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What We Watch: Steve of SteveSongs

Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past 15 years. Ahead of Steve’s musical performances in Madison and Appleton this Aug. 4-5 for PBS Kids’ Get Up and Go! Day, an annual event for Wisconsin children and their caregivers, we caught up with him to learn what he loves most about Get Up and Go! Day and what he watches when he’s not onstage.

What’s your favorite part about being part of Get Up and Go! Day?

I love that the event is broadcast live. I also just love seeing the kids and the families that attend the event every year. They’re all just fantastic.
Overall, there’s this awesome positive energy around the whole event: from the kids to the grown ups to everyone working on the production. There’s a super uplifting aura throughout. 

This year, we also have a number of new songs that we’re going to be playing, including new dance moves, too, of course.  After we debut this year’s set in Madison, we head up to Appleton the next day. We’ve been doing that for the past two years. 

The cool thing about heading up to Appleton after Friday’s Madison broadcast is the excitement from the attendees, who have often seen broadcast the day before. They arrive excited and ready, and know some of the songs by heart!

When you’re offstage, what are your top catch-whenever-you-can PBS picks? 

My wife and I love Poldark on Masterpiece. When new episodes are available, it’s our favorite show. When we’re not watching PBS, we like Modern Family and So You Think You Can Dance. 

When it comes to PBS Kids programming, what are your family’s favorites? 

A few of our favorite PBS Kids programs (we have two children, ages 6 and 9) are Super Why!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Curious George and Wild Kratts.

My 9-year-old son grew up with Super Why! It’s a great show for learning letters, and he’s very passionate about reading to this day. PBS offered online games to accompany the show, and it was the perfect combo. We could watch an educational show from a trusted network, and then we could go online together as a family and take the learning to the next level.

Don’t miss Steve’s catchy songs, like the ones below, at Get Up and Go! Day 2017. Click here for details.

This Wisconsin Native Living in Alaska Wants WPT Viewers to Watch Wild Alaska Live!

Meet Lewis Pagel, an Edgerton, Wisconsin native, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh alum and a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan who moved to the Arctic town of Kotzebue, Alaska 10 years ago. We couldn’t think of anyone better to tell us why we should watch the three-part  Wild Alaska Live starting this Sunday night at 7 on Wisconsin Public Television to learn about the natural beauty and wonders of America’s last frontier! We’ll be watching, Lew!
Watch a trailer below for the three-part series, hosted by the Kratt brothers, that will continue Wednesday, July 26 and Sunday, July 30.

Meet Angela Fitzgerald – New Host of Wisconsin Life

This fall’s new season of Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Television  brings plenty to get excited about. New adventures await, bringing us closer to the people and places that make our state such a great place to live and explore.

And, this year, the show has a new host to help guide the way.

Angela Fitzgerald joins Wisconsin Life as the series’ host for its fifth season, inviting viewers along to visit new locations, meet people whose passions, hobbies and expertise celebrate the best of our state, and introduce new stories from every corner of Wisconsin.

“I’m excited to experience the people and places of Wisconsin, while introducing our viewers to the diversity that exists in our state,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s been a blast filming in locations around Wisconsin so far, and I look forward to sharing all those stories with viewers across Wisconsin.”

In addition to her new role as host of Wisconsin Life, Fitzgerald is a member of the Madison College faculty, as well as a professional financial educator with Summit Credit Union. Her work in the field of financial literacy led her to be a founder of Brown Girl, Green Money – a social network of women of color working to support the achievement and pursuit of personal finance goals.

The award-winning WPT series dedicated to telling personal and engaging stories about Wisconsin people and places begins its new season Thursday, Oct. 5, but viewers can start watching exclusive new segments online now at WisconsinLife.org.

Get to know Angela a little bit better – and learn about some of the exciting places we’ll all visit in the new season of Wisconsin Life in this exclusive interview from a recent on-location shoot in Minocqua!

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!

Continue reading Week 1 Cake Recap: The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

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.

Continue reading Join The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge!

Director’s Cut: Noah Hutton and “Deep Time”

This week on Director’s Cut, I’m joined by director Noah Hutton to discuss his award-winning documentary Deep Time. Deep Time explores how the oil boom, one of the biggest in recent history, has affected a small community in North Dakota. 

Watch the trailer:

Hutton’s first film Crude Independence, executive produced by Jonathan Demme, also dealt with the oil boom in North Dakota. He has dedicated a big part of his young life to telling two stories about this hot-topic issue and industry. You’d be well served to watch one of them this Friday night.  Continue reading Director’s Cut: Noah Hutton and “Deep Time”

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