Director’s Cut: “From Mass to the Mountain”

This week on Director’s Cut, I welcome Kurt Sensenbrenner and Colin Sytsma, the creative team behind the documentary From Mass to the Mountain.

Watch the trailer:

From Mass to the Mountain – Official Trailer from Kurt Sensenbrenner on Vimeo.

The film’s protagonist is Father Wally Kasuboski, known in Panama as “Padre Pablo.” Though he has lived in Panama for the last 28 years, he is a native of Ripon, Wis. – also Sensenbrenner’s hometown, which is how the filmmakers made the connection with their subject. Their engaging documentary shows how Padre Pablo became the catalyst for bringing clean drinking water and infrastructure to a poverty-stricken region of eastern Panama.  Continue reading Director’s Cut: “From Mass to the Mountain”

Week 1 Cake Recap: The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Season 4 of The Great British Baking Show had a sweet beginning: Cake. In the premiere episode, the 12 new contestants were challenged to bake and decorate three delicious creations: Drizzle Cake, Jaffa Cakes and Mirror Glaze Cake.

In the spirit of The Great British Baking Show, we asked our Wisconsin bakers to select just one of the three cake types to tackle in our kick-off challenge. Let’s recap the episode and see how our local bakers did!

If you have not watched this episode yet, then this is your official spoiler warning!

And read to the bottom to find out who our six featured Wisconsin bakers are!

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See Holy Hill and Other Scenes From Around Wisconsin’s U.S. Open Golf Course From the Air

The Basilica of Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians is just one of the landmarks of Southeastern Wisconsin that golf fans around the world will become familiar with during this week’s U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills Golf Course.

Fly alongside the beautiful basilica, over Old World Wisconsin and along the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in this beautiful clip from Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin From the Air. Want more? Click here to watch the full show on-demand!

Join The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge!

This is your chance to bake along with Britain’s best – and add a Wisconsin twist! Share your results with each us each week to be featured on our website.

Wisconsin Public Television’s first ever Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge launches today! Season 4 of The Great British Baking Show premieres across the WPT viewing area 6 p.m. next Sunday, June 18, and we’re inviting you to try your hand – or whisk! – at the challenges from the show’s new season!

Each week during Season 4, try one of our fun baking challenges and share the results with us online. We’ll feature a variety of bakers, just like you, on the official website and right here on the blog – each week.

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WPT Viewers and Staff reflect on Travel to London, Windsor & Highclere Castle

For years, Wisconsin Public Television has partnered with Holiday Vacations to provide unique travel opportunities around the world. Viewers join experienced guides and enthusiastic WPT personalities to visit many sites they may have experienced for the first time through a program on PBS.

The delights and wonder of travel abroad stand in stark contrast to many headlines these days. But The New York Times, among others, suggests one way to ease anxiety about travel in the age of unexpected attacks: travel more.

Eric Greiling

Eric Greiling, director of development and executive director of the Friends of WPT, recently traveled to London and the United Kingdom with one of these groups. Read on for his reflections on travel, television and the world we share.  Continue reading WPT Viewers and Staff reflect on Travel to London, Windsor & Highclere Castle

Watch! Bid! Win! May 31-June 4

WPT Auction Begins Wednesday!
Browse and pre-bid on hundreds of items now at auction.wpt.org.

Next week, tune in to WPT to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses and individuals during the 42nd annual WPT Auction. Bid on vacation packages, gift certificates, home and garden items, sports tickets to Badgers games, jewelry, art, vacation packages and more … all in support of Wisconsin Public Television programs and outreach initiatives!

Watch Auction live on-air or online May 31-June 4. On May 31-June 1 Auction is broadcast to the WHA-TV area only. Auction is broadcast to the entire WPT viewing area June 2-4. Watch Auction anywhere via the simultaneous online stream at auction.wpt.org

WPT Auction Schedule
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 – Entertainment & Hobby
7 p.m. Thursday, June 1 – Home & Garden
7 p.m. Friday, June 2 – Sports & Recreation
4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 3- Kids & Family
7 p.m. Saturday, June 3 – Travel
4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 4 – Marketplace
6 p.m. Sunday, June 4 – Showcase

Director’s Cut: Mac Smith and “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood”

This week on Director’s Cut, it’s all about family, as director Mac Smith joins me to discuss Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood. It’s a solid film about a world I admit I knew very little about. Smith, a Hollywood sound professional, took on this passion project to tell a poignant, insightful and heartfelt story.

Poster for Scouts HonorThe full-length documentary looks at the competitive world of drum and bugle corps, where performers must be offered a contract in order to be part of the team.

Smith knows his topic well; he was a Scout himself. The experience was so enriching that, years later, he dedicated a couple years of his life to telling this story.

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‘American Epic’ and WPT’s Recorded Folk Music

The groundbreaking three-part documentary American Epic takes us around the country to explore how the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time in the 1920s.

In the second part, “Blood and Soil,” airing tonight on WPT at 8 p.m., viewers will explore musical stories from the rural South. Charley Patton, Elder Burch and others made audio recordings of people performing early Delta blues, work songs, gospel, and protest tunes. If you missed “The Big Bang,” last week’s series opener, no worries! Watch it online.

The new series inspired us at WPT to dig into the archives of our decade-long live music program, 30-Minute Music Hour, to find past performances by people inspired by the music you will hear tonight on American Epic

Here are a few feature performances, captured right here in the WPT studio, that we thought you would enjoy after tuning in.
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