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Ukuladies
Video | February 21, 2017
After three decades directing a choir, Mary Backus decided to form a different kind of music group for women who love to play the ukulele.
Audio | February 15, 2017
It’s hard to imagine that any musician could be as prolific as Jay Anderson. The saxophonist performs nearly every night, has started his own record label, and grows his own food.
KC Williams
Video | February 10, 2017
Milwaukee musician K.C. Williams forges a career from country music to the classroom.
Audio | January 27, 2017
To sell phonographic cabinets, a furniture business decided to start a record label. It became one of the leading producers of blues records in the 1920s and made pioneering recordings of some of the nation’s great musicians, including Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey.  
Audio | January 18, 2017
Casting is the first and perhaps most important part of a production. It’s not – as you might imagine – without its hurt feelings and anger. But Jane Jeffries reminds us of the importance of every role – large and small – to the story.
Zaria Roller
Video | January 12, 2017
Zaria Roller is a Verona’s High School Exploration Academy student who has found success on stage and in the classroom. Her proud parents have been guiding this young musical talent but no one could have anticipated the feedback from a high profile speech she delivered at the Wisconsin state capitol.
Audio | January 6, 2017
One of the most fabled stars in human history, the Star of Bethlehem, is also one of the biggest mysteries. What was the Star of Bethlehem? Meg Jones tells us the story of a Wisconsin man who found one possible answer in his coin collection.
Audio | January 4, 2017
Two years ago, a neighborhood center in Madison landed a hard-to-come-by license to its own low-power FM radio frequency. Now the fledgling station is becoming a proving ground for aspiring DJs of all ages. Seth Jovaag brings us the story of one volunteer who stepped to the mic.
Audio | December 9, 2016
Construction trades are extraordinarily male - less than 2 percent of carpenters are women. But Madison College is hoping to change that. Three of their four instructors are women. Allie Berenyi tells us how she found her true calling.
Audio | November 25, 2016
Corin Reilly always wanted to be an actor. He found a way to live his dream as part of Encore Studios, a theater company for people with disabilities.  "I began acting when I was 18 years old," says Reilly. 

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