Just sending a quick “thank you” to you – one of the thousands of fellow members who has pledged to support Wisconsin Public Television during our annual Winter Membership Drive.
One of the most popular shows this drive – according to you – has been A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps in which the historian and local living legend shares stories of Wisconsin’s harshest season. Your love for this film is a good reminder that just a year ago we heard the same response for Jerry Apps: A Farm Story, which has more heartwarming stories about the more ideal seasons.
With less than a week left, we’re in the home stretch of the drive, the stage in which we air the programs you liked best. We also have a few specials that haven’t aired yet and are worth tuning in for.
On Saturday, we’re showing two full episodes of Doctor Who. Because we’re in the midst of airing Season 7, these episodes are new to WPT viewers and are the final two episodes featuring Amy and Rory, just before the Doctor gets a new travel companion.
And there are countless opportunities left to enjoy a sneak peek of Downton Abbey, Season 4 in Return to Downton. Catch up on episodes of Season 3, streaming online now.
Soon, we will back to enjoying the regular programming that we all value year-round. Thanks for supporting Wisconsin Public Television during this important membership drive, and thanks for watching.
As the world responds to Nelson Mandela’s passing, Frontline has made The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela — its definitive two-hour documentary film on the remarkable leader — available to watch online for the first time. (WPT will broadcast the film 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13)
In the 1999 documentary, Frontline tells the intimate and surprising story of a Mandela few people know: a bomb-throwing revolutionary who became a skilled politician in prison, and a passionate man who sacrificed the love of his life for a country that needed him more.
Widely hailed as the definitive television biography of Mandela, the documentary draws on stories and insights from Mandela’s closest colleagues, fellow prisoners, friends and political adversaries — as well as unique photos and rare archival film — to paint an intimate portrait of one of the 20th century’s greatest leaders.
More from PBS
Visit PBS NewsHour for ongoing coverage of the global response to the death of Nelson Mandela.
On June 26, 1990, Washington Week devoted an entire show to Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s visit to the United States. Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the special which includes coverage of Mandela’s visits to New York, Boston and Washington D.C. where he met President George H.W. Bush and gave a rare speech to a joint meeting of Congress.
We are so excited to give you the first look at the all-new Wisconsin Life television program coming in February.
You already love the engaging audio series on Wisconsin Public Radio and now you can explore the character of Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Television.
Learn something new, meet someone unexpected. What is your Wisconsin Life?
Learn more, and listen to and watch radio and television stories online now.
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If your Thanksgiving holiday travel took you to North Dakota – specifically the Bismarck or Minot area – then you likely found a surprising treat when you tuned into the local CBS affiliate’s Saturday evening newscast. There was legendary newsman Ron Burgundy sitting at the anchor desk, ready to read all the local news – including exciting reports on Black Friday shopping and downtown holiday decorations – with the usual cast of anchors, sports reporters and meteorologists. If your travel plans didn’t include the northern plains, our colleagues at PBS NewsHour have the full 30-minute newscast streaming for you to watch on their Rundown Blog.
Sure, Will Ferrell’s unannounced appearance at the KXNews desk is an obvious marketing maneuver for his new film, Anchorman 2, which will be released at Christmas. But, with no explanation and a full half-hour of Ferrell playing Burgundy straight in his role as a seasoned anchor, this might just be my favorite viral ploy yet.
It’s also not the first time that Ferrell has taken to local media to drum up excitement. Just a couple years ago he agreed to make a series of TV advertisements for Old Milwaukee, with one caveat – the ads could only run in the local TV markets where he filmed them. The result was a collection of hilariously eclectic ads that started appearing on YouTube from viewers who were caught off guard by the SNL actor in their city – like this spot with Ferrell bicycling and singing the beer’s jingle in the streets of Milwaukee.
So, with Ferrell, err Ron Burgundy, on the loose and making unexpected visits to American newsrooms, perhaps Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff better watch their spot on the NewsHour anchor desk with this hot talent on the market. Maybe WPT should make a pitch to ask Ferrell to join Frederica Freyberg for Friday night’s Here and Now. We’ll head up to the studio right now and make room for him on the set!
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We’ve heard that high winds on the East Coast might ground the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons.
To offset the potential disappointment of the parade foregoing its big flying wonders, we went and found this vintage photo of the always intrepid Sesame Street News Frog Kermit reporting on his own balloon in 1977 to wish all of our Wisconsin Public Television viewers and fans a Happy Thanksgiving!
We are thankful for your support all year long! Have a great holiday!
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