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May the 4th Be With You: Remembering a Very Special Star Wars Visit to Sesame Street

This annual unofficial Star Wars holiday – May the 4th be with you! – gives us a great excuse to go back and look at one of our favorite moments from the legendary intergalactic franchise. That, of course, was the day that R2D2 and C-3PO visited Sesame Street!

Landing just before the release of The Empire Strikes Back, the second film in the still-growing series, the two iconic droids actually appeared on our favorite children’s program for two episodes in January 1980. And the highlights are still amazing.

First, the Sesame Street gang approach the friendly pair to see what brings them to town. Naturally R2D2 claims a secret mission has brought him to deliver a secret message, while C-3PO simply wants an oil change after traveling 50 parsecs.

Then, the two space friends join in the kind of impromptu musical fun – and learning – that can only happen on Sesame Street when they teach Big Bird how to count with their own personalized numbers ditty – “If it says one, I go ‘beep!’ If it says two, I go ‘beep beep!'” – and join in with Bob and friends on an almost avant-garde interpretation of the alphabet song!

And, of course, what would a visit to Sesame Street be without meeting a new friend? Before blasting off back to another galaxy, R2D2 even fell in love with an unexpected feature of almost every street!

Of course, this actual visit from real stars of the Star Wars cast isn’t the only time the films have found their way onto the beloved children’s series. In fact, just a few years ago, Star Wars was the focus of one of our favorite Sesame Street parodies, “Star S’mores.” Watch for Snuffleupagus as a Bantha, and stay for the meta in-joke of Grover as Yoda. And, May the 4th be with you!

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.

WPT Previews: American Experience’s Mark Samels on The Great War

When he visited Wisconsin this past October, American Experience Executive Producer and UW-Madison alumnus Mark Samels talked with us to give a behind-the-scenes perspective on the making of the PBS series’ new film, The Great War – a three-night event that begins 8 p.m. Monday, April 10 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Watch his behind-the-scenes perspective on the film’s creation and then watch a trailer for this powerful three-part documentary, below.

WPT Previews: American Experience’s Mark Samels on Command and Control

When he visited Wisconsin recently, American Experience Executive Producer and UW-Madison alumnus Mark Samels talked with us to give a behind-the-scenes perspective on the making of the PBS series’ new film, Command and Control, which premieres the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 10, immediately following PBS NewsHour coverage of President Obama’s Farewell Address.

Watch his behind-the-scenes perspective on the film’s creation and then watch a trailer for this powerful documentary, below.

Celebrating the Life of John Glenn

As we continue to celebrate the life and achievements of John Glenn, who passed away Thursday, watch this 2012 PBS NewsHour interview with the astronaut and former senator discussing his groundbreaking mission to become the first American to orbit the Earth.

Join us on Wisconsin Public Television Monday night at 9 for a special presentation of the biographical documentary, “John Glenn: A Life of Service.” Watch a preview of that show below.

Remembering John Lennon In His Own Words

As we remember John Lennon, who died on this day in 1980, watch this animated Blank on Blank interview from PBS Digital Studios with Lennon and Yoko Ono talking about the complexity of love.

Then, watch Patina Miller’s stunning version of Lennon’s “Imagine” in this clip from Live at Lincoln Center.


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.

WPT Previews: American Experience’s Mark Samels Takes Us Inside “The Battle of Chosin”

When he visited Wisconsin recently, American Experience Executive Producer, Wisconsin native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate Mark Samels talked with Wisconsin Public Television to give a behind-the-scenes perspective on the making of the PBS series’ new film, The Battle of Chosin, which premieres 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Watch an exclusive first look at the first chapter of the powerful film online now.

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

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.