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Q&A: Andy Soth, Portraits From Rural Wisconsin

Portraits From Rural Wisconsin premieres 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11 on Wisconsin Public Television. Through a series of interwoven personal essays, see why some western Wisconsin residents still say that “rural life is the best life” – even in the face of hardship and change.

Andy Soth headshotProducer/reporter Andy Soth, whose work has appeared on Here & Now, WisContext and Wisconsin Life (among others), spoke to us about the multi-year process that has brought these unique visual essays to life.

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Hmong Food in Wisconsin

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.

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Online Exclusive: A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps

“Winter is a season that demands respect.
Insists on it. It is a season that refuses to be ignored.
Winter is a season that never leaves us.”
-Jerry Apps, A Farm Winter

Last year, Jerry Apps grasped the hearts, minds and memories of audiences across the state – and around the nation – with his touching stories of life growing up in Wild Rose in the popular Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.

Now, the Wisconsin author and historian turns his attention to winter in an all new program – A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps – as he shares his wit, wisdom and stories of family, neighbors and communities that worked together to prepare for the long, cold season that enveloped his boyhood farm home in Wild Rose. It was a season that could be harrowing and dangerous, but it was also a time of year that drew families close together and created warm memories that are both lasting and universal.

As a special online exclusive, you can watch the full new program streaming online now below! Enjoy the new program, let us know what you think in the comments and share it with your friends and family. Then, tune in 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 for the broadcast premiere on Wisconsin Public Television. Apps will join us in studio that evening to share even more stories from his life.

The new documentary is a companion to Apps’ new book from the Wisconsin Historical Press, The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters from the Wisconsin Historical Press. You can meet Apps at a special book talk 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison. Find full details here.