Wisconsin Public Television offers a full lineups of broadcast programs and online extras to enjoy, from American Masters to pledge specials featuring favorite musicians.
Read on to see what’s in store!
Against All Odds: Meet the Woman Behind American Masters
Holly Near: Singing For Our Lives
All new – watch now online!
Experience the power of song in the struggle for equality through the story of feminist singer and activist Holly Near, who for the last 40 years has worked on global social justice coalition-building in the women’s and lesbian movements.
- Holly Near on the story behind the anthem “Singing For Our Lives”
- Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem on Holly Near
8 p.m. Friday, March 22
Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking “Crazy” singer who defined modern country music. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, the film features interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Beverly D’Angelo, Wanda Jackson and others.
- Filmmaker interview: Barbara Hall | PBS Previews
- Patsy Cline’s first record deal
- How a car crash nearly ended Cline’s career
- How Cline broke social norms in the ’50s
- Tension between Cline and Jimmy Dean
- How Cline “fibbed” to perform on CBS
- How Cline balanced home life and commercial success
- Alan Stoker shares insight on Cline’s work
- How Cline met her husband, Charlie Dick
- Which Cline songs inspire Reba McEntire
- How Cline overcame the good ol’ boys club
Savor the life and legacy of Julia Child, who introduced French cuisine to America through her public TV series, The French Chef, in 1963. This film tells two passionate love stories from Julia Child’s life: her relationship with husband Paul Child, and her love for French food.
Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture, including Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi and more.
MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA
Women in Hollywood
10 p.m. Monday, March 18
Interviews include actress-producer-activist Jane Fonda; television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes; Disney screenwriter Linda Woolverton; writer-director-actress Lena Dunham; Oscar nominee Glenn Close; director Nancy Meyers; and actress Zoe Saldana.
Women in War
3 p.m. Friday, March 22
Interviews include Linda Bray, first woman to lead troops into battle; Valerie Plame Wilson, “outed” as a high-level spy; war correspondents Molly Moore, Clarissa Ward and Christiane Amanpour; retired Marine Corps General Angela Salinas; and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.
Women in Business
12 p.m. Sunday, March 24
Interviews include Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, the first African-American woman to head a Fortune 500 company; Wall Street powerhouse Sallie Krawcheck; media personality Cathy Hughes, the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded corporation; lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart; and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook.
An all-star lineup gathers to celebrate Mitchell’s singular musical artistry, performing songs from throughout the varied stylistic periods of her groundbreaking career.
Joni Mitchell at the Isle of Wight 1970
9:30 p.m. Friday, March 15
Celebrate the life of Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, the face of opera in the 1950s-70s. This performance-documentary showcases her greatest roles in rare footage, including Elektra and the Ring Cycle, plus interviews with Placido Domingo and more.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Queen Elizabeth II
3 p.m. Friday, March 15
Explore Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable life, from her youth to her reign of more than 60 years.
THE QUEEN MOTHER
Two episodes! Begins 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24
This moving profile reveals the dramatic inside story of the Queen Mother’s life, from her Scottish upbringing to her unexpected role as queen consort and her years of widowhood.
10:30 p.m. Friday, March 29
Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century.
Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs
8 p.m. Monday, March 25
Meet the courageous women fighting for human rights in the wake of Northern Ireland’s civil war.
The Trials of Spring
9 p.m. Monday, March 25
Follow three Egyptian women who risk everything fighting for justice during the Arab Spring.
Naila and the Uprising
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26
Meet Naila, who embraces love, family and freedom during the 1987 Palestine uprising.
A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 26
Join an all-female Bangladeshi police unit on a peacekeeping mission in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
More full-length episodes of your favorite programs are available with WPT Passport! Programs marked (P) are available to exclusively to Passport members. Learn more about WPT Passport here.
May we suggest:
- Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
- Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
- Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray (P)
- Eva Hesse (P)
- Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (P)
- Althea Gibson: Althea (P)
- Harper Lee: Hey, Boo (P)
- Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel (P)
- Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (P)
- Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution (P)
- Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl (P)
- Carole King: Natural Woman (P)
In addition to the full episodes and extras listed here, American Masters offers an exciting lineup of web exclusives in its online series, Inspiring Woman.
The six-part web series features inspiring influencers, including:
- Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, the visual artist who created the international street art series “Stop Telling Women to Smile”
- Rakia Reynolds, entrepreneur and founder and CEO of multimedia communications agency Skai Blue Media
- Molly Soda, digital performance artist
- Tracy Clayton, writer, humorist and co-host of BuzzFeed’s award-winning podcast Another Round
Rachel Carson (P)