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Wisconsin's Geoheritage

Kenneth Bradbury, State Geologist and Director at the WI Geological & Natural History Survey, UWEX, provides a geologic history of Wisconsin and highlights some of the outstanding geologic sites in the state. Bradbury discusses the work of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.

Of Neandertals, Denisovans, and Modern Humans

Svante Pääbo, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, discusses his work to retrieve DNA from Neandertals. Pääbo explores how closely related present day humans are to prehistoric humans.

Age-Related Changes in Swallowing

Nicole Pulia, Assistant Professor at the UW-School of Medicine and Public Health, explores changes in anatomy and physiology as we age which can contribute to problems swallowing. Pulia offers non-surgical suggestions to help with dysphagia.

Inequality of Opportunity in an Unequal Country

Tim Smeeding, Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison, talks about social mobility, focusing on the advantages provided by the family you’re born into. Smeeding discusses whether less advantaged families have the same opportunities to move up and explores ways to address the inequality.

How Binary Star Systems Form

Ben Tofflemire, Graduate Student in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, explains how single stars form and why planets form around the stars. Tofflemire discusses the formation of pairs of stars, or binary stars, and the role of planets in binary star systems.

Visual Art and the Wisconsin Idea

Maryo Gard Ewell, Arts Administrator and daughter of Robert E. Gard, discusses the history of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program in the 1940s. Self-taught artists enrolled as noncredit students at the University of Wisconsin and introduced the arts to rural communities. This was the embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea--extending the knowledge and research of the university to everyone in the state.

Are You Really Sleeping? Sleep and the Brain

Stephanie Jones, Assistant Director at the UW Center for Sleep and Consciousness, explains the benefits associated with getting enough sleep. Jones discusses the impact sleep has on brain health, brain development and disease.

Origins of Magnetic Fields in the Universe

Anna Williams, Graduate Student in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, explores the beginnings of magnetic fields in galaxies and galaxy clusters by studying the magnetic fields on Earth.

The Science of Dairy Milk Harvesting

John Penry, PhD Student in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, explains how milk is processed and ultimately made available for consumers at the supermarket. Penry compares dairy production in the U.S. to production in Australia and shares ongoing research into dairy milk harvesting at UW-Madison.

Early Noncommercial Radio in Wisconsin

Randall Davidson, Director of Radio Services at UW-Oshkosh, explores the beginnings of noncommercial radio in Wisconsin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Davidson discusses the development of Wisconsin Public Radio stations 9XM, now WHA Radio in Madison, WPAH, now WLBL in Auburndale, and commercial station WHBY, originally broadcasting out of West De Pere.

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