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Just in time for the summer season, Detroit Public Television and The Nature Conservancy are teaming up again to bring you another Great Lakes Now Town Hall Event, this time on Beaches. The broadcast will include topics on safety, health, water levels, and more. Watch the live webcast or broadcast on Channel 56.2, May 14, 2013, 10a.m. – 12noon on Detroit Public TV.

If you are interested in attending this LIVE broadcast, go here >

 Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Our DSO webcasts continue on Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET. John Storgårds conducts Holst’s “The Planets” featuring the Women of the MSU Chorale. Watch at! 

Purple Rose Theatre Company presents 33 VARIATIONS


The Purple Rose Theatre Company is pleased to continue their 2012 / 2013 Season with 33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project). Learn More >

Showing at The Purple Rose Theatre Company March 28  – June 1, 2013.

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




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Does the Constitution have what it takes to keep up with modern America? Starting May 7th, find out in the new 4-part series, Constitution USA

Constitution-USA.jpgPeter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, travels cross country on a customized red, white and blue Harley-Davidson, to find out where the Constitution lives, how it works, and how it unites us as a nation. Sagal visits dozens of cities and small towns across America, introducing viewers to some of today’s major constitutional debates—free speech in the digital age, same-sex marriage, voting rights, separation of church and state, presidential power in the post-9/11 world, to name just a few—and the fascinating stories of the people they affect every day.

In 'Episode 1: A More Perfect Union' premiering 5/7 at 9pm ET, Peter explores the Constitution’s most striking and innovative feature: its resilient brand of federalism. 

Watch a preview >

Ryan Laurie
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Vice President of Individual Giving

Antiques Roadshow in Detroit!

Antiques Roadshow is Coming to Detroit and Tickets are Going Fast!

1. Antiques Roadshow in Detroit, Pair of Tickets & BehinAntiques Roadshow is coming to the Cobo Center in Detroit on June 1st as part of the 2013 summer tour! Our ticket supply is running low so don't miss your chance to get up to 2 items appraised! DPTV is now your only place to get tickets. Go to our store here >

For more information about the taping >

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

Featured Programming

Under the Radar MichiganUnder The Radar Michigan Saturday, 5/4 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. Escanaba Adventure - This special episode heads north for our "Escanaba In The Sunlight" adventure. After finally crossing the mighty Mackinac, we make our way west to Escanaba for an experience you won't soon forget.

Bletchley-Circle-small.jpgThe Bletchley Circle Sunday, 5/5 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. In the Season 1 finale, the killer becomes obsessed with Susan and plants a series of false clues in order to lead her into a trap. See where the killer’s obsession with Susan — and her determination to find him — leads.

Seeking-Asian-Female.jpgIndependent Lens Monday, 5/6 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Seeking Asian Female - Two strangers, an aging white man and a young Chinese woman, pursue a marriage brokered by the Internet. They get more than they bargained for when she moves to America to be his bride in this quirky, appealing documentary.

John-Legend.jpgTED Talks Education Tuesday, 5/7 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Hear inspiring and forward-looking leaders and thinkers on the topic of learning, including Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson, Sir Ken Robinson and Geoffrey Canada, among others. Hosted by John Legend.    

Saturday Night Concert Series

Jesse-Cook.jpgJesse Cook in Concert Saturday, 5/4 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET. Jesse Cook Live In Concert was recorded live in concert at the Rose Theatre in Brampton, Ontario May 2012; platinum-selling guitar sensation Jesse Cook takes viewers on a musical journey of discovery with his blend of rumba, flamenco, and salsa guitar.

You can see Jesse Cook live at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

ticket graphicSingle Tickets - $50
Pair of Tickets - $100
Single Meet & Greet Tickets - $125
Pair of Meet & Greet Tickets - $250

Rolling-Stones-Rock-and-Roll.jpgRolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus Saturday, 5/4 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.

Arts & Culture

Anna-May-Wong.jpgAnna May Wong: In Her Own Words Sunday, 5/5 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET.  A profile of Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star. Wong began her career during the silent era and eventually worked alongside Marlene Dietrich, Anthony Quinn and Douglas Fairbanks, among others.

Great-Performances-Paul-Taylor.jpgGreat Performances Sunday, 5/5 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET. Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris - Paul Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America's indigenous art of modern dance. The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris.

Call-the-Midwife-small.jpgCall the Midwife Sunday, 5/5 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Episode 6 - Jenny tries to reunite a man dying of tuberculosis with his only surviving child, whom he hasn't seen in years. Check out our blog, Modern Day Midwives, the local midwives have been doing an amazing job telling powerful and poignant stories about modern obstetrics in relation to the show.

Mr.-Selfridge-Small.jpgMasterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge Sunday, 5/5 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Episode 6 - Arthur Conan Doyle convinces Harry to allow a séance to be held at the store. In other events, Agnes transfers to the fashion department and develops a closer relationship with Henri.

Environment, Energy, & Science

Nature-Secret-Life-of-Deer.jpgNature Wednesday, 5/8 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. The Private Life of Deer - While other species may be negatively impacted by human development, it is just the opposite for the whitetail deer. A look at how wild deer adapt to living in suburban environments. 

Death-on-the-Railroad.jpgSecrets of the Dead Wednesday, 5/8 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Death on the Railroad - An investigation into the 1832 deaths of 57 Irish laborers who were laying railroad tracks in Pennsylvania. Cholera was blamed at the time, but modern forensic science sheds light on what really happened.

Health & Safety

Michael-Mosley.jpgMake Me Stay Awake Longer Thursday, 5/2 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. The necessity of sleep is examined. Included: consciousness researcher Tony Wright, who can go 12 days without sleep; sleep-endurance competitions; a Canadian man who works 20-hour days.

One-Step-Ahead.jpgOne Step Ahead Sunday, 5/5 from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET. Leading a successful life, revolving around family and academics, U of M professor Bob Schoeni, unexpectedly has to adjust to an ALS diagnosis. Shoeni and his family quickly found support from friends and co-workers ready to defy the odds and to find a cure for ALS.

Children & Education

Ariel-&-Zoey-&-Eli,-Too2.jpgAriel & Zoey & Eli Too Friday, 5/3 from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET. This special episode features a performance by students of and interviews with faculty at the University of Michigan School of Musical Theatre.  A song about dealing with loss, "In Your Heart" was written for AZE2 by acclaimed Broadway composer Gary Adler.

arthurArthur Weekdays from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET. Five NEW episodes starting 5/6 including an anti-bullying theme. The Tough Customers decide to stop bullying, but doing so may not be easy for Molly; Brain starts a chess club at school.

Leadership & Public Affairs

MiWeekMiWeek Friday, 5/3 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, 5/5 from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET.  Currently hosted by Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press, the show features topics about arts and culture, and community issues such as politics, race, and religion.

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