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The Olin Album by Chauncey C. OlinThe Olin Album by Chauncey C. Olin

Monday, February 1, 2021 through Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Read by Norman Gilliland.

Chauncey C. Olin recounts the activities of abolitionists in southeastern Wisconsin and the flight of slave Caroline Quarles via the Underground Railroad in 1842. Norman Gilliland reads.

(Apple Manor Press; ASIN : B00LS68FZC)

Make Way For Liberty by Jeff KannelMake Way For Liberty by Jeff Kannel

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 through Friday, February 12, 2021. Read by Norman Gilliland.

Hundreds of African American soldiers and regimental employees represented Wisconsin in the Civil War, and many of them lived in the state either before or after the conflict. And yet, if these individuals are mentioned at all in histories of the state, it is with a sentence or two about their small numbers. Relative to the total number of Badgers who served in the Civil War, African American soldiers were few, but they constituted a significant number in at least five regiments of the United States Colored Infantry and several other companies.

(Wisconsin Historical Society Press; ISBN-10 : 0870209469)

American Dialogue by Joseph J EllisAmerican Dialogue by Joseph J Ellis

Monday, February 15, 2021 through Friday, February 26, 2021. Read by Jim Fleming.

The story of history is a ceaseless conversation between past and present, and in American Dialogue Joseph J. Ellis focuses the conversation on the often-asked question "What would the Founding Fathers think?"

(Knopf; ISBN-10 : 0385353421)


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About Jim

Jim Fleming began his career at WPR as a student announcer in the 1960s. In addition to producing and hosting several award winning radio dramas and programs, Fleming also held a number of management positions. Read more

About Norman

Norman Gilliland is the Wisconsin Public Radio host of "The Midday" and "Old Time Radio Drama." He's also the author of "Sand Mansions," and "Midnight Catch."Read more

About Michele

Michele Gerard Good was born in Chicago and raised in northern Wisconsin. After graduating from Ripon College with a degree in theatre, she spent most of her life pursuing an acting career – studying “the Method” at The Actor’s Studio in London, voice with Marni Nixon in New York and...Read more

About Karl

Karl Schmidt was an Emeritus Professor at UW-Extension, and read for "Chapter a Day" off and on for 75 years. Among his other roles at WPR, Schmidt directed "Earplay," a radio drama that comprised much of NPR's programming of that genre during the 1970s. He died in April 2016.Read more

About Susan

Susan Sweeney is an emeritus theater professor at the University of Wisconsin. She has a long history in theater as well as singing and coaching voice and dialects throughout the United States. She has voiced over 20 books as a reader for Wisconsin Public Radio's long-running program "Chapter a Day."Read more

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