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Meet the MacArthur Winners – on WPT and WPR

As we learned the names of the new MacArthur Fellows yesterday – winners of the so-called “genius grants” – we celebrate members of the class of 2016 with Wisconsin roots and those whose work has appeared on WPT.

Some names (like last year’s winner Lin-Manuel Miranda) may seem more familiar than others, but all offer fascinating things to think about – which makes them perfect for WPT and WPR. It’s no surprise, then, that you may have seen or heard them on the air.

Continue reading Meet the MacArthur Winners – on WPT and WPR

Wisconsin Winter From the Air – Exclusive First Look

Come Soar With Us Again!
Wisconsin Winter From the Air
Coming to Wisconsin Public Television
at the end of November 2016

In Wisconsin From the Air, we took flight above the state we call home. Now, Wisconsin Winter From the Air – an all-new, visually stunning program – takes us into the sky again as we capture the wonder of a winter season that transforms the state’s landscape. This time, we’ll fly over some of Wisconsin’s most beloved landmarks and travel inside some of the active pastimes that bring us out into the cold to explore.

Loft above running rivers and frozen fields, soar over lighthouses and cityscapes, ski down snow-covered hills and across wandering trails and snowmobile along icy lakes.

As we anxiously await this exciting new show, we want you to be the first people to take a look inside the program

Today, we are sharing an exclusive first look and in coming weeks we will send you new segments from the program. We hope you will mark your calendar for the premiere date and share this video with your friends!

Funding for Wisconsin Winter From the Air provided by Ron and Colleen Weyers, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Morgan’s Shoes, John E. Kuenzl Foundation, Stanley J. Cottrill Fund, Francis A. and Georgia F. Ariens Fund within the Brillion Area Family of Funds, Holiday Vacations, and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

POV Brings a “Rare Bird” to Television

Think about the most stylish people you know. How many of them have had the contents of their closets on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or inspired a line of MAC makeup? Have they been a visiting professor at a major university, admired by Alexander Wang and Kanye West or sold a shoe and jewelry collection on the Home Shopping Network – all after age 90?

That’s Iris Apfel, the subject of this week’s POV – simply titled Iris. You may not know the name, but once you see her, she’s hard to forget. Continue reading POV Brings a “Rare Bird” to Television

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.

“Making A Murderer” Attorney Dean Strang Discusses Another Historic Case

Have you watched Netflix’s Making a Murderer, the real-crime documentary series that explores the 2005 Manitowoc homicide of Teresa Halbach and subsequent conviction of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey?

The series has inspired wide-ranging interest in the case that shook the state, as Avery had previously been released from prison after an earlier conviction for a 1985 sexual assault that was later proven to be wrong. The series has also made stars out of two of Avery’s Wisconsin defense lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, who have now appeared regularly on national TV programs and are even going on tour for a series of theater conversations about the case. (This includes a March 18 event at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee.)

Strang, a longtime defense attorney and professor at the UW-Madison and Marquette University law schools, is also a scholar on cases involving wrongful convictions. He even appeared on Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place in 2013 to talk about another historic case in which Clarence Darrow freed wrongly convicted men accused in a 1917 bombing of a Milwaukee police department. Watch that interview online, or on the PBS channel of your Roku or other digital device now.

The Real Story Behind “Concussion”

Have plans to see the new Will Smith film, Concussion, this holiday season? Watch FRONTLINE‘s powerful documentary, League of Denial, online or on the PBS channel of your Roku or other digital device now and hear firsthand interviews with the real Dr. Bennet Omalu about his work around the NFL’s concussion challenges.

‘Big Blue Live’: A Celebration of Marine Wildlife

“Big Blue Live” is a three-night event that premieres 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

I must admit that I have a soft spot for reality television. I also enjoy nature-centric television. Perhaps I just like television in general, which means I definitely work at the right place. The point is, I’m super excited for Big Blue Live, a new kind of reality television that combines all of my favorite things into one show.

Big Blue Live is a three-night live TV event airing 7 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 that will celebrate some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures converging off California’s coast. It’s a success story filled with beauty, cuteness and some breathtaking moments.

The live event set in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a celebration of the bay’s environmental rebirth, featuring humpback whales, sea lions, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks and much more as they visit the bay for a once-a-year marine animal phenomenon.

The phenomenon will be captured with state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea and below the waves. Big Blue Live will also bring together scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts, and will be anchored live from hubs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from a national marine sanctuary research vessel. Needless to say, the team has their bases covered.

You can tune in beginning 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, but while you’re waiting for the premiere, PBS offers a number of activities to keep you busy:

Take their quiz to find your Big Blue Live animal counterpart (For the record, I’m a sea otter).

Sea OtterCheck out live cams for a live look at what sharks, whales, sea lions and more are up to right now. 

Learn about the animals that will be featured in the show.

… and more! Check out the full website now.

A Hearty Helping of Wisconsin Supper Club Culture

Take a fresh look at an Upper Midwest culinary tradition with Wisconsin Public Television’s newest documentary, Supper Clubs 101. The documentary is available online now and makes its television debut 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 23.

The documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the hometown restaurants that are serving hearty meals and a dose of nostalgia. From the history of the term “supper club” to a look at supper clubs’ symbiotic relationship with state agriculture, you’ll get a tasty tour of Wisconsin’s culinary history.

Dive into the history of Friday fish fries, a tradition that caught on during Prohibition, and explore how supper clubs’ nightly menus have been shaped by deep-rooted traditions.

In addition to a look at the history of supper clubs, Supper Clubs 101 explains how modern research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is helping today’s supper clubs serve fresher produce, meat and dairy. It also includes a look at local brews with UW-Madison food science professor Jim Steele, who is supplying up-and-coming beer brewers with tools for better beer, thereby helping supper clubs draft pints with local flavor.

Be sure to watch online or tune in this Thursday!

Supper Clubs 101 is a co-production of Wisconsin Public Television and University Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

A WWII Veteran Pursues His Dreams in 'Clarence'

Clarence in the library
Director’s Cut “Clarence” airs 9 p.m. Friday, July 3 on Wisconsin Public Television.

This week on Director’s Cut we welcome Kristin Catalano, the creative force behind the documentary Clarence. Clarence tells the story of World War II veteran Clarence Garrett who decides to return to college to pursue his degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee after “cutting class” for more than 50 years.

It’s hard enough to stay focused on your education after a week-long spring break. Picture yourself returning to the world of academia after fighting in a war, raising a family and having a full career while now being hard of hearing, lacking computer skills and moving at a snail’s pace while going from class to class.

The film is a thumbnail of Clarence’s life, one spent overcoming obstacle after obstacle and doing so the only way Clarence knows how, with a never-say-die, can-do attitude. The story Catalano tells is not only inspiring but also uplifting. Clarence’s infectious personality elevates those around him with his “you’re only here once so why be anything but upbeat” attitude.

Catalano does a nice job of showing how Clarence immerses himself in campus life, making solid friendships with a generation of students at least twice removed from his own and engaging his professors in the process. There is no way anyone can not feel great about life while watching Clarence achieve his long postponed dream after making sacrifices to provide for his family and putting the academic needs of his children before his own.

The biggest challenge for Clarence, and possibly Catalano as director, was when Clarence was hospitalized shortly before completing his first semester, forcing him to fall behind. Clarence takes this in stride as just another of life’s inevitable hurdles. Since quitting never seems to have been an option for Clarence in his life, he pushes on as he has always done, with a determined yet whimsical grace.

Please put the bottle rockets down for an hour or so and join us for Director’s Cut on Wisconsin Public Television 9 p.m. Friday night to celebrate a nice little film about a great, inspiring American. Hope to see you then, indie film fans. Have a fun and safe 4th of July!