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Audio | September 28, 2016
Rose Mary Drab created a pillow sham to honor her brother’s service in the Civilian Conservation Corps. As part of our ongoing look at Wisconsin through objects, Joe Hermolin shares the stories woven into this 1930s textile from Langlade County.
Audio | September 23, 2016
Polka always left writer Alex Bledsoe cold. That is until he discovered the musical connection between his old home in Tennessee and his new home in Wisconsin.
Silver Coin Arcade
Video | September 22, 2016
Bradley Czech collects and restores classic arcade games in Green Bay. He has around 200 games in his collection. He has also turned his collection over to local museums with an exhibit titled "The Golden Age of Video Arcade Games".
Muller Mask Maker
Video | September 22, 2016
Master Sculptor Bryan Berenson carves cartoonish masks for the Muller Fasching Verein Mardi Gras club in Milwaukee.
Two Rivers Man
Video | September 22, 2016
Bill Walkner has spent the last five decades of his life living in the city of Two Rivers.  He's retired now, but he was a working man.  He raised a family on his paycheck from the factory.  All the while, he played the guitar and wrote songs about life.
Audio | September 21, 2016
Mildred Fish Harnack was the only American woman executed by Hitler during World War II. Writer Meg Jones tell us about the Milwaukee-born literature teacher turned spy.
Audio | September 16, 2016
Few people win one Pulitzer Prize. Madison-born Thornton Wilder won three, including one for the seminal play, “Our Town.” Wilder’s nephew Tappan Wilder tells us about his uncle.
Wisconsin Life Title Page
Video | September 14, 2016
Meet a determined University of Wisconsin-Whitewater athlete, a collector who restores classic arcade games, a wooden mask carver, a honey bee breeder who has found sweet success on her farm, and a Two Rivers resident who’s crafted a song about the fading manufacturing era.
Audio | September 14, 2016
Historians don’t tend to make waves but Frederick Jackson Turner’s pronouncement that the frontier was closed launched a debate about the American character that still resonates to this day.
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.

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