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Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Our DSO webcasts continue on Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Slatkin conducts 'Romance of Rachmaninoff' featuring Olga Kern on piano. Watch at! 

Meta Theatres


Be sure to visit all of the META Theatres websites to view their new  videos.  Each theatre has a new 2012-2013 season “preview” video and one that describes the unique qualities of each theatre.  The next 2012-2013 season shows to grace the stage will be: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”,  Adam Gwon’s  “Ordinary Days”,  Joe Zettelmaier’s  “Ebenezer”,  Stephen Sonheim’s  “A Little Night Music”,  Neil Simon’s  “Laughter On the 23rd Floor”, and Michael E. Wolfson’s  “A Paradise of Fools”.  You may order your tickets now to reserve your seats!

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The Past Comes Alive at Civil War Skirmish

Civil War, Huron-Clinton MetroparksGet a taste of life during the Civil War on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, as hundreds of costumed re-enactors bring the War Between the States to Wolcott Mill Metropark Historic Center! Walk back into the tumultuous 1860s when the country was torn apart during the Civil War. See Confederate and Union soldiers engage in battle demonstrations, complete with musket and cannon fire, plus get a glimpse of camp life and shop at the stores for old-time items.

History comes alive starting at 10 a.m. each day. For more details go to or call 586-749-5997

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PBS Offers Special Programs on the 50th Anniversary of the
Cuban Missile Crisis on Tuesday, October 23

Cuban-Missile.jpgFifty years after the events that brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster, we're airing two new special programs about the Cuban Missile Crisis. At 8 p.m., it's Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War. Recalling the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the U.S. and USSR squared off over secret Soviet missile bases in Cuba. The documentary details the actions of President John F. Kennedy, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuba's Fidel Castro. Followed by Secrets of the Dead: The Man Who Saved the World at  9 p.m., which tells the little-known story of Soviet submarine commander Vasili Arkhipov, who likely averted World War III when he rejected a call to launch a nuclear torpedo while trying to elude U.S. warships during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Designing Healthy Communities, Detroit

Searching for Shangri-LaTwo stories of how Detroit is working to create healthy, sustainable communities air Sunday, 10/21 from 4:00 - 5:00 and 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET. In "Designing Healthy Communities: Social Policy in Concrete", parts of the city of Detroit may resemble abandoned war zones, yet hope blossoms. Health officials, community activists and a new breed of young Urban Pioneers are working to fix their cities by transforming urban wilderness and food deserts into inspirational new models for other troubled, urban communities. And in "Designing Healthy Communities: Searching for Shangri-La", the show looks at the forgotten 1960's urban renewal project of Lafayette Park in Detroit, Michigan, the brainchild of 4 men, including visionary architect, Mies van der Rohe.

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Featured Programming

Under the Radar MichiganUnder the Radar Saturday, 10/20 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. ET. In this special episode of Under The Radar Michigan, we spend the entire show in one of Michigan's greatest cities: Grand Rapids. We'll show you some of the coolest gardens you'll see anywhere and take you to a salon that's having a blast with the past when it comes to hairstyles. Then we'll introduce you to an innovative couple that went way beyond the "farm to fork" philosophy when they bought the knives and spoons to match. We'll also show you a great place to stay and a cool new eatery where wine meets food, meets you. It's all Grand Rapids...and it's all on UTR. Repeats Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Also on 56.3 Create Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

Jill-Jack.jpgDPTV Concert Series:  Jill Jack Saturday, 10/20 from 11:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. Detroit’s own singer-songwriter Jill Jack performs in the DPTV concert studio and talks to host Fred Nahhat about her new album, her career and the Detroit music scene.  Viewers will have a chance to pledge for Jill’s new CD “Sunflower Girl” and support programs on DPTV.

Call-the-Midwife-small.jpgCall the Midwife Sunday, 10/21 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET., repeated Fridays  at 10 p.m. The community joins together in the search for a baby girl who was snatched from her baby carriage. Cynthia, meanwhile, cares for a young wife and soon-to-be mother who's developed eclampsia. 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.

PBS-Election-12.jpgPBS Newshour 2012 Election Coverage Monday, 10/22 from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. PBS Newshour's coverage of the 2012 Presidential election continues with live coverage and analysis of the third and final presidential candidates' debate live at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Arts & Culture

Andrea Bocelli Live in Central ParkGreat Performances: Andrea Bocelli One Night in Central Park Saturday, 10/20 from 9:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the New York Philharmonic in New York's Central Park, where he's joined by Céline Dion; Tony Bennett; Chris Botti; David Foster; sopranos Ana María Martínez and Pretty Yende; bass baritone Bryn Terfel.

Upstairs Downstairs - All-NewUpstairs Downstairs Sunday, 10/21 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Blanche reunites with a former lover who published a scandalous, thinly veiled novel about their affair; Beryl disrupts the running of the house; Lady Persie and Sir Hallam become closer after she shares a shocking secret with him.

POV-Sun-Kissed.jpgPOV Monday, 10/22 from 12:00 - 1:00 a.m. ET. Sun Kissed - A Navajo couple investigates XP, a genetic disorder that makes exposure to sunlight potentially fatal, and learns that it is far more prevalent on their reservation than in the population at-large: one in 30,000 vs. one in a million.

Frontline-Climate-of-Doubt.jpgFrontline Tuesday, 10/23 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET.  Climate of Doubt  - John Hockenberry examines the politics of climate change, which have seen a once generally accepted fact—that humans have contributed to, if not caused, global warming—dismissed by many politicians.

Leadership & Public Affairs


Electoral Dysfunction Thursday, 10/18 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. Mo Rocca examines the voting process in America, including the GOP's and Democratic Party's get-out-the-vote efforts in Indiana; ballot design; and voter-identification laws. Also: an initiative to reform the Electoral College.


Testing Milton Friedman Monday, 10/22 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. Part 1 of 3. The economic theories espoused by Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman (1912-2006) are still debated, years later, beginning with equality of opportunity vs. equal results. Panelists: economist Walter Williams (George Mason); Shikha Dalmia (Reason Foundation).

Environment, Energy, & Science


History of Science Thursday, 10/18 from 9:30 - 10:30 p.m. ET.  What is Out There -  History of Science shows how the political upheavals of history combine with iconic inventions and discoveries, along with the ideas of great thinkers, to create the advances that have transformed our lives.

Nature-Snowy-Owl.jpgNature Wednesday, 10/24 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Magic of the Snowy Owl - Chronicling the efforts of a pair of snowy owls to raise their young during the 82-day summer season in the Arctic. While the mother protects the nest, the father hunts lemmings to feed his family. But this year the rodents are not as plentiful as others.

NovaScience-How-Smart.jpgNova ScienceNow Wednesday, 10/24 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET.  How Smart Can We Get? - Whether it's possible for anyone to become a genius or if such smarts are purely a result of one's DNA. Also: a man who became an extraordinary musician following a head injury; a man who can match any past or future date to its day of the week.


Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy MacRough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac Thursday, 10/18 from 8:30 - 9:00  p.m. ET. Invites viewers into the world of respected furniture maker Tommy MacDonald, as he travels to historic landmarks to gain design inspiration and then returns to his workshop to demonstrate the steps and techniques needed to create future family heirlooms.

Children & Education

Inner CompassInner Compass Sunday, 10/21 from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. ET. A Bolder Approach to Education - New York University urban sociologist Pedro Noguera, co-chair of the public policy group Broader Bolder Approach to Education, shares what we can learn from schools that have excelled in dire circumstances and help any student succeed, no matter how poor or disadvantaged. 

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).

Rudy MaxaWine Tasting Saturday, 10/20 All Day Your senses will be put to good use as you go wine tasting today. Create travels the world to visit the finest vineyards. Take a sip of the grapes in South Africa with Rudy Maxa or in Mexico with Rick Bayless. Katie Brown and Caprial and John Spence will pair the perfect cheese or meal to compliment your wine. This marathon is sure to delight the wine novice and connoisseur alike. Cheers!

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