Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

As with all of Wisconsin Public Television’s programs, Latino Americans is an engaging, educational and thought provoking, sharing the stories, lives and history of Latinos in the United States. After premiering last year, the series recently returned to WPT’s The Wisconsin Channel. And, you can watch the whole series online now or on the PBS Channel of your Roku and other digital device.

Now, we are taking the program from the screen and into the community for a great series of discussions and events. WPT is proud to be a community partner with the Verona Public Library’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History program series. The program series was created by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association and it is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History runs through Sept. 29, and two of the events are screenings of the film with discussions.

This Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., join us to watch segments of Latino Americans: War and Peace (1942-1954) and then take part in a discussion about the film with other viewers and Jonathan Pollack, Ph. D, history instructor at Madison College.

Next, Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 the conversation continues with segments of Latino Americans: The New Latinos (1946-1965) and more discussion.

For more information on the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History events at Verona Public Library please click here to download the program brochure.

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In-Depth with Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold

Earlier this week, Here and Now anchor Frederica Freyberg talked with incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and his challenger, and former senator, Russ Feingold.

In separate interviews, both candidates explained their stances on several key issues, including the minimum wage, the Affordable Care Act and out-of-state campaign contributions.

Both interviews will appear as part of tonight’s broadcast at 7:30. Watch the full interviews online now.

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A Special Thank You! Preview the Sequel to Wisconsin From the Air

We want to say thank you to everyone who pledged their support during Wisconsin Public Television’s August Membership Drive!

You raised your voices and gave generously to support quality educational television programs, with 2,513 members helping us raise more than $440,000 to make great programs possible.

As an additional thank you, we want to share this visually stunning preview of the follow-up program to Wisconsin From the Air, coming to WPT in December 2016.

Didn’t get a chance to donate during the drive? There’s still time to give and receive a great thank you gift by visiting this link. Enjoy the wintery sneak peek!

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Helping Kids Understand Tragic Images in the News

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
- An important quote from Fred Rogers on a day like today when the news is filled with tragic video and images.

Find resources on helping kids cope with, process and understand tragic events in the news at this link from our friends at the Fred Rogers Company.

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Watch New Tribal Histories Programs On-Air and Online

Friday night at 9, Wisconsin Public Television will premiere three new parts of the Tribal Histories project, which over the next two years will share the history and traditions of all of our state’s Native American tribes and sovereign nations. You can also watch all three programs online now below.

Recorded in the beautiful natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, the programs feature rich retellings of the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.

In the first three programs, tribal members share their nation’s oral traditions. Hear from Andy Thundercloud of the Ho-Chunk Nation at 9 p.m., Kimberly Vele (pictured above) from the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation at 9:30 and Mary Bigboy, Thomas O’Connor Sr. and Robert Poweless Sr. from the Bad River Band of Ojibwe at 10.

The programs will have an encore broadcast on WPT Sunday, Aug. 30 starting at 11 a.m.

Last year, WPT premiered the first three programs in the series, highlighting the history of the Menominee, Oneida and Potawatomi people in Wisconsin. Watch all of the programs online here. Programs featuring the five other sovereign nations located within Wisconsin’s modern boundaries and the Brothertown Indian Nation, whose sovereign status is no longer recognized by the federal government, will air on WPT in the next couple years.

WPT’s Tribal Histories project is part of Wisconsin’s Act 31 Initiative to provide educational material about American Indians in Wisconsin to the state’s schools of education and K-12 teachers.

Support for Tribal Histories is provided by Irene Daniell Kress, the Francis A. and Georgia F. Ariens Fund of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Evjue Foundation, Ron and Patty Anderson, the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, the Wisconsin History Fund supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

Wisconsin’s Act 31 Initiative partners include: Wisconsin Indian Education Association; Wisconsin Media Lab; Wisconsin Historical Society; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education; University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension’s Community Development Educators; UW-Green Bay, First Nation Studies Program; UW-Eau Claire, American Indian Studies Program; UW-Madison Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) Project; and Wisconsin Public Television.

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