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Arts & Culture
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5th Annual MLK Concert | Program |

[Original Airdate: January 18, 2016]

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Bel Canto Chorus and the Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ choir. Through inspirational music and the words of Dr. King, this concerts works to bridge the great divide in our nation set by prejudice and segregation.

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Milwaukee's Diamonds in the Rough | Program |

[Original Airdate: August 6, 2015]

It's more than a game. It's a lesson in life. Journalist Mark Siegrist experiences the values and life lessons of urban little league baseball in Milwaukee, as embraced by the iconic Beckum --- Stapleton, and Felix Mantilla baseball programs.


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What Matters Most: Your Child's First Five Years | Program |

[Original Airdate: April 9, 2017]

Milwaukee Area Technical College and Milwaukee PBS come together to help parents of young children and family caregivers understand the vital role they play in a child's development. Featuring an assembled panel of experts, you will find the answers to the important questions relating to developing your child's foundation for all future learning.

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Bud Selig, Commissioner Emeritus | Program |

[Original Airdate: October 20, 2016]

Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan Huber "Bud" Selig may be in the postseason of his career, but he's still a key player who won't take a seat on the bench. These days he's busy lecturing about the game, advising his successor, and philanthropic outreach. Journalist Mark Siegrist reconnects with Selig to tell the story.

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Milwaukee: A City Built on Water | Program |

[Original Airdate: April 22, 2015]

Historian John Gurda explores how the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan spurred Milwaukee's growth. The settlers used rivers and Lake Michigan to transport grain, lumber, leather and beer, but water was just as important for play as it was for work. Gurda explains how the Milwaukee River became a destination for fun.

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Behind The Pearl Earrings: The Story of Dickey Chapelle, Co

[Original Airdate: November 3, 2015]

Clad in fatigues, an Australian bush hat, harlequin eyeglasses, a Leica camera slung around her shoulders and an infamous pair of pearl earrings, Dickey Chapelle stood out and defied everyone's notion of what a war correspondent was. Striving to not just capture the horrors of the war, but also the day-to-day lives of soldiers.

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Storia Italiana: Milwaukee | Program |

[Original Airdate: February 23, 2015]

The 150-year-old history of Milwaukee's Italian community is explored. This documentary takes you on a compelling, never-before told journey of courage and faith. It also looks at where the community is today and what's needed to keep this Italian heritage alive and well in Milwaukee.

Honoring our Veterans
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Mettle & Honor: Vietnam | Program |

[Original Airdate: September 18, 2017]

Mark Concannon talks to Wisconsin veterans who served in America's most controversial war. We meet a Milwaukee attorney who was among the first U.S. forces to take part in the conflict. Milwaukee TV personality John Malan recounts how he was wounded in a tank battle. A medic discusses witnessing the last moments of life for men who had become close friends.

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Return to Pearl | Program |

[Original Airdate: December 7, 2012]

Host Mark Siegrist travels with nineteen World War II veterans from around Wisconsin who returned to Pearl Harbor in June of 2012. He captures their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about the event that catapulted the United States into World War II. For many of the veterans, this is the first time talking about those experiences.

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Bridge to Vietnam | Program |

[Original Airdate: October 3, 2014]

Images of the Vietnam War still burn in the American psyche, but today, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is coming of age, a blending of Communist heritage and capitalist vision. Some believe Vietnam is destined to become an economic global leader. Journalist Mark Siegrist explores how greater Milwaukee is building economic and humanitarian bridges...

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Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation | Progr

[Original Airdate: August 20, 2012]

Thousands of World War II veterans from Wisconsin are honored at Miller Park in Milwaukee during the "Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation" day-long celebration. Milwaukee Public Television covers this spectacular event both inside and outside the stadium. The program features veterans talking about the impact of the War on their lives...

Social Issues
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For Jobs and Freedom: A Black Nouveau Special | Program

[Latest Airdate: August 30, 2017]
[Original Airdate: August 27, 2013]

On August 28, 1963 roughly 250,000 Americans participated in the "Great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." Organized by labor and social activists A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, the event brought together major Civil Rights Organizations, Labor Unions, religious leaders, and ordinary citizens...

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Freedom Walkers for Milwaukee | Program |

[Original Airdate: May 11, 2011]

This documentary traces Milwaukee's most turbulent events during the Civil Rights struggle of the mid 1900s. Using archival footage, photographs, and interviews with Milwaukeeans, the film sheds light on the fight for equal employment, open housing, and equitable educational opportunities, and reveals how Milwaukee earned the nickname, "The Selma Of the North".

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