MPTV Premieres & Highlights: May 2013

Pacific Heartbeat

Na Lani 'Eha From 'Iolani Palace: The Music Of Hawaiian Royalty

May 4th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Some of Hawai`i's most beloved musicians perform songs composed by the last members of Hawai`i's ruling monarchy. `Iolani Palace's executive director and curator provide historical background of the royal palace--the only one of its kind in the United States. The musicians explain the cultural significance of the royal repertoire. (1 of 4)

Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene

May 4th / 10:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

British actor Derek Jacobi narrates this portrait of author Graham Greene, a British spy, doubting Catholic and manic-depressive who wrote critically acclaimed best-sellers, including The Quiet American, Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair and The Third Man.

Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words

May 4th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Anna May Wong was a third generation Chinese American, who went on to make dozens of films in Hollywood and Europe. She was glamorous, talented and cosmopolitan, yet she spent most of her career typecast either as a painted doll or a scheming dragon lady. For years, older generations of Chinese- Americans frowned upon the types of roles she played; but today a younger generation of Asian Americans sees her as a pioneering artist. Wong's career is traced, exploring the impact Wong had on images of Asian American women in Hollywood, both then and now.

Martha Bakes

Yellow Cake

May 4th / 12:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A simple recipe for yellow cake becomes the foundation for extraordinary desserts. Martha shares her father's favorite birthday cake, with an orange curd filling and a rich chocolate frosting. (1 of 13)

Music Voyager

May 5th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

At the crossroads of the Bosphorous strait sits the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul, which has nurtured a variety of religions, cultures, languages, cuisines and, of course, music. In this episode, host Jacob Edgar checks out some of the sights and sounds found in "The City of the World's Desire." Turkish op star Nil Karaibrahimgil takes Jacob to her favorite trendy boutique, treats him to unplugged performances of some her best-known songs and provides an exclusive look at her private residence. (1 of 6)

Over Hawai'i

May 5th / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The scenic wonders and rich cultural traditions of Hawai'i are explored. From spectacular shots of lava pouring from one of the world's most active volcanoes to soaring explorations of lush, unspoiled valleys to reef-skimming underwater forays with sea turtles and dolphins.

Independent Lens

Seeking Asian Female

May 6th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Two strangers--an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman pursue a marriage brokered by the Internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America.

Eisenhower's Secret War

The Lure of the Presidency

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

A look is taken at how Eisenhower's national security policies and tactics kept a divided world at peace during the 1950s and in the ensuing decades. In this first of two parts, the program chronicles the movement to draft Eisenhower - then NATO commander in Europe - as the Republican candidate for president in 1952. (1 of 2)

Constitution USA with Peter Sagal

A More Perfect Union

May 7th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Peter Sagal travels cross-country on a customized red, white and blue Harley-Davidson to find out what the Constitution means in the 21st century. He explores the Constitution's most striking and innovative feature: its resilient brand of federalism. This delicate balance of power has served America well for more than two centuries, but it has also led to tensions throughout American history and still sparks controversy today. (1 of 4)

Ted Talks Education

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

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. In this episode, leaders including Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson, Sir Ken Robinson and Geoffrey Canada discuss the topic of learning. Musical performer and education advocate John Legend hosts.

Wisconsin Gardener

Japanese Cooking with Local Foods/Japanese Flowers

May 9th / 6:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Shelley Ryan meets Chef Taka at Phin Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Belleview. They create sunomuno cucumbers with a vinaigrette sauce. Next, she makes a simple Japanese flower arrangement with Ikebana instructor Kazuko Bressler; and, she visits one of the premier Japanese gardens in North America, Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL. (1 of 6)

Inspector George Gently

George Gently

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

Chief Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw) takes on one last case before retiring, following the murder of his wife. The case involves the death of a young biker in the North East of England, and interests Gently as it has attracted the attention of Joe Webster--his nemesis and the man responsible for the death of his wife. (Based on the Inspector Gently novels by Alan Hunter). (1 of 7)

Live at Overture: The Naughtons

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

Classically trained pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton perform with the Madison Symphony Orchestra at the Overture Center for the Arts.

Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings

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

Jake Shimabukuro is an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument's potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro, this program reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician.

Student Operations 2013

May 11th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Productions by Milwaukee Area Technical College students are broadcast, with new pieces aired on the half hour all day long.

Great Performances at the Met

Un Ballo In Maschera

May 12th / 10:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Verdi's vivid characters grapple with life and love, betrayal and death. Director David Alden's dreamlike setting provides a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Alvarez stars as the conflicted king; Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Intelligence Squared

Are Elected Islamists Better Than Dictators?

May 12th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The popular uprisings of the Arab Spring have left a leadership void that Islamist parties have been quick to fill. A longtime supporter of former strongmen like Egypt's Mubarak and Tunisia's Ben Ali, the U. S. now faces the uncomfortable result of Arab democracy-the rise of Islamist parties that are less amenable to the West than their autocratic predecessors. Experts discuss whether the Islamists, who once embraced violence, will slowly liberalize as they face the difficulties of state leadership. (1 of 8)

10 Buildings That Changed America

May 12th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Host Geoffrey Baer takes a journey across America and inside ten groundbreaking works of art and engineering. He tells the stories of American architectural marvels, including a state capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original indoor shopping mall, the first airport of the Jet Age and a futuristic concert hall.

Independent Lens

The Invisible War

May 13th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

One of America's most shameful and best kept secrets is investigated: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.

My Dad's Illness

May 13th / 11:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Megan Plouzek shares her powerful story about growing up in a home with a parent suffering with severe mental illness. Megan spares no details as she discusses the dark nature of the illness's effect on her father and her family. But, at its core, this is a love story as Megan and her family continue to rally around her father with hope for his recovery.

Extraordinary Women

Madame Chiang Kai-Shek

May 13th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In a remarkable life that touched three centuries, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek rose to become one of the most powerful women in the world. She positioned herself at the forefront of Chinese politics and held extraordinary influence in world affairs for a woman of her time. Her life is traced, where, in the end, she triumphed over every adversity, and continued to fight both for Chinese democracy and her country. (1 of 7)


Never Forget To Lie

May 14th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Marian Marzynski returns to the Warsaw ghetto of his childhood to tell the story of how he escaped the Holocaust by hiding from the Nazis and surviving the war as an altar boy in a Catholic monastery. He shares the poignant, painful recollections of other child survivors, many of whom are visiting scenes of their childhood for the last time.

Great Performances at the Met


May 19th / 10:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer makes his Met debut with a new production of Verdi's Rigoletto. The new staging moves the opera's tragic events from a decadent 16th-century Italian court to the glitzy, depraved setting of the Las Vegas strip circa 1960. Polish tenor Piotr Beczala sings the Duke, an amoral lounge singer whose entourage includes the world-weary comedian Rigoletto, sung by Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic. German soprano Diana Damrau sings the role of the innocent Gilda, Rigoletto's daughter and the victim of the predatory Duke. Michele Mariotti conducts his first company performances of the Verdi masterwork, which features one of the most famous arias in all of opera, "La donna e mobile".

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Salutes Our Armed Forces

May 20th / 10:00 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)

Mel Brooks: American Masters

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

In 60 years in show business, Mel Brooks has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer. A comedy giant of our time, scrawny Melvin Kaminsky developed his aggressively funny personality on the mean streets of Brooklyn, to protect against bullies. His first public success came in the early '60s with the 2000 Year Old Man albums, his brazen satirical film The Producers won the 1968 Oscar for best screenplay and such cult classics as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Twelve Chairs, High Anxiety, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights followed. Brooks has been fairly reclusive since his wife of 41 years, Anne Bancroft, died in 2005. He has never authorized a biography and has requested that his friends not talk about him, making his full participation with AMERICAN MASTERS a genuine first. This special features new interviews with Brooks, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Carl Reiner and Joan Rivers.

Great Romances of the 20th Century

Brooks & Bancroft

May 20th / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Plundering a wealth of film archive, Great Romances goes behind the scenes to unlock the secrets of some of the most romantic stories ever told. This episode explores the relationship of actor Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft, whose marriage has lasted over 30 years.

Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust

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

A fascinating, yet seldom-told chapter in World War II history is presented. The documentary chronicles a real-life Casablanca, in which a high-profile group of poker buddies--including Colonel Dwight Eisenhower hatched an intricate international plan of rescue and re-settlement, saving 1,300 Jews from certain death in Nazi concentration camps.

Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation

May 21st / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Thousands of World War II veterans from Wisconsin are honored at Miller Park in Milwaukee during the "Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation" day-long celebration. Milwaukee Public Television covers this spectacular event both inside and outside the stadium. The program features veterans talking about the impact of the War on their lives, along with clips from a documentary featuring the honor flights to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. that many of these veterans have experienced. WW II re-enactors, live music, the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Art Show, flyovers and fireworks are also featured. The model of the National WW II Memorial Model is also highlighted, before it goes into the Smithsonian. Co-hosts: Denise Callaway and Mark Siegrist. (Recorded: August 11, 2012)

Secrets of the Dead

Airmen and the Headhunters

May 22nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The extraordinary survival story of airmen shot down over the jungles of Japanese-occupied Borneo during World War II is investigated. The film recounts the rescue of a U.S. bomber crew by Dayak tribesmen, known for taking the heads of their enemies. The Dayaks fed and protected the airmen before leading them to the base of the maverick British special ops officer, Major Tom Harrisson, who was fighting a guerrilla war against the Japanese with a band of Australian commandoes.

Codebreakers: Bletchley Park's Lost Heroes

May 22nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

British engineer Tommy Flowers, and a talented British mathematician Bill Tutte, gave rise to Colossus, the world's first programmable computer. Tutte and a handful of brilliant men, allowed Churchill to 'hack in' to Hitler's own hotline, win the War and usher in the age of computers. Tutte's breathtaking genius was exploited by an amazing array of talent at Bletchley Park (the UK's top secret intelligence base) who then broke into Hitler's own communications network. Using dramatic reconstructions to recreate the daring raid, Cockleshell Heroes brings to life a mission that would come to symbolize the fighting spirit.

Live from Lincoln Center

Audra McDonald: Go Back Home

May 25th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Series host Audra McDonald takes to the stage in her own concert special, singing personal favorites including selections from her album, "Go Back Home". The acclaimed singer/actress is the winner of five Tony Awards and two Grammys. McDonald made her Broadway debut in "The Secret Garden" while still a classical voice student at The Juilliard School.

Heart Mountain: An All American Town

May 26th / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Now in their 80s, former child prisoners share their memories and photographs from the WWII Japanese internment camp in Heart Mountain, Wyoming.

National Memorial Day Concert

May 26th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna host a night of remembrance featuring an all-star line-up of stars performing with the National Symphony Orchestra. This 24th annual broadcast airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

USS Wisconsin: The Last Battleship

May 27th / 11:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This documentary tells the story of the USS Wisconsin, defining its unique place in history and profiling the courageous men who went to war on its decks. This history of the vessel includes archival footage of the USS Wisconsin in action, and features interviews in which sailors from three wars reminisce about their combat experiences.

Ghost Army

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

The true story is told of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and visual illusions during World War II. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops staged a traveling road show of deception designed to con the Germans right on the front lines. From Normandy to the Rhine, they conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. Some would go on to become famous, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelley and photographer Art Kane.

Rebel: Voces Special Presentation

May 29th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

"Rebel" chronicles the story of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban-born teenager from New Orleans who fought disguised as a man during the American Civil War. Based on a 600-page memoir published in 1876, this film tells the story of an unusual Civil War soldier who was considered a hoax for over 100 years, but contemporary historians have found evidence of her existence.

Shelter Me

Let's Go Home

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

A look is taken at shelter pets that went from rescued to rescuer. The first story is about hero firefighters who use shelter dogs for search-and-rescue. These teams have been to the World Trade Center and helped look for survivors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Superstorm Sandy and the Joplin tornadoes. Next, individuals who have adopted shelter dogs talk about volunteering with them at a hospital. (2 of 2)