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Thinking Inside the Box | Column | 7/2/2010

July 19, 2012

Hi, Ellis Bromberg with another video "Thinking Inside the Box." I've mentioned before in this column how extensive I think the special events and festivals, the arts, the sports, the great cultural attractions are in our part of the country. Particularly in the summer, this is such a great place to live, and get outside. We think MPTV is part of that landscape. When you're not out and about, and you're home for the evening -- or the afternoon, for that matter -- we have a role to play in providing entertainment and information that you can't find anywhere else. This summer, I think we've put together a wonderful schedule on our stations -- a lot to enjoy. Let me tell you about a few of the shows that you'll want to catch. Lots of folks look to us for great cooking series, and we've got a new one, produced by MPTV, that is just great for the summer: "Cooking Raw." It's great for the summer because co-hosts Caroline Carter and her daughter Shenita Ray don't use ovens, and don't use microwaves, and don't use meat. They use all natural products -- nuts and fruits and vegetables and seasonings -- combined in a food processor to make tacos, and Italian food, and chocolate mousse and key lime pie, even burgers. It's something different, and I think you'll enjoy it. "Cooking Raw," Saturday mornings at 11 on Channel 10. We're getting a lot of great response to our new series "Arts Digest," and hosts Jon Anne Willow and Tom Strini use their summer episode to show us Milwaukee's Lynden Sculpture Gardens, listen to music from the Latino Arts Strings and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and show us an impressive hand-crafted furniture collection. They'll also visit the Racine Art Museum, and John McGivern will be along to introduce us to the aspiring artists at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. "Arts Digest" will be shown multiple times throughout July and August -- you can find the dates and times right here on We've got some very special evenings of music, too, shot in gorgeous HD. Livingston Taylor was recently in Cedarburg to perform a varied program of folk music, pop, jazz, and his own top-40 hits, and our cameras were there to record it. "Livingston Taylor in Concert" premieres July 15 at 9 p.m. on Channel 10. In August, I'm looking forward to the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert taped in the beautiful gardens of the Schoenbrunn Palace -- and "Live From Lincoln Center," a performance of the Tony-Award winning musical "South Pacific" just days before the curtain comes down on its triumphant run on Broadway. A few years ago, the "Antiques Roadshow" crew came to Milwaukee, and we worked closely with them on tapings which attracted thousands and thousands of folks to get appraisals. We will repeat those three "Antiques Roadshow" episodes, taped at the Midwest Airlines Center, Mondays at 7 p.m. on Channel 10 beginning August 16. Finally, we WILL deal with some important matters, too. This summer marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and we'll offer a number of programs that look at the event and the status of communities there today. And with the oil leak creating yet another crisis in that region, we're dispatching our own "Outdoor Wisconsin" team to the Gulf to report on the potential impact the latest tragedy will have on waterfowl here in Wisconsin. It's a surprising and troubling story. MPTV is also providing coverage of "Blue Footprint: The Annual Water Summit" in Milwaukee, hosted by Dan Jones and a debate among the candidates for governor in Wisconsin, hosted by Mike Gousha. Those two programs will air on back-to-back nights, August 24th and 25th. So we have a busy season ahead of us, helping to keep you entertained and informed when you're in-front of your TV set or computer. Enjoy your summer, and I'll speak with you again next month about an important program initiative and channel lineup changes we're planning for the fall. See you then.

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