History

Wisconsin Under the Sea – Ep. 768

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.

The 90th Anniversary of the Armistice: Science in the...

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.

For the Love of a Farm - Ep. 224

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Personal Perspective - Ep. 558

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.

Constellations, Signs and the Zodiac: Are There Thirteen Now?

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.

Illuminating the History of Light

Peter Sobol PhD, Historian of Science, discusses the history of the nature of light.

100 Years and Still on the Frontier: Astronomy at the...

Jim Lattis, Director, UW Space Place

Jim Lattis talks about the history of astronomy at UW-Madison. Specifically, he focuses on the beginning and history of Washburn Observatory and its relation to the development of astronomy.

Fur Trade 101

Isaac Walters, Teacher

The fur trade was Wisconsin's first truly global economic endeavor. In the mid 17th century, the French came to Wisconsin looking for furs, bringing with them an array of goods from all over the world. Isaac Walters explains what the fur trade was, how it worked, and who was involved, and he also takes a look at the facts and myths of the fur trade.

Creole Wisconsin: Wisconsin's First European Settlements...

Isaac Walters, History Teacher, looks back in time at the after effects of Wisconsin's fur trade, specifically discussing how this influenced the early Creole settlements. He also defines the term "Creole" and offers a look at their culture.

Wisconsin Innovations - Ep. 671

Dave Driscoll and Joe Kapler, curators at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, discuss the exhibit, "Wisconsin Innovations: from the Iconic to the Unexpected." Learn about the decision process they went through, the challenges of presenting research in a popular, artifact-based format and enjoy the stories behind some of the state's best and least-known inventions.

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