The Drive Behind The Electronic Messages You See On Wisconsin Highways

WPR recently received a question from a listener, Marc Reisner from Madison, about the digital highway signs. He asked: "What's the story behind the electronic signs you see on Wisconsin highways? Who writes the witty sayings about how to stay safe on the road?"

This story is part of Wisconsin Life and WPR's WHYsconsin project. What have you always wondered about Wisconsin, its people or its culture that you want WHYsconsin to look into? You ask the questions, and we find the answers!


Waadookodaading: The Ojibwe Language Immersion School

The Ojibwe language was nearly lost due to forced assimilation through federally-run boarding schools and policies. Today, communities around the central Great Lakes are working to revitalize language and culture. To keep Ojibwemowin flourishing, Keller Paap of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Brooke Ammann of the St.

Dogsledding In Northern Wisconsin

Dogsledding has been a family affair for writer Julie Buckles. She and her husband, Charly Ray, caught the bug when they first moved to northern Wisconsin. She has raced with her daughter, Caroline, in the annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog race.

Remembering UW’s Black Student Strike Of 1969

When Geraldine Hines arrived on the UW-Madison campus as a law student 50 years ago, she had to adapt to the Wisconsin climate, the food, and its people. She had recently graduated from Tougaloo College in Mississippi and this was her first time living in the north.

Is That Really Madison Up On The Big Screen?

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony is happening this Sunday, which got Dean Robbins thinking about movies set in and around Madison. It’s always a thrill to see Wisconsin’s capital city as a backdrop for a major motion picture, or is that really Madison we are seeing?

The Lands We Share: Danell Cross & Metcalfe Park Legacy Garden

Metcalfe Park Legacy Garden in Milwaukee has transformed several vacant lots into a vibrant place for community gatherings and education. The garden is overseen by the Metcalfe Park Community Bridges organization and GroundWork Milwaukee, which provides modest stipends for neighborhood kids to work on the garden in the summer months.

Comedian Brings Dorkdom, Stand-Up Back To Milwaukee

Jackie Kashian fell hard for comedy while attending University of Wisconsin-Madison, but the elements were there while growing up in South Milwaukee….NOT Milwaukee. “I have been explaining to people that South Milwaukee is its own town in between Cudahy and Oak Creek with its own water treatment plant.

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