Lake Michigan and the woods along the Milwaukee River - at least that's what John Gurda says, and who's going to doubt him? This close knit community, with its churches, restaurants and zillion salons, feels familiar because of some long-standing community treasures. Ever gone to Hubbard Park Lodge, climbed the stairs of Atwater Park, eaten at Benji's Deli or seen a show at Shorewood High School? Chances are that you have. But have you been impressed by the Table Tennis Club, sat on the roof of the Garden Room, had a custom garment created at Sophisticated Rose or licked the salt from your fingers at Goody Gourmet's? It's the combination of old and new that make Shorewood a truly great place on a great lake!

Wisconsin Foodie

"Fondy Food Market/Speed Queen BBQ"

January 10th / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In Milwaukee, the North Side is explored to see how it's changing from Food Desert into an Urban-Agri epicenter. Young Kim of the Fondy Food Center celebrates the market's opening with a BBQ competition. Venice Williams talks about Alice's Garden, a two acre urban farm. Giovanni Gillespie, owner of Speed Queen BBQ talks about the iconic establishment. (1 of 13)

Outdoor Wisconsin

"Lake Puckaway/Nat'l. Wildlife Health Center/Augers"

January 10th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Dan Small goes ice fishing for Northerns on Lake Puckaway with Roger Swanke and Rochelle Kuphal. Judy Nugent visits The National Wildlife Health Center, located in Madison. It serves the nation by providing sound scientific research, technical support, and information to promote science-based decisions affecting wildlife. Tom Newbauer goes thru the process and stages of how power ice augers are made from start to finish.

Uncommon Vision: The Life and Times of John Howard Griffin

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

In 1959, John Howard Griffin disguised himself as a black man and then traveled anonymously through the heart of Dixie. From his experiences, he wrote "Black Like Me," a groundbreaking best seller published in 1960. His first-hand exposure revealed the harsh realities that were faced by black citizens each day in the Jim Crow South. Through dramatic re-enactments, evocative readings from the book, strong archival materials, and interviews with those who knew John Howard Griffin, this revealing biography looks at the life of this remarkable social activist.

09.13.08 Hurricane Ike

January 12th / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Hurricane Ike was one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Texas. The hurricane's destruction is detailed, with a look at what it has done to Galveston and its surrounding communities. The entire rebuilding effort is examined by city, county and state officials who describe what it will take for the area to recover.

Valles Caldera: The Science

January 12th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Valles Caldera is a super volcano in New Mexico that can be seen from space. One of the most scientifically important volcanoes on the planet, it is the ancient homeland of the Jemez Pueblo Indians. The grandeur and stunning beauty of The Valles Caldera National Preserve reveals one of America's most captivating natural environments.

Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu

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

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

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)

The Arts Page

January 12th / 5:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

DCI Banks


January 12th / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot in thrilling crime stories. When two police officers stumble across the lair of a serial killer, Inspector Banks finds himself faced with a chilling murder investigation that will test him to the limit. (1 of 7)

Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists

January 13th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The ability of art to calm, inspire, ask questions, provide answers, and even help forge entirely new identities is documented. A group of talented homeless and formerly homeless artists from the area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row, are followed over four years, chronicling spontaneous moments from their' lives, capturing intimate interviews and charting the evolution of their artwork.

Independent Lens

"Soul Food Junkies"

January 14th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Baffled by his dad's reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this culinary tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. The African American love affair with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. This film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences.

Pioneers of Television

Funny Ladies"

January 15th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The first standup comediennes to appear on television are featured, including legends Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. A look is taken at Lucille Ball's breakthrough on "I Love Lucy" and the sitcom stars that followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Television's most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett is profiled, and contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho are interviewed. Ryan Seacrest narrates. (1 of 4)

Sherlock Holmes

"The Sign of Four - Part One"

January 17th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

For months Holmes (Jeremy Brett) has been in the grip of the dreadful frustration of enforced inactivity. But, with the entrance of Mary Morstan, begins the adventure. The mysterious disappearance of her father and an annual gift from an anonymous benefactor intrigues Holmes enough to become involved in the case. (1 of 10)

Great Performances at the Met

"L'elisir D'amore"

January 18th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star as the fickle Adina and her love-struck Nemorino in Bartlett Sher's production of a Donizetti opera gem. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.

4th Street Forum

January 18th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Stella Is 95

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

Saving The Hansen House

January 19th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

A mild-mannered professor from the Midwest buys a dilapidated 18th-century farmhouse in a small North Carolina town. Originally he plans to just restore it and then maybe sell it and move on. But the house turns out to be something special, and before he knows it, he is putting down roots. His challenges and rewards are chronicled, as he saves a 250-year-old house.

Wisconsin Sports: Badger Hockey


January 19th / 10:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Same-day (delayed) coverage from the Kohl Center in Madison, WI.

Ripple of Hope

January 19th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

On the night of Dr. Martin Luther King's murder in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was scheduled to make an appearance in an African-American neighborhood as part of his run for the Democratic nomination. Upon hearing the tragic news, Kennedy was forced to make a crucial decision: The dramatic story of that night is told. By keeping his promise to speak in Indianapolis, Robert F. Kennedy was able to help that city avert the violence that swept the rest of the country, making a profound statement about American race relations.

Faith in the Hood

January 20th / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A compelling portrait of the inner city is presented through the prism of the spiritual life of its people. Southeast is the poorest neighborhood in Washington, D.C., but it has hundreds of churches and ministries. The film profiles five of them: a street ministry for former convicts and drug addicts, a socially activist storefront church, a powerful Afro-centric church, an evangelical camp for young people, and an Islamic elementary school.

Independent Lens

"Beauty Is Embarrassing"

January 21st / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Wayne White got his big break when he helped create the unhinged children's show "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." His off-kilter style and self-deprecating sense of humor offer a peak into an imagination that refuses to grow up. This film chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of this Tennessean commercial artist as he struggles to find peace and balance between his work and his art.

Abolitionists: American Experience

"Part One: 1820s-1838"

January 23rd / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The epic struggles of the men and women who fought to end slavery are vividly brought to life in this period drama featuring five influential characters in the abolitionist movement. Angelina Grimke, the daughter of a Charleston plantation family, moves north and becomes a public speaker against slavery. Frederick Douglass, a young slave becomes hopeful when he hears about the abolitionists; William Lloyd Garrison, founder of the newspaper The Liberator becomes a powerful voice for the movement; Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose first trip to the South changes her life and her writing; and John Brown, who devotes his life to the cause. The abolitionist movement, however, is in disarray and increasing violence raises doubts about the efficacy of its pacifist tactics. (1 of 3)

Shakespeare Uncovered

"Macbeth with Ethan Hawke"

January 25th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Ethan Hawke goes on a quest to play Shakespeare's murderous Thane of Cawdor by uncovering the true story that served as inspiration. He immerses himself in some of the most memorable and innovative productions and discovers Shakespeare's extraordinary insights into the criminal mind. (1 of 6)

Into The Wild: Edison, Ford & Friends

January 26th / 9:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

In the early 1900's, a group of famous friends--prolific inventor Thomas Edison, pioneering auto-maker Henry Ford, best-selling nature writer John Burroughs, and later, tire manufacturer Harvey Firestone--traveled to the remote reaches of Florida's Everglades in search of a rustic camping adventure far from the pressures of work and the press. Excerpts are featured from the journals and letters of Burroughs and Firestone as well as interviews with historians and biographers. Combined with historic family photographs, vintage press footage and period music, this film offers insight into the famous friends and a rare glimpse of the men behind their public personas.

Something Ventured: Risk, Reward and the Original Venture Capitalists

January 27th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A look is taken at how the venture capitalist industry laid the groundwork for America's start-up economy. From the late 1950Oes to today, a small group of high rollers fostered a one-of-a-kind business culture that encouraged extraordinary risk and made possible unprecedented rewards.

Independent Lens

"The Revisionaries"

January 28th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Every ten years in Texas, 15 individuals convene to discuss, debate, and rewrite the teaching and textbook standards for the next generation of students. Hugely influential, these decisions mandate how science, history, and other core subjects will be taught. Their decisions hold enormous financial sway over publishers, who craft their textbooks based on the needs of their biggest buyers. Director Scott Thurman goes to ground zero in the textbook wars, a moral battleground where every word is a weapon in the fight.

Death In Paradise

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

When a British Cop is found murdered in a locked room on the tiny paradise island of Saint-Marie, Detective Inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) is sent to investigate. He's the perfect man to solve the case--if only he didn't just hate sun, sea and sand. (1 of 8)

Henry Ford: American Experience

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

Henry Ford was a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century. An incisive look at the birth of the American auto industry with its long history of struggles between labor and management, and a thought-provoking reminder of how Ford's automobile forever changed the way we work, where we live, and our ideas about individuality, freedom and possibility.

Inventions That Shook The World

"The 1900's"

January 29th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The first decade of the1900s ushers in crucial inventions that will help shape the rest of the century. Communication gets a boost as a voice is transmitted wirelessly by radio for the first time. Shaving gets a new edge with the appearance of the safety razor blade. The first air conditioner takes the misery out of extreme heat and humidity. The vacuum cleaner stops rugs and carpets from taking a beating, and two brothers apply their skills as bicycle mechanics to build and fly the world's first airplane. (1 of 10)