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Wisconsin’s Local Pop

Wisconsin has its craft beer, artisanal coffee roasters, and specialty waters. Today, Terry Bell introduces us to one of Wisconsin’s newest craft beverages.

Photo: WiscoPop

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Turtle Tracker

Carly Lapin is a Department of Natural Resources Conservation Biologist assigned to study wood turtles in northern Wisconsin.  She will use radio transmitters to track approximately thirty wood turtles on the Tomahawk, Namekagon and Totogatic Rivers.  Her research will be used to enhance the survival rates for this state-threatened species.   

Did you know that several roads in Wisconsin are busy “turtle crossings”?  Find out more about the wood turtle and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ turtle conservation program.  Find a list here of turtles found in Wisconsin.

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Dr. Deming

Just two weeks into his career as a cancer researcher in Madison, Dustin Deming was diagnosed with the very cancer he studies. His experience as a patient has changed Dr. Deming’s work as a doctor.

Learn more about Dr. Deming’s research and the team of doctors working at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, the state’s only comprehensive cancer center.

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Baraboo’s Community Novel

Authors and book lovers are descending on Madison this weekend for the Wisconsin Book Festival. Students and residents in Baraboo recently completed a book of their own. Today we learn about “Dr. Vertigo’s Circus Spectacular,” the town’s second community-written novel.

Read the novel online.

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Horse Power

Taylor Johnson’s family has been harvesting lumber in Springbrook and other parts of Northern Wisconsin for generations.  While other loggers have embraced modern equipment, Taylor has found value in logging with a team of horses.

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Chasing Morning

Some of us love morning while others loathe the sound of the alarm and live for nights. Commentator Wendy Lutzke tells us what’s so great about getting up at dawn.

Wendy Lutzke is a writer and museum educator at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.

Photo: Wendy Lutzke

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Caver

Gary Soule discovered caving as a teen. He has had a lifetime of discovery and adventure exploring Door County’s hidden, underground treasures. Gary has had run-ins with skunks, taken a 13 hour journey in Horseshoe Bay Cave and helped preserve the Dorchester Cave after it was discovered by accident under a nursing home. Explore more about Wisconsin’s caves.

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Planting the Future

Seventy years ago, an innovative program to reforest the Great Lakes and teach natural resources management took root in Eagle River. Producer Emily Bright takes us inside Trees for Tomorrow.

Photo: Trees for Tomorrow

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Michael Perry on Wheels

Michael Perry shares a bit of his unique, “clodhopper” Wisconsin life…this time, he describes how just about anything can be made better by putting wheels on it.

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Mustang and Burro Adoption

Every so often, wild horses and burros captured in the western United States are trucked to Mequon by the Bureau of Land Management field office in Milwaukee. Producer Nancy Camden went to see a mustang and burro adoption. 

Photo: Nancy Camden

Music: “ETC” Nineteen Thirteen

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Ariana Douglas

Ariana Douglas has the gift of music and in high school was known as the “girl who can sing”. This Appleton native soared to new heights at the UW School of Music and was invited to perform at the 2011 and 2012 UW Band Shows. Today she continues to pursue her dream of singing opera.

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Adam “Crack” Winrich in action.

Photos: Rich Kremer/WPR

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Whip Cracker

The crack of a whip is an unmistakable sound, evoking thoughts of cattle drives and the American west.  But if you listen with a bent ear near the village of Fall Creek you can hear those same spine tingling cracks echoing from the rolling hills.  That’s Adam “Crack” Winrich, a world champion whip cracker who’s made a life out of the western arts.  

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Urban Honey

Nathan Clarke has set up bee hives in other people’s backyards all over Madison.  Find out what possessed a man who is allergic to bees to become a beekeeper… and what inspired him to scatter his bees throughout the city.

Urban beekeeping has become a growing trend in towns and cities all over the country, with beekeepers tending hives and harvesting honey.  In Madison, commentator Erin Clune checks out the new beehives in her neighbor’s front yard

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Mounted Patrol

It may not be typical police work, but for Mounted Patrol officer and natural hoof care expert Ken Mulry, caring for horse hooves is all part of the job. And it symbolizes the special working relationship the five horses of Madison’s Mounted Patrol unit and their rider officers have to forge in order to police effectively on horseback. Whether out on patrol or working crowds at public events.

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