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The Shame of College Sports

Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Historian, critiques the NCAA and the business of college sports. Walter Dickey, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, defends the existence of athletics at first rank universities, such as the UW.

Robotic Cardiac Catheters

Michael Zinn, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UW College of Engineering, discusses the limitations of robotic catheters that restrict their use to simpler surgical procedures. Zinn introduces the efforts being made to develop improved control and manipulation of the catheters.

Horatio Alger on Entrepreneurial Individualism

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Horatio Alger and explores Alger’s 19th Century philosophy about how to go from rags to riches.

Thomas Carlyle on Heroes in Service of the Truth

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Thomas Carlyle. Fowler discusses Carlyle’s 19th Century philosophy of truth. Fowler, as Carlyle, discusses the qualities that a hero must embrace.

The Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, explores how to appreciate beauty by looking at the 19th Century Pre-Raphaelites and their most distinguished thinker, William Morris.

Smooth Swallowing

JoAnne Robbins, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explores the physiology of swallowing foods and liquids. Clinician researchers at the UW Swallowing Speech and Dining Enhancement (SSWAL-ADE) Program are developing new beverages that increase swallowing safety with taste appeal.

Breeding Better Sweet Corn

Bill Tracy, Chair, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the technology behind plant breeding and its importance. Tracy also explains his work to breed better sweet corn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on the Self-Directed Individual

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Ralph Waldo Emerson and explores Emerson’s 19th Century ideas about how to become a self-directed individual.

Ethical Issues in Sports Medicine

Greg Landry, Professor of Pediatric Sports Medicine, UW School of Medicine, reviews six challenging medical ethics cases from his 30 years as a team physician, with the University of Wisconsin Athletic Teams and the 1992 U.S. Olympic Committee.

Doping and Sports

Travis T. Tygart, C.E.O., U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, best known for his agency's investigation of Lance Armstrong, advocates for the integrity of sports and clean athletes. Norman Fost, UW School of Medicine Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics, presents arguments against doping rules in sports.

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