Jonathan Kasparek, an assistant professor in the Department of History at UW-Waukesha, examines how progressive legislation reinvented democracy in the early 19th century and laid the groundwork for national reform. Kasparek explains that Wisconsin was in the forefront of state government reform.
Erika Janik, author of "Madison: History of a Model City," discusses how Madison transformed itself from the "center of the wilderness" to the "Laboratory of Democracy."
Norman Gilliland, host of University Place Presents, interviews Deborah Blum, Professor in the UW-Madison School of Journalism and author of "The Poisoner's Handbook," about the cultural and political history of Prohibition. Included are the extreme lengths Americans went to in order to evade the law and obtain alcohol.
Norman Gilliland, host of University Place Presents, interviews Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus in the UW-Madison Department of Political Science and author of "Wisconsin
Votes: An Electoral History," on the history of how the 18th amendment to the constitution became law, with a focus on Wisconsin and its beer culture.
Ed Janus, author of "Creating Dairyland," enables us to understand the things you see in the Wisconsin countryside--and what you can't see. Janus explores the history and the minds of the men and women who are the people of Dairyland.
Stuart Stotts, author, claims that sometimes being a hero means having to fight. Learn about the fighting attitudes of Curly Lambeau and Lucius Fairchild and their essential contributions to Wisconsin history and culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.