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In-Depth with Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold

Earlier this week, Here and Now anchor Frederica Freyberg talked with incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and his challenger, and former senator, Russ Feingold.

In separate interviews, both candidates explained their stances on several key issues, including the minimum wage, the Affordable Care Act and out-of-state campaign contributions.

Both interviews will appear as part of tonight’s broadcast at 7:30. Watch the full interviews online now.

Sewing With Nancy Explores the Fashions of Downton Abbey

Several costumes, including Mary’s red coat are on display in Oshkosh.

Earlier this summer, Sewing With Nancy hit the road to get an insider’s look at the new Downton Abbey costume exhibit that’s touring America.

The exhibit, Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, is currently on display in Oshkosh at the Paine Art Center and Gardens, but you can get a detailed look at the exquisite costumes right here from exhibit curator Laura Fiser and host Nancy Zieman. Continue reading Sewing With Nancy Explores the Fashions of Downton Abbey

Preparations for Quilt Expo are Underway

Every year a ton of work goes into making Quilt Expo a great place to “Escape. Create. Celebrate.” and one of the most rewarding tasks — processing entries in the 10-category juried and judged Quilt Contest — is now complete.

With hundreds of entries, it took a jury a full afternoon and most of the evening to sort through all the quilts and to choose the best order for displaying them. It’s a grueling task, but I can assure you the jury was looking forward to spending hours scrutinizing every stitch and detail of the quilts.

We snuck into the jury room and snapped some photos to give you an idea of how they make their decisions. Check out the photos below, and remember to see the quilts for yourself at the Quilt Contest exhibit at this year’s Quilt Expo, Sept. 10-12 in Madison. Continue reading Preparations for Quilt Expo are Underway

Watch New Music on 30MMH

30 Minute Music Hour kicked off production on a seventh season this week with three quality performances from Feufollet, Trapper Schoepp and The Cactus Blossoms. All three concerts will air on Wisconsin Public Television later this year, but you can watch all three online now. Check out photos of the bands and click on the images to see the video.

The Cactus Blossoms performing in the WPT Studios
Minneapolis duo The Cactus Blossoms
Trapper Schoepp perform at Wisconsin Public Television
Milwaukee’s Trapper Schoepp
Feufollet at Wisconsin Public Television
Lafayette Louisiana band Feufollet

Uncovering the Past: Wisconsin's Sustainable Agriculture

Harriet Behar of Organic Valley CROPPOver the past couple months we’ve been digging through our video library and making several classic programs available on-demand. We’ve uncovered a lot of gems, including the 1995 documentary Covering New Ground: Wisconsin’s Sustainable Agriculture. The picture may not be high-definition, but the subject matter certainly holds up in today’s consumer-conscience society.

In Covering New Ground, WPT talks with farmers around the state who choose sustainable methods to produce the food we eat. The film covers rotational grazing, urban farming, targeted herbicide use and more sustainable farming methods.

Chances are good you’ve heard of some of the farmers featured in the 20-year-old film. Organic Valley, Harmony Valley and Milwaukee’s Will Allen are some of the more well known farmers on the program.

Take a moment to look back on this classic documentary and to marvel at some sustainable business models that seem progressive even by today’s standards.

Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson React to Supreme Court Rulings

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron JohnsonWatch Wisconsin’s two U.S. Senators talk with Here and Now anchor Frederica Freyberg about this week’s Supreme Court decisions on health care and same-sex marriage.

In a 5-4 decision made today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, making it legal in all 50 states. And on Thursday, the high court voted to uphold federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The decision ensures approximately 166,000 people in Wisconsin will continue to receive subsidized healthcare through the federal exchange.

Watch Here and Now tonight at 7:30 and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Attend a Live Taping of 30 Minute Music Hour

30 Minute Music Hour LogoTake off work the afternoon of Monday, July 13 and enjoy some live music at Wisconsin Public Television. Three bands will be joining us to record live sets for the new season of 30 Minute Music Hour, and tickets are totally free. Just send an email to 30mmhaudience@gmail.com to reserve your seats for one or all of the following shows.

FEUFOLLET – 1:15 p.m. concert/audience seated by 1 p.m.
It’d be easy to label this five-piece from Lafayette, La. as a Cajun band, but a deeper listen reveals experimentation with honky-tonk, rock, country and even a bit of pop. During this set, we may need to push back the chairs and make way for dancing. You can also check out Feufollet at La Fete de Marquette in Madison the weekend before their 30MMH show.

TRAPPER SCHOEPP – 2:30 p.m. concert/audience seated by 2:15 p.m.
Milwaukee’s Trapper Schoepp have toured hard the past year, sharing stages with big-name bands like The Jayhawks and the Old 97’s. Huffington Post called Schoepp a “master storyteller.” Add catchy alt-country rock to insightful lyrics and you have a recipe for musical longevity.

THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS – 4 p.m. concert/audience seated by 3:45 p.m.
The Cactus Blossoms are two brothers from the Twin Cities who are true country throwbacks. The duo’s vocal harmonies, which resemble The Everly Brothers, have garnered praise from Garrison Keillor, CMT and BBC Radio.

Poldark Rides Again – Watch On-Demand

The past two Sundays have seen the first all-new episodes of Poldark on Masterpiece. If summer activities kept you away from the TV and you missed the re-boot of the insanely popular Poldark, we understand. Luckily, you can watch both episodes on your own time online now.

Poldark is available on-demand at video.wpt.org or on your Roku, Apple TV, Xbox or Amazon Fire TV. Watch the fast-paced saga now, and catch the next episode in this seven-part series next Sunday at 8 p.m. or on-demand the following day.

Poldark on Masterpiece – Episode 1


Poldark on Masterpiece – Episode 2

WPT also has lots of other all-new historical drama to go around. If you like Poldark, here are two other shows that are worth your time.

The Crimson Field 
In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches. Watch Episode 1 Now.

Tales From the Royal Wardrobe
The world has a well-documented obsession with contemporary royal fashion. Peel back the layers of monarch’s outfits past and present to reveal the power of fashion. Watch Now.

Add Asparagus to the Grill

Asparagus is in season in Wisconsin. After you’ve enjoyed it boiled, broiled, steamed, roasted and raw, consider tossing those green stalks onto the grill.

Grilling asparagus is only slightly more complex than grilling a hotdog or bratwurst. Add a little oil, salt and pepper, and your asparagus will be just as flavorful. If you want to get more elaborate, blanche your asparagus and wrap with prosciutto before grilling. Or add some fancy cheese with this PBS Food recipe for grilled asparagus with Raclette.

From breakfast to dinner, there’s a number of ways to enjoy asparagus. Visit PBS Food for recipes and inspiration, and try something new while the markets are still stocked with local fresh asparagus.

Plant and harvest your own asparagus. Learn how with The Wisconsin Gardener.

Grilled Asparagus with Raclette. Get the recipe at PBS Food.