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UPDATE: Full Video Inside – Watch the Dalai Lama Speak in Madison

UPDATE: The full archived video of the presentation is now available to view on demand below or on the PBS channel of your Roku or other digital device.

In his 10th visit to UW-Madison, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, will participate in a panel discussion on global well-being, emotional health and mindfulness. Watch the presentation from Madison’s Overture Center streaming live online from Wisconsin Public Television at 1:30 p.m. in the video box below. We’ll add the on-demand archived video to this post after the event, as soon as it is available.

We will also broadcast the presentation on TV at a later date. Stay tuned to wpt.org to find out the air date.

“Making A Murderer” Attorney Dean Strang Discusses Another Historic Case

Have you watched Netflix’s Making a Murderer, the real-crime documentary series that explores the 2005 Manitowoc homicide of Teresa Halbach and subsequent conviction of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey?

The series has inspired wide-ranging interest in the case that shook the state, as Avery had previously been released from prison after an earlier conviction for a 1985 sexual assault that was later proven to be wrong. The series has also made stars out of two of Avery’s Wisconsin defense lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, who have now appeared regularly on national TV programs and are even going on tour for a series of theater conversations about the case. (This includes a March 18 event at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee.)

Strang, a longtime defense attorney and professor at the UW-Madison and Marquette University law schools, is also a scholar on cases involving wrongful convictions. He even appeared on Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place in 2013 to talk about another historic case in which Clarence Darrow freed wrongly convicted men accused in a 1917 bombing of a Milwaukee police department. Watch that interview online, or on the PBS channel of your Roku or other digital device now.

A New Season of “Wisconsin Life” Premieres Thursday

Image from the "Wisconsin Life" segment "Nature Photographer." Season 3 of "Wisconsin Life" premieres 7 p.m. Thursday.
Image from the “Wisconsin Life” segment “Nature Photographer.” Season 3 of “Wisconsin Life” premieres 7 p.m. Thursday.

How many professions let you watch television while on the job? Mine occasionally does, and I definitely don’t take the luxury for granted. This month, I’ve had the opportunity to preview the upcoming season of Wisconsin Life, premiering 7 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 1. (Insider’s secret: You too can watch clips from the new season online, anytime here.)

The third season of the Wisconsin Public Television original series brings more notable Wisconsinites and rare state treasures into the spotlight, giving viewers even more reasons to be proud to call Wisconsin home. Get ready to travel all over the state to meet artists, daredevils, collectors, athletes, nature enthusiasts, authors, preservationists and even Wienermobile drivers.

What I love about Wisconsin Life is its scope. In a single episode, you’ll meet the first female brewmaster in Wisconsin, take a trip on the Badger Ferry and hop on a flying trapeze with an aerial dancer. You’ll meet a variety of people and visit places that, while often dissimilar, are all held together by one common thread: Wisconsin!

Preview season 3 of Wisconsin Life below. Then, tune in 7 p.m. Thursday – or set your DVRs now! – for the television premiere.

PBS NewsHour Covers NASA’s Discovery of Water on Mars

Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Over the weekend, NASA teased a big announcement across their social media accounts, and when it arrived this morning it was a doozy! Scientists have not only found evidence of the existence of water on the red planet, they’ve found actual flowing water.

As PBS NewHour science reporter Nsikan Akpan writes this morning, “Mars has seasonal rivers of flowing water. Note the verb ‘has’ rather than ‘had,’ as in liquid water is a current feature on present-day Mars. In other words, this is not from the distant past — the water is flowing now. What appeared to be a dry void of red-orange rock is wetter than previously thought.”

Follow full coverage of this exciting discovery and what it means – and to see more of the stunning photos like the one above of some of the sites that researchers found the flowing water – visit PBS NewsHour’s Rundown online.

 

Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson React to Supreme Court Rulings

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron JohnsonWatch Wisconsin’s two U.S. Senators talk with Here and Now anchor Frederica Freyberg about this week’s Supreme Court decisions on health care and same-sex marriage.

In a 5-4 decision made today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, making it legal in all 50 states. And on Thursday, the high court voted to uphold federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The decision ensures approximately 166,000 people in Wisconsin will continue to receive subsidized healthcare through the federal exchange.

Watch Here and Now tonight at 7:30 and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.