Top 5 Most-Watched Videos From Wisconsin Life’s Fifth Season

Season five of Wisconsin Life produced some of our most memorable stories yet. On our Facebook page, we had over 137,000 views from our top five most-viewed stories alone. In celebration of the completion of season five, we’ve compiled our top five most-watched stories: Continue reading Top 5 Most-Watched Videos From Wisconsin Life’s Fifth Season

Vel Phillips Curriculum Delivers “Experiences, Not Lessons”

Milwaukee High School of the Arts social studies teachers Drew deLutio and Kelsey Noack worked with WPT to create “experiences, not lessons” for students to engage more deeply with the extraordinary story of Vel Phillips. A flash drive containing the Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams curriculum was recently mailed to social studies educators for grades 6-12, and elementary library media specialists throughout Wisconsin.

Read about Drew deLutio’s experience working on this project:

Continue reading Vel Phillips Curriculum Delivers “Experiences, Not Lessons”

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.


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 …

Behind the Scenes: Young Performers Initiative

Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Megan; I’m the project manager for the Young Performers Initiative, and I’m excited to announce Wisconsin Public Television is launching a new website to provide high-quality resources for music educators!

In partnership with the Wisconsin School of Music Association, we have created the Young Performers Initiative website, an online resource that pairs high-quality Wisconsin Public Television-produced videos of performances and behind-the-scenes interviews with lesson activity guides based on teaching standards. These resources will allow teachers to focus their energy, continuing to inspire their students toward greater achievements. This initiative is unique to Wisconsin Public Television and will continue to expand with every new Young Performers Initiative project.

For an example of the work we do, take a look at the music and activity guides associated with the 2012 State Honors Music Project Treble Choir’s performance of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” arranged by David Moore and produced by Wisconsin Public Television.

Learn More About Megan:
I’m a musician born to two musicians, whose parents were also musicians. I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by music my whole life. My parents taught me not only to love and appreciate music, but to advocate for it as a necessary part of a full and vibrant life. This passion for music education advocacy has influenced many of my life choices. In high school I became the teaching assistant for our youngest band class. In college, at UW-Madison, I was a music education major. I’ve had the privilege of living in New York and Santa Barbara while working for The Juilliard School and Music Academy of the West, two prestigious organizations dedicated to educating young musicians and promoting arts advocacy. I am lucky to have friends and classmates who are teachers in Middleton, Milwaukee, Lodi, Janesville, Walworth and Madison. And on the weekends I have the pleasure of teaching trumpet lessons to middle- and high-school students. Music education is an integral part of my life, to say the least, and has led to my work with WPT.

Add Asparagus to the Grill

Asparagus is in season in Wisconsin. After you’ve enjoyed it boiled, broiled, steamed, roasted and raw, consider tossing those green stalks onto the grill.

Grilling asparagus is only slightly more complex than grilling a hotdog or bratwurst. Add a little oil, salt and pepper, and your asparagus will be just as flavorful. If you want to get more elaborate, blanche your asparagus and wrap with prosciutto before grilling. Or add some fancy cheese with this PBS Food recipe for grilled asparagus with Raclette.

From breakfast to dinner, there’s a number of ways to enjoy asparagus. Visit PBS Food for recipes and inspiration, and try something new while the markets are still stocked with local fresh asparagus.

Plant and harvest your own asparagus. Learn how with The Wisconsin Gardener.

Grilled Asparagus with Raclette. Get the recipe at PBS Food.


At Home with Inga: Spring Frittata

I think it’s safe to say that we all love the food featured on Around the Farm Table. If you’re looking for more recipes and cooking tips, check out our new series of blog posts, where Inga shares some of her favorite meals – the type of recipe that’s local, seasonal and that might make it to her table during a busy week. Enjoy, and feel free to share your own opinions and adjustments to any of the recipes. At any rate – here’s Inga:

Eggs, asparagus, nettles galore: spring is full of abundance here at the farm. The cows have calved, and the barnyard is abuzz with the mooing of tiny newborn babies. The grass needs cutting and another batch of lettuce needs sowing.

Whether you’re waiting on your neighborhood’s CSA or foraging for your own greens, as the days get longer they also seem to be filled with more and more activity.

But we can put all that off for an hour while we sit down for breakfast, talk about the day, and absorb the sights and smells of spring. I’ll grab some eggs from the coop if you gather some asparagus. A handful of nettles and a few chives might be nice, too. Everything tastes good in a frittata!

Spring Frittata
Serves 4

– 6 Eggs
– 2 C. loosely packed nettle leaves (for more information on nettles, how to use them and where to buy them, check out this Madison.com article)
– 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
– 5 Asparagus Spears, steamed for two minutes and cut into 1-inch pieces
– 1/4 C. Whole Milk or Cream
– 1-2 Tbsp. Butter
– 1/2 C. Grated Cheese, any type of cheddar works well
– Salt and Pepper to Taste
– 1 Tbsp. Minced Chives, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a sauté pan set over medium heat, melt a tablespoon of butter. Cover the bottom and sides of pan with the melted butter.

3. Add the onions and sweat for two or three minutes. Add the nettles and cook until wilted, another two minutes.

4. Remove onion and nettle mixture from the pan and set aside.

5. Whisk the eggs and milk or cream together with some salt and pepper.

6. Return the pan to medium-high heat, adding more butter if necessary. Pour in the egg mixture and let it sit untouched for 30 seconds. Gently move around the cooked eggs from the bottom of the pan with a spatula, allowing the raw egg mixture to take its place. Only do this a few times, because you don’t want to cook all the egg mixture.

7. After about a minute or two, remove the pan from the heat and artfully add the onions, nettles, asparagus and grated cheese to the top.

8. Bake in the oven for about ten minutes or until the cheese is melted and the eggs are set.

10. Let the frittata cool slightly, serve and enjoy!

30MMH On the Road: Mandolin Orange "Hey Adam" in Madison

Mandolin Orange is performing at the The Frequency in Madison Saturday night, so it is a perfect time to share this exclusive Wisconsin Public Television 30-Minute Music Hour on the Road performance from the duo’s last visit to Wisconsin.

The North Carolina duo of Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin invited us in to a pre-show performance of “Hey Adam” as they toured through Madison in 2014. Together, the pair blend an engaging mix of bluegrass, folk and country sounds into the music that they have carried across the highways and byways of the United States and beyond since their 2010 debut.

30-Minute Music Hour On the Road is a Wisconsin Public Television Web series capturing great live music across Wisconsin. Explore the full archive of 30-Minute Music Hour episodes, with half-hour performances from top Wisconsin, regional and national artists. Stay tuned for an all-new season of 30-Minute Music Hour coming online later this year!

Learn more about Mandolin Orange, purchase music and find a tour date near you at mandolinorange.com.

Special thanks to the Frequency for their partnership in this special backstage performance. Learn more at madisonfrequency.com.

Remembering LZ Lambeau Five Years Later

This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of LZ Lambeau: Welcoming Home Wisconsin’s Vietnam Veterans in Green Bay.

Take a look back at the powerful event in the video below. And, join us at Wisconsin Public Television in saying “Thank You” and “Welcome Home” to all of our veterans, while we also remember all of those who gave their lives in service to our country.

Explore more from the LZ Lambeau event, including all the signatures on the Big Map online. 

Meet the Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Avenue

One of the best part of WPT’s online video portal is that it gives all of us access not only to the great shows produced here in Wisconsin and our favorite PBS programs – it also gives us a nearly unlimited opportunity to sample the great programs being created by public TV stations across the United States.

Want a fine – and timely – example? If you’re still caught up in Mad Men fever after last night’s series finale, we’ve got a great way for you to explore the world of The Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Avenue in this great documentary from our friends at Thirteen – WNET in New York City. Watch it online below or on the PBS Channel of your Roku or other Internet TV device.

Remember the Life of B.B. King With His 1983 Austin City Limits Debut

The United States lost one of its finest artists with the passing of B.B. King Thursday at 89 years old.

Sure, I could try to capture his musical genius here in text, but any attempt to reflect a life and career so influential and innovative would likely prove futile.

The best way to celebrate the life of a legend like King is to enjoy the music he left us. Our friends at Austin City Limits have done just that as they have shared King’s very first appearance on the show in full online now. Watch this tremendous hour of music television online below or on the PBS channel of your Roku other Internet device.