Q&A: Thomas Allen Harris, Family Pictures USA

July 12, 2019

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…

American Experience producer Sharon Grimberg discusses “The Circus”

September 24, 2018

Step right up! American Experience: The Circus is a four-hour, two-part documentary airing 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8-9 on WPT. Exploring the colorful history of this distinctly American entertainment, this fascinating film includes extensive historical material from and about Wisconsin, the home of the famed Ringling Bros. and other major acts. In our exclusive…

Go Behind the Scenes of Antiques Roadshow with WPT’s Brandon Ribordy

March 23, 2018

We’re getting ever closer to Green Bay’s debut on Antiques Roadshow! Before the first of three brand-new episodes premieres on Monday, April 23, we’ll have all sorts of exclusive tidbits and behind-the-scenes info to whet your whistle. Antiques Roadshow: Green Bay episodes arrive on WPT 7 p.m. Mondays, April 23 and 30 and May 7….

Q&A: Meet Tegan Griffith of “American Creed”

January 16, 2018

In American Creed, premiering 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans come together to explore whether a unifying set of beliefs – an American creed – can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us. Watch a trailer here. One of…

Q&A: John McGivern

December 27, 2017

As the new year begins, John McGivern is on the road once more, visiting cities across Wisconsin to uncover unique locations in each neighborhood – and meeting the interesting people who make our state’s communities thrive. We caught up with the host to talk about Around the Corner With John McGivern ahead of the show’s…

Tribal Histories Come Full Circle

November 22, 2017

With the final three of twelve Tribal Histories programs premiering in December on WPT, each of Wisconsin’s sovereign Indian nations has now shared some of their own stories, in their own words, with the state. “When you hear the word ‘history,’ you don’t know what to expect,” says series producer Mik Derks. “What you expect is…

A Conversation With Mercy Street Star Gary Cole

December 22, 2016

Gary Cole has inhabited roles ranging from an aloof middle manager in Office Space to Vice President in The West Wing and an advisor to the President in Veep. In PBS’ Civil War drama Mercy Street, Cole portrays the wealthy patriarch of a Confederate family living in Union-occupied territory. As the series enters its second season…

WPT Previews: American Experience’s Mark Samels Takes Us Inside “The Battle of Chosin”

October 31, 2016

When he visited Wisconsin recently, American Experience Executive Producer, Wisconsin native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate Mark Samels talked with Wisconsin Public Television to give a behind-the-scenes perspective on the making of the PBS series’ new film, The Battle of Chosin, which premieres 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Watch an exclusive first look at the first…