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Don’t Go To Wisconsin

Writer June Melby tells us everything that’s wrong with Wisconsin so that you’ll stay away… and leave it for us to enjoy.

June Melby is a teacher, performer, and the author of My Family and Other Hazards. 

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A Little Wisconsin in NYC

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.

Photo: Wisconsin Historical Images

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Cow Chip Champ

South Milwaukee’s Terry Stramowski is widely recognized as the champ to beat… in the Wisconsin Cow Chip Throw and Festival.  Terry has taken first place during 18 of the annual events – and placed second in five other years.  What is her tossing secret?  What is her driving motivation?  We head to Prairie du Sac with Terry to investigate.   Thank us now for not broadcasting in smell-o-vision.

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My Wisconsin Water

We all have our own reasons for loving Wisconsin. For John Galligan, it’s the water. He tells us how he found his connection to the state.

John Galligan is a teacher and novelist in Madison.

Photo: John Galligan 

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Wisconsin Life #203

Meet a collection of people who share their Wisconsin life. Stories include: Frank Kovac, who built his own planetarium, a glider pilot who soars high over Wisconsin, a boxer who hopes to bring the sport back to UW-Madison, a profile of gospel group Queens of Harmony, a fire-loving hula hooper and author Michael Perry on crops.

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Mike Perry on Crops

Mike Perry shares a bit of his unique “Clodhopper” Wisconsin life… this time, describing the perils of raising crops on his farm a few seasons ago.

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Wisconsin Life #202

Meet a collection of people who share their Wisconsin life. Stories include: a paranormal investigation of the old Kewaunee County Jail, a humorous look at how to speak ‘Wisconsin,’ one of the last botanical artists, family tree needlepoint and an introduction to the traditional North Indian dance form, Bhangra.

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Making a Home

Ann Peters’ architect father designed and built her childhood home north of Fond du Lac. Everything about that house came to define her sense of place and what home means.

Ann Peters is the author of House Hold: A Memoir of Place, and is associate professor of English at Stern College, Yeshiva University.

Photo: Yeshiva University 

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Queens of Harmony

Ella Ray and her friends regularly sing to the heavens.  They’re part of a seven-member gospel quartet called the Queens of Harmony, and they’ve been singing around Milwaukee for almost 50 years.  Along with the joy of singing, their music has also taken these women around the world and brought them closer to one another.

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Fire Hooping

Sarah Sparkles and the “Madison Fire Tribe” love, well… fire.   Sarah also passionately loves hula hooping and has found a visually arresting way to combine the two activities. 

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Wisconsin Life # 201

Meet a collection of people who share their Wisconsin life. Stories include: a Vernon County man who lives off the grid, a group that helps kids with Autism build and fly drones, a look at Madison’s Roller Derby team, northern Wisconsin’s Loon Rangers and a Milwaukee blacksmith.

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Planetarium Builder

Frank Kovac loved to take groups outdoors to lead astronomy tours of the northwoods skies– but hated to have those tours thwarted by clouds.  So Frank says he took the next logical step… he built his own planetarium.  Frank now gives tours to more than 3000 people a year.

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