Peddling A Paper City: How Madison Became Wisconsin’s Capital

If you've spent any time at the Wisconsin state Capitol building, you know it's majestic, both inside and out. It's the center of state government and the center of Madison, with streets and avenues converging from every direction at the Capitol Square. But how did that particular spot become one of the most important places in the state? 

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Wisconsin Life # 713: Let It Snow

It’s time to embrace the season as Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald visits Winterfest in Lake Geneva. The annual festival is home to the United States Snow Sculpting Championship, where teams from across the nation gather to compete as they create massive sculptures.

Connecting Art, Culture and Two-Spirit Identity

Ryan Young grew up in the Ojibwe community on the Lac Du Flambeau Reservation in northern Wisconsin. Despite this tranquil Northwoods setting, Young had a complicated childhood. “I felt isolated in a sense that you know there weren’t other folks that identified like I did that I could talk to,” says Young.

Wisconsin Life # 712: Cultivating Innovation

Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald heads to Stratford to spend time on a dairy farm for the first time! Fitzgerald visits UW-Madison’s Marshfield Agricultural Research Station. The farm, actually located in Stratford, is part of a collection of research stations located across the state, each with its own research focus.

Wisconsin Life # 711: Paving the Way

Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald gets to work as she joins a crew of young adults from Operation Fresh Start rehabbing a home in Oregon. Operation Fresh Start is a non-profit that gives opportunities to young adults to gain work experience, build skills or earn their high school diploma.

Yiddish Music Traditions With Lil Rev

Music is a cornerstone of Jewish culture, especially during holidays and festivals. Musician Lil Rev grew up in a musical family in Milwaukee, steeped in his family’s Yiddish folk music tradition.

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