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Breaking the news — Mark Pitsch — #36

10/1/2018
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Former Wisconsin State Journal Assistant City Editor Mark Pitsch, who also worked as a state capitol reporter and was the president of the Society of Professional Journalists in Madison, discusses his life in journalism, as well as a brief stint working for The Onion.

Duration:00:45:50

Aztalan: Wisconsin’s famous archaeology site — Bob Birmingham — #35

9/17/2018
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Former state archaeologist and author of several books about Native Americans in Wisconsin, Bob Birmingham explains why Aztalan, located near Lake Mills, is one of the state’s most significant archaeology sites.

Duration:00:51:13

Future of small town Wisconsin — Randy Stoecker — #34

8/27/2018
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Rural communities have seen declines in young adults. The population shifts have been the subject of study by Randy Stoecker, a UW-Madison professor, with a joint appointment in the UW Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. He is also known for working with many community groups.

Duration:00:50:18

Packers, amateur baseball and bierocks — Brian Carriveau — #33

8/20/2018
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Packers blogger and podcaster Brian Carriveau traces his journey from teaching to sports writing to opening a new tavern and eatery in Madison. Carriveau also reflects on his book about Wisconsin’s amateur baseball scene in the Home Talent League.

Duration:00:55:01

Wisconsin gerrymandering, voter ID, and elections — Barry Burden — #32

6/11/2018
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What was the impact of Voter ID legislation on the 2016 Presidential Election in Wisconsin? What are the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of Wisconsin’s redistricting? And how can elections run smoother? Barry Burden, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the director of the Elections Research Center, shares his research and analysis.

Duration:00:58:31

Reporting on Milwaukee gun violence — Aisha Turner — #31

6/4/2018
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As a co-producer on the Precious Lives project, a two-year radio series about young people and gun violence in Milwaukee, Aisha Turner was challenged to tell stories about a difficult and frustrating subject. She explains the difficulties of the work and how it impacted her own life.

Duration:00:55:40

Covering the state capitol — Jason Stein — #30

5/21/2018
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Jason Stein is a former state capitol reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and previously the Wisconsin State Journal. He was recently named the Research Director of the Wisconsin Policy Forum, an independent, nonpartisan research organization analyzing Wisconsin state and local government finance, education, and economic development.

Duration:01:04:35

Madison’s funniest comic — Johnny Walsh — #29

5/14/2018
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Johnny Walsh is a Madison lawyer and stand up comedian. He recently won the annual Madison’s Funniest Comic Contest at the well-regarded Comedy Club on State. Walsh, who is legally blind as a result of Usher Syndrome, discusses making his parents laugh and where he hopes to go with comedy.

Duration:00:46:54

Why the Braves left Milwaukee — Patrick W. Steele — #28

4/23/2018
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Author of the new book “Home of the Braves: The Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee,” Patrick W. Steele recounts the history of how the Boston Braves came to Milwaukee, won a World Series, and eventually left for Atlanta.

Duration:00:56:11

Humanizing sports — Jalen Knuteson — #27

4/16/2018
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Jalen Knuteson, a young local sports reporter for the Daily Jefferson County Union, discusses local sports coverage, a UW-Whitewater basketball player trying to make an international difference, and his mission to humanize sports and the athletes that compete.

Duration:00:46:37

Cougars! — Scott Walter — #26

4/9/2018
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The WDNR’s large carnivore specialist Scott Walter discusses recent cougar sightings in Wisconsin, what the animals are doing in the state, and what the WDNR is doing to monitor them. Walter, also oversees the development and coordinator of wolf and bear management.

Duration:00:52:38

Sharing the Wisconsin Sky — Jean Creighton & Bernard Perley — #25

4/2/2018
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UW-Milwaukee professors Dr. Jean Creighton and Dr. Bernard Perley discuss their roles in the new cultural show “Indigenous Voices: Sharing the Wisconsin Sky” at the Manfred Olson Planetarium. Creighton also shares her backstory and mission to communicate and inspire with astronomy.

Duration:00:39:54

Engaging Brewers Fans — Caitlin Moyer — #24

3/26/2018
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With Opening Day fast approaching this week, Caitlin Moyer, the director of new media for the Milwaukee Brewers, shares stories about Hank the Ballpark Pup, Bob Uecker, and Brewers recent tribute to the movie The Sandlot.

Duration:00:50:00

Photographing the Winter Olympics — Dan Powers — #23

3/12/2018
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Appleton Post-Crescent photographer Dan Powers spent nearly three weeks covering the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea as part of the USA TODAY Sports Images team.

Duration:00:45:43

Jeff Sauer’s hockey and humanitarian legacy — Bill Brophy — #22

3/5/2018
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Hockey broadcaster and former newspaperman Bill Brophy, a longtime friend of former Wisconsin Badgers Hockey Coach Jeff Sauer, discusses the coach’s career and human impact. Brophy is the president of the Coach Sauer Foundation, which strives to continue the late coach’s passion for providing access to the game.

Duration:00:55:59

Citizen science, monarch butterflies and arboretum management — Karen Oberhauser — #21

2/26/2018
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Karen Oberhauser, the new director of the UW-Madison Arboretum and an internationally renowned monarch butterfly researcher, discusses the growth of citizen science projects, why she chose monarchs as a research subject and how the mission of places like the arboretum will evolve.

Duration:00:57:13

Wisconsin’s Hunting Heritage — Noah Wishau — #20

2/19/2018
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Avid hunter and fisher Noah Wishau recently started the podcast Wisconsin’s Hunting Heritage. Wishau talks about the future of hunting in the state, what he’s learning from talking to other hunters and conservationists, and the gulf of opinion between hunters and anti-hunters on a range of issues including gun control.

Duration:00:46:27

Project SNOWstorm & Wisconsin Snowy Owls — David Brinker — #19

2/12/2018
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Project SNOWstorm uses innovative science to understand snowy owls, and to engage people in their conservation through outreach and education. David Brinker, a Wisconsin-raised ecologist, discusses the project and its recent effort to add trackers to snowy owls in Wisconsin.

Duration:00:44:46

Madison’s Urban Coyotes & Red Foxes — David Drake — #18

2/5/2018
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David Drake, UW-Madison professor and extension wildlife specialist, discusses the UW Urban Canid Project, a study on red foxes and coyotes living in urban Madison. The project aims to investigate the way canids are living in the city and how we can coexist with these wild neighbors.

Duration:00:47:54

Political commentary in a divisive era — Emily Mills — #17

1/29/2018
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion columnist and Our Lives Magazine Editor Emily Mills discusses writing about and engaging with politics. Mills also reflects on covering the 2011 Wisconsin State Capitol protests, and her passion for punk music and roller derby.

Duration:01:03:00