Arts/Culture

WPR Midday Show at UW-Stevens Point

UW-Stevens Point student Michael Doerr, and UW-Steven Point's Avian Ensemble, join Wisconsin Public Radio's Norman Gilliland for a “University Place Presents” edition of the "WPR Midday Show." Doerr performs on piano. The woodwind and percussion group, Avian Ensemble, perform member and composer Stacey Berk’s Avian Suite.

The Medieval Battlegrounds of the First World War

Carol Symes, Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, explores the use of medieval monuments and cathedrals as a motivation to rally the French people to fight in World War One.

The Adventures of Topper & It Happened Tomorrow

Norman Gilliland, Wisconsin Public Radio, hosts this “Old Time Radio Drama” performance of "The Adventures of Topper," a comedy about a man who encounters husband and wife ghosts; and "It Happened Tomorrow," a suspenseful story about a reporter who mysteriously gets his hands on tomorrow's newspaper. The plays are performed by the 9XM Players with music provided by The Kat Trio.

The Science of Supper Clubs

Terese Allen, Co-author, "The Flavor of Wisconsin," Ron Faiola, Author, "Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience," and Robin Shepard, Author, "Wisconsin's Best Breweries and Brewpubs" share their thoughts on the history and cuisine of Wisconsin supper clubs.

Wisconsin Folk Art

Richard March, Folklorist, Author, explores the cultural landscape of Wisconsin’s ethnic, occupational and regional traditions. Groups that settled in the state retained many of their cultural traditions, creating a distinctive folk heritage.

Monsters as a Mirror of Cultural Anxiety

Frances Auld, Assistant Professor, English, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, and George Christiansen, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology-Sociology, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, explore the use of monsters in medieval literature, as a part of contemporary and popular culture and through an anthropological lens.

Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, joins "University Place Presents" host Norman Gilliland to explore the life, career and art of 20th century German painter, Erich Mercker. A prolific artist, Mercker produced 3,000 paintings focusing on landscapes and industrial artwork.

Our Funny University

Scott Dikkers, Founding Editor, The Onion and Jim Mallon, Producer and Director, Mystery Science Theater 3000 join moderator and Wisconsin Public Television Producer Andy Moore to share their insights into humor. Dikkers and Mallon discuss the unique UW-Madison humor and how it has encouraged college activism.

Ernest Hüpenden's Painted Forest Murals

David Smith, Art Professor, Edgewood College, introduces the murals painted by self-taught artist Ernest Hüpenden in the late 1890s. Hüpenden’s work reflects the rich tradition of folk art in Wisconsin and is painted on the walls and ceiling at The Painted Forest in Valton, Wisconsin.

Viskonsin! Yiddish Radio in Badgerland

Henry Sapoznik, Director, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, UW-Madison, shares the history of how Yiddish radio came to Wisconsin in 1929. With an offer from William Paley to join the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), WISN in Milwaukee signed on to air Yiddish programming from New York City.

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