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Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail

Melanie Radzicki McManus, Author, “Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail,” recounts her journey as a thru-hiker on the Ice Age Trail. McManus, who completed the 1,100 mile hike around Wisconsin in thirty six days, shares the history of the trail.

The Discovery of Niacin at UW-Madison

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, discusses the identification of a new vitamin found in fresh meat and yeast by Conrad Arnold Elvehjem at UW-Madison in 1937. Elvehjem’s experiments proved that nicotinic acid, also known as niacin or vitamin B3, was a cure for pellagra.

Science for the People: Visnshaft in Yiddish

Tony Michels, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at UW-Madison, explores Visnshaft, a movement designed to bring the entirety of scholarly knowledge to the Jewish immigrant community in Yiddish, their native language.

A History of Courtship and Weddings, 1830-1990

Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, explores trends in courtship and wedding traditions from 1830-1990. Bellais explains that the rituals of courtship and marriage provide a sense of importance to the events and provides links to the past and the future.

Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom

Susan Tupper, Author of “Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom,” shares stories of the Hamerstroms, a husband and wife team who have been credited with saving the prairie chicken from extinction.

Jews and the Science of "Race" in America

Eric Goldstein, Director of the Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University, discusses the classification of Jews as the “Hebrew race” in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Goldstein explores the categorizing of immigrant ethnic groups as a means of organizing and understanding each group’s place in society.

John Bascom and the Wisconsin Idea

David Hoeveler, Professor in the Department of History at UW-Milwaukee, highlights the career of 1873-1887 University of Wisconsin President John Bascom. Bascom’s philosophy influenced students Robert La Follette and Charles Van Hise and laid the groundwork for the progressive movement and the Wisconsin Idea.

A History of Badger Baseball

Steven D. Schmitt, Author of “A History of Badger Baseball,” presents an in-depth history of baseball at the University of Wisconsin. Schmitt shares stories of the players and teams through the years.

Stories from the Capitol: People and Politics

Michael Edmonds, Director of Programs and Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares stories about the people who passed through the Wisconsin State Capitol since its opening in 1917. Edmonds highlights the careers of governors, discusses policies that were passed, and focuses on the people who worked in the building.

Art of the Capitol: A Beaux Arts Masterpiece

Dan Stephans, Former Chief State Architect of the State of Wisconsin, discusses the artwork incorporated into the design of the Wisconsin State Capitol. George B. Post, architect and designer, included the artwork as a symbol of civic pride, duty and good government.

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