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.

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The Presidential Nomination Process

The process for nominating US presidential candidates has changed over the years—often in ways that are complicated, confusing, and not necessarily democratic. Nominations have become a shifting landscape of delegates, superdelegates, back-room party bosses, and late-night compromises that try to unite competing party factions. As the 2024 presidential election approaches, how will the nomination processes work and how will they be different from those in previous elections? Political scientist Barry Burden looks at the way presidential candidates are nominated.

Evangelicals in American Politics

Ever since the days of Puritan New England, American governments have struggled to define the relationship between religion and a secular nation. In recent years, that struggle has become increasingly strident with the rise of the Christina Right. What is the relationship between the Christian Right and traditional evangelicals? At what point did the Christian Right become an influence in US presidential elections? And who were the key players in that development? Historian Dan Hummel will take us into the world of the Christian Right and its influence in American politics.

The Vulnerability of Public Education

Explore the increasing battles over academic freedom, tenure, and faculty governance at public universities today.

James Joyce

We delve into our archives for a conversation about one of Ireland's celebrated writer James Joyce. We decode some of the more obscure meanings behind Joyce's often ambiguous prose and wry humor, and explore what made Joyce so innovative and so controversial.

A History of U.S.-Israel Relations

Since the founding of the state of Israel in 1948, U.S. presidents have tried a variety of approaches to maintain balanced relations with Israel and the surrounding Arab states. In the years leading up to the Israeli-Hamas war, a series of conflicts have made the attempt particularly challenging.

Citizens of a Stolen Land: A Ho-Chunk History of the 19th-Century U.S

Explore how Wisconsin's Ho-Chunk people fought back against devastating attacks on their land and culture

Citizens of a Stolen Land: A Ho-Chunk History of the 19th-Century U.S

The Devil's Element

We can't exist without phosphorus. Until recently, there was a steady supply because it moved through a cycle, but now that cycle has been broken and what was life-sustaining is becoming scarce and dangerous.

The Legendary Paul Robeson

Explore why acclaimed African American singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson became embroiled in controversy and denied a passport.

A History of the 20th Century Catholic Church

A History of the 20th Century Catholic Church

In the years following World War I, the Catholic Church was intent upon regaining lost ground and entered into a variety of political alliances to do so--some of them with unexpected outcomes.

A History of the 20th Century Catholic Church