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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.

Exclusive Preview! Wisconsin Winter From The Air – Opening Scene

See the All New Special’s Opening Scene in This Exclusive Preview!
Wisconsin Winter From the Air
Coming to Wisconsin Public Television
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30

Enjoy the newest sneak peek below from Wisconsin Winter From the Air.

“Snow falls
and winter begins.
Winter in Wisconsin traces a new path…
charts a new trail.

A season of frosted landscapes…
that last but a day,
icy blue vistas atop the waters,
and deep green pines framed in snowy white.

It’s brisk…
it’s bracing…
and it’s a wonder to behold.

A season like no other,
a view of the state like no other –
Wisconsin Winter… From the Air”

This narration featuring the voice of beloved Wisconsin author Michael Perry highlights the vibrant open of the all-new Wisconsin Winter From the Air, coming Nov. 30 to Wisconsin Public Television. Enjoy this special sneak peek from the new show as we begin the final countdown to the broadcast premiere!

Support WPT and Receive Wisconsin Winter From the Air on BluRay and DVD
Give the Gift of Quality Public Television This Season!

Support Wisconsin Public Television and receive a DVD/BluRay copy of Wisconsin Winter From the Air as a Thank You gift. Donate now to receive your Wisconsin Winter From the Air thank-you gifts before Christmas!

Funding for Wisconsin Winter From the Air provided by Ron and Colleen Weyers, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Morgan’s Shoes, John E. Kuenzl Foundation, Stanley J. Cottrill Fund, Francis A. and Georgia F. Ariens Fund within the Brillion Area Family of Funds, Holiday Vacations, and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

Exclusive New Sneak Peek – Wisconsin Winter From the Air

Enjoy A New Exclusive Preview From the Show!
Wisconsin Winter From the Air is coming to Wisconsin Public Television 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30

Enjoy the newest sneak peek below from Wisconsin Winter From the Air, coming Nov. 30 to Wisconsin Public Television.

Loft above and climb aboard a dogsledding journey with Wolfsong Adventures through the snow-covered Northwoods of Wisconsin.

As with 2014’s visually stunning Wisconsin From the Air, take to the sky once again to capture the wonder of winter, a season that transforms the state’s landscape.

Enjoy this new sneak peek video below, mark your calendar for the premiere date and share this video with your friends. We’ll be sharing even more exclusive content from the show in the coming weeks!

See Wisconsin Winter From the Air on the Big Screen!
Free Community Screenings in November

Join us to experience Wisconsin Winter From the Air on the big screen this November.

All screenings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Seating in each venue is available on a first come, first seated basis. Click here for full details and maps to each location.

Green Bay – Wednesday, Nov. 9
Neville Public Museum

Eau Claire – Thursday, Nov. 10
The Oxford at the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre

Madison – Tuesday, Nov. 15
Monona Terrace

Minocqua – Monday, Nov. 21
Minocqua Brewing Company

Wausau – Tuesday, Nov. 22
UW Center for Civic Engagement on the UW-Marathon County Campus

WPT Previews: Wisconsin Winter From the Air – Dogsledding

Wisconsin Winter From the Air – Exclusive First Look

Come Soar With Us Again!
Wisconsin Winter From the Air
Coming to Wisconsin Public Television
at the end of November 2016

In Wisconsin From the Air, we took flight above the state we call home. Now, Wisconsin Winter From the Air – an all-new, visually stunning program – takes us into the sky again as we capture the wonder of a winter season that transforms the state’s landscape. This time, we’ll fly over some of Wisconsin’s most beloved landmarks and travel inside some of the active pastimes that bring us out into the cold to explore.

Loft above running rivers and frozen fields, soar over lighthouses and cityscapes, ski down snow-covered hills and across wandering trails and snowmobile along icy lakes.

As we anxiously await this exciting new show, we want you to be the first people to take a look inside the program

Today, we are sharing an exclusive first look and in coming weeks we will send you new segments from the program. We hope you will mark your calendar for the premiere date and share this video with your friends!

Funding for Wisconsin Winter From the Air provided by Ron and Colleen Weyers, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Morgan’s Shoes, John E. Kuenzl Foundation, Stanley J. Cottrill Fund, Francis A. and Georgia F. Ariens Fund within the Brillion Area Family of Funds, Holiday Vacations, and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

Your Pets’ Secret Lives

Nature "Pets: Wild at Heart" premieres 7 p.m. tonight.
Nature “Pets: Wild at Heart” premieres 7 p.m. tonight.

I share my apartment with two pets: a longhaired gray tabby named Donna and a shorthaired orange tabby named Harvey. They’re full of personality, fond of food and usually tolerant of my presence. Donna likes to curl up on my lap when she feels like it, and on the rare occasion that Harvey’s not sleeping, he loves to play with his catnip mouse. Continue reading Your Pets’ Secret Lives

‘Big Blue Live’: A Celebration of Marine Wildlife

“Big Blue Live” is a three-night event that premieres 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

I must admit that I have a soft spot for reality television. I also enjoy nature-centric television. Perhaps I just like television in general, which means I definitely work at the right place. The point is, I’m super excited for Big Blue Live, a new kind of reality television that combines all of my favorite things into one show.

Big Blue Live is a three-night live TV event airing 7 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 that will celebrate some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures converging off California’s coast. It’s a success story filled with beauty, cuteness and some breathtaking moments.

The live event set in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a celebration of the bay’s environmental rebirth, featuring humpback whales, sea lions, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks and much more as they visit the bay for a once-a-year marine animal phenomenon.

The phenomenon will be captured with state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea and below the waves. Big Blue Live will also bring together scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts, and will be anchored live from hubs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from a national marine sanctuary research vessel. Needless to say, the team has their bases covered.

You can tune in beginning 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, but while you’re waiting for the premiere, PBS offers a number of activities to keep you busy:

Take their quiz to find your Big Blue Live animal counterpart (For the record, I’m a sea otter).

Sea OtterCheck out live cams for a live look at what sharks, whales, sea lions and more are up to right now. 

Learn about the animals that will be featured in the show.

… and more! Check out the full website now.

A Look Ahead with WPT’s Director of Programming: Fall 2015

 “There are only 21 hours of prime time in the week. We can’t expand time.” – Garry Denny, Director of Programming

The summer is growing short, and as kids get excited about fresh crayon sets, adults anticipate a new broadcast season full of zombies, dragons and political intrigue. I spoke with our director of programing, Garry Denny, to see what exactly goes into crafting a successful fall schedule.

Whitechapel premieres in October

“As with all fall schedules, there’s a great deal of optimism,” Denny says. “We feel like everything we put on the air has a great deal of value to our viewers. Having said that, there’s a certain amount of reality that sets in. There’s a lot of competition out there.” Continue reading A Look Ahead with WPT’s Director of Programming: Fall 2015

Giving Curiosity a Kick-Start

Image of Josh standing outside the White House
Wisconsin’s National Geographic Bee representative Josh Frank outside the White House

Meet Joshua Frank from Fall River.

I asked Josh if he could sum up why Wisconsin Public Television is important. He said: “Public television has been one of the main kick-starters of my whole curiosity.”

Josh and his mom Heather called me recently to chat about a trip they took to Washington D.C. a few weeks ago. Josh, who just finished seventh grade, won the 2015 Wisconsin National Geographic State Bee and became the Wisconsin representative at the National Geographic Bee in Washington. He was one of 54 competitors, and it was his first trip on an airplane. Both he and his mom said it was a great experience — except for the fact that they didn’t get enough time to see all of the Smithsonian.

Heather had told me in an earlier conversation that they didn’t have cable, and that PBS Kids was the only TV she allowed Josh and his brother to watch when they were growing up. Josh confirmed that today. He told me that, when he was younger, “I wanted to be a contestant on Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman so bad!”

Josh said: “At the GeoBee I met kids that are actually like me.  Being from a small town – I feel… a bit unique.” His mom shared that in meeting the other kids and their families, they realized that most of these kids, like Josh, don’t cram or study specifically for this competition — they are just interested in learning, and in the world, and tend to pick up these facts. Josh spends loads of time on Wikipedia, watches Nature and NOVA and is also into weather, geology and physics.

We are looking forward to watching where Josh’s curiosity leads him next! What has WPT inspired you to learn more about?

Puffin-opolis: Explore Animal Cities with 'Nature'

In the latest installment of “cute and fluffy things at WPT,” we’re talking about puffins! You’ve seen them on cereal boxes, but the real birds are WAY more interesting. Fun facts: Puffins actually shed their colorful beaks after mating season is over…and they can live in “cities” of over one million birds!

Ok…maybe not such fun facts, but if you want to learn more about these adorable and colorful birds, tune in for the last installment of the new Nature special:Animal Homes.” Learn more about puffins, spiders, ants and some of the amazing colonies they construct all over the world. Preview the latest episode below, watch tonight – Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television – or check out the first two episodes online here.

Tour of (Nature's) Homes

For the past two days, I’ve had the joy of watching a gray squirrel (the one in the picture) decide whether to take up residence in a maple tree. He looks young and probably hasn’t built a nest yet, but I can tell he’d like to make his home here. He’s been scurrying up and down chasing birds away, plus the tree is just a few bounces from a well-stocked bird feeder.

Both animals and humans love to build their homes where opportunity exists. We like to make our homes close to work or school and in safe places away from natural disasters. As for the opportunities that animals look for, Nature “Animal Homes” has that topic covered tonight.

On this episode, you’ll learn why and how beavers live along waterways, why gopher tortoises live underground, why some hummingbirds strangely find comfort living underneath hawk nests and so much more.

“Animal Homes” is a three-part series, so after you’ve watched tonight you can check out Episode 1 “The Nest” online and also watch Episode 3 “Animal Cities” on Wednesday, April 22. That episode will explore the acre-wide, multi-million-citizen colonies built by leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica. But you can see leaf cutter ants right here in Wisconsin thanks to the UW-Madison Ant Cam.

Outside of the laboratory, ants will soon be building their little mounds here in Wisconsin. And, many songbirds are back and building nests. So it’s a great time to get outside and explore some animal homes yourself. Find some animal homes and share your photos on the Nature website.

Oh, and if you’re curious, the squirrel in my maple tree appears to have turned its sights elsewhere. The maple in question is also a favorite of the woodpeckers, and no one enjoys noisy neighbors.