MPTV Premieres & Highlights: May 2014
Eye on the Sixties: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman
May 3rd / 10:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Famed LIFE magazine photojournalist Rowland Scherman captured some of the most transformational political, cultural and musical events of the 1960s. At the sites of some of his most famous photos, Scherman reveals candid and insightful anecdotes from his storied career, reflecting on his life and his legacy, his medium's relevance in the digital age, and the passage of time. Scherman also shares seldom-seen images of politicians and celebrities of the 1960s, including President Lyndon Johnson, tennis great Arthur Ashe, TV journalism pioneer Barbara Walters, a young Bob Dylan, and JFK with the very first Peace Corps volunteers of 1961.
Craft In America
May 3rd / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. George Vanderbilt's opulent turn-of-the- century Christmas is recreated at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. Daring chefs make lavish gingerbread houses for a competition, and Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions, tamales and Kathleen Trenchard's sparkling luminarias. (3 of 3)
Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
May 4th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Laurence Rees looks at how Adolf Hitler formed a connection with millions of German people. Dispelling the myth that Hitler somehow hypnotized a nation, he looks at how his alleged 'charisma' played a key role in his success as a leader. (1 of 3)
Korea - The Forgotten War In Colour
May 4th / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
The story of the Korean War is told through powerful color imagery, dramatic musical score and soundscape. In this first of two parts, the summer of 1950 sees the people of Korea trapped in the vice-like grip of the beginnings of the Cold War, as the two new superpowers of the postwar world flex their muscles--the United States and the Soviet Union. (1 of 2)
Peter Pan from Milwaukee Ballet
May 4th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Artistic Director Michael Pink's adaptation of J.M. Barrie's most famous work is performed by the Milwaukee Ballet. This production, taped at the Marcus Center for the Arts in Milwaukee, brings to life Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and many of the notable characters, including a larger than life alligator that crawls along the orchestra pit. (Recorded 2012)
Battle for the Elephants
May 4th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
The elephant, Earth's most charismatic and majestic land animal, today faces market forces driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for gold. National Geographic goes undercover to expose the criminal network behind ivory's supply and demand. Cameras follow five people, each of whom is waging a battle for the elephant. Their stories reveal that this is an epic tale of supply and demand, of passion and profit, of love and loss, themes borne out in the quests of our five main characters and the many others whose paths they cross.
World War II: Desert War
May 5th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
The exciting, insightful and often surprising account is told, of one of the most celebrated campaigns of the Second World War - the war in North Africa. As the Nazis sweep all before them in Europe, the Anglo-Australian garrison in the small town of Tobruk in North Africa inspires the world by resisting the most celebrated German general of the Second World War. (1 of 2)
Mr. & Mrs. Murder
May 6th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
When national hero Marty O'Connor is found murdered in a hip hotel, the killer must be the knife-wielding room service attendant found standing over the body -- or is it? As Nicola (Kat Stewart) and Charlie (Shaun Micallef) delve deeper they discover this hotel has as many mysteries as it does floors. (1 of 13)
Nazi Mega Weapons
Jet Fighter Me262
May 7th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
The most technologically advanced plane of World War II, the Messerschmitt Me262 is examined. This fighter jet inspired a revolution in aerial warfare. Learn the remarkable story of the aircraft, the subterranean bat-cave where it was built, and the battle for air supremacy that decided the fate of the war. (5 of 6)
Wisconsin Remembers John F. Kennedy
May 8th / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, MPTV takes a look at the relationship between Kennedy and Wisconsin, and revisits his campaign here, his presidency, and his assassination. Producer Dan Jones talks to people who knew Kennedy, and to others who simply admired him.
Death in Paradise
May 9th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Detective Poole (Ben Miller) attends a university reunion, but one of the guests is murdered with an ice pick. With the case proving particularly sensitive, a new British detective, Goodman, arrives on the island to help the team get to the bottom of the mysterious case. (17 of 24)
Aging Matters - End of Life
May 10th / 9:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1
The personal stories of families are interwoven with interviews of scholars, doctors and medical ethicists to examine the complicated experience of dying. The program explores the radical transformation of death and dying in the United States over the past 150 years. The program addresses the role of advance directives, palliative care and hospice in an end-of-life strategy. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kathy Mattea hosts the program and shares her personal experience caring for family members suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.
Welcome to Hebburn, Pet
May 10th / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Jack takes Sarah home to meet the family in Hebburn, England, but they think she is his new girlfriend, not his new wife that he just married in Vegas. Mum Pauline goes overboard to make Sarah welcome and Dad Joe announces he's retiring and his mother, Granny Dot, is moving in. (1 of 13)
No Going Back: Women and the War
May 11th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
The Industrial Revolution of the mid-19th century drew increasing numbers of women out of the home and into the factories, but not in the antebellum South. Many Southerners perceived the forces of modernization as a threat to their traditional way of life. However, as Fort Sumter fell in April of 1861, so too would many firmly held cultural and societal beliefs about "a woman's place." Learn how the lives of women, and their roles in society, changed during and after the Civil War. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter narrates.
Men Who Made Us Fat
May 11th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Jacques Peretti traces those responsible for revolutionizing our eating habits; to find out how decisions made in America 40 years ago influence the way we eat now. (1 of 3)
Death Camp Treblinka
May 11th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
In a frenzy of mass murder lasting less than two years, as many as 900,000 Jewish men, women and children, including the inhabitants of the Warsaw ghetto, were murdered in Treblinka, a tiny camp hidden deep in the woods. No one liberated Treblinka - to be a survivor you had to fight your way out. In August 1943 a few hundred slave laborers did, and today only two witnesses remain: Samuel Willenberg and Kalman Taigman. The men share their stories.
Coming Back with Wes Moore
May 13th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
This three-part special by best-selling author and U.S. army veteran Wes Moore, tells the story of his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. Moore's journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and - for many - find a new mission. (1 of 3)
Escape from Nazi Alcatraz
May 14th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. Their plan was to fly to freedom from the roof of the castle, but the war ended before they could put it to the test. Aerospace engineers and carpenters explore the Colditz legend and expose the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes.
Nazi Mega Weapons
May 14th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
In April 1945, Hitler is in the center of Berlin, 10 meters underground, surrounded by four-meter thick concrete walls. He's blocked by rings of ingenious defenses, kill zones and strong-points that have turned Berlin into a fortress. A look is taken at the heart of the fortress, known as the Fuhrerbunker.
May 15th / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of hostilities in Vietnam, 110 Wisconsin veterans are flown to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and other sites honoring their service and sacrifice. Hosted by Oshkosh's Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), when the veterans return from their Old Glory Honor Flight, they are greeted by family, friends, actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band, along with an audience of approximately 15,000.
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself
May 16th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
George Plimpton was a writer, editor, amateur sportsman, actor and friend to many. The documentary is both a chronicle of one of the last century's most intriguing characters, as well as a cinematic adaptation of his nuanced and funny literary style. Plimpton co-founded and worked as the editor of "The Paris Review" for 50 years, hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, got Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, and authored more than 15 books, including "Paper Lion".
May 16th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
The true story is told of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and visual illusions during the 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.
Making of Milwaukee
Native Americans, Traders & Settlers, A City Is Born
May 17th / 10:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
This first 96-minute-long program in a 3-part visual history of Milwaukee traces the city's story from its beginnings with pristine waters, fertile lands, and home to Native Americans. Then French explorers and settlers arrive. Soon, Milwaukee becomes a city and its founders--Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn, and George Walker--battle for supremacy. Waves of Germans, soon followed by other immigrants, make Milwaukee an uneasy melting pot. Great industries spring up and manufacturing titans like Frederick Pabst, Guido Pfister, and Alexander Mitchell bring prosperity to Milwaukee. The series is based on the award-winning book, "The Making of Milwaukee," written by historian John Gurda, who hosts each program. It includes re-enactments of historical events, such as the 1886 Bay View Riot; vintage photos and archival film; original music by Maurice Wininsky; and narration by James Pickering. This Milwaukee Public Television series follows Milwaukee's colorful and complex story to the present time.
Lawrence Welk Show
Salute to the Armed Forces
May 17th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Jack Imel hosts from the Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson, MO. This show is also a tribute to Jack's skill as a producer/choreographer, with highly creative numbers that range from "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm" and "Alley Cat" to "Pack Up Your Troubles" and "Jack Is Every Inch A Sailor".
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
May 17th / 9:05 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Dr. Ruth Westheimer is the world's most famous sex therapist, but that is almost the least remarkable thing about her. Born to a German Jewish family in 1928, Ruth's happy childhood was shattered when Adolf Hitler came to power. Her parents then made the ultimate sacrifice, sending their daughter to safety on the Kindertransport to Switzerland. They would die in the Holocaust. Ruth's life is traced from becoming an ardent Zionist, travelling to Palestine after the end of World War Two, where she was trained as a sniper by the Jewish underground., and eventually moving to France, and then to the United States - where she met her soul mate, Manfred Westheimer.
On The Issues with Mike Gousha
Craig Steven Wilder
May 18th / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Host Mike Gousha speaks with MIT Professor Craig Steven Wilder, author of "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America's Universities". Wilder explains the history of racism in higher education, and details how many historical institutions were built with money generated by the slave trade. (Recorded Dec. 4, 2013 at Marquette University Law School).
Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and the War
May 19th / 11:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
As Northern armies swept south during the Civil War, self-emancipated slaves sought refuge behind Union lines. Determined to claim basic human rights, these former slaves-turned-soldiers fought valiantly for the Union and many sacrificed their lives for the cause. The black experience in the South is chronicled before, during and after the war. Civil War scholars, historical re- enactments, and primary readings from abolitionist are featured, including Frederick Douglass, U.S. Secretary of State William Seward, Louis B. Hughes' autobiography "Thirty Years a Slave," and the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.
Milwaukee's Forest Home Cemetery
May 19th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Host Dan Jones takes a look at the history of one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Milwaukee, WI. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding in the year 2000, the 200-acre Forest Home Cemetery is a final resting place to more than 100,000 former Milwaukee-area residents--including some nationally known names like Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz, and war hero Billy Mitchell.
Escape From a Nazi Death Camp
May 20th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
October 14, 2013 was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at the remote Nazi death camp of Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. The last remaining survivors share their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination.
Bombing Hitler's Dams
May 21st / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
In 1943, a squadron of bombers destroyed two gigantic dams in Germany's industrial heartland--cutting the water supply to arms factories. They used a revolutionary bouncing bomb invented by British engineer Barnes Wallis. NOVA recreates the extreme engineering challenges faced by Wallis and the pilots with the aid of six spectacular experiments.
Tragedy of Bataan
May 22nd / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Alec Baldwin narrates the fall of the Philippines and the Bataan Death March in the early months of World War II. The program contains first-account interviews with over twenty former survivors of the conflict. Also features several unpublished diaries, rare photos and drawings and never before seen Japanese propaganda film footage.
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love
May 23rd / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize. Hit after hit, he became the go-to composer for film and Broadway producers and the go-to performer for every president since Reagan. His streak was unprecedented. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch's classical training laid the groundwork for his popular compositions. A rich archival legacy, interviews with his collaborators and family members tell his rich and engrossing story.
Veterans of the Forgotten War
May 24th / 11:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1
For most Americans, the Korean Conflict is the "Forgotten War," sandwiched between World War II and Vietnam. The three year engagement (1950-53) did not end with victory as did World War II, nor did it stir the passions and divisions of our nation like Vietnam; yet it had a profound impact on the United States and the world. MPTV honors Wisconsin Veterans who fought in Korea and explains the significance of the conflict and its impact on the Cold War.
Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust
May 25th / 1:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
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.
John Glenn: A Life of Service
May 25th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
This documentary surveys John Glenn's distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues. The pivotal events in John Glenn's life are captured, including his humble beginnings in Depression-era Ohio, his life-changing ride-along with a barnstormer, his enlistment following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, his 122 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War, his envelope-pushing exploits as a Naval test pilot, and his transition to astronaut during the Cold War.
Indonesia: Java & Sumatra
May 25th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Megan explores two of the 11,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Starting in Jakarta, she learns about shadow puppets, Java's most famous art form, and visits the old Dutch trading schooners. From there she climbs the famous Krakatoa volcano and goes diving in the waters nearby. After visiting the world-famous Boroubudur Temple, Megan travels to Sumatra, learning the ancient art of batik from the people who invented it. She visits the island of Nias, home to ancient Stone-Age culture and some of the best surfing in the world. She ends her trip in the orangutan preserve of Gunung Lenser Park. (6 of 30)
Day of Days: June 6, 1944
May 25th / 12:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied servicemen landed on the shores of northern France, tasked with liberating western Europe from Nazi tyranny. The men faced decimating machine-gun fire, mortars and artillery, eventually fighting their way inland, but not before suffering a staggering number of casualties. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing, four D-Day veterans gather at the famed Museum of World War II outside of Boston, to share their experiences from that fateful "Day of Days".
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Salutes Our Armed Forces
May 25th / 2:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
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)
National Geographic Bee
May 25th / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Fourth to eighth-graders vie for the Bee crown, the top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The finalists, all winners of their state-level geographic bees, have triumphed over a field of nearly four million students to earn a place in the national championships. They represent the 50 states, District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools. Soledad O'Brien hosts.
National Memorial Day Concert 2014
May 25th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. They are joined by an all-star line-up in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Featuring a unique blend of uplifting musical performances and dramatic readings, the program airs from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
May 25th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Martha Gellhorn became a war correspondent almost by accident when her lover, Ernest Hemingway, urged her to file a report from Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. It was the beginning of a remarkable career spanning some sixty years. She carried on reporting well into her eighties. Martha was committed to reporting the truth and she worked hard for her reputation as one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century. The remarkable life of the war correspondent, novelist, travel writer and journalist is chronicled.
Fit 2 Stitch
The Bodice and Why Darts Are A Woman's Best Friend
May 26th / 10:30 am / MPTV Digital 36.1
Peggy Sagers explains why darts are an essential clothing design element when creating contemporary fashions. (1 of 13)
May 26th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Larry Tillemans is believed to be the last living clerk-typist from the Nuremberg Trials. As a sergeant in the U.S. 3rd Army, it was Larry's duty to document the testimony of victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust - information that deeply affected the young Midwesterner. After years of carrying this emotional burden, Larry shares his experiences with a world that sometimes struggles to remember the lessons of the past.
Escape in the Pacific: 1943
May 26th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
The dramatic, gripping account is told, of the only successful group escape from a Japanese POW camp during WW II. On April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners of war - survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of Corregidor--and two Filipino convicts carried out a daring escape from one of Japan's most notorious (and reputedly escape-proof) prison camps, the Davao Penal Colony located on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Based on John Lukacs's book, USAF Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess' story unfolds, along with wartime correspondence, archival documents and contemporary footage.
Death and the Civil War: American Experience
May 26th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
A critical but largely overlooked aspect of the Civil War experience is explored: the immense and varied implications of the war's staggering and unprecedented death toll. The country was transformed by the death of an estimated 750,000 people in four dark and searing years from 1861 to 1865. The shattering death toll transformed hundreds of thousands of individual lives and the life of the nation. Based on Drew Gilpin Faust's acclaimed book, "Death and The Civil War". Written and directed by Ric Burns.
Eisenhower's Secret War
The Lure of the Presidency
May 27th / 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)
May 27th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On the day itself, 14,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 5,000 ships delivered 30,000 military vehicles and 160,000 soldiers onto the beaches. Once on the shore, the troops had to negotiate six million mines buried in the sand, 500, 000 fearsome beach obstacles and hundreds of miles of barbed wire, while dodging the shells and bullets fired by half-a-million German defenders. Using LiDAR technology, this film re-creates the landscape--pulling back for the big picture and zooming in to a close-up of a single soldier on the battlefield.
Angle of Attack
May 28th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
The 100-year history of naval aviation--from wobbly gliders and the first shipboard landing in 1911 to modern supersonic jets and unmanned aerial vehicles. (1 of 2)
D-Day's Sunken Secrets
May 28th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the biggest armada in history to invade the Normandy beaches and liberate Europe from the Nazis. In less than 24 hours, more than 5,000 ships crossed the English Channel, along with thousands of tanks and landing craft and nearly 200,000 men. Throughout the operation hundreds of ships sank running the gauntlet of mines and bunkers, creating one of the world's largest underwater archaeological sites. Now, NOVA has exclusive access to a unique collaboration between military historians, archaeologists, and specialist divers to carry out the most extensive survey ever done of the seabed bordering the legendary beachheads.
Wisconsin Supper Clubs - An Old-Fashioned Experience
May 28th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1
Producer Ron Faiola captures the charming detail of 15 Wisconsin supper clubs from all corners of Wisconsin. Faiola reveals how supper clubs are defined and their impact on Wisconsin's food culture.
National Parks: Wisconsin
May 29th / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2
Patty Loew, host of Wisconsin Public Television's "In Wisconsin," and Dan Small, host of Milwaukee Public Television's "Outdoor Wisconsin," explore Wisconsin's National Park System, including the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and the North Country National Scenic Trail. Co-produced by Wisconsin Public Television and Milwaukee Public Television, beautiful footage of natural wonders are interwoven with profiles of park administrators, volunteers, a trail designer, and those that make their livelihood off the land.