History

  • Wisconsin author reflects on environmental change in Lake Superior’s shadow

    In her new book, author Sue Leaf contemplates the history and environmental change of Lake Superior and her more than 30 years owning a rustic cabin on the lake’s South Shore near Port Wing.

    Wisconsin author reflects on environmental change in Lake Superior’s shadow
  • Three years after the Jan. 6 insurrection, where do Wisconsin cases stand?

    Saturday marks the three-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Since then, federal authorities have filed charges against more than a thousand people across the country in connection with the attack. That includes nearly a dozen people arrested in Wisconsin. Of the 11 men arrested here, nearly half have their cases…

    Three years after the Jan. 6 insurrection, where do Wisconsin cases stand?
  • A miracle in Milwaukee: Oprah’s best Christmas

    Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is known for so many things. There’s her long-running talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” her OWN TV Network and, of course, her philanthropy and the massive giveaways. Oprah’s philanthropy extends far beyond TV show giveaways. Her deep need to give back was inspired by a moment in Milwaukee. Writer Dean

    A miracle in Milwaukee: Oprah’s best Christmas
  • 10 favorite programs about Wisconsin from WPR’s ‘The Morning Show’ in 2023

    WPR’s “The Morning Show” is a live, call-in program hosted by Kate Archer Kent that provides news and thoughtful conversation through a Wisconsin lens. As the New Year approaches, we asked each member of the show’s team to pick a favorite program among the hundreds they produced throughout 2023. Follow the links below to read…

    10 favorite programs about Wisconsin from WPR’s ‘The Morning Show’ in 2023
  • African-centered charter school to open in Appleton

    The Appleton Area School District is partnering with African Heritage Inc. to establish The Ọmọladé Academy, an African-centered charter school. The tuition-free academy will be open to all Appleton students enrolled in kindergarten through third grade in the fall of 2024. The school will focus on providing a “holistic educational experience that celebrates the cultural…

    African-centered charter school to open in Appleton
  • Guerilla cookies were a staple in Madison’s co-op scene but one day randomly disappeared

    The Guerrilla cookie was popular in the Madison co-op scene from the late 1960s to around the 1980s. That all changed when Ted Odell, the cookie’s baker, decided to abandon baking and live in the woods. Since the cookies’ disappearance, bakers of all levels have tried to re-create the recipe. Odell had not shared the…

    Guerilla cookies were a staple in Madison’s co-op scene but one day randomly disappeared
  • How a young Midwest mayor’s political convention speech changed American politics

    For a few days next July, Milwaukee will be the center of the 2024 presidential race as the Republican Party hosts its national convention. Many political scientists and commentators question whether conventions or debates do much to sway voters. But that hasn’t always been the case. Seventy-five years ago, a Midwest mayor gave an electrifying…

    How a young Midwest mayor’s political convention speech changed American politics
  • ‘This is big, big stuff’: Cuban exile from La Crosse finally becomes US citizen

    In fall 2023, the moment Ernesto Rodriguez of La Crosse had been waiting decades for had arrived. He finally became a U.S. citizen, more than 40 years after arriving in Wisconsin following the Mariel boatlift.

    ‘This is big, big stuff’: Cuban exile from La Crosse finally becomes US citizen
  • Northwoods tribal leader reflects on 40th anniversary of court protecting treaty rights

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of a landmark ruling that reaffirmed the 1837 treaty rights of a northern Wisconsin tribe to hunt, fish and gather on ceded territory. In 1983, two brothers from the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Fred and Mike Tribble, were arrested for spearfishing outside the boundaries of…

    Northwoods tribal leader reflects on 40th anniversary of court protecting treaty rights
  • The push to ‘decolonize’ psychedelics

    There’s so much hype these days about the healing powers of psychedelics that it’s easy to overlook their troubling history. Some of the most widely used plant medicines, including magic mushrooms and ayahuasca, have long histories in Indigenous sacred ceremonies. But over the past century, Western scientists and pharmaceutical companies have been collecting these traditional…

    The push to ‘decolonize’ psychedelics