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"AFTER NEWTOWN" - MPTV TO AIR SPECIAL PROGRAMMING IN FEBRUARY

January 30, 2013


Regular PBS Shows to Focus on Gun Violence, As Well As Newly Produced Newtown-Related Specials

In response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, a series of special programs will be broadcast the week of February 18-22 on Milwaukee Public Television.

These thoughtful and thought-provoking documentaries, magazine and news pieces are meant to add context, depth and nuance to the national conversation about gun violence in America.

The lineup for the week will include:

Monday, February 18
PBS NEWSHOUR 6:00 PM MPTV 36.1 HD
PBS NEWSHOUR will cover issues surrounding the Newtown school shooting the entire week.
Tuesday, February 19
GUNS IN AMERICA 8:00 PM MPTV 10.1 HD
Traces the evolution of guns in America, their inextricable link to violence, and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity.

FRONTLINE 9:00 PM MPTV 10.1 HD
"Raising Adam Lanza"
In the wake of the Newtown school massacre, in a special collaboration with the Hartford Courant, FRONTLINE examines the life of a young man and the town he changed forever.

Wednesday, February 20
NOVA 8:00 PM MPTV 10.1 HD
"Mind of a Rampage Killer"
Miles O'Brien investigates new theories that the most destructive rampage killers are driven most of all, not by the urge to kill, but the wish to die. Could suicide and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory be the main motivation? How much can science tell us about a brain at risk for violence? Most importantly, can we recognize dangerous minds in time and stop the next Newtown?

THE PATH TO VIOLENCE 9:00 PM MPTV 10.1 HD
Ever since Columbine, schools and law enforcement have developed multiple strategies to prevent attacks. Yet, despite the progress made, recent attacks reveal a gaping hole in our safety net.

Friday, February 22
WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL 7:00 PM MPTV 10.1 HD
Moderator and Managing Editor Gwen Ifill will feature a segment discussing how Washington lawmakers are addressing the issue of gun control.

NEED TO KNOW 7:30 PM MPTV 10.1 HD
A report about the ripple effects of a fatal shooting incident

MPTV will kick off the month of Newtown-related shows with its own local program on the issue. On February 8 at 9:00 p.m. on MPTV 36.1 HD, the season premiere of 4th STREET FORUM focuses on "A Conversation: Violence, Guns, and Our Culture." Host Marcus White leads a panel of local experts and community leaders who will address the potential causes of gun violence and potential solutions.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
For more information, visit www.mptv.org.
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Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
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