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Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Our DSO webcasts continue on Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Slatkin conducts 'Boléro' featuring Gabriela Montero on piano. Watch at! 

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Purple Rose Theatre Company presents SUPERIOR DONUTS

Written by Pulitzer Prize winner, Tracy Letts (August: Osage County), Superior Donuts is a heartwarming play about a man who gets a second chance.

carter_donuts_091812_0035.jpgArthur, a disenchanted proprietor of a Chicago donut shop, has given up on just about everything: a social life, the chance of romance and most of all his family’s long standing business. But when idealistic dreamer, Franco Wicks walks through the door of his vandalized storefront, Arthur realizes through their unlikely friendship that life still has more to offer him. Starring Randolph Mantooth (best known for the NBC series “Emergency!”), Superior Donuts will make you a believer in second chances, too.

Showing at The Purple Rose Theatre Company September 20 – December 15, 2012.

For tickets and information, call 734-433-7673 or visit

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Why Save PBS?

PBS-Trusted.jpgDid you know PBS is watched on TV by 236 million Americans annually? That more voters trust PBS than any other TV news source? Find out more about this research, and other ways PBS and local PBS stations are trusted, valued, essential, and available to every American, at

PBS Newshour 2012 Election Coverage

PBS-Election-12.jpgPBS Newshour's coverage of the 2012 Presidential election continues with live coverage and analysis of the vice presidential candidates' debate tonight at 9 p.m ET. And on Tuesday, 10/16 at 9, tune in to watch President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney take part in a town-hall meeting at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., in which undecided voters ask them questions about foreign and domestic matters, in this year's second Presidential debate.

Mexican American Themed Programming featured this week

mariachismall.jpgTune in to Pati’s Mexican Table airing Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. ET. as Pati's brings authentic Mexican flavors, colors, textures and warmth into American kitchens. On Sunday, 10/14 at 2:00 p.m., Mariachi High presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. Followed by Voces on PBS – Escaramuza: Riding From The Heart at 3:00 p.m. - a team of first-generation Mexican American girls construct their identities through a romanticized equestrian tradition, while facing challenges at home and escalating violence in Mexico.

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Featured Programming

Under the Radar MichiganUnder the Radar Saturday, 10/13 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. ET. On this all-new episode, we travel all the way to Japan - in Saginaw that is. We'll also meet a man who bakes bread that some people just can't live without, eat at a place the locals love, and talk to an artist who's helping move Saginaw forward. Then, we head to Clare, where we'll find out why cops really are attracted to doughnuts. We'll also see tons of history in a hotel and thanks to some TV magic, eat at The White House...sort of. More of Michigan's great people, places and things on UTR. Repeats Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Also on 56.3 Create Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

Martha-Stewart.jpgMartha Stewart's Cooking School Saturday, 10/13 from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET. A culinary class that explains the building blocks of recipes and demonstrates cooking methods, including roasting, poaching, braising and blanching. Begins with an egg-centric lesson that includes how to prepare and fry eggs; and make an omelet and a frittata.

Call-the-Midwife-small.jpgCall the Midwife Sunday, 10/14 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET., repeated Fridays  at 10 p.m. Jenny befriends an old soldier while serving on the district nursing roster. Trixie and Cynthia, meanwhile, treat a middle-aged woman who thought her childbearing years were behind her. Check out our new blog, Modern Day Midwives, bringing you local midwives from Wayne State University and University of Michigan to discuss their role in modern obstetrics and how things have changed in relation to the 1950's era Call the Midwife.

Upstairs Downstairs - All-NewUpstairs Downstairs Sunday, 10/14 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Lady Agnes receives bad news as well as organizes a dinner party, during which she attracts the attentions of a wealthy American. In other events, a decision by Mrs. Thackeray results in chaos; and Blanche and Mr. Amanjit set aside their differences.

Arts & Culture

Searchers.jpgFilm Festival: The Searchers Friday, 10/12 from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. #12 on AFI's list of the top 100 movies. John Ford's stirring account of two men (John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter) on a perilous search for a girl kidnapped by Indians. Also starring: Natalie Wood.

rainRain 2: A Tribute to the Beatles Saturday, 10/13 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET. Take a step back in time to the 60s British invasion with the Beatles tribute band Rain.  Rain is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience including a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s.

The Bee Gees: One Night OnlyBee Gees: One Night Only Saturday, 10/13 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight ET.  A 1997 concert in Las Vegas by the Grammy-winning trio that "covered the whole spectrum of our career," Robin Gibb says. Songs include "Lonely Days," "Words," "Grease" and "How Deep Is Your Love." Also: Celine Dion performs "Immortality."

Himalayas-Palin.jpgHimalaya with Michael Palin Sunday, 10/14 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET. Palin visits K2, goes into Lahore and watches an unusual flag ceremony at the Pakistan-India border. Then he travels the Karakoram Highway to Amritsar, where he visits a Sikh temple, takes a train ride to Simla to see remnants of British colonialism.

Leadership & Public Affairs


MiWeek Friday, 10/12 from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET.  News/public affairs program designed to meet the community’s evolving need for journalism-focused context and perspective on the top news and issues affecting Metro Detroit, the State of Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Miss an episode? Watch them online here.


Race 2012 Tuesday, 10/16 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET.  Uses the presidential election as a lens through which to examine America's increasingly complex racial landscape. With a frank, behind-the-scenes approach, the documentary navigates the high-stakes world of racial pollsters, strategists, spin doctors and candidates as they compete for voters of many ethnic and racial groups.


Overdraft Tuesday, 10/16 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. . Describes the connections, opportunities, and consequences of debt at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Includes interviews with prominent leaders in government, economics, and journalism alongside stories of citizens from across the country who must cope with the consequences.


this old houseThis Old House Saturday, 10/13 from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. ET., repeats Thursdays at 8 p.m. Season 32 opens in Cambridge, Mass., where the conversion of an 1887 Victorian-era two-family house into a single-family home commences. A look at the yard turns up a few surprises; an energy audit reveals the need for efficiency upgrades.

Ask This Old HouseAsk This Old House Saturday, 10/13 from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. ET., repeats Thursdays at 9 p.m.   Transforming Stock Shelving; Installing a New Washing Machine Valve - The Season 11 premiere shows how to customize stock shelving; and install a new washing machine valve.

Aviators.jpgThe Aviators Saturday, 10/13 from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. ET. The Aviators is a new weekly magazine-style TV series featuring interesting people, the latest aircraft, the coolest technology and the best fly-in destinations. This week's warbird is the North American Aviation T-6, the training fighter of Allies from World War II into 1950s.

Environment, Energy, & Science

nature-wolverine-introNature Wednesday, 10/17 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom - The wolverine, the largest member of the weasel family, is spotlighted. The solitary creature, which is native to the upper reaches of the northern hemisphere, is a fearsome predator capable of taking down prey as large as a moose. Go in-depth with the inspiration for our state's nickname.

Nova-Forensics.jpgNova Wednesday, 10/17 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET.  Forensics on Trial - An examination of modern forensic science, which is a far cry from what's presented in crime dramas. Few established scientific standards, no central oversight and poor regulation of examiners have led to many wrongful convictions.

Nova-Science-Crimes.jpgNova ScienceNow Wednesday, 10/17 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET.  Can Science Stop Crime? - Crime science and technology are examined. Included: detecting clues that are held by a corpse; discerning a suspect's fabrications by looking inside his or her brain; and tracking the development of a psychopath's mind.


Drive-In.jpgDrive-In Movie Memories Thursday, 10/11 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET The history of the drive-in movie is explored, with a focus on its various stages of development and popularity. Featured are historic photos, footage, and interviews with actors, film buffs, producers and industry critics.

Standing-Bear.jpgStanding Bear's Footsteps Monday 10/15 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. The story of Standing Bear, the influential Ponca chief who went to court to prove he was a person and whose 1879 lawsuit established that the rights of Native Americans are protected by the 14th Amendment.

Children & Education

roadtripnationRoadtrip Nation Sunday, 10/14 from 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. ET. Boston - New York City - The team of students in search of inspiration for their future jobs meets an MIT graduate assistant in the robotics department; two women who created a soccer ball that generates electricity; and a Bamboo Bike Studio cofounder. Also: USA Shaolin Temple founder Shi Yan Ming.

arthurArthur Monday, 10/15 from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET. Based on a True Story - There's a new character in town, just in time for Arthur's new season - Ladonna Compson! She's from Louisiana and tells the coolest stories charming Arthur. But are her stories real?   

Sesame Street Live 2013

elmomakesmusic.pngJoin us for another year of Sesame Street Live! Get your tickets early for the best seats in the house. 

Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. "Elmo Makes Music" features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as "C Is for Cookie" and "The Alphabet Song."

Go here for ticket information, and don't forget to join Kids Club for special offers on all DPTV events.

Create Programming Highlights

Create 56.3Looking for television's most popular how-to, cooking, crafting, and travel series? They're all on Detroit Public TV channel, 56.3 Create. (Comcast 288, BrightHouse 156, Charter 433).

For Your HomeGet Organized Saturday, 10/13 All Day An organized home is a happy home! Our Create lifestyle experts will help you to get your house in order. Matt and Shari from Around the House With Matt & Shari create a closet organizer and provide solutions to your storage dilemmas. The For Your Home team, Vicki and Sloan, organize your mudroom and laundry room and Don Peschke from The Woodsmith Shop gets into the organizing act by making the perfect console for storage. Remember, there's a place for everything, and everything in its place!

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