History Sandwiched In

Voices from the Heart of the Land - Ep. 328

Richard Cates, Author

From 2001 to 2006, Richard L. Cates Jr. interviewed senior members of more than 30 families living in and around Arena township, a small community in southern Wisconsin. He shares their experiences about growing up in rural America and their connection to a way of life that is vanishing in the twenty-first century.

A Man Called Baraboo - Ep. 313

Mark Tully, Author From about 1600 through 1850, determined men in bark canoes, known as Voyageurs or "travelers," paddled up the rivers and streams of the Great Lakes watershed hoping to trade a few simple tools and trinkets for thick, valuable beaver skins. Mark Tully gives a first-person multi-media presentation of the fascinating, true story of one of these Voyageurs-- "A Man Called...

Brothers In Blood: The True Story of Ed and Alonzo...

Les Kruger, Author

Author Les Kruger discusses his book about the Maxwell brothers.

Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Climate Change -...

Stan Temple Professor Emeritus. Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW Madison Aldo Leopold kept a journal in which he recorded observations of the natural world, which is now the classic, A Sand County Almanac. Many of the seasonal events he observed are now occurring earlier in the year, reflecting the warming of our climate. Stan Temple discusses what the consequences can be for wildlife in...

Chasing the Ghost Birds - Ep. 281

David Sakrison, Author

David Sakrison discusses his latest book about birds.

Frank J. Hess Cooperage - Ep. 272

Gary Hess, Grandson of Frank Hess
Jim Hess, Grandson of Frank Hess

In 1904, Frank J. Hess & Sons Cooperage opened at 1952 Atwood Avenue in Schenk's Corners at the urging of local brewer Henry Fauerbach. Gary Hess, grandson of Frank Hess, talks about the history of Wisconsin's largest cooperage on Madison's east side.

The Iron Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign - Ep. 266

Lance Herdegen, an author and historian, delves into the history of the Iron Brigade--Wisconsin and Michigan soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Herdegen explains the Black Hat and Iron Brigade labels and discusses the battles in which they fought.

A Freedom Journey to the Milton House - Ep. 263

Cori Olson, Executive Director, Milton House Museum

Pioneer Joseph Goodrich built what is now the oldest concrete home in the U.S. Goodrich created a tunnel used for the Underground Railroad, now part of the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Translating a Uniquely American Home...

Virginia Boyd, Professor, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison

Frank Lloyd Wright was committed to designing a house that reflected a uniquely American way of life. Professor Virginia Boyd identifies several ways he translated his abstract ideas about an appropriate American house form into actual design.

Horribly Odd Wisconsin - Ep. 230

Erika Janik, Freelance writer

Erika Janik used her interest in strange things in history to energize her collection of bizarre stories, which she collaborated to create her book and exhibit called "Odd Wisconsin".

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