About Erik Ernst

I'm the promotion manager at Wisconsin Public Television. When I'm not letting people know about all of the awesome work the station is doing around the state, you'll find me planning my family's next trip to somewhere fun, warm and likely connected to a Disney Park.

 

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Explore Holiday Traditions With Rick Steves

Watch Rick Steves’ European Christmas at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 or 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 on Wisconsin Public Television.

My favorite part of the holiday season are the traditions that we celebrate year after year. While many of those traditions — big dinners, colorful lights, caroling — are almost universally familiar, each family creates their own favorite Christmas moments. In my family, one of those quirks that has become an essential part of each year’s celebration is our annual Christmas Eve fireworks display. What all started years ago when a cousin found a box of sparklers left over from the Fourth of July has turned into a brightly colored exhibition that finds family members stocking up on all kinds of pyrotechnic devices specifically for Dec. 24.

In this special, Rick Steves explores many of the widely diverse traditions and celebrations across Europe. Travel along to learn how the people of England, France, Germany and Switzerland celebrate the season.

Watch a preview segment from London in the clip below.

WPT Behind the Scenes – PBS NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown

Watch the PBS NewsHour at 6 p.m. weeknights on WPT or anytime at pbs.org/newshour.

During his recent Wisconsin visit, PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown offered insight into recent changes at the nightly news program, his outlook on journalism’s future and his devotion to arts coverage online and on-air. Watch the exclusive WPT interview below.

Riverdance Jumps into Beijing

Watch Riverdance: Live From Beijing at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 on Wisconsin Public Television.

For more than 15 years, Riverdance has been jumping, kicking and twirling across stages around the globe, blending the traditions of Irish dance with a wide array of musical styles. With dozens of dancers on stage, the programs are colorful and energetic. This new special captures the current Riverdance troupe as they toured China, incorporating traditional Chinese music into their dancing repertoire.

If you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a Riverdance dancer, watch the video clip below. In it, principle dancer Padraic Moyles teaches a BBC sports correspondent a few steps.

WPT Holiday Program Schedule

‘Tis the season for enriching and enlightening holiday programs on Wisconsin Public Television. Some favorite selections include Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (pictured), the bombastic sounds of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, Rick Steves’ exploration of a European Christmas and Shalom Sesame — Chanukah: The Missing Menorah. In all, there are more than 50 choices during the next month to enjoy the wonder, traditions and merriment of the season. Make your viewing plans or set your DVRs with the full schedule after the jump.

Continue reading WPT Holiday Program Schedule

Carole King and James Taylor travel back to their roots

Watch Carole King and James Taylor: Live at the Troubador at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Both James Taylor and Carole King have had phenomenal solo careers with hits spanning decades. Their music is both instantly recognizable, comforting and warm. The two artists have also had a long connection to public television through numerous specials featuring their music through the years.

This program is unique in the way that it explores the early days of their careers by bringing them physically back to the Troubador Nightclub — the very place that Taylor inspired King to take a swing at her own solo artistry. Together, the pair revisit their favorite songs in enlightening new interpretations. Take an advance look in the clip below.