History

Hmong Refugee Resettlement - Ep. 402

Fred Prehn DDS, Wausau, Former member of Wausau School Board

After the Vietnam war, immigrants moved to the United State. The county of Wausau, Wisconsin started helping out refugee families one by one until in the 1980s Southern Asians were coming in massive numbers. Being a member of the Wausau School Board, this became an issue of not having the resources to teach these kids.

Madison Women Remember: Making an Oral History Book - Ep....

Sarah White, Author

Local author Sarah White presents a slide show about the oral history collection she created to celebrate Madison's Sesquicentennial. White shares the collected memories about diverse women's childhood and coming of age in Madison between the 1920's and the 1970's, capturing their experience of a widening world, and one with much less manual labor, than their mothers knew.

Bismarck, the Scramble for Africa - Ep. 397

Daniel Bromley, Anderson-Bascom, Professor of Applied Economics (Emeritus), UW-Madison

Daniel Bromley speaks about Bismarck and his time there as well as his book entitled "The Scramble in Africa". He tells the way he sees the situation in Niger and their missing president as well.

US-European Relations Past and Future - Ep. 392

Jeremy Suri Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison

Professor Jeremy Suri talks about the past, present, and future state of the relationship between the United States and Europe. He dives into the history of problems and achievements between some of the European leaders and the U.S.

Wisconsin English Words - Ep. 386

Julie Plier, Freelance Lexicographer, Luanne von Schneidemesser Senior Editor for the Dictionary of American Regional English

Julie Plier, freelance lexicographer and Luanne von Schneidemesser, senior editor for the Dictionary of American Regional English, talk about Wisconsin words and discuss how various ethnic and cultural groups have influenced and enriched the English spoken in our state.

Reflections on the Situation in Iran - Ep. 381

David Morgan Professor of History, Middle East Studies and Religious Studies, UW-Madison.

David Morgan discusses the political leadership of Iran from the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini to the present.

Biomedicine and Mary Shelley's Monster -Ep. 377

Susan Lederer Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison. Lederer examines how the myth and metaphor of "Frankenstein" articulate the human dilemma of modern science. She offers a historical overview of scientific research from Shelley's day, when the smallpox vaccination revolutionized immunology, to today's cutting-edge scientific developments.

The Life and Death of the S.S. Wisconsin - Ep. 368

Hank Whipple, Former Member, Board of Curators, Wisconsin Historical Society.The same day the stock market crashed in October of 1929, the steamer S.S. Wisconsin sank in Lake Michigan off Kenosha, Wis. Join Hank Whipple, past member of the Board of Curators for the Wisconsin Historical Society, as he shares her story.

Wisconsin 2050: Lessons from the Great Depression - Ep. 479

Liaquat Ahamed, author

Liaquat Ahamed explains the country's current economic state and how we can look to historical events like the Great Depression for lessons. He also provides his insights into the future of the United States' economy.

The Indispensable University - Ep. 358

Eugene Trani President Emeritus, Virginina Commonwealth University

Eugene Trani explains how land-grant institutions have eroded progessively in the second half of the 20th century. He looks at a land-grant university's mission for the challenges to come and how UW Madison is modernizing its mission to face the economic challenges of the future.

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