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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

Secrets of the Tower of London

Watch Secrets of the Tower of London at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Tower of LondonIt’s not every day you can get an all-access pass to go behind locked doors and explore as you please. In fact, let’s be honest – that never actually happens. Chances are if a location is hidden or secret or off-limits, there’s a reason for it that doesn’t just magically go away on the fourth Friday of every month.

That being said, it’s nice to occasionally sneak a peek behind the scenes without spending years earning a high enough clearance level or forging the necessary documents. That’s what opportunities like this are all about – having someone else do all the leg (and camera) work for us so we can sit back and reap the benefits of the discoveries they uncover.

And besides, what better way is there to get Sunday night started off than by exploring a fortress built almost a thousand years ago? I’m trying to think of how this will perfectly segue into the Packer game… perhaps a metaphor where the fortress walls are the defensive line and the Vikings are trying to raid our castle? Yeah… let’s just pretend that sounded infinitely more clever.

Nick Jonas on WPT

Watch Les Miserables in Concert – Live at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6 on Wisconsin Public Television.

It’s nearly impossible to have not at least heard of the Jonas Brothers in the past few years. After the rise of Hannah Montana — and in many ways because of it — the Jonas Brothers became one of the biggest pop groups of the decade. So, what does that have to do with Wisconsin Public Television? No, they are not yet appearing on a special episode of Soundstage or Austin City Limits. Instead, it is a special celebration of the 25th anniversary of the musical Les Miserables that brings at least one of the Jonas Brothers to WPT.

Before he was a pop star, Nick Jonas performed in a number of stage plays and musicals, including the role of Gavroche in the final nine months of Les Miserables‘ original Broadway run in 2003. In this special concert from London’s O2 Arena, Jonas takes on the vocal part of Marius.

Watch this special video marketing piece that was created before these groundbreaking concerts were performed in 2010.

Explore Holiday Traditions With Rick Steves

Watch Rick Steves’ European Christmas at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 or 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 on Wisconsin Public Television.

My favorite part of the holiday season are the traditions that we celebrate year after year. While many of those traditions — big dinners, colorful lights, caroling — are almost universally familiar, each family creates their own favorite Christmas moments. In my family, one of those quirks that has become an essential part of each year’s celebration is our annual Christmas Eve fireworks display. What all started years ago when a cousin found a box of sparklers left over from the Fourth of July has turned into a brightly colored exhibition that finds family members stocking up on all kinds of pyrotechnic devices specifically for Dec. 24.

In this special, Rick Steves explores many of the widely diverse traditions and celebrations across Europe. Travel along to learn how the people of England, France, Germany and Switzerland celebrate the season.

Watch a preview segment from London in the clip below.