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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Denis Kitchen, Cartoonist and Founder, Kitchen Sink Press, traces his journey as an underground cartoonist and a satirist.
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.
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
Dana Prodoehl, Assistant Professor, Languages and Literatures, UW-Whitewater, explores the literary classic “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” from both the perspective of time in which it was written and with a more modern understanding.
Trevor Stephenson, Director, Madison Bach Musicians, joins Wisconsin Public Radio's Norman Gilliland for a “University Place Presents” edition of the "WPR Midday Show." Stephenson delves into the similarities and differences among composers Johann Sebastian Bach, George Handel, and Domenico Scarlatti and performs selections from each on the harpsichord.