Looking to expand your public television viewing opportunities? Wish you could re-watch episodes from past seasons of Downton Abbey or American Masters? Or maybe you want more of your favorite local programming. WPT Passport might be the answer.
Read on to learn about the variety of programs available through this amazing archive – and the many ways you can access them!
A guest post from Membership Manager Emma Starzewski.
Taxes aren’t due for months. And admittedly, they’re nobody’s favorite holiday topic. (To our knowledge, no carols have been written about the Forms 1040.) But it’s worth thinking ahead to April 15 this holiday week, because a deadline is looming:
In order to qualify for a 2012 tax deduction, your donation to Wisconsin Public Television has to be made by midnight on Monday, Dec. 31.
This is an important time of year, as Wisconsin Public Television staff make programming decisions for 2013. Sound financial footing is critical to bringing you the best that television has to offer, and year-end gifts bolster our balance sheet as we make plans for the future. Whether or not a tax deduction is an important factor for you, please make your gift today. Your donation will make another great year of discovery happen on Wisconsin Public Television.
To make your donation now, visit support.wpt.org.
Or, give by phone anytime through midnight on Dec. 31: 1-800-236-3636.
Thank you for your support and generosity. From all of us at Wisconsin Public Television, best wishes for a very happy and healthy new year.
Membership Manager | Wisconsin Public Television
PS. Learn how your donation can make a lasting impact. Watch Lyla’s story to see how Masterpiece Classic “Downton Abbey” changed a young girl’s life.
Watch The Best of Laugh In at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 12 on Wisconsin Public Television.
With top-of-the-line programs like The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Conan, 30 Rock, and even the ongoing work of Saturday Night Live, it might seem like today is the hey-day of laughs on television. But, long before all of those shows, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In was blazing comedy trails with eclectic material that wasn’t afraid to tackle political and social issues. The talented cast that included Lily Tomlin, Gary Owen, Ruth Buzzi, Goldie Hawn and others were often complemented by guests that included Jack Lemmon, John Wayne, Sammy Davis Jr. and even Richard Nixon.
This program offers a look back at the lasting laughs that Laugh-In created. It is also a great opportunity to share the origins of today’s politically charged comedy with a younger generation that hasn’t experienced these unique characters and the show’s regular segments.
Watch cast members talk about one of those iconic segments — the joke wall — in the video below.
Watch Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Specials at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 on Wisconsin Public Television.
Each season brings its own icons to the television screen. The Fourth of July has bright fireworks displays, often in front of backdrops of grand American monuments. Springtime has usually featured an annual network broadcast of The Ten Commandments.
And, Christmas is remembered by many as the time of year that Andy Williams appears on TV. This special highlights all of the shows grand traditions — from family singalongs to the great, if not cheesy seasonal backdrops, and those fabulously memorable sweaters. To help coax you into the holiday spirit, I’ve posted one of those fun moments below.
Watch American Masters: LennoNYC at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 on Wisconsin Public Television.
After the end of The Beatles, John Lennon left England to start a new life with Yoko Ono in the United States. He quickly went to work in the anti-war movement and through a decade of twists and turns created some of his finest music. This fascinating documentary shows a side of Lennon’s life that many of us didn’t previously know, shining a light on an artist who found a welcoming refuge of normalcy after being the world’s bigeest rock star.
The clip below shows one of those fascinating moments — John walking through Central Park, almost completely unrecognized, until a friendly fan asks for an autograph. And while it was the city where he unfortunately gave up his life to an assassin, John Lennon loved New York City because he could go to the movies, visit a restaurant and walk through the park.
Watch Riverdance: Live From Beijing at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 on Wisconsin Public Television.
For more than 15 years, Riverdance has been jumping, kicking and twirling across stages around the globe, blending the traditions of Irish dance with a wide array of musical styles. With dozens of dancers on stage, the programs are colorful and energetic. This new special captures the current Riverdance troupe as they toured China, incorporating traditional Chinese music into their dancing repertoire.
If you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a Riverdance dancer, watch the video clip below. In it, principle dancer Padraic Moyles teaches a BBC sports correspondent a few steps.
Watch Carole King and James Taylor: Live at the Troubador at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 on Wisconsin Public Television.
Both James Taylor and Carole King have had phenomenal solo careers with hits spanning decades. Their music is both instantly recognizable, comforting and warm. The two artists have also had a long connection to public television through numerous specials featuring their music through the years.
This program is unique in the way that it explores the early days of their careers by bringing them physically back to the Troubador Nightclub — the very place that Taylor inspired King to take a swing at her own solo artistry. Together, the pair revisit their favorite songs in enlightening new interpretations. Take an advance look in the clip below.