Q&A: Pete Schwaba, Director’s Cut

March 21, 2019

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…

What We Watch: Garry Denny

August 17, 2018

Bringing Wisconsin Public Television’s delightful mix of programming together takes a lot more work than most of us realize. Beyond PBS itself, WPT previews and purchases programs from American Public Television, the BBC, our own local production teams and multiple other independent sources. In our latest installment of What We Watch, we chat with Garry Denny,…

Celebrate Women’s History Month on WPT! Part 1

February 27, 2018

Fighters, feminists and “firsts” take the screen this month, showcasing the contributions of women in the modern world. As we created this post, we actually got overwhelmed by the amount of amazing content out there – what a nice problem to have! So we’ve broken these offerings into two posts. Read on for Part 1:…

Celebrate African-American History Month with WPT!

February 1, 2018

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…

Celebrate Pride Month with WPT!

June 1, 2017

Communities across the United States are celebrating June as Pride Month – and so are we! In the coming weeks, join PBS to explore facets of the LGBTQ experience through true, personal stories (and additional resources, online and off).

WPT Previews – Too Many Candles: Milwaukee Gun Violence

May 4, 2016

“We gather with far too many candles …” Those are words of grief shared at a citywide vigil in Milwaukee for victims of gun violence. As the number of murders in the city has spiked in the past year, community members, police officials and city leaders are trying to answer questions that seem unanswerable as…

Director Stanley Nelson on Central Time and Director’s Cut

February 16, 2016

Director Stanley Nelson visited Madison last week after the release of his newest documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Watch Nelson’s interview with Pete Schwaba on Director’s Cut tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television, which will be followed by a broadcast of the new film. In this clip from Nelson’s interview for…

Director Stanley Nelson Visits Madison

February 8, 2016

Director Stanley Nelson’s work – which includes impactful American Experience documentaries Freedom Summer and Freedom Riders, and the unprecedented upcoming documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution  – is important, unrivaled and prolific. In advance of the Feb. 16 nationwide premiere of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party in…