WILL Highlights

WILL - WILL Highlights - April 16, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Come aboard the history train

Travel with WILL to Boston, Philadelphia, Mt. Vernon and Valley Forge on private restored train cars from the 1950s.

WILL - WILL Highlights - April 15, 2014

Fresh Air with Terry Gross

11 am and 7 pm weekdays: Weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues.

Terry Gross

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Each week, nearly 4.5 million people listen to the show's intimate conversations broadcast on more than 450 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.

Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a "talk show," it hardly fits the mold. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights." And a variety of top publications count Gross among the country's leading interviewers. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics and commentators.

Fresh Air is produced at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and broadcast nationally by NPR.

WILL - WILL Highlights - April 15, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

That’s Containment

5 pm Saturday on Big Picture Science: Why can't someone build a better battery?

Box with explosion in it

We all crave power - to run laptops, charge cell phones, and play Angry Birds. But if generating energy is easy, storing it is not. Remember when your computer conked out during that cross-country flight? Why can’t someone build a better battery?

Discover why battery design is stuck in the 1800s, and why updating it is key to future green transportation (not to mention more juice for your smartphone). Also, how to build a new type of solar cell that can turn sunlight directly into fuel at the pump.

Plus, force fields, fat cells and other storage systems. And: Shock lobster! Energy from crustaceans?


Dan Lankford – Former CEO of three battery technology companies, and a managing director at Wavepoint Ventures
Jackie Stephens – Biochemist at Louisiana State University
Kevin MacVittie – Graduate student of chemistry, Clarkson University, New York
Nate Lewis – Chemist, California Institute of Technology
Alex Filippenko – Astronomer, University of California, Berkeley
Peter Williams – Physicist, San Francisco Bay Area

WILL - WILL Highlights - April 14, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Peter Pan from the Milwaukee Ballet

8 pm Friday, April 18, on WILL-TV: This production brings to life Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and a larger-than-life crocodile.

Davit Hovhannisyan as Captain Hook

Choreographed by Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink, Peter Pan took Milwaukee by storm, playing to sold-out houses and earning standing ovations nightly. Featuring an original score from British composer Philip Feeney, this impressive stage show features dancers flying high over the action and a looming, full pirate ship that sails across the stage.

Peter Pan has become the company’s most successful performance of all time. Both our loyal supporters, as well as young families new to the ballet, were drawn to the magic of Peter Pan,” said Pink. “Now, through our partnership with Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV), we can bring the enchantment of this production to the entire nation. Milwaukee Ballet is proud to be the first major arts organization in Milwaukee to be presented on PBS since 1992.”

MPTV spent months recording performances of Peter Pan and producing the piece for broadcast, under the direction of Emmy Award-winning producer/director Phillip Byrd. As the production took shape, MPTV’s goal of offering southeast Wisconsin’s finest performing arts to its entire service area expanded to bring the magic of Peter Pan to all PBS affiliate stations. MPTV presented it to PBS for consideration in including it in the national broadcast line-up.

The ballet features Marc Petrocci as the iconic Peter Pan and rising star Valerie Harmon as Wendy.  The production also boasts a top-notch creative team, including Emmy Award-winning lighting designer David Grill.

WILL - WILL Highlights - April 12, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Cyberchase the Movie

9 am Sunday, April 20, on WILL-TV: Eco-themed special follows Matt, Jackie, Inez and Digit as they rescue animals and restore harmony to Ecotopia.

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