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Audio | December 21, 2016
I listened to the voice recording wishing I had been more persuasive. “You know, Mom,” I crooned over the phone days earlier, “if his bride bought a plane ticket and invited him to join her, he’d fly instead of drive.”
Audio | December 16, 2016
Don Sanford feels a deep connection to water, from sailing to ice boating. He tells us about the long history of ice boating on Madison's Lake Mendota and the pull he feels to the water's edge. 
Audio | December 14, 2016
The 40-inch refracting telescope at Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, contains the world’s largest refracting lenses. Built in 1895, the telescope and observatory are owned by the University of Chicago.
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 | December 7, 2016
The Pearl Harbor attack caught America by surprise and led to our entry into the Second World War. Meg Jones tells us about the Milwaukee-born captain of the USS Arizona.
Audio | December 2, 2016
There’s tremendous power in giving. When writer Crystal Chan was the beneficiary of kindness in an unlikely place – Chicago traffic – she found a way to repay that kindness by giving to someone else.
Audio | November 30, 2016
People do yoga for many reasons. For Ellery Lawry, yoga provided the grounding she needed in a new town.
Big Mama
Video | November 24, 2016
In this animated story, Cynthia Woodland interviews her grandmother, "Big Mama,” and discovers a deeper understanding of her family’s matriarch.
Audio | November 23, 2016
Produced by the West Bend Aluminum Company, the Penguin Hot and Cold Server was an essential cocktail party piece in the late 1940s and 1950s. As part of our continuing look at the objects that tell Wisconsin’s story, Ann Glasscock tells us about the Penguin Server and its place on Wisconsin’s tables. This story was produced in partnership with Wisconsin 101.
Wisconsin Life #410: “Go Big”
Video | November 22, 2016
Meet a high-school pep band whose sound is larger than life, a museum’s artist in residence, the artistic director at a theater company for people with disabilities, a woman who’s giving unwanted stuffed animals a second life, and an esteemed matriarch nicknamed “Big Mama.”

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