History Sandwiched In

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".

Fill 'er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations -...

Jim Draeger, Author; Mark Speltz, Author

Co-authors of "Fill'er up" Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz present on the topic of gas stations, followed by questions from the audience and book signings.

Reforming The Presidential Election Process - Ep. 238

David Canon, Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison

Professor David Canon discusses how Washington is broken and his ideas for fixing it. He points out the flaws of the nomination and election process then proposes potential remedies.

Fighting Bob La Follette's Progressivism: Past, Present,...

Nancy C. Unger, Professor, Department of History, Santa Clara Univeristy

Nancy Unger expresses her fascination with Bob LaFollette's progressive legacy in her lecture entitled "Fighting Bob LaFollette's Progressivism, Past, Present and Future". He was recognized as one of the seven greatest senators in American history. She aims to increase understanding and appreciation for what he created.

Wisconsin's Forgotten Lost Battalion Heroes - Ep. 152

Historian and author Robert J. Laplander

Robert Laplander talks about "The Lost Battalion" being the bloodiest battle America has ever been involved in. He discusses the history of what really happened during this event and its connection to Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Immigrant Experience: A View from Language...

Joseph Salmons, Professor, Department of German, UW-Madison

Wisconsinites know and regularly celebrate the role of immigration in our state's history. Language is one of the most important things immigrants bring with them. UW Madison Professor Joseph Salmons talks about language as a window onto the immigrant experience, past and present.

Wisconsin's First Mound Builders - Ep. 175

John Broihahn, State Archeologist and Keith Jasin, Masters Student in Cultural Anthropology, UW-Milwaukee, State Archeologist

Wisconsin celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month each May. John H. Broihahn as he shares interesting details about the mounds and burial-mound building development in Wisconsin.

Les Paul: Guitar Wizard

Bob Jacobson, author of 'Les Paul: Guitar Wizard,' describes the many obstacles and inspirations that shaped Les Paul's amazing career as one of America's true musical giants. In addition to inventing the solid-body electric guitar, Paul pioneered the multi-track recording machine.

American Women in Environmental History – Ep. 767

Nancy C. Unger, an associate professor of history at Santa Clara University, examines how the unique environmental concerns and activism of women framed the way the larger culture responded. She also highlights the contributions of Wisconsin women to environmental history. Unger is the author of “Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History.”

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