History

Effigy Mounds of Madison and the Four Lakes - Ep. 463

Robert Birmingham, Former State Archaeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society.

Robert Birmingham explores the effigy mound landscape of Wisconsin, focusing specifically on the Madison area and the four lakes. He also dissects the cultural importance of Indian mounds and the myths that surround them.

Nuclear Weapons and the History of Modern America - Ep. 459

Jeremi Suri, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison.

Jeremi Suri delves into the history of nuclear weapons and politics, explaining how it all happened and its lasting affect on American policy and diplomacy. He also explores how this has affected domestic thought.

Why Estonia Should Exist - Ep. 450

Maria Ogrydziak, Chair, Board of Directors, U.S.-Baltic Foundation.

Maria Ogrydziak explains the importance of Estonia's independence from Russia since 1991, also offering a brief lesson on the history of this small, Baltic republic.

Madison 1856-1931 - Ep. 448

Stuart Levitan, Historian and Author.

Stuart Levitan dissects the history of the city of Madison, focusing on its many facets including the University of Wisconsin, the Capitol, amongst many others. He also looks at the city's political and geographical landscapes.

A Century of Farming with Horses - Ep. 441

Jerry Apps, Author, "Horse Drawn Days."

Jerry Apps talks about horse-drawn days - the days of horse-drawn machinery on farms and his own experiences with this.

From Quill To Hammer - Ep. 439

Trevor Stephenson, Madison Bach Musicians.

Trevor Stephenson looks at the history and music - and those who composed it - of the harpsichord. He also discusses how the evolving mechanics of these stringed instruments, moving from a crow feather with the the harpsichord to a hammer, altered the way music was composed.

Victor Berger - Ep. 436

Ryan Swadley, Wisconsin Historical Museum.

Ryan Swadley discusses the history of socialism and the part Victor Berger played in the socialist movement in Milwaukee in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Skeleton Bridge Archaeological Site - Ep. 434

Kent Dickerson, Field Coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum Archaeology Program.

Kent Dickerson shares archaeological discoveries from late Paleo-indian through late woodland eras at the Skeleton bridge site on the banks of Daggets Creek in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.

Same Time, Same Station - Ep. 432

James L. Baughman, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW Madison.

James Baughman joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of television from 1948 to 1961.

A Brief Look at Wisconsin's Agricultural History - Ep. 428

Jerry Apps, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW Madison.

Jerry Apps details the agricultural history of Wisconsin from the planting of wheat to the introduction of cattle farming and cheese making. He follows the trends from pre-statehood days until the present and talks about the advances in agricultural technologies.

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