Release Date: Wed, Feb 2, 2011

WPT's "In Wisconsin" Reports on Mission of Native American AmeriCorps Members

For More Information: Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, [email protected] Joel Waldinger, series producer, 608-890-2840, [email protected]    The next episode of In Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) features reports on the mission of Native American AmeriCorps members, a medical breakthrough for people who can suffer brain damage if they eat protein, training for high-tech manufacturing workers and how climate change could impact ice fishing. The newsmagazine airs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 on WPT and is available in high definition. WPT will encore the program at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. 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, Feb. 13. The national community-service program AmeriCorps has been recruiting volunteers since 1993. For the first time, the program has awarded a grant to Wisconsin's Native American tribes to place volunteers on their reservations. Because they grow up on the reservations, these volunteers have special insight into the community's needs. In Wisconsin Reporter Liz Koerner visits the Lac du Flambeau Public School to show the life-changing mission of these tribal members. An updated report by In Wisconsin Reporter Frederica looks at a medical breakthrough at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center and how it could help people with the metabolic condition Phenylketonuria (PKU) stay on the strict diet required to prevent brain damage. Follow a patient as he tries a new diet of foods discovered by UW scientists, explore what the change means to those with PKU, and how new advances have increased their eating choices. According to University of Wisconsin-Platteville professor Kyle Metzloff, high-tech, precision manufacturing could be the hot job market of the future. In Wisconsin Reporter Andy Soth shows viewers how students are receiving training for a position that's in demand and getting a history lesson. Wisconsin's average winter temperatures are expected to increase 7 to 9 degrees in the next 45 years. In Wisconsin's QUEST environmental reporting project, looks at how climate change could impact the future of ice fishing. For additional information, go to on the Web. This program's video postcard features Goose Pond in Columbia County, a favorite winter gathering place for geese and other waterfowl. To learn more about what is coming up on the series, visit the In Wisconsin website at 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. Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.  DESCRIPTION: IN WISCONSIN #914In Wisconsin reports on the mission of Native American AmeriCorps members, a medical breakthrough for people who can suffer brain damage from what they eat, training for high-tech manufacturing workers and see how climate change could impact ice fishing.    

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