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Physics of the Wisconsin Idea - Ep. 718

Clint Sprott, joined by his colleagues in the Department of Physics at UW-Madison, demonstrates how physics work in everyday life. The themes of the experiments are based on the Wisconsin Idea and “The Wizard of Oz.”

The John Steuart Curry Murals – Ep. 695

Dave Nelson, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, and Lauren Kroiz, an assistant professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, discuss the John Steuart Curry mural “The Social Benefits of Research in Biochemistry” which depicts discoveries by researchers Stephen Babcock, E.B. Hart, Harry Steenbock, and E.V. McCollum.

Improving Health Care Services in Ethiopia - Ep. 691

Lori DiPrete Brown, Roman Aydiko, and Sweta Shrestha from the Global Health Institute and Katie Konkle from the Population Health Institute at UW-Madison, discuss the innovations and programs instituted to improve health care in Ethiopia. The quality improvement methods they are focusing on include meeting critical needs, using a twinning model, and expanding programs already in effect.

Tapping Geothermal Resources in Wisconsin – Ep. 690

Dave Hart, a hydrogeologist with the Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey, takes us on a tour of the geothermal resources in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Rock Art - Ep. 681

Robert Ernie Boszhardt, president of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, and Geri Schrab, water color painter, join University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of rock art in Wisconsin.

Grow Your Own Salad - Ep. 688

What could be more satisfying than eating a home grown salad? Lettuce is an easy crop to grow, but there are many vegetables to include in a salad garden. Susan Mahr, statewide coordinator of the Master Gardener Program at UWEX-Madison, introduces these different plants and explains how to grow them at home.

20 Years of The Wisconsin Gardener - Ep. 683

Join Producer/Host Shelley Ryan as she celebrates 20 years of The Wisconsin Gardener. Shelley hosts a commemorative panel session that includes Larry Meiller, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Garden Talk and several special guests who have been part of The Wisconsin Gardener during the first two decades.

Hunting Wild Yeast in Patagonia – Ep. 682

Chris Hittinger, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics at UW-Madison, discusses a recently discovered yeast in the Andean forests of Patagonia, Argentina. The yeast, Saccharomyces eubayanus, fused with a S. cerevisiae ale yeast and evolved into the modern lager yeast that brewers use around the world.

Vanilla, Orchids and Evolution - Ep. 680

Ken Cameron, an associate professor in the Botany Department at UW-Madison and the director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, presents an overview of the evolution, relationships, identity, and natural history of Vanilla orchids and other related orchids.

Teaching Children and Youth with Autism – Ep.677

Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, the program director at the Waisman Center Early Intervention Program at UW-Madison, discusses evidence-based practices within a child's daily routines and activities as the best approach to serving children and youth with ASD. Tuchman-Ginsberg provides a brief overview of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and resources they provide.

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