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Audio | September 9, 2016
Best known now for the movies made from her books, Edna Ferber was one of the best-selling and most prolific writers of her era. She grew up in Wisconsin and got her start as a reporter in Appleton and then Milwaukee.
Audio | September 7, 2016
A prolific writers of novels, short stories, and essays, Wisconsin-born writer Hamlin Garland broke with the romanticism of his time to describe the harsh realities of farm life in his books. Keith Newlin introduces us to the man who called himself a “son of the middle border.”
Audio | September 2, 2016
The Pulitzer Prizes turn 100 this year. We’re honoring the occasion with a look at five winners with Wisconsin ties.
Audio | August 31, 2016
Education gave Jeff Snowbarger’s farmboy grandfather the world. It also taught him how to navigate through despair.
Audio | August 26, 2016
Few jobs were as miserable and hot as work in a 19th century iron mill – especially in the summer. We may be sweating now but historian John Gurda tells about the workers who labored in unimaginable conditions.
Audio | August 24, 2016
When he was 6 years old, David Rozelle’s mother left him and his sister at an orphan home in Racine. What was supposed to be a temporary situation turned into six years. But this isn’t the story of despair that you might expect – Rozelle recalls those years at the Taylor Home as some of the best of his childhood.
Audio | August 19, 2016
You may have seen someone wearing goggles, a corset, and a bustle in a local parade. Mixing the Victorian age with technology and industry, steampunk has taken off in recent years in places you might expect like Madison and Milwaukee…. But also in Lodi.
Audio | August 17, 2016
Barbershop music with its close four-part harmonies was very popular in the first part of the 20th century.
Audio | August 12, 2016
The Babcock butterfat tester transformed the dairy industry and helped Wisconsin become the dairy state. Its big story for such a humble object. Wisconsin Historical Museum curator Dave Driscoll shares the story of this transformative invention as part of our ongoing series Wisconsin 101, a statewide collaborative project to explore Wisconsin’s story through historical objects.
Audio | August 10, 2016
One of the most well-known figures in Civil War Wisconsin wasn’t a person at all but an eagle named Old Abe. Despite the name and the bird’s fame, though, the eagle’s gender has been in question for more than a century…. until the Wisconsin Veterans Museum decided to settle the question once and for all. 

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