History

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.

A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook

Bob Kahn, Author Bob Kann, author of "A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook," shares stories about Lizzie Kander, Milwaukee's early 20th century culinary wonder. Kander's "Settlement Cook Book" helped young immigrant girls learn to cook nutritious "American-style" meals. The proceeds from her book helped to build Milwaukee's first settlement house and later Jewish Community...

Back in the World: Portraits of Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans

James Gill Photographer, WPT. George Banda Combat medic, 101st Airborne Div. Bruce Jensen Gunners mate, USS Stone County, Mobile Riverine Force.
James Kurtz Platoon leader, 1st Infantry Div. Rev. Ray Stubbe, Navy chaplain, Siege of Khe Sanh. Willie Williams Staff sergeant, 25th Infantry Div. Mik Derks Producer, WPT. Panel discussion related to Jim Gill's portraits of Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans.

The Story of Wisconsin's Partial Veto Power

Fred Wade, Attorney, talks about the Frankenstein veto, which is the power of the governor to use his partial veto power in a way that allows him to make laws that were not originally approved by the legislature. Fred discusses the contradiction this posses and looks into the history of Wisconsin's state constitution.

The Arts & Sciences of Brewing Beer at Home

Ella Braden, a Physicist at the Wonders of Physics, UW-Madison, explores the process of home brewing beer from both historic and scientific viewpoints. Some of the earliest writing contains recipes for beer and although the process of making beer is simple, the variations that lead to the many styles of beer are fascinating.

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