Over the past five years, WPT producer Mik Derks has been sharing the stories of beloved Wisconsin author, historian and storyteller Jerry Apps with television audiences. This month, the tradition continues with a new documentary: Jerry Apps: Never Curse the Rain. Reflecting on water’s importance throughout his life, Apps shares why his father told him, “Jerry, never curse the rain.” Continue reading Behind the Scenes – “Jerry Apps: Never Curse the Rain”→
With so many great programs on Wisconsin Public Television, it’s hard to pick favorites – especially for the people who work here! Meet some of the people behind the scenes at WPT and see what gets us excited in this new blog series, “What We Watch.”
First up: Diane Agans, major gifts manager, who has worked for WPT since 1986.
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.
In his acting career, Gary Cole has inhabited roles ranging from an aloof manager in Office Space to Vice President in The West Wing and an advisor to the President in Veep. And, in the PBS Civil War drama Mercy Street, Cole finds himself as the wealthy patriarch of a Confederate family living in Union-occupied territory. As the series enters its second season this month – premiering Jan. 22 on Wisconsin Public Television, we checked in with Cole to ask him about his role as James Green Sr., how his new work on public television has brought his career full circle and even a few insights into how Office Space became a cult classic.
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.
A new season of Wisconsin Public Television’s Tribal Histories premieres Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Recorded in the natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, these films feature tribal members sharing the triumphs, challenges and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.
The series premiered in 2014 with the Menominee, Oneida and Potawatomi stories. In 2015, the Ho-Chunk, Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican and Bad River Ojibwe stories followed. The series continues with stories from the five other sovereign nations within Wisconsin’s modern boundaries, as well as the Brothertown Indian Nation, whose sovereign status is no longer recognized by the federal government.
All premieres air at 7:30 p.m., following Wisconsin Life.
Thursday, Dec. 15: Red Cliff Ojibwe History
Featuring Marvin DeFoe, Red Cliff Ojibwe Tribal Elder, teacher and master canoe maker; and Andy Gokee, director of the Native American Center at UW-Stevens Point
Thursday, Dec. 22: Lac du Flambeau History
Featuring Ernie St. Germaine, Lac du Flambeau Tribal Elder and American Birkebeiner Co-Founder
Thursday, Dec. 29: Brothertown History
Featuring Joan Schadewald, First Nation Brothertown Elder, Cowgirl and Peacemaker
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Soar above hearty Wisconsinites as they explore the famous two-mile ice road connecting Bayfield to Madeline Island – walking, biking, driving and even making snow angels on the expanse of northern ice.
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.