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The Perfect Place

The list of what makes a place special is endless. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn tells us about what is for her, Earth’s most perfect place. 

Jill Sisson Quinn is a nature writer and teacher in Central Wisconsin.

Photo: Pavel Trebukov

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UFO Capitals of Wisconsin

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.

Photo: SilentJoe 

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Wisconsin’s Historic Velodrome

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.

Photo: Nancy Camden

Music: Ben Hans “Tides”

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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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Tractor Parade

Three times a year, a group of antique tractor collectors get together for a multi-day ride. Producer Adam Hirsch rode along for a day and found out why life is better at tractor speed.

Photo: Adam Hirsch 

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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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A Visit To My Temple

Next week marks the two year anniversary of the tragic shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek. Shauna Singh Baldwin tells us about sharing her faith and her temple with a young friend.

Shauna Singh Baldwin is the award-winning author of several novels, including  The Selector of Souls. 

Photo: Sikh Temple of Wisconsin

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Wisconsin in Postcards

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.

Photo: Shimon and Lindemann

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Keep Your Shirt On

Swimming is one of the joys of summer. But for some kids, swimming is no day at the beach. Mike Paulus tells us his story.

Mike Paulus is the online editor of Volume One in Eau Claire. 

Photo: Ian Kloster/Volume One

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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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A Life in Gourds

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. 

Photo: Terri Schmit

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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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Man with Dog

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. 

Photo: Doug Sharp

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Wisconsin in Watercolor

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

An exhibit of Paul Seifert’s work is on view at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison through August 30th.

Image: Wisconsin Historical Images

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Flags

Flags fly this week as we celebrate American independence. Writer and farmer Justin Isherwood tells us about the flags he raises above his Wisconsin farm.

Justin Isherwood is a writer and farmer in Central Wisconsin.  

Photo: contemplative imaging

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