Two National Programs to Highlight Madison This February

Two national programs, including "Start Up" (pictured), will feature Madison residents and businesses this February.

Two national programs, including “Start Up” (pictured), will feature Madison residents and businesses this February.

As an editor and publicist here at Wisconsin Public Television, most of my time is spent working on Airwaves, WPT’s program guide, and updating the online schedule with the latest programs. I love that I’m lucky enough to know what’s coming down the pike so that I can not only keep all of you informed, but also mark must-watch programs on my own calendar.

Recently, while updating the newest premieres, I was happy to see that Madison will be in the television spotlight this February, with coverage on both Start Up and Victory Garden’s EdibleFEAST.

First, at 11:28 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1 on The Wisconsin Channel, Start Up‘s crew heads to Madison to meet with the creator of Fishidy, a smartphone app that’s helping fishermen become more successful. The all-new episode is aptly titled “A Fisheye View: Fishidy/Eye-Musment.”

Then, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 on CreateVictory Garden’s EdibleFEAST visits the first Laotian restaurant in Madison (Lao Laan-Xang, one of my favorites), teaches viewers how to make an herb spiral with creative vegetable gardener Megan Cain, stops by the Underground Food Collective and visits the first organic cranberry farm. If the “Madison” episode isn’t jam-packed, I don’t know what is.

Obviously, there’s a lot to see in the area … but we already know that, right? We know that we’re lucky, but it’s not every day that some of our state’s gems get national attention. Mark your calendars and take some time to catch these Wisconsin-themed episodes!

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Sherlock, Dressed Much Like… Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are in the midst of filming a new episode of “Sherlock” for Masterpiece Mystery! A photo shared by Entertainment Weekly shows Cumberbatch dressed much like the Sherlock of old.

Benedict Cumberbatch filming a new episode of Sherlock. Read more at

Though the new episode of the modern day “Sherlock” won’t air until later in 2015 (no official dates have been confirmed), there’s plenty of drama ahead on Masterpiece. Downton Abbey and Grantchester are in full swing, and in March, Damian Lewis (Homeland) stars in Wolf Hall.

Also this week, Masterpiece announced another new series coming in 2015 that stars Martin Clunes as “Sherlock” author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Check out the Masterpiece site for more info on the new series Arthur & George and all your other favorites.

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“Odd Squad” Saves the World!

Odd Squad Saves the World logo

Watch Monday, Jan. 19 on WPT

Calling all Odd Squad fans! Join us Monday, Jan. 19 at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. as WPT premieres a one-hour special of Odd Squad, a live-action series from PBS KIDS designed to help kids 5-8 build math and collaboration skills. In “Odd Squad Saves the World,” kid agents tackle high-stakes cases and work together to overcome obstacles and save the day.

Parents, did you know your kids can sign up online to become Odd Squad agents? It’s true! And, they can earn rewards as they play math games inspired by the series. Check out the Odd Squad website, which offers fun and engaging games, activities and videos for kids, as well as parent and caregiver resources.

New to Odd Squad? See what it’s all about in this behind-the-scenes video with creators Tim and Adam.

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Vel Phillips Community Engagement

More than a documentary, Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams is a statewide engagement project that will bring the community together for screenings and conversations about equity and civil rights in the 21st century.

Due to extraordinary interest in hosting events related to this project, we have developed event kits that include a DVD of the documentary, activities, a discussion guide and instructions for hosting your own event.

These free kits will be available at events and from WPT Audience Services and can be requested by anyone – families, book clubs, church groups, scout troops, etc.  In return, we ask that you tell us how you use the kits and share any ideas that come from hosting an event. We also ask that you pass the kits along to another group after youve used it. To request an event kit, please fill out the following form. WPT will mail event kits in mid February.

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All 5 Best Actor Nominees talk to Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose interviews Bradley Cooper

Anyone filling out an Oscar ballot this year could probably learn a thing or two about the movies they’re not familiar with by watching Charlie Rose.

When I learned that he was interviewing actor Eddie Redmayne this week, I realized Rose has interviewed each of the five nominees for Best Actor about the roles for which they’re nominated. (Thus adding to my theory that Rose — one of the hardest working TV journalists — never sleeps).

When it comes to the Best Actress nominees, Rose has work to do. He has only talked to Best Actress nominee Rosamund Pike for her role in “Gone Girl” and to Reese Witherspoon, but that was for 60 Minutes (the guy is on TV 24/7!). He has interviewed Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones and Julianne Moore recently, but not about their Oscar nominated roles.

For now, you can learn more about the Best Actor nominees Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman or [The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).

Do your homework and Best Actor will be one category you’re sure to get correct on your Oscar ballot.

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