Sunday, May 14, 2017, 4:00pm
Who created the Hodag? Who made "Forward" the state motto? With authors Michael Edmonds and Samantha Snyder, we'll plumb the depths of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives to conjure up some of the weird and wonderful characters who shaped the Badger State.
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 4:00pm
Mark Louden, Professor in the German, Nordic, and Slavic Department at the UW-Madison, and an expert in Pennsylvania Dutch culture, will describe the world of the Amish and Mennonites.
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4:00pm
Professor Emeritus Stanley Temple explores Aldo Leopold's pioneering land ethic and shares some of Leopold's little-known radio shows from "College of the Air" from the 1930s. For a story about Leopold's radio talks and the search for his missing recordings, go to https://www.aldoleopold.org/post/...
Sunday, April 16, 2017, 4:00pm
He's the most successful film music composer of all time, but how original is he? From Valley of the Dolls to Star Wars, we'll look at the scores of John Williams with author Emilio Audissino.
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 4:00pm
Craig Werner profiles three women who took big risks to become leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 4:00pm
During the Renaissance, for political and religious reasons, it could be dangerous to print certain things,.but printing was perilous for technical reasons as well. Joshua Calhoun will take us through the various pitfalls of printing, a profession closely linked to the environment, and we'll take a...
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:00pm
Historian Christy Clark-Pujara, author of Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island and From Slavery to Suffrage: Black on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1740 to 1866, will discuss her research into the activities of black abolitionists.
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 4:00pm
During the Cold War, words flew furiously between the United States and its adversaries and the propaganda industry worked overtime. Truths, half-truths, and lies filled the airwaves between the United States and Russia in particular. We’ll look at the ways in which broadcasting served the purposes...
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 4:00pm
English is a rich but crazy language. Discover malapropisms, eponyms, portmanteaus, oxymorons, and other words about words in an hour celebrating the English language. Joining Emily Auerbach is self-proclaimed lexophile Marshall Cook, Emeritus Professor in the Division of Studies and author of 30...
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4:00pm
Florentine Opera Executive Director William Florescu and soprano Emily Fons, who sings the part of the jilted Donna Elvira, take us behind the scenes of their March 17 and 19 production of Mozart's serio-comic opera about the notorious seducer Don Giovanni.
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 4:00pm
Revolutionary medieval mystic Julian of Norwich penned what’s thought to be the first book in English written by a woman. She dared to suggest that God was both father and mother. Professor Sherry Reames explores the life, writings, and legacy of a courageous medieval anchoress and author.
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 4:00pm
The Great War raged through Europe for three years as the United States entered it. President Woodrow Wilson’s re-election was associated with the slogan “He Kept Us Out of War,” and not even the loss of American life on the Lusitania sunk by German U-boats in 1915 broke American isolationism. But...
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4:00pm
As we approach Valentine’s Day, we’ll look at some famous medieval love triangles. We’ll find out how sultry love stories from classical times were brought into the middle ages. We’ll look at the debut of Sir Lancelot in literature and get some insight into how women became exalted in the chivalric...
Sunday, February 5, 2017, 4:00pm
In 1527, Spanish explorer Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca began one of the most remarkable journeys in history. His exploration party lost contact with their ships, set out northward on foot, and traveled across Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico for the next eight years, a trek...
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 4:00pm
Archeologist Sissel Schroeder fills us in on some of the latest discoveries about the earliest Americans. We'll find out where they came from, how they got to the New World and how quickly did they spread across the continent. We'll get a picture of what Wisconsin was like when the first people...
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 4:00pm
Twitter has a broader reach and greater impact than its immediacy and 140-character limit would suggest. But how long will it be around? Media expert Jesse Stommel looks at its current power and speculates on its future.
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 4:00pm
Behind the headlines of diplomatic breakthroughs, unofficial peace brokers do quiet and discreet work setting up negotiations between hostile nations. Our guest for University of the Air was a member of peace delegations that laid the groundwork for ending hostilities between India and Pakistan,...
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 4:00pm
Celebrated actors Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso present favorite scenes from the plays of the Bard of Avon.
Sunday, January 1, 2017, 4:00pm
Although the ancient Greeks gave us democracy, drama, a vast legacy of philosophy, and the foundations of many forms of art and science, they were capable of weird behavior and bizarre beliefs, and James McKoewn sheds light on some of the strangest from his Cabinet of Greek Curiosities.
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4:00pm
Hesiod is generally considered to be the first written poet in the Western tradition to think of himself as an individual when he wrote . . Along with Homer, the seventh-century BC writer was credited by ancient authors with establishing Greek religious customs. And he’s also a prime source for...