Wisconsin Life "Wisconsin Life" celebrates the people, places, history and culture of the state. Come with us as we kayak the Mississippi River, interview musicians in Milwaukee, and bake pasties in Rhinelander. We connect you with diverse people and ideas through short stories updated twice a week.
Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life

From Wisconsin Public Radio

"Wisconsin Life" celebrates the people, places, history and culture of the state. Come with us as we kayak the Mississippi River, interview musicians in Milwaukee, and bake pasties in Rhinelander. We connect you with diverse people and ideas through short stories updated twice a week.

Most Recent Episodes

Bison: The biggest, baddest animal in Wisconsin (sort of)

Have you ever wondered what the biggest animal in Wisconsin is? If so, you're a lot like Alstan Van Overmeer of Mineral Point. When he was in 4th grade, he asked WPR's WHYsconsin project to find the answer for him. So, WPR's Colleen Leahy went to track down the state's biggest animals.

Bison: The biggest, baddest animal in Wisconsin (sort of)

The duck pond: Finding healing in presence

Sometimes, an ordinary experience surprises us — turning the mundane into something extraordinary. Writer Crystal Chan felt this on a walk she took in her neighborhood with a friend, reminding them of the power of being present and enjoying the moment.

The duck pond: Finding healing in presence

Canning the delights of summer

Another summer is fading away and try as we might to keep it here, fall and winter are just ahead. Writer Amy Jo Barker reflects on summer delights and tells us how we might be able to preserve a little of it, even on the coldest nights.

Cloud Eating: The Power Of Homemade Tortillas

Many of us have strong memories tied to making food with our families. Writer Araceli Esparza shares a poem about the bonds that are nurtured while making fresh, fluffy tortillas from scratch.

Cloud Eating: The Power Of Homemade Tortillas

Ope! Sorry, I'm going to need you to explain what that word means and where it came from.

Ope! Sorry, didn't mean to cut into your regularly scheduled public radio programming. But, we're here today to tell you a bit about the beloved word, 'Ope!' and its possible connection to the Midwest. The popularity of the word prompted a WHYsconsin listener to wonder where it comes from. WPR's Andrea Anderson scooches in with the answer.

Ope! Sorry, I'm going to need you to explain what that word means and where it came from.

Meet the real John Wick of Mazomanie, Wisconsin

You know the action movie character John Wick? The assassin who avenges the death of his dog? Well, did you know the real John Wick lives in Wisconsin? Matt Geiger introduces us to him.

Meet the real John Wick of Mazomanie, Wisconsin

Under bridges: A parent finds peace in independence and letting go

You don't have to travel far to find adventure. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn and her son recently spent an afternoon at a local park where he had a run in with both stinging nettle and a fallen log, causing her to reflect on the lessons to be found in independence and letting go.

Under bridges: A parent finds peace in independence and letting go

Army Veteran Reflects On Service, Founding Mohican Veterans Group

Retired Maj. Jo Ann Schedler's family was fighting in wars long before the U.S. military existed. This is one reason the nurse joined the U.S. Army Reserve later in life, served 20 years and six months, and eventually co-founded the Mohican Veterans group. Schedler lives in Gresham and shared her experience with her husband, Jon, as part of StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative, which is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Army Veteran Reflects On Service, Founding Mohican Veterans Group

For Hmong Language Speakers, Keeping Wisconsin's Third Most Commonly Spoken Language Alive...

WHYsconsin recently received a listener question wondering, "What is the third most commonly spoken language in Wisconsin after English and Spanish?" The answer: Hmong. WPR's Mary Kate McCoy looks into why.

For Hmong Language Speakers, Keeping Wisconsin's Third Most Commonly Spoken Language Alive...

The shot heard 'round the farm: Dad's baseball is a goner

Remember the classic scene in "The Sandlot?" When Smalls hits a homer into the neighbor's yard...and it turns out the baseball he swiped to do this was signed by Babe Ruth? Well, writer Chris Hardie had his own moment like this back on the farm he grew up on in western Wisconsin.

The shot heard 'round the farm: Dad's baseball is a goner