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Preview Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

I’ve watched a half dozen or so of the stories on cancerfilms.org that document how people cope with cancer, and each story ends with this statistic: 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer. Each time I read this fact I feel its weight and am reminded that every one of us will either endure an intimate battle with cancer at some point in our lives or know someone who has to fight the battle.

Ken Burns presents Cancer The Emperor of All Maladies logo
Airs March 30 – April 1 at 8 p.m.

Cancerfilms.org is the home of the new documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. The film airs March 30 – April 1 on Wisconsin Public Television, and the website is full of great content available to watch now.

While the film presents a comprehensive history of cancer, from its first description in ancient Egypt to the “war on cancer” in the ’70s to the gleaming laboratories of today’s research institutions, this film is unlike most from Ken Burns. Cancer is more than just a history documentary. Three films in one, it also weaves in a scientific and investigative report, and an engrossing an intimate vérité film.

The real-life stories will give the 1 in 2 men and the 1 in 3 women dealing with cancer an outlet for their grief and anger, and will help them make sense of what seems like a hopeless situation. And for the families and friends of cancer patients, it will offer a better understanding of cancer’s impact, the treatment process and what’s going on in the minds of our loved ones.

In short, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies will give people a better understanding of cancer and will enable them to feel more comfortable talking about it. To quote Ken Burns, “As much as you want to move away from it, you have to move toward it.”

Start your journey now. Visit cancerfilms.org now to see several inspirational stories, like Pam Cromwell’s “Fight Cancer on Your Own Terms” and Angelo Merendino’s “Life in Pictures” which documents the final weeks of his wife’s life.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a new three-part, six-hour television event, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, premieres 8 p.m. Monday, March 30 on WPT and will be available to watch online at video.wpt.org.

See what’s being done to fight cancer at the University of Wisconsin. Watch innovative lectures on University Place from Wisconsin Public Television.

Finding Private Gordon

Last year on WPT’s University Place, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison outlined their search for the missing remains of United States Army Private Lawrence Gordon who was killed in action at Normandy in World War II.

Through their work, his remains have been found and positively identified in France and are arriving in Wisconsin Wednesday afternoon with a full escort of honor guards, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Wisconsin Patriot Guard Riders for a forensic examination that will further help his family learn more about how he perished in battle.

Private Gordon will then travel to his final resting place in Saskatchewan.

Watch the University Place presentation below and read more about the successful  recovery of his remains and their return online now.

A Badger Band Show Drum Solo Selfie

Are you excited for the annual University of Wisconsin Varsity Band Spring Concert on Wisconsin Public Television Saturday night at 7?

Band member Tommy Johnson – who snapped the selfie below in the middle of his drum solo this past weekend – sure seems to be!

The best part about this year’s show? You can watch it anywhere! Watch the big 40th Anniversary program – with guest appearances from Tom Wopat and Conan band member (and Badger Band favorite) Mark Pender on air in WPT’s viewing area or streaming online from anywhere at this link. Band director Mike Leckrone – and a few special surprise guests – will be joining us in studio during the show to talk about all of the fun!

Want more Band show fun? Scroll down to the bottom of this post to meet Leckrone in a new Wisconsin Life segment and watch backstage interviews with Wopat and Pender from their last visits to the Badger Band show.

Wisconsin Hockey Returns to WPT


Jim Santulli 7th Man Award Voting Open Now 

It’s time to cast your vote for the Jim Santulli 7th Man Award. Vote for the player you believe gives his all on the ice and best represents the Badger trademarks of good sportsmanship, integrity and team spirit.

Named for the producer who helped start Badger hockey broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Television in the 1970’s, the Jim Santulli 7th Man Award is presented to the winner in April. This is the 34th year the trophy will be awarded. Congratulations to last year’s recipient, Jefferson Dahl!

Vote online here:
by mail:

7th Man Award
Wisconsin Public Television
821 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706

Voting ends March 31.

Update! Great news hockey fans! In addition to the two November games, WPT will also be providing coverage of eight additional games this season. Here is the full schedule. All games will be broadcast tape-delayed on The Wisconsin Channel. Check wptschedule.org for the most up to date schedule as the game days approach – and for air times for the January games when they are announced.

2013-2014 UW Men’s Hockey Schedule on The Wisconsin Channel
10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 – vs. Penn State
10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 – vs. Penn State
10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 – vs. Alabama-Huntsville
10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 – vs. Alabama-Huntsville
Friday, Jan. 3 – vs. Alaska-Anchorage
Saturday, Jan. 4 – vs. Alaska-Anchorage
Saturday, Jan. 11 – vs. Michigan
Saturday, Jan. 25 – vs. Ohio State

With that tweet from University of Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Communications Director Paul Capobianco, Badger fans everywhere learned the great news that Wisconsin Hockey is back on public television this weekend, with both games against the Lake Superior State Lakers airing live on The Wisconsin Channel and streaming online here.

Join play-by-play announcer Robb Vogel and color commentator – and former Badger hockey player – Mike Cerniglia at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night for all of the action on the ice as the Badgers set their sights on the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Conference Championship that will be settled in St. Paul in March.

So far this season, in non-conference play, the Badgers carry a 2-2 record into the weekend with a ranking of 13 in the nation according to the most recent USCHO poll. They swept Northern Michigan in the season’s opening home stand, but lost both games in a weekend swing on the road against Boston College and Boston University. Lake Superior State brings an undefeated 4-0 record into the Kohl Center, with sweeps of Robert Morris and Union in early season play.

It's hockey time in Wisconsin!

The Wisconsin Badgers Facebook page posted the image above to their Timeline this morning, so it must be time for hockey! (Gosh knows it feels cold enough outside to start freezing the ponds.)

This year, The Wisconsin Channel from Wisconsin Public Television is again your home for Wisconsin Hockey. The broadcast season kicks off this Friday with the home opening contest against Colorado College from the Kohl Center in Madison. The game will be broadcast statewide on The Wisconsin Channel tape-delayed at 10 p.m. You can find the channel over-the-air in WPT xx.2 spot of your digital receiver, or check your local cable lineup to see which channel spot is The Wisconsin Channel.

Better yet, log on to The Wisconsin Channel Web stream all season long to watch the games online as Coach Mike Eaves and his crew try to fight their way back to another National Championship.

The full schedule of games on The Wisconsin Channel is posted below. Most games will be broadcast at 10 p.m., but check the WPT Sports page for confirmed broadcast times closer to each game.

Let’s Go Bucky!

2012-13 Men’s Hockey Schedule on The Wisconsin Channel

Friday, Nov. 2 — Colorado College
Friday, Nov. 23 — Minnesota State
Saturday, Nov. 24 — Minnesota State
Friday, Dec. 7 — Michigan Tech
Saturday, Dec. 8 — Michigan Tech
Thursday, Dec. 13 — Alabama-Huntsville
Friday, Dec. 14 — Alabama-Huntsville
Saturday, Jan. 19 — Miami (Ohio)
Friday, Jan. 25 — Alaska-Anchorage
Saturday, Jan. 26 — Alaska-Anchorage
Sunday, Feb. 24 — Penn State
Friday, March 8 — St. Cloud State (From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center)
Saturday, March 9 — St. Cloud State (From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center)

A conversation with Tom Wopat

Go behind the scenes at the Kohl Center with us to meet Tom Wopat – Lodi native, UW alumnus, Broadway actor, recording artist and star of The Dukes of Hazzard. Wopat was back in Wisconsin as a guest artist for the UW Varsity Band Spring Concert.

In this interview, he talks about his long career in show business, his love for the UW Band and his new work with Dukes co-star John Schneider.

Don’t miss Wopat’s performance with the UW Varsity Band during the premiere of the 2012 Spring Concert, “Oh What a Night!” at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7 on WPT!

Landscape Legacy

Watch Landscape Legacy at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Having worked with In Wisconsin for over two years, it brings me great joy to see this visually stunning special finally ready to air. Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience the University of Wisconsin Arboretum throughout all of the seasons. This is your chance to learn about the many restoration and management efforts that started with Aldo Leopold and have made the arboretum the amazing place it is today. A place that hosted the first prairie restoration (Curtis Prairie) in the United States  and where scientists and students have continued to learn for over 75 years.