History

Daydreams That Changed History - Ep. 610

Pete Barnes, author of "Harley and the Davidsons: Motorcycle Legends," discusses the biographies of William Harley and Arthur Davidson, founders of Harley-Davidson Motor Co., and Richard Bong, America's Ace of Aces pilot who shot down more enemy planes than any other American pilot--dreamers whose journeys lead to fame and glory.

B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet - Ep. 603

Patricia Bauer, author, and David Geister, illustrator, present a costumed reading of Civil War era Wisconsin newspapers and from their book, "B is for Battle Cry." Sherry and Don Ladig, musicians from the mid-19th century American music band "The New Pearl Buttons," provide music and accompaniment for Patricia Bauer as she sings songs from the war.

A Historical Introduction to the Quantum Computer - Ep. 599

Marty Lichtman, a research assistant in the Department of Physics at UW-Madison, uses examples from Sir Isaac Newton, Edmond Halley, biology and physics to explain the history of computers. Larger and more complex calculations have created a need for the faster quantum computer.

What's the Big Idea? - Ep. 597

Joe Kapler and David Driscoll, curators at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, provide a sneak peek into the Wisconsin Historical Museum's next major exhibition exploring the diverse array of inventions, concepts, and traditions that originated - in one way or another - in Wisconsin.

Madison In The Civil War - Ep. 595

Stuart Levitan, Historian and author of "Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, Volume 1, 1856-1931," delves into the history of the Civil War and what it meant for Madison. Levitan focuses on the physical landscape of Madison, with photographs from the 1860s, as he explores the politics of the day.

Disputing Astrology: 2500 Years and Counting - Ep. 591

Peter Sobol, an historian of science, traces the history of astrology to ancient Greek civilization. The Greeks learned about celestial prognostications from the Babylonians and from the Chaldeans. Ancient Greeks began using the arrangement of the heavens when a person was born to discern his fate.

An Ancient Settlement In Brown County - Ep. 589

Norm Meinholtz, an archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares recent discoveries at the Pamperin Park North site near Green Bay. The pre-contact settlement excavated in 2010 contains the remains of a pit house, cooking and refuge pits, and numerous artifacts suggesting the site was a winter homestead.

Civil War Memories and Mementos - Ep. 582

Leslie Bellais, Curator of the Wisconsin Historical Society, exhibits artifacts from the Civil War that have a Wisconsin connection. Discover the fascinating stories behind such souvenirs as Governor Lewis Harvey's knife, Vivandiere Eliza Wilson's dress jacket and a contraband collar taken off the neck of a runaway slave.

The Mississippi River in the Civil War - Ep.567

Hank Whipple, a retired attorney, shares his knowledge of the Union's plans during the Civil War for gaining control of the Mississippi and its connecting rivers and for the naval engagement on the Confederate Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

The Centennial Study of Concrete - Ep. 557

Steve Cramer, professor and associate dean of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, discusses the longest-running university concrete research project in the country. The project began at UW-Madison in 1910 by Owen Withey. Intended to last ten years, the study has continued for a century.

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