About Jonna Mayberry

I’m a publicist at Wisconsin Public Television. In my free time, you’ll find me thrift shopping, reading the latest memoir or history book, and watching Independent Lens. I run on coffee and puns. Follow me @JonnaMayberry or email me at jonnatha.mayberry@wpt.org.

 

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Gather “Around the Farm Table” for a Brand-New Season

Join fourth-generation organic dairy farmer Witscher for a new season of "Around the Farm Table" beginning tonight, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.
Join host Inga Witscher for a new season of “Around the Farm Table” beginning tonight, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

Around the Farm Table is back! Join fourth-generation organic dairy farmer Inga Witscher and her friends at her organic dairy farm near Osseo, St. Isidore’s Mead, and other locations across Wisconsin for new outings designed to uplift our understanding of sustainable farming practices. It all begins tonight, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 (or you can watch the season premiere online now).

From a delightful, locally sourced “thank you” lunch for her farmer friends to a visit to an herb farm to brew a fresh cup of tea, the third season of the Wisconsin-produced series follows Witscher as she seeks out the best ingredients the region has to offer and produces fresh meals that celebrate Wisconsin’s landscapes and appetites.

Watch the season premiere episode, which features a Downton-Abbey inspired “shooting breakfast,” below, or tune in tonight! Want more Around the Farm Table? You can find more new episodes, as well as episodes from past seasons, online, anytime here.

A New Season of “Wisconsin Life” Premieres Thursday

Image from the "Wisconsin Life" segment "Nature Photographer." Season 3 of "Wisconsin Life" premieres 7 p.m. Thursday.
Image from the “Wisconsin Life” segment “Nature Photographer.” Season 3 of “Wisconsin Life” premieres 7 p.m. Thursday.

How many professions let you watch television while on the job? Mine occasionally does, and I definitely don’t take the luxury for granted. This month, I’ve had the opportunity to preview the upcoming season of Wisconsin Life, premiering 7 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 1. (Insider’s secret: You too can watch clips from the new season online, anytime here.)

The third season of the Wisconsin Public Television original series brings more notable Wisconsinites and rare state treasures into the spotlight, giving viewers even more reasons to be proud to call Wisconsin home. Get ready to travel all over the state to meet artists, daredevils, collectors, athletes, nature enthusiasts, authors, preservationists and even Wienermobile drivers.

What I love about Wisconsin Life is its scope. In a single episode, you’ll meet the first female brewmaster in Wisconsin, take a trip on the Badger Ferry and hop on a flying trapeze with an aerial dancer. You’ll meet a variety of people and visit places that, while often dissimilar, are all held together by one common thread: Wisconsin!

Preview season 3 of Wisconsin Life below. Then, tune in 7 p.m. Thursday – or set your DVRs now! – for the television premiere.

Get Ready for More of ‘The Great British Baking Show’!

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax the bakers through their challenges — and provide comic relief. Season 2 premieres tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.
Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax the bakers through their challenges — and provide comic relief. Season 2 premieres tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

Love The Great British Baking Show or eager to learn what all the fuss is about? Tomorrow’s your day! Get ready for a brand-new season following the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers competing to be named the U.K.’s best when season 2 premieres tomorrow, 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 on Wisconsin Public Television.

This season, full of good old-fashioned competition, a hearty helping of humor and plenty of delicious treats that we (unfortunately) cannot sample, will welcome a baker’s dozen — with contestants ranging from space engineer to student, teacher to dentist, psychologist to carpenter.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will coax the competitors through their Signature, Technical and Showstopper challenges, under the scrutiny of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. After 10 weeks of whisking, crimping and piping, only one can emerge victorious … who’s it going to be? Begin the baking journey 6 p.m. tomorrow!

‘Big Blue Live’: A Celebration of Marine Wildlife

“Big Blue Live” is a three-night event that premieres 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

I must admit that I have a soft spot for reality television. I also enjoy nature-centric television. Perhaps I just like television in general, which means I definitely work at the right place. The point is, I’m super excited for Big Blue Live, a new kind of reality television that combines all of my favorite things into one show.

Big Blue Live is a three-night live TV event airing 7 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 that will celebrate some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures converging off California’s coast. It’s a success story filled with beauty, cuteness and some breathtaking moments.

The live event set in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a celebration of the bay’s environmental rebirth, featuring humpback whales, sea lions, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks and much more as they visit the bay for a once-a-year marine animal phenomenon.

The phenomenon will be captured with state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea and below the waves. Big Blue Live will also bring together scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts, and will be anchored live from hubs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from a national marine sanctuary research vessel. Needless to say, the team has their bases covered.

You can tune in beginning 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, but while you’re waiting for the premiere, PBS offers a number of activities to keep you busy:

Take their quiz to find your Big Blue Live animal counterpart (For the record, I’m a sea otter).

Sea OtterCheck out live cams for a live look at what sharks, whales, sea lions and more are up to right now. 

Learn about the animals that will be featured in the show.

… and more! Check out the full website now.