Tag Archives: History

Secrets of the Bible

Watch NOVA: The Bible’s Buried Secrets at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Ever since I saw the movie Dogma, I have always wondered what all is missing from our modern day Bibles. I mean it should have been obvious that things have been taken out over the years.  The original Bible is about six inches thick and somehow now the whole thing fits into a nice little package that can fit into almost any desk drawer. I’ve also been quite curious about what all happened between the birth of Christ and the days of him performing miracles as an adult.  Seems to be around 20 years missing from the story, hopefully NOVA can provide a few answers.

The Great Famine

Watch American Experience: The Great Famine at 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 11 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Considered one of the worst natural disasters in Europe, the Russian famine of 1921 is a prime example of the American tradition to help people. For two years Americans fed millions of people in Soviet Russia to save them from Starvation.  Nearly a century later we continue this trend by helping people in countries all over the world recover from natural disasters – yet another reason I’m proud to be an American.

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.

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

Watch American Experience: Triangle Fire at 8:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Triangle FireI have always assumed that current workplace standards and policies were created over the years based on a combination of long-term realizations of necessity and major events.  However, I had never heard of the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that occurred in New York City in March of 1911.  This one tragic event that occurred 100 years ago not only left New York with a whole new set of workplace regulations, but laid the path for our entire country to make employee safety a primary concern.   It’s amazing to think back to how things used to work and compare them to now.  I still find random tornado and fire drills annoying, but I am happy to live in a time where tragedies such as this are few and far between.

A new look at the history of Wausau

Watch Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Wausau at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 on Wisconsin Public Television. Attend one of two free special preview screening of the documentary at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the Grand Theater in Wausau.

I am excited by the premiere of the newest installment of the Wisconsin Hometown Stories series. This time, the camera shines on the history of Wausau. In the program, you’ll learn about the unending innovation inspired by some of the city’s earliest industrialists. Archival photos and video along with interviews of local residents and historians tell the stories of the recent immigration experiences of the Hmong community and a number of events that put Wausau on the national map.

Enjoy a preview of the program below.

Downton Abbey

Watch Masterpiece Classic “Downton Abbey” at 8:00 p.m. Sundays, starting Jan. 9 on Wisconsin Public Television.  Encore of each episode Mondays at 10:00 p.m.

The series that took the UK by storm is coming to Wisconsin Public Television.  Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey is a fascinating production that brings the past to life with an amazing cast of actors.  On top of an already wonderful set and costumes, the story of this interesting family is told from multiple different perspectives with a bit of modern humor.  To truly appreciate this series staring Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern, you need to catch each of the four parts, the first of which is this Sunday.  Don’t miss out on this amazing program from Masterpiece about a family who lost so many on the Titanic!  I’ve added a preview of the first episode below, you can view more clips here.
My personal favorite – “What is a week end?”

The Life of Robert E. Lee

Watch American Experience: Robert E. Lee at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Some hated him, others considered him a god.  Even a century and a half after his death, his life has continued to amaze people.  Find out why a military general serving during the bloodiest years in American history is celebrated with statues in countless cities and featured on two postage stamps.  American Experience covers the life and reputation of Robert E. Lee in this can’t-miss documentary.  I’ve attached a brief preview below, note this is not for WPT and you should ignore the January 3rd air date.

Landscape Legacy

Watch Landscape Legacy at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 on Wisconsin Public Television.


Having worked with In Wisconsin for over two years, it brings me great joy to see this visually stunning special finally ready to air. Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience the University of Wisconsin Arboretum throughout all of the seasons. This is your chance to learn about the many restoration and management efforts that started with Aldo Leopold and have made the arboretum the amazing place it is today. A place that hosted the first prairie restoration (Curtis Prairie) in the United States  and where scientists and students have continued to learn for over 75 years.