WPT's "In Wisconsin" Reports on the Resurgence of Studio-Portrait Postcards

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December 20, 2010

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Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, lynn.brockmeyer@wpt.org
Joel Waldinger, series producer, 608-890-2840, joel.waldinger@wpt.org


The next episode of In Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) reports on Manitowoc photographers who are reviving the art of studio-portrait postcards, how the current economic downturn has resulted in record enrollment at colleges in the state, a Chinese business etiquette program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and the advantage of value-added agriculture to a Waterloo farm.
 

The newsmagazine airs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 on WPT and is available in high definition. WPT will encore the program at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9. The program also will air at 11:30 a.m. on Milwaukee’s MPTV and on WDSE-TV in Duluth at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9.

In Wisconsin Reporter Liz Koerner visits Manitowoc artists Julie Lindemann and John Shimon and learns that studio-portrait postcards are making a comeback. Original studio-portrait postcards — found at estate sales and in antique shops — represent a time when few people had cameras. A current revival of the art merges old with new as people enjoy the fun of being photographed in outlandish dress or by not dressing at all.

In the program’s ongoing “Money Matters” series, In Wisconsin Reporter Andy Soth introduces viewers to Linda O’Malley, the winner of a free semester’s tuition in the University of Wisconsin Colleges “education makeover contest.” Also discover how education is being marketed as a wise choice in hard economic times, and is resulting in record enrollment at both state and private colleges in Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin Reporter Frederica Freyberg looks at a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business program on navigating Chinese business etiquette. The leader of the program is from China and a visiting professor at University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

When milk prices crashed and many Wisconsin dairy farmers struggled to survive. In Wisconsin Reporter Art Hackett discovered the Crave Brother’s farm near Waterloo had an advantage — value-added agriculture with energy efficient investments that paid off at the right time.

This program’s video postcard features an icy goose pond in Columbia County that is a slippery landing spot for waterfowl.

To learn more about what is coming up on the series, visit the In Wisconsin website at wpt.org/inwisconsin where the “Producer’s Journal” blog offers behind-the-scenes insights and information about reports currently in production.

Funding for In Wisconsin is provided, in part, by Alliant Energy, and Animal Dental Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists LLC of Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Minneapolis.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.
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DESCRIPTION: IN WISCONSIN #909
In Wisconsin
reports on Manitowoc photographers who are reviving the art of studio-portrait postcards, how the current economic downturn has resulted in record enrollment at colleges in the state, a Chinese business etiquette program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and the advantage of value-added agriculture to a Waterloo farm.