History Sandwiched In

Out of the Northwoods

Michael Edmonds, author, discusses the history of fictional lumberjack legend and hero, Paul Bunyan.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Personal Perspective - Ep. 558

Michael Hecht, a local artist, utilizes a unique interaction of music, personal artwork and historic speech excerpts by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to bring a personal perspective to the life of Dr. King.

Fur Trade 101

Isaac Walters, Teacher

The fur trade was Wisconsin's first truly global economic endeavor. In the mid 17th century, the French came to Wisconsin looking for furs, bringing with them an array of goods from all over the world. Isaac Walters explains what the fur trade was, how it worked, and who was involved, and he also takes a look at the facts and myths of the fur trade.

Creole Wisconsin: Wisconsin's First European Settlements...

Isaac Walters, History Teacher, looks back in time at the after effects of Wisconsin's fur trade, specifically discussing how this influenced the early Creole settlements. He also defines the term "Creole" and offers a look at their culture.

A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook

Bob Kahn, Author Bob Kann, author of "A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook," shares stories about Lizzie Kander, Milwaukee's early 20th century culinary wonder. Kander's "Settlement Cook Book" helped young immigrant girls learn to cook nutritious "American-style" meals. The proceeds from her book helped to build Milwaukee's first settlement house and later Jewish Community...

The Story of Wisconsin's Partial Veto Power

Fred Wade, Attorney, talks about the Frankenstein veto, which is the power of the governor to use his partial veto power in a way that allows him to make laws that were not originally approved by the legislature. Fred discusses the contradiction this posses and looks into the history of Wisconsin's state constitution.

Archaeological Excavations. in Door County

Paul Reckner, Archaeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society, explores the relationship between the geological and cultural histories that have drawn humans for at least 2,500 years to Wisconsin, Door County and Nicolet Bay.

Making Fast Food - Ep. 638

Nicolaas Mink, a visiting assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department at Knox College, discusses the deep roots of fast food in American life and culture. We normally think of fast food beginning in the American suburbs with the emergence of great chains like McDonald's, but that's not the case.

The Laboratory of Democracy - Ep. 632

Jonathan Kasparek, an assistant professor in the Department of History at UW-Waukesha, examines how progressive legislation reinvented democracy in the early 19th century and laid the groundwork for national reform. Kasparek explains that Wisconsin was in the forefront of state government reform.

Madison: History of a Model City - Ep. 622

Erika Janik, author of "Madison: History of a Model City," discusses how Madison transformed itself from the "center of the wilderness" to the "Laboratory of Democracy."

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