Meet Nancy Zieman & Learn New Techniques at Quilt Expo

Registration for Quilt Expo 2016 is officially open! Every year, guests flock to Quilt Expo to Escape, Create and Celebrate. The three-day event, presented by Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman, invites all quilt lovers to learn, laugh and draw inspiration from each other.

Quilt Expo | Sept. 8-10, 2016
Alliant Energy Center in Madison
Register early and save:
Register here.

Nancy Zieman, beloved host of WPT’s own Sewing With Nancy, which has been on the air since 1982, will appear at the Wisconsin Public Television booth to meet with all Quilt Expo attendees!

Don’t miss Quilt Expo’s 10-category quilt contest exhibit, showcasing the incredible talents of quilters from across the country. In addition, attendees can view this year’s brand-new Black & White Plus One Challenge, which spotlights unique ways of creating fabric masterpieces using only three colors.

Nearly 200 vendors at the extensive vendor mall will offer the latest machines, kits, fabrics, threads, notions and more. Additional highlights include a raffle for fantastic quilt-related prizes, as well as a community service project — Quilt to Give, led by Nancy Zieman — which invites attendees to donate their materials and skills to create bed-size quilts for those in need.

Visit quiltexpo.com for full details and to register for lectures, workshops and evening events! We hope to see you this fall.

The One Place That Can Take You Anyplace – Including the Top of the Great Pyramid

Wisconsin Public Television is the one place that can take you anyplace – like this brilliant 360-degree immersive view from the top of Khufu’s Pyramid, or the Great Pyramid of Giza from our friends at NOVA. Spend some time exploring one of the world’s rarest vistas.  (Click through on the image if it isn’t interactive in this window.)

And don’t miss NOVA Wednesday nights at 8 on WPT. Or watch full programs online anytime.

Watch Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County Online Now!

We are excited for the premiere of Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County at 8 Monday night on Wisconsin Public Television.

We are even more excited that you can watch the full program early right now online below or on the PBS channel of your Roku or other digital device!

Door County Cana Island Lighthouse Moonrise

Here’s a moment of beautiful serenity.

Wisconsin Public Television producers captured this gorgeous full moonrise behind the Cana Island Lighthouse in Door County during filming last year.

Enjoy this rare moment of natural wonder and then watch our all-new history documentary, Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County Monday night, June 27 at 8 on WPT.

Director’s Cut: Rob Cohen & “Being Canadian”

This week on Director’s Cut,  it is my pleasure to welcome accomplished writer/director Rob Cohen to discuss his very funny documentary Being Canadian. Rob’s body of work as a comedy writer is impressive. His writing credits include The Simpsons – he wrote the ‘Flaming Moe’ episode –The Ben Stiller Show & The Big Bang Theory. Most recently he was working on podcast phenomenon Marc Maron’s show as both writer and director.

Being Canadian is Rob’s love letter to his homeland but was educational for him as well. It is an extremely well-directed and well-produced film, and as with most of Rob’s creations, it’s very funny and very dry. Rob interviewed tons of celebrities, most from Canada and a few from here in the States. The interviews are interesting, funny and set in some crazy locales. As a comedy writer and self proclaimed student of the craft myself for many years, even I was surprised at how many great comedians and writers are from Canada. Their ratio of great comedy writers to actual residents probably far outweighs what we have here and it hurts at little. Well, okay a lot. But at least it’s a little warmer here? 

As great an interview as Rob is, he was a great sport too, hanging out to riff and do some improv with me as we delved into his mysterious Hollywood legend that he always downplays. We explored the ‘myths’ of his career like – Is the Milhouse character from the Simpsons really based on you? Did Aimee Mann really write a song that was inspired by you? Is there an action figure from Austin Powers 2 based on your character? And of course Did you really have a classmate named, Peter Poontip? Be sure to check out the web extras for the answers. Continue reading Director’s Cut: Rob Cohen & “Being Canadian”

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Auction

Wisconsin Public Television’s 2016 Auction is in full swing! The event is full of excitement,  and the hustle-and-bustle of the Auction set is infectious. Get an exclusive glimpse at the energy below, then tune in on-air or online today through Sunday (statewide!) to get in on the fun and snag some amazing deals.

Auction is WPT’s largest fundraising event, and all the proceeds support WPT programs and outreach initiatives. Use #WPTAuction to show how you’re participating!

Upcoming Auction Broadcasts
7 p.m. Friday, June 3:
Sports & Recreation

4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 4:
Kids & Family

7 p.m. Saturday, June 4:
Travel

4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 5:
Marketplace

7 p.m. Sunday, June 5:
Showcase

You don’t have to wait till the broadcast begins to browse the offerings. Visit auction.wpt.org today to pre-bid and view featured items. Happy bidding!

 

 

So Much More Than “The Girl From The Wonder Years”

“I discovered that I could be smart and capable and valuable for something that had nothing to do with Hollywood. This is me. And it felt great.”

In this powerful and inspirational video, Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar shares how her discovery of mathematics  in college helped her discover she is so much more than a former child star. Knowledge truly is power!

Watch more of Nova’s Secret Life of Scientists series online here.

Watch, Bid & Win! WPT Auction Airs June 1-5

Support Wisconsin Public Television — Watch the WPT Auction!

Lights, camera, Auction! Join in on the fun as Wisconsin Public Television’s largest fundraising event kicks off another year of bidding fun at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1! Now in its 41st year, the WPT Auction invites viewers to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses during a live TV broadcast. There are great deals available, and all the proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television programs and outreach initiatives!

Bid on vacation packages, gift certificates, home and garden items, sports tickets to Badgers games, jewelry, art, vacation packages to Cancun, Boston and Door County, and more. Each night there is a different theme, and big ticket items valued at $1,500 or more will be auctioned off during the Auction Showcase Sunday, June 5.


2016 Auction Schedule

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1* Entertainment & Hobby

7 p.m. Thursday, June 2* Home & Garden

7 p.m. Friday, June 3 Sports & Recreation

4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 4* Kids & Family

7 p.m. Saturday, June 4 Travel

4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 5 Marketplace

7 p.m. Sunday, June 5 Showcase

*Auction is broadcast to the WHA-TV viewing area only at these times. (Watch online and take part in the fun from anywhere at any time during Auction!)


Watch Auction anywhere via the simultaneous online stream at auction.wpt.org. Use #WPTAuction on social media to share how you’re participating in Auction!

Want more Auction? Check out online-only items in the Deal of the Day category even now before Auction begins! More items will be added every day throughout Auction.

Start browsing hundreds of items now and pre-bid at auction.wpt.org. Learn how to pre-bid below!

Streaming Favorites for May

The Good Stuff

I’m not even sure I can pinpoint what this series is about, but I love it. It might be safe to say that it’s actually about everything. The hosts, Craig & Matt, explore a crazy diversity of topics, covering everything from wine tasting to warp drives. They’re funny, fun and generally seem like they would make nice neighbors. Dive in and learn something!

Re:Dream | Pursuits of Happiness

According to their site, this narrative project “is about people living in America as they navigate opportunity, meet obstacles, and pursue happiness in the 21st century.”

The is a huge collaboration between KCPT, Detroit Public TV, PBS SoCal, GPB, WETA and Thinkshift, and it amazes me completely. It’s digital and social. It’s beautifully shot and edited. It tells real, intimate stories. It shows how truly diverse our country is. Just go watch it. Now. Continue reading Streaming Favorites for May

Director’s Cut: Mike Batayeh & “Detroit Unleaded”

This week on Director’s Cut,  we welcome actor Mike Batayeh to discuss the film Detroit Unleaded. Mike is a co-lead in the film and while I primarily talk to directors and producers, I think it’s great to get a perspective from an actor’s point of view. Mike is animated and passionate about the film plus has a long list of acting credits. 

Detroit Unleaded tells the story of a young Arabic couple who meet at a gas station run by Sami (E.J.  Essi) in inner city Detroit. Sami takes over the operation after his father’s death and has bigger dreams. But when he meets Naj, played by the beautiful Nada Shouyahib, it helps ease the pain. Batayeh plays Sami’s cousin who has big entrepreneurial plans for the two of them as they compete with the more upscale, successful station in the neighborhood. Continue reading Director’s Cut: Mike Batayeh & “Detroit Unleaded”