MPTV Premieres & Highlights: April 2013

Water Pressures

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

Water is a central element of life, yet one in eight people worldwide - 1.2 billion - lack access to safe drinking water. In the coming years, the water scarcity in some drought-stricken regions will turn into a global crisis. Host Adrian Grenier (HBO's Entourage) sheds light on this critical, complex issue by documenting the partnership between villagers in water-distressed Rajasthan, India and students and faculty at Northwestern University, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Kind Hearted Woman

Part One of Two

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

Filmmaker David Sutherland profiles Robin Charboneau, a divorced mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Charboneau over three years as she struggles to raise her children, further her education, heal the wounds of sexual abuse and battle alcoholism. Charboneau's quest to heal her family, earn a degree and return to the reservation to help prevent abuse of women and children leads her on a journey of discovery, heartbreak and, ultimately, redemption.

Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Michael Mosley

April 3rd / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

British journalist and physician Michael Mosley has set himself an ambitious goal: to live longer, stay younger and lose weight, while making as few changes to his life as possible. Find out if the ancient idea of fasting holds the secret to a longer, healthier life.

Extraordinary Women

Coco Chanel

April 3rd / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

She was an illegitimate child, born into a poorhouse and abandoned in an orphanage, but Coco Chanel rose from unimaginable poverty to create the most iconic fashion brand of the 20th century, The House of Chanel. Yet behind the success, lay a hidden story of wartime collaboration with the Nazis and a lifetime of disastrous affairs with unsuitable lovers. A look is taken at how she created a fashion empire which, to this day, continues to be successful and respected the world over.

Midsomer Murders

A Talent for Life, Part 1

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

When the corpses of a wealthy pensioner and her suspected lover are discovered by the river alongside one another, Barnaby (John Nettles) and Troy (Daniel Casey) embark on an investigation which uncovers a deep vein of resentment running through the village. This series is based on the novels of Caroline Graham. (1 of 10)

Michael Feinstein's American Songbook

Show Tunes

April 5th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Stephen Sondheim reveals the composers he most admires and shows Michael some rare home movie footage of the original Broadway production of the classic Follies. Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole gives a tour de force performance of some of the greatest show tunes of all time, and Angela Lansbury reflects on her Broadway career, from "Mame" to "Sweeney Todd" and more.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Cocaine Blues

April 6th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) disembarks the Orient at Victoria Dock, returning to Melbourne after years abroad. Almost as soon as she checks into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned husbands and cocaine smuggling rings. Her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish Bath Palace off Little Lonsdale Street. (1 of 13)

Independent Lens

The House I Live In

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

For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Filmed in more than 20 states, heart-wrenching stories are captured at all levels of America's drug war--from the dealer to the grieving mother; the narcotics officer to the senator; and the inmate to the federal judge.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

April 8th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Peter Coyote narrates Aldo Leopold's life in the early part of the twentieth century and explains how the father of conservationism introduced many land ethic ideas that continue to be applied all over the world today.

Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance

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

The concentration camp "Terezin" in the Czech Republic, imprisoned a large number of Jewish artists, musicians, poets and writers. In the face of horrific living conditions, starvation, and the threat of deportation to Auschwitz, these artists stood up to Nazi oppressors and fought back with art and music, led by a determined conductor named Raphael Schachter. Six decades later, Conductor Murry Sidlin and a new choir bring Verdi's Requiem to Terezin once again, and the story of Raphael Schachter back to life.

American Masters

Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character

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

America in the 1960s and 70s was in turmoil. The civil rights struggle, the war in Vietnam and the sexual revolution defined a nation in conflict. But at 10 o'clock every Saturday night, Americans watched "The Carol Burnett Show." For 11 years, the wacky performer yelled like Tarzan and won our hearts with her edgy, always sympathetic, characters. Yet, as with so many brilliant comedians, hers was a difficult childhood. Burnett's difficult childhood is traced, and the dramatic turn that followed her TV variety show.

Extraordinary Women

Agatha Christie

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

Agatha Christie was the Queen of Crime Fiction. In a career that spanned more than half a century and two world wars, Agatha wrote 80 novels and short stories, creating such unforgettable characters as Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Revered as the 'Master of Suspense', Agatha perfected the art of the 'whodunit' - and her mysteries were a masterpiece in misdirection. The experiences that impacted her work and life are explored, her worldly travels, volunteer work during WW I and rumors of a nervous breakdown.

The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley

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

The one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is very rarely questioned, but with recent advances in genetic testing technology and brain stimulation techniques, scientists are uncovering the new and surprising truths about what exercise is really doing to our bodies, and why we all respond to it differently. Michael Mosley uses himself as a human guinea pig to discover the truth about exercise.

Live from Lincoln Center

Josh Groban: All That Echoes

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

Josh Groban performs hits from his 12-year career, highlighted by exclusive selections from his new album, "All That Echoes". Groban's versatility ranges from opera to pop and everything in between.

Play Again

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

One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. A look is taken at the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the "average American child," spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens.

Cuba's Secret Side

Under The Radar

April 13th / 10:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Karin Muller hitchhiked around Cuba for three months--sleeping in private homes, working with farmers and fishermen, and participating in festivals and religious ceremonies. She was arrested over a dozen times, but in the end she discovered a side of Cuba that few foreigners get to see.

Key Ingredients

April 14th / 12:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The four aspects of our complex relationship with food are explored: (Entrepreneurial Spirit) the preference to eat foods grown by people using local resources; (Eating Implications) when, where, and with whom we eat; (Seed Savers) keepers of the seeds; and, (Economic Efficiencies) sacrificing lifestyle and sense of community when striving for efficiency in agriculture.

Independent Lens

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

April 15th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman is traced, from the birth of the comic book super heroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today. This film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

April 15th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Following the death of her father King George VI on 6 February 1952, the 25 year old Princess Elizabeth immediately replaced him as Head of State of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth. But many months of planning were to follow before Elizabeth II's formal coronation on 2 June 1953. This fascinating documentary tells the behind the scenes story of the momentous occasion, looking at the enormous logistical operation involved and the issues that threatened to turn the whole thing into a disaster.

The Central Park Five

April 16th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Late in the evening of 1989, a banker went jogging through Central Park in New York City. When she was found hours later, she had been brutally raped, beaten and left for dead. This film examines the notorious crime, the media response and the public outcry it triggered, and the miscarriage of justice that followed it, probing the larger issues it raises about our nation's complicated past.

Guts with Michael Mosley

April 17th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Michael Mosley gets up close and personal with his own digestive system to reveal what we look like inside. He uncovers the secret life of our digestive tract in an eye-opening and detailed exploration of the side of the body we normally never get to see. He speaks with medical experts and explains the amazing functions that happen without our conscious effort.

Extraordinary Women

Wallis Simpson

April 17th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Branded a frivolous socialite, a gold digger and even a Nazi-sympathizer, Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American, became embroiled in a deep constitutional crisis when she embarked upon one of the most talked-about marriages of the 20th century. To the horror of the British government and the Royal Family, on 10th December, 1936, King Edward VIII gave up the British throne to marry her. The history of the couple is traced from the early days of their relationship.

Around The Corner with John McGivern

John Gurda Special

April 18th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

John Gurda, MPTV's resident historian, has been schooling John McGivern for two seasons now. In 26 communities around our state of Wisconsin, John Gurda has had three minutes in each community to share the history, geography and demographics of the area. In this special one-hour episode, John Gurda will delve more in depth on eight specific locations: the Milwaukee River Greenway, Walker's Point, Forest Home Cemetery, Port Washington, the Wisconsin Dells, Madison, Greendale, and the old National Soldiers Home.

First Stage Theater's 'To The Promised Land'

April 19th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This broadcast is First Stage Theater's world premiere by Milwaukee playwright Jonathan Gillard Daly. Reeling from the loss of her brother during recent Civil Rights actions, Ruth, a young African-American in 1960's Milwaukee, is ready to quit school when she finds inspiration in the autobiography of Golda Meir - past student of the former Fourth Street School who rose to become the first woman prime minister of Israel. Both Ruth and Golda find the strength and courage across generations to break barriers and reach their own "promised land".

Auction Preview 2013

April 19th / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

An exciting preview of merchandise up for bid as part of MPTV's annual auction, April 26-May 4. Highlights include original artwork, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, vacation & leisure packages, sports equipment, furniture, oriental carpets, and much more. "One Hula of an Auction"!

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives

April 20th / 10:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Author Jeffrey M. Smith explains how the introduction of untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, is linked to the deteriorating health of Americans.

Bitter Seeds

April 20th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Biotechnology is changing the way farming is done all over the world. Advocates believe the New Green Revolution is the only way to provide sufficient food for the world's growing population while opponents raise environmental concerns and fear that GMOs drive small scale farmers off the land. BITTER SEEDS explores the controversy--from a village in India that uses genetically modified seeds, to U.S. government that promote them.

live from Lincoln Center

We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith Starring Stephanie Blythe

April 20th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Stephanie Blythe's commanding voice has captivated audiences in the world's great opera houses. The mezzo-soprano returns to Lincoln Center with her popular music show paying tribute to the great Kate Smith, whose stirring songs helped comfort and galvanize our nation in wartime.

Great Performances at the Met

The Tempest

April 21st / 10:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

British composer Thomas Ades conducts the Met premiere of his contemporary masterpiece The Tempest, an English-language opera based on Shakespeare's final play. In this Robert Lepages production, Simon Keenlyside leads the cast as the exiled magician Prospero. The opera also stars Isabel Leonard as Prospero's daughter, Miranda; Alek Shrader as the shipwrecked prince, Ferdinand; Alan Oke as the monstrous island native Caliban; and Audrey Luna in the stratospheric coloratura role of the air spirit Ariel. Soprano Deborah Voigt hosts.

Service: When Women Come Marching Home

April 21st / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Women serving in a military unit are profiled, revealing the devastating isolation and persecution of those who report rape. Interviews reveal the raw truths of our women warriors fighting in the battlefield called "home".

Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years

April 21st / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

An inside look is taken at the painstaking process of restoring and rehabilitating a historic home. The Boynton House, one of the few Frank Lloyd Wright creations still functioning as a private, single-family residence instead of a museum-- stands out among the traditional Tudors and colonials that line the streets of its Rochester, New York neighborhood. Built in 1908, the Boynton House exemplifies Wright's signature "Prairie style," with its gently sloping roofs, long bands of windows, wide overhangs, low terraces, private gardens, open floor plan and built-in furnishings. Over time, however, this national treasure fell into disrepair, ravaged by 100 years of weather, termites and wear-and-tear. In 2010, new owners Fran Cosentino and Jane Parker set out to restore Boynton House to its original splendor, following Wright's design concepts and architectural philosophy.

The Bletchley Circle

April 21st / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean are ordinary women with extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom's main decryption establishment. When Susan notices a pattern in a string of London murders she contacts her old friends from Bletchley--to try to identify the killer. (1 of 3)

Independent Lens

The Island President

April 22nd / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is a man with a bigger problem than any other world leader has ever faced--the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives, he must now ensure that his tiny country doesn't disappear under rising sea levels. Despite the size of his country and his political challenges at home, Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

Orchestra of Exiles

April 23rd / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Polish Jew Bronislaw Huberman was one of the most famous violinists in the world, and his Jewish musicians were among the best players of Europe. A four year period of his life is examined during the 1930's, at a time when he created the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra and saved 1,000 Jews from the Holocaust.

Great Performances

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

April 23rd / 7:00 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.

Sherlock Holmes

The Dancing Men

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

Holmes and Watson (Jeremy Brett and David Burke) unravel the mystery of the 'dancing men' and apprehend the man who has been threatening Mrs Cubitt. But will they be in time to prevent her attempted suicide and catch the killer behind Mr. Cubitt's tragic murder? (1 of 13)

Great TV Auction 2013

April 26th / 5:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

New merchandise, certificates, services, art, antiques, and collectibles are auctioned off to support MPTV. Tune in and bid via phone or online, The auction is also streamed via

Faces of the Oil Patch

April 27th / 10:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Everyday life within the oil patch communities of northwestern North Dakota is explored. Towns don't have the infrastructure to support the uncontrolled and dramatic growth, and the oil workers who earn huge salaries live in makeshift housing without hope of finding homes suitable for their families. The narratives and stunning video are woven together with visual images to show everyday life and the changing landscape of northwestern North Dakota.

EcoSense for Living

Household Tips

April 27th / 11:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Household tips are presented for saving money while going easier on the planet. Radio host and consumer advocate Clark Howard shows the simple changes he's made in his own house to save on his energy bills. An urban couple in an older home is amazed at the results of their whole house energy audit. A trip to the grocery store illustrates how the decisions we make there affect the planet. (1 of 6)

Lost Bird Project

April 27th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Sculptor Todd McGrain and his brother-in-law Andy embark on a road trip in search of the last-known locations of five extinct birds and seek permission to install McGrain's six-foot-tall bronze sculptures on those sites.

Great Performances at the Met

La Clemenza Di Tito

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

In this production of Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito," Roman emperor Titus (Giuseppe Filianoti) is targeted for assassination by vengeful Vitellia (Barbara Frittoli). Elina Garancaco stars as friend/lover Sesto. Kate Lindsey and Soprano Lucy Crowe co-star as the young lovers Annio and Servilia. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham hosts. Harry Bicket conducts.

Gulf Islands: Mississippi's Wilderness Shore

April 28th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

One of the nation's most popular national parks is 80 percent underwater and partly located in Mississippi--the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The park is a collection of mainland historical sites and a string of beaches and islands stretching 160 miles. With breathtaking cinematography, this documentary tells the story of how this region came to be a national park, while highlighting their natural and historical significance.

I Remember Better When I Paint

April 28th / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Olivia de Havilland narrates the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer's and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of ALzheimer's Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer's.

Live From Lincoln Center

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel with the New York Philharmonic

April 28th / 4:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The second collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, "Carousel", remains an enduring theatre landmark - together with "Oklahoma" it changed the American musical forever. The New York Philharmonic leads an all-star semi-staged performance of this classic featuring Kelli O'Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe and more. Conducted by Rob Fisher.