Mark Walters is a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. You can read about his adventures, which include hunting, fishing, canoeing and backpacking, in 60 different newspapers on a weekly basis. Walters is also committed to getting young people into the outdoors. He created the nonprofit Kids and Mentors Outdoors, or KAMO.
Horicon Marsh, located in southeast Wisconsin, is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the U.S. It has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations and is one of the best birding locations in Wisconsin. DNR Wildlife Conservation Educator Liz Herzmann offers an insider look at the renowned outdoor venue.
The Aldo Leopold Foundation was established in 1982 with the mission to inspire an ethical relationship between people and nature through the conservationist’s legacy. The Foundation’s executive director Buddy Huffaker discusses Leopold’s enduring legacy in Wisconsin and around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.