Dan Manoyan, author of“Alan Ameche: the Story of ‘The Horse,’” and Joe Schuster, author of “The Might Have Been.” Manoyan discusses Alan Ameche’s life and career: immigration from Italy to Kenosha, football triumphs, and his life after hanging up the cleats. Schuster explores the costs of chasing a dream of playing major league baseball and the loss that comes when the dream is unattainable.
Michael Edmonds, author, discusses the history of fictional lumberjack legend and hero, Paul Bunyan.
Dayton Duncan, a writer, and co-producer with PBS documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, discusses the history of public land--land purchased, held and preserved for the use of all Americans.
Ron McCrea, Journalist and Author, Sarah Leavitt, Curator, National Building Musuem, Washington D.C., Mariamne Henken Whatley, Professor Emerita, Gender & Women's Studies UW-Madison, Elissa R. Henken, Professor, Folklore and Celtic Studies, University of Georgia, and Jonathan T. Henken, Bagpiper and Cabinet Maker, share stories of Frank Lloyd Wright and read from the diary of Priscilla Henken.
Norman Gilliland, the host of “Old Time Radio Drama” on Wisconsin Public Radio, invites you aboard the Nautilus for a trip 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Norman Gilliland adapted the Jules Verne classic for radio and the 9XM Players performed the play for a live broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Christopher Tyler, the head of the Brain Imaging Center at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the science of depth perception and Leonardo da Vinci's pioneering work in understanding perspective. Da Vinci may have been the inspiration for Torricelli who drew the map Columbus used in his discovery of America.
Jerry Apps, Author
"Old Farm: A History" is Jerry Apps' recent book describing Roshara, the farmstead where he and his family have spent more than 40 years forging a close relationship to the land. In this 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival presentation, Apps unearths the history of his acreage--from the last glacier to Menominee Indian residents to early European settlers to the present.
Michael Hecht, a local artist, utilizes a unique interaction of music, personal artwork and historic speech excerpts by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to bring a personal perspective to the life of Dr. King.
Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor at Wired magazine and the author of “How We Decide” and “Proust Was a Neuroscientist”, shares a sparkling and revelatory introduction to the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
Dave Driscoll and Joe Kapler, curators at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, discuss the exhibit, "Wisconsin Innovations: from the Iconic to the Unexpected." Learn about the decision process they went through, the challenges of presenting research in a popular, artifact-based format and enjoy the stories behind some of the state's best and least-known inventions.