University Of The Air 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.
University Of The Air

University Of The Air

From Wisconsin Public Radio

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.

Most Recent Episodes

Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks, And Revolutionary Communications in Early America

Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks, And Revolutionary Communications in Early America

Our guest explores the Declaration of Independence as a "masterstroke of propaganda," links Benjamin Franklin to WikiLeaks, and explains the use of stolen documents, fake news, and leaked letters on both sides of the Revolutionary War.

Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks, And Revolutionary Communications in Early America

The Science of Life's Origin

The Science of Life's Origin

How a living system capable of evolving complexity first emerged on Earth some 4 billion years ago remains one of the biggest unsolved scientific mysteries. Resolving this puzzle would guide the search for life on other worlds and might even suggest ways to engineer new life-like chemical systems in the laboratory. UW Professor David Baum will discuss different theories that have been proposed to explain the origin of life and summarize ongoing work in his laboratory and elsewhere that aims to test these theories experimentally.

Diversity in Ancient Rome

Nandini Pandey, UW Professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, shatters myths and misconceptions and shows how Ancient Rome embraced cultural diversity in surprising ways.

The Fever of 1721

The Fever of 1721

The story of the Boston smallpox epidemic of 1721 includes an improbable cast of characters embroiled in a controversy that would revolutionize not just American medicine but speed the American colonies down the path to revolution.

The Hollywood Blacklist

The Hollywood Blacklist

Before it ran its course, the Hollywood blacklist sucked in some of the most prominent names in show business. Actors, directors, writers and producers were forced to take sides and those attempting to find a middle ground were subject to condemnation from both sides and the public. Under those circumstances, some filmmakers had to leave the country and some of those who remained resorted to allegory or saber rattling to create movies such as High Noon, and the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Film historian Jeff Smith will tell us how the blacklist came to be and how various celebrities coped with it.

Adventures of an International Peace Broker

Behind the headlines of diplomatic breakthroughs, unofficial peace brokers do quiet and discreet work setting up negotiations between hostile nations. Our guest for University of the Air was a member of peace delegations that laid the groundwork for ending hostilities between India and Pakistan, North and South Korea, and North and South Vietnam. Joe Elder will tell us how he came to play the role of international peace broker, what the dangers were, and what it was like to meet in private with world leaders.

Adventures of an International Peace Broker