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July 21, 2017
Polka is celebration; it’s community; it’s family. It’s also our official state dance. And perhaps no town in Wisconsin is as polka mad as Pulaski. Shawn Connelly brought his dancing shoes to the four-day Pulaski Polka Days festival.
Totagatic River
July 19, 2017
Like many of us, Eric Dregni headed off to camp in northern Wisconsin as a kid. There, his camp counselor challenged them a legendary paddle that Dregni remembers well to this day.
Luis and Lupita Montoto in audio booth at Spanish-language radio station
July 12, 2017
Scan the AM dial in the Madison area and if you hear Spanish being spoken it's likely to either Luis or Lupita Montoto, the husband and wife behind La Movida, the state's first Spanish-language station.      
Maa Vue singing in Hmong on stage
July 12, 2017
Wausau's Maa Vue tours the country with fellow Hmong musicians performing rock, rap and pop in their native language to appreciative crowds.  With a strong voice and powerful stage presence, Maa has been called the "Hmong Adele."   
Gymnast on a German Wheel
July 11, 2017
Just over a decade ago a niche sport rolled into Madison. In Europe and specifically Germany it has become a national phenomenon.  Here in the United States, not so much. However, two Wisconsin athletes are changing that perception. The German Wheel can best be described as a giant hamster wheel. Discover how Jeremy Perkins and Carly Schuna are helping to make Madison a mecca for German Wheel.
Raspberries in hand
July 7, 2017
Donna Fischer grew up on a farm. Though she doesn’t live on a farm now, growing and preserving fruit for winter connects her to her heritage.
July 5, 2017
One hundred years ago, Wisconsin went to war. In partnership with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, we’re exploring stories of Wisconsin men and women in World War I. John Pavlik was 16 when he enlisted in the Ambulance Company. He tells us about the continued use of horses on the battlefront.
June 28, 2017
Winnie Karanja first discovered coding in high school. She was the one of two girls and one of two African Americans in her class in McFarland. Things weren’t any better in the tech industry so Karanja decided to do something about it, teaching kids, especially girls, that they have a place in tech.
June 23, 2017
Spring Green has a lot going for it. It’s one of the reasons Marnie Dresser loves living there, though sometimes, dealing with the tourists leaves a bit to be desired.
June 21, 2017
Linda Pils grew up in the center of the universe – New York City – or so she thought until she made her home in Wisconsin.

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