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An Early Cahokian Colony in Wisconsin – Ep. 702

Danielle Benden, academic curator in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, explores the mystery behind a 1000-year-old mission site in the Village of Trempealeau, Wisconsin. Colonists, called Mississippian peoples by archaeologists, arrived from America’s first city, Cahokia, near modern day St. Louis, Missouri, 750 miles away, in dugout canoes.

The Great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 – Ep. 698

Harold Tobin, a professor in the Department of Geoscience at UW-Madison, discusses the March 11, 2011 earthquake and trans-Pacific tsunami, the causes and history of these mega-earthquakes, and what took place beneath the waves. Tobin explores how the tsunami warning system worked and how this event triggered a reassessment of the hazard presented by such undersea faults around the world.

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.

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