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The Rule of Law and the Law in Action

Stewart Macaulay, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, discusses the differences between our popular understanding of law and how the law actually works in society.

Designing and Building the New UW Meat Science Lab

Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at UW-Madison, explains the importance of the meat industry in Wisconsin. Sindelar discusses the vision of the meat science program and the process of designing and constructing a new building for the Meat Sciences Laboratory at UW-Madison.

Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease

Susan Paskewitz, Director of the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease, explains how the center came into being and discusses vector-borne diseases caused by tick and mosquito bites.

Weather Predictability and Predictions

Richard Anthes, President Emeritus of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, discusses the value of weather systems forecasts for predicting high-impact weather events.

Diving the Flooded Mines of Baraboo’s Iron Range

Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Mark Langenfeld, a Retired Attorney, discuss the history of the mines in the Baraboo Iron Range. Thomsen shares videos of her group of certified cave divers who explored the flooded mines, swimming past mining equipment that was left behind when the mine flooded.

The Burnham Telescope

Jim Lattis, Director of UW Space Place, discusses the history of Sherburne W. Burnham’s telescope, a 6-inch refractor telescope built in 1870. Lattis documents the locations around the country and around the world where the telescope was set up to view double stars and eclipses.

The Story of the Reformation

Lee Palmer Wandel, Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther in 16th century Europe. Wandel explores the “true church” versus the “false church” paradigm which fueled the desire for change.

The Possibility of Us and the Land on Which We Stand

Carolyn Finney, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky, discusses the ownership and use of public lands. Finney questions who is allowed access to the land and focuses on prejudice in America.

Words on the Move

John McWhorter, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Columbia University, explores language as a shifting and evolving process. McWhorter discusses how the meanings of words change over time.

How Homo Naledi is Changing Human Origins

John Hawks, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, discusses new findings related to the Homo naledi fossils found in the Rising Star cave system in South Africa. Hawks reports that the fossils indicate this primitive, extinct, human relative may have been in existence as recently as 236,000 years ago.

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