Arts/Culture

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.

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.

A Kite’s View of Wisconsin

Craig Wilson, Author, "Hanging by a Thread" and "A Little More Line," discusses his two books of kite photography. Using a camera suspended from a kite Wilson photographs nature, cityscapes, landscapes, festivals and even a Badger game. Enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin from a different perspective.

From Gay Science to Theory Comix

Jon McKenzie, Professor, Department of English, UW-Madison, discusses digital humanities, the transformational relationship between information technologies and the arts and humanities. McKenzie also discusses Nietzsche’s Gay Science and how it has been reintroduced through comix.

Vital Skills

Jody Clowes, Curator, Vital Skills Exhibition, moderates a panel discussion about the importance and relevance of preserving traditional skills and the best means of passing them on. The panel includes: Jim Lorman, Ruth Olson, Anne Pryor, Robert Schulz, and Greg David.

Chemistry Imagined: Connecting Art and Science

Roald Hoffmann, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Chemistry, Cornell University, and Vivian Torrence, Visual Artist, discuss their collaboration which produced a book filled with stories, poetry, essays and painted collages that stress the social, literary and psychological aspects of chemistry. Steve Paulson from Wisconsin Public Radio directs a discussion about this intersection of art and science.

Old Time Radio Drama: Forbidden Planet Decoded

Norman Gilliland and the 9XM Players present “Forbidden Planet Decoded,” a radio play which updates some of the science of the 1956 film classic and restores elements of the play that inspired it—“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare. In “Forbidden Planet Decoded,” the residents of Altaira 4 and their earthly visitors collide in a place where the ultimate power is not science but the human psyche.

Celt, Anglo-Saxon, and Scandinavian Encounters

Tom DuBois, Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to delve into the art and history of encounters and connections among the Anglo-Saxons, Celts and Vikings in the years before 1066.

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