MPTV Premieres & Highlights: March 2014
Dr. Wayne Dyer: I Can See Clearly Now
March 1st / 1:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Dr. Wayne Dyer presents personal stories as well as various philosophical and poetic illustrations to explain that each of our lives is a tapestry composed of all of the choices we've made and will make. There are no wrong roads taken once we understand the forces propelling us towards our life's purpose.
Celebration of Blues & Soul: The 1989 Inaugural Concert
March 1st / 10:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
This never-before-seen historic concert features Steve Ray Vaughan and some of the biggest names in blues and rock history performing their greatest hits. Recorded live during George H.W. Bush's Presidential Inaugural concert event in 1989, the video and audio tapes of this concert were presumed lost for more than 20 years.
Daniel O'Donnell Stand Beside Me
March 1st / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Daniel O'Donnell performs Irish, country, gospel, rock, movie and his long-time l favorites. "Stand Beside Me" reflects Daniel's belief that fans throughout his more than ten years on PBS have brought him to where he is today, standing beside him making his career a success. Daniel is joined by his six-piece band, two back-up vocalists, and long-time singing partner of 26 years, Mary Duff. Recorded Sept. 2013, at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in metro-Detroit.
Bee Gees One Night Only
March 1st / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
The group performs their greatest hits at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas: "To Love Somebody", "I've Just Got To Get A Message To You", "Lonely Days", "Jive Talking". (1997)
60s Pop, Rock & Soul (My Music)
March 1st / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Legends of the 1960s unite in this live performance special. Co-hosts Peter Noone and Davy Jones sing their biggest hits from 1965-1969. Pop songs from ranging from Frat Rock to Surf Pop, the British Beats to the Breakthrough Bands, Motown, Soul and Pop classics are featured.
Mister Rogers & Me
March 2nd / 6:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Soon after Fred Rogers retired from producing and starring in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Rogers had a chance meeting with his next door neighbor on the island of Nantucket--Benjamin Wagner. The children's television icon provided Wagner with some wise advice. After Rogers' death in 2003, Wagner and his brother, Christofer, set out to meet some of Mister Rogers' real-life "neighbors," aiming to discover more about the man himself, what he meant by living simply, and who still preaches Rogers' message.
Rick Steves' Italy: Cities of Dreams
March 3rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Rick Steves tours the ancient glories and back-street riches of three great Italian cities - Rome, Venice and Florence. In Florence, Rick beholds the art of Fra Angelico, Botticelli and Michelangelo before savoring a Florentine-style steak. In Rome, he ventures into the rustic neighborhoods of Trastevere and the Ghetto. In Venice, he gazes upon the splendor of the Doge before embracing the good life with a gastronomic pub crawl and a romantic gondola ride.
Rick Steves' Festive Europe
March 4th / 9:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Rick captures Europeans doing what they do so expertly--celebrating the good life. Rick experiences the pleasures of Andalucia, ventures into the reveller-filled Parisian streets on Bastille Day, takes in the royal pageantry in London, wanders through a Venetian palace, runs with the bulls in Pamplona, dines at an exclusive mens' club in Basque country, embraces high culture in Vienna, enjoys the lovable chaos of Naples, and walks the final stretch of the Camino di Santiago in Spain.
In Her Power
March 5th / 11:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Empowerment expert Helene Lerner, reveals the keys to "authentic power". Based on Lerner's book about personal reinvention, she encourages women to believe in themselves and pursue even their most intimidating and inconvenient dreams. The special features insights from actors Julianne Moore, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jane Seymour, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns and other inspiring self-made women.
Trains Around North America
March 5th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
America's railroad history is traced, highlighting unforgettable stories of the continent's historic and scenic tourist railroads. Various railways are explored, from quiet and relaxing trains featuring spectacular meals and views, to fast-paced trains full of glitz, glamour and movie stars. Grammy-winning musician and storyteller David Holt hosts.
Around The Corner with John McGivern
March 6th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
The series explores life in Wisconsin communities, and this episode focuses on the unique qualities of Chippewa Falls. McGivern goes behind the scenes to talk with employers, residents and other people familiar with Chippewa Falls to discover how they live, work and play. Also features background information on Chippewa Falls from local history expert John Gurda.
Celtic Woman: Emerald
March 6th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Emerald, the all-new stage production from Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland and the Emerald Isles' spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes.
Paul McCartney & Wings: Rockshow
March 7th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
This concert was recorded during the band's 1976 North American Wings Over the World tour, capturing the group at the peak of their career. The dynamic set list includes such hits as "Venus & Mars/Rockshow/Jet," "Let Me Roll It," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Silly Love Songs," "Band On the Run" and the Beatles classics "Lady Madonna," "Blackbird," and "Yesterday".
Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence
March 7th / 11:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Florence, Italy, the cradle of the Renaissance, gave rise to some of the world's most celebrated artists. Yet, little is known of the city's trailblazing female artists. The Emmy-winning film sheds light on the lives and works of these largely forgotten Renaissance-era painters. Cameras chart this painstaking process of reconstruction, restoration, preservation and conservation of two works, "Lamentation With Saints" by Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588), a cloistered nun and the first known female painter of Florence, and "David and Bathsheba," by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653).
A Farm Story with Jerry Apps
March 7th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
The portrait of a farm boy's childhood in Waushara County is told through his personal memories and photos from the community.
Makers: Women Who Make America
March 8th / 10:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Meryl Streep narrates the story of how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country's history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy.
Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths
March 8th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
The cast and crew of "Midsomer Murders" reflect on their experiences in the deadliest "county" in all of England. The special investigates the much loved DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and the mysterious mayhem of Midsomer.
Things That Aren't Here Anymore
March 8th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Milwaukee's past treasures are remembered through old photographs, archival footage, and the memories of customers. They relive going downtown to shop for that perfect dress, what it felt like to see the big screen at the drive in, and to smell the aroma of a popular restaurant, even though it's been gone for decades. Some memories never fade. Radio personality Robb Edwards hosts.
Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring
March 9th / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Award-winning author and property-rights activist Hernando de Soto explores the basic human and economic events that led to the Arab uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. The program shows that "The Arab Spring" was less a political event than it was about the coming of the industrial revolution to a region where over 90% of the population lives and works outside the rule of law. De Soto shows how an informal economy is the one common thread that can contribute to the region's growth and stability.
A Vintage for the Ages
March 9th / 12:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Napa Valley winemakers are gearing up for what looks like a vintage to remember. Elizabeth heads out to Chimney Rock's first pick of the season. At Markham Vineyards, Kim goes sampling at one of her favorite vineyards while Rutherford Hill plays catch-up from a disjointed preparation for harvest. (1 of 6)
Under The Streetlamp: Let The Good Times Roll
March 9th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
With their unique style and modern Rat Pack persona, Under The Streetlamp brings the American Radio Songbook to a whole new level in this special. The four extremely talented and charismatic former cast members of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" provide an electrifying concert produced at the renowned Star Plaza Theater. Singers Michael Ingersoll, Shonn Wiley, Michael Cunio and Christopher Kale Jones - along with an outstanding 10-piece band - perform classic hits of the 50's, 60's and 70's.
Fish Fry Night Milwaukee
March 10th / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Filmmaker Ron Faiola visits some of Milwaukee's most popular, historic and unique fish fry places, to see the people who make them and enjoy them.
Erma Bombeck: Legacy of Laughter
March 11th / 11:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
The extraordinary life and career is examined of beloved American humorist Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), whose honest tales of domestic life gave voice to millions of homemakers. Archival photographs, video clips, and personal memorabilia trace Bombeck's life, from her childhood during the Great Depression to her work as a women's rights activist. The program is interspersed with uplifting and humorous interviews with Erma's family, friends, and colleagues, including a touching on-camera introduction and narration by her neighbor and friend, former talk-show host Phil Donahue. Readings from some of Bombeck's best columns are also featured, while documenting her continuing impact on readers, parents, and writers.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell in Concert
March 11th / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Comedy legend Steve Martin is now in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comic, actor, author and playwright. He is also a Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and songwriter. The spotlight is put on Martin's musical side with a concert performance of his new collaboration with Edie Brickell, who initially burst onto the national scene in the late 80s fronting the New Bohemians. Backed by the virtuoso playing of the Steep Canyon Rangers, the duo partner on a series of new songs that combine Martin's inventive five-string banjo playing with Brickell's heart-tugging vocals to create a playful and irresistibly accessible collection of songs.
Dukes of September
March 12th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Rock & roll royalty Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs join forces to form their own new super group The Dukes of September. The group delights audiences with high octane new performances of their greatest hits, along with other chart-topping favorites from the 60s and 70s.
Great Big Sea: Courage & Patience & Grit
March 15th / 10:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
The band Great Big Sea has its roots in Canada's rowdy pubs, where co-founders Sean McCann and Bob Hallett met while playing Newfoundland folk songs for boisterous crowds. In 1993, after meeting Alan Doyle, they started Great Big Sea, in an attempt to create a new approach to Newfoundland folk music, one that combined their original music with the traditional sounds and instruments they had grown up with. This special includes live performances recorded during two very special nights at the Belleville, Ontario Empire Theatre in June 2006 during their The Hard and the Easy tour.
Ireland's Wild River
March 16th / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
The Shannon is Ireland's greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway--a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river--camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.
March 18th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Teenage heroin use across the state is examined. Panelists: Thomas Molitor, Green Bay chief of police; Ed Dorff, Heroin Response Initiative, Green Bay Police Department; Annie Short, Behavioral Health Prevention Coordinator, Milwaukee; Representative John Nygren, Marinette; Doug Darby and Anthony Alverado of Rise Together; Tyler Luedke of Libertas Treatment Center in Green Bay; and, Dr. Ryan Murphy, Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.
Can Eating Insects Change the World?
March 18th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Stefan Gates immerses himself in the extraordinary world of hardcore insect eating as he discovers that insects aren't just healthy, they have a low carbon footprint that might help save our planet. With 40 tons of insects to every human, they could offer the most sustainable solution to the global food crisis--where billions of people go hungry while the meat consumption of the rich pulls vast amounts of grain out of the food chain.
Women In Chemistry: Life Lessons from the Laboratory
March 19th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Eight remarkable women who have made important contributions to the field of chemistry are profiled. Undaunted by sexism, racism and religious discrimination, these risk takers remained steadfast in the face of adversity. Featured chemists include: Nancy Chang, cofounder and former CEO of the biopharmaceutical firm Tanox; Uma Chowdhry, retired senior vice president and chief science and technology officer of DuPont; Mildred Cohn, first female president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Mary L. Good, former president of the American Chemical Society; Kitty Hach-Darrow, cofounder of the Hach Chemical Company; Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stephanie Kwolek, former research associate at DuPont and inventor of Kevlar; and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder, chairman, and managing director of Biocon Limited.
March 21st / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
John Lennon's life in New York City during the 1970s as a father, husband, activist and artist are explored. Never-before heard studio recordings and never-before-seen concert film outtakes and home movies are featured, including interviews with his closest friends.
March 22nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Amelia Earhart was an aviation pioneer and female icon. She took numerous part time jobs, and borrowed money from her mother's inheritance, in order to pay for flying lessons and buy her first plane. Amelia's life and achievements are traced, all the way to her 1937 disappearance while flying over the Pacific Ocean.
Secrets of the Tower of London
March 23rd / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1000 years, this formidable fortress has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armoury and the Royal Mint. Over the centuries it has gone from a symbol of imperialism and tyranny to a national treasure- the protector of the crown jewels and many other historic British traditions. Cameras go behind the Tower's ancient walls, opening it up to expose its secrets and stories.
Return of the Wolves: The Next Chapter
March 23rd / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Narrated by Peter Coyote, this program follows the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and Idaho, and explores why the wolf remains a controversial animal.
March 23rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Set in 1952, as England prepares for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, THE SCAPEGOAT is a one-off drama that tells the provocative story of two very different men who have one thing in common - a face. Matthew Rhys, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Scott and Eileen Atkins star in an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, The Birds, Don't Look Now).
The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama
March 25th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Noted historian, author and critic Simon Schama explores the Jewish experience from tribal beginnings to Romans' destruction of the Jerusalem temple. He traces the story of the Jewish experience 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible. (1 of 5)
Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Avenue
March 25th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Roy Eaton, Jerry Della Femina, Paula Green, George Lois, and other creative giants recount the history of the advertising industry through unforgettable stories and campaigns.
Live From Lincoln Center
March 28th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Patina Miller is both a bright new face and a performer at the very top of her game. She brings her first concert special to Lincoln Center, with music ranging from classic R&B to Broadway's best.
Pride and Prejudice: Having A Ball
March 29th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
In honor of one of the world's most loved novels, Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," an authentic Regency ball is staged to capture a view of life in Austen's Britain.
Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: Final Forte 2014
March 29th / 8:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
The drama and excitement of one of Wisconsin's leading performance competitions for talented youth musicians features the four finalists of the 2008 Bolz Young Artists Competition who perform concerto excerpts with the Madison Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director John DeMain before a live audience. From the finalists, two winners will be chosen by a panel of distinguished judges to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Up to two $500 scholarships will be awarded for honorable mention. Kathy Bissen and Lori Skelton host.
Call the Midwife
March 30th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
The nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises, and Sister Winifred (Victoria Yeates) arrives from the Mother House. Sister Monica Joan's (Judy Parfitt) increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, yet she's the one who solves a perplexing medical mystery. New housewife and mother Chummy (Miranda Heart) spearheads an Open Day at the Community Centre. (1 of 8)
March 30th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
This vibrant, poignant and visually stunning film has won awards around the world. It begins when Luna, a baby killer whale, gets separated from his family on the wild coast of Vancouver Island. All alone, he seems determined to make friends with humans. People throughout the community fall in love with him, and the husband-and-wife production team of Mike Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm, get drawn into the drama. Their efforts to record the events result in this funny, heartwarming, and emotional documentary that explores the mysterious connection between humans and these mammals.
Mr. Selfridge, Season 2, Part 1
March 30th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Jeremy Piven (Entourage) reprises his role as London's retail king, Harry Gordon Selfridge, for a second season of the series. Rose (Frances O'Connor) returns from America for the store's fifth anniversary. Agnes (Aisling Loftus) returns from training in Paris. Lord Loxley (Aidan McArdle) returns to torture Lady Mae (Katherine Kelly).
Megafalls of Iguaco
March 30th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Five times the size of Niagara, the awesome Megafalls of Iguaco are also home to one of the richest habitats on Earth: 2000 species of plants, 450 species of birds, 50 different mammals and more reptiles and insects than anyone has been able to count. (1 of 10)
Diana vs. The Queen
March 31st / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Elizabeth, Queen of England and Diana, Queen of Hearts; one remote and pragmatic, the other emotional and insecure. This revealing documentary charts the two women's relationship from the beginning, through the royal wedding to Diana's emergence as a global superstar.