MPTV Premieres & Highlights: August 2014

American Masters

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

August 1st / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

This first authorized film poetically documents Seeger's unique experience and contributions. The man who introduced America to its own folk heritage, he deeply believed in the power of song and was convinced that individuals can make a difference. He made a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, and got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the U.S. government, for his views on peace, civil rights and ecology, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist--banned from commercial television for more than 17 years. His inspiring story is told by everyone from Bob Dylan to the Dixie Chicks and through a remarkable historical archive, a history that Seeger himself - who died in January 2014 - helped create.

Next Avenue Community Conversations

Work & Purpose (Enjoying Your Job)

August 2nd / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Host Mark Siegrist speaks with popular WKLH radio personalities Dave Luczak and Carole Caine to find out how baby boomers can achieve a greater sense of fulfillment in the work they perform. They discuss how giving back to the community provides personal fulfillment. The Helen Bader Foundation has generously funded the Next Avenue series on MPTV.

Movie: Monkey Business (1952)

August 2nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

In this classic screwball comedy starring Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant, a chemist accidentally drinks the elixir of youth and spends the day gallivanting around town with his boss' secretary and cutting up like a teenager! Ginger Rogers stars as Edwina, Grant's wife.

Great Performances

Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl

August 3rd / 1:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

In commemoration of the 2013 Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform a concert of Verdi's towering Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl. Special guests: Julianna Di Giacomo (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano), Vittorio Grigolo (tenor) and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (bass).

They Never Walked Alone: The Story of St. Jerome's Catholic Church

August 3rd / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The Croatian parish of St. Jerome in Chicago has been ministering to Croatian immigrants and their families since the early 1900s. Like many unique ethnic parishes in the U.S., it has served as a refuge to preserve faith, family and identity. The history of the parish reveals why--at its core--for every mission--they were not alone.

Panama Canal: The Eighth Wonder of the World

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

The history behind the signing of the U.S./Panama treaty to build the canal is explored. Frenchman Ferdinand de Lesseps, who built the Suez Canal, was the first person to tackle the huge endeavor. In 1881 an advance party of French engineers arrived on the Isthmus. The ferocity of the jungle combined with the devastating ravages of yellow fever, typhoid and malaria cost the lives of thousands of West Indian workers. The origin of the American involvement in the canal project lay in the 1840s as settlers and traders sought alternatives to the arduous overland routes from Atlantic to Pacific. (1 of 2)

Sikh Temple Shootings: Waking In Oak Creek

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

In 2012, Oak Creek, WI was rocked by hate after a white supremacist killed six worshippers at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. In the year following the attack, the mayor and police chief led the community, as they forged new bonds with their Sikh neighbors. Young temple members, and a police lieutenant, shot 17 times in the attack, inspire thousands to gather for events and honor the victims. This film highlights a community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate, and create a safe town for all.

Dick Cavett's Watergate

August 8th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Forty years ago, the drama emerged of a criminal conspiracy to cover up misdeeds by President Nixon and his top advisers. From 1972 to 1974 the Watergate scandal was frequently a part of "The Dick Cavett Show". With exclusive access to the show's library, this program documents the scandal in the words of the people who lived it: from the botched burglary at the Democratic National Headquarters; to the must-see TV of the daily Congressional Watergate hearings; to the on-going behind-the-scenes battle between the White House and The Dick Cavett Show; culminating with Nixon's resignation.

Drying for Freedom

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

Steven Lake crisscrosses the world to unravel the reasons and consequences for banishing clotheslines in favor of dryers. The humble clothesline is now so loathed, that more than 60 million Americans live in communities with homeowners associations that actually prohibit them. From the laundry-less gardens of sunny California to India's communal open air laundromats, this voyage goes into the new environmental battlefield where money, status and class come first and the welfare and future of our planet come second.

Movie: A Streetcar Named Desire (1952)

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

Disturbed Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) moves in with her sister-in-law (Kim Hunter) in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law (Marlon Brando) while her reality crumbles around her. Based on Tennessee Williams' play of the same name.

American Masters

Cab Calloway: Sketches

August 10th / 1:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

"Minnie the Moocher," with its popular refrain "Hi de hi de hi de ho," was Cab Calloway's signature song. A singer, dancer and band leader, he was an exceptional figure in the history of jazz, and was at the top of his game in the Jazz and Swing eras of the 30s and 40s. His career flagged until he was rediscovered in 1980's The Blues Brothers. A look is taken at how this consummate musician, charmed audiences around the world with boundless energy, bravado and elegant showmanship.

American Masters

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

August 10th / 2:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Leading historians, biographers and personal friends reveal the complexities of Margaret Mitchell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind Gone With the Wind, one of the world's best-selling novels--adapted into one of the most popular films of all time. Mitchell struggled with the two great issues of her day: the changing role of women and the liberation of African Americans. A charismatic force until her death at age 48, Mitchell rebelled against the stifling social restrictions placed on women: as an unconventional tomboy, a defiant debutante, a brazen flapper, one of Georgia's first female newspaper reporters, and, later, as a philanthropist who risked her life to fund African-American education.

A Year with the Prince of Monaco: Power and Intimacy

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

The exclusive documentary provides a captivating portrait of one of the last monarchs at the head of a constitutional monarchy. The Grimaldi family of Monaco is profiled, focusing on the reclusive Prince Albert II who allows the public a rare glimpse of his daily life, and the backstage team who helps manage his projects.


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

This gripping psychological thriller follows the crumbling life of Detective Sergeant "Mack" Stone (John Hanna-Rebus), a black-out drunk, and his dangerous obsession with an unsolved mystery. While investigating the disappearance of his wife, Stone, losing his grip on reality, hones in on amnesia patient John Dean (Anthony Calf) and pursues him relentlessly. But, as Stone's behavior becomes more erratic, his claims seem less credible - leaving him to question his own memory. (1 of 2)

Antiques Roadshow

Vintage Milwaukee

August 11th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

It's been 16 years since ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visited Milwaukee. A look is taken back at top finds, including a Tiffany lamp, which was appraised at $8,000-$15,000 in 1998.

Chasing Shackleton

August 12th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Tim Jarvis discovers exactly what happened on the most famous survival story in expedition history--Sir Ernest Shackleton's 800 nautical mile boat journey across the Southern Ocean and deadly mountain crossing of South Georgia. He recruits five of the world's toughest explorers to wear 1914 clothes, eat basic rations and sail in a perfect replica of the tiny wooden boat Shackleton sailed in. As the crew battles freezing temperatures, a leaking boat and sea-sickness, they lose all contact with their tracking vessel and suddenly find themselves in their worst nightmare: lost at sea. (1 of 3)

The Ambassador

Innocent Passage

August 12th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

THE AMBASSADOR is a powerful, thrilling drama set in a world of deception, mistrust and betrayal. Pauline Collins plays Ambassador Harriet Smith, who holds one of Britain's most coveted and powerful Embassy posts. John Stone, played by Denis Lawson, is Harriet's determined commercial attache and main aide. But Stone also answers to another master - MI6 (the British Intelligence Agency). The Ambassador's job as troubleshooter for Britain takes her into a sinister and dangerous world far removed from the cocktail parties of Downing Street.

The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me

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

Commanders, mission specialists and key support members recount the triumphs and the tragedies of NASA's storied history. Memorable shuttle missions are highlighted, while exploring the growing diversity among the astronaut corps and space industry personnel.

The Cyberchase Movie

August 14th / 5:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Hacker and his bumbling henchbots are drilling inside a nature preserve hoping to reformat all of Cyberspace and put him in charge of everyone and everything forever! He accidentally triggers a slime geyser, which destroys many animals' habitats. The CyberSquad teams up with Ollie (guest star Rico Rodriguez), a Junior Ranger, to discover that destroyed habitats aren't their only problem. Can the kids prevent Cyberspace from being lost to the villainous Hacker forever?

American Masters

Harper Lee: Hey Boo

August 15th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

American Masters explores the mysterious life of Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee's friends and family, including her centenarian sister Alice, detail her rise from small-town Alabama girl to famous author, her tumultuous friendship with Truman Capote, and the origin of her most memorable characters. The documentary also explores the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication and through the film starring Gregory Peck.

Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling

August 16th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Tommy Tune hosts this fun-filled, toe- tapping documentary about the amazingly precocious child star whose films saved a movie studio from bankruptcy, and arguably raised the morale of Depression-weary Americans.

Life Is A Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story

August 16th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The star of Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, Gypsy, and scores of other memorable films and Broadway shows, Rosalind Russell came into her own during Hollywood's Golden Era. Late in life, she was struck with severe rheumatoid arthritis, which derailed her career. Thereafter, Russell championed the needs of millions also suffering from the disease. Narrated by Kathleen Turner, this insightful and warm profile comes on the occasion of the approach of the 75th anniversary (2013) of her breakthrough role as Sylvia Fowler in The Women (1939) and the 55th anniversary of her most famous role as Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958).

American Masters

Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides"

August 17th / 1:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges hails from an illustrious Hollywood family, working as a child with his father Lloyd and brother Beau on television's "Sea Hunt". Acting for nearly 40 years, he first burst onto the silver screen in The Last Picture Show in 1971, again in 1984 with Starman and in 1998 with the cult classic "The Big Lebowski". After the life-changing role in Crazy Heart, he returns to the screen with the remake of True Grit. American Masters profiles Jeff Bridges, the actor, musician, photographer, occasional vintner and storyteller.

Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma: Live from Tanglewood

August 17th / 12:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble celebrates its 15th anniversary performance at Tanglewood in Western Massachusetts. An eclectic group of distinguished musicians, composers and performing artists from more than 20 countries embark on a dynamic musical journey. This intimate documentary features performances from that concert, background interviews, behind-the-scenes excerpts and magical offstage moments.

Great Performances

Sting: The Last Ship

August 17th / 2:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

For the last several years, rock & roll Renaissance man Sting has been working on a new musical play titled "The Last Ship." Featuring new and original music and lyrics by Sting, the project is a collaboration with Tony-winning book writer John Logan ("Red," "Skyfall" screenplay) and will be directed by Tony-winner Joe Mantello of "Wicked." "The Last Ship" will open in Chicago later this spring, with a fall 2014 Broadway debut. Exploring a range of universal themes including transgression, redemption and the complexity of relationships over the passage of time, "The Last Ship" tells the story of the demise of the ship building industry in 1980s Newcastle, England, which for so long had shaped and overshadowed the city's development and community.

Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters

August 17th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

For the past 75 years, Wallis Simpson has been cast as the scarlet woman of British history--the siren who seduced Edward VIII and caused him to give up his throne. But a trove of secret letters written by Wallis suggests that the story of their infamous marriage may not be entirely factual.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Meet the New Baby

August 18th / 10:00 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Daniel learns that he's going to be a big brother and prepares for his new role as a tiger-tastic helper. And when Margaret arrives home - the Tiger family celebrates with musical numbers galore!

Dinosaur Train

Classic in the Jurassic

August 18th / 8:00 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The Pteranodon family is super excited to be traveling to the "Classic in the Jurassic", an Olympic-type competition in which different dinosaur teams representing the three Mesozoic time periods compete.

The Queen's Mother In Law

August 18th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Featuring exclusive interviews with family members and previously unseen archival footage, new light is shed on one of the royal family's most remarkable but little known personalities--Princess Alice of Battenberg, mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II.

Search for Josiah Henson...The Man Behind The Story of Uncle Tom's Cabin

August 19th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The team searches a plantation once home to Josiah Henson, the enslaved man who inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's famous novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and galvanized abolitionists. Descending on what is now an upscale DC suburb, they search for clues and tell the story of one of the most important Americans of the 19th century.

The Bones of Badger Hole

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

Working against a three-day deadline, the team digs for the skeletons of long extinct bison that roamed Oklahoma 10,000 years ago. They believe they've found the largest bison kill site in North America from the Folsom period, and learn about bison behavior, hunting practices and what hunters understood about their quarry.

Foyle's War

Plan of Attack, Part 1

August 21st / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

With the Hastings police force suffering attrition and low morale, Foyle (Michael Kitchen) comes out of retirement to probe the mysterious death of a cartographer from the Air Ministry office. (1 of 6)

American Masters

Billie Jean King

August 22nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The professional tennis star who fought for equality on and off the court presents her own story. This documentary traces the incredible life of the single most important female athlete of the 20th century. American Masters looks back to the 12-year-old California girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy inequality. During her professional tennis career, King won 39 Grand Slam titles, helped form the Virginia Slims Series (pre-cursor to WTA Tour), founded the Women's Sports Foundation and Women's Sports magazine, and co-founded World TeamTennis.

Age of Champions

August 23rd / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Five competitors who competed for gold at the National Senior Olympics are profiled. You'll meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter and rough-and- tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age.

In From the Cold? A Portrait of Richard Burton

August 23rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Few great actors have been so unfairly represented in the public image as Richard Burton. Drunk, a wastrel, uncontrollable, unprofessional, besotted with glamour and wealth - these are just a few of the epithets describing the popular star of stage and screen. This documentary, made at his widow Sally Hay's request, is a celebration of an extraordinary man whose public image may have been seen as much different.


August 23rd / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Tim (Darren Boyd) is stuck in a dead-end job at Computer Universe and locked in a custody battle with his ex-wife Judith (Dolly Wells), but when he's accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5, he goes from zero to hero in no time. (1 of 17)

MPTV PBS Kids Writers Contest: 2014 Winners

August 24th / 9:30 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Winning stories written and illustrated by children as part of Milwaukee Public Television's 2014 PBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST are featured. The 22 stories celebrate the creativity of children in Kindergarten-Grade Three. 2014 marks the 20th year that MPTV has hosted the PBS Kids Writers Contest.

American Masters

Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun

August 24th / 1:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Tanaquil Le Clercq was a dancer of uncommon style and beauty, and the love object of two leading 20th century choreographers working in America--George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Balanchine married her, and Robbins created his famous version of "Afternoon of a Faun" for her. Recognized as uniquely gifted, no one was thought to have a brighter future until it suddenly stopped. In 1956, Tanny was struck down by polio at age 27. Balanchine devoted himself to her recuperation and, eventually, her personal tragedy became another kind of artistic triumph - paralyzed from the waist down and wheel chair ridden, her story is ultimately one of great courage and fortitude.

30 Minute Music Hour

Traveling Suitcase

August 24th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Drums are front and center in this Oshkosh trio's '70s inspired rock and roll performance.

Young Stars of Ballet

August 24th / 12:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Each year, the Indianapolis City Ballet brings together the world's most promising ballet talent, who perform dance standards and contemporary works alongside principal dancers from the nation's top ballet companies. These teen dancers from Australia, Russia, Japan, France, Italy and the United States hold themselves to extraordinarily high standards. Cameras go behind the scenes to capture their rigorous rehearsals and last-minute warm-ups as they prepare for their first paid dance job.

Great Performances

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2014

August 24th / 2:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Piano virtuoso Lang Lang joins the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic for an open-air concert in the magnificent gardens of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Led by first time guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach.

Masterpiece Mystery!

Breathless, Part 1

August 24th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Set in London in 1961, "Breathless" follows the exploits of doctors, nurses, and spouses connected with a busy obstetrics ward with a dark secret. This medical series with astounding suspense, supreme satire, and smart sixties style features Otto Powell (Jack Davenport), a well-off gynecologist who can perform miracles in the operating room and has a trophy wife (Natasha Little) and a bright, well-mannered son (Rudi Goodman). Otto also has a wandering eye, which alights most recently on new nurse Angela Wilson (Catherine Steadman).

Jesse Owens: American Experience

August 25th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In 1936, the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper entered the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. He was barely able to control his anger because of the insults that Hitler and the other German leaders had hurled at him and his Negro teammates. The young athlete would channel his raw emotions into some of the most remarkable achievements in the history of athletics, winning four gold medals. This film tells the story of Owens' remarkable victories in the face of Nazi racism, beginning in the poor Cleveland neighborhood where the young athlete grew up; detailing his early career, and detailing the movement in Western democracies to boycott the event.

Lost Civil War Prison

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

The team sifts through the bits and pieces left behind at Andersonville Prison in Georgia, to uncover what life in a Civil War prison was really like for the 10,000 prisoners held there.

Lost Pueblo Village

August 26th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The team uses airborne 3D mapping and ground-penetrating radar to explore the extent of a community that thrived 1400-1500 years ago. They learn about the people that forged significant technological breakthroughs in farming, pottery and the bow and arrow.

Operation Maneater

Great White Shark"

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

Mark Evans travels to Western Australia, where he investigates non-lethal solutions to keeping people - and sharks - safe. He enters the water to attaches tracking tags to great whites; joins beach patrol teams searching for sharks; and tests a new "multi-spectral" camera that spots sharks from the air even when they are hidden several meters underwater. (1 of 3)

American Masters

Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning

August 29th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Her celebrated photograph "Migrant Mother" is one of the most recognized and arresting images in the world, a haunting portrait that came to represent the suffering of America's Great Depression. Yet few know the story, struggles and profound body of work of the woman who created the portrait: Dorothea Lange. Directed and narrated by Lange's granddaughter Dyanna Taylor, this film explores the life, passions and uncompromising vision of the woman behind the camera, whose enduring images document six turbulent decades of American history.

Movie: Bonnie & Clyde (1967)

August 30th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Gun-toting bank robbers (Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway) start a trail of terror, as they blaze through the Southwest in the '30s. Also starring Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, and Estelle Parsons. Academy Award for Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actress-Parsons.

Broadway or Bust

The Casting Call

August 31st / 12:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

It's non-stop drama when 60 of America's top high school musical theater performers arrive in New York City for an intensive week of "theatrical boot camp" as they vie for a shot at stage stardom in the ultimate national theater competition. This three-part series captures the behind-the-scenes coaching and grueling rehearsal schedule leading up to the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA). (1 of 3)

Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service

August 31st / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Her Majesty's Secret Service, or MI6 as it is known, is the world's most legendary spy agency, thanks to the James Bond stories. The veil is lifted, on the shadowy world of spying, going back in time and behind the scenes to look at some the world's most calculated and delicately executed operations.