Arts/Culture

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.

Old Maps, New Stories

Susan Krueger, Map Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses ways maps can be used by genealogists, treasure hunters, historians, teachers, artists and hobby enthusiasts. Krueger explores how “outdated” maps can still be used and highlights various maps available at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Novels and Politics Today

Orhan Pamuk, author and winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, discusses his novels. Pamuk explains how the novel “Snow,” was his first and will be his last political novel and he explores where he find the ideas for each of his novels.

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.

Thornton Wilder: A Life

Penelope Niven, author of "Thornton Wilder: A Life," and Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder's nephew, delve into the life and works of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder.

Suspense and the Scientific Method

Caroline Levine, Professor, Department of English, UW-Madison, argues that novelists picked up the nineteenth century call for scientists to practice “suspending judgment,” or to not rush to conclusions, in their experiments and made it a model for their own storytelling, democratizing the scientific method while attracting an increasing circle of readers.

When Faiths Collide: What Happens to the Common Good?

Dr. Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School, discusses the need for global religious tolerance and understanding in relation to American religious history.

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.

A Farm in Wisconsin

Richard Quinney, Author, "A Farm in Wisconsin," shares the story of his family’s farm which grew from a few acres to the present day 160 acres. Quinney’s family farm in Walworth County, WI was purchased by his great-grandfather in 1868 shortly after emigrating from Ireland.

Electronic Literature & Tales of Computational Life

Jim Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of English, UW-Madison, takes a journey back to 1999 to look at how people were using computers and software in their lives as compared to present day. Brown explores electronic literature focusing on “Reagan Library” created in 1999 by Stuart Moulthrop.

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