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Audio | February 24, 2017
The Le Maire sundial compass was the mid-18th century equivalent to today’s GPS. It was found near Green Bay in 1902 and recalls a time when Wisconsin was part of New France. The Neville Public Museum's Kevin Cullen has the story.
Audio | February 10, 2017
With long cold winters, many of us develop a deep and sometimes fraught relationship with our winter gear. Christi Clancy tells us about her struggle and search for new coat.
Audio | February 3, 2017
There are many things to enjoy about a frozen lake. For Patti See, it’s a bonfire built, improbably, on the frozen lake.
Seed Library
Video | January 24, 2017
Gardener and librarian Cindy Mischnick helped start La Crosse's Seed Library where patrons can "check out" seeds, plant them and return the new seeds to the library to keep the collection growing.     
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.
Audio | January 13, 2017
There’s something about winter light that isn’t like any other. Mike Paulus tells us about the things hidden and revealed in the winter.
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 | 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.

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