Wild rice isn’t actually a rice at all. It’s an aquatic grass that has been an important food for native people for centuries. Fred Ackley, Jr., from the Mole Lake Reservation learned to harvest rice from his grandmother, and he continues to harvest and process it to this day.
This story was produced by Finn Ryan for The Ways.
Ten years ago, Todd Cambio quit his job as a carpenter to become a luthier, specializing in guitars from the early 20th century that he now sells to musicians worldwide. Seth Jovaag introduces us to the Madison craftsman.
Dr. Evermor has been turning bits of metal and other salvaged parts into fantastical sculpture since 1983. Behind Delaney’s Surplus near Baraboo, he’s created a whole world of mechanical creatures, insects, birds, and other contraptions.
Wisconsin is home to one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States. Visitors from around the world come to Green Bay every summer to enjoy the rides and the beautiful views. Patty Murray has the story.
Many towns stake their claim to fame on an historical event, a large fiberglass object, or local delicacy. In Wisconsin, not one but three towns claim to be the state’s UFO Capital. Erik Lorenzsonn went to investigate.
For 87 years, every Tuesday night in the summer, bicycle racers have thrilled spectators at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha. Producer Nancy Camden went to see the riders race around the oval track.
Off a busy street in Greenwich Village lay a cluster of restaurants known as Little Wisco. Owned and operated by Wisconsinites, these restaurants celebrate the spirit of the state. Producer Erin Clune went to talk with Wisconsin ex-pats Adam Benedetto and Brian Bartels.
Wisconsin’s small town and rural landscapes take center stage in a photography project by two photographers. John Shimon and Julie Lindemann compare and contrast modern Wisconsin with old postcard images they have found. It all comes together as “The Wisconsin Project.” Patty Murray has more.
Humans have used gourds for a variety of purposes for centuries. Artist Terri Schmit didn’t even know what a gourd was until she met her future husband. She’s since become the “gourd girl,” creating art and teaching others about this fascinating fruit. Judith Siers-Poisson has the story.
Many of us see the same people on the bus, in our coffee shop, at the gym, or walking to work each day. They are a part of our lives even if we don’t know their names. Patti See tells us about the regulars in her life.
Patti See is a writer in Lake Hallie near Eau Claire.
German immigrant Paul Seifert lived a varied and creative life in the Driftless region he called home. He painted vibrant watercolor farmscapes in the 19th century that are highly prized by collectors today. Wisconsin Historical Museum curator Joe Kapler tells us about Seifert, the man and his
Racquetball is a relatively new sport. Combining squash and handball, it was only invented in the 1950s. Milwaukee hosted the sport’s first national tournament in the late 1960s. Seth Jovaag introduces us to one of Wisconsin’s top players.
Across the country, trained volunteers monitor the condition of local streams, lakes, and wetlands. Writer Mary Ellen Gabriel tells us about the stream she watches with her sons and the experience of doing citizen science.