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Stories of Our Pandemic

10thirtysix: Stories of Our Pandemic


Each of us has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost overnight, our world has changed. In this unprecedented and extraordinary time, Milwaukee PBS has featured personal stories from our hosts and producers, stories of impact across our community, and stories of "Milwaukee's Helpers" - those going above and beyond to help people cope, stay well, and survive this crisis.

10thirtysix: Stories of Our Pandemic #102


This 10thirtysix Pandemic Stories special introduces us to six self-employed Milwaukeeans who haven’t gotten a paycheck for weeks due to their work disappearing because of the Covid-19 pandemic. They worked their last jobs in March and have no idea when they’ll work again. We will also meet some individuals who have been able to keep their businesses open.

10thirtysix: Stories of Our Pandemic #103


10THIRTYSIX continues its special series "Stories of Our Pandemic," telling stories of health, help and hope. This installment takes a look at how local businesses are weathering the pandemic, and their plans to reopen and the future.

Pandemic in the Heartland


A small dairy community in the northwest part of Wisconsin recorded zero cases of Covid-19.Despite that, the virus hit the city of Loyal hard. As part of the Local Journalism Initiative for PBS FRONTLINE, Milwaukee PBS and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel present "Pandemic in the Heartland," a look at how small business owners and dairy farmers coped with a coronavirus shutdown.

10thirtysix: Stories of Our Pandemic #104

Rating: TV-PG

10THIRTYSIX continues its special series "Stories of Our Pandemic," telling stories of health, help and hope. This edition takes a look at back-to-school plans in southeastern Wisconsin. Host Portia Young talks with the president of Messmer Catholic schools about maintaining high educational standards in a virtual environment. Plus, poet Kitty O'Meara.

Adelante: Stories of Our Pandemic 101


In this special edition of ADELANTE, Jorge from the Lopez Bakery describes how his business has survived hard times in the past, and how he expects to make it through this pandemic. Immigration lawyer Cain Oulahan discusses his reservations regarding ICE's recent announcement of their halt on arrests during this crisis. Also, Dr. Emilia Arana highlights the importance of protective measures.

Adelante: Stories of Our Pandemic 102


ADELANTE continues its special series "Stories of Our Pandemic," telling stories of health, help and hope. This installment takes a look at how Latino workers in Wisconsin are being infected by coronavirus in the workplace at higher rates. Low-paid and undocumented workers are being forced to choose between their income, and risking their health by working in facilities that are not following guid

Black Nouveau: Stories of Our Pandemic #101


“Black Nouveau” takes a look at how COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on African-American communities in Milwaukee, and how these numbers can be reduced. We also discuss the April 2020 election and examine criticisms of voter suppression efforts. Host Joanne Williams speaks with new Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, the first African-American in the role.

Black Nouveau: Stories of Our Pandemic #102


BLACK NOUVEAU visit the Bread of Healing Clinic, which is providing free medical services to low-income residents with COVID-19. James Causey talks with a critical care nurse on the front lines of the pandemic. Also, an interview with Lora Hyler, author of a new children's book, "Our Bodies Stay Home, Our Imagination Runs Free." And a discussion with historian Reggie Jackson.

Listen MKE and Virtual Town Hall

Black Nouveau host Joanne Williams and Dr. Kweku Ramel Smith, Clinical and Sport Psychologist, University of Wisconsin - Madison, talk with a panel of mental health clinicians about issues recent events have raised.


BLACK NOUVEAU continues to tell Milwaukee's stories of health, help and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic, and joins "Listen MKE," a community listening project with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WUWM and the Milwaukee Public Library. On this installment of "Listen MKE, " government officials, including Mayor Barrett, respond to the questions raised by the recent protests.


"Listen MKE," a community listening project with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WUWM and the Milwaukee Public Library. Protests have occurred in Milwaukee and across the nation after the death of George Floyd. "Listen MKE" asks "Why did this incident spark national protest and unrest? And what are the Milwaukee demonstrators asking for?"

10thirtysix: Listen MKE #102


10THIRTYSIX tells Milwaukee's stories of health, help and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic. 10THIRTYSIX joins "Listen MKE," a community listening project with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WUWM and the Milwaukee Public Library. LaToya Dennis from WUWM Milwaukee's National Public Radio talks with three youth organizers pushing for change regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.

Arts & Culture

[Original Airdate: September 1, 2014]

In 1964, the Beatles were making history, with several hits on Billboard Magazine's top 40, millions of records sold, and two rousing appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. Milwaukee was only one of 25 cities on the Beatles first American tour. The 50th anniversary of the concert is celebrated with former WOKY DJ Bob Barry--"the 5th Beatle"

[Original Airdate: January 18, 2016]

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Bel Canto Chorus and the Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ choir. Through inspirational music and the words of Dr. King, this concerts works to bridge the great divide in our nation set by prejudice and segregation.


Next Avenue is public media’s first and only national service for America’s booming 50+ population. Our mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans.

[Original Airdate: April 9, 2017]

Milwaukee Area Technical College and Milwaukee PBS come together to help parents of young children and family caregivers understand the vital role they play in a child's development. Featuring an assembled panel of experts, you will find the answers to the important questions relating to developing your child's foundation for all future learning.


Cook.Plate.Dine.™ #101

We meet the chef instructors and follow the students as they learn basic culinary skills.

Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu | Program | #101

Culinary instructor and author Alamelu Vairavan prepares delicious dish of Lemon Rice, transforms eggplant into a simple, irresistible dish of Eggplant Masala, and shows how to select the proper rice for rice dishes.

Cooking Raw

Certified Raw Chef Caroline Carter and daughter Shenita Ray prepare Mexican dishes with "raw" ingredients. Today's menu includes: Taco "meat" made with walnuts; traditional salsa and guacamole; and, non-dairy sour cream made with raw cashews.

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen.


[Original Airdate: October 20, 2016]

Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan Huber "Bud" Selig may be in the postseason of his career, but he's still a key player who won't take a seat on the bench. These days he's busy lecturing about the game, advising his successor, and philanthropic outreach. Journalist Mark Siegrist reconnects with Selig to tell the story.

Milwaukee: A City Built on Water

[Original Airdate: April 22, 2015]

Historian John Gurda explores how the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan spurred Milwaukee's growth. The settlers used rivers and Lake Michigan to transport grain, lumber, leather and beer, but water was just as important for play as it was for work. Gurda explains how the Milwaukee River became a destination for fun.

[Original Airdate: November 3, 2015]

Clad in fatigues, an Australian bush hat, harlequin eyeglasses, a Leica camera slung around her shoulders and an infamous pair of pearl earrings, Dickey Chapelle stood out and defied everyone's notion of what a war correspondent was. Striving to not just capture the horrors of the war, but also the day-to-day lives of soldiers.

Storia Italiana: Milwaukee

[Original Airdate: February 23, 2015]

The 150-year-old history of Milwaukee's Italian community is explored. This documentary takes you on a compelling, never-before told journey of courage and faith. It also looks at where the community is today and what's needed to keep this Italian heritage alive and well in Milwaukee.

Honoring our Veterans

[Original Airdate: September 18, 2017]

Mark Concannon talks to Wisconsin veterans who served in America's most controversial war. We meet a Milwaukee attorney who was among the first U.S. forces to take part in the conflict. Milwaukee TV personality John Malan recounts how he was wounded in a tank battle. A medic discusses witnessing the last moments of life for men who had become close friends.

Return to Pearl

[Original Airdate: December 7, 2012]

Host Mark Siegrist travels with nineteen World War II veterans from around Wisconsin who returned to Pearl Harbor in June of 2012. He captures their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about the event that catapulted the United States into World War II. For many of the veterans, this is the first time talking about those experiences.

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Bridge to Vietnam

[Original Airdate: October 3, 2014]

Images of the Vietnam War still burn in the American psyche, but today, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is coming of age, a blending of Communist heritage and capitalist vision. Some believe Vietnam is destined to become an economic global leader. Journalist Mark Siegrist explores how greater Milwaukee is building economic and humanitarian bridges...

[Original Airdate: August 20, 2012]

Thousands of World War II veterans from Wisconsin are honored at Miller Park in Milwaukee during the "Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation" day-long celebration. Milwaukee Public Television covers this spectacular event both inside and outside the stadium. The program features veterans talking about the impact of the War on their lives...

Social Issues

For Jobs and Freedom: A Black Nouveau Special | Program

[Latest Airdate: August 30, 2017]
[Original Airdate: August 27, 2013]

On August 28, 1963 roughly 250,000 Americans participated in the "Great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." Organized by labor and social activists A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, the event brought together major Civil Rights Organizations, Labor Unions, religious leaders, and ordinary citizens...

Freedom Walkers for Milwaukee | Program |

[Original Airdate: May 11, 2011]

This documentary traces Milwaukee's most turbulent events during the Civil Rights struggle of the mid 1900s. Using archival footage, photographs, and interviews with Milwaukeeans, the film sheds light on the fight for equal employment, open housing, and equitable educational opportunities, and reveals how Milwaukee earned the nickname, "The Selma Of the North".