Kimberly Blaeser, professor, Dept.of English at UW-Milwaukee, Debra Kang Dean, MFA in Writing faculty at Spalding University, Maria Melendez, editor/publisher of Pilgrimage Magazine, Lauret Savoy, professor of Environmental Studies & Geology at Mount Holyoke College, and Patrick Thomas, publisher of "Colors of Nature: Culture Identity and the Natural World" investigate culture, place and identity.
Richard Quinney, author and founder of Borderland Books, and Susan C. Fox, a professor at Corcoran College of Art & Design discuss Manhattan in the late 1960s and from 2002-2006. Quinney's book, "Once Upon an Island," includes photographs of the construction of the World Trade Center and New York City in the late 1960s. Fox chronicles the lasting affect 9/11 had on the surrounding communities.
Bruce Mouser, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UW-LaCrosse, and Paul Boyer Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UW-Madison, introduce two powerful voices from the 19th century in this look at the deep roots of labor activism and social justice in Wisconsin. Mouser focuses on George Edwin Taylor while Boyer explores Robert Koehler's painting, "The Strike."
Nicolaas Mink, a visiting assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department at Knox College, discusses the deep roots of fast food in American life and culture. We normally think of fast food beginning in the American suburbs with the emergence of great chains like McDonald's, but that's not the case.
Ben Sidran, musician and author, discusses the intersection of the arts and entrepreneurialism. He introduces his upcoming book, "There was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream," and shares his experiences in the music business.
Join Wisconsin Public Radio's "Old Time Radio Show" for a live broadcast of H.G. Wells' play "The Time Machine." Produced by Norman Gilliland and adapted by Patricia Boyette, student actors from the UW-Madison Dept. of Theater and Drama travel through time and meet beings from the year 100,080.
Steve Paulson from Wisconsin Public Radio moderates a lecture, meditation, jazz performance, and discussion with Richard Davidson, the Director of the Lab for Affective Neuroscience at UW-Madison, Ben Sidran, a renowned musician and author, and musicians Leo Sidran and Billy Peterson. Davidson and Ben Sidran explore the relationship between the brain and music.
Deborah Blum, a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison, hosts a panel discussion about forensics use in solving crime. Panel members include Beth Amos, author, Dr. Michael Stier, an associate professor in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UW-Madison, and Melanie Hampton, a crime scene investigator from the City of Madison Police Department.
Cathy Dethmers, owner of the High Noon Saloon in Madison, discusses the problems she faced opening the High Noon Saloon after her first tavern and music venue, O'Cayz Corral burned down.
Norman Gilliland, host of University Place Presents, interviews Deborah Blum, Professor in the UW-Madison School of Journalism and author of "The Poisoner's Handbook," about the cultural and political history of Prohibition. Included are the extreme lengths Americans went to in order to evade the law and obtain alcohol.