Tag Archives: Wisconsin Public Television

It’s Paczki Day!

New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Rio has Carnival. But we all know that in Wisconsin – especially in Pulaski – today is Paczki Day! To celebrate we pulled out this great 2010 In Wisconsin report from WPT reporter Andy Soth that shares the sweet secret to why customers come all day long to Smurawa’s Country Bakery to get the traditional jam-filled pastry known as Paczki and pronounced “poonchkey” on this day before Lent.

Did you get a taste of these delicious iconic pastries today?

Rick Bayless Takes Us On Location in Mexico, And It’s Delicious

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It’s not unusual for Rick Bayless to be in Mexico recording a new season of Mexico: One Plate at a Time (full disclosure: to me, the best cooking show on television.) What is unusual – and really exciting for those of us who are stuck back here in the wind, snow and cold of Wisconsin – is that Chef Bayless is taking us all along on this production with daily behind the scenes video updates from each unique – and delicious – location he and his crew are visiting.

You can watch all of them, follow along with the adventure as it happens and share your comments directly with Bayless and his team on his Facebook page.

But, I also wanted to share a couple of my favorite video dispatches that have already arrived.  Continue reading Rick Bayless Takes Us On Location in Mexico, And It’s Delicious

WPT Here and Now: Gov. Scott Walker Interview

Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 2.25.10 PMIn this new interview from Thursday afternoon, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks with Wisconsin Public Television’s Here and Now reporter Zac Schultz about what he learned during his run for president last year and dealing with his lowest approval numbers since he ended his campaign. Looking ahead, Walker said he would be crisscrossing the state, rather than crisscrossing the country, as he works to implement his legislative agenda in 2016.

Watch the full interview below and tune in to Here and Now 7:30 p.m. Fridays on Wisconsin Public Television or explore past reports and interviews online anytime.

It’s the First Day of Winter: Celebrate With Virtual Snow!

Today marks the official first day of winter, a harbinger of more chilly, snow-filled weeks, which will eventually melt into slushy days as we prepare for spring. As I write this, the ground is currently devoid of snow here in Madison, which is a boon to holiday travels, but unfortunate for those fond of a white Christmas.

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While we wish we could deliver actual snow to those who want it, virtual snow will have to do. For your daily dose of winter, check out this clip from Wisconsin Life, featuring Eau Claire’s super-talented snow carvers, Jason Anhorn and Steve Bateman.

Each year when Wisconsin winters are at their harshest, the professional artists set out to brighten the barren landscape, spending eight weeks carving blocks of compacted snow into larger-than-life sculptures in Eau Claire’s Boyd Park. I’m left feeling that my feeble attempts at snowmen don’t quite compare …

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.

Celebrate International Tea Day With Violet Crawley

Violet Crawley, avid tea drinker and Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Today is International Tea Day, and what better way to celebrate than with some of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham’s most witty quips and comebacks? Check out some of my favorites below, and post your own to add to the mix!

Downton Abbey: The Final Season premieres 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3 on Wisconsin Public Television. Continue reading Celebrate International Tea Day With Violet Crawley

Downton Abbey Cast Secret Revealed – They’re Really From Wisconsin

Backstage at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, three Downton Abbey cast members revealed a hilarious secret – they’re not British at all. They actually hail from Wisconsin. In the words of Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Allen Leech below, “Go Cheese!”

The bit was a follow up to another funny moment on the couch with Colbert when the three actors lived out a Downton Abbey scene in full American accents. As the title notes, it sounds utterly bizarre. You can find that video below, too.

Rest assured, the show’s final season which premieres Jan. 3 on WPT has plenty of twists and turns, but probably won’t find the Granthams visiting long-lost family in Green Bay. Although we wouldn’t complain if they did. Go cheese!

Continue reading Downton Abbey Cast Secret Revealed – They’re Really From Wisconsin

WPT Interviews: Christopher Kimball From America’s Test Kitchen

When America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country host Christopher Kimball visited Madison recently, Wisconsin Public Television caught up with the celebrated chef and founder and editor of Cook’s Illustrated magazine to ask him about his go-to rules on kitchen gadgets, the small things every home cook should know to be successful, a few surprising hints that make life in the kitchen easier (spoiler alert: vodka makes great pie crusts!), his favorite cocktail, the cheese question he gets asked most and the secret to the perfect cheesecake.

We even surprised him a bit when he learned that an Old Fashioned made with brandy was the Wisconsin drink of choice. Just wait to see his reaction to that!

Watch Cook’s Country From America’s Test Kitchen Saturdays on Wisconsin Public Television.

Full 2015-16 Broadcast Schedule: UW Hockey on WPT


We’ve got great news to share for our hockey fans! Wisconsin Men’s Hockey coverage returns to Wisconsin Public Television’s The Wisconsin Channel this year with five games, beginning with the Nov. 21 game against the University of Denver. We’ll also broadcast the Jan. 10 Wisconsin Women’s Hockey game live from Madison.

Here’s the full Wisconsin Channel hockey broadcast schedule. Check wptschedule.org closer to each game to make sure game times haven’t changed.
The Wisconsin Channel can be viewed on WPT’s second digital over-the-air broadcast position,on select cable providers across Wisconsin and streaming online from anywhere at wpt.org/wisconsinchannel.

7 p.m. Nov. 21 vs. University of Denver
7 p.m. Jan. 9 vs. Ohio State
7 p.m. Jan. 30 vs. Alaska
7 p.m. Feb. 12 vs. Michigan
7 p.m. Feb. 13 vs. Michigan

Wisconsin Women’s Hockey coverage

Noon Jan. 10 vs. Minnesota-Duluth

Find full details for all Badger Hockey television coverage at this link!

2015 Holiday Program Schedule

As we prepare for the first snowflakes to fall, we wanted to share the special holiday-themed programs coming up on Wisconsin Public Television. From Thanksgiving, through New Year’s Day, look to WPT for classic favorites and fresh new holiday treats. Here is a complete list of every holiday program on Wisconsin Public Television.

Tuesday, Nov. 24
6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Wild Kratts “Happy Turkey Day”
5 p.m. – Martha Speaks “Martha’s Thanksgiving, Parts 1 & 2”
7 p.m. – American Experience “The Pilgrims”

Wednesday, Nov. 25
1 a.m. and 9 p.m. – American Experience “The Pilgrims”
6 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.– Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
5 p.m. – Martha Speaks “Martha’s Thanksgiving, Parts 1 & 2”

Thursday, Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving
3 a.m. – American Experience “The Pilgrims”
5 a.m. – Sara’s Weeknight Meals “Thanksgiving 101” (Create)
5:30 a.m. – Katie Brown Workshop “Home for the Holidays” (Create)
6 a.m. and noon – Cooking With Julie Taboulie “Thanksgiving Traditions Take a Twist” (Create)
6 a.m. – Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – The Jazzy Vegetarian “Giving Thanks” (Create)
7 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Heirloom Meals Thanksgiving (Create)
8 a.m. and 2 p.m. – America’s Test Kitchen “Revisiting Julia Child’s Roast Turkey” (Create)
8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – A Home for Chrisy Rost: Thanksgiving (Create)
9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. –  Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke “Thanksgiving Comes Early” (Create)
10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop “Best of the Holidays” (Create)
10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – The Farm Holiday Special With Ian Knauer (Create)
11 a.m. – Sara’s Weeknight Meals “Thanksgiving 101” (Create)
11:30 a.m. Katie Brown Workshop – “Home for the Holidays” (Create)

Friday, Nov. 27
Midnight – Cooking With Julie Taboulie “Thanksgiving Traditions Take a Twist” (Create)
6 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
9:30 a.m. and noon – Peg + Cat “The Christmas Problem”
11:30 a.m. – Thomas & Friends “Christmas Cheer!”

Saturday, Nov. 28
7 a.m. – Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
3 p.m. – Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Sunday, Nov. 29
7 a.m. – Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
8:30 a.m. – Wild Kratts “Happy Turkey Day”
4:30 p.m. – Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland

Tuesday, Dec. 1
11:30 a.m. – Thomas & Friends “Coming Home for Christmas”
3:30 p.m. – Odd Squad “Reindeer Games”

Thursday, Dec. 3
7 p.m. – The Three Tenors Christmas

Friday, Dec. 4
9:30 a.m. and noon – Peg + Cat “The Flat Woman Problem/The Hanukkah Problem
9:20 p.m. – Craft in America Holiday (TWC)

Saturday, Dec. 5
1 a.m. – Craft in America “Holiday”
2 a.m. – Silent Night (TWC)
5 a.m. – Thomas & Friends “Tinsel & Trains”
11:30 a.m. – Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 6
9 a.m. – Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland
1:30 p.m.– Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Specials “1991”

Monday, Dec. 7
5 a.m. – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
5 a.m. – Sewing With Nancy “Sew Gifts, Make Memories, Part 1” (TWC)
6 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
9 a.m. and noon – Peg + Cat + Holidays
11 a.m. – Super WHY! “Judith’s Happy Chanukah”
11:30 a.m. – Thomas & Friends “Winter Delights”
3:30 p.m. – Odd Squad “Reindeer Games”
5 p.m. – Martha Speaks “Martha’s Holiday Surprise/We’re Powerless”

Tuesday, Dec. 8
5 a.m. – Sewing With Nancy “Sew Gifts, Make Memories, Part 2” (TWC)
Noon – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

Wednesday, Dec. 9
11 a.m. – Super WHY! “Judith’s Happy Chanukah”
Noon – Peg + Cat “The Flat Woman Problem/The Hanukkah Problem”

Thursday, Dec. 10
4:30 a.m. – Craft in America “Holiday” (TWC)

Friday, Dec. 11
11:30 a.m. – Thomas & Friends “Let it Snow”
8 p.m. and 11 p.m. – Lidia Celebrates America “Home for the Holidays” (TWC)
9 p.m. – Craft in America “Celebration”

Saturday, Dec. 12
Midnight – A Southern Celtic Christmas Concert
Midnight – Craft in America “Celebration” (TWC)
7 a.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
10 a.m. – Rick Steves’ European Christmas (Create)
11:30 p.m. – Vicious “Holiday Special” (TWC)

Sunday, Dec. 13
1:30 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Specials “1993”

Monday, Dec. 14
11 a.m. Super WHY! “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”
8 p.m. – The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2015

Sunday, Dec. 15
10 p.m. – Craft in America “Celebration”

Wednesday, Dec. 16
9:30 a.m. and noon – Peg + Cat “The Christmas Problem”
10 a.m. – Dinosaur Train “Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers”
11:30 a.m. – Thomas & Friends “Tinsel & Trains”
12:30 p.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

Thursday, Dec. 17
3:30 a.m. – Lidia Celebrates America “Home for the Holidays” (TWC)
4:30 a.m. – Craft in America “Celebration” (TWC)
1 p.m. – O Christmas Tree (TWC)

Friday, Dec. 18
6 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
11:30 a.m. – Thomas & Friends “Winter Delights”
5 p.m. – Martha Speaks “Martha’s Holiday Surprise/We’re Powerless”

Saturday, Dec. 19
6 a.m. – Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri 2015
10:30 a.m. – A Chef’s Life Holiday Special
11:30 a.m. – Lidia Celebrates America “Home for the Holidays”
5 p.m. – Green Bay Holiday Pops! (TWC)

Sunday, Dec. 20
5 a.m. – Sid the Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure”
7 a.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
1:30 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Specials “1994” (TWC)
4 p.m. – The Lawrence Welk Show “Christmas” (TWC)
11 p.m. – Silent Night (TWC)

Monday, Dec. 21
5:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – Odd Squad “Reindeer Games”
8 p.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Santino Fontana & the Sesame Street Muppets

Tuesday, Dec. 22
2 a.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Santino Fontana & the Sesame Street Muppets
1 p.m. – Rick Steves Special “European Christmas” (TWC)

Wednesday, Dec. 23
3 a.m. – Rick Steves Special “European Christmas” (TWC)
12:30 p.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! “Reindeer Games/Along Came a Spider”
11 p.m. – Green Bay Holiday Pops!

Thursday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
6 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
9 a.m. – Peg + Cat “The Christmas Problem”
10:30 a.m. – Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri 2015
11:30 a.m. – Peg + Cat + Holidays
Noon – Mr. Stink (TWC)
12:30 p.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
1 p.m. – The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2015 (TWC)
1:30 p.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
3 p.m. – Odd Squad “Reindeer Games”
5 p.m. – Martha Speaks “Martha’s Holiday Surprise/We’re Powerless”

Friday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
5 a.m. – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
5 a.m. and 11 a.m. – A Chef’s Life Holiday Special (Create)
6 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Healthy Heritage Kitchen: Kwanzaa Edition (Create)
7 a.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
7 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope “A San Antonio Christmas” (Create)
7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – The Farm Holiday Special With Ian Knauer (Create)
8 a.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
8 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Alsatian Christmas Table With Chef Hubert Keller “Alsatian Christmas Dinner” (Create)
8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Alsatian Christmas Table With Chef Hubert Keller “Alsatian Christmas Treats” (Create)
9 a.m. Rick Steves Special “European Christmas” (TWC)
9 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Family Travel With Colleen Kelly “Chicago: My Kind of Town for the Holidays” (Create)
9:30 a.m. – Peg + Cat “The Christmas Problem”
9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop “Christmas” (Create)
10 a.m. and  7 p.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Santino Fontana & the Sesame Street Muppets
10 a.m. – Craft in America “Holiday” (TWC)
10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Heirloom Meals Christmas (Create)
11 a.m. – Christmas at Belmont
11 a.m. – Lidia Celebrates America “Home for the Holidays” (TWC)
Noon – St. Thomas Christmas: Jubilant Light
Noon – Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri 2015 (TWC)
Noon – Paint This With Jerry Yarnell “Greeting/Christmas Card” (Create)
1 p.m. – Green Bay Holiday Pops!
2 p.m. – Mr. Stink
3 p.m. – Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri 2015
4 p.m. – Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
8 p.m. – Call the Midwife Holiday Special
9:30 p.m. – Vicious Holiday Special

Saturday, Dec. 26
Midnight – Paint This With Jerry Yarnell “Greeting/Christmas Card” (Create)
1 a.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Santino Fontana and the Sesame Street Muppets (TWC)
2 a.m. – Christmas at Belmont (TWC)
2 a.m. – Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke “Thanksgiving Comes Early” (Create)
3 a.m. – Tonic Sol-fa Christmas (TWC)
5 p.m. – Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri 2015 (TWC)
5 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop “New Year’s” (Create)

Sunday, Dec. 27
9 a.m. – Rick Steves Special “European Christmas” (TWC)
11 a.m. – A Chef’s Life “Holiday Special” (TWC)
11 a.m. – Katie Brown Workshop “New Year’s” (Create)
1:30 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Specials “1995” (TWC)

Thursday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve
11 a.m. – Katie Brown Workshop “New Year’s” (Create)
10 p.m. – Live From Lincoln Center “New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne”