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Five Steps to a Successful Prairie Meadow

Neil Diboll, President, Prairie Nursery, Inc., discusses the benefits of planting prairie and grassland ecosystems. Diboll highlights some of the best plants for both small prairie gardens and large prairie meadows and explains how to install and manage these natural flower gardens.

Getting Started with Chickens

Twain Lockhart, Poultry Consultant, Nutrena, discusses the basics of raising backyard chickens. Lockhard explores breed selection, what supplies are needed and how to avoid common mistakes.

Growing Blueberries in Containers

Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Educator, UW-Extension Brown County, presents a simple technique to grow blueberries in soilless containers. Because the high alkaline content of Wisconsin soil makes growing blueberries difficult, Pandian recommends a recipe for a soil media with an acid fertilizer for successful blueberry growth in containers.

How to Attract Bluebirds

Patrick Ready, Director, Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, discusses ways to attract eastern bluebirds to your yard. Ready delves into bluebird habitats and nest box requirements.

Bromeliad Evolution in the American Tropics

Tom Givnish, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, reports on new findings regarding bromeliads, a family of flowering plants native to the American tropics. Givnish discusses their relationship to other plant families and the geographic spread of the bromeliads over the last hundred million years.

Did the Ancient Wisconsin River Once Flow East?

Eric Carson, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UWEX, suggests the lower Wisconsin River valley was occupied by an eastward flowing river during the Cenozoic Era. The Wyalusing River followed the upper Mississippi River as far south as the modern confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers then flowed east along the valley now occupied by the lower Wisconsin River.

Astrobiology at the UW Geology Museum

Brooke Norsted, Assistant Director, Geology Museum, UW-Madison, highlights the challenges and rewards in creating the new astrobiology exhibit at the UW Geology Museum. The exhibit, titled “Biosignatures: What Does Life Leave Behind,” looks at clues to the beginnings of life through the study of fossils.

Insights from Parasites

Laura Knoll, Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UW-Madison, discusses immunotherapeutics, the targeted stimulation of an immune response to fight both infectious diseases and cancer. Knoll is developing novel immunotherapeutics by harnessing the natural ability of microbial proteins to stimulate immune responses.

NASA's Space Vegetables

Simon Gilroy, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, explores whether plants and microbes could provide food during a long spaceflight or in a colony on Mars. Gilroy discusses how a lack of gravity affects plants and humans.

The Past, Present & Future of Your Television

Bruce A. Johnson, Technical Director, University Place, Wisconsin Public Television, takes us on a fast paced romp through three quarters of a century of technological progress. Learn how new technologies are changing the ways we consume visual media.

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