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Dear Papa, I’m Writing To You On Birch Bark

When WPR producer Steve Gotcher's daughter, Erika, was a little girl, she started a now 25-year tradition of sending him ...

‘I Am Terrified For His Life’: A Mother’s Love And Worry For Her Black Son

There are parents in Wisconsin who fear for the future of their Black sons. That's no different for storyteller Takeyla ...

The Hill That Goes Up That Goes Down: A Bit Of Family Magic At Devil’s Lake

My family likes to go camping a lot. And when I was a kid back in the 1980s, one of ...

Artist Zhalarina Sanders Explores Love, Identity With ‘The Light’

Zhalarina Sanders is an artist who does it all. Her craft is steeped in theater and music — so lyricist, ...

Winning Neighbors Over With Food, Parties And Kindness

Moving to a new community can spark a host of challenges. Marisol Gonzalez of Madison shares a story about trying ...

My Mother’s Tea: Skepticism And Love Of Family Traditions

Many of us grow up questioning our parents’ methods and traditions, only to find ourselves embracing them later in life. ...

Faith, HOPE and Love: Anticipating A Better Tomorrow While Safer At Home

People are using a lot of coping mechanisms to get through these days. For writer Jan Larson, it’s hope, faith, ...

Wisconsin 101: Pasties

Imagine this: It’s early morning in a small Wisconsin town about a century ago. The sun hasn’t risen, but parents ...

Cloud Eating: The Power Of Homemade Tortillas

Many of us have strong memories tied to making food with our families. Writer Araceli Esparza shares a poem about ...

Moms Don’t Cry: The Challenge Of Modeling Emotional Health For Your Kids

Takeyla Benton has always tried to be strong for her kids.  But, the Madison storyteller wonders if that has come ...

‘You Are Stardust:’ A Mother’s Lesson From Rib Mountain

Author Jill Sisson Quinn likes spending time at Rib Mountain State Park outside Wausau.  She recently took a hike there ...

Complex Grief: ‘I Am A Little Damaged, But I Am Oh So Good’

We all grieve in different ways. It’s painful. It lingers. It's complicated. In working through her own grief, Nikotris Perkins ...

Winter Hitchhiker Tests Balance Of Safety And Compassion

Driving home on a snowy night, author Crystal Chan and her mother encountered a hitchhiker in the blowing snow. The ...

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 ...

Meet Bruce The Spruce: Green Bay’s Talking Christmas Tree

For some people, Christmas in Green Bay is not complete without a visit to “Bruce the Spruce.” It’s a fake ...