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Debussy’s Piano Portraits

Catherine Kautsky, Professor of Music at Lawrence University, joins Wisconsin Public Radio host Norman Gilliland, to discuss the inspiration behind Claude Debussy’s piano works. Kautsky performs Debussy pieces and explains the history and structure of the works.

The Art of World War I Corporal Francis Webster

Darrek Orwig, Editor of Somewhere Over There: The Letters, Diary, and Artwork of a World War I Corporal, joins Norman Gilliland, Host on Wisconsin Public Radio, to discuss the life and work of World War I soldier and Iowa native Corporal Francis Webster. Webster documented the grim realities of combat as well as wartime French civilian life.

The War on Evolution

Ronald Numbers, Professor Emeritus in History of Science and Medicine at UW-Madison, discusses the historical and current resistance to evolution. Numbers addresses the opposition to teaching evolution in schools.

Wisconsin State Parks: Gateways to the Ancient Past

Scott Spoolman, Author of “Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History,” discusses the geologic history that hikers and travelers can observe while visiting the Wisconsin State Park system.

Marketing Medieval Medicine

Walton O. Schalick, III, Clinical Assistant Professor at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses how medieval medicine and the health care structures established in the Middle Ages laid the foundation for medical education, drug regulations, and the way patients are treated.

Wisconsin and the Shaping of American Law

Joseph A. Ranney, Adjunct Professor at Marquette University Law School, discusses the regional and national patterns that contribute to and shape Wisconsin’s laws. Ranney examines how Wisconsin has influenced national laws.

Pioneer Spirit and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Family

Jennifer Van Haaften, Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, discusses how the lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pioneer family was portrayed in her novels and presents a more complex image of what it was like to live on the prairie during the late nineteenth century.

Penwern: A Frank Lloyd Wright Summer Place

Mark Hertzberg, Author and Photographer, presents historic and contemporary photographs of the summer cottage, Penwern, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Fred B. Jones. The estate is located on Lake Delavan.

Indian Mounds of Wisconsin

Robert Birmingham, Co-Author of “Indian Mounds of Wisconsin,” provides an overview of the effigy mounds, created by American Indians. Birmingham contends that the mounds model the Native American belief system and their relationship with the spirit world.

Black Suffrage in Early Wisconsin

Christy Clark-Pujara, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, explores the history of black male disenfranchisement during the first years of Wisconsin’s statehood. This exclusion at the ballot box ultimately resulted in Wisconsin becoming the first state where black men could vote.


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