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WPT Exclusive First Look: Wisconsin Water From the Air

Are you ready to come soar with us again?
Watch an exclusive first look at the all-new Wisconsin Water From the Air.
Coming to Wisconsin Public Television at the end of November 2018.

The all-new Wisconsin Water From the Air takes viewers above, atop and along state waterways that inspire reflection, wonder and adventure. From the routes that the Wisconsin, Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers carve through the state’s landscape to the wide-stretching shores of Lake Michigan, celebrate the waterways that shape Wisconsin.

As we anxiously await this exciting new show, we want you to be the first to take a look inside the program with an exclusive clip from the show’s first segment that explores the wonders of the Wisconsin River.

Looking toward the premiere in November, we will be sharing other new segments from the program each month here on the WPT Blog, along with information on a series of premiere screenings at venues across Wisconsin for you to take in the beautiful imagery and stunning musical score on the big screen before the television broadcast.

Enjoy this clip from the show’s first segment and share this video with your friends!

Let the Wait Begin – Sherlock is Returning

Our day got a lot brighter this morning when the news broke that our favorite sleuth and Dr. Watson are set to return in all new installments of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock. Even better, this go-round we won’t just be getting three new episodes – we’ll also see a brand new special starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

The only downside? According to our friends at WGBH and PBS, production on the new shows won’t even begin until January 2015. (That’s what we all get for making the two stars so popular and subsequently busy!) So, we have to wait awhile until the new shows arrive. But, that just gives us more time to conjure up all of the adventures we hope will be coming!

Click here to see the full announcement from PBS and read some comments from show co-creator, writer and executive producer Stephen Moffatt. 

Stories these Vietnam veterans can never forget

Watch Vietnam War Stories at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Last year, WPT premiered the Emmy Award-winning Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories documentary. That three-part film featured interviews with Wisconsin Vietnam veterans who shared emotional stories about service and sacrifice.

Now, the whole nation gets a chance to hear these stories in the special one-hour Vietnam War Stories program. Culled from the three-hour documentary, this new program also features Wisconsin veterans telling stories that they’ll never forget. Watch a short preview below and explore bonus footage, expanded resources and photographer James Gill’s portraits of Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans (One of those photos, of Will Williams, is posted above right) when you visit this website.

Just the Doctor…

Watch Doctor Who: The Next Doctor at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, July 30 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Doctor WhoThe Doctor is in! Or out… I’m never really sure. I don’t think anyone else can take you to more places and times without ever leaving the couch. How many episodes do you think it took to go on all of those adventures? Don’t cheat and Google it either.

It’s a little disappointing that time travel isn’t possible when you think of all the adventures we could be having. Of course there are theories that it’s possible to travel forward through time, but that’s not very useful. As for going backwards, I’ve never met anyone from the future – have you? Seems like if we ever did master traveling backward in time, at some point someone would have come back and given us a little bit of technology or advice.

Note: The episode may have aired before… but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a surprise.

MLK Jr. Ceremony

Watch The Annual State of Wisconsin Tribute & Ceremony to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 12:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 on The Wisconsin Channel.

This Monday, we bring you the 31st Annual State of Wisconsin Tribute & Ceremony Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hosted by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Jonathan Overby.  I have only had the pleasure of seeing two of the past ceremonies, but they were both amazing and powerful.  Each year they have a variety of musical performances from solo artists to entire choruses.  As a true tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., don’t miss this wonderful event full of powerful speeches and stories from the people of Wisconsin.

Riverdance Jumps into Beijing

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.

Carole King and James Taylor travel back to their roots

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.