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April 6, 2011


Milwaukee, WI (March 23, 2011) A glimpse of MPTV's April highlights captures a broad range of topics including -- autism, Brit-romance, conservation, Civil War anniversary, film shorts, Milwaukee's ethnic bakeries, Great TV Auction art preview and the nine-day auction, religious specials, reviled Nazi criminals, Upstairs, Downstairs anew; city of gold mystery disappearance, mankind's journey into space, Wisconsin's finest young musicians, and another Finding Work Initiative program on Apache women firefighters. In addition, to the initial broadcasts described, repeats and online viewing schedules are available at

Nazi Hunters
Pt. 1: Hunting The Nazi Rocket Scientists
April 1st / 11:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
NAZI HUNTERS profiles individuals who chased some of the most reviled criminals on earth. When World War II ended, the U.S. was desperate to get its hands on German scientists before the Russians did. Did military superiority override any concerns of bringing criminals to justice? (1 of 13)
Length: 00:51:00 / Episode: #101Z / Source: APTSY0

Autism: Coming of Age
April 3rd / 8:00 am / MPTV 36.1
In the next 10 to 15 years, an estimated 800,000 children with autism will age out of the school system and transition into adulthood. An inside look is taken at the lives of three adults with autism and includes interviews with their families and support teams. Autism and disability experts discuss the current system, impending challenges and possible outcomes for the future.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: APTEX

Civil War
Part 1 of 9: The Cause - 1861
April 3rd / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Ken Burns' nine-part series brings to life America's most destructive and defining conflict. Beginning with an examination of slavery, this episode looks at the causes of the war and the burning questions of union and states' rights.
Length: 01:44:10 / Episode: #101 / Source: PBS0

A Very Bloody Affair - 1862/
Forever Free - 1862
April 4, 2011, 7:00 pm
Part two traces the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Abraham Lincoln's war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. Part three "Forever Free" examines how Lincoln must wait for a victory to issue his proclamation. But there are no Union victories to be had, thanks to the brilliance of Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.
Length: 02:26:46 / Episode: #102-3 / Source: PBS0

Simply Murder - 1863/
The Universe of Battle - 1863
April 5, 2011, 7:00 pm
A nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg precedes two clashes in the spring of 1863: at Chancellorsville in May, where Robert E. Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Ulysses S. Grant is prevented from taking the city by siege. The Battle of Gettysburg is the turning point of the war. For three days, 150,000 fight to the death in the Pennsylvania countryside culminating in Pickett's legendary charge.
Length: 02:26:46 / Episode: #104-5 / Source: PBS0

Valley of the Shadow of Death - 1864/
Most Hallowed Ground - 1864
April 6, 2011, 7:00 pm
Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee are pitted against each other in an extraordinary series of battles from the wilderness to Petersburg, Virginia. In the second half, the presidential campaign of 1864 sets Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan. The stakes are nothing less than the survival of the Union itself.
Length: 02:26:46 / Episode: #106 / Source: PBS0

War Is All Hell - 1865/
The Better Angels of Our Nature - 1865
April 7, 2011 / 7:00 pm
William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea brings war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy. In the second half, five days after Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated. Lincoln is buried, John Wilkes Booth is captured and the war finally comes to a close.
Length: 02:26:46 / Episode: #108 / Source: PBS0

Part 1 of 3
April 3rd / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
Monastery follows five laymen on a spiritual journey to discover whether the age-old values of monks mean anything to a new generation. In the first of three parts, the men are introduced into the daily routine at Worth Abbey. It soon becomes clear that this crash course in monastic living is going to prove to be a bigger challenge than expected. (1 of 3)
Length: 00:51:20 / Episode: #101 / Source: BBC

Beyond The Light Switch
Parts 1 & 2
April 9th / 2:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
In part 1, host David Biello lays out the challenges and considers the tradeoff of carbon capture and storage, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, and the possibility of a nuclear renaissance. In part 2, 2
David Biello finds out what it's going to take in order to achieve the goals and create the jobs that are needed to secure the nation's energy future.
Length: 00:56:46 each / Episode: #101-2H / Source: NETA0 (114 min)

Milwaukee's Ethnic Bakeries
April 9th / 8:40 pm / MPTV 36.1
Milwaukee's cultural diversity is apparent in the city's ethnic bakeries. Mark Siegrist experiences some of the richest food traditions of the community. George Papas is known for his Greek Baklava from Papas Bakery. Mamie Waters' McCoy's Cake & Pie Shop customers appreciate her southern Carmel Cake. Dany Olier makes French pastry specialties like Baked Apple Tarts from Bay Bakery. Ken Loges, of Loges Bakery, turns his Vienna bread German creations into creatures of the swamp. Jorge Lopez illustrates the festive roots of Mexican ovens at Lopez Bakery. Troy Bartz, of Jonathan's Cafe & Bagelry, explores the art of how to make a classic New York-style Jewish bagel. In addition, Siegrist goes behind the scenes of the new Rice Palace Bakery & Deli to highlight a variety of Asian specialties with Chuedang Vue. The rewards of the Italian heritage of Peter Sciortino's Bakery are also celebrated with Joe Vella. First broadcast in 2003.
Length: 00:45:27 / Episode: #0H / Source: WMVS

Decoding Autism
April 10th / 8:00 am / MPTV 36.1
A look is taken at the devastating neurodevelopmental disorder that leaves families heartbroken, vulnerable, and desperate for answers. Researchers talk about prevention, new treatments, and even a cure. Families dealing with the challenges of raising children on the autism spectrum are interviewed.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: APTEX0

Asian and Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America
Part 1 of 2
April 10th / 9:00 am / MPTV 36.1
To many, the Asian religions remain a mystery despite a well-established presence on U.S. soil that dates back centuries. The beliefs, practices and rituals of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism are explored in an effort to highlight the similarities and differences to Abrahamic religions. (1 of 2)
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: APTEX0

Safeguarding Memory: Commemorating Jewish Mass Graves in Poland
April 10th / 6:30 pm / MPTV 36.1
Some of Poland's elderly citizens who witnessed brutal murders during the Holocaust openly share their memories.
Length: 00:26:39 / Episode: #0H / Source: NETA0

Masterpiece Classic
Upstairs Downstairs, Part 1 of 3
April 10th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Sir Hallam (Ed Stoppard) and Lady Agnes Holland (Keeley Hawes) move into 165 Eaton Place and hire former parlor maid Rose (Jean Marsh) to assemble a staff. The servants are soon put to the test during a party that threatens to destroy Sir Hallam's career. Dame Eileen Atkins also stars. This three-part sequel to the much-loved MASTERPIECE series from the 1970s captures the lives of masters and servants set in 1936.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #4108# / Source: PBS0

Earth: The Operators' Manual
April 10th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Geologist Richard Alley travels the world to report on the interconnected stories of humans and fossil fuels, Earth's climate history, and our future energy options.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0

Official Best of Fest
Friendship, Part 1 of 13
April 16th / 6:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
The best undistributed international and domestic short films are highlighted. Co-hosts Rick Stevenson and Dr. Brandon Whitehead visit Ireland to review the award-winning short film TEETH, a film about friendship, fishing and dentures. The second award-winning film is CELAMY, a film about a little girl and what happens when she outgrows her imaginary friend. Continues on Saturdays.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #101Z / Source: APTEX

Forgiveness - A Time to Love and a Time to Hate
Part 1 of 2
April 17th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
The transformative power, elusive nature and spiritual importance of forgiveness is explored. A compelling range of stories of forgiveness are told, including a victim of an attack, family members of a slain officer, and parents of murdered children.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: PBS0

American Masters
John Muir in the New World
April 18th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
John Muir is revered as the father of the environmental movement, the father of conservation, and the founder of the Sierra Club. Filmed throughout the majestic, breathtaking landscapes and wilderness traveled by Muir, this documentary places our nation's most important asset in a cultural and social context.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #2402# / Source: PBS0

Space Age: NASA's Story
Part 1 of 4
April 18th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
The complete history of mankind's journey into space is traced. Starting with NASA's beginnings in the Cold War, the series follows the iconic moments of space exploration from the race to get the first man in space to the first steps on the moon and beyond. (1 of 4)
Length: 00:51:15 / Episode: #101 / Source: BBC

Games of the North
April 18th / 9:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
For thousands of years, traditional Inuit sports have been vital for surviving the unforgiving Arctic. Acrobatic and explosive, these ancestral games evolved to strengthen mind, body, and spirit within the community. Four modern Inuit athletes are followed, revealing their unique relationship to the games as they compete across the North.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: PBS0

Secrets of the Dead
Lost in the Amazon
April 20th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
What happened to famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett, who went looking for a city of gold -- the Lost City of "Z" -- in the Amazon in 1925 and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever? Science and clues collected over the years reveal the fate of Fawcett--causing experts to re-think the image of a pristine uninhabited Amazon rainforest.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #1102# / Source: PBS0

Power Surge
April 20th / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
NOVA travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change. The latest and greatest innovations are highlighted, including everything from artificial trees to green reboots of familiar technologies like coal and nuclear energy. Can our technology, which helped create this problem, now solve it?
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #3809# / Source: PBS0

Saving The Bay
Marvel of Nature (Prehistory-1848)"
April 20th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Narrated by Robert Redford, this award-winning documentary explores one of America's greatest natural resources--San Francisco Bay. Animation illustrates the formation of the Bay following the last Ice Age. The first inhabitants along the Bay's shores are introduced, including Native Peoples along with flora and fauna, and continues through European exploration and settlement, including Spanish, Russian and ultimately, American influences that dramatically altered the region. (1 of 4)
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #101H / Source: PBS0

Final Forte: Wisconsin's Young Artists Compete
April 24th / 1:30 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
Experience the beauty of musical expression, the amazing technical mastery of young musicians and the building tension during the course of a competition as four gifted young artists vie for top honors.
Length: 01:26:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: WPT

Secrets of the Dead
Escape from Auschwitz
April 27th / 7:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
The story of the spectacular escape from Auschwitz in 1944 by two young Slovak Jews reveals what happened to the most urgent copy of a letter sent to Allies.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #702+ / Source: PBS0

Apache 8
April 27th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
APACHE 8 tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe which has been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years. The women share their personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss, family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache.
Length: 00:56:46 / Episode: #0H / Source: NETA0

Great TV Auction Preview 2011
April 28th / 10:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
An exciting preview of merchandise up for bid as part of MPTV's annual auction, April 29-May 7. Highlights include original artwork, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, vacation & leisure packages, sports equipment, furniture, oriental carpets, and much more.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #2011H

Edward and Wallis, A Royal Love Story
April 28th / 9:00 pm / MPTV 36.1
Prince Edward was a man born to be king who refused to behave like one. Instead, he believed he could use the power and majesty of the throne to pursue his obsession with his twice-divorced American mistress, Wallis Simpson. Length: 00:52:00 / Episode: #0 / Source: APTSY0

Channel 10 Great TV Auction 2011
April 29, 2011 / 5:00 PM / 10.1 HD
New merchandise, certificates, services, art, antiques, and collectibles are auctioned off to support MPTV. Tune in, bid via phone or online, The auction is also streamed live on
Length: 01:59:59 / Episode: #101H

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