Complete line-up and program descriptions

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge: Spanning the Bay
Sunday, April 20 at 7pm

Explore the far-reaching effects the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has had on everything from commerce to commuting. It helped fuel the growth of the tourism industry, transforming tiny beachside resorts like Ocean City into crowded summertime destinations. Come along for an exciting look back at the monumental creation of the Bay Bridge, plus a 3-D trip across the bridge!

Who Killed Crassostrea Virginica:
The Fall & Rise of Chesapeake Bay Oysters
Sunday, April 20 at 11pm

This fresh perspective examines conflicting claims about the calamities that struck down some of the world's richest oyster grounds. Three particular groups come to the forefront -- the watermen who fish the oysters, oyster farmers who grow them and scientists who study them. Recent research and long-forgotten historical archives shed light on and re-evaluate the groups' roles.

NEW Downee Ocean, Hon!
Monday, April 21 at 9pm, Thursday, April 24 at 8pm & Saturday, April 26 at 8pm

programs_downeeoceanhon.jpg Ask a Marylander where they're headed this summer, and chances are you're bound to hear "downee ocean" (down the ocean). That can only mean one place: Ocean City. "OC" is the major beach destination in the state, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors and millions of dollars to the place where land meets water each year. Now, Maryland Public Television is laying claim to the OCMD experience by creating its newest program about life and fun at the ocean -- Downee Ocean, Hon! -- a vividly shot one-hour trip to the beach, filled with loads of fun, sun and salt water taffy. From the beach to the boardwalk, from the Ferris Wheel to Fager's Island, from sunrise on the beach to nightlife by the bay, Downee Ocean, Hon! captures the OC experience - from the rich history, family traditions, and small-town charm that's kept Ocean City as one of the East Coast's top vacation spots.
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Chesapeake Bay by Air
Monday, April 21 at 10pm

It's the soaring glory of Chesapeake Bay as never seen by Captain John Smith and his traveling companions of 1608. MPT's Chesapeake Bay by Air forever captures the unparalleled wild beauty, history and natural serenity of the bay, all from above. Shot in the air from two to 2,000 feet using state-of-the-art high-definition recording gear, Chesapeake Bay by Air's unique perspective of the Chesapeake Bay marries gentle verse, prose and music with stunningly dramatic images of the Chesapeake in a way that, until now, only migrating Canada Geese could truly appreciate.

Eatin' Crabcakes: The Best I Ever Had
Monday, April 21 at 11pm

Maryland Public Television takes up the challenge of tracking down the Crabcake's Finest in our newest Eatin' Chesapeake Style series with Eatin' Crabcakes: Chesapeake Style, a fun-loving, kitchen-hopping adventure that traverses the state in search of Crab Cake Heaven. From G&M's famous goliath-sized crab cakes for the hungriest seafood purest among us, to the rarified palette that craves stovetop tradition with a lilt, to ol' time tried-and-true recipes that have survived kitchen-based tests and trials of the ages,Eatin' Crabcakes: Chesapeake Style is the ultimate crab cake hunt across the Chesapeake region.

NEW Spat! Bringing Oysters Back to the Chesapeake Bay
Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30pm

programs_spat.jpg Maryland and its federal partners are spending about $30 million a year in oyster restoration. Is the investment paying off? Do the strategies to restore oysters endanger the watermen who harvest them? Ecology and culture clash in an investigative report about efforts to increase oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Great Aquarium Treasure Hunt
Tuesday, April 22 at 8pm

Join Dewey, Trevor and Sloan for the coolest class field trip of the year - a wild exploration of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, home to thousands of species of marine life! The team that completes the treasure hunt the fastest wins the grand prize. Who can figure out all the clues first?

Blind Spots: Threats to the Chesapeake
Tuesday, April 22 at 8:30pm

Emmy-award-winning documentary explores three current and alarming threats to the Chesapeake Bay: phosphorus-laden silt trapped behind Conowingo dam on the Susquehanna River; household and pharmaceutical products in waterways that are altering the physiology of fish; and, polluted storm water runoff from roadways and construction sites.

Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake
Tuesday, April 22 at 9pm & Saturday, April 26 at 9:30pm

The lure of waterfront living still remains irresistible to many, with some enjoying a home of their dreams on the Chesapeake Bay year 'round. Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake opens the door to Maryland's unique, historic and magnificent homes surrounding the Chesapeake Bay for intimate tours. Explore a colonial-era manor hand-crafted in the 1700s, an unusual houseboat with different waterfront views each day, and modern architectural marvels that blend the best of Bay living with gorgeous settings.

NEW Designing with Nature: The Plan for the Valleys
Tuesday, April 22 at 10pm

programs_designingwithnature.jpg A vivid portrait of the Valleys Planning Council, a citizen-led non-profit organization, and the brilliant work of Ian Harg, a talented landscape architect. McHarg, along with a team of consultants, penned a landmark land preservation plan back in the early 1960s. The Plan for the Valleys was one of the first land planning documents to use ecology as the central theme. Vintage footage highlights the entertaining McHarg, as well as interviews with a variety of characters involved in the organization over five decades. The film skillfully and beautifully documents the success of smart growth: a stunning, rural countryside that supports outstanding agricultural and equine industries that pay enormous dividends to current and future generations in terms of both a healthy economy and healthy environment. The film also serves as a wonderful testament to citizen action and visionary planning.

The Maryland Harvest: A Guide to Seasonal Eating
Tuesday, April 22 at 11pm

The Maryland Harvest: A Guide to Seasonal Eating is a one-hour documentary about Maryland farms and farmers and the chefs who love them. Host Al Spoler follows chefs from four top Maryland restaurants through the growing season and meets the farmers who produce the primary ingredients for the chefs' culinary creations. There is a food revolution afoot and Maryland farmers and restaurateurs are at the front. What makes locally grown products special, delicious and nutritious? Who are the farmers who grow the food we eat and what are their lives like? How are Maryland farmers and chefs collaborating to develop a new uniquely Maryland cuisine highlighting the flavors of each season?

NEW Electric Road Trip
Wednesday, April 23 at 8pm

programs_electricroadtrip.jpg Is it possible to drive more than 500 miles using nothing but electrons? That's what electric car owner and filmmaker Jonathan Slade and his wife Novia Campbell attempt to do in this wonderfully personal documentary - part vacation road trip, part science expedition. The couple departs from the historic Oakland Train Station in the mountains of Western Maryland and heads east, across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, driving their fully electric 2012 Nissan Leaf (with no gas option!). But will they make it? And if so, how long will it take? Shot entirely on four tiny, high definition GoPro cameras, this program brings a whole new immediacy, spontaneity, and portability to the traditional public television production. Informative, enlightening and entertaining, Electric Road Trip hopes to jump-start conversations about how our nation's transportation infrastructure needs to evolve in the 21st century. What unfolds is a true 21st century adventure that also serves as an eye-opening lesson for anyone interested in the development and practical use of alternative energy.

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Secrets of the Chesapeake
Thursday, April 24 at 10:30pm

Secrets of the Chesapeake travels the Chesapeake region – east and west, north and south, from mountain to marsh – to ask locals for sage advice to discover and uncover the most unusual places to explore and things to do for the weekender. But these aren't ordinary tourist destinations. Instead, they're spots that only a native would point to: remote shorelines where beachcombers can find beautiful and rare sea glass; an island gem-of-a-seafood-shack; quiet crossroads where tragic local history comes alive. Secrets of the Chesapeake takes viewers to places they'll never forget where they'll meet people they've only read about.

Growing up on Tilghman
Friday, April 25 at 9pm

Not so long ago, Tilghman's Island was a unique Chesapeake waterman's community with few amenities and no fences - where children roamed freely and families bonded together to wrest a living from the bountiful but challenging bay. See what it was like to live in a community that valued hard work, ingenuity, good humor and the natural world. Accompanied by captivating images from today and years gone by, island residents recall their unique heritage and discuss the challenges of sharing it with future generations.

NEW Another Dawn: Tilghman in Transition
Friday, April 25 at 9:30pm

programs_tilghmantransition.jpg Like generations before them, Tilghman Island's watermen get up every morning and head out to wrest a living from the Chesapeake Bay; "it's in their blood." But increasingly they find it a challenge to make a living. As the Bay's bounty declines, regulation increases, and the cost of operating a workboat escalates, watermen turn to other livelihoods and their wives find office jobs to supplement their family's income and provide health benefits. Another Dawn: Tilghman in Transition picks up the watermen's story where it left off in Growing up on Tilghman, the previous film produced by the Tilghman Watermen's Museum. How do they deal with all the changes? How do they adapt? What do they see as the future for this true watermen's community? What remains clear through all of their words, however, is the generosity, ingenuity, and beauty that distinguish this special community.

Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay
Friday, April 25 at 10pm

Explore the far-reaching impact of menhaden through the eyes of the men who love this stinky, oily fish for what it contributes to their livelihood, to their heritage, and to the health of Chesapeake Bay. Spend time on the Bay with charter boat captain Billy Pipkin, and meet pound netter Walter Rogers, crabber James Eskridge and conservationist Bill Goldsborough who provide their perspectives on the sustainability of this vulnerable fish and its connection to the future of Chesapeake Bay.

Black Captains of the Chesapeake
Friday, April 25 at 10:30pm

Produced and directed by S. Torriano Berry, this documentary highlights African Americans who have captained on the Chesapeake and their life on the Bay throughout the past century.

NEW Concert for the Chesapeake Bay
Sunday, April 27 at 6pm & 11pm

programs_concert.jpg Can you volunteer your time? The Bay needs your help! With musical acts Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good, The Great American Canyon Band and The Herd of Main Street, this 90 minute broadcast connects viewers and listeners to environmental volunteering opportunities that enhance and preserve the life of the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay relies heavily on people like you, from all walks of life, to volunteer and make a difference. We’re not asking for money, just your time! Featuring great performances from multiple musical acts and stories of people making an impact to preserve our watershed, the concert raises volunteer hours toward the nonprofits that need your help. Choose your way to save the Bay! » More information