University Place Presents

The World War I Centennial

Rudy Koshar, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I with an overview of the world politics and string of events leading up to the war, as well as life during the war, and the repercussions.

Wheel Fever

Jesse Gant, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, and Nicholas Hoffman, Chief Curator, History Museum at the Castle, Appleton, coauthors of "Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State," join “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the popularity and fascinating history of bicycling in Wisconsin.

William James and the Search for Life After Death

Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to delve into the history of spiritualism and the Society for Psychical Research in America. Notable in the group was psychologist and philosopher William James, who risked his reputation in an attempt to find proof of life after death.

The Fortepiano: From Enlightenment to Romanticism

Trevor Stephenson, Director, Madison Bach Musicians, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland for an in-studio performance and lecture which was originally broadcast live on “Midday,” a classical music program on Wisconsin Public Radio. Stephenson explores the history of the fortepiano and explains how the instrument creates its unique sound.

The James Bond Phenomenon

Raymond Benson, Author, Film Historian and Musician, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the life of Ian Fleming and the history of the James Bond novels. Upon Fleming’s passing, his estate chose authors to continue writing new Bond adventures. Benson was tapped to write James Bond novels from 1997 through 2003.

John Muir: The Wisconsin Years

Daniel Einstein, Historic and Cultural Resources Manager, Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the life and interests of naturalist John Muir.

Watergate and the Saturday Night Massacre

Frank Tuerkheimer, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss events from 1971 through 1973 which led up to the “Saturday Night Massacre” during the Watergate scandal. Tuerkheimer was an Associate Special Prosecutor assigned to determine if the dairy industry had contributed illegal funds to candidates.

WPR Midday Show at Lawrence University

Lawrence Conservatory of Music student ensembles “Quartet Masque” and “Involuntary String Band,” along with student Jonathan Fagan join Wisconsin Public Radio’s Norman Gilliland, host of University Place Presents. These performances, recorded at Lawrence University, aired live on “The Midday” on WPR.

The Poisoner's Handbook - Ep. 449

Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison.

Deborah Blum delves into the birth of forensic medicine and poisoning murders in her latest non-fiction book, "The Poisoner's Handbook," set in jazz-age New York City.

The Search for Life on Other Planets

Margaret Turnbull, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss searching for signs of life, including intelligent civilizations, on planets orbiting nearby stars.

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