Many Wisconsinites have personal reasons for plopping giant triangles of yellow foam on their heads or wearing wedge earrings to every Wisconsin sporting event — from football to baseball. But let’s go back to the beginning, to one of the first times a person cut up a piece of foam, declared it cheese and wore it on their head.
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Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald joins Black Arts MKE Performing Arts Summer Camp as they create live theater from scratch. Over the course of four weeks, Milwaukee youth ages 12 to 18 write the script, songs, audition, create the set and even some of the costume pieces.
Wisconsin’s Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand mile footpath tracing Ice Age formations across the state. People are drawn to the trail for a bunch of reasons, and Janesville’s Stephen Strieker is introducing people to the trail through his love of running.
On a cloudy, balmy weekday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band was preparing for something a quarter of them had never done before: perform at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers’ first home game was days away.
Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald hits the water of Plum Lake with the Plum Ski-ters Water Ski Show Team during a practice session. The ski team performs weekly during the summer providing an entertaining evening of gravity-defying stunts from one-person routines to large group pyramids.
Newton Man’s Journey to Honor a Forgotten Daughter of Wisconsin Executed by Hitler: Mildred Fish-Harnack
Mildred Fish-Harnack was a Milwaukee-born, University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate and the only American woman executed on the direct orders of Adolf Hitler. Architect John Dubrow first learned about her from the book called, “Resisting Hitler: Mildred Fish-Harnack and the Red Orchestra.” Mildred met German scholar Arvid Harnack at the University of Wisconsin.
Wild rice, or manoomin, is a staple food among Ojibwe tribes that lies at the center of their time on the shores of Lake Superior. For generations, tribal members have harvested this food that grows on water.
Ask Florian Bieschke if he reads books and he laughs, “You betcha! That’s my form of entertainment. I’m not fond of screens. I just like the page, so I read.” Bieschke does more than read books, he builds them.
Nina Ghanbarzadeh understands the power of words. “You can elevate someone with your words. You can crush someone with your words. Words have this great power. They are great tools,” she says.
In Lake Tomahawk, the phrase “Take me out to the ballgame” has a different meaning. Instead of peanuts, there’s popcorn. Instead of Cracker Jack, there’s homemade pie. And instead of cleats, the teams take the field in a less functional form of footwear: snowshoes.
When you step up to order at Pete’s Hamburger Stand in Prairie du Chien, you’ll notice there’s only four things on the menu: soda, water, chips and, of course, a hamburger.
Visit a Vernon County park in the summer, and it’s likely Ben Robel’s team will be hard at work. His team? A herd of goats and sheep. “I didn’t want to get a real job after college.
Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald visits the yards of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to see how the legacy of shipbuilding continues in Sturgeon Bay. She talks with supervisor of skilled trades Joel Kaczmarowski, welder Gabriel Host-Jablonski and steel fitter Kylie Owen.