Friday, February 14, 2020, 6:00am
Don Voegeli wrote one of the most famous songs in public radio history — the theme for NPR's "All Things Considered" — from his office in Madison. But, the synthesizers behind that composition have disappeared. Where did they go?
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5:35am
Reduce. R euse. R ecycle. It seems like such a sim ple concept. But recycling has changed since it first became popular in the 1970s. P aula Doherty from Monona wanted to know how things are recycled in Wisconsin, so she asked WPR's WHYsconsin a series of questions about recycling in the Badger state.
Friday, January 24, 2020, 4:00am
WHYsconsin answers the question: How did the polka become a dance and a tradition?
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 6:35am
Before you step foot on the ice, you should check the ice thickness on your own or consult a local bait shop, fishing or snowmobile club, resort or outfitter, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Friday, January 10, 2020, 6:10am
Nancy from Madison asked WPR's WHYsconsin team: "How did the Capitol end up on the Isthmus? What was the politicking that went on behind the scenes to settle on this piece of land?" So we set out to find the answer.
Friday, December 27, 2019, 3:00pm
The Wisconsin Badgers fans made "Jump Around" an instant tradition in 1998.
Friday, December 20, 2019, 4:30am
When the temperature drops and the snow piles up, people want a little more warmth in their cocktail. During the holiday season, folks in Wisconsin turn to a hot drink known as the Tom and Jerry to warm them up.
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 4:35pm
How long have homemade ornaments adorned the state Captiol's evergreen tree? WPR's WHYsconsin found out a little more about the several decades-old tradition.
Friday, November 29, 2019, 6:00am
A Michigan town's plan to host a hodag festival is not going over well with residents of Rhinelander, who claim to be the exclusive home of the mythical beast.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 4:45am
If you’ve taken a drive on one of Wisconsin’s iconic scenic roads, chances are you’ve noticed a bit of alphabet soup. Signs with names like BB, CV, N and SS flank Wisconsin’s county roads, and Shelly from Marshall wanted to know why. So, after a little research, WHYsconsin found out.
Friday, November 1, 2019, 4:45am
Reporter Mackenzie Martin heads to an old-growth forest with naturalist John Bates to answer the question: Are there any old-growth sections or oldest trees known in the area that are secreted away that the general public doesn’t know about?
Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:50am
Why do people wear cheeseheads? We all have our personal reasons but WHYsconsin takes us back to one of the first times a person cut a piece of foam in the shape of a cheese wedge and wore it on their head.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 1:00pm
Do you remember our voting round on what WHYsconsin story we should dive into next? You voted, we listened. Now we're looking into why Wisconsin's county roads are labeled with letters instead of numbers. But before we can provide you with the answer, we want to hear from you.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 4:45am
WHYsconsin received a question from listener Rachel Potter of Fitchburg wondering, "Why don’t more Wisconsinites know about the majestic Regal Fritillary butterfly?"
Friday, September 6, 2019, 6:00am
WHYsconsin wants YOU to decide what question we investigate next. From milk production to Wisconsin's smallest town to how we label county roads, which of these three questions would you most like to see answered?
Friday, August 30, 2019, 4:55am
More than 350 hand-painted artworks populate a rural Wisconsin community.
Friday, August 23, 2019, 6:30am
In the system of checks and balances, the third branch is key. Made up of the supreme, appellate, circuit and municipal courts — the judicial branch — interprets the laws. But how are those interpreters, or justices, put on the bench?
Friday, June 14, 2019, 5:00am
Zander, a fourth grader at Mineral Point Elementary School asked WHYsconsin to decipher the many symbols and elements on the Wisconsin state flag.
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6:00am
With 1,906 votes cast, you told WHYsconsin what you think are the five best Wisconsin beer labels.
Monday, May 20, 2019, 6:00am
Wisconsin Public Radio's series "High Tolerance" is examining Wisconsin's complicated relationship with alcohol. But it's impossible to cover all of issues on our own.