WPR Midday Show in Buck Studio

Alex Zhu, Winner, 2015 Young Artists' Competition, Racine Symphony Orchestra, and accompanist Seungwha Baek, Madison, join Norman Gilliland for a violin and piano performance which aired live on “The Midday” program on Wisconsin Public Radio.

The Sami People of the North

Tom DuBois, Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the indigenous people of Northern Europe, the Sami. DuBois explains the culture of the Sami people who have lived in the area for thousands of years.

The Life of Ray Bradbury

Sam Weller, Author, "The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury," delves into Ray Bradbury’s life and writings focusing on “Fahrenheit 451.” Weller, Bradbury’s official biographer, discusses Bradbury’s life and the cultural influences which culminated in the writing of the book.

Paramount Records: Beyond the Blues

Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian, Mills Music Library, UW-Madison, and Dean Blackwood, Founder, Revenant Records, share the stories behind the music made by Wisconsin musicians and recorded by Paramount Records in the 1920s and early 1930s. Although Paramount Records was known for its recording of blues, gospel and jazz, Caw highlights some of the other musical styles they released.

Race, Gender and Carceral Feminism

Beth E. Richie, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Fabu, Former Poet Laureate, Madison, WI. Richie talks about racial identity, sexuality, class, culture and incarceration focusing on the experiences of African American women. Fabu shares poetry that offers a glimpse into African American women’s experiences.

American Poets on Death and Suffering in the Civil War

Beth Lueck, Professor, Languages & Literature, UW-Whitewater, discusses the poems written during the Civil War to come to terms with the death of loved ones and to bear witness to the losses. Poems focused on loss, displacement and sorrow.

Religion, Migration, and Feminist Theory

Susan Friedman, Professor, English and Women's Studies, UW-Madison, discusses her research on contemporary Muslim women writing about current events in today’s world.

A Short and Cheesy History of Denis Kitchen

Denis Kitchen, Cartoonist and Founder, Kitchen Sink Press, traces his journey as an underground cartoonist and a satirist.

Envisioning Responses to Climate Change

Jane Elder, Executive Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, moderates a panel discussion with UW-Madison faculty Mrill Ingram, Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography; Chris Kucharik, Assistant Professor, Agronomy and Environmental Studies; and Steve Carpenter Director, Center for Limnology, focusing on scenario-building, storytelling and the arts to explain climate change.

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, documents police violence and the over-incarceration in a relatively poor African-American community in Philadelphia. Goffman focuses on the Taylor family and how they cope with the criminal justice system


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