Ella Braden, a Physicist at the Wonders of Physics, UW-Madison, explores the process of home brewing beer from both historic and scientific viewpoints. Some of the earliest writing contains recipes for beer and although the process of making beer is simple, the variations that lead to the many styles of beer are fascinating.
Amy Stambach, Educational Policy Studies, UW Madison, discusses the role of American Evangelical missions in Africa. The first decade of the 21st century marks a high point in missionary involvement in international development work.
Paul Reckner, Archaeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society, explores the relationship between the geological and cultural histories that have drawn humans for at least 2,500 years to Wisconsin, Door County and Nicolet Bay.
Adam Schrager, a producer at Wisconsin Public Television, tells the story of Ralph Carr who was drafted to run for governor of Colorado in 1938. Carr became a national figure when he defended the Constitutional rights of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor. His outspoken and unpopular stance would cost him greatly, both personally and professionally.
Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, the coordinator of historical services at UW-Madison Libraries, shares stories of the sea: the eradication of scurvy, the interplay between whaling and women's health, the toll on the lives of slaves on the Middle Passage, the development of SCUBA, the impacts of chronic sea sickness on young Charles Darwin, and the mental health of seafarers.
Keith Meverden and Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologists at the Wisconsin Historical Society, share the legend and history of the Rouse Simmons, also known as the Christmas Tree ship, which sank in November 1912. The ship was transporting Christmas trees from Michigan to Chicago when it disappeared between the Kewaunee and Two Rivers Life Saving stations.
Lieutenant colonel Todd Berge, the Commander of AFROTC Det. 925, describes the technology, design, refinements, and uses of the Flying Fortress, the B-17 Bomber, and its impact on the European Theatre in WWII. Captain Scott Mobley, from the Department of History at UW-Madison, shares the saga of The Origins and Use of the Torpedo in World War II.
Patrick McLaughlin, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UW-Extension, discusses the ongoing research at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey focused on deciphering the rock record of shifts in the ancient ocean-atmosphere system and their correlation with biological evolution.
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."