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Get Up and Go With Wisconsin Public Television!

Get Up and Go! Day 2015

Wisconsin Public Television’s PBS Kids Get Up and Go! Day takes place one week from today: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 7! Mark your calendar and join us at this fun-filled, free event that encourages children to live healthy and active lives.

PBS Kids Get Up and Go! Day
Visit WPT’s YouTube channel to watch archived video from Get Up and Go! Day 2014!

Get Up and Go! Day is held in locations across the state, and each location features music, dancing, favorite PBS Kids characters, hands-on activities and crafts, community organizations and more. Families, day care groups and other childcare organizations are welcome to attend! Continue Reading for information o

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Supper Clubs 101: More Than Just Dinner Conversation

Supper Clubs 101 premiered Thursday, July 23 on Wisconsin Public Television. The original documentary, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the hometown restaurants that are serving hearty meals and a dose of nostalgia, got viewers talking on social media. Check out what fans had to say below! Missed Supper Clubs 101 or hungry for more? Watch it here! Or, keep reading to see some of the great online responses we saw during the premiere! Continue reading Supper Clubs 101: More Than Just Dinner Conversation

Tour of (Nature's) Homes

For the past two days, I’ve had the joy of watching a gray squirrel (the one in the picture) decide whether to take up residence in a maple tree. He looks young and probably hasn’t built a nest yet, but I can tell he’d like to make his home here. He’s been scurrying up and down chasing birds away, plus the tree is just a few bounces from a well-stocked bird feeder.

Both animals and humans love to build their homes where opportunity exists. We like to make our homes close to work or school and in safe places away from natural disasters. As for the opportunities that animals look for, Nature “Animal Homes” has that topic covered tonight.

On this episode, you’ll learn why and how beavers live along waterways, why gopher tortoises live underground, why some hummingbirds strangely find comfort living underneath hawk nests and so much more.

“Animal Homes” is a three-part series, so after you’ve watched tonight you can check out Episode 1 “The Nest” online and also watch Episode 3 “Animal Cities” on Wednesday, April 22. That episode will explore the acre-wide, multi-million-citizen colonies built by leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica. But you can see leaf cutter ants right here in Wisconsin thanks to the UW-Madison Ant Cam.

Outside of the laboratory, ants will soon be building their little mounds here in Wisconsin. And, many songbirds are back and building nests. So it’s a great time to get outside and explore some animal homes yourself. Find some animal homes and share your photos on the Nature website.

Oh, and if you’re curious, the squirrel in my maple tree appears to have turned its sights elsewhere. The maple in question is also a favorite of the woodpeckers, and no one enjoys noisy neighbors.

Explore Wisconsin's Groundbreaking Cancer Research and Treatment

Now that we’ve watched Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies from Ken Burns this week (miss it? Watch it online now), Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place takes us inside the amazing cancer research and treatment work that is being done here in Wisconsin.

In the special Mini Med School session below, watch some of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health’s top experts discuss their groundbreaking work that is giving hope to cancer sufferers and their families.

Behind the Scenes: Pledge Drive Q&A

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison volunteer at Wisconsin Public Television’s December pledge drive in 2014.

A few times a year, we call on all of our members and viewers to reach out and support our station. Pledge drive is an integral part of who we are and what we do at Wisconsin Public Television. But pledges aren’t just made of bright sets, dynamic shows, and constantly-ringing phones on stage. In fact, there’s a flurry of activity going on behind our doors that never quite makes it to the screen.

A big part of each pledge is driven by the volunteers and audience services representatives who give their time, patience and shreds of remaining sanity to make sure that everything comes together. I recently sat down with two volunteers and one audience services employee to really understand why our volunteers and representatives show up every day.

Qiushi Zheng, a Chinese foreign exchange student at UW-Madison, is involved in the Society for Human Resource Management, and chose to spend some of his volunteer hours taking phone calls at WPT.

Why did you decide to volunteer at WPT?
I’ve done tons of volunteering in the past, but I didn’t have a long-term fixed position. I feel good about it here, because people actually talk to you. I like the communication. They tell you how they feel about the shows you have on air.

What’s something that stands out to you after volunteering?
People here are really warm-hearted. They care about their environment and public activities. Chinese people don’t really have that same emotion. I talked to a woman who said she really enjoys what you offer. Even though she doesn’t have a huge budget, she’s still going to donate, which is great. Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Pledge Drive Q&A

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.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Have you ever wondered who makes those sounds emerge from the majestic bell tower on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus? In today’s Wisconsin Life sneak peek, meet Lyle Anderson, the school’s official carillonneur for more than 30 years and learn how he manages the tower’s 56 bronze bells to create beautiful music!

UW-Madison Professor and The Poisoner's Handbook

Tonight’s all-new The Poisoner’s Handbook: American Experience at 7 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television is based on UW-Madison professor Deborah Blum’s best-selling book. It’s a fascinating tale of New York City medical examiner Charles Norris’ role in bringing a scientific approach to the ravages of poison that were running wild in the Industrial Age’s criminal underbelly. In doing so, Norris created what has become modern forensic crime fighting. Watch a preview now:

Our friends at “Inside UW-Madison” have the full inside scoop on how Blum’s terrific book made its way to national television. Click here to dive in! And, watch Blum describe her findings in her own words from an episode of WPT’s University Place below. Then tune in tonight to learn the true beginnings of CSI!

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.