Wisconsin is a tavern state. That is a simple statement of fact, but behind it lies a complex and interesting brew of politics, economics, culture, and social mores, with many great hoppy stories mixed in between. The Wisconsin bar has come in many guises, from stagecoach inn and sample room to blind pig, speakeasy, and pharmacy and from cocktail lounge, theme bar, and disco to brewpub. Each of these forms reflects the character and values of a generation, so bars are a means to learn about Wisconsin's people. Bars can help reveal what we have believed and cherished and how those thoughts have changed with time. Bottoms Up is largely a historical documentary, but also a cultural documentary, looking at Wisconsin as a tavern state.
Get the upcoming screening dates.
Communities across Wisconsin are using the power of PBS films to address core community needs. Reel to Real helps public and academic libraries host community film screenings and audience discussions with local experts, addressing a wide range of topics such as race and diversity, health care, education, social justice, the arts and civic engagement. This program is a partnership with the Wisconsin Library Association.
ONGOING OUTREACH PROJECTS
Madison Public Library will screen sneak peeks of ITVS films monthly from September through May at the Sequoya Library on the third Saturday of each month at 1 pm. After the screenings, Madison Public Library and Community Cinema will feature panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help people learn more and get involved.
In response to viewer interest and the national health debate, Wisconsin Public Television presents Creating Health, an ongoing educational initiative that addresses health issues important to Wisconsin residents. By integrating broadcasts, Web tools, and in-person events, Creating Health seeks to provide information to help guide individuals in making wise health decisions. These events are made possible by the generous support of UW Health and Alliant Energy.
Wisconsin PBS Kids extends the value of our programming through classroom activities, training, web and print resources and community partnerships. Among these initiatives are the Wisconsin Bookworms project and the Wisconsin PBS Kids Go! Young Writers Contest.