Over his 50-year career leading the University of Wisconsin Bands, Prof. Mike Leckrone has often spoken of “moments of happiness” – the peaks in life that make the valleys easier to bear. He’s had many of those moments at Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center.
So it’s fitting that “Moments of Happiness” is the title of his final Varsity Band Spring Concert.
Watch the legendary Leckrone take his final bow at the Kohl Center 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4 on WPT, with game day favorites, the best of popular and musical theater standards and (as always) many surprises.
Leckrone took time out of his still-busy schedule to speak with us. Read his reflections – including just what he plans to do after stepping down – in our Q&A below!
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!
Have you ever wondered who makes those sounds emerge from the majestic bell tower on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus? In today’s Wisconsin Life sneak peek, meet Lyle Anderson, the school’s official carillonneur for more than 30 years and learn how he manages the tower’s 56 bronze bells to create beautiful music!
Each Wednesday, NOVA takes us around the globe to uncover new scientific discoveries and to unlock the many secrets the world still holds.
This week’s episode takes us back in time, with a quick stop at the University of Wisconsin-Madison along the way. In “Decoding Neanderthals,” which premieres at 8 Wednesday, Jan. 9 on Wisconsin Public Television, UW-Madison anthropology professor John Hawks and his students play a key role in tying together the genetic links between ancient Neanderthals and modern humans.
This UW-Madison News article outlines the experience last year when NOVA producers visited Hawks’ lab to learn about suspected Neanderthal genes that can still be traced in modern humans. Six of Hawks’ students helped test a theory that Neanderthals might have bred with some early humans more than 60,000 years ago. The results of their tests and the possible conclusions that can be drawn will be part of the new episode.
Two years ago, Hawks sat down with Norman Gilliland to discuss his work on an episode of WPT’s University Place series. Watch that interview below to prepare for the new NOVA. Then, watch a trailer for “Decoding Neanderthals.”
Ken Burns’ much-anticipated new documentary, Prohibition, premieres at 7 p.m. this Sunday. You can start to explore some Wisconsin perspective on the subject of “America’s Great Experiment” now with two insightful interview presentations from University Place Presents.
Watch them both below:
In this presentation, host Norman Gilliland interviews Deborah Blum, Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and author of “The Poisoner’s Handbook,” about the cultural and political history of Prohibition. Included are the extreme lengths Americans went to in order to evade the law and obtain alcohol.
In this second presentation, Gilliland interviews Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus in the UW-Madison Department of Political Science and author of “Wisconsin Votes: An Electoral History,” on the history of how the 18th amendment to the constitution became law, with a focus on Wisconsin and its beer culture.