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100 Years of Cosmic Ray Discovery - Ep. 724

Mike Duvernois, the Scientist Instrument Project Manager at the WI IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center, discusses cosmic rays. Austrian physicist Victor Franz Hess, experimenting with balloons in 1912, found an unexpected increase in atmospheric radiation as his balloon rose. The mysterious radiation particles were named “cosmic rays.” To this day, their origins are still unknown.

Wisconsin’s Driftless Region - Ep. 705

Eric Carson, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UW-Extension, shares his research of the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin--known for its unique lack of glacial deposits. The landscape of the Driftless Area owes its form to long-term erosion by stream systems that have incised into the Paleozoic bedrock.

An Early Cahokian Colony in Wisconsin – Ep. 702

Danielle Benden, academic curator in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, explores the mystery behind a 1000-year-old mission site in the Village of Trempealeau, Wisconsin. Colonists, called Mississippian peoples by archaeologists, arrived from America’s first city, Cahokia, near modern day St. Louis, Missouri, 750 miles away, in dugout canoes.

The John Steuart Curry Murals – Ep. 695

Dave Nelson, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, and Lauren Kroiz, an assistant professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, discuss the John Steuart Curry mural “The Social Benefits of Research in Biochemistry” which depicts discoveries by researchers Stephen Babcock, E.B. Hart, Harry Steenbock, and E.V. McCollum.

Diving the Wreck of the Appomattox – Ep. 693

Tamara Thomsen, a maritime archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, dives into the wreck of the largest wooden bulk carrier ever built, the Appomattox. The ship, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, lies on the bottom of Lake Michigan less than 200 feet off shore at Atwater Beach in the village of Shorewood, north of Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Rock Art - Ep. 681

Robert Ernie Boszhardt, president of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, and Geri Schrab, water color painter, join University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of rock art in Wisconsin.

And Then Came the Liberators – Ep. 646

Kathleen Stokker, a professor of Scandinavian Studies at Luther College, Solveig Shavland a researcher and translator at the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library, and Richard Quinney, an author and the founder of Borderland Books discuss “And Then Came the Liberators.” The book is about the occupation of Norway by Germany from 1940-1945.

Freedom Riders - Ep. 578

William Jones, moderator, Dept. of History, UW Madison, Mark Samels, Executive Producer, American Experience, PBS, Christopher Hexter, UW Madison Alum, Freedom Summer participant, Vel Phillips, Former Milwaukee Alder.

Join a panel discussion on segregation with William Jones, Freedom Riders Executive Producer Mark Samels, Freedom Summer participant Christopher Hexter and activist Vel Phillips.

Ten Chimneys: More Than A Great Museum - Ep. 577

Kristine Weir-Martell, the Dir. of Programs at the Ten Chimneys Foundation, provides a glimpse into the lives and style of actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne during their time at Ten Chimneys. Weir-Martell discusses the music and theater programs which allow the traditions of the Lunts to continue.

Into Sunlight: The Connections of War and Peace - Ep. 572

David Maraniss, author of "They Marched into Sunlight," discusses his book and presents a dance based on the parallel story of the First Infantry Division of the Black Lions Battalion fighting in the jungles of Vietnam and the anti-war movement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during two days in October, 1967.

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