Reclamation of Nonmetallic Mining Sites

Bronson Thalacker, Technician/Specialist, Soil & Water Conservation, Barron County, discusses the steps, required by state law, to reclaim non-metallic mines when mining is complete. Thalacker focuses on the high-quality sand in Wisconsin being used for hydrofracking and the land reclamation plans that are in place.

Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day

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.

The Challenge of Democracy after the "Third Wave"

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.

Democracy and Social Protest in the Middle East

Molly Patterson, Assistant Professor, History, UW-Whitewater, explains the Arab Spring movement in Saudi Arabia and its effect on the Shia Muslim population.

The "Perpetual Crises of Democracy" in Latin America

Anne Hamilton, Lecturer, Political Science, UW-Whitewater, explains the components necessary for democracy and discusses the levels of freedom within various Latin American countries based on the rankings of Freedom House, a group which promotes democracy.

Memories, Lies and the Brain

Anthony Wagner, Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Stanford University, explores neuroscience brain imaging as a means of determining the difference between actual memory and deception. Prosecutors, judges and juries must determine whether testimony is honest and accurate or dishonest and inaccurate. Mental state decoding could help to provide answers to these questions.

Is Democracy Possible in the Middle East?

Hala Ghoneim, Assistant Professor, Languages and Literatures, UW-Whitewater, discusses the skepticism surrounding the possibility of democracy in the Middle East, explains why it’s a fair to ask if there can be democracy and provides an overview of the Egyptian Spring.

Sanitation in Developing Countries

Norm Doll, Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses water and sanitation issues in the slums of developing countries around the world. Doll highlights work being done in Nejapa, El Salvador to create a sanitation system.

Living in the Extreme in Sierra Leone

Thierry Cruvellier, Journalist and Author, discusses history, politics, civil war, reconstruction and the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Cruvellier delves into how humans behave in times of crisis when faced with difficult choices.

Emerging Diseases of the 21st Century

Dennis Maki, Professor Emeritus, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the history of infectious diseases and how to prepare for these emerging diseases at the global, national, state and local levels. Maki focuses on the Ebola virus and looks toward future global threats which could be more devastating that the Ebola outbreak.


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