Step right up! American Experience: The Circus is a four-hour, two-part documentary airing 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8-9 on WPT. Exploring the colorful history of this distinctly American entertainment, this fascinating film includes extensive historical material from and about Wisconsin, the home of the famed Ringling Bros. and other major acts.
In our exclusive Q&A, writer/producer/director Sharon Grimberg shares her thoughts on the film’s production, as well as the circus itself.
We’re getting ever closer to Green Bay’s debut on Antiques Roadshow! Before the first of three brand-new episodes premieres on Monday, April 23, we’ll have all sorts of exclusive tidbits and behind-the-scenes info to whet your whistle.
Today, we bring you some reflections from one of WPT’s busiest and most versatile staffers. For 10 seasons, Brandon Ribordy has taken a break to crisscross the country as a crew member for Antiques Roadshow.
As the show set up shop in Green Bay last summer (read an account of the visit here), Ribordy shared some of the backstage secrets that makes it hum.
In American Creed, premiering 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans come together to explore whether a unifying set of beliefs – an American creed – can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us.
One of the people who share their stories is Marine veteran and college student Tegan Griffith. A Wisconsin native, Griffith grew up in tiny Wittenberg, in Shawano County, and now attends UW-Stevens Point.
As the new year begins, John McGivern is on the road once more, visiting cities across Wisconsin to uncover unique locations in each neighborhood – and meeting the interesting people who make our state’s communities thrive.
With the final three of twelve Tribal Histories programs premiering in December on WPT, each of Wisconsin’s sovereign Indian nations has now shared some of their own stories, in their own words, with the state.
“When you hear the word ‘history,’ you don’t know what to expect,” says series producer Mik Derks. “What you expect is not what you’re going to get.”
WPT spoke with Olson shortly after his return from the Digital Summit in San Antonio.
“Having access to high quality digital resources, and finding ways for teachers to connect with one other and foster innovation, can only lead to good things,” says Olson. “It will lead to much better outcomes for students; we’re creating citizens who hopefully will be ready to be full participants in a very different world than the one in which many WPT members might have grown up.”
For more great resources for educators, kids and anyone who loves to learn, visit WPT Education.
Gary Cole has inhabited roles ranging from an aloof middle manager in Office Space to Vice President in The West Wing and an advisor to the President in Veep. In PBS’ Civil War drama Mercy Street, Cole portrays the wealthy patriarch of a Confederate family living in Union-occupied territory.
As the series enters its second season this month – premiering Jan. 22 on Wisconsin Public Television – we checked in with Cole to ask him about his role as James Green Sr., how his new work on public television has brought his career full circle, and even a few insights into how Office Space became a cult classic.
When he visited Wisconsin recently, American Experience Executive Producer, Wisconsin native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate Mark Samels talked with Wisconsin Public Television to give a behind-the-scenes perspective on the making of the PBS series’ new film, The Battle of Chosin, which premieres 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.
“Quilting is so much more than making a bed quilt to keep someone warm,” says Nancy Zieman. The longtime host of Sewing With Nancy is excited to present the new Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin special, premiering Tuesday, Nov. 29. at 7 p.m.
Read on to see why and how this unique program came to be.
Since the Wisconsin Life project began more than four years ago, producer/reporter Joel Waldinger has been just one of the producers who has worked with WPT videographers to spotlight people and their passions all around the state.
As we get ready for Wisconsin Life’s Season 4 broadcast premiere on Thursday, Sept. 22, check out our Q&A to find out how he and his colleagues search high and low – sometimes literally – for great stories.