Don Voegeli wrote one of the most famous songs in public radio history — the theme for NPR's "All Things Considered — from his office in Madison, Wisconsin. But, the synthesizers behind that composition have disappeared. Where did they go?
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For 24 years, the annual tradition called Book Across The Bay has brought hundreds of skiers and snowshoers to Chequamegon Bay in Northern Wisconsin. The mission: To cross a frozen, 10-kilometer stretch of Lake Superior under the night sky.
Takeyla Benton has always tried to be strong for her kids. But, the Madison storyteller wonders if that has come at a price. === It’s a rare thing to get a glimpse of yourself from the outside.
This story brings together a mid-winter ice storm, the southeast shore of Lake Mendota in Madison, ice skating, and a series of photographs that became a record album cover. Dean Robbins takes us back in time to a cold February photo session on the bleak frozen lake.
A hailstorm in 2006 left Jen Mulder with a problem. What was she going to do with her severely dented vehicle? The solution came quickly to this Madison artist. “It was a 1989 Toyota Camry so it didn’t really have much value,” says Mulder.
Amy Jandrisevits believes everyone has something in life that they’re good at and it’s our obligation as people to use that something to make the world a better place. “We all have a place at the table and we all have something that we’re good at,” says Jandrisevits.
Author Jill Sisson Quinn likes spending time at Rib Mountain State Park outside Wausau. She recently took a hike there with her young son for a lesson about our place in the universe.
To sell phonographic cabinets, a furniture business in Port Washington decided to start a record label. It became one of the leading producers of blues records in the 1920s and made pioneering recordings of some of the nation’s great musicians, including Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey.
In 1911, the Milwaukee-area manufacturer Alonzo Pauling gathered $75,000 in capital and founded the Pewaukee Lake Ice Company with his son, Harry. They bought 18 acres of land and started work building one of Wisconsin’s largest icehouses.
With the Super Bowl right around the corner, Madison comedian Esteban Touma is struggling with whether or not to attend his friend’s party. Wisconsin Life has obtained the transcripts of several voicemails left by Touma for his friend, Charlie.
We all grieve in different ways. It’s painful. It lingers. It’s complicated. In working through her own grief, Nikotris Perkins recently wrote about the heartache of losing her daughter for the storytelling organization Ex Fabula.
There’s a national fellowship program that brings young, African leaders to college campuses across the U.S. UW-Madison is one of the schools that partners with the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The most recent group included Folajogun Akinlami of Nigeria.
The only time Holmen High School junior Gracie Kromke is exposed to the stereotypical bad lunch — rubber-roni, slapping food on plates — is when she hears stories about them. “That’s nothing close to what I experience on a daily basis,” she said.