WPT's "In Wisconsin" Reports on the Evolution of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant

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October 28, 2010

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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) reports on the evolution of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant in Sauk County, a return to growing hops in Wisconsin, a unique tradition in Roxbury and a new exhibit honoring a female Nazi fighter from Wisconsin.
 

The newsmagazine, hosted by Patty Loew airs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 on WPT and is available in high definition. WPT will encore the program at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. The program also will air at 11:30 a.m. on Milwaukee’s MPTV and on WDSE-TV in Duluth at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.

Opening in 1942 during World War II, the Badger Army Ammunition Plant is one of the last of its kind to go. In Wisconsin Reporter Art Hackett began reporting on demolition plans in 1998 and returned last summer for a look at the evolution of the plant, which was built on prairie in Sauk County.

Microbreweries are popular all across the country. A key ingredient in their craft brews is the flower of the hop plant. Hops were once grown in the state and In Wisconsin Reporter Liz Koerner talks to the founder of Gorst Valley Hops, a man who is helping the specialty crop make a comeback.

Brewing beer is not the only great Wisconsin tradition. In Wisconsin Reporter Jo Garrett looks at a unique tradition at the Roxbury Tavern, the summer solstice piano burning. Find out how it got started and what it means.

A new exhibit is making its United States premiere on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus at Hillel. The exhibit is in remembrance of Milwaukee-born, Madison alumna Mildred Harnack-Fish, the only American woman executed on direct orders of Adolf Hitler. The exhibit chronicles her life, love of language and resistance work in Nazi Germany. Artist and professor Franz Rudolf Knubel shares his insights.

This episode’s video postcard features Harrington Beach State Park along the central Lake Michigan shore.

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 daily updates with information about reports currently in production.

Funding for In Wisconsin is provided, in part, by Alliant Energy, and Animal Dental 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 #905
In Wisconsin
reports on the evolution of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant in Sauk County, a return to growing hops in Wisconsin, a unique tradition in Roxbury and a new exhibit in Madison honoring a female Nazi fighter from Wisconsin.