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6 Videos to Watch Online Now

According to my calendar, summer is officially here. Long days and nice weather might mean more time outdoors, but summer also means more free time to catch up on the TV you missed during the hectic winter months.

Here are some of most popular WPT videos you may have missed this past TV season. Watch ’em all for free anytime at wpt.org or on your Roku, Apple TV or tablet app.

Image of Wisconsin From the Air Title with setting sun over a Lake Mendoa
Watch “Wisconsin From the Air” now

Wisconsin From the Air
This aerial tour of Wisconsin landmarks and landscapes was the most popular WPT production of the season…by a long shot! With sweeping views of the Great Lakes, northern forests and the Mississippi River, and stunning shots of cities like Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin From the Air is one of the most breathtaking programs we’ve ever produced. Since it premiered in December, 2014, thousands of viewers have pledged their support for Wisconsin From the Air…Thank You! If you haven’t already, watch Wisconsin From the Air now. And, check out this behind the scenes video to see how the film was made.

University Place “The Value of Having Native Plants in Our Yards”
Most of us know it’s important to help native species thrive and to weed out the invasive ones. But why? For one, this informative lecture explains that native plants in your garden can offer an important food source for animals. Since Wisconsin’s deer seem to eat everything we plant, why not give them their preferred diet! On a side note… if you want to help out the smaller critters, check out the illustration “Plant These to Help Save Bees,” which identifies several bee-friendly plants and flowers. Follow that up with a quick visit to the Wisconsin DNR’s website to find out which ones are native to Wisconsin.

Oshkosh on Wisconsin Hometown Stories and Around the Corner
The little city on the west side of Lake Winnebago got some major attention on WPT this past year in Wisconsin Hometown Stories “Oshkosh,” which offers a look at the community’s rich history — a must-watch for anyone from the Oshkosh area. For a closer look at contemporary Oshkosh, be sure to watch Around the Corner With John McGivern’s visit to Oshkosh. If your summer travel plans include Oshkosh, this episode will serve as the ultimate visitor’s guide to the city’s liveliest restaurants and attractions.

Bronson Koenig pulls up for a shot during practice
Watch Bronson Koenig on “Wisconsin Life”

Wisconsin Life “Bronson Koenig”
Remember the Badgers Men’s Basketball team’s magical run to the Final Four?! La Crosse’s Bronson Koenig played a key role in the Badgers’ success last season. But, long before Koenig became a household name in Wisconsin, WPT’s Wisconsin Life caught up with him to see why he chose Wisconsin over several other top-tier schools. Watch the story now.

30 Minute Music Hour “Charlie Parr”
I’m stretching all the way back to last June with this one, but Charlie Parr’s performance on the 30 Minute Music Hour was our most viewed episode from the show’s sixth season. Watch Charlie Parr perform his unique style of country blues now on WPT, and check him out on tour this summer.

Wisconsin Foodie “Cheese Days”
Food is a perennially popular genre on Wisconsin Public Television and among all the episodes of Around the Farm Table and Wisconsin Foodie that aired this past season, this episode all about the annual Cheese Days celebration in Monroe was among the most viewed online…for obvious reasons!

Enjoy these and more videos streaming now at wpt.org. Have a favorite episode that’s not on the list? Let us and everyone else know by sharing it in the comments.

Be Part of a Live Studio Audience

30 Minute Music Hour is excited to announce Charlie Parr, Chants and William Z. Villian will record studio sessions with us Monday, June 16. The best part is, you’re invited to be part of the audience!

30 Minute Music Hour LogoSample these three musical acts below, and email 30mmhaudience@gmail.com if you’d like to be part of the live studio audience. Include your name, the number of guests and which show you’d like to see.

All shows will be held in the WPT studios in Vilas Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

CHARLIE PARR (SOLD OUT  5 p.m. show/audience seated by 4:30)
This Austin, Minn. native currently resides on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth. Parr is a self-taught guitarist who effortlessly handles 6- and 12 -string guitars, steel guitar and banjo. Get a feel for his live show, recorded here by KEXP in Seattle.


CHANTS (show at 12:30 p.m./audience seated by noon)
Percussionist/composer Jordan Cohen (aka Chants) creates base line beats, loops them and then pours them into experimental electronica that is trance-like and exhilarating. Based in Madison, Chants has produced a number of EPs and in the last year released “I Feel Like I Feel It”. He’s also opened for Dan Deacon. View a beautiful display of Chant’s sound here.


WILLIAM Z. VILLAIN (3 p.m. show/audience seated by 2:30)
The eclectic style of Madison’s William Z. Villain is best described, well, in the band’s own words… “Darting between Balkan groove, early American jazz and bossanova with jagged mathy precision; William Z. Villain continues to stun bartenders and sometimes even audiences with his dark demon-crooner vocals and fantastically furious finger-style guitar technique.”

Want to see three great Midwest bands Monday, June 16 for free? Just send an email to 30mmhaudience@gmail.com to reserve your seat. Fo more music, check out video of our past studio sessions at wpt.org/30mmh.