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A Legacy of Ingenuity: Har Gobind Khorana - Ep. 206

Aseem Ansari, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison

Professor Aseem Ansari tells about Professor Har Gobind Khorana who won the Nobel Prize 40 years ago. He cracked the genetic code and was the first to synthesize a gene. Ansari also discusses the Khorana Scholars Program created to honor the tradition of ingenuity and collaboration between India and the United States.

Wisconsin as America's Laboratory of Democracy - Ep. 210

James Conant, a professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, delves into the history of politics in Wisconsin. Conant discusses the rise of the progressive movement and talks about the issues that were excluded from the state constitution.

Reforming The Presidential Election Process - Ep. 238

David Canon, Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison

Professor David Canon discusses how Washington is broken and his ideas for fixing it. He points out the flaws of the nomination and election process then proposes potential remedies.

Fighting Bob La Follette's Progressivism: Past, Present,...

Nancy C. Unger, Professor, Department of History, Santa Clara Univeristy

Nancy Unger expresses her fascination with Bob LaFollette's progressive legacy in her lecture entitled "Fighting Bob LaFollette's Progressivism, Past, Present and Future". He was recognized as one of the seven greatest senators in American history. She aims to increase understanding and appreciation for what he created.

The First Quarter-Century of HIV/AIDS - Ep. 196

Pete Cohen, Department of Medicine, UW-Madison

Pete Cohen explains HIV/AIDS as a disease itself. Then he moves into presenting some of the research that led to the current understanding of the disease. He'll also cover some of the existing problems with our understanding and research.

Madison Weather Satellites: The Suomi Connection - Ep. 193

Jean Phillips, Senior Special Librarian and Paul Menzel, UW Senior Scientis, Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison

Phillips and Menzel give some information on the city of Madison, a history of meteorological satellites, and the role that Verner Suomi plays in this combination.

Wisconsin's Forgotten Lost Battalion Heroes - Ep. 152

Historian and author Robert J. Laplander

Robert Laplander talks about "The Lost Battalion" being the bloodiest battle America has ever been involved in. He discusses the history of what really happened during this event and its connection to Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Immigrant Experience: A View from Language...

Joseph Salmons, Professor, Department of German, UW-Madison

Wisconsinites know and regularly celebrate the role of immigration in our state's history. Language is one of the most important things immigrants bring with them. UW Madison Professor Joseph Salmons talks about language as a window onto the immigrant experience, past and present.

Wisconsin's First Mound Builders - Ep. 175

John Broihahn, State Archeologist and Keith Jasin, Masters Student in Cultural Anthropology, UW-Milwaukee, State Archeologist

Wisconsin celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month each May. John H. Broihahn as he shares interesting details about the mounds and burial-mound building development in Wisconsin.

War Peace and Politics - Ep. 157

Melvin Laird Symposium, Biographer Dale Van Atta, UW Prof. Jeremi Suri, Univ. of Kentucky
Prof. George Herring, WI Dept. of Veterans Affairs Secretary
John Scocos & Marshfield Clinic Executive Director Reed Hall

Melvin Laird speaks about rehabilitation funds for veterans. A panel of scholars speak about Melvin Laird.

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