The Latest Articles from WPT

The latest news and insider information from Wisconsin Public Television.

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...

Wed, May 1, 2019

Director’s Cut: Michael McGuire, “Aquarians”

Welcome to Season 12 of Director’s Cut on Wisconsin Public Television. Helping us shout “Action!” this Friday night is director Michael McGuire, discussing his film Aquarians. AQUARIANS Official Trailer from Michael McGuire on Vimeo. After an absence of several years, seminary student Daniel Sullivan returns to his wintry, Wisconsin hometown of Silver River. But if he’s...

Wed, Apr 24, 2019

What We Watch: Holly De Ruyter, WPT History Producer

History producer Holly De Ruyter is the producer of a documentary about UW Varsity Band director Prof. Mike Leckrone that will air later this year. She also produced Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club, airing 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4. (WPT Passport members can also watch online!) Read more about Old Fashioned right...

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

Q&A: Prof. Mike Leckrone, UW Varsity Band

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...

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Click, Bid & Win! WPT Online-Exclusive Auction Runs May 1-14

For the first time ever, the annual Wisconsin Public Television Auction will be an online-exclusive event – and it all begins May 1! We invite bidders to take part in the fun for a chance to win a wide variety of merchandise and services from Wisconsin businesses and individuals. Proceeds from Auction support WPT programs,...

Fri, Apr 5, 2019

Tune In: Meet the Hedgehogs Premiering on WPT April 7

Yes, that is rock legend and former lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May and yes, he is cradling a curled-up hedgehog. Featured in a new documentary hosted by British naturalist Steven Backshall (pictured at right), Meet the Hedgehogs uncovers the secretive life of the world’s most popular spiny mammal and reveals current efforts to protect them....

Mon, Apr 1, 2019

Meet the Cast of Les Misérables, Premiering on WPT April 14

There are some things you can always count on. The happiness that comes from that first cup of coffee – or tea – in the morning. The pure joy puppies bring. And, of course, some excellent MASTERPIECE programming on Sunday nights on Wisconsin Public Television. Thanks to the upcoming premiere of Les Misérables on April 14 on...

Mon, Mar 25, 2019

Q&A: Andy Soth, Portraits From Rural Wisconsin

Portraits From Rural Wisconsin premieres 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11 on Wisconsin Public Television. Through a series of interwoven personal essays, see why some western Wisconsin residents still say that “rural life is the best life” – even in the face of hardship and change. Producer/reporter Andy Soth, whose work has appeared on Here & Now,...

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

Q&A: Pete Schwaba, Director’s Cut

From his home base in Marinette, writer, director and comedian Pete Schwaba remains connected to the independent film community as host of Director’s Cut, as well as introducing documentaries shown on Independent Lens and POV. Each year, the Director’s Cut season kicks off with a preview of the Wisconsin Film Festival. Join Schwaba and special guests...

Mon, Mar 18, 2019

Get growing with WPT!

The snow is melting after a snowy Wisconsin winter, and we know you’ve been itching to dig! For years, Wisconsin Public Television has captured lectures from our Garden & Landscape Expo to enjoy throughout the year on University Place. Just in time for spring, we’re sharing some of our favorites that we hope will take your...

Fri, Mar 15, 2019

Tune in: Joni Mitchell Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970

What is it about Joni Mitchell that connects so deeply with audiences? Perhaps it’s because her songs can express things within ourselves that we sometimes struggle to put into words. We listen to her music and we understand. Whatever quality it is that grants a sense of clarity on both reality and the imaginary, Joni’s...

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club-Q&A With Holly De Ruyter

Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club is a documentary premiering 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14 on Wisconsin Public Television. The documentary explores the cultural and historical events that shaped supper club culture in the badger state. Current supper club owners and patrons discuss the institution’s past and imagine its future. Filmmaker and WPT...

Tue, Mar 5, 2019

Celebrate Women’s History Month 2019!

Fighters, feminists and “firsts” take the screen this month, showcasing the contributions of women in the modern world. Wisconsin Public Television offers a full lineups of broadcast programs and online extras to enjoy, from American Masters to pledge specials featuring favorite musicians. Read on to see what’s in store!

Tue, Mar 5, 2019

Michael Perry: How Ya Doin’ – Q&A With Program Co-Producers

Michael Perry: How Ya Doin’ is a new television special with an old twist. In the program, premiering 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 on Wisconsin Public Television, celebrated Wisconsin author and humorist Michael Perry looks back on his Clodhopper tales of life in Wisconsin with an eye toward the ways his stories of the past connect us...

Wed, Feb 20, 2019

Brother Wolf: Q&A with Jeremy St. Arnold

Ma’iingan: Brother Wolf premieres 7 p.m. Monday, March 4. In this new documentary, Jeremy St. Arnold, a wildlife biologist for the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, shares how his work unites both tribal and scientific perspectives. With insight from Ojibwe elders, biologists and artist Rabbett Before Horses Strickland, this new film captures enduring spiritual...

Tue, Feb 19, 2019

WPT Education Helps Students Explore the Life of Joe Bee Xiong

A new student-focused resource created to expand the Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Eau Claire program explores the life of Joe Bee Xiong, the first Hmong American elected to public office in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Education has just announced the release of a new Wisconsin Biographies story: Joe Bee Xiong: War to Peace.  Created as an additional, student-focused chapter...

Mon, Feb 11, 2019

American Experience: Sealab Premieres Feb. 12

Explore the depths of the ocean in an all new American Experience: Sealab premiering 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 on Wisconsin Public Television. Sealab tells the story of the U.S. Navy’s program that sought to answer the question of whether human life could survive on the ocean floor. The program, spearheaded by George Bond, a...

Thu, Feb 7, 2019

Green thumbs go LIVE this Saturday from Garden & Landscape Expo 2019

The Hostas, Hydrangeas and Hyacinths are in hair and make-up standing by to go LIVE from the floor of the Garden &  Landscape Expo 2019 – this Saturday, Feb. 9 right here on wpt.org! We’re extending a slice of our midwinter oasis to your laptops, tablets and smartphones as we livestream five of our expert-led and...

Tue, Jan 22, 2019

Celebrate African-American History Month 2019 with WPT

Any day is a great day to recognize the many contributions that African-Americans have made to American history and culture. But February offers special opportunities to celebrate and recognize African-Americans, both famous and not-so-famous, who have made a difference. Read on for a selection of upcoming programs airing on WPT – and don’t forget our...

Tue, Jan 22, 2019

What We Watch: Garden expert Melinda Myers

It might feel like the doldrums of winter, but spring is just around the corner. Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden & Landscape Expo is ready to inspire you. Join us Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8-10, at the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Out of the many experts, vendors and garden lovers you’ll...