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Earth Day, Every Day – And All Through April on WPT

Wisconsin has a lot to celebrate as we think about Earth Day – now and all through the month of April. We’re the home of Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson and pioneering wildlife ecologist Aldo Leopold, as well as the members of Native nations who continue to care for the land they still inhabit.

Check out these suggestions for programs airing on WPT in the coming weeks – some of which are also available for viewing anytime online or on your digital device.

Read on for our top picks!

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Go Behind the Scenes of Antiques Roadshow with WPT’s Brandon Ribordy

We’re getting ever closer to Green Bay’s debut on Antiques Roadshow! Before the first of three brand-new episodes premieres on Monday, April 23, we’ll have all sorts of exclusive tidbits and behind-the-scenes info to whet your whistle.

Brandon Ribordy maneuvers a wooden clock into place
WPT’s Brandon Ribordy (Photo: Kevin Martin)

Antiques Roadshow: Green Bay episodes arrive on WPT 7 p.m. Mondays, April 23 and 30 and May 7. And before they premiere, join WPT’s Michael Bridgeman, host of Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin and Our House: The Wisconsin Capitol, for a special look at what goes into the filming of an Antiques Roadshow visit. Behind the Scenes: Antiques Roadshow Green Bay premieres 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

Today, we bring you some reflections from one of WPT’s busiest and most versatile staffers. For 10 seasons, Brandon Ribordy has taken a break to crisscross the country as a crew member for Antiques Roadshow.

As the show set up shop in Green Bay last summer (read an account of the visit here), Ribordy shared some of the backstage secrets that makes it hum.

Read on for more!

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Celebrate Women’s History Month on WPT! Part 1

Anne Morrow Lindbergh poses in a leather aviators capFighters, feminists and “firsts” take the screen this month, showcasing the contributions of women in the modern world.

As we created this post, we actually got overwhelmed by the amount of amazing content out there – what a nice problem to have! So we’ve broken these offerings into two posts.

Read on for Part 1: broadcast highlights in the month to come. And keep your eyes open for Part 2: online resources, podcasts, interactive media and more!

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Victorious Blog, Season 2: Season Finale

This is part of the Victorious Blog series. Click here to read the series.

Can you believe this season of Victoria is already over?! At least the last episode gave us a full 90 minutes to savor with our beloved cast members – and a few joyful surprises along the way.

If you’ve already watched Sunday’s episode, you can read the recap below. If you still need to catch up, watch the full episode online anytime here.  And don’t forget that you can use WPT Passport to  go all the way back to the beginning!

And if you’re ready to look ahead to the next season, click here to learn about what to expect in Season 3 from writer and creator Daisy Goodwin, Jenna Coleman (Victoria), Ferdinand Kingsley (Francatelli) and David Oakes (Ernest).

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Susan Apps-Bodilly Talks “One-Room School”

Jerry Apps, Wisconsin’s favorite chronicler of rural life, returns to WPT with his fifth special this March, celebrating the life and lessons learned in some of Wisconsin’s 6,000 one-room schools.

Jerry Apps: One-Room School premieres 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Susan Apps-Bodilly
Photo by Steve Apps

Just as the exceptional education her father received in a one-room school inspired him to become an educator, the dedicated teachers who led his daughter Susan Apps-Bodilly’s classes inspired her do the same.

Now a second-grade teacher at Madison’s Falk Elementary School, Apps-Bodilly spoke with us to discuss some of the lessons that both she and her father continue to share. 

Read on for more!

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Behind the Scenes with WPT at the 2018 State of the State Address

Behind the scenes of Wisconsin Public Television preparing for the live broadcast of the State of the State Address on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Every year the governor delivers a State of the State Address to the citizens of Wisconsin from the State Assembly chambers and, since as far back as 1979, Wisconsin Public Television has broadcast this speech as a public service.

Producer Joel Waldinger

This year’s broadcast went live at 3 p.m. on Jan. 24, but planning for the event began back in late November and early December when the producer of the event’s broadcast, Joel Waldinger, met with Capitol officials and representatives from the Governor’s office discussing logistics for capturing the speech for television.

Crew members stand in as cameras and lights are put into position in the parlor next to the Assembly chambers.

On the day of the event, the WPT production crew gathered at the station at 8 a.m. to load up the live truck and travel to the State Capitol.

The Wisconsin Public Television broadcast crew meets in the parlor, next to the Assembly chambers, before getting into position for the live broadcast.

Part of the set up includes loading in five cameras. Three of the cameras are in the Assembly chambers for the speech and two in the parlor next to the chambers where hosts, Frederica Freyberg and Shawn Johnson, sit.

WPR’s Shawn Johnson and WPT’s Frederica Freyberg get set up for the live broadcast.
A camera operator performs tech checks before the live broadcast.

Once the cameras are in place, cords with the camera feed are connected to the live truck outside.

Remote productions supervisor Russ Awe connects the feed from inside the State Capitol to the live truck.

Lights, audio, prompters, graphics and a slew of the other production elements must be put in place, adjusted and readjusted before the crew considers everything ready to go.

Director Ben White stands in during set up where the Assembly Minority Leader will sit for his response following the governor’s address.
Kurt Kaspar adjusts the lights in the parlor.

Gov. Walker touched on a number of topics including health care, taxes, jobs and education.

The Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, delivered a five-minute response immediately following the address.  To watch the address and the minority response, visit our website or check us out on Facebook.

Victorious Blog, Season 2: Warp and Weft/The Sins of the Father

This is part of the Victorious Blog series. Click here to read the series.

I have always recommended Victoria on Masterpiece, but the first part of this episode had me seriously reconsidering if that recommendation would cast a dark cloud over viewers’ Sunday evenings. “Emotionally devastating” is the only way I can describe “Warp and Weft.” Luckily, part 2, “The Sins of the Father,” swooped in to pick us up of the floor.

As always, if you have some catching up to do, you can watch past episodes of Victoria on-demand on our website by clicking here. If you’re caught up and ready to recap episode 2, your weekly dose of Victoria gossip can be found below.

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What We Watch: Kristin Korevec, Special Events Manager

Kristin Korevec is the Special Events Manager at WPT.  For the February issue of our member program guide, Airwaves, we caught up with Kristin to learn about her role – and what she likes to watch on WPT when she’s not busy making event magic happen!

“My co-workers are the best part of my job. I’m inspired and challenged by the people around me every day.” -Kristin Korevec

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Victorious Blog, Season 2: Season Premiere!

It’s back! Our weekly emotional rollercoaster, history lesson and fashion show all in one. Cue the music … Gloriana … Hallelujah!

If you’re looking to catch up on the last season before delving into this one, recap the entire first season in a three-minute video. You can also explore our previous Victorious recaps on our blog.

But we’re here to talk about Season 2! In the premiere (streaming online now), we reunite with new mother Victoria – who’s impatient to return to ruling. Meanwhile, Albert attempts to protect her from news about British soldiers in Afghanistan, and some familiar faces and brand-new characters grace the screen. If you’re not ready to read about all of that quite yet, here’s your spoiler alert! Read on for a recap of the season premiere …

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Q&A: Meet Tegan Griffith of “American Creed”

In American Creed, premiering 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans come together to explore whether a unifying set of beliefs – an American creed – can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us.

Watch a trailer here.

One of the people who share their stories is Marine veteran and college student Tegan Griffith. A Wisconsin native, Griffith grew up in tiny Wittenberg, in Shawano County, and now attends UW-Stevens Point.

WPT spoke with Griffith to learn more about her background and her take on what unites us.
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