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Dan Alpert Named Outstanding Fundraising Executive

Dan-Alpert---DPTV_Sr-VP-high-ressmall.jpgDan Alpert, “the face” of Detroit Public TV for 36 years, will be honored by the Greater Detroit Association of Fundraising Professionals November 13 as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive of 2012.  Alpert, who is Senior VP for development and communications, as well as program scheduling, has had responsibilities for almost every aspect of DPTV operations through the years. Read more...

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Our DSO webcasts continue on Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Leonard Slatkin conducts Robert Williams on bassoon. 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.

Arthur, 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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Salute-to-Veterans.jpgAs we count down to Veterans Day on November 11th, Detroit Public Television will be presenting programs that tell the stories of veterans as well as active duty military, from World War II through Iraq and Afghanistan and offering messages about the experiences of Detroit-area vets and local resources for vets who need them.

Highlights of the programming schedule are indicated by a * below, starting Friday at 8:00pm ET with the 1951 film Go For Broke. 

DTE Foundation has offered a live challenge grant on Saturday, November 10, from 8 p.m. to midnight around programming such as The Story of Willow Run, which explores the history of the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich., and the B-24 bomber factory that was built in Ypsilanti by Henry Ford, and Marina at West Point.

National-Veterans.jpgProgramming continues on Sunday, 11/11 with documentaries like Where Soldiers Come From, One Soldier's Story, and Our Vietnam Generation at 3:30 p.m., recalling the experiences of Michigan's Vietnam veterans. PBS's National Salute to Veterans at 8 p.m. features Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise hosting a tribute to the courageous service of our 22 million US veterans.

Throughout the weekend, DPTV will be premiering a series of short stories featuring local veterans and the challenges they have faced returning home – with their families, with mental health issues, with employment, and with their memories.   These stories are meant to shed light on the challenges veterans face, and provide resources so veterans can get the help they need and are entitled to. 

For more information on these stories and resources, go to

Veterans programming sponsored by:

Ryan Laurie
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Featured Programming

Marina-at-West-Point.jpg*Marina at West Point: Unity Through Diversity Saturday, 11/10 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET.  Metro-Detroit’s own pianist-composer Marina Arsenijevic performs with the U.S. Military Academy Band and Cadet Glee Club at West Point's Eisenhower Hall. The set includes "Stars and Stripes Forever" and "America the Beautiful."

Upstairs Downstairs - All-NewUpstairs Downstairs Sunday, 11/11 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. In the Season 2 conclusion, Beryl and Harry eye marriage; Lady Agnes returns; a decision by Mr. Pritchard leads to chaos until an old friend lends a hand; and a shocking discovery may forever change the landscape at 165 Eaton Place.

Park-Avenue.jpgIndependent Lens Monday, 11/12 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Park Avenue: Money, Power, and the American Dream  - A look at income disparity in the U.S. In Manhattan, 740 Park Ave. is home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the U.S.; about five miles away, in the South Bronx, the same road runs through the nation's poorest congressional district.

Arts & Culture

Go-For-Broke.jpg*Film Festival Friday, 11/9 from 8:00 - 9:35 p.m. ET. Go For Broke - 1951 movie about the most decorated military unit for its size and service in the entire history of the U.S. Military – the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team of World War II, portrayed by actual combat veterans of the decorated  team.

rainRain: A Tribute to the Beatles Saturday, 11/10 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight 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.

And don't forget to pledge to see Rain live at the Fox ticket graphicTheatre, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

Single Tickets - $100
Pair of Tickets - $200

Where Soldiers Come From*POV Sunday, 11/11 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET. Where Soldiers Come From - From a snowy, small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, this film follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating from high school. Heather Courtney's documentary follows them on their yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

One Soldier's Story*One Soldier's Story Sunday, 11/11 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET. The story of Sgt. Michael Ingram Jr., who was killed in combat in Afghanistan on April 17, 2010. Keith Famie’s film is an intimate portrayal of a soldier’s sacrifice and a family’s unbearable loss.

Children & Education

Sesame StreetSesame Street Gets Through a Storm Friday, 11/9 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ET. After a hurricane sweeps through Sesame Street, Big Bird discovers that the storm has decimated his nest. His friends set out to rebuild his home, and give him places to stay until they're done. They also help him with his emotions. Click here to check out more hurricane resources from the Sesame Workshop.


Navy-Heroes-of-Normandy.jpg*Navy Heroes of Normandy Sunday, 11/11 from 1:00 - 2:00 a.m. ET. World War II veterans, many from southern New England, recall the U.S. Navy's role in the D-Day landing in a documentary tied to the 2008 dedication of a U.S. Navy monument at Utah Beach in Normandy, crafted by sculptor Stephen Spears.

Woody-Guthrie.jpgAmerican Masters Tuesday, 11/13 from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET. Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home - "The music is at the core of what it means to be an American," says Bruce Springsteen of the work of folk-music icon Woody Guthrie (1912-67), who is recalled via archival footage, photos and recordings.

Leadership & Public Affairs

MiWeekMiWeek Friday, 11/9 from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET. Perspective on the top news and issues affecting Metro Detroit. Christy, Stephen, and Nolan discuss the election results! And what they mean for the state of Michigan and you. Miss an episode? Watch them online here.


Frontline Tuesday, 11/13 from 10:00 - 11:30 p.m. ET. The Suicide Plan - An examination of the shadowy world of assisted suicide, which is illegal in all states but Oregon and Washington. The report features individuals who are opting to end their lives and those who, despite being at risk for prosecution, are helping them.

Environment, Energy, & Science

History-of-Science-Power.jpgHistory of Science Thursday, 11/8 from 9:30 - 10:30 p.m. ET. We are the most power-hungry generation that has ever lived. Michael Mosley explores how that power has been harnessed - from wind, steam and from inside the atom. It took centuries for science to explain what power is, rather than simply what it does.

Nature-Ducks.jpgNature  Wednesday, 11/14 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. An Original DUCKumentary - Paul Giamatti narrates this look at the world of ducks, which focuses on a male and female wood duck that meet and raise a family. The babies arrive knowing what to do and how to do it, and once in the water need no help in sifting and skimming for food.


Nova Wednesday, 11/14 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET.  Ultimate Mars Challenge -  A look at NASA's Curiosity mission to Mars. Included: remarks from Mars Science Laboratory personnel, including chief engineer Rob Manning, chief scientist John Grotzinger, deputy scientist Ashwin Vasavada and mission manager Michael Watkins.

Nova-Science-Future.jpgNova ScienceNow Wednesday, 11/14 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. What Will the Future Be Like? - The Season 6 finale looks at what the future may hold for science and technology, as well as technological hurdles engineers and computer scientists must overcome to make their visions reality. Included: thought-controlled video games.

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).

Hubert KellerEasy As Pie Saturday, 11/10 All Day Our fantastic Create chefs have filled this marathon up with pie! From the exotic Alsation Onion Pie and Sweet Potato Pie, to the well-known Pecan Pie and Cherry Pie; Julia Child, Hubert Keller, Ming Tsai and Chris Kimball prepare pies for dessert or a meal. Come get a taste!

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