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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.
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.

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