Gather “Around the Farm Table” for a Brand-New Season

Join fourth-generation organic dairy farmer Witscher for a new season of "Around the Farm Table" beginning tonight, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

Join host Inga Witscher for a new season of “Around the Farm Table” beginning tonight, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

Around the Farm Table is back! Join fourth-generation organic dairy farmer Inga Witscher and her friends at her organic dairy farm near Osseo, St. Isidore’s Mead, and other locations across Wisconsin for new outings designed to uplift our understanding of sustainable farming practices. It all begins tonight, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 (or you can watch the season premiere online now).

From a delightful, locally sourced “thank you” lunch for her farmer friends to a visit to an herb farm to brew a fresh cup of tea, the third season of the Wisconsin-produced series follows Witscher as she seeks out the best ingredients the region has to offer and produces fresh meals that celebrate Wisconsin’s landscapes and appetites.

Watch the season premiere episode, which features a Downton-Abbey inspired “shooting breakfast,” below, or tune in tonight! Want more Around the Farm Table? You can find more new episodes, as well as episodes from past seasons, online, anytime here.

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A New Season of “Wisconsin Life” Premieres Thursday

Image from the "Wisconsin Life" segment "Nature Photographer." Season 3 of "Wisconsin Life" premieres 7 p.m. Thursday.

Image from the “Wisconsin Life” segment “Nature Photographer.” Season 3 of “Wisconsin Life” premieres 7 p.m. Thursday.

How many professions let you watch television while on the job? Mine occasionally does, and I definitely don’t take the luxury for granted. This month, I’ve had the opportunity to preview the upcoming season of Wisconsin Life, premiering 7 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 1. (Insider’s secret: You too can watch clips from the new season online, anytime here.)

The third season of the Wisconsin Public Television original series brings more notable Wisconsinites and rare state treasures into the spotlight, giving viewers even more reasons to be proud to call Wisconsin home. Get ready to travel all over the state to meet artists, daredevils, collectors, athletes, nature enthusiasts, authors, preservationists and even Wienermobile drivers.

What I love about Wisconsin Life is its scope. In a single episode, you’ll meet the first female brewmaster in Wisconsin, take a trip on the Badger Ferry and hop on a flying trapeze with an aerial dancer. You’ll meet a variety of people and visit places that, while often dissimilar, are all held together by one common thread: Wisconsin!

Preview season 3 of Wisconsin Life below. Then, tune in 7 p.m. Thursday – or set your DVRs now! – for the television premiere.

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PBS NewsHour Covers NASA’s Discovery of Water on Mars

Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Over the weekend, NASA teased a big announcement across their social media accounts, and when it arrived this morning it was a doozy! Scientists have not only found evidence of the existence of water on the red planet, they’ve found actual flowing water.

As PBS NewHour science reporter Nsikan Akpan writes this morning, “Mars has seasonal rivers of flowing water. Note the verb ‘has’ rather than ‘had,’ as in liquid water is a current feature on present-day Mars. In other words, this is not from the distant past — the water is flowing now. What appeared to be a dry void of red-orange rock is wetter than previously thought.”

Follow full coverage of this exciting discovery and what it means – and to see more of the stunning photos like the one above of some of the sites that researchers found the flowing water – visit PBS NewsHour’s Rundown online.


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WPT Archives: Exploring Our Past

I spend so much time trying to keep up with this crazy 21st Century (I blame you, Twitter), but when left to my own devices I tend to fall into a much slower rhythm.

Maybe that’s why I’ve always been drawn to libraries and archives. When I was living in Brussels, it was my art school’s local – and dusty – hodgepodge of old books filled with gallery exhibits, tutorials and biographies. Here, I’m lucky enough to have the Wisconsin Historical Society and the University Archives just across the street.

When I was given the opportunity to work with our amazing media archivist, Ann Wilkens, I leapt at the chance. What were our offices like in the 1950s or ‘60s? What ideas mattered to us? What were we arguing about and what were we celebrating?

Our archives have helped me visualize everything we were working for and continue to work towards: sharing quality public education, exploring our heritage and understanding our culture.

Now, you can explore with me. We’re digitizing as much of our archival footage as possible and making it available to watch online. Visit our new WPT Archives page, and start poking around. Click on a newly digitized show that catches your attention, or explore by decade. You can also find the WPT Archives by going to our Watch Page, and looking under “Wisconsin Productions.”

Watch John F. Kennedy announce his presidential campaign. Listen in on a conversation with Richard Nixon. Check out some of our more memorable kids shows like The Friendly Giant and Storylords. It’s all right here. Take a look.

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A First Look at Downton Abbey’s Final Season

From the looks of this video, there is still a lot of drama to come before we have to say goodbye to Downton Abbey on Masterpiece.

Take an exclusive look at the show’s final season in this new extended preview and mark your calendar for the season premiere Jan. 3 on Wisconsin Public Television.

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