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Antiques Roadshow is Coming to Detroit to kick off its 18th season on PBS!


Antiques Roadshow is coming to Detroit on June 1st as part of the 2013 summer tour! Visit the Roadshow tour page for more details and how to apply for tickets!

Masterpiece Classic Sweepstakes


Enter the 2013 MASTERPIECE Classic Sweepstakes daily thru April 30, 2013, for a chance to win a trip for two adults from the US to Britain. The trip includes VIP tours of Highclere Castle (the setting of “Downton Abbey”), Kensington Palace, Selfridges & Co and more! Travel to Britain must be from Sept. 21-26, 2013. Enter at

Purple Rose Theatre Company presents a world premiere comedy: THE MEANING OF ALMOST EVERYTHING


The 15th play penned by Purple Rose founder and Hollywood actor, Jeff Daniels, The Meaning of Almost Everything is perhaps one of Daniels’ most personal, and yet, most whimsical pieces to date. With elements of slapstick, vaudeville, tragedy and farce, this exuberant romp of a play explores the pain and the joy of human existence. 

The story follows two men, “A” and “B,” who exist in an undefined place and time, a place of safety and comfort, but also a place where nothing happens. One man wants to remain. The other isn't so sure. Through their feats of daring (and sometimes cowardice), they stumble through the darkness to find the big answers to life’s big questions. This comedy questions the nature of our world and the absurdity of it all.  

Showing at The Purple Rose Theatre Company January 10  – March 9, 2013.

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




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Rosa Parks’ 100th / National Day of Courage:  February 4th

day-of-courage-small.jpgOn Monday, Rosa Parks would have been 100 years old. 

The Henry Ford in Dearborn – home of the Rosa Parks Bus – will mark the occasion by celebrating Rosa Parks' 100th birthday as a National Day of Courage - Monday, February 4, 2013.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., The Henry Ford is offering a program of nationally-recognized speakers, music, and special discussions to help demonstrate how the actions of one individual can create broad social change.

DPTV is honored to be chosen by The Henry Ford as the media source for the public, airing the day’s events on DPTV's Channel 56.2 for over-the-air viewers, Channel 287 on Comcast, Channel 155 on Brighthouse and Channel 432 on Charter all day as well as streaming it live at

DPTV Big Buck Night 2013

Big-Buck-Hunter.jpgDetroit Public TV in association with Safari Club International Novi Chapter will present “Big Buck Night 2013,” featuring interviews with local hunters and conservationists airing TONIGHT, January 31, at 8 pm ET

The program will include an awards segment for the highest scoring buck in each category – Rifle, Muzzleloader, Pistol, Crossbow, Bow, Women’s, Youth, High Fence/Enclosure, and Out of State.

The evening will feature a sponsor challenge grant from George F. Riley matching viewer donations up to $10,000, in support of outdoor programming on DPTV.

Don’t miss this exciting live television event.

Ryan Laurie
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Featured Programming

Downton-Abbey-Season-3.jpgDownton Abbey Sunday, 2/3 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Repeated 10 - 11 pm. Things go badly amiss at Downton Abbey. Robert and Cora are not speaking. The servants are shunning Matthew's mother, Isobel. And Matthew and Robert have fallen out. Bates takes a gamble.

American-Experience-Silicon-Valley.jpgAmerican Experience Tuesday, 2/5 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET. Silicon Valley - Recalling Robert Noyce (1927-90), the leader of the "traitorous eight" who left Shockley Semiconductor Company in 1957 to form Fairchild Semiconductor, a company that became a pivotal player in the technology sphere.

Sesame Street Live 2013

elmomakesmusic.pngJoin us for another year of Sesame Street Live! It is your LAST CHANCE to get tickets for the DPTV Benefit Performance tomorrow night, Feb. 1!

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.

Arts & Culture


Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live Saturday, 2/2 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET. From November 22, 1981 restored from original footage - Relive an amazing night of blues with legendary bluesman Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones.

Brit Floyd

Brit Floyd: World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show Saturday, 2/2 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. This extravagant new show brings together all the best elements of a real Pink Floyd show, world-class musicians, world-class road crew, and amazing new cutting edge Floydian animation.

ticket graphicDon't forget to donate to see Brit Floyd live at the Detroit Music Hall, Saturday, March 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

Single Tickets - $50
Pair of Tickets - $100

Britain's Royal WeddingsBritain's Royal Weddings Sunday, 2/3 from 7:00 - 8:00, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. The intimate story of Britain's royal weddings, from the Queen Mother through to Princess Margaret, told from the point of view of people who were there. How traditions began, how weddings change to reflect the changing times, and what it is like to be part of staging an event that is watched by millions.

Roots.jpgPioneers of TV Tuesday, 2/5 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Miniseries - he Season 3 finale focuses on miniseries, including "Roots," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "The Thorn Birds." "Roots" is remembered by LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, John Amos, Georg Stanford Brown and Ed Asner.

Leadership & Public Affairs

MotorWeekMotorweek Sunday, 2/3 from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. ET. All about cars: road tests, tips for motorists and advice for potential buyers. Detroit Auto Show highlights include the 2013 North American International Auto Show, the 2013 Ford Fusion and a look at shocks and struts.

As-Goes-Janesville.jpgIndependent Lens Monday, 2/4 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. As Goes Janesville - Chronicling three years in the lives of the residents of Janesville, Wis., following the 2008 closing of a century-old GM plant. For laid-off workers, that means seeking new employment in a decidedly difficult economic environment.

Changing-Gears.jpgChanging Gears: End of An Era Monday, 2/4 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. Changing Gears is a documentary film about the changes in the manufacturing industry and its effects throughout the Midwest. The film examines the continuing decline of industry in and around Muncie, Indiana.

Environment & Energy

David-Attenborough.jpgAttenborough's Life Stories Wednesday, 2/6 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Our Fragile Planet - Conclusion. David Attenborough reflects on the impact of humans on the natural world during his lifetime, which includes diminishing numbers of rain forests and coral reefs; and increasing numbers of endangered species.

Nova-Pharoah's-Chariot.jpgNova Wednesday, 2/6 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Building Pharaoh's Chariot - Experts build and test two replicas of ancient Egyptian chariots to learn whether, as some historians claim, the chariot revolutionized warfare and enabled Egypt's greatest era of conquest, the New Kingdom.


Our Polish StoryOur Polish Story Sunday, 2/3 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET. This local documentary from filmmaker Keith Famie tracks Polish Americans through the most tragic moments in their cultural history and revels in their greatest triumphs. Tells the true Detroit story - the struggles and jubilations experienced by some of our most influential citizens.

Health & Wellness


Super Brain with Dr. Rudy Tanzi Sunday, 2/3 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. ET. Harvard neuroscientist Rudy Tanzi explains how to harness the brain's hidden potential and retain mental acuity as one ages. He's introduced by Dr. Deepak Chopra.


OurHealth Urban Tuesday, 2/5 from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET. 2.01: Diabetes - The program covers the most prevalent health conditions and lifestyle issues affecting the health of urban populations, making it a relevant and vital health information resource.

How-To & Travel

Sara's Weeknight MealsSara's Weeknight Meals Saturday, 2/2 from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET. Healthy meal suggestions from chef-cookbook author Sara Moulton. Winter Comfort Food - The Season 3 premiere explains how winter vegetables are grown. Also: making root vegetable latkes with smoked fish chowder.

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).

Red, White, and BarbequeBig Game Snack Attack Saturday, 2/2 All Day. With Superbowl Sunday just one day away, you'd better plan a giant "snack attack" for your fellow sports fans. Whether your favorite snack food is pizza, burger, chicken wings or dessert, Steven Raichlen, John Shields and Katie Brown will provide inspiration for a fun-filled afternoon with friends and family. We may not know who will win the big game, but we do know that your menu will be filled with tasty treats!

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