Tag Archives: Wisconsin Life

Waiting for the Stars to Align

We all have hobbies. But, when John Rummel heads out to pursue his, he needs to literally hope for the stars to align. In today’s Wisconsin Life sneak peek, meet this celestial photographer and learn what it takes to capture some amazing galactic photos from Wisconsin. Check back tomorrow to discover more Wisconsin Life as we count down to the show’s big premiere Feb. 3 on Wisconsin Public Television!

Meet the Egg Lady of Egg Harbor

Today’s Wisconsin Life sneak peek is egg-ceptional!

We’re sure that Door County artist Kathleen Beck has heard every egg pun possible. But, that’s what comes with a life devoted to making art with eggs! Venture into the artist’s studio to discover the wide array of opportunities this unique medium offers. We think her work is really egg-citing!

Discover more Wisconsin Life here tomorrow and on-air Monday nights in February on Wisconsin Public Television!

Love – and Art – Know No Bounds

Love knows no bounds. But, in our second exclusive Wisconsin Life video segment, two artists explain how their craft drew them together from thousands of miles apart to forge a lasting creative – and loving – relationship in Jacksonport. Enjoy their story and check back tomorrow for another taste of Wisconsin Life as we look forward to the February broadcast premiere!

Wisconsin Life First Look: Toy Train Barn

We are so excited to give our online fans one of the earliest looks at the first segment from the all-new Wisconsin Life TV series coming to Wisconsin Public Television Monday nights in February.

Meet Buck Guthrie from Argyle – a man whose love of toy trains grew and grew, until only a full size barn could contain his small-size hobby! Check back each day this week for another look at the new series and discover a Wisconsin you only thought you knew!

Discover a Wisconsin you only thought you knew!

Everybody at Wisconsin Public Television is so excited about the all-new Wisconsin Life TV show premiering in February. We will have five exclusive segments from the show to share with you here each weekday next week. But, for today, here’s a first look at the all-new trailer. Discover a Wisconsin you only thought you knew!

Introducing Wisconsin Life

We are so excited to give you the first look at the all-new Wisconsin Life television program coming in February.

You already love the engaging audio series on Wisconsin Public Radio and now you can explore the character of Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Television.

Learn something new, meet someone unexpected. What is your Wisconsin Life?

Learn more, and listen to and watch radio and television stories online now.

How The War of the Worlds Changed Our World

It seems odd to think that a fictional radio broadcast could change the world, but 75 years ago this week – Oct. 30, 1938 to be exact – The Mercury Theatre on the Air’s War of the Worlds did just that. And the influential program had its roots right here in Wisconsin. Well, it’s creator and auteur, Orson Welles, did.

The now legendary, late actor and director was born in Kenosha – and long had a love/hate relationship with his Midwestern home, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek noted in a report on the 70th anniversary of his groundbreaking broadcast.

“‘I have been to Kenosha in recent years,’ Welles replied in the letter, and found it ‘vital and charming.’ But years later, he told Welles scholar and Milwaukee native Joseph McBride: ‘I’m not ashamed of being from Wisconsin. Just of being from Kenosha. It’s a terrible place.'” Dudek’s article recalled. But Welles also seemed proud of his Wisconsin heritage, declaring himself “‘almost belligerently mid-western, and always a confirmed badger.” (Read Dudek’s full piece to learn more about Welles’ Wisconsin connections and his fascinating career.)

“War of the Worlds” and the reactions of audience members who fled in fear of what they believed to be a real Martian invasion would take the young entertainer to new heights that would eventually see him also financing, writing, directing and starring in Citizen Kane – a film many critics hail as the greatest ever made.

Tonight at 8 on American Masters, explore the creation of War of the Worlds and the hysteria it created. (Watch a video preview below.)

And, click here now to listen to a terrific Wisconsin Public Radio Wisconsin Life audio essay from Isthmus editor and TV critic Dean Robbins about the real story behind what on the surface was just a playful Halloween radio broadcast that went on to reveal the real power of mass media.