What a year! We had new programs, new forms of community engagement, new places to go and – above all – new stories to discover and share from all across Wisconsin.
Step back in time with us as we relive some of the highlights of 2018 – and thanks for joining us on the way!
Continue reading WPT Year in Review: 2018
As we continue to celebrate the many food traditions that have developed throughout our state, we recognize the stories of Hmong families and extended clans who have made Wisconsin their home.
Lucy Lor’s story in Wisconsin Life‘s Food Traditions series is an inspiring example of how food can link different times and places in our lives – honoring both the new and the old.
We are excited to share another story from Wisconsin’s Hmong community. Tune in 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 for Lidia Celebrates America: A Heartland Holiday Feast.
Read about the segment, filmed with Wausau’s Latricia Thao and her family, in this Wausau Daily Herald article – then, keep reading for more spotlights on Hmong food and agriculture, and how people of all cultural backgrounds can enjoy them together.
Continue reading Hmong Food in Wisconsin
The Madison Symphony Orchestra‘s holiday concerts are always its most popular events of the year. For the first time. Wisconsin Public Television brings this festive celebration into homes across the state, filmed live at Madison’s Overture Hall.
A Madison Symphony Christmas premieres 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. Or tune in for an encore broadcast Christmas night: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25.
“Our annual Christmas concert has become a very meaningful experience for everyone involved,” says Music Director John DeMain. “One cannot help but leave the Hall with a feeling that the holiday season has begun. And hopefully, you will have a big glow in your heart.”
Read on for our exclusive Q&A with Maestro DeMain to learn about how this inaugural broadcast came together.
Continue reading Q&A: John DeMain leads A Madison Symphony Christmas
Wisconsin Public Television’s Laurie Gorman has led production for all three of WPT’s aerial documentaries: Wisconsin From the Air in 2014; Wisconsin Winter From the Air in 2016 (both viewable with WPT Passport); and the latest installment in the series, premiering this week.
Wisconsin Water From the Air premieres 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26.
Read on for an exclusive look into these groundbreaking productions, and see what’s in store! Continue reading Q&A: Behind the scenes with Wisconsin Water From the Air’s Laurie Gorman
A Note From Inga…
Has it really been six years since we started this quirky little show we call Around the Farm Table? My father Rick (producer, director, and the guy that irons my shirt) and I are absolutely humbled to help tell the stories of the hard working and inspiring farmers here in the great state of Wisconsin.
Read more to find out where we’re headed this season on Around the Farm Table – and join us for our new episodes airing Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television!
Continue reading Around the Farm Table returns!
Step right up! American Experience: The Circus is a four-hour, two-part documentary airing 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8-9 on WPT. Exploring the colorful history of this distinctly American entertainment, this fascinating film includes extensive historical material from and about Wisconsin, the home of the famed Ringling Bros. and other major acts.
In our exclusive Q&A, writer/producer/director Sharon Grimberg shares her thoughts on the film’s production, as well as the circus itself.
Continue reading American Experience producer Sharon Grimberg discusses “The Circus”
The Great American Read is back, with weekly explorations each Tuesday night of why America’s best-loved books and characters make such lasting impressions in our lives.
We’ve enjoyed hearing about Wisconsin authors’ own picks, both on and off TGAR‘s list. Next in our series is Kathleen Ernst, a multitalented author who describes her work as “writing at the intersection of people, places and the past.”
If you enjoy history, mystery or any combination thereof, read on for some of Ernst’s inspiring picks!
Continue reading The Great American Read: Kathleen Ernst shares her picks
It’s here! Tune in 7 p.m. tonight for the fall kickoff episode of The Great American Read. There’s plenty of action to come, both on TV and in our continuing series of Wisconsin authors.
Today we present WPT/WPR favorite and The New York Times bestselling essayist Michael Perry, of New Auburn. The paperback of his latest book, Montaigne in Barn Boots, will be released by HarperPerennial in November while he is on tour with his band the Long Beds.
Read more to find out which books have encouraged Perry to question his assumptions about writing and life.
Continue reading The Great American Read: Michael Perry shares his picks
Ça va, mes amis? Here we are in the semifinal week, and as much as Mel, Sue and your humble recapper might like to lighten the mood with French that is, how you say, pas mal, the mood is tense. So let’s get right to it, non?
Our four remaining bakers delved into the precision of French-style patisserie this week. Brendan, Danny, James and John faced their last elimination week before the final with just as much finesse as they have displayed all season.
In the spirit of The Great British Baking Show, The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge asked participants to select just one of the three Patisserie challenges.
So let’s follow the neither-French-nor-British Chairman Kaga, and allez cuisine!
Continue reading Week 9 Patisserie Recap: The 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge
We’re less than two weeks away from the start of the 14th annual Quilt Expo, held at the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall in Madison. (Get your discount advance tickets here – or consider volunteering!)
This year, as every year, attendees will enjoy several special exhibits beyond the 10-category Quilt Contest. One of these exhibits honors the legacy of two women who have been central to quilting in Wisconsin and beyond: Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell.
Read on for more examples of their beautiful landscape quilt collaborations!
Continue reading Quilt Expo celebrates Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell