University Place Presents

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.

Celestial Navigation in the South Pacific

James Campbell, Author and Journalist, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss his adventure in a 56 foot long, traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe, using only the stars as a navigational tool. Campbell and a photographer sailed 2500 miles across the central Pacific with sailors from the island of Satawal.

Milwaukee Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice

Dean Strang, Adjunct Professor, UW Law School and Marquette University, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to look back at the 1917 bombing of a Milwaukee police station that killed nine officers and a civilian. Eleven Italian immigrants were tried and charged based on an unrelated event. Clarence Darrow led an appeal that freed most of the convicted men.

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