Communicating the Stories of Science

Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, discusses the corrupt atmosphere in the 1930s which lead to forensic scientists joining with the police to determine cause of death. Blum focuses on poisons often used in the early 20th century to commit murder.

Eva Schloss: Holocaust Survivor

Eva Schloss, Survivor, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, shares her memories of the Holocaust and her capture by the Nazis in 1944 on her 15th birthday. Schloss and her mother were freed by Russian troops in 1945; her father and brother did not survive. Her mother later married Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank. Schloss went on to co-found the Anne Frank Trust UK in 1990.

The Sami People of the North

Tom DuBois, Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the indigenous people of Northern Europe, the Sami. DuBois explains the culture of the Sami people who have lived in the area for thousands of years.

The Road to Appomattox

Stephen Kantrowitz, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the surrender by Robert E. Lee to Ulysses Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse, ending the Civil War. Kantrowitz explains the political situation surrounding the war and discusses the circumstances which led to the surrender.

Living in the Extreme in Sierra Leone

Thierry Cruvellier, Journalist and Author, discusses history, politics, civil war, reconstruction and the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Cruvellier delves into how humans behave in times of crisis when faced with difficult choices.

Forensic DNA

Josh Hyman, Director, Biotechnology DNA- Sequencing Facility, UW Madison, tells the story of PFC Lawrence Gordon, a Canadian fighting for the U.S. who was killed in World War II. Gordon’s remains were mislabeled and missing for years. Eventually the remains were found and using forensic DNA sequencing were verified as belonging to Gordon.

Paramount Records: Beyond the Blues

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.

The Badger State Trail

William Hauda, President, Friends of the Badger State Trail, explains the history of the Badger State Trail from its origin as a freight and passenger rail line from Chicago to Madison which failed to gain approval in the Wisconsin Legislature to a premier bicycling trail. Hauda discusses how the Badger State Trail fits into the national bicycle interstate system.

Race, Gender and Carceral Feminism

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.

Democratic Successes and Challenges in Nigeria

Adam Paddock, Assistant Professor, History, UW-Whitewater, delves into the history of Nigeria, focusing on colonization and British rule and discusses the challenges facing the democratic government in Nigeria today.


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