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Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life

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"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

Joni Mitchell Skates On Lake Mendota—And Into Music History

This story brings together a mid-winter ice storm, the southeast shore of Lake Mendota in Madison, ice skating, and a series of photographs that became a record album cover. Dean Robbins takes us back in time to a cold February photo session on the bleak frozen lake. == I remember the 1970s as a time

Joni Mitchell Skates On Lake Mendota—And Into Music History

The Full Moon Faux Pas

The super blood wolf moon is coming! While this sounds creepy, it's actually just a close-up lunar eclipse that turns the moon red from the Earth's shadow. As people prepare to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon early next week, it got writer Chris Hardie reflecting on another type of spectacle: his very own full

Musician Adapts To Limb Difference, Works With Kids

Tony Memmel is a Waukesha native who is living his passion: a career in music. He plays guitar and piano, writes and records his original music, tours the country playing gigs, and works with kids - teaching music and spreading his message of positivity and perseverance. And he's had to overcome a physical difference in

Musician Adapts To Limb Difference, Works With Kids

The Lands We Share: Drew Dettmann

In the 1950s, there were over 100,000 dairy farms in Wisconsin. Today, fewer than 10,000 remain. The Dettmann family, descendants of German immigrants, established a small dairy farm in Johnson Creek in 1902. They have succeeded for over one hundred years by expanding, modernizing, and partly relying on laborers from Mexico and Central America. Fourteen

The Magical FFA Jacket

Moving away from Wisconsin can be an exciting adventure for some people. For others, it can be a tough and lonely journey. Writer and Wisconsin native June Melby reflects on the time she moved out west and how a vintage jacket helped her feel a little less homesick. == I had been living in Los

Hibernaculum: Woman Contemplates Hibernation As Winter Coping Strategy

Before natural historians understood that some birds fly thousands of miles south each winter, they looked for other ways to explain their disappearance. Birds were like snakes, they suggested, burrowing for themselves a hibernaculum, an earthy pocket in which to pass the winter. Under the ground the robin slumbered, her heart beating once in a

Hibernaculum: Woman Contemplates Hibernation As Winter Coping Strategy

The Badger Within: Comedian Charlie Berens On Loving, Lampooning Wisconsin

Geez Louise, comedian Charlie Berens has had a big year. As host of the Manitowoc Minute, he's performing sold out shows across Wisconsin and his online comedy news show is continuing to rack up tens of thousands of views. WPR's Maureen McCollum recently caught up with Berens to talk more about 2018. BONUS: To hear

The Badger Within: Comedian Charlie Berens On Loving, Lampooning Wisconsin

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas" In Wisconsin

Did you know the first lyrics for the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," were published in London in 1780? Not only that, but in the northern counties of England, the song was often called the "Ten Days of Christmas," as there were only ten gifts. And did you know that "The Twelve Days of

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas" In Wisconsin

Madison Comedian's Cell Phone Breaks Up With Him

I bet SOME of you...are a little addicted to your phones. Keeping up with texts, social media, news updates, & cat videos...some days, you might spend more time with your phones than the actual living, breathing people in your lives. Madison comedian Esteban Touma just got out of an unhealthy relationship with his phone, and he offers

Madison Comedian's Cell Phone Breaks Up With Him

Longing For Los Posadas

Los Posadas are an important part of Mexican Christmas tradition. These community celebrations take place on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas from December 16th to the 24th. The word "posada" means inn or shelter in Spanish and in this tradition, Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and their search for a

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