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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.

Archaeological Excavations. in Door County

Paul Reckner, Archaeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society, explores the relationship between the geological and cultural histories that have drawn humans for at least 2,500 years to Wisconsin, Door County and Nicolet Bay.

The Geospatial Revolution

Jim Lacy, the associate state cartographer in the Department of Geography at the UW-Madison, explains that geospatial technology refers to the tools, techniques, data, and skills used to inventory and analyze the relationship of people, places, and things in our world. Virtually all of the information that you share with people has some kind of geospatial tag.

Antiviral Drugs and Vaccines – Ep. 723

Holly Basta, a research assistant at the Institute for Molecular Virology at UW-Madison, explores the use of vaccines and their effectiveness. Basta uses computer modeling to research Rhinovirus C, a virus found to be common in asthmatic children.

Biosafety, Compliance, and UW Influenza Research - Ep. 696

Rebecca Moritz, the research compliance specialist with the Department of Environment, Health & Safety at UW-Madison, discusses some of the many steps taken to mitigate the inherent risks involved with influenza research at UW-Madison.

Birdscaping in the Midwest - Ep. 687

Mariette Nowak, the president of the Kettle Moraine Chapter of Wild Ones, discusses how to increase the number and variety of birds in your yard by growing native plants offering natural habitat and a yearlong smorgasbord of berries, nuts and seeds. Gardeners can play a vital role by preserving and restoring native communities, which can support birds and other wildlife.

Hostas and Friends - Ep.686

Lisa Johnson, a horticulture educator for the Dane County UW-Extension, introduces some newer varieties of hostas and the annual, perennials, shrubs and trees that compliment them.

Investigations of Brain Connectivity in Autism - Ep. 674

Andrew Alexander, an associate professor in the Dept. of Medical Physics at UW-Madison, discusses his research into the measurements of brain connectivity between different brain areas using both functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging. The results of this research show that brain connectivity is altered in autism and that connectivity properties change with age.

The Making of "Seaworthy" - Ep. 670

Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, the coordinator of historical services at UW-Madison Libraries, shares stories of the sea: the eradication of scurvy, the interplay between whaling and women's health, the toll on the lives of slaves on the Middle Passage, the development of SCUBA, the impacts of chronic sea sickness on young Charles Darwin, and the mental health of seafarers.

Science and Engineering in WWII - Ep. 665

Lieutenant colonel Todd Berge, the Commander of AFROTC Det. 925, describes the technology, design, refinements, and uses of the Flying Fortress, the B-17 Bomber, and its impact on the European Theatre in WWII. Captain Scott Mobley, from the Department of History at UW-Madison, shares the saga of The Origins and Use of the Torpedo in World War II.

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