Dan Manoyan, author of“Alan Ameche: the Story of ‘The Horse,’” and Joe Schuster, author of “The Might Have Been.” Manoyan discusses Alan Ameche’s life and career: immigration from Italy to Kenosha, football triumphs, and his life after hanging up the cleats. Schuster explores the costs of chasing a dream of playing major league baseball and the loss that comes when the dream is unattainable.
Jim Feldman, author of "The Buildings of the University of Wisconsin," talks about the history, construction, and diverse styles of the buildings on the UW-Madison campus.
Michael Edmonds, author, discusses the history of fictional lumberjack legend and hero, Paul Bunyan.
Dayton Duncan, a writer, and co-producer with PBS documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, discusses the history of public land--land purchased, held and preserved for the use of all Americans.
Ron McCrea, Journalist and Author, Sarah Leavitt, Curator, National Building Musuem, Washington D.C., Mariamne Henken Whatley, Professor Emerita, Gender & Women's Studies UW-Madison, Elissa R. Henken, Professor, Folklore and Celtic Studies, University of Georgia, and Jonathan T. Henken, Bagpiper and Cabinet Maker, share stories of Frank Lloyd Wright and read from the diary of Priscilla Henken.
Norlene Emerson, a professor in the Geology Department at UW-Richland, travels back in time to describe the watery world of Wisconsin during the early Paleozoic Era.
Professor Richard Staley, Associate Professor, Department of History of Science, UW-Madison explores the role of science in the First World War. Specifically, he looks at two major tests conducted after the war which expose some of the characteristic features of scientists' engagement in the war. He looks at Alfred Binet's intelligence tests and Arthur Stanley's expedition.
Jerry Apps, Author
"Old Farm: A History" is Jerry Apps' recent book describing Roshara, the farmstead where he and his family have spent more than 40 years forging a close relationship to the land. In this 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival presentation, Apps unearths the history of his acreage--from the last glacier to Menominee Indian residents to early European settlers to the present.
Michael Hecht, a local artist, utilizes a unique interaction of music, personal artwork and historic speech excerpts by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to bring a personal perspective to the life of Dr. King.
Jim Lattis, the director of Space Place at UW-Madison, discusses the theory that the progression of the equinoxes has caused there to be a thirteenth sign of the zodiac, a constellation called Ophiuchus.