Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique through the diverse stories of its people. Our award-winning producers travel Wisconsin to introduce you to the people who uniquely contribute to and shape what it means to live in or be from Wisconsin.

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      Milwaukee's Cyclorama Masters


      Cycloramas were the IMAX movies of their time. Huge, panoramic paintings of scenes, often battles, that drew crowds in the 19th century. Some of the best painters of these giant works came from Milwaukee. Meg Jones tells us about MIlwaukee’s cyclorama masters.


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      Northwoods Bookbinder Brings Books Back To Life


      When a book has been loved to death, sometimes it needs to be brought someone who can bring it back to life. WXPR’s Mackenzie Martin has the story of a Northwoods bookbinder.


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      Bob Dylan's Ode To Wisconsin


      Last spring, a handwritten ode to Wisconsin went up for auction in Los Angeles. It’s author? Bob Dylan. Dean Robbins tells us about Dylan’s time in Wisconsin that likely inspired the song.


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      Mingling With The French


      One hundred years ago, Wisconsin went to war. With the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and oral historian Ellen Brooks, we’re exploring stories of the men and women who went to war. Milwaukee’s John Haddock, read by Peter Sobol, tells us about what went on behind the front lines during his time in France.


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      Crossing Stoughton Road


      Some roads are easier to cross than others. One day, while crossing the busy, multilane Stoughton Road in Madison, Araceli Esparza was reminded of another crossing she’d made many times as a child with her grandmother. She shares a poem she wrote and tells us how and why it reminds her of Mexico.


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      Americans At Work


      After nearly a century, Oscar Mayer closed its doors in Madison. Nick Butler worked there for a time after college. The lessons he learned have stayed with him more than a decade later.


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      Fashionable Furs From Wausau


      Before I moved to Wisconsin, my grandma offered me her silver fox fur coat for Midwest winters. I declined but I’ve been regretting my decision ever since I talked to Ben Clark from the Marathon County Historical Society about the Fromm Brothers and their world famous silver furs.


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      Keeper Of The Light


      Wisconsin has a long history of lighthouses.  The duties of their keepers have changed dramatically over the decades but the people who keep the lights on—and the memories of the importance of the lights—have not.  Patty Murray visited a modern “light keeper” in Door County.


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      The Pool Table


      Selling the family house is hard. So many memories tied to a specific place and time. For Ken Szymanski, it was the house and the pool table where he and his brothers had spent so much time.


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      Harvesting History


      Fall is harvest time in Wisconsin. It’s a time of year that reminds historian John Gurda of his own family ties to the land and the ways that farming has changed over the last century.


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       2017-09-20