A century ago, 3 women blazed a path in the Wisconsin Legislature
Friday, March 17, 2023, 6:00am
WPR's WHYsconsin was asked: How many women are there in the state Legislature? When was the first woman elected? Those seemingly straightforward questions open a winding history through the state Capitol, from those first female representatives to today, when women hold a record 41 of the state Legislature’s 132 seats.
Why is there a long line of railcars parked on the tracks near Spooner?
Friday, February 24, 2023, 4:00am
Off a highway in northwest Wisconsin's Washburn County sits a long string of parked railcars of different shapes and sizes. A listener who regularly passes these railcars was curious about them. So, she reached out to WHYsconsin to figure out why they are here.
Where can you hear jazz and blues music in Milwaukee?
Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 5:00am
Where in Wisconsin’s largest city can you see jazz or blues performed? Even if you’re a fairly music-savvy Milwaukeean, don’t feel bad if a list of clubs doesn’t trip off your tongue.
How do I make sure my drinking water is safe from PFAS?
Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 12:00pm
PFAS contamination in the news and the impact the chemicals have on people's health are two reasons why WPR's WHYsconsin was asked: With so many issues around PFAS in our area, what can we do to ensure we have safe drinking water?
Where and how the tall tales of Paul Bunyan and his ax began
Friday, December 16, 2022, 5:00am
Paul Bunyan stories are plentiful. He's a Wisconsin folk hero. But why? That's what Ryan Urban of Rice Lake wanted to know, so he reached out to WPR's WHYsconsin. Here's what we learned about the flannel-wearing Northwoods folk hero.
Ask a question, Wisconsin: What are you curious about?
Thursday, December 8, 2022, 9:00am
We want to help deepen people's understanding of Wisconsin and the people who live here by answering your questions about the state. Ask a question, and we’ll investigate together!
Why do people call it 'deer camp'?
Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 6:25am
Wisconsin Public Radio's WHYsconsin received a question asking why, for this sliver of time out of the year, it's called a deer camp "when no one is staying in a tent? It makes no sense to me," the person wrote to us.