WPT's "In Wisconsin" Reports on Low-speed Rail for Downtown Milwaukee

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January 20, 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 from around the state that include a new low-speed rail plan for Milwaukee, restoration on a 1916 Frank Lloyd Wright home in Milwaukee, a very personal mission for a New Richmond High School interested in stem cell research and how the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is using high-tech decoys to better enforce hunting laws.

The newsmagazine airs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 on WPT and is available in high definition. WPT will encore the program at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30. 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, Jan. 30.

There has been controversy over a high-speed train between Milwaukee and Madison. Kenosha has been operating retro streetcars for a decade and Madison's mayor has talked about the idea. Now Milwaukee is on track to get low-speed rail. See why a German city might hold the secret to its success.

Mike Lilek, a member of a group called the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program, heads up a house restoration project on Milwaukee’s south side. The group purchased a home built in 1916 because it is a very rare example of one of Wright’s American System-Built Homes. These designs were Wright’s way of making architect-designed houses affordable for the working class. In Wisconsin Reporter Liz Koerner takes viewers inside to find out what’s next for this unique home.

Every summer University of Wisconsin-Madison invites high school students to attend a camp for hands-on experience working with stem cells in an effort to help them understand the promise and controversies surrounding this emerging medical science. In Wisconsin Reporter Art Hackett shows viewers why Cody Gensen of New Richmond High School is on a very personal quest.

Some hunters give the sport a bad name by shooting from their cars or hunting out of season. So the DNR is cracking down on illegal poachers as hunting decoys go hi-tech. Brian Wolslegel’s company, Custom Robotic Wildlife, has built a better decoy by adding movement through robotics. In Wisconsin Reporter Andy Soth shows viewers how game wardens, armed with remote controls, can make a stuffed decoy seemingly come to life to better enforce hunting laws.

This program’s video postcard features the Bolz Conservatory at Madison’s Olbrich Gardens. The conservatory has more than 500 species of plants.

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 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 #912
In Wisconsin reports on a plan for low-speed rail in Milwaukee, restoration on a 1916 Frank Lloyd Wright home in Milwaukee, a New Richmond High School student’s personal interest in stem cell research and how the DNR is using high-tech decoys to better enforce hunting laws.