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Milwaukee Gets the TV Treatment: Watch C-SPAN This Weekend

This weekend, C-SPAN is highlighting the history and literary life of Milwaukee.

C-SPAN, the network of public affairs cable channels, is taking a close look at Milwaukee this weekend.

Programs on the organization’s main channel and its Book TV (on C-SPAN-2) and American History TV (C-SPAN3) will focus on the city’s literary life and history.

The coverage, part of C-SPAN’s Cities Tour, kicks off with an interview with Mayor Tom Barrett, airing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal between 6 and 9 a.m. Friday. The channel is available on Spectrum channels 77, 359 and 1359.

The Book TV program begins Saturday after live coverage of a book festival, around 4 p.m., and includes discussions with author Aaron Frank on the history of Harley-Davidson, John Gurda on the Miller Brewing Co. and the story of the late James Cameron at the Black Holocaust Museum.

The American History TV programming starts at 1 p.m. Sunday and includes presentations on the Socialist Party in Milwaukee, the North Point Lighthouse, the Pabst Mansion and Civil Rights history at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society. There’s also an interview with U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin).

The coverage also includes such Milwaukee landmarks as “the smoke house of a 100-year-old a German sausage company” (Usinger’s?) and the Bronze Fonz.

C-SPAN2 (Book TV) is available in Milwaukee on Spectrum channels 78, 360 and 1360; C-SPAN3 (American History TV) is on channels 361, 877 and 1361.

The programs will also be available to stream online after they air.



Tom Tolan is managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine, where he's worked since January 2016. He spent 24 years at The Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a copy editor, assistant metro editor and reporter. He lives in Shorewood.