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Experience the Sounds of Solitary

What does solitary confinement sound like? In the short film below from our colleagues at FRONTLINE, experience a solitary existence that is anything but silent. Then, join us Tuesday night at 8 on Wisconsin Public Television for the powerful new FRONTLINE documentary, “Last Days of Solitary.” In the film, producers take us inside a Maine prison to learn what happens when prisoners from solitary confinement try to re-enter society, and why leaders in that state are trying to decrease its use of this isolating correction tactic.

Click here to listen to an exclusive Wisconsin Public Radio interview with FRONTLINE Executive Producer and UW-Madison alumna Raney Aronson-Rath from her recent visit to Wisconsin.

Behind the Scenes: Students Attend State Superintendent Debate in WPT Studios

“We’re rolling in 3…2…1…”

Students rarely get to see politics in action. Often, they don’t even get a chance to meet the candidates, let alone watch a debate live and participate. But last month, a group of students from Bay View Middle School in the Howard-Suamico School District located near Green Bay did just that.

My name is Amy Arbogash and I am the Technology Integration Specialist at Bay View. Last month, I had the privilege of attending the first-ever Wisconsin Public Television Education Innovation Summit held in Madison. Over the course of two days, educators from around the state gathered to learn, collaborate and create. While there, I learned from the WPT staff that they were planning to do something a little different for the upcoming Wisconsin State Superintendent Debate: They wanted to put the candidates in front of a live audience of their most important constituents — students!

Through the efforts of our administration and teachers, we were able to bring 10 students from Bay View to the debate on March 31. Because we have more than 900 students in our 7th- and 8th-grade middle school, we asked students to apply for the privilege to attend and submit questions to WPT for inclusion in the debate. The students were so excited, many spent hours researching ideas for questions. One of our assistant superintendents even worked directly with students to talk about state and district funding.

Amy Arbogash takes some behind-the-scenes photos of students on set.

On the day of the debate, the 10 students, two social studies teachers and I headed down to Madison. As we entered the studio at WPT, the awe on our students’ faces took my breath away. Seeing the stage, lights, candidates, cameras and WPT production staff amazed them. Getting a tour of the studio and seeing all of the behind-the-scenes action was an unbelievable opportunity. The students got to watch the entire debate unfold in front of them, and several had their questions answered live on television. We ended our night with lots of pictures, discussions with the candidates, and memories to last a lifetime!

Students seated and ready for the live debate.

Wisconsin Public Television has always been a supportive resource for Wisconsin teachers and students, but in the last month, I’ve discovered that their support goes deeper than educational television. WPT Education provides invaluable opportunities in and beyond the classroom for those who seek reliable, accurate, easily accessible and free tools for learning.

For resources on Wisconsin elections and debates, visit  wimedialab.pbslearningmedia.org and www.wisconsinvote.org.

For more of Amy’s thoughts on education, follow her on twitter @amyarbogash or check out her blog at amyarbogash.weebly.com

2017 State of the State – Video and Transcript

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Gov. Scott Walker delivered the 2017 State of the State Address to the Wisconsin legislature at the state capitol in Madison. Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling gave the Democratic response.

Wisconsin Public Television’s Frederica Freyberg and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Shawn Johnson covered the event live. Here is archived video and a full transcript of the 2017 State of the State Address.

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WPT’s “Here & Now” Welcomes the New Year With a New Look

New year, new Here & Now set! Here & Now‘s look has been completely revamped – from a brand-new set design to deeper story possibilities and a fresh logo. Go behind the scenes in WPT’s studios to view the set rebuild, reflect on Here & Now’s history, and hear from Here & Now anchor Frederica Freyberg and Here & Now producer Andy Moore about what they’re most looking forward to in 2017.

Then, tune in to Here & Now tomorrow – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 –  to be the first to view the show’s new look.

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Understanding Our Shared Heritage: WPT Resources for Wisconsin Act 31

As the United States celebrates National Native American Heritage Month throughout November, Wisconsin residents and others interested in learning more about Native American culture of the past and present can find a variety of easy-to-access resources thanks to Act 31.

In the words of Aaron Bird Bear, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s American Indian Curriculum Services Coordinator, “Act 31 is an invitation to get to know the deep human story of the Western Great Lakes. It helps us understand our neighbors. It helps us understand our own shared history … Act 31 gives us a great sense of perspective of thinking about this place, of the many different ways we understand this place, and that’s a skill set that will be valuable for anyone wherever they go, in this global, connected world …”

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Coverage of 2016-17 Badger Hockey Season on Wisconsin Public Television’s The Wisconsin Channel Begins Friday

It’s time to drop the puck! The Wisconsin Hockey programs are both off to strong starts this season, with new coaches on the Men’s side helping lead the team to a winning early season record and the Women’s team setting the pace in the nation with the top ranking among all Division 1 hockey programs.

Now, WPT is excited continue our long tradition of broadcasting Wisconsin Hockey games this season with a schedule of five men’s games and one women’s game to be aired live on The Wisconsin Channel, one of WPT’s digital TV stations, and streaming online at wpt.org/wisconsinchannel.

This season’s schedule begins with a live broadcast this Friday, Nov. 18 of the men’s game against Merrimack at 7 p.m.

The Wisconsin Channel is a Digital TV service of WPT that is available over-the-air and on many cable TV systems throughout Wisconsin. Viewers should consult local TV listings, wpt.org or their cable provider for more information on how they can receive The Wisconsin Channel in their region.

This season’s WPT hockey announcing team will again include play-by-play from Robb Vogel. Color commentator and former Badger hockey player Brad Winchester will appear on the opening broadcast of the season. Ron Vincent, Theran Welsh, Turina Bakken and Winchester will serve as color commentators for other games in the season’s coverage.

Consult wpt.org for any schedule changes.
This season’s WPT hockey schedule:
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 — Badger Men vs. Merrimack
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 — Badger Men vs. Nebraska-Omaha
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 — Badger Men vs. Penn State
7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 — Badger Men vs. Penn State
Noon Sunday, Feb. 12 — Badger Women vs. Minnesota-Duluth
7 p.m. Saturday, March 11 — Badger Men vs. Ohio State

Click here to visit UWBadgers.com and see the full Badger Men’s Hockey schedule and television and radio coverage for all games.

Click here to find the full Badger Women’s Hockey schedule online.

A Conversation With Justice Sonia Sotomayor

In the past week, Charlie Rose has hosted conversations with Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.

Watch both interviews online at the links above. Then, watch Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s recent University of Wisconsin Law School Kastenmeier Lecture at the Wisconsin Union Theater online from WPT’s University Place. After you’ve watched this rousing presentation, explore the full archive of lectures available from University Place online.

Vel Phillips Curriculum Delivers “Experiences, Not Lessons”

Milwaukee High School of the Arts social studies teachers Drew deLutio and Kelsey Noack worked with WPT to create “experiences, not lessons” for students to engage more deeply with the extraordinary story of Vel Phillips. A flash drive containing the Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams curriculum was recently mailed to social studies educators for grades 6-12, and elementary library media specialists throughout Wisconsin.

Read about Drew deLutio’s experience working on this project:

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Meet the MacArthur Winners – on WPT and WPR

As we learned the names of the new MacArthur Fellows yesterday – winners of the so-called “genius grants” – we celebrate members of the class of 2016 with Wisconsin roots and those whose work has appeared on WPT.

Some names (like last year’s winner Lin-Manuel Miranda) may seem more familiar than others, but all offer fascinating things to think about – which makes them perfect for WPT and WPR. It’s no surprise, then, that you may have seen or heard them on the air.

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Q&A: Behind the Scenes in the New Season of “Wisconsin Life”

Since the Wisconsin Life project began more than four years ago, producer/reporter Joel Waldinger has been just one of the producers who has worked with WPT videographers to spotlight people and their passions all around the state.

wl-logoAs we get ready for Wisconsin Life’s Season 4 broadcast premiere on Thursday, Sept. 22, check out our Q&A to find out how he and his colleagues search high and low – sometimes literally – for great stories.

Watch Wisconsin Life on WPT 7 p.m. this Thursday, or online now.
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