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An Intrepid News Frog From Thanksgiving's Past

We’ve heard that high winds on the East Coast might ground the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons.

To offset the potential disappointment of the parade foregoing its big flying wonders, we went and found this vintage photo of the always intrepid Sesame Street News Frog Kermit reporting on his own balloon in 1977 to wish all of our Wisconsin Public Television viewers and fans a Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for your support all year long! Have a great holiday!

WPT 2013 Holiday Program Schedule

The chill is in the air – we’ve already seen the first traces of snow (just like Arthur to the right!) and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It must be time for the holiday season! And, Wisconsin Public Television has a full lineup of great family programs filled with music, magic and the warmth of the season. Find the full schedule of holiday programs below and join us all season long for all of your favorites, and some new shows that are destined to become cherished traditions. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Il Volo, Christmas in Yellowstone, the all-new Green Bay Holiday Pops! and Mr. Stink, a heartwarming family program starring Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville!

All of these programs air on Wisconsin Public Television’s flagship channel. Scroll to the bottom for a full listing of even more holiday fare airing on The Wisconsin Channel and Create! Visit wptschedule.org for full information on each program.

Wednesday, Nov. 27
4:30 p.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas

Thursday, Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving!
6, 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas
8 a.m. – Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
1 p.m. – Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah

Friday, Nov. 29
9:30 a.m. – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
10:30 a.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas

Saturday, Nov. 30 
5 p.m. – Lawrence Welk Holiday Special: Great Moments and Memories

Sunday, Dec. 1
5 p.m. – Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Monday, Dec. 2
8:30 p.m. – Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas

Wednesday, Dec. 4
7 and 9 p.m. – A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps

Thursday, Dec. 5
8:30 p.m. – Il Volo: Buon Natale

Saturday, Dec. 7
3:30 p.m. – Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland
5 p.m. – Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows
6:30 p.m. – A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps

Monday, Dec. 9
6 a.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
7 p.m. – A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps

Wednesday, Dec. 11
8:30 p.m. – Paul Byrom – This is the Holiday Moment

Thursday, Dec. 12
8 a.m. – Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
7 p.m. – Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas

Friday, Dec. 13
6 a.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 19
7 p.m. – Green Bay Holiday Pops!
8 p.m. – National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013

Saturday, Dec. 21
12:30 p.m. – Craft in America: Holiday
9 p.m. – Doctor Who Christmas 2012 – The Snowmen
10:20 p.m. –  Worst Week Of My Life: Christmas Special

Sunday, Dec. 22
7 a.m. – Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
12:30 p.m. – Christmas Carol: The Concert
4 p.m. Silent Night
7 p.m. – Mr. Stink – Starring Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville! 

Monday, Dec. 23
9:30 a.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
8 p.m. – Christmas in Norway With the St. Olaf Choir

Tuesday, Dec. 24
6:30 a.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas
8 a.m. – Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
9:30 a.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
7 p.m. – Christmas at Belmont 2013
8 p.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw
11 p.m. – Green Bay Holiday Pops!

Wednesday, Dec. 25 – Christmas
6 and 9 a.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
10 a.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
noon – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
1 and 5 p.m. – Mr. Stink
2 p.m. – Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
3 p.m. – Green Bay Holiday Pops!
4 p.m. – Christmas in Norway With the St. Olaf Choir
7 p.m. – Christmas in Yellowstone

Friday, Dec. 27
9:30 a.m. – Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri

Sunday, Dec. 29
6:30 p.m. – Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2013

Tuesday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve
7 p.m. – Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic Gala With Yo-Yo Ma

Wednesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day
1 and 7 p.m. – Great Performances: From Vienna – The New Years Celebration 2014

The Wisconsin Channel Holiday Schedule

Monday, Dec. 2
9:30 a.m. Clifford’s Puppy Days: The Big, Big Present/Hanukah Plunder Blunder

Wednesday, Dec. 4
6 p.m. Keeping Up Appearances: Christmas Special 1993 (Repeats at 1 a.m.)

Saturday, Dec. 7
9:30 a.m. Clifford’s Puppy Days: The Big, Big Present/Hanukah Plunder Blunder

Tuesday, Dec. 10
9 a.m. Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Wednesday, Dec. 11
6 p.m. Keeping Up Appearances: Christmas Special 1994 (Repeats at 1 a.m.)

Friday, Dec. 13
7 p.m. National Christmas Tree Lighting (Repeats at 2 a.m.)
8 p.m. Christmas with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Repeats at 3 a.m.)

Saturday, Dec. 14
10 a.m. Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
2 p.m. Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland
2:30 p.m. Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope: A San Antonio Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 15
9 a.m. Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Monday, Dec. 16
10 a.m. Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Reindeer Games/Along Came a Spider
6 p.m. O Christmas Tree

Wednesday, Dec. 18
6 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances: Christmas Special 1991 (Repeats at 1 a.m.)
6:30 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances: Christmas Special 1995 (Repeats at 1:30 a.m.)

Friday, Dec. 20
7 p.m. Silent Night

Saturday, Dec. 21
10 a.m. Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Reindeer Games/Along Came a Spider
noon St. Thomas Christmas: All is Well
2 p.m. Rick Steves’ European Christmas
5 p.m. Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
7 p.m. Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland
8 p.m. Great Performances Rod Steward: Merry Christmas Baby
9 p.m. Green Bay Holiday Pops

Sunday, Dec. 22
noon Green Bay Holiday Pops
1 p.m. Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Monday, Dec. 23
6 p.m. Green Bay Holiday Pops

Wednesday, Dec. 25
9 a.m. Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
10 a.m. Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
7 p.m. Mr. Stink
8 p.m. Craft in America: Holiday

Create Holiday Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 28
8 a.m. – Smart Travels – Europe with Rudy Maxa: Alpine Christmas (Repeats at 2 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 30
6 a.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: Gift Giving
6:30 a.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom – Hanukkah
7 a.m. – Donna Dewberry Show: Great Little Gifts
7:30 a.m. – European Christmas Markets
8 a.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: Gifts Galore
8:30 a.m. – Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions – Christmas in Vienna, Austria
5 p.m. – Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland
5:30 p.m. – Smart Travels – Europe with Rudy Maxa: Alpine Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 1
noon – Katie Brown Workshop: Gift Giving
12:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom – Hanukkah
1 p.m. – Donna Dewberry Show: Great Little Gifts
1:30 p.m. – European Christmas Markets
2 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: Gifts Galore
2:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions – Christmas in Vienna, Austria
3 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: Gifts
3:30 p.m. – Travelscope: Germany’s Holiday Markets

Thursday, Dec. 5
1:30 p.m. – Christina Cooks: Holiday Feast Makeover

Thursday, Dec. 12
5 a.m. – Martha’s Sewing Room: Whimsical Trims from a Stick (Repeats at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, Dec. 17
7 a.m. – Jazzy Vegetarian: Happy Holiday Meal (Repeats at 1 p.m.)
7:30 a.m. – Christina Cooks: The Cocktail Party Makeover (Repeats at 1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Dec. 21
5 a.m. – Heirloom Meals Christmas (Repeats at 5 p.m.)
6 a.m. – Ciao Italia: Festival of the Seven Fishes/La Festa Dei Sette Pesci (Repeats at 6 p.m.)
6:30 a.m. – P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Getting Ready For Christmas (Repeats at 6:30 p.m.)
7 a.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom ñ Kwanzaa (Repeats at 7 p.m.)
8 a.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom ñ Christmas (Repeats at 8 p.m.)
8:30 a.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: Christmas (Repeats at 8:30 p.m.)
9 a.m. – Farm Holiday Special with Ian Knauer (Repeats at 9 p.m.)
9:30 a.m. – Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland (Repeats at 9:30 p.m.)
10 a.m. – Alsatian Christmas Table with Chef Hubert Keller: Alsatian Christmas Dinner (Repeats at 10 p.m.)
10:30 a.m. – Alsatian Christmas Table with Chef Hubert Keller: Alsatian Christmas Treats (Repeats at 10:30 p.m.)
7:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: What We Eat – The Hand That Stirred the Pot: African Foods in America

Sunday, Dec. 22
6:30 a.m. – Eat! Drink! Italy! With Vic Rallo: Popping the Cork
11 a.m. – Heirloom Meals Christmas
noon – Ciao Italia: Festival of the Seven Fishes/La Festa Dei Sette Pesci
12:30 p.m. – P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Getting Ready For Christmas
1 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom ñ Kwanzaa
1:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: What We Eat – The Hand That Stirred the Pot: African Foods in America
2 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom ñ Christmas
2:30 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: Christmas
3 p.m. – Farm Holiday Special with Ian Knauer
3:30 p.m. – Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland
4 p.m. – Alsatian Christmas Table with Chef Hubert Keller: Alsatian Christmas Dinner
4:30 p.m. – Alsatian Christmas Table with Chef Hubert Keller: Alsatian Christmas Treats

Monday, Dec. 23
7:30 a.m. – Sara’s Weeknight Meals: Thanksgiving 101 (Repeats at 1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, Dec. 26
7 a.m. – Jazzy Vegetarian:  Festive Family Meal (Repeats at 1 p.m.)

Friday, Dec. 27
6 a.m. – Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Co.: German Christmas (Repeats at 12 p.m. and midnight)

Saturday, Dec. 28
9 a.m. – Christina Cooks: Holiday Feast (Repeats at 9 p.m.)
10:30 a.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom – New Year’s (Repeats at 10:30 p.m.)
5 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: New Year’s

Sunday, Dec. 29
11 a.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: New Year’s
3 p.m. – Christina Cooks: Holiday Feast
4:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom – New Year’s

Monday, Dec. 30
7:30 a.m. – Sara’s Weeknight Meals: Holiday Food Gifts
10 a.m. – P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Getting Ready For Christmas (Repeats at 4 p.m.)
1:30 p.m. – Sara’s Weeknight Meals: Holiday Food Gifts

A Night to Remember

Watch The National Memorial Day Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 26 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Memorial Day ConcertIt’s that time of year again. The long awaited three-day weekend filled with camping, grilling out and great music is finally here. But don’t let all of the summer fun keep you from remembering what the holiday is all about – Honoring our men and women in uniform. Not to worry, once again PBS will be bringing you the perfect opportunity to celebrate with people across the nation.

Don’t miss this spectacular annual event featuring an all-star lineup of artists held on the lawn of the White House. There aren’t many celebrations quite like this available all that often. A concert you can watch from the comfort of your own home with people all across the country for free? That’s practically unheard of nowadays. Enjoy!

Great Cathedrals

Watch NOVA “Building the Great Cathedrals” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Great CathedralsSearching for something to do while you sit back and relax and digest all of that delicious food from the holidays? Why not dive into a world of amazing architecture and learn the secrets behind how some of Europe’s most impressive cathedrals came to be.

I can’t say that I’ve ever been in a cathedral, but it certainly would be more interesting to visit than one of the cookie-cutter churches popping up all over. I understand the reason for going to church is for the message not the scenery, but why not have both? I would definitely be more interested and awake if the entire building was basically a work of art.

I guess for now we’ll have to be happy with bits and pieces of stained glass, high ceilings and the occasional statue or mural. On the other hand, hopefully one day we’ll all have the opportunity to travel the world and see some of the greatest things man has ever built.

WPT Holiday Program Schedule

‘Tis the season for family get togethers, good cheer, great meals and, of course, holiday favorites on television. This holiday season, Wisconsin Public Television brings great music, animated favorites, culinary traditions and more into your home to enjoy with family and friends.

It all starts this week with the full second season of Downton Abbey on Thanksgiving Day — a great chance to catch up before the new season arrives in December. Then, catch the all-new holiday special, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas, airing first this Friday and again throughout December!

Take a look at the full schedule below and mark your calendar to tune in for your favorites!

Happy holidays!

Thursday, Nov. 22
8:30 a.m.  Downton Abbey – the complete second season

Friday, Nov. 23
11 a.m.  The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas
Noon Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Tuesday, Nov. 27
7 p.m. Christmas With Nathan Pacheco

Saturday, Dec. 1
5 p.m.  Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows

Monday, Dec. 3
11:30 p.m. Great Performances “Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas Baby

Wednesday, Dec. 5
7 and 8:20 a.m. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas

Friday, Dec. 7
11:30 a.m. Shalom Sesame: Hanukkah: The Missing Menorah

 Saturday, Dec. 15
6 p.m. Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Specials

 Sunday, Dec. 16
11 a.m. Rick Steves’ European Christmas
7 p.m.  Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Wednesday, Dec. 19
7 p.m. Nature Christmas in Yellowstone

 Thursday, Dec. 20
10 p.m. Nature Christmas in Yellowstone

Friday, Dec. 21
4:30 p.m. Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri

Saturday, Dec. 22
4:30 p.m. Burt Wolf Taste of Freedom “Christmas”
5 p.m.  The Lawrence Welk Show “Christmas”
6 p.m.  Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special

Sunday, Dec. 23
11 a.m. Lidia Celebrates America “Holiday Tables & Traditions”
7 p.m.  The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas

Monday, Dec. 24
9:30 a.m. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
7 p.m. Christmas in the Basilica With the Bel Canto Chorus
8 p.m.  Christmas With the Morman Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn

Tuesday, Dec. 25
6 a.m.  The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
7 a.m.  Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
9 a.m.  Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri

Wednesday, Dec. 26
9:30 a.m. Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri

Friday, Dec. 28
9:30 a.m. Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 29
4:30 p.m. Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom “New Year’s”
5 p.m.  The Lawrence Welk Show “New Year’s”

Sunday, Dec. 30
7 p.m. Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Monday, Dec. 31
7 and 11:30 p.m. Live From Lincoln Center “One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch”

Tuesday, Jan. 1
7 p.m. Great Performances “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2013”

A Shakhashiri Christmas

Watch The Best of Once Upon A Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 on Wisconsin Public Television.

It’s a shame there won’t be any new experiments this year, but what a great opportunity to relive some of the best moments from past years. It’s so rare to find someone making learning genuinely fun. Sure there are some great lesson plans here and there that can really hold your attention, but lessons that are both educational and exciting are few and far between.

Enjoy a small taste of the things to come and Happy Holidays!

A Look Ahead from WPT Director of Programming Garry Denny

Garry Denny is Director of Programming for Wisconsin Public Television. For more than 12 years he has been responsible for the acquisition, scheduling and delivery of programming services on WPT’s six-station network. Check the “be More Tuned In” blog at the start of each month for Garry’s candid look at a few programs that are too good to miss.      – dg

Every month I have a sit down with the programming staff and we sift through literally hundreds of programs to put together a future schedule. Typically a big conference table becomes littered with inventory lists, notebooks, computers and all manner of office supplies. Our most recent foray into the schedule trenches was for December 2011. Uggh!

I say “uggh” because more often than not December is a really tough month to schedule, what with all the new and old holiday shows, show repeats and most importantly fewer people actually watching TV. The holidays put a huge dent in television viewing so we sometimes feel like our efforts are all for naught. But this December we found some true gems that not only excite us, but we’re certain will pique your interest.

Downton Abbey – Season One
Downton AbbeyThat’s right – one of the repeats that I was talking about. But, wait! This is a repeat we can all welcome with open arms. The Emmy-winning classic from Masterpiece Theater is back for one more run ahead of the premiere of season two in January 2012. This is a great opportunity for you to relive the romantic, intrigue-filled drama of the Downton Abbey estate and its eccentric cast of characters. If you missed any of this wildly popular series here’s your chance to catch up and be ready for the new episodes premiering 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.

Eames: The Architect and the PainterEames: The Architect and the Painter on American Masters
My guess is that if you’ve ever been to a museum, art gallery or plain old furniture store you have seen the brilliant work of either Ray or Charles Eames. This married couple are giants of American design and visual arts, influencing designers and artists for generations. I’ll admit that I only had a pop culture, passing familiarity with the work of either Eames. Enough to say to my architecture-savvy friends “hmm, that looks like it was inspired by Eames.” After watching this entire documentary I can confidently say “wow, that is clearly influenced by the work of Eames.” The American Masters doc on the life and collaborative work of Ray and Charles Eames is utterly fascinating not only because it’s largely a story untold, but also because the presentation of the Eameses’ design processes and resulting works is so visually stunning. Do yourself a favor and check it out 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 or see the encore 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Watch Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter on PBS. See more from AMERICAN MASTERS.


Lidia Celebrates America “Holiday Tables and Traditions”

Lidia Bastianich is one of this country’s true culinary pioneers and stars. She’s been around longer than any Top Chef or Iron Chef. Lidia doesn’t cook for competition – she cooks for the love of cooking. In her new holiday special Lidia hits the road in search of the rich and colorful traditions observed during four holiday celebrations: An Italian Christmas Eve, A Mexican American Christmas Day, A Chinese New Year, and a Passover Seder. Along the way there is some truly awesome ethnic cooking, fun (and funny) encounters, and a few celebrities to help keep the traditions alive. If for no other reason tune in to watch Mo Rocca of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! wrestle with a live eel. Check out Lidia and all the wonderful food 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 with an encore 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22.

 

The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011
I am admittedly not the kind of programmer that easily falls for the “oohs and aahs” of staged celebratory events on television. So, when we got the announcement that a PBS station in Washington, D.C. would be producing a special on the lighting of the National Christmas Tree my initial reaction was less than enthusiastic. But that’s before I saw the list of talent that will be a part of the special. Up ’til yesterday the producers had begged me not to divulge all that I know, but I can now tell you that the host will be Carson Daly of NBC’s The Voice and Last Call and one of his special guests will be none other than Kermit the Frog, live in the flesh. There will also be a lot of great music by artists including OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Big Time Rush. Enjoy this holiday celebration 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 20 or 7 p.m. Thursday, December 22.

Celebrate the holidays with Wisconsin Public Television

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I really wanted to share the holiday program schedule early to remind you of this week’s specials. The festivities begin Thanksgiving Day with Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (see Erik’s post from Nov. 19) and roll right through December with an array of heartwarming concert specials. And, in January we wrap the holiday season when Austin City Limits and Great Performances ring in the new year. Peruse the entire schedule below, and whether you catch one program – or all of them! – be sure to take time to spread some holiday cheer this season.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Nov. 24
11 a.m.  Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Nov. 25
noon  Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Dec. 4
5:30  p.m.  Christmas With Daniel O’Donnell

Dec. 10
1:30  p.m.  Rick Steves’ European Christmas
5:30  p.m.  Christmas With Daniel O’Donnell

Dec. 14
8 p.m.  Live From Lincoln Center “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker”

Live From Lincoln Center "The Nutrcracker"

Dec. 17
3 p.m.  Live From Lincoln Center “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker”
10:30 p.m.  Rick Steves’ European Christmas
11:30 p.m.  European Christmas Markets

12:15 a.m.  Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas

Dec. 20
7 p.m.  Lidia Celebrates America “Holiday Tables and Traditions”
8 p.m.   Christmas at St. Olaf
9 p.m.  The National Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec. 21
8 p.m.  Nature “Christmas in Yellowstone”
11 p.m.  Christmas at St. Olaf

Nature "Christmas in Yellowstone"

Dec. 22
7 p.m.  The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011

Dec. 23
4:30 p.m.  Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
8 p.m.  Christmas at Luther: Night of Glory, Dawn of Peace

Dec. 24
5 p.m.  The Lawrence Welk Show “Christmas”
6 p.m.  Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special
8 p.m.  Christmas With the King Family
9 p.m.  Celtic Woman: Greatest Journey
10:15 p.m.  Celtic Thunder Christmas
11:15 p.m.  Tonic Sol Fa: Greatest Time of the Year
12:15 a.m.  Nature “Christmas in Yellowstone”

Coldplay New Year's Eve

Dec. 25
8 a.m.  Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
7 p.m.  Nature “Christmas in Yellowstone”

Dec. 31
11 p.m.  Coldplay New Year’s Eve: An Austin City Limits Special

Jan. 1
6:30 p.m.  Great Performances “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration
10:30 p.m. Coldplay New Year’s Eve: An Austin City Limits Special

Stay up to date. Find the most recent schedule online.

 

A Night of Remembrance

Watch The National Memorial Day Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Memorial DayDon’t miss out on this year’s National Memorial Day Celebration! Kind of wish I could be out in D.C. this weekend to actually be part of the celebration, but thanks to PBS I don’t have to miss out on the event entirely.

I feel like this is actually quite a rare occurrence nowadays despite our advancements in technology. There are major events all over the world almost every day that are relevant and interesting to much more than the people that can actually be there. How often do you see these events covered live for everyone at home to enjoy? Almost never. Just last night I watched a certain comic perform live at Madison Square Garden on Netflix. The sad part is – it was recorded years ago, then moved to pay-per-view, and now is finally available for everyone else who just wants to sit back and enjoy.

New Years Eve with WPT

The year is coming to an end, and I for one am anxious to see what the new year will bring.  This year, sit back and celebrate with Wisconsin Public Television for a night of amazing music.  Starting off the night is the New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve concert featuring pianist Lang Lang.  Live from the Lincoln Center in New York and straight to your TV, watch Alan Gilbert conduct Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and The Nutcracker.

The night continues with a look back at some of the most treasured soul hits from the 60’s and 70’s with Soul Rewind.  A large amount of music was recovered from Europe to put this collection together featuring artists like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Otis Reading, Lou Rawls, Gladys Knight and many more.

To keep the music going, don’t miss an encore presentation of Stevie Wonder’s special concert in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Motown Records.  To top it all off, we wrap up the night with an episode of our locally produced show, The 30-Minute Music Hour.  While I haven’t seen every episode, I have yet to be disappointed and look forward to this episode featuring Les Breastfeeders.

Friday, December 31
8:00 p.m. – New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve with Lang Lang
10:00 p.m. – Aretha Franklin: Soul Rewind
11:30 p.m. – Great Performances “Stevie Wonder: Live at Last”
12:30 a.m. – 30-Minute Music Hour