Stephen Hawking, who passed away last night at the age of 76, had a long connection with public television – as you might expect for someone who promoted curiosity and big questions about the universe.
As Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted in tribute, “His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure.”
Eighty percent of middle schoolers can’t tell the difference between sponsored content and objective journalism, according to a recent Stanford University study on youth media literacy. In light of the ongoing conversation about the impact of misinformation and propaganda in our politics, teachers in Wisconsin and around the nation face steep challenges and high stakes as they work to help students think critically about the media they consume.
Luckily, PBS NewsHour offers the Student Reporting Labs (SRL) initiative— a framework of curricula, project ideas and mentoring relationships with local PBS stations that puts students behind the camera to get them thinking – and working – like professional journalists. SRL students learn about sourcing, bias, fact-checking, and the nuts-and-bolts of videography and editing. And they do it all as creators rather than consumers. Continue reading Project-Based Media Literacy With Student Reporting Labs→
As we continue to celebrate the life and achievements of John Glenn, who passed away Thursday, watch this 2012 PBS NewsHour interview with the astronaut and former senator discussing his groundbreaking mission to become the first American to orbit the Earth.
Join us on Wisconsin Public Television Monday night at 9 for a special presentation of the biographical documentary, “John Glenn: A Life of Service.” Watch a preview of that show below.
As we learned the names of the new MacArthur Fellows yesterday – winners of the so-called “genius grants” – we celebrate members of the class of 2016 with Wisconsin roots and those whose work has appeared on WPT.
Some names (like last year’s winner Lin-Manuel Miranda) may seem more familiar than others, but all offer fascinating things to think about – which makes them perfect for WPT and WPR. It’s no surprise, then, that you may have seen or heard them on the air.
Over the weekend, NASA teased a big announcement across their social media accounts, and when it arrived this morning it was a doozy! Scientists have not only found evidence of the existence of water on the red planet, they’ve found actual flowing water.
As PBS NewHour science reporter Nsikan Akpan writes this morning, “Mars has seasonal rivers of flowing water. Note the verb ‘has’ rather than ‘had,’ as in liquid water is a current feature on present-day Mars. In other words, this is not from the distant past — the water is flowing now. What appeared to be a dry void of red-orange rock is wetter than previously thought.”
Follow full coverage of this exciting discovery and what it means – and to see more of the stunning photos like the one above of some of the sites that researchers found the flowing water – visit PBS NewsHour’s Rundown online.
Written by WPT Planned Giving Manager Aimee Granger
Ellen Fluck created an extraordinary life for her children. That’s the way her story is recounted by her son, Jim. Ellen grew up in Two Rivers and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she met her husband, Paul, in the registration line her sophomore year. Ellen and Paul built a home on the west side of Madison. They planted trees, put down roots and began raising their children – son, Jim, and daughter, Peg.
Jim recalls Wisconsin Public Television being a part of all their lives for as long as he can remember, from watching The Friendly Giant as a child to seeing his mother’s enjoyment of programs like PBS NewsHour later in life. Jim fondly remembers that his mother watched WPT almost exclusively, as she always trusted and appreciated the programs she found there.
Following her husband’s untimely death in 1961, Ellen went on to obtain her master’s degree in education and enjoyed many more years with family and friends. The trees that she and Paul planted many years ago have grown to create a lovely green space in their community today.
Like those seeds planted long ago, Ellen had the foresight to make an investment in the future of WPT. [Watch Ellen’s story above] By including WPT in her will, the seed that Ellen planted will continue to grow through the quality educational programs that enhance and enrich the lives of every person in Wisconsin. Jim shares, “I was really proud of Mom. I felt her decision to give to Wisconsin Public Television was in keeping with the way she lived her life.”
Ellen passed away last fall at the age of 95, and her legacy lives on through her family and through her decision to include WPT in her estate plans.
If you have already taken steps to include WPT in your will or estate plan, we hope you will call us so that we may thank you with membership in The Heritage Society today. Or if you simply have questions, we welcome your call. Please contact Lisa Karnes at 608-263-2129 or Aimee Granger at 608-265-0723.
A PBS NewsHour reporter and a television sitcom star meet in a hallway… Yep, that sounds like the start of a bad joke. But, this morning it actually happened when Hari Sreenivasan ran into Tony Danza in New York. The result was the brief interaction below, but Danza let Sreenivasan – and his Facebook friends – know who’s the boss in TV news. We’re with you Tony!
“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.'” – President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 28, 1986
Today is the 28th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and the deaths of the seven astronauts aboard. Here is a segment of the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour report from that night that public television audiences across the United States watched as they tried to make sense of the day’s events. In it, you will see Judy Woodruff reporting on each of the seven astronauts, an in-depth interview with teacher Christa McAuliffe who died on board, and President Reagan’s address to the nation from that afternoon that concluded with the powerful quote at the top of this post.
“We totally missed twerking. We didn’t cover Miley Cyrus nearly enough… And we might get an award for that.”
If you missed PBS NewsHour reporter Hari Sreenivasan’s visit with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night, you can watch them discuss the importance of journalism, the current state of TV news, the Kardashians, PBS tote bags and more online now.