2015 Lucky-Go-Happy Sweepstakes

Wisconsin Public Television members, keep an eye on your mailbox because sometime soon this envelope will appear:

WPT Sweepstakes Envelope

… and that means it’s time once again for the Lucky-Go-Happy Sweepstakes.

The Sweepstakes is our way of saying a big “THANK YOU” to the members who are the single largest source of financial support for Wisconsin Public Television. We’re very thankful, and very proud, to have one of the strongest member communities in public broadcasting. That’s definitely something worth celebrating.

From every one of us here at the station to every member who gives their support to make public television great in Wisconsin, thank you. And good luck!

Civic-minded Wisconsin businesses have generously donated the fabulous prizes that fill the Sweepstakes packet. This year’s donors include:

Grand Prize
Log Gables of Wisconsin Dells

Early Bird Prize
Children’s Dental Center of Madison

The Edgewater Hotel, Madison
Bentley Wheeler B&B, La Crosse
Saris
Mansion Hill Inn, Madison
Orange Tree Imports, Madison
Hotel Red, Madison
The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee
The Lodgings at Pioneer Lane, Door County
Hilton Madison: Monona Terrace

The Inn at Little Sister Hill, Door County
Heidel House Resort,
Green Lake
Middleton Power Center and Prairie Power Center
Fontana Sports Specialties, Madison
Wisconsin Made 
Schwinn
The Friends of Wisconsin Public Television

No purchase is necessary to win. Please read the complete Lucky-Go-Happy Sweepstakes rules and complete entry information.

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Find Subatomic Particles in Your Home

If you’re feeling a tad ambitious and want to explore some quantum physics, here’s a nifty little project for you. According to PBS NOVA, “Right now, the smallest particles in the universe are shooting, not only in front of you, but also through you.” And, believe it or not, you can get a glimpse of these sub atomic particles in your own home. No fancy lab equipment required.

Here’s what you need:
- a jar
- rubbing alcohol
- a sponge
- a flashlight
- dry ice (just do a Google search)

And finally, you need some curious participants. Kids would love this little experiment, but they’re totally optional in my opinion. Explorers of any age will find the fun in this DIY subatomic particle detector. Check out the video from NOVA.

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Budget Update: We need YOUR help!

We need YOUR help!

We need YOUR VOICE right now in support of public funding for public media. The current budget proposal includes a 34% reduction in state funding for the Educational Communications Board (ECB), the technical backbone of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR), and the state’s ENTIRE emergency alert/AMBER alert systems (the system that triggers tornado alerts for all media statewide). Without emergency alert funding, your emergency communications system will be at risk.

ECB is also the home of the Wisconsin Media Lab, which creates, curates and disseminates K-12 classroom resources and educational materials statewide to more than 800,000 school kids each year, an irreplaceable service critical to classroom success. The state budget as proposed would undermine this service which is now available free of charge for public, private, charter and home school instruction year round.

Public Media Belongs to YOU! Use your voice!

Please call your legislators TODAY and tell them you value the services that can only be provided by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR), and ask them to restore State GPR (general purpose revenue) funding to ECB to protect and preserve these critical and valuable services.

Need help finding contact info for legislators? Visit legis.wisconsin.gov.

If the budget cuts stand as proposed WPT and WPR will be forced to reduce staff, who assure the reliability of the network and the vital, educational engaging content you’ve come to rely on. Public media belongs to you – if you value the services only public media can provide, call or visit your legislators now, and ask them to restore State GPR funding of ECB and public media.

Public media was invented in Wisconsin nearly 100 years ago. We need your voice, and your support, to ensure we’ll be here 100 years from now, continuing to make Wisconsin a special place to live, work and play.

Sincerely,
Linda Prehn
President, Friends of Wisconsin Public Television

Dean Dietrich
President, Wisconsin Public Radio Association

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Downton Abbey Ending After Season 6

Dowager CountessIt’s official … Masterpiece’s masterpiece, Downton Abbey, will call it quits after Season 6. PBS announced the news yesterday.

Gareth Neame, executive producer of Downton Abbey, said: “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably, there comes a time when all shows should end, and Downton is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up.”

When I heard that Maggie Smith vowed to quit after Season 6 earlier this month, I must admit I wondered how the show could continue without her sassy spirit and quick wit. I guess we won’t have to face a season without the Dowager after all, but the news of Downton’s end is surely sad.

Luckily, it’s not time to say goodbye quite yet. We can look forward to Season 6, and perhaps entertain speculation about future Downton spinoffs. Downton has enjoyed unrivaled success during its run, receiving 51 Emmy nominations, “more than any other British show in Emmy history,” according to PBS. Season 5 was seen by 25.5 million people.

Julian Fellowes, writer and creator of Downton Abbey, said, “The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea. Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain. But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience. I suspect the show will always be a principal marker in most of our careers as we set out from here, and if so, I consider that a blessing and a compliment.”

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Preview Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

I’ve watched a half dozen or so of the stories on cancerfilms.org that document how people cope with cancer, and each story ends with this statistic: 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer. Each time I read this fact I feel its weight and am reminded that every one of us will either endure an intimate battle with cancer at some point in our lives or know someone who has to fight the battle.

Ken Burns presents Cancer The Emperor of All Maladies logo

Airs March 30 – April 1 at 8 p.m.

Cancerfilms.org is the home of the new documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. The film airs March 30 – April 1 on Wisconsin Public Television, and the website is full of great content available to watch now.

While the film presents a comprehensive history of cancer, from its first description in ancient Egypt to the “war on cancer” in the ’70s to the gleaming laboratories of today’s research institutions, this film is unlike most from Ken Burns. Cancer is more than just a history documentary. Three films in one, it also weaves in a scientific and investigative report, and an engrossing an intimate vérité film.

The real-life stories will give the 1 in 2 men and the 1 in 3 women dealing with cancer an outlet for their grief and anger, and will help them make sense of what seems like a hopeless situation. And for the families and friends of cancer patients, it will offer a better understanding of cancer’s impact, the treatment process and what’s going on in the minds of our loved ones.

In short, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies will give people a better understanding of cancer and will enable them to feel more comfortable talking about it. To quote Ken Burns, “As much as you want to move away from it, you have to move toward it.”

Start your journey now. Visit cancerfilms.org now to see several inspirational stories, like Pam Cromwell’s “Fight Cancer on Your Own Terms” and Angelo Merendino’s “Life in Pictures” which documents the final weeks of his wife’s life.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a new three-part, six-hour television event, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, premieres 8 p.m. Monday, March 30 on WPT and will be available to watch online at video.wpt.org.

See what’s being done to fight cancer at the University of Wisconsin. Watch innovative lectures on University Place from Wisconsin Public Television.

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