WHLA-TV in La Crosse Off-Air for Tower Maintenance

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On Wednesday, Sept. 24, crews will perform maintenance on the WHLA-TV transmitter tower in La Crosse. The work means Wisconsin Public Television’s over-the-air broadcast in the La Crosse area will be unavailable for a portion of the day Wednesday. This maintenance will not affect WPT viewers who watch on cable or satellite, nor will it affect over-the-air viewers in the rest of the state.

Online video at wpt.org, including The Wisconsin Channel livestream and WPT’s video archive, will remain available during the maintenance. Parents and caretakers can find PBS Kids video at pbskids.org. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for supporting Wisconsin Public Television.

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The Story of ‘The Roosevelts’ Continues Online

For many public television viewers, a seven-night TV viewing marathon came to a close Saturday with the final on-air broadcast of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

The critics praise for The Roosevelts

The critics loved Ken Burns’ film.

For anyone who didn’t sprint to the finish (myself included) there’s still time to watch Ken Burns’ latest documentary online. Watch all seven episodes of The Roosevelts now through Sept. 28 on wpt.org or on your Apple TV, Roku, Xbox or Amazon Fire. But don’t delay much longer, all seven episodes are only available until Sunday, Sept. 28. (After that, the series will be available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play).

If you’re already through watching and want more history documentaries, there’s a whole world of video waiting in the archives at wpt.org. For example, if Episode 2 of The Roosevelts left you wanting to learn more about TR’s achievement in building the Panama Canal, you can check out American Experience “The Panama Canal”.

To get you started, here’s a list of documentaries and clips, segmented by each Roosevelt episode, that dive deeper into the history of major events in which Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor were a part of. If you know of additional Roosevelts-related video, please share it in the comments below.

Episode 1: 1858-1901 “Get Action”
TR’s famous “Rough Riders” fought in the Spanish American War. PBS’ Latino Americans looks at the expansionist ideals that led to the United States’ involvement in Cuba. For more on the “Rough Riders” look to member station KNME’s report, “Rough Riders in New Mexico.”

Episode 2: 1901-1910 “In the Arena”
American Experience “The Panama Canal” tells the complete story of how the Panama Canal connected the world’s two largest oceans and signaled America’s emergence as a global superpower.

Episode 3: 1910-1919 “The Fire of Life”
When TR abandoned the White House, President William Howard Taft carried on with similar progressive policies and even broke up Standard Oil, owned by John D. Rockefeller. For more, watch “The Rockefellers” from American Experience.

Episode 4: 1920-1933 “The Storm”
In 1921, FDR was diagnosed with infantile paralysis – polio. Once nearly eradicated, polio appears to be making a comeback in 2014. PBS NewsHour reports on this modern public health emergency.

Episode 5: 1933-1939 “The Rising Road”
FDR’s New Deal led to public works projects throughout the nation, including the Camp Madison Civilian Conservation Corps, which completed the nation’s first prairie restoration on the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. Learn more about Camp Madison CCC and Aldo Leopold from In Wisconsin. Also, hear Woody Guthrie sing “The Great Dust Storm” in the intro to another great Ken Burns film, The Dust Bowl.

Episode 6: 1939-1944 “The Common Cause”
TR and FDR both served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and both championed strong military defense budgets during their time in the post. University Place “Science and Engineering in WWII takes a look at technology and design of two aircraft that helped the U.S. and its allies win World War II.

Episode 7: 1944-1962 “A Strong and Active Faith”
After FDR’s death in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt never lost sight of the goals she and her husband fought for and in her later years championed for civil rights and women’s rights. She even hosted her own TV show, Prospects of Mankind with Eleanor Roosevelt on PBS member station WGBH. Watch ER’s conversation about the Peace Corps and public service with President Kennedy.


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Make Fall Sweeter

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle (Photo Courtesy: Taste of Home)

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle (Photo Courtesy: Taste of Home)

It feels like fall arrived a little early this year. This week’s cooler temperatures and crisper air reminded me that fall is officially just around the corner. For many, the season is an occasion to bring out boots, scarves and of course, pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin spice seems to divide the masses. Whether you’re for it or against it, you’re bound to encounter it in candles, lattes and even yogurt. I identify as pro-pumpkin, in moderation at least. My stance led me to the wonderful world of online recipes, where I found my new favorite holiday dessert: Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle.

Trifles of various varieties always remind me of family gatherings. I remember my grandmother delicately layering kiwis, strawberries, pudding and angel food cake to create a colorful dessert that was as much of an artistic creation as a delicious after-dinner treat. This sentimental attachment to trifle meant that I immediately gravitated toward this trifle that incorporated spiced pumpkin, and I was glad a gave it a try.

Here’s the recipe I use for most Thanksgiving get-togethers, courtesy of Taste of Home. Instead of the homemade whipped cream, I usually use frozen whipped topping. The dessert is delicious, and seems to combine all of the best fall flavors.

If you’re pro-pumpkin like me, PBS Food has a whole collection of recipes just for you! Check them out here.

Do you have a favorite fall recipe you’d like to share? Comment below!

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“Ken Burns’ Ken Burns”: A Playfully Hilarious Parody

“What a lot of people don’t realize is that Ken wasn’t in the Civil War. He didn’t play baseball or jazz. But, he made documentaries about those things.”

As public TV fans across the country continue to watch Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Los Angeles-based comedy group Lost Moon Radio playfully skewers our favorite PBS documentary filmmaker in this hilarious parody trailer for “Ken Burns’ Ken Burns.”

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Watch Ken Burns on The Daily Show

A big national documentary project like The Roosevelts: An Intimate History means more than just a week of great TV on Wisconsin Public Television. It also means we get to see and hear more from filmmaker Ken Burns on a number of media platforms, including Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

Below, watch Burns’ visit with Jon Stewart to talk about the three subjects of the film, whether they might succeed in today’s political landscape and how he attempted to tie together three stories that literally spanned from the Civil War through World War II. You’ll also – in the second clip – see the full, extended bonus interview that goes beyond what made the TV show.

Part three of The Roosevelts airs tonight at 7 on WPT. You can also watch the full program online here or on the PBS Roku channel.

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