WPT's "In Wisconsin" Features Boyhood Home of Environmentalist John Muir

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April 7, 2011

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Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, lynn.brockmeyer@wpt.org
Joel Waldinger, series producer, 608-890-2840, joel.waldinger@wpt.org

The next episode of In Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) features reports on the making of an upcoming PBS program at John Muir’s boyhood home in Marquette County and a man who has spent nearly a quarter of a century restoring the Muir property to its original pre-settlement landscape. The program also looks at why the science of phenology is important to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and chronicles the history of the Badger’s fight song, “On Wisconsin.”

The newsmagazine airs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 on WPT and is available in high definition. The program also will air at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 17 on Milwaukee’s MPTV and on WDSE-TV in Duluth at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17.

John Muir’s life is the subject of the PBS American Masters program, “John Muir in the New World,” airing 8 p.m. Monday, April 18 on WPT.  More than a year ago, In Wisconsin was present for an on-location shoot at Muir’s boyhood home in Marquette County’s Buffalo Township. The program was produced and directed by Catherine Tatge, a Lawrence University graduate. Garth Neustadter, a 2010 graduate of Lawrence University, composed the documentary’s score performed by Lawrence Conservatory of Music students. Professor of Anthropology Peter Peregrine portrays Muir’s stern father and senior Mark Hirsch plays Muir during his early years at the University of Wisconsin. 

Viewers also will meet Erik Brynildson, a man who has spent nearly a quarter of a century restoring the Muir property to its pre-settlement native landscape.

Phenology is a science that tracks the firsts for every season like the first robin, first snowfall, and when things sprout, bud and blossom in any given year. It’s an unofficial account of when the seasons change. It's also important information in the study of climate change. In Wisconsin Reporter Jo Garrett shows viewers why phenology is important to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and Aldo Leopold’s legacy.

As the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band celebrates its 25 anniversary, WPT Videographer Chuck France honors the milestone by capturing the history of the Badger’s fight song, “On Wisconsin,” on video. WPT also will broadcast the UW Varsity Band Concert, "Return to the Roses,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

A video essay from In Wisconsin Videographer Wendy Woodard, showcases the Marquette County homestead of naturalist John Muir in Buffalo Township and pays tribute to his Scottish heritage with a closer look at the surrounding natural areas in what is today known as the John Muir Memorial Park.

To learn more about what is coming up on the series, visit the In Wisconsin website at wpt.org/inwisconsin where the “Producer’s Journal” blog offers behind-the-scenes insights and information about reports currently in production.

Funding for In Wisconsin is provided, in part, by Alliant Energy, and Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists LLC of Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Minneapolis.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

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DESCRIPTION: IN WISCONSIN #921
In Wisconsin reports on the making of an upcoming PBS program at John Muir’s boyhood home in Marquette County and a man who has spent nearly a quarter of a century restoring the Muir property to its original pre-settlement landscape. The program also looks at why the science of phenology is important to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and chronicles the history of the Badger’s fight song, “On Wisconsin.”