History

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.

Ten Chimneys - Ep. 483

Sean Malone, president, Ten Chimneys Foundation

Sean Malone illuminates the lives and careers of the legendary stage acting husband and wife duo of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, explaining their decision to remain stage actors instead of choosing the big screen. He also focuses on their post-performance life and retirement to their home of Ten Chimneys in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin.

The Ku Klux Klan in Wisconsin, Part II - Ep. 473

Mike Jacobs, assistant professor, Department of History, UW Baraboo.

Mike Jacobs goes into detail about the secret codes and traditions of the Ku Klux Klan. He also delves into their precise activity in the state of Wisconsin.

Neanderthals Are Us - Ep. 460

John Hawks, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison.

John Hawks explores the existence and disappearance of the Neanderthal during the course of human evolution. He also explains the anatomical difference between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens.

The Old Copper Industry in Eastern North America - Ep. 396

Thomas Pleger, Campus Executive Officer and Dean, UW-Baraboo

Thomas Pleger talks about his interest in the Old Copper Industry. He discusses research of Native Americans and their production of metal tools in Wisconsin. He focuses on cemeteries of people that lived in our state between 6,000 and 3,000 years ago as well as everything they left in their graves that hints at how they once lived.

The Ku Klux Klan in Wisconsin 1920-1930 - Ep. 394

Mike Jacobs, Assistant Professor, UW Baraboo/Sauk County Historical Department

Mike Jacobs, Assistant Professor of History at UW Baraboo/Sauk county, lectures on the history of the Ku Klux Klan but focuses on its activities in Wisconsin during the 1920s giving particular attention to its rise, appeal, opponents and ultimate decline.

Spirits in the Hills - Ep. 365

Sara Rath, Author. In the "spirit" of Odd Wisconsin, Sara Rath takes you through the history of the Wonewoc Spiritualist Camp, which has been welcoming visitors since 1893. Mediums are still in residence each summer to do readings, seances, and past-life regressions. Rath will trace the development of the camp while sharing stories about the weird happenings there.

My Germany - Ep. 347

Lev Raphael, Author

The son of Holocaust survivors, Lev Raphael was haunted by his parents' suffering and traumatic losses under Nazi rule. He appears at the 2009 Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss his book "My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped," a personal account of his pilgrimage to his parents' meeting place.

Stephen Babcock, E. B. Hart, and the Wisconsin - Ep. 345

David Nelson Academic Program Director, UW-Madison

Vitamins, dietary health, nutrition as a science... it all goes back to the University of Wisconsin. Academic Program Director, David Nelson, shares Babcock and Hart's contributions to science. Together, Babcock and Hart encouraged and inspired a generation of nutrition researchers, including Harry STeenbock and Conrad Elvehjem.

Wisconsin Ice Cream Production - Ep. 317

Bill Klein Manager, Campus Dairy Plant, UW-Madison

Laboratory Manager at University of Wisconsin-Madison Babcock Dairy, Bill Klein, shares the history, trends, production details, quality control, legal standards, and handling requirements of Babcock Hall Ice Cream. Learn why it is good to eat ice cream everyday.

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