At 9 p.m. February 24, Maryland Public Television will premier a documentary on former Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel. The program will tell a political and personal story of the 56th governor.
From MPT’s press release,
Through interviews with the 93-year-old Mandel, archival film footage, radio broadcasts, and newspaper accounts during his administration, the documentary traces how Mandel shaped and reorganized Maryland government while defending himself in court – and in the court of public opinion.
Appearing in the MPT documentary are political figures of the day – press secretary Frank DeFilippo, Senator Ben Cardin, State Senate President Mike Miller, and former Governor Bob Ehrlich – along with media who covered the Mandel administration including WMAR-TV’s Jack Bowden, former state house photographer Tom Darden and reporter Karen Hosler. Attorneys and judges from the Mandel trial era appearing in the film include federal prosecutor Ron Liebman, appeal prosecutor Martin Himeles, defense attorney Al Figinski, and prosecutor Barnet Skolnik, who was assistant U.S. attorney at the time. Mandel attorney Arnold Weiner comments in the film, as does Blair Lee, son of the lieutenant governor who took office when Gov. Mandel stepped down.
Following the February 24 premiere, Marvin Mandel: A Complicated Life will be rebroadcast on MPT-HD on Friday, February 28 at 10:15 pm and again on Monday, March 24 at 11:30 pm. The program will also air on MPT’s secondary station, MPT2, on Sunday, March 2 at 8 pm.