Monday, December 22, 2014, 4:45pm
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The holidays are filled with traditions, and returning to these traditions each year can be a comforting and memorable part of the season. We talk about family traditions, and how they continue through the years during the holiday season.
Monday, December 15, 2014, 4:45pm
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We learn all about lefse - the Norwegian flatbread enjoyed by many during the holiday season.
Monday, December 8, 2014, 4:45pm
Before California was the center of the American wine universe, the Midwest loomed large. Wisconsin had vineyards and wineries before the Civil War. Historian Erica Hannickel shares the history of wine in this region.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 4:45pm
Food has always been a huge part of life in Wisconsin. Milwaukee in particular has a rich history of cultural food and baking traditions. We talk to a Milwaukee food tour guide about her favorite holiday food traditions.
Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:45pm
Hunting has been an integral part of Wisconsin’s history and culture. But participation in hunting has declined in recent years. The Learn to Hunt program from the DNR aims to mentor a new generation of hunters. We talk to a woman about her experience in the program.
Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:45pm
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When most people think of food rationing, they think of WWII. In our Wisconsin Life piece, we hear about how Americans were first urged to conserve during the First World War with many of the programs being pioneered in Wisconsin.
Monday, October 6, 2014, 4:45pm
Barn dances have been a Wisconsin tradition for decades. In our Wisconsin Life piece, we hear about an annual barn dance hosted near Brooklyn. Then we learn about square and round dancing from an expert from the Wisconsin Square and Round Dance Convention Board of Directors.
Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:45pm
In October, the Wisconsin Life television show will debut new episodes. One of the show's producers gives a preview of what we can expect.
Monday, August 11, 2014, 10:00am
On today's Wisconsin Life, writer June Melby tells us everything that's wrong with Wisconsin so that you'll stay away... and leave it for the rest of us to enjoy. The state of Wisconsin looks like a hand. Hold up your right palm. Stick out your thumb, and lo, you have Door County, a thumb-shaped...
Friday, January 3, 2014, 11:15am
Editor's Note: Moving to a new place means finding the grocery store, the post office and getting to know new neighbors. It can also mean learning new folktales. Writer Alex Bledsoe writes about the creatures that he encountered after moving to Wisconsin. I grew up in a small town in west Tennessee...
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:00am
Editor's Note: Animals have quite a few lessons to offer us. When Carrie Rothburd moved to Wisconsin, she took a few cues from her horse. "He’s gone wild,” says Donn, the guy who trimmed Cougar’s hooves back in New York. He laughs when I tell him I’ve just chased my horse along an icy path for half...
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:00am
Editor's Note: Many of us have particular rituals that make Christmas feel complete. Justin Isherwood’s farm family marked the day with a trip to the trout stream. Christmas at our house was sandwiched between morning chores, cleaning the barn, washing the milkers, feeding the young stock and to...
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 10:30am
Editor's note: For many of us, the holidays aren’t complete without a favorite food or drink. Writer Julie Buckles’ grandfather was famous for the holiday cocktails that he served -- not necessarily because they were good but because of the memories they created. In the 1980s, my grandpa retired...
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 11:30am
Editor's Note: Winter officially starts this weekend. It’s a season that invites strong feelings among Wisconsinites. Writer Christi Clancy tells us how she deals with the season. Find more Wisconsin Life stories at www.wisconsinlife.org. Like a dieter thinking about the New Year, I think about the...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 6:22pm
America's first drink is making a comeback. Hard cider -- the fermented juice of apples -- was the drink of choice in colonial America, drunk by everyone from presidents to children. German immigrants with their taste for beer, industrialization and Prohibition caused cider consumption to decline...
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 11:48am
Editor's Note: It’s that time of year when hunters dig out the camo and blaze orange and talk turns to the deer hunting season. Writer Ron Davis is an avid bow hunter but he sometimes wonders what drives him to the woods year after year. What am I doing here? It’s a question I seem to be asking...
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 4:59pm
People generally think of iron skillets as utilitarian objects, the work horses of the kitchen. But they can also be works of art. Madison artist Alisa Toninato makes beauty out of the functional with her Wisconsin-shaped skillets. Iron artistry isn’t new to Wisconsin. The iron industry has a long...
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 11:33am
'Tis the season for ghosts and ghost stories, and Wisconsin has its share of ghostly stories, past and present. In Fond du Lac, a downtown hotel is reportedly still home to its original founder and owner, Walter Schroeder. Both guests and staff have reported glasses knocked to the floor, swaying...
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 10:13am
When Orson Welles decided to make a radio play of the H.G. Wells’ 1898 classic, "The War of the Worlds" in 1938, he had no idea that he would incite mass audience panic and earn the condemnation of the FCC. Some accounts from the time claim he was labeled a “radio terrorist," and listeners to the...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 8:53am
Editor's Note: Hummingbird moths are fantastic imposters, sometimes appearing to some as a moth while others think they could be a bird. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn reflects on the moths flitting about her yard: Tonight, in a patch of bouncing bet, growing in a ditch on the roadside, I saw a peculiar...