Science & Nature

Look to the stars: Summer of Space is here!

Mathematician Poppy Northcutt, one of the few women scientists on the Apollo 11 project, staffs a Mission Control console.

As we near the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, PBS brings viewers the Summer of Space: a celestial programming spectacle sure to excite any space enthusiast.

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Tune In: “Breakthrough” presents Ideas That Changed The World

Through incredible, lesser-known stories of familiar history, the PBS series Breakthrough – The Ideas That Changed the World captures the secrets of today’s world through surprising accidents, colorful characters, and moments of joy and despair.

Artwork of an explosion with inventions – a jet, a car, a smartphone and more – emanate from the centerBreakthrough presents six iconic modern objects through thousands of years of historical precedents. What discoveries came first? Which inventions and ideas paved the way – and where, and why?

In the fourth episode, The Car, explore the history of the automobile, from its roots in dogsleds to scientists working on the next generation of self-driving cars.

Breakthrough – The Ideas That Changed The World: The Car premieres 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Read on to discover how 9,000 years of innovation set the stage for a machine that continues to excite and move us.

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Tune In: Meet the Hedgehogs Premiering on WPT April 7

Yes, that is rock legend and former lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May and yes, he is cradling a curled-up hedgehog. Featured in a new documentary hosted by British naturalist Steven Backshall (pictured at right), Meet the Hedgehogs uncovers the secretive life of the world’s most popular spiny mammal and reveals current efforts to protect them. Meet the Hedgehogs premieres on WPT Sunday, April 7 at 6 p.m.

Read on to learn more about this fun documentary!

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Get growing with WPT!

The snow is melting after a snowy Wisconsin winter, and we know you’ve been itching to dig!

For years, Wisconsin Public Television has captured lectures from our Garden & Landscape Expo to enjoy throughout the year on University Place. Just in time for spring, we’re sharing some of our favorites that we hope will take your garden – big or small – to new heights.

Best of all, you can stream these episodes on your digital or mobile devices wherever and whenever you like: in the living room, at the kitchen table, from your porch or even in the garden itself!

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Brother Wolf: Q&A with Jeremy St. Arnold

Ma’iingan: Brother Wolf premieres 7 p.m. Monday, March 4. In this new documentary, Jeremy St. Arnold, a wildlife biologist for the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, shares how his work unites both tribal and scientific perspectives.

Jeremy St. Arnold holds two wolf pupsWith insight from Ojibwe elders, biologists and artist Rabbett Before Horses Strickland, this new film captures enduring spiritual connections with ma’iingan (Brother Wolf), the lasting bonds and responsibilities shared between native people and the wolf species, and the opportunities and challenges presented by the protection of the animals across reservation lands.

“This was a very memorable experience for me,” says St. Arnold. “I have always enjoyed documentaries, and I felt fortunate to be able to represent the Red Cliff Band, sharing the work I love to do.”

Read on to learn more about how tribal traditions and scientific research unite in service of Brother Wolf.

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American Experience: Sealab Premieres Feb. 12

Explore the depths of the ocean in an all new American Experience: Sealab premiering 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Sealab tells the story of the U.S. Navy’s program that sought to answer the question of whether human life could survive on the ocean floor. The program, spearheaded by George Bond, a former doctor from Appalachia turned naval pioneer, as well as his team of “aquanauts,” tested the limits of human endurance and changed ocean exploration forever.

Read on to find out more about this incredible story!

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Green thumbs go LIVE this Saturday from Garden & Landscape Expo 2019

The Hostas, Hydrangeas and Hyacinths are in hair and make-up standing by to go LIVE from the floor of the Garden &  Landscape Expo 2019this Saturday, Feb. 9 right here on wpt.org! We’re extending a slice of our midwinter oasis to your laptops, tablets and smartphones as we livestream five of our expert-led and plant-packed seminars and demonstrations from the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. 

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What We Watch: Dominique Johnson, Audience Services Specialist

Dominique (Dom) Johnson is an audience services specialist at WPT. One of Dom’s daily tasks includes answering audience questions about Wisconsin Public Broadcasting’s content. One of his favorite things about his job is “hearing about all of the positive effects that our programming has on the lives of our viewers and listeners across the state.” We caught up with Dom to learn more about his top public television picks.

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Earth Day, Every Day – And All Through April on WPT

Wisconsin has a lot to celebrate as we think about Earth Day – now and all through the month of April. We’re the home of Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson and pioneering wildlife ecologist Aldo Leopold, as well as the members of Native nations who continue to care for the land they still inhabit.

Check out these suggestions for programs airing on WPT in the coming weeks – some of which are also available for viewing anytime online or on your digital device.

Read on for our top picks!

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