Press Releases


December 22, 2008

Milwaukee, WI - Four January programs on Channels 10, 10.1HD, 36, 36.1, and 36.3 examine the lack of affordable healthcare and the high child mortality in Wisconsin, along with the facts and figures of Alzheimer's.

Friday, Jan. 2nd, HEALTHCARE: THE WISCONSIN PRESCRIPTION premieres on MPTV 10 and 10.1 HD at 6:30 p.m. Repeats are Sunday, Jan. 4th, at 11 a.m., and on 36.3, at 3 p.m. MPTV Producer Everett Marshburn explores how the lack of affordable healthcare impacts real people facing serious healthcare challenges. A mother with brain cancer, a man with multiple sclerosis, and a young cancer survivor--all without health insurance share their stories. Karen Timberlake, Secretary of Health Services for Wisconsin, and State Senators Karen Vinehout and Glenn Grothman--who represent differing viewpoints on the Healthcare debate in the Wisconsin legislature are also interviewed. This film was screened at the MPTV Community Cinema at Discovery World Innovation Theatre on Dec. 10th. (27 minutes)

Sunday, Jan. 4th, ALZHEIMER'S: THE COST OF GROWING OLD premieres on MPTV 36 & 36.1 at 3:30 p.m. People in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease describe their symptoms while family members explain the heartbreaking process of watching their spouses and parents slowly lose their memories and ability to function. The emotional and financial toll on caregivers is explored.
Add One: MPTV Health Focus Programs Nationally recognized experts--including David Shenk, author of the national best-seller "The Forgetting, Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic," and William Thies, Ph.D., vice president of the Alzheimer's Association, discuss the disease's potential impact on the United States. (27 minutes)

Sunday, Jan. 11th, ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: FACING THE FACTS premieres on 36 & 36.1 at 3 p.m. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive and fatal brain disease that destroys one's memory and identity. It can easily deplete a lifetime of savings in long-term health care costs, and leave caregiving families emotionally, physically and often, financially exhausted. The personal and societal implications of the illness are examined, while reviewing the latest research as scientists search for a cure. Through profiles of families living with Alzheimer's, and interviews with doctors and researchers, the documentary studies how this overlooked disease threatens to bankrupt the American health system, economy and spirit. (57 minutes)

Friday Jan. 16th, 4th STREET FORUM "Babies Dying: Wisconsin's Epidemic" premieres on MPTV 10 & 10.1 HD at 10:00 p.m. Wisconsin has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. Three black babies die for every white baby, and mortality rates for Hispanic infants are also elevated. Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker and Wisconsin Secretary of Health Karen Timberlake discuss ways in which the State is combating the problem. This episode is the third annual collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin's Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute. (Forums are taped at Milwaukee's Turner Hall on Thursdays.)

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