The Medieval Battlegrounds of the First World War

Carol Symes, Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, explores the use of medieval monuments and cathedrals as a motivation to rally the French people to fight in World War One.

The Siftr App: Connecting Moments to Places

John Martin, Learning Consultant, DoIT, UW-Madison, and David Gagnon, Program Manager, Mobile Learning Incubator, UW-Madison, present the Sifter app, a crowd-sourced perspective which focuses on innovation, Madison culture, stories of the past and what 100 years from now might be like at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Supernova Explosions are Weirder than You Think

Jennifer L. Hoffman, Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Denver, discusses the tools astronomers use to investigate the complex, changing shapes of supernovae. Studying these shapes can teach us about stellar life cycles.

The U.S. Campaign Against Psychosurgery

Jenell Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, focuses on the campaign led by psychiatrist Peter Breggin to stop the use of psychosurgery as a means of curbing violent behavior. The controversy cummulated in congressional hearings, legislation and the formation of a federal commission.

The Adventures of Topper & It Happened Tomorrow

Norman Gilliland, Wisconsin Public Radio, hosts this “Old Time Radio Drama” performance of "The Adventures of Topper," a comedy about a man who encounters husband and wife ghosts; and "It Happened Tomorrow," a suspenseful story about a reporter who mysteriously gets his hands on tomorrow's newspaper. The plays are performed by the 9XM Players with music provided by The Kat Trio.

The Origins of Modern Humans

John Hawks, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison, explores new DNA discoveries that show Neanderthals from Asia and Europe mixed into our ancestors’ gene pool along with a previously unknown group called the “Denisovans.”

Tracking Fecal Bacteria in Groundwater

Sharon Long, Professor, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison, discusses waterborne microorganisms, pathogens and how exposure can lead to disease. Long focuses on selecting and developing source-specific indicators of Fecal Source Tracking (FST) based on the characteristics of the microbiomes.

Rethinking Jean Nicolet's Journey to Wisconsin

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, delves into the myths claiming that Jean Nicolet was seeking an inland passage to China by way of the Great Lakes. Based on a misunderstanding of the original sources, Jung presents a fascinating reinterpretation of Nicolet’s journey.

Do GMOs have a Role in Sustainability?

Dominique Brossard, Chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison; Andy Diercks, Vice President, Coloma Farms, Inc.; Travis Frey, Middleton Site Lead, Monsanto; Erin Silva, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison; examine the challenges facing farmers, innovators and scientists to produce food for a growing population with resource and climate limitations.

Cancer Research Milestones at McArdle Lab

Henry Pitot, Professor Emeritus, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, shares the history of the lab. Pitot discusses the researchers who have worked at the 75 year old laboratory and highlights their cancer research findings.


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