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The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine

Erika Janik, Author, Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine, shares stories of popular alternative medical cures in 19th century America. Janik discusses remedies which challenged mainstream medical practices and which drew support from such notables as Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Charles Darwin.

The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, memorializes the hundredth anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The last surviving passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo in 1914. Temple traces the decline from billions of birds to one, to none.

A Wisconsin Heart Transplant

Walter Goodman, Recipient, Heart Transplant, Maryl Johnson, Director, Heart Failure Clinic, UW Hospital and Clinics, Casey Phelps, RN, UW Organ and Tissue Donation, Lucian Lozonschi, Surgical Director, UW Heart Transplant Program, and Meredith Leigh, Mother of Donor, Henry Mackaman, share the steps leading to Goodman’s heart transplant.

Just How Much Energy is Out There?

Alan Carroll, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, discusses how long our fossil fuel energy supplies will last, how much it costs to secure the energy, and the consequences of burning fossil fuels.

Understanding Your Energy Bill

Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute and Bruce Chapman, Senior Economist, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting, explain the charges on a line by line basis on electric bills. Braithwait and Chapman discuss the differences between electric co-ops and electric companies and how each arrives at their fees.

Medicine and Superstition in Ancient Greece

James McKeown, Professor, Department of Classics, UW-Madison, explores the medical beliefs held by the ancient Greeks. While much of what they believed still holds true today, some of their beliefs fall into a gray area between fact and fantasy.

Secrets of Antarctic Weather and Climate

Matthew Lazzara, Researcher, Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, UW-Madison, shares the history of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s more than fifty year involvement in observing the conditions on Antarctica, the coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent. Recent observations of the continent show a warming in the central west.

Wisconsin Printmakers

Andrew Stevens, Curator of Prints, Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison, discusses printmaking as an art form. Stevens introduces the works of various print makers throughout Wisconsin history.

The Visible Scientist

Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, reflects on the history behind communication between scientists and the public. Dunwoody defines the visible scientist as somebody who can adapt to a rapidly evolving communications environment.

The Weather Guys

Steve Ackerman and Jonathan Martin, Professors, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences,
UW-Madison, discuss winter weather statistics and how they relate to climate change. They also offer a look behind the scenes of their monthly appearances on “The Larry Meiller Show” on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network.

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