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Audio | January 23, 2017
Wisconsin winters are known for being cold and harsh. But John Gurda reminds us of the 19th century settlers who toughed it out on the edge of the world.
Long Time Teacher
Video | January 20, 2017
Ed Drexler has taught genetics at Pius XI High School in Milwaukee since 1950. Now 90 years old, he looks back at a life dedicated to teaching others.
Grosman Trees
Video | January 18, 2017
John and Kate Grosman created their own unique variation of a “family tree".
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.
Audio | January 11, 2017
Carol Dunbar and her family live off the grid in northern Wisconsin. It has its challenges, but those challenges have provided important lessons, too, about the preciousness of certain resources.
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 30, 2016
Every new year comes with a New Year’s baby. It’s a big job to be a newly birthed minor celebrity. Mike Paulus shares his story.
Audio | December 28, 2016
Recognizing who you are and deciding to take steps to live that life takes a lot of reflection and time. There’s no one way. Natalie Miller tells us how she found herself and made a life changing decision to transition.
Audio | December 23, 2016
It seems like the back to school sales are barely over when the Christmas trees start to appear. The commercial drive of the holidays may seem like a modern problem but historian John Gurda tells us about the spending frenzy that gripped 19th century Milwaukee.

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