National Family Week

National Family Week

National Family Week

November 20-26, 2011

National Family Week takes place during the week of Thanksgiving, a time when many families traditionally "connect" and celebrate with one another. MPT joins the celebration with programming throughout November that serves the needs of children, families and communities.


Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive – be a good neighbor and donate gently-used sweaters to families in need. Runs through January 2012.

American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America address the dropout crisis. Locally, MPT is proud to collaborate with University for Parents and MacArthur Middle School in Odenton to support students and their families in this effort.

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Foster Care Stories captures the real-life stories of a diverse collection of people involved in the foster care system as they attempt to develop a sense of permanency within children who have found themselves in imperfect situations. Featuring children, caregivers and foster parents, Foster Care Stories is a close-up exploration of these children and their fervent hope for the emotional and physical refuge provided by stability.

Donor Unknown: A Family Reunion Unlike Any Other - The adult children of a common sperm donor find each other and their anonymous father.

Last Train Home takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life. They return to a family growing distant and a daughter longing to leave school for unskilled work. An EyeSteelFilm production in association with ITVS International. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media. An Official Selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Winner of Best Feature-Length Documentary Award, 2009 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.


MPT2: Sundays at 9:30pm
BritWit Outnumbered follows the battle of wills between two parents and their three young children, who are seemingly locked into a never-ending contest to see just whose patience will run out first. The part-improvised comedy shows how living with kids can provide at turns the funniest and the most cringe-worthy experiences available to us all. Many will recognize how the parents (Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner) are just attempting to raise their kids with the minimum of emotional damage for all concerned.

Scrapbook Memories
MPT2: M - Sa, 5am
The premier television series for scrapbookers inspires you to collect and preserve your valuable family photos.

Global Voices
Mirror Dance
MPT2: Thursday, Nov.3, 1am
Cuban twin sisters, apart for 40 years in contrasting political environments, attempt to reconcile.

Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen
Family Favorites
MPT: Nov. 5, 3pm.   MPT2: Nov 15, 4pm.
Bridget makes the ultimate Swiss Steak and Julia revives a classic recipe for Baked Potato Fans. (premiere)

Official Best of Fest
Fathers & Sons
MPT: Sunday, Nov.6, 12:01am
Hosts Rick Stevenson and Dr. Brandon Whitehead (aka the silent critic) show how growing up can be hard on everyone in LETTING GO. Next, FREESIA OF EDEN is a film from Ireland about a grandfather's bond with his grandson and how he uses that bond to explain the tough things in life.

America In Primetime
Man of the House
MPT: Sunday, Nov.6, 8pm;   Repeat: Monday, Nov.7, 2am
TV personalities discuss the evolution of the man of the house from family sitcoms to modern shows. (Premiere)

Global Voices
The New Americans
MPT2: Nov.8-12, 14, 15 at 1am
This miniseries follows new immigrants and refugee families - from Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, the West Bank and Mexico - as they travel from their homelands to the United States.

Anne of Green Gables
MPT: Sunday, Nov.13, 3pm;   Repeat: Friday, Nov.25, 1pm
Remember watching this together with the family? Set a new tradition with the next generation while you watch this delightful epic full of wit, style and emotional power. Follow the life of precocious, lovable orphan Anne Shirley, from her struggles as an adolescent to her triumphs as a young woman.

No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront the Achievement Gap
MPT: Nov. 22 at 8pm;   R: Nov. 23 at 12:01am
What is being done to address the achievement gap and the dropout rate in our schools? Hear what Maryland and other communities are doing to support families and keep kids in school through graduation. Live broadcast features interviews with local education leaders, teachers and parents. Join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter #GraduateMPT.

Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting. No Textbook Answer is part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America address the dropout crisis.

Curious George Marathon
MPT: Wednesday, Nov. 23
8am MPT - Curious George (The Movie) - Animated feature stars Will Ferrell as the Man in the Yellow Hat, Eugene Levy as Clovis, Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Bloomsberry and Drew Barrymore as Maggie. (TV Premiere)

9:30 MPT - Curious George: Follow That Monkey - George escorts Kayla, a blue elephant lonely for her family, from coast to coast.

11am MPT - Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas - George and the Man with the Yellow Hat have a great time preparing for Christmas.

Bridging World History
Family and Household In World History
MPT2: Thursday, Nov.24, 2am
Examining families and households in Egypt, Europe and China, historians provide a window on the changing beliefs, order and experiences in world societies.

Katie Brown Workshop
Family Favorites
MPT2 Nov. 24, 3pm
Cole Slaw, Goulash, Blueberry Muffins and a shadow box fashioned from old shoes are created.

Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger (in Spanish)
Vme: Friday, Nov. 25, 7:30pm
The special, made possible by the generous support of Walmart, presents families' personal stories to raise awareness of the widespread issue of hunger in the United States and its impact on the Hispanic community. Todos juntos contra el hambre, an adaptation of Growing Hope Against Hunger which aired on October 9th on PBS, will also introduce a new Muppet named Lily, whose family has an ongoing struggle with hunger.