The Big Band Era, Setting A Pinball Record, Presidential History Of Physical Education

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Wisconsinite Woody Herman plays the clarinet on his 71st birthday at the Radisson Hotel in Wilmington, Del., Wed., May 16, 1984. Herman led his group “The Young Thundering Herd” in a birthday celebration that also marked his induction into the Big Band Hall of Fame. (AP Photo)

We talk with former UW Bands Director Mike Leckrone about the Big Band era. A Milwaukee man played pinball for over thirty hours for a good cause, and we can thank, or blame, Teddy Roosevelt for school gym class and more in the area of physical education.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Professor Michael Leckrone Guest
  • Rep. Ryan Clancy Guest
  • Ryan Swanson Guest

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