Things to do in Wisconsin, Vinyl chloride, Championship cheesemaker

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Rock formations have stripes as they're surrounded by green leaves.
Plants grow around rock formation Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, along the Ice Cave Trail at Wildcat Mountain in Ontario, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

We talk to the author of a new book on things to do around the state of Wisconsin. Then, a plastics engineer explains why and how we use the chemical vinyl chloride, which spilled in a train derailment in Ohio. Later, we talk to the Wisconsin native who won the 2023 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.

Featured in this Show

  • What should be on your Wisconsin bucket list

    A Madison author and chef shares suggestions from a new book of things to do around Wisconsin before you die.

  • Why we use vinyl chloride, the chemical that spilled in an Ohio train derailment

    The train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio spilled a toxic chemical called vinyl chloride, which is used in the production of many plastics. We learn more about what the chemical is and how commonly it’s used.

  • US Championship cheesemaker with Wisconsin roots

    What does it take to make the world’s best cheese? We talk to the winner of the 2023 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, who spent most of his life in Wisconsin before moving to a new dairy operation in Connecticut last year.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Dannelle Gay Guest
  • Alex Jordan Guest
  • Eric Schmid Guest

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