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“Our House: The Wisconsin Capitol” – Coming Nov. 27

Michael Bridgeman hosted Wisconsin Public Television’s Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin in 2015. As an architecture aficionado and history buff, he brought curiosity and appreciation of the homes’ forms as well as their very human functions. Now, Bridgeman returns to television with a portrait of the state’s architectural crown jewel.

Our House: The Wisconsin Capitol premieres 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 on WPT.

We asked Bridgeman to share his thoughts on the many reasons this building resonates with the state’s residents. Read on for more!

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Preview: Wisconsin Film Festival 2017

The Wisconsin Film Festival is the state’s premier cinema event, featuring local filmmakers anmovies shot in the state, as well as a diverse range of national and international films. Celebrating its 18th year in 2017, it takes place in Madison from March 30 to April 6.

In this year’s Director’s Cut special episode Wisconsin Film Festival 2017, host Pete Schwaba sits down with the Jim Healy, the festival’s director of programming, to preview this year’s selection of films from a variety of categories. From American visionaries to films by new female directors and even pre-teen filmmakers, Healy’s selections on the program particularly showcase movies made right here in Wisconsin.

“We program thinking about the audience,” Healy says. “We’ve picked the best films from festivals around the world, and films that have been submitted to us in our Wisconsin zone section, to make a festival of festivals.”

With a look at five films screening at the festival, Schwaba and Healy are joined by:

Director Andrew SwantSilently Steal Away: The film explores the story behind the Jack Raymond Show, which has aired on an eccentric Chippewa Falls radio station. But who is Jack Raymond?

Director Mark Davis and subject Jan JensenThe Bear and the Owl: This short documentary film explores the story of an ailing young girl and the kindness of a stranger.

Director, producer and screenwriter Katherine AcostaDivided We Fall: This documentary looks back at the massive 2011 protests inside the Wisconsin State Capitol against Act 10. The investigation revisits many issues that remain relevant in a post-2016 election America.

Co-directors Wesley Morgan & Kate FeldtFake Jewels: This nostalgic and comedic movie explores a long-lost friendship as two women attempt to find a time capsule buried a decade ago.

Editor Luke Bassuener and fifth graders Jaeana Sabally and Jalen Baumback (directors, cast, writers)Daedalus and Icarus: Students in the 4th grade classes of Madison’s Crestwood Elementary School animate the classic Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus, using block-print and paper-cuts. This film has been awarded one of only three 2017 Golden Badger Awards as a top Wisconsin’s Own honoreee.

Director’s Cut airs Monday, March 27 at 8 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television.

Wisconsin Public Television is a proud sponsor of Wisconsin’s Own, hosting a brunch each year for the festival’s film industry guests. This year, more than 150 people submitted films to be considered for Wisconsin’s Own.

Q&A: Behind the Scenes in the New Season of “Wisconsin Life”

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.

wl-logoAs 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.

Watch Wisconsin Life on WPT 7 p.m. this Thursday, or online now.
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Celebrating National Radio Day With the Nation’s Oldest Station

Today is National Radio Day, and we can think of nothing better to celebrate than our partners at Wisconsin Public Radio! Did you know that they can stake a very real claim to being the oldest station in the nation, broadcasting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus since 1917 and forging a nearly 100-year statewide tradition of educational public service broadcasting – that includes Wisconsin Public Television – here in Wisconsin!

Tired of winter? Attend Garden Expo!

Bitter cold? Check. Blowing snow? Check.

All right. I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for spring. Luckily, we are just two weeks away from WPT’s annual indoor taste of spring-like atmosphere – Garden Expo!

We hope you’ll join us for one, two or three days of fun in Madison. There’s lots of new stuff this year, including a new Farmers’ Market on Sunday, Feb. 15. Find all of the full details, event highlights and more below. Make sure you grab the money-saving coupon for Friday admission. And, when you come to Garden Expo, stop by the WPT booth to say hello!

Wisconsin Public Television presents
Garden Expo
Feb.  13-14-15, 2015
Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison

Click here to learn more and to find advance ticket vendor locations!

Make plans now to attend this year’s event! All proceeds support WPT.

This year’s Expo features:

Hundreds of exhibitor booths selling seeds, plants, books, tools, lawn equipment and other exciting merchandise for gardens and yards of all sizes.

More than 140 free educational seminars and demonstrations on topics such as straw bale gardening, fruit tree grafting, growing sweet potatoes in Wisconsin, seed saving, vermicomposting, and brewing kombucha.

Meet and learn from Around the Farm Table host Inga Witscher, nationally-known gardening expert Melinda Myers, author Jerry Apps and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller.

UW-Extension horticulture experts will be available to offer insight, plant identification and tips to gardeners and amateur landscapers of all levels.

A 1,600-square-foot Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association (WNLA) Central Garden.

Nonprofit groups specializing in mulching various plant species, rain gardens, rock gardens, conservation efforts and more will have booths to share their information.

An exciting Garden Expo raffle for prizes including landscape packages, equipment, decorations, tools and more. The raffle ticket proceeds support WPT programming.

Single-day tickets for Garden Expo cost $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Two-day passes are available for $11 in advance and three-day passes are $16 in advance. Multi-day passes are an additional $1 at the door.

Bonus savings! Click here to find and print an online coupon for a $2 admission discount at the door on Friday!

Find full event information and a list of advance ticket vendors around the state at wigardenexpo.com. There, you can also find information about all of Garden Expo’s educational offerings, hands-on workshop registration and details on the Garden Expo raffle and available prizes.

New This Year!
Attend Garden Expo’s Inaugural Farmers’ Market Sunday, Feb. 15!

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Atrium of the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center
The farmers’ market will feature farmers, food artisans, and local food retailers.
Click here to learn more and to find a list of confirmed vendors.

Two National Programs to Highlight Madison This February

Two national programs, including "Start Up" (pictured), will feature Madison residents and businesses this February.
Two national programs, including “Start Up” (pictured), will feature Madison residents and businesses this February.

As an editor and publicist here at Wisconsin Public Television, most of my time is spent working on Airwaves, WPT’s program guide, and updating the WPT.org online schedule with the latest programs. I love that I’m lucky enough to know what’s coming down the pike so that I can not only keep all of you informed, but also mark must-watch programs on my own calendar.

Recently, while updating the newest premieres, I was happy to see that Madison will be in the television spotlight this February, with coverage on both Start Up and Victory Garden’s EdibleFEAST.

First, at 11:28 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1 on The Wisconsin Channel, Start Up‘s crew heads to Madison to meet with the creator of Fishidy, a smartphone app that’s helping fishermen become more successful. The all-new episode is aptly titled “A Fisheye View: Fishidy/Eye-Musment.”

Then, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 on CreateVictory Garden’s EdibleFEAST visits the first Laotian restaurant in Madison (Lao Laan-Xang, one of my favorites), teaches viewers how to make an herb spiral with creative vegetable gardener Megan Cain, stops by the Underground Food Collective and visits the first organic cranberry farm. If the “Madison” episode isn’t jam-packed, I don’t know what is.

Obviously, there’s a lot to see in the area … but we already know that, right? We know that we’re lucky, but it’s not every day that some of our state’s gems get national attention. Mark your calendars and take some time to catch these Wisconsin-themed episodes!

Mark Your Calendars for Get Up and Go! Day

Attendees enjoying Get Up and Go! Day 2013
Kids enjoying Get Up and Go! Day 2013

The WPT staff enjoys Wisconsin summers as much as our viewers do, and that’s why we’re happy to provide Wisconsin families with new opportunities to be active and enjoy the outdoors.

PBS Kids Get Up and Go! Day 2014 — Friday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to noon — is one such opportunity. Mark your calendars to join us at locations across Wisconsin, or watch live on WPT. Favorite Kids characters will be at each location!

This year’s Get Up and Go! Day locations and special guests include:

Kohl Center Plaza
601 W. Dayton St.
Special appearances by PBS Kids host Miss Rosa and Peg + Cat.
Musical performance by PBS Kids host Mr. Steve.

La Crosse
(Three locations)
La Crosse Public Library
Main Library, 800 Main St.
North Community Library, 1552 Kane St.
South Community Library, 
1307 S. 16 St.
Special appearance by Curious George.

Eau Claire
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire Street
Special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Appleton Public Library
225 N. Oneida Street
Special appearance by The Cat in the Hat.

We hope to see you there! And, if you would like to see a sneak peek of the event, check out Mr. Steve’s performance of the “Get Up and Go!” song at last year’s Get Up and Go! Day:

Funding provided by Meriter-UnityPoint Health and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television. 

Brit Floyd takes WPT members inside the show

Brit Floyd – The Pink Floyd Tribute Show welcomed a great group of Wisconsin Public Television supporters into a special sound check performance before their show at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison Sunday night.

The nearly three-hour concert was the band’s 76th – and final – stop on their 2014 North American tour. They dazzled a nearly full crowd that included a lot of WPT fans with a concert packed with great music from across Pink Floyd’s decades-long career and, of course, an amazing light and video show. Below is a taste from their recent Live at Red Rocks special, which WPT aired earlier this year. A big thank you to the band and to all the WPT members who pledged their support during the past membership drives!

Chef Tory Miller Makes Food Local, Sustainable, Healthy and Delicious

“I thought it would just taste like vegetables, but it really tastes delicious!”

That was one of the comments from the school kids that Madison-based James Beard Award-winning chef Tory Miller is helping to learn about eating local, sustainable, healthy and tasty food.

Learn more about Miller’s journey from Racine to New York to Madison to become one of the country’s top chefs on tonight’s all-new Wisconsin Life at 8 on Wisconsin Public Television. Can’t wait? Watch his Wisconsin Life segment online now!

The Story of Little Free Libraries

Have you visited a Little Free Library yet? In today’s Wisconsin Life sneak peek, meet James P. Roberts, who has visited plenty! He combined his love of cycling and reading into one hobby and made it his mission to bike throughout the Madison area to create a map of all the Little Free Libraries throughout the city.

The all-new Wisconsin Life television show starts Monday night 8. Set your DVRs now!