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Mexico: One Plate at a Time – An Interview With Chef Rick Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless takes WPT viewers inside the culinary wonders of Mexico on each episode of Mexico: One Plate at a Time, introducing us to the people creating marvelous traditional, rustic and modern dishes, sharing the delicious essence of the country’s cuisine and introducing techniques for home cooks to enjoy the fresh, bold flavors in their own kitchen.

We caught up with the James Beard Award-winning Chicago chef in advance of his show’s 11th season premiere 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 on WPT.

Read our full Q&A about the places he visited in the new season, his favorite culinary discoveries, new techniques we can all use in our home kitchens, how social media is helping take viewers inside Bayless’ kitchen in new ways and some of the Wisconsin farmers who are helping provide fresh ingredients for his Chicago restaurants. Continue reading Mexico: One Plate at a Time – An Interview With Chef Rick Bayless

Love – and Art – Know No Bounds

Love knows no bounds. But, in our second exclusive Wisconsin Life video segment, two artists explain how their craft drew them together from thousands of miles apart to forge a lasting creative – and loving – relationship in Jacksonport. Enjoy their story and check back tomorrow for another taste of Wisconsin Life as we look forward to the February broadcast premiere!

Eric Clapton and friends rock Chicago

Watch the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival at 8 p.m. Monday, June 6 on Wisconsin Public Television.

One of the most powerful parts of public television is the unfettered access you get to some of the hottest shows around the world. Last year, one of those sought-after tickets was for Eric Clapton’s third Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Now, you get a front row seat to watch an amazing lineup of the world’s finest guitar wizards, including Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark, Jr., Keb’ Mo’ and Buddy Guy, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, the John Mayer Trio, Doyle Bramhall II, the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Warren Haynes and Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, James Burton, Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Wood, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Joe Bonamassa, Pino Daniele, and Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas. What a lineup, right?

Oh yeah, and Bill Murray stopped by to host dressed as Elvis… It doesn’t get any more entertaining than that!

To whet your appetite until the broadcast, enjoy John Mayer Trio’s performance of “Who Do You Think I Was” with a fun introduction from Murray below:

A lesser-known history of Chicago

Watch DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis at 9 p.m. Monday, March 14 on Wisconsin Public Television.

The election of President Barack Obama marked a historic moment in American history as he became the first African-American man to serve in the White House. It was also another in a long line of historic landmarks in the rich African-American history of Chicago.

This exciting new film from WTTW, WPT’s sister station in Chicago, outlines the rich history of the African-American community in Chicago. Since Jean Baptiste Point DuSable — considered the father of Chicago — founded a trading post in this place on the shore of Lake Michigan, the city’s growth has been shaped and led by African-American leadership, innovation and determination.

Watch a preview of the film below, then tune in to watch this powerful documentary on WPT.

Live music served up online

Are you a live music lover? How does the chance to catch three live concert performances of talented musicians from around Wisconsin and beyond from the comfort of your own home sound? Grab your mouse and navigate over to the 30-Minute Music Hour website starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for three live-streamed recordings.

Madison-based Ida Jo and the Show starts the day with a 1:30 performance. Chicago’s J.C. Brooks follows at 3 p.m. with Milwaukee’s Kings Go Forth at 4:45. If you can’t watch live on Saturday, the performances will be available on-demand soon. Find full artist details, the live stream and more at wpt.org. These and more artists will be featured on the new season of the 30-Minute Music Hour this summer on Wisconsin Public Television.