Press Releases


February 28, 2011


Irish eyes, Jewish baseball, singing songwriters, money issues, classic comedy, tragedy and celebration make it onto the list of highlights for MPTV 10.1/36.2 and 36.1. Local interest programs include homeless teens in Wisconsin, good parenting, creative businesses, finding jobs, and the Supreme Court candidates debate.

*Homeless in the Heartland
*In Performance at the White House "Motown Sound"
*Independent Lens "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story
*American Masters "Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter
*Great Performances "Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert on Broadway
*4th Street Forum "Good Parenting: Magic or Method"
*Joe Bonamassa - Live from the Royal Albert Hall
*Les Miserables 25 Anniversary Concert at the O2
*Brain Injury Dialogs
*Behind the Britcom: From Script to Screen
*Rock, Pop and Doo Wop
*World at War: Pincers
*DuSable to Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis
*John Wooden: Values, Victory and Peace of Mind
*Best of Laugh-In
*Celtic Thunder Heritage
*Jews and Baseball
*Suze Orman's Money Class
*When Irish Eyes Are Smiling: An Irish Parade of Stars
*Class Apart: American Experience
*Arts Digest "The Creative Economy"
*Triangle Fire: American Experience
*Jobs "Episode 3"
*Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates Debate 2011

Dates, times, and descriptions are online at March highlights and premieres and on following pages.

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Homeless in the Heartland
March 1st / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
How did Milwaukee, Wisconsin end up as the "twelfth meanest city in America" on the National Coalition for the Homeless list? What does it mean to be homeless in Milwaukee and what factors contribute to this uninvited title? This exclusive documentary includes interviews with homeless individuals all from diverse backgrounds, as well as caregivers and others who share their experiences and thoughts on being homeless in Milwaukee. The program also explores some of the strategic options identified by the community to combat homelessness and a glimpse of what the future may hold for homeless individuals in Milwaukee. Produced by Gene Ferrara. Length: 00:57:36 / Episode: #0H

In Performance at the White House
The Motown Sound
March 1st / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
President Obama and First Lady Michelle host this event featuring selections from 50 years of Motown hits. The all-star cast of performers and guests includes current stars as well as stars from Motown's golden era. Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #1703H / Source: PBS

Independent Lens
Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story
March 1st / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Cyntoia Brown, a teenager with a long history of abuse, kills a man who picked her up for sex. The filmmaker has unprecedented access to Cyntoia in prison, and spends two years with her and her family as they await her eventual sentencing to life in prison in Tennessee. Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #1215H / Source: PBS

American Masters
Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor and the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter
March 2nd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
In the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter emerged--a style marked by vulnerable introspection and raw, naked emotion. Many performed at the Troubadour, the famed West Hollywood club. Troubadours is a first-hand account of the genesis of the singer-songwriter movement, centering on the historic collaboration between Carole King and James Taylor, as well as on Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, the Eagles, Elton John, and many others. Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #2401# / Source: PBS

Great Performances
Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert on Broadway
March 2nd / 8:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Three-time Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick, Jr. with his big band and a 12-piece string section perform an infectious mix of evergreen standards, original compositions, and New Orleans street music. Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #3604H / Source: PBS

Outdoor Wisconsin
Ozaukee Humane Society/Fishing Club/Vermiculture
March 3rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Dan Small looks in on the construction of the new Ozaukee Humane Society facility, the first LEEDS certified green humane society building in US. Judy Nugent joins a high school fishing club on the ice near Lake Geneva and gives some ice fishing instruction and tips to students. Will Allen of Growing Power demonstrates the simple design of his vermiculture system and how worms contribute to not only nourishing his crops. Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #2708 / Source: WMVS

4th Street Forum
Good Parenting: Magic or Method?"
March 4th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Should parents demand high achievement from their children, or praise each modest accomplishment? Are parents doing what it takes to raise successful children? Denise Callaway moderates a discussion between experts and audience members as they explore effective parenting. Callaway is the Business and Community Partnerships Coordinator for Milwaukee Public Schools. Public discussions are presented in free Thursday noon conversations from Turner Hall, on 4th Street. For more information, call 414-272-1733 x 4. Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #918 / Source: WMVS

Joe Bonamassa - Live from the Royal Albert Hall
March 5th / 5:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa performs at The Royal Albert Hall. The legendary Eric Clapton joins him on stage. (Recorded 2009) Length: 01:05:00 / Episode: #0 / Source: KNME

Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2
March 5th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Over 300 actors and musicians celebrate the legendary musical's 25th Anniversary at London's O2 Arena. Based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel and set in early 19th-century France, Les Miserables features the stories individuals struggling for redemption and revolution. Heading the cast is Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean), one of Britain's leading tenors and best-selling recording artists, Matt Lucas (ThÉnardier), one of Britain's most successful comic actors and writers, Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga (Fantine), and Nick Jonas (Marius), one third of the phenomenally successful pop music artists the Jonas Brothers. Time: 2:51

Brain Injury Dialogues
March 6th / 8:00 am / MPTV 36.1
Though he appears normal, Rick Franklin's brain injury has made his life anything but. Veteran documentary maker and friend Lyell Davies, explores the impact that brain injury has on survivors and family members. Survivors explain how they deal with life after a brain injury by means of personal, medical, and even political strategies. Length: 00:53:00 / Episode: #0H / Source: NETA

Behind the Britcom: From Script to Screen
March 6th / 5:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Writers and producers of British comedies explain how their shows went from "script to screen". Highlights include Writer/Director Richard Curtiss and the cast of Vicar of Dibley and Blackadder, Writer Roy Clarke and the cast of Keeping Up Appearances, Writer Bob Larbey and the cast of As Time Goes By, as well other Britcom insiders. Moira Brooker and Philip Bretherton (As Time Goes By) host.
Length: 01:58:47 / Episode: #0$ / Source: PFP

Rock, Pop and Doo Wop
March 7th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Rock and pop legends Jon (Sha Na Na) "Bowzer" Bauman and Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) bring back the best songs from the late 1950s and early 1960's rock, pop and doo wop era. Recorded in 2010, this special includes new live performances and rare, never before available archival classics from the Dick Clark vaults.
Length: 01:58:40 / Episode: #0$ / Source: PFP

World at War: Pincers
March 8th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
This definitive film about World War II military maneuvers features dramatic documentary footage narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier with music by Carl Davis. Includes penetrating interviews with statesmen and military leaders of the time; and. chronicles events through the experiences of ordinary men and women--American, British, German, Japanese, and Russian, in uniform and out--who lived and fought through the most momentous conflict in world history. Length: 01:29:00 / Episode: #0V / Source: WLIW

DuSable to Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis
March 8th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
The rich history of African-Americans in Chicago is celebrated, beginning with Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, who established a trading outpost during the 1780s through the establishment of the first black community in the 1840s to the election of the nation's first black president, Barack Obama. Length: 01:58:13 / Episode: #0$ / Source: PFP

John Wooden: Values, Victory and Peace of Mind
March 10th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
The compelling values-based philosophy of one of the 20th century's most important sports figures is shared. An inspiring combination of biography and lecture, the program highlights the life and accomplishments of the Wizard of Westwood and presents Wooden offering his own guide to achieving greatness in life. Insights and personal commentary from other major sports personalities are also featured, including Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Walton. Actor Beau Bridges narrates.
Length: 00:57:16 / Episode: #0 / Source: PFP

Forever Plaid
March 10th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
One of Off-Broadway's most-popular and critically acclaimed musicals pays an affectionate musical homage to the close-harmony guy groups of the 1950s. The Plaids were killed in a car crash on the way to their first major gig. Broadway veteran David Hyde-Pierce (Frasier) guest stars as the narrator. Songs include: "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Chain Gang," "Heart and Soul," "Rags to Riches" and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing." Length: 01:29:00 / Episode: #0$ / Source: APTEX

Best of Laugh-In
March 11th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Before "Saturday Night Live," or "The Colbert Report," there was "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in," from 1968 until 1973. This game-changing show broke down the traditional separation of comedy, musical performance, and dramatic interludes which marked most earlier variety shows. This tribute reveals why the shows was a training ground for an entire generation of young writers and comic talent.
Length: 01:29:00 / Episode: #0$ / Source: PFP

Celtic Thunder Heritage
March 16th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Celtic Thunder singers perform traditional Irish and Celtic standards in front of a live audience in Poughkeepsie, NY. Highlights include "Red, Red Rose," "The Dutchman," "Noreen" and other hits. The performances range from solo numbers, to enchanting duets and powerful ensembles.
Length: 01:27:54 / Episode: #0$ / Source: NETA

Jews and Baseball
March 17th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Thursday, March 17, 2011 / 7:00 PM
The connection between Jewish Americans and baseball is explored. It is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes. Despite the hostility from fans and even violence from opposing players, there have been standout Jewish players in every decade from the 1860s to the present. Fans, writers, executives, and players are interviewed, including Al Rosen, Kevin Youkilis, Shawn Green, Norm Sherry, Ron Blomberg, Bob Feller, Yogi Berra, and a rare interview with the legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. Length: 01:02:00 / Episode: #0 / Source: APTPS

Suze Orman's Money Class
March 17th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
After the upheavals of the economic downturn, Suze believes it's critical to rethink many of the traditional strategies used to achieve financial goals. Suze provides powerful, timely and often surprising advice for moving forward. Length: 01:59:00 / Episode: #0$ / Source: PFP

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling: An Irish Parade of Stars
March 17th / 9:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
This nostalgic journey back to the 1950s and 1960s presents long-unseen footage of beloved performers singing some of the greatest songs from and inspired by Ireland. Hosted by Patty Duke and written by Malachy McCourt, the program features performances by the late Frank Patterson, the ultimate Irish tenor and a star around the world. Length: 01:28:56 / Episode: #0 / Source: PFP

Great Performances
Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends
March 18th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
Recorded in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay arena, this special is an all-star celebration featuring chart-topping stars and music. David Foster is joined by Donna Summer, Seal, Natalie Cole, Jackie Evancho, Michael Bolton, Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, Chaka Khan and others. Length: 01:57:26 / Episode: #3605$ / Source: PBS

Class Apart: American Experience
March 21st / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
In the tiny town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, a field hand named Pete Hernandez murdered his employer after exchanging heated words in a gritty cantina. From this unremarkable small-town murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans. This is the little-known story of a band of underdog Mexican-American lawyers who took their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans. Length: 00:56:45 / Episode: #2104H / Source: PBS

Arts Digest Special: Harnessing Our Creativity
March 21st / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
There's been an idea percolating about how design and artistic thinking can become embedded in business thinking. Working with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee recently commissioned a study to inventory Milwaukee's creative resources and how they can be leveraged to integrate creative thinking into old industries and develop new business and industries in our region. The results of the study are surprising. Interviewed are Christine Harris, president of Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and 13 others who cross a variety of creative and business sectors, including: David Kohler, president and COO of Kohler Company, Dawn Helsing Wolters, managing director of Milwaukee Rep, Julia Taylor, president of Greater Milwaukee Committee, Mike Lovell, interim chancellor of UW-Milwaukee, and Willie Heins, president of the Milwaukee Common Council.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #104 / Source: MPTV

Triangle Fire: American Experience
March 21st / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
The Triangle Fire chronicles the 1911 fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killing one hundred and forty-eight young women and forever changed the relationship between labor and industry in the United States. A relationship that is still in question today as Americans re-examine the balance between the welfare of citizens and the motivations of global capitalism.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #2307H / Source: PBS

Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates Debate 2011
March 22nd / 10:30 pm / MPTV 36.1
The candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, JoAnne F. Kloppenburg and David T. Prosser, Jr. debate the issues at the Marquette Law School. Mika Gousha and Janine Geske (former Supreme Court Justice) of the Law School and Milwaukee County Asst. D-A, Dan Blinka pose questions to the candidates.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: MPTV

Episode 3
March 23rd / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
The third installment of the JOBS series is part of MPTV's year-long FINDING WORK INITIATIVE.
Online Episode 1 Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #103 Source: MPTV

March 25th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
Mickey Stone, master con artist is back in London after a two-year stint in prison. With partners in crime, they take cash from the amoral and undeserving. A greedy businessman is scammed; an art dealer, desperate is cornered into buying a fake; and, a violent casino boss is seduced into funding a fictitious film. (1 of 24)
Length: 00:59:04 / Episode: #101 / Source: BBC

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