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Look to the stars: Summer of Space is here!

Mathematician Poppy Northcutt, one of the few women scientists on the Apollo 11 project, staffs a Mission Control console.

As we near the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, PBS brings viewers the Summer of Space: a celestial programming spectacle sure to excite any space enthusiast.

Read on for details of special broadcasts, online exclusives and more! Continue reading Look to the stars: Summer of Space is here!

Celebrate Women’s History Month 2019!

Birgit Nilsson performs the title role in Turandot, wearing a dramatic Chinese-themed trainFighters, feminists and “firsts” take the screen this month, showcasing the contributions of women in the modern world.

Wisconsin Public Television offers a full lineups of broadcast programs and online extras to enjoy, from American Masters to pledge specials featuring favorite musicians.

Read on to see what’s in store!

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Celebrate Women’s History Month on WPT! Part 1

Anne Morrow Lindbergh poses in a leather aviators capFighters, feminists and “firsts” take the screen this month, showcasing the contributions of women in the modern world.

As we created this post, we actually got overwhelmed by the amount of amazing content out there – what a nice problem to have! So we’ve broken these offerings into two posts.

Read on for Part 1: broadcast highlights in the month to come. And keep your eyes open for Part 2: online resources, podcasts, interactive media and more!

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MAKERS Looks at Women in War

1943 LIFE cover: "Air Force Pilot." MAKERS "Women in War" airs 8 p.m. tonight on WPT.
1943 LIFE cover: “Air Force Pilot.” MAKERS “Women in War” airs 8 p.m. tonight on WPT.

In 1991, 41,000 women were deployed to Operation Desert Storm, making it the largest single deployment of U.S. military women in history. This deployment is just one example of American women’s increasing roles in war.

MAKERS “Women in War,” which airs 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 21 on Wisconsin Public Television, looks at American women’s increasing participation in war as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies, beginning with the Vietnam War.

Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame, previously a high-level spy, are among those featured in the documentary. War correspondents like Molly Moore and high-ranking leaders like General Angela Salinas and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard are also interviewed.

Tune in to take a look at women’s increasing presence in battle and examine how many are breaking through gender barriers against all odds. You can view the preview below.

Spring Membership Drive – What to Watch

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On Saturday, Sewing With Nancy kicked off Wisconsin Public Television’s Spring Membership Drive with a look at Nancy’s 30 years on public television. If you’re kicking yourself for missing this special, don’t worry, you can always watch the “30th Anniversary Special” online.

Online streaming, though, is a luxury afforded to few programs during the membership drive. Most great pledge programs are broadcast but once or twice during the drive. Here are some of those not-to-be-missed gems that will air over the next couple of weeks.

Daniel O Donnell at WPT in 2010Daniel O’Donnell From the Heartland
7 p.m. Monday, March 4
In 2010, the Irish crooner visited the WPT studios in Madison and gave this interview in which he discusses his worldwide fans, early career aspirations and how public television has expanded his career.

A ’60s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5

Aaron Neville Doo WopAaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story
7 p.m. Thursday, March 7
NPR interviewed the 72-year-old R&B singer in January to learn how his childhood provided the inspiration for his new album My True Story.

Magic Moments: The Best of ’50s Pop
8 p.m. Friday, March 8

Jerry-Apps-A-Farm-Story-Wisconsin-Public-TelevisionRick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills
10 a.m. Saturday, March 9

Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9
My annual membership is about to expire and I’ve got my eyes on this program and a Rolling Stones CD thank-you gift.

Makers-Ellen-DeGeneresJerry Apps: A Farm Story
7 p.m. Monday, March 11
Wisconsin historian Jerry Apps’ recollection of a time when more people lived on farms than in cities has been so popular, other public television stations have requested it to share with their viewers.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 3Masterpiece Classic “Downton Abbey, Season 3”
Noon Sunday, March 17
The entire third season of Downton Abbey…10.5 hours…all 7 episodes. Consider it our gift to you on the last day of the Spring Membership Drive.