A Word With WPT’s Director of Television: Tuscany

My wife Mary and I recently returned from the WPT tour of Tuscany. It was a wonderful trip guided by our friends from Holiday Vacations. It’s hard to believe how beautiful Tuscany is until you travel there. The beauty is everywhere, including at every dinner table.

In fact, it was hard to leave Tuscany behind. Our trip reminded me of how, when you’re considering buying a car, you seem to see it everywhere. That was true for us with Tuscany, except that we didn’t see it on the roads – we saw it on PBS.

A couple days after our return, Jeffrey Browne from NewsHour had a feature on art restoration in Florence. The new PBS food series I’ll Have What Phil’s Having filmed an episode in Italy, and we went to two places that its host, Phil Rosenthal, recommended in Florence. Every episode of Lidia’s Italy reminds of our visit. Rick Steves showed us Italy’s Riviera: Cinque Terre and Tuscany, which begins with Tuscan ruins we visited in Volterra.  And everywhere we went, Americans were toting Rick Steves’ great travel books.

Aside from the great views and the great food and wine, a thousand thanks to WPT friends for their passion for learning and culture and making our trip such a great experience.

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WPT Interviews: Christopher Kimball From America’s Test Kitchen

When America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country host Christopher Kimball visited Madison recently, Wisconsin Public Television caught up with the celebrated chef and founder and editor of Cook’s Illustrated magazine to ask him about his go-to rules on kitchen gadgets, the small things every home cook should know to be successful, a few surprising hints that make life in the kitchen easier (spoiler alert: vodka makes great pie crusts!), his favorite cocktail, the cheese question he gets asked most and the secret to the perfect cheesecake.

We even surprised him a bit when he learned that an Old Fashioned made with brandy was the Wisconsin drink of choice. Just wait to see his reaction to that!

Watch Cook’s Country From America’s Test Kitchen Saturdays on Wisconsin Public Television.

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Full 2015-16 Broadcast Schedule: UW Hockey on WPT

We’ve got great news to share for our hockey fans! Wisconsin Men’s Hockey coverage returns to Wisconsin Public Television’s The Wisconsin Channel this year with five games, beginning with the Nov. 21 game against the University of Denver. We’ll also broadcast the Jan. 10 Wisconsin Women’s Hockey game live from Madison.

Here’s the full Wisconsin Channel hockey broadcast schedule. Check wptschedule.org closer to each game to make sure game times haven’t changed.
The Wisconsin Channel can be viewed on WPT’s second digital over-the-air broadcast position,on select cable providers across Wisconsin and streaming online from anywhere at wpt.org/wisconsinchannel.

7 p.m. Nov. 21 vs. University of Denver
7 p.m. Jan. 9 vs. Ohio State
7 p.m. Jan. 30 vs. Alaska
7 p.m. Feb. 12 vs. Michigan
7 p.m. Feb. 13 vs. Michigan

Wisconsin Women’s Hockey coverage

Noon Jan. 10 vs. Minnesota-Duluth

Find full details for all Badger Hockey television coverage at this link!

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2015 Holiday Program Schedule

Join Lidia Bastianich to celebrate her holiday traditions and those of six celebrity guests in "Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays," premiering 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 on The Wisconsin Channel (TWC).

Join Lidia Bastianich to celebrate her holiday traditions and those of six celebrity guests in “Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays,” premiering 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 on The Wisconsin Channel (TWC).

As we prepare for the first snowflakes to fall, we wanted to share the special holiday-themed programs coming up on Wisconsin Public Television this season. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, look to WPT for classic favorites and fresh new holiday treats. Here is a complete list of every holiday program airing on Wisconsin Public Television this November and December.
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WPT at the Wisconsin Science Festival

Today, kids all across the state were learning about science through hands-on experiments, games and puzzles at the annual Wisconsin Science Festival. WPT joined the fun in Madison at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, hosting a booth with some lessons on UV rays and their effects. The Cat in the Hat helped teach all about our skin – what it’s made of, how it works and why we need it!

If you’re looking to learn and play at the same time, join us! WPT will be at the WID all weekend, with an appearance from the Cat in the Hat himself on Saturday. We hope to see you there!

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