University Of The Air

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On "University Of The Air," hosts Norman Gilliland and Emily Auerbach draw on the knowledge of faculty from Wisconsin universities, visiting professors and artists for conversations about a broad range of topics of enduring interest.More from University Of The Air »

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Literacy for Life

In a recent study, Catherine Compton-Lilly followed a group of eight inner-city students from grade one through grade 11 to discover how time operates as a contextual factor in children's lives as they progress through school and construct their identities as students and readers.

Moby Dick

It's a strange book in some ways—part novel, part theater and part documentary. In 1851 Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Today it's considered a literary masterpiece, but in its day it was so overlooked that it began Melville's slide into obscurity. I'm NG./ In the hour to come, during University of the Air, Melville expert Jeffrey Steele will tell us how Melville came to write Moby Dick, why his contemporaries didn't take to it, why it was censored in England, and the meaning behind some of its characters and scenes. Most surprisingly, we'll find out what significance Melville likely placed in the great white whale.

Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels Who Shaped Wisconsin

Who created the Hodag? Who made "Forward" the state motto? With authors Michael Edmonds and Samantha Snyder, we'll plumb the depths of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives to conjure up some of the weird and wonderful characters who shaped the Badger State.

Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels Who Shaped Wisconsin

Who Are the Amish and the Menonites?

Mark Louden, Professor in the German, Nordic,and Slavic Department at the UW-Madison, and an expert in Pennsylvania Dutch culture, will describe the world of the Amish and Menonites.

World War I: The Opposition

It was called The Great War, and there was plenty of opposition to it in America, which entered the conflict in 1917. By then England had been in the thick of it for three years with no end in sight, and resistance to World War I ran high among soldiers and civilians and in the upper classes as well as the lower. A prominent author and World War I historian tells us about the innovations that made the war particularly devastating, who opposed the war in England and why, and what the extent of war opposition in Germany was.

Aldo Leopold: The Radio Transcripts

Professor Emeritus Stanley Temple explores Aldo Leopold's pioneering land ethic and shares some of Leopold's little-known radio shows from "College of the Air" from the 1930s. For a story about Leopold's radio talks and the search for his missing recordings, go to

The Movie Music of John Williams

He's the most successful film music composer of all time, but how original is he? From Valley of the Dolls to Star Wars, we'll look at the scores of John Williams with author Emilio Audissino.

Three Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Craig Werner profiles three women who took big risks to become leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

Dangerous Printing

During the Renaissance, for political and religious reasons, it could be dangerous to print certain things,.but printing was perilous for technical reasons as well. Joshua Calhoun will take us through the various pitfalls of printing, a profession closely linked to the environment, and we'll take a look at what we've gained and lost as we abandon printing for paperless technology.

Black Aboltionists

Historian Christy Clark-Pujara, author of Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island and From Slavery to Suffrage: Black on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1740 to 1866, will discuss her research into the activities of black abolitionists.

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