The Latest Articles from WPT

The latest news and insider information from Wisconsin Public Television.

Sun, Sep 15, 2019

Enjoy Ken Burns’ Country Music with a Wisconsin twist

After many months of anticipation, we’re thrilled to share Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns with Wisconsin Public Television viewers. We’re especially excited to highlight some key Wisconsin connections to this landmark eight-part film – without which the production wouldn’t exist. Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns Premieres 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15...

Tue, Sep 3, 2019

See You This Week at Quilt Expo!

We’re just two days away from Quilt Expo 2019 — Sept. 5-7 at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall in Madison — and we can’t wait to see you there! Tickets can be purchased on-site, and start at $10. Children 12 and under are free. There are still spots available in select lectures, workshops and...

Sun, Aug 25, 2019

What We Watch: Sigrid Peterson

Sigrid Peterson, online content editor for Wisconsin Public Television, manages much of the content that livens up WPT’s web presence. Read on for some of Sig’s top public TV picks!

Tue, Aug 6, 2019

Remembering Toni Morrison

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, a literary giant whose work transcended race and time, has died at the age of 88 after a brief illness. Wisconsin Public Television has shared many reflections on Morrison and her work over the years. Read on to find more.

Tue, Aug 6, 2019

Tune In: American Experience: Woodstock – Three Days That Defined A Generation

Fifty years after half a million young people journeyed to a dairy farm in upstate New York for a concert, a new American Experience film, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation examines the tumultuous decade that led to the historic musical festival – and the stories behind the cultural event that became the defining...

Wed, Jul 24, 2019

Quilt Expo 2019: Sept. 5-7 in Madison, Wisconsin

Tickets are now on sale for the ultimate quilting adventure! Join us Sept. 5-7 in Madison for the 15th-annual Quilt Expo, presented by Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman Productions. Did you know that more than 20,000 quilting and sewing enthusiasts gather in Madison, Wisconsin each year for the Wisconsin Public Television Quilt Expo? Quilt Expo...

Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Friends of WPT Board: Meet Masood Akhtar

Elected to the Board of the Friends of Wisconsin Public Television just a few months ago, Masood Akhtar, of Middleton, is adding service to WPT to his already impressive list of activities. Read on to learn more about this community activist and the experience he hopes to bring to the Board!

Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Q&A: Thomas Allen Harris, Family Pictures USA

We know our family history through the images we retain: albums, videos, memories. What kind of story do these images tell when we look at the bigger picture? Premiering Aug. 12 and 13 on PBS, the three-part series Family Pictures USA explores American communities through the lens of family photo albums, unearthing rich personal stories...

Wed, Jul 10, 2019

Meet Molly of Denali!

The newest PBS Kids star debuts Monday, July 15 – and she’s already breaking new ground. Molly of Denali follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl who lives in an Alaskan village. The animated series premieres 7:30 a.m. Monday, July 15 on Wisconsin Public Television, as well as on the PBS...

Tue, Jun 25, 2019

Look to the stars: Summer of Space is here!

As we near the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, PBS brings viewers the Summer of Space: a celestial programming spectacle sure to excite any space enthusiast. Read on for details of special broadcasts, online exclusives and more! ONLINE SPECIAL CONTENT PBS Digital Studios on Facebook: Stellar | Trailer...

Fri, Jun 21, 2019

What We Watch: Mouna Algahaithi

Mouna Algahaithi, WPT’s new education engagement specialist, started at the station as an education and community engagement intern in May of 2018. She’s been full-time since last January, working on WPT Education programs such as implementing Ready to Learn curricula around the state as well as bigger events such as Get Up and Go. Read on...

Thu, Jun 6, 2019

What We Watch: Deb Piper

Deb Piper, producer and manager of remote production, has worked in public broadcasting for 30 years – almost all of it right here at Wisconsin Public Television. She’s particularly proud of the miles our crews have traveled throughout the state, capturing music in intriguing venues. One of them includes beautiful Madeline Island in Lake Superior,...

Mon, Jun 3, 2019

Director’s Cut season finale: John Whitehead

We wrap up Season 12 of Director’s Cut with an excellent music documentary. Director John Whitehead rolls into town to discuss his film Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story. A documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, fiddler Joe Thompson...

Fri, May 31, 2019

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride this June on WPT!

Diverse perspectives contribute greatly to our knowledge and understanding of the culture and diversity of Wisconsin residents. Fifty years after the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1969 (read more here!), Wisconsin Public Television is pleased to share Pride Month programs honoring many facets of LGBTQ life and history. Read on for a selection of scripted...

Thu, May 30, 2019

Director’s Cut: Yinan Wang, Yujin Wang and Dick Blau, Yen Ching

While watching this week’s Director’s Cut, prepare to find yourself craving Chinese food (I’m a Kung Pao Chicken guy). The documentary Yen Ching takes us to a Chinese restaurant on Milwaukee’s northwest side, watching the family dynamics in play. Yen Ching (5 mins) from Yinan Wang on Vimeo. Yen Ching takes an intimate look at how a typical Chinese restaurant...

Wed, May 22, 2019

Director’s Cut: Shorts

This week on Director’s Cut, we switch things up a bit by focusing on short films. Tune in as I welcome six directors to discuss their work ranging in genre from comedy to drama to the slightly sci-fi – even a touch of the supernatural! It’ll be a fast-paced show, as I only have a few...

Wed, May 15, 2019

Director’s Cut: Keri Pickett and Roy Blakey, The Fabulous Ice Age

It’s all about about the golden age of figure skating on this week’s Director’s Cut! I was delighted to welcome director/producer/cinematographer Keri Pickett and one of her subjects, Roy Blakey, discussing their documentary The Fabulous Ice Age. The Fabulous Ice Age trailer from Keri Pickett on Vimeo. The journey begins in 1915, when a young German skater...

Fri, May 10, 2019

Q&A – Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories

After addressing issues of gun violence in the 2016 documentary Too Many Candles, Wisconsin Public Television’s Frederica Freyberg wanted to tackle another issue that seemed too big to address in the same program. Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories premieres 8 p.m Monday, May 13. and is available to watch online now. The one-hour film, produced by Freyberg,...

Tue, May 7, 2019

Director’s Cut: Carol Brandt, Pet Names

This week on Director’s Cut, it’s my pleasure to welcome director Carol Brandt, discussing her film Pet Names. Pet Names | Official Trailer from Carol Brandt on Vimeo. When her chemotherapy-patient mother urges her to take a vacation from playing nurse, grad school dropout Leigh invites her old high school boyfriend along on a camping...

Thu, May 2, 2019

Tune In: “Breakthrough” presents Ideas That Changed The World

Through incredible, lesser-known stories of familiar history, the PBS series Breakthrough – The Ideas That Changed the World captures the secrets of today’s world through surprising accidents, colorful characters, and moments of joy and despair. Breakthrough presents six iconic modern objects through thousands of years of historical precedents. What discoveries came first? Which inventions and ideas paved...