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Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life

From Wisconsin Public Radio

"Wisconsin Life" celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique through the diverse stories of its people. Our award-winning producers travel the state in search of stories that are humorous, surprising, emotional, and/or thought provoking. All of the stories are personal and rich with the personality of the state we call home.

Most Recent Episodes

Why Do People Wear Cheeseheads?

Many Wisconsinites have personal reasons for plopping giant triangles of yellow foam on their heads or wearing wedge earrings to every Wisconsin sporting event — from football to baseball. But let's go back to the beginning, to one of the first times a person cut up a piece of foam, declared it cheese and wore it on their head.

Janesville Man Introduces People To Ice Age Trail Through Love Of Running

Wisconsin's Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand mile footpath tracing Ice Age formations across the state. People are drawn to the trail for a bunch of reasons, and Janesville's Stephen Strieker is introducing people to the trail through his love of running. Runner Juan Moran at the Arbor Ridge Trail race creek

Janesville Man Introduces People To Ice Age Trail Through Love Of Running

A Day In The Life Of The UW Marching Band

On a cloudy, balmy weekday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band was preparing for something a quarter of them had never done before: perform at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers' first home game was days away. The band's first new director in half a century — Dr. Corey Pompey — commanded the podium and

Wild Rice Harvest Tradition Passed Down To Youth

Wild rice, or manoomin, is a staple food among Ojibwe tribes that lies at the center of their time on the shores of Lake Superior. For generations, tribal members have harvested this food that grows on water. Recently, members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa made the trek to Pacwawong Lake in

Wild Rice Harvest Tradition Passed Down To Youth

Beloved Pete's Hamburger Stand Celebrates 110 Years In Business

When you step up to order at Pete's Hamburger Stand in Prairie du Chien, you'll notice there's only four things on the menu: soda, water, chips and, of course, a hamburger. The recipe is simple — quality ground beef, onions, a little salt. But then Pete's does something a little unexpected. When it's time to

Beloved Pete's Hamburger Stand Celebrates 110 Years In Business

First Day of School

"First Day of School" is an animated version of the story written by Jo Shaffer describing the dreadful anxieties that came with the first day of school. Jo takes us on an emotional roller coaster through the halls of Madison West High School to find out that this year might not be so bad after

The Regal Fritillary Is In Danger Of Going Extinct. Why Haven't More People Heard Of It?

WHYsconsin received a question from listener Rachel Potter of Fitchburg wondering, "Why don't more Wisconsinites know about the majestic regal fritillary butterfly?" To find out more about this rare insect, WPR traveled to a restored prairie outside of Barneveld in southwestern Wisconsin with guide Rich Henderson, a board member of the Prairie Enthusiasts and a former state Department of Natural Resources ecologist.

The Regal Fritillary Is In Danger Of Going Extinct. Why Haven't More People Heard Of It?

'I Would Do Anything For Them': Siblings Reflect On Separation

Family separation can be extremely traumatic, especially for children. At Camp To Belong-Wisconsin in Plymouth, brothers and sisters who have been separated by the foster care system have an opportunity to spend time together once again. Siblings in the foster care system are separated for different and painful reasons. While each situation is unique, the

'I Would Do Anything For Them': Siblings Reflect On Separation

Summer Camp Reunites Siblings Separated By Foster Care System

As groups of siblings sit around a large campfire, they begin to share stories while eating a few snacks. They're starting to make memories that will have to last them until they can see each other again. And for some of them, that could be for a whole year. This is Camp To Belong-Wisconsin. It's

Summer Camp Reunites Siblings Separated By Foster Care System

Meet The Athletes Who Ran For Six Days Straight

Jim Fiste of Cedarburg has been running for five days straight. He has 17 hours left and a goal of 250 miles. With a mop of grey and white hair and full beard, he looks younger than his 77 years. "Let's see here, I have so many hours... what kind of pace do I need

Meet The Athletes Who Ran For Six Days Straight

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