Martha Laugen, City Manager, Madison BCycle, explains the history of bicycle sharing, discusses the bike share system in Madison and neighboring cities, and explores the future as bike sharing continues to expand within the urban transportation structure.
Bill Christofferson, Author, "The Man from Clear Lake," focuses on the life of Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was Governor of Wisconsin, a U.S. Senator and the founder of Earth Day. Christofferson highlights Nelson’s early life and delves into Nelson’s role as one of the leading environmentalists of the 20th century.
June Melby, Author, "My Family and Other Hazards," addresses the rise and fall in popularity of miniature golf from its beginnings in the 1920s during the Great Depression to the present. Melby shares stories of her summers working at her family’s miniature golf course.
F. Peter Wagner, Associate Professor, Political Science, UW-Whitewater, discusses the three waves of global democratization: from 1820s until the aftermath of World War I, after World War II, and from the 1970s until the early 1990s. Wagner delves into the fourth wave which includes the Arab Spring.
Molly Patterson, Assistant Professor, History, UW-Whitewater, explains the Arab Spring movement in Saudi Arabia and its effect on the Shia Muslim population.
Dawn Bondhus Mueller, Executive Director, Wisconsin Automotive Museum, Hartford, presents the history of the Kissel Motor Car Company, the manufacturer of custom built automobiles, located in Hartford from 1906 until 1931. Although fewer than 200 complete cars exist today, Kissel produced around 35,000 cars within a twenty five year span.
Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, discusses the corrupt atmosphere in the 1930s which lead to forensic scientists joining with the police to determine cause of death. Blum focuses on poisons often used in the early 20th century to commit murder.
Eva Schloss, Survivor, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, shares her memories of the Holocaust and her capture by the Nazis in 1944 on her 15th birthday. Schloss and her mother were freed by Russian troops in 1945; her father and brother did not survive. Her mother later married Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank. Schloss went on to co-found the Anne Frank Trust UK in 1990.
Tom DuBois, Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the indigenous people of Northern Europe, the Sami. DuBois explains the culture of the Sami people who have lived in the area for thousands of years.
Stephen Kantrowitz, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the surrender by Robert E. Lee to Ulysses Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse, ending the Civil War. Kantrowitz explains the political situation surrounding the war and discusses the circumstances which led to the surrender.