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2013 FIRST in Michigan Robotics State Championship

Detroit Public TV and American Graduate present the 2013 FIRST in Robotics Competition. High School students compete in the Michigan final championship, with the championship team going on to compete in the national championships in St. Louis. Live streaming at on April 13.

Be A Money SMARTY! Event

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Detroit Public TV invites you to Be A Money Smarty! On Saturday, April 20th, DPTV will host a free seminar offering forty tips about annuities, retirement, credit, debt, scams and much more. There will be no sales pitches. This free event will be at Detroit Public Television in Wixom on Saturday, April 20th from 10 -11 am.

Do you want to be a member of the audience for "Be A Money Smarty"? RSPV with (248) 305-3705 or sign up online!

Antiques Roadshow is Coming to Detroit...Get your tickets NOW!

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Antiques Roadshow is coming to the Cobo Center in Detroit on June 1st as part of the 2013 summer tour! DPTV is now the only place to get your tickets to the taping by going to our store here >

For more information about the taping >

And don't forget to watch Antiques Roadshow Mondays at 8pm ET.

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




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Il Volo Returns to DPTV on Saturday, 4/13 at 9pm ET in "We Are Love"


Il Volo, the Italian trio comprised of Piero Barone, 19, Ignazio Borschetto, 18, and Gianluca Ginoble, 18, return to DPTV this weekend for the world premiere of their second special, We Are Love, after winning the hearts of viewers across America.

Produced by Detroit Public Television for national PBS distribution and filmed at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on March 26, 2013, the new concert special allows Il Volo to show off their multilingual prowess, as they sing in English, Spanish, French and Italian, featuring songs from their "We Are Love" album.

CD and DVD now available >

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EXCLUSIVE ONLINE SCREENING. Can the Motor City rise from its ashes?

Detropia.jpgBefore it airs nationally on PBS in May, catch an exclusive online screening and discussion of the acclaimed documentary Detropia this Thursday, April 11  at 7:30pm ET. 

Detropia chronicles the impacts of global competition, changes in demographics, and neighborhood deterioration in the City of Detroit. Much has changed since the film was completed in 2012.  Or has it?  Watch the film and join the conversation!

Learn more and sign up for this free screening:

Ryan Laurie
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Featured Programming

Thursday Night Animals, Week 2: 

Nova-ScienceNOW-Smart-Animals.jpgHOW SMART ARE ANIMALS? Do our pets - like dogs - have the same feelings we do?
Thursday, April 11 @ 9 pm

The science of the bond between humans and service dogs, and training techniques for any dog.
Thursday, April 11 @ 10 pm

Under the Radar MichiganUnder The Radar Michigan Saturday, 4/13 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., repeated Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; also Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on 56.3 Create. Restaurant Special 2 - We're back with another UTR Michigan Restaurant Special, where we take you back to some of our favorite places from seasons one and two. We'll hit 7 more excellent Michigan eateries in Flint, Harbor Country, Royal Oak, Charlevoix, Mt. Pleasant and Ann Arbor.

Josh-Groban-All-That-Echoes.jpgLive from Lincoln Center Sunday, 4/14 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET. Josh Groban: All That Echoes - Classical crossover star Josh Groban performs selections from his 2013 album "All That Echoes" in this concert from the Allen Room at Lincoln Center.

Wonder-WOman.jpgIndependent Lens Monday, 4/15 from 10:00 p.m. - Midnight ET.  Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines - Examining the evolution of Wonder Woman and other female superheroes, whose depictions through the decades have often mirrored societal anxieties about strong women.

Central-Park-5.jpgThe Central Park Five Tuesday, 4/16 from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. A new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989.

Arts & Culture

Rolling-Stones-Rock-and-Roll.jpgRolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus Saturday, 4/13 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. A 1968 film conceived by the Rolling Stones, which also features the Who, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Yoko Ono, Marianne Faithfull, Jethro Tull, as well as actual circus performers.

Michael-Feinstein-Liza-Minelli.jpgMichael Feinstein's American Songbook Sunday, 4/14 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET.  Let's Dance - The link between music and choreography is explored through rare footage of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse's first TV performance. Liza Minnelli reflects on Astaire and Kelly, both of whom she knew.

Call-the-Midwife-small.jpgCall the Midwife Sunday, 4/14 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Episode 3 - Jenny is transferred to a short-staffed hospital, where she finds herself assigned to the male surgical ward and working with an intimidating surgeon. Check out our blog, Modern Day Midwives, bringing you local midwives from Wayne State University and University of Michigan to discuss their role in modern obstetrics .

Mr.-Selfridge-Small.jpgMasterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge Sunday, 4/14 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Episode 3 - Harry invites a famous ballerina to appear at the store, but the publicity event doesn't go as planned thanks to Ellen Love; Rose comes clean about her identity to Roddy.

In-Performance-at-the-White-House-Memphis-Soul.jpgIn Performance at the White House Tuesday, 4/16 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Memphis Soul - A celebration of the Memphis soul music of the mid- to late-1960s. Performers include Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake.

Environment, Energy, & Science

Nature-Eels.jpgNature Wednesday, 4/17 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. The Mystery of Eels - Naturalist James Prosek examines the freshwater eel, sharing what's known about its behavior while detailing how it's become the center of a multibillion dollar business—Japan alone consumes 130,000 tons of eel a year.

Nova-Australia.jpgNova Wednesday, 4/17 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET.  Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes -  A look at fossil evidence that recounts the move of life from ocean to land, which occurred more than 400 million years ago during the Silurian period. At the time, Australia was still part of the barren supercontinent known as Gondwana.

Michael-Mosley.jpgGuts With Michael Mosley Wednesday, 4/17 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. The workings of the digestion system are detailed via medical imagery and a "camera pill." Also: the use of fecal transplants to treat serious stomach and bowel disorders.


Echoes-of-the-Holocaust.jpgEchoes of the Holocaust Thursday, 4/11 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. A tour of the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial is given by four guides as they relive their personal tragedies - of loved ones lost and their own private terror, pain and humiliations - and recount the occasional miracle and their eventual liberation.

Defiant-Requien.jpgDefiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance Sunday, 4/14 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET. Conductor Murry Sidlin leads a performance of Verdi's "Requiem" at the former Nazi concentration camp of Terezin, where inmates performed it in 1944 before Nazi officers and the International Red Cross.

Children & Education

Thomas & FriendsThomas & Friends Weekdays from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. ET. Adventures of a cartoon train named Thomas and his pals. Thomas the Tank Engine can be described as a cheeky, fussy, true blue engine who proudly wears the "#1" on his side as he makes tracks to great destinations on the Island of Sodor and beyond.

Ariel-&-Zoey-&-Eli,-Too2.jpgAriel & Zoey & Eli Too Friday, 4/12 from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET. A boy and his twin sisters interview celebrity guests, perform skits and sing original songs. This episode is all about empowering young women and features a special interview and performance with singer/songwriter Jill Jack.

Leadership & Public Affairs

MiWeekMiWeek Friday, 4/12 from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET. Christy McDonald, Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson join to provide context and perspective on the top news stories affecting Metro Detroit, the State of Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Miss an episode? Watch it now >

American Black JournalAmerican Black Journal Sunday, 4/14 from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET. We'll talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Robin Givhan, as she returns home to Detroit to receive a very special honor from her alma mater, the University of Michigan.

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).

Taste-This.jpgTaste This! Sunday, 4/14 from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. ET. A gourmet organic cooking show filmed at a different location each episode. NYC Upper East Side - Chicken stuffed with a sun-dried tomato pesto and potato flakes; pasta with gnocchi and pesto.

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