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The Great American Read: Jerry Apps shares his picks

We’re getting closer to the Fall Kick Off episode of The Great American Read: airing 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.  11. Have you voted on the list yet? If you’re stuck – as we are! – why not check out some more picks by Wisconsin writers?

Today we bring you the prolific, the folksy, the one and only Jerry Apps. He’s a WPT favorite for good reason: adept at memoir writing, storytelling, history, teaching and more, he keeps readers busy turning out new and sometimes unexpected stories at a blistering pace.

A person stares into a frozen wave of water.His latest, Cold as Thunder, is a dystopian novel set in a frozen wasteland where only “a resourceful band of Wisconsin sixty-somethings calling themselves the Oldsters” have the knowledge to fight the ruling regime.

Read more to find out which books have helped this beloved author think about writing!

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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 – “Jerry Apps: Never Curse the Rain”

WPT producer Mik Derks has worked with Jerry Apps since 2012. Photo credit: James Gill.

“[Jerry Apps] gave permission to his audiences to remember their childhoods fondly.” -Mik Derks

Jerry Apps: Never Curse the Rain premieres 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 on WPT

Over the past five years, WPT producer Mik Derks has been sharing the stories of beloved Wisconsin author, historian and storyteller Jerry Apps with television audiences. This month, the tradition continues with a new documentary: Jerry Apps: Never Curse the Rain. Reflecting on water’s importance throughout his life, Apps shares why his father told him, “Jerry, never curse the rain.” Continue reading Behind the Scenes – “Jerry Apps: Never Curse the Rain”

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.

Spring Membership Drive – What to Watch

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On Saturday, Sewing With Nancy kicked off Wisconsin Public Television’s Spring Membership Drive with a look at Nancy’s 30 years on public television. If you’re kicking yourself for missing this special, don’t worry, you can always watch the “30th Anniversary Special” online.

Online streaming, though, is a luxury afforded to few programs during the membership drive. Most great pledge programs are broadcast but once or twice during the drive. Here are some of those not-to-be-missed gems that will air over the next couple of weeks.

Daniel O Donnell at WPT in 2010Daniel O’Donnell From the Heartland
7 p.m. Monday, March 4
In 2010, the Irish crooner visited the WPT studios in Madison and gave this interview in which he discusses his worldwide fans, early career aspirations and how public television has expanded his career.

A ’60s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5

Aaron Neville Doo WopAaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story
7 p.m. Thursday, March 7
NPR interviewed the 72-year-old R&B singer in January to learn how his childhood provided the inspiration for his new album My True Story.

Magic Moments: The Best of ’50s Pop
8 p.m. Friday, March 8

Jerry-Apps-A-Farm-Story-Wisconsin-Public-TelevisionRick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills
10 a.m. Saturday, March 9

Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9
My annual membership is about to expire and I’ve got my eyes on this program and a Rolling Stones CD thank-you gift.

Makers-Ellen-DeGeneresJerry Apps: A Farm Story
7 p.m. Monday, March 11
Wisconsin historian Jerry Apps’ recollection of a time when more people lived on farms than in cities has been so popular, other public television stations have requested it to share with their viewers.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12

Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 3Masterpiece Classic “Downton Abbey, Season 3”
Noon Sunday, March 17
The entire third season of Downton Abbey…10.5 hours…all 7 episodes. Consider it our gift to you on the last day of the Spring Membership Drive.

Jerry Apps: A Farm Story

Jerry Apps

Jerry Apps has made a living on the farm. Born into farm life in the midst of the Great Depression, the hard-working boy has developed into one of the country’s great storytellers. He’s the author of more than 30 books with titles like When Chores Were Done, One-Room Schools and Country Ways and Country Days.

And now, Apps is the subject of the new Wisconsin Public Television documentary Jerry Apps: A Farm Story. Last winter, Jerry Apps worked with producer Mik Derks (Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories) to record his story of life on the farm.

With a gentle snow falling outside the farmhouse, Apps reminisces in the film about chores on the farm, raising – and butchering – chickens, his mother’s efforts to can everything, and of course, the long days. With a chuckle, Jerry echoes one of his dad’s mantras, “A tired kid is a good kid.”

Jerry Apps A Farm Story Jerry with Cow
Jerry Apps and one of his cows

A Farm Story will touch the hearts of anyone with memories of an age when siblings worked an entire field by hand. And newer generations will find inspiration in the importance of community, work ethic and sustainability.

Watch the film online now as part of Wisconsin Public Television’s Winter Membership Drive. Make a donation and take home a copy of the film on DVD or one of Jerry Apps’ books on Wisconsin farm life…our way of saying thanks for supporting great storytelling on Wisconsin Public Television.