The Wisconsin Podcast

The Wisconsin Podcast
Conversations about Wisconsin media, sports, culture, politics, nature, and more.

Wisconsin Astronomy History — Jim Lattis — #46
Oct 9 • 69 min
Jim Lattis holds a Ph.D. in History of Science from UW–Madison and is the author of many publications in that field; he helped create UW Space Place, the outreach and public education center of the UW–Madison Astronomy Dept. and has directed it since its…
Wollersheim Winery and Wisconsin Wine — Philippe Coquard — #45
Mar 18 • 71 min
Wollersheim Winery owner and winemaker Philippe Coquard comes from a family of French winemakers. He came to America and Wollersheim in the 1980s and became the winemaker in 1985. Wollersheim Winery grew rapidly and garnered national media attention with…
The heart in picture books — Pat Zietlow Miller — #44
Feb 25 • 45 min
Wisconsin picture book writer Pat Zietlow Miller, discusses her craft, getting into writing books for children and where her creative ideas start. Miller’s first book “Sophie’s Squash” was published in 2013. She has published numerous books since…
Old World Wisconsin — Anna Altschwager — #43
Feb 4 • 50 min
Old World Wisconsin depicts Wisconsin’s immigrant past by recreating the sights, sounds and spirit of those who came to the state to build their futures. Anna Altschwager, the site’s assistant director of guest experience, explains the museum’s origins…
Blocking for the Badgers — Matt Bernstein — #42
Jan 22 • 62 min
Former Wisconsin Badgers fullback Matt Bernstein discusses his collegiate football career, Wisconsin fandom, Madison-appreciation, and his famous Yom Kippur game in 2004. Bernstein, not normally a ball carrier, was pressed into heavy service after…
“How to Leave”— Erin Clune — #41
Jan 1 • 69 min
Writer Erin Clune discusses her humorous version of a self-help book “How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping with a New Reality.” The book tracks Clune and her family’s decision to leave life in New York City and move to her hometown of Madison, Wis.,…
The Beer Baron — Chris Drosner — #40
Dec 17, 2018 • 75 min
Beer columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal Chris Drosner discusses the craft of beer review and commentary, the state of craft beer in Wisconsin, and his broader journalism career. Drosner started his career working for the Green Bay Press-Gazette…
An Outdoorsman’s Journal — Mark Walters — #39
Dec 10, 2018 • 74 min
Mark Walters is a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. You can read about his adventures, which include hunting, fishing, canoeing and backpacking, in 60 different…
Horicon Marsh: Behind the Scenes — Liz Herzmann — #38
Nov 12, 2018 • 44 min
Horicon Marsh, located in southeast Wisconsin, is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the U.S. It has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations and is one of the best birding…
The Legacy of Aldo Leopold — Buddy Huffaker — #37
Oct 29, 2018 • 50 min
The Aldo Leopold Foundation was established in 1982 with the mission to inspire an ethical relationship between people and nature through the conservationist’s legacy. The Foundation’s executive director Buddy Huffaker discusses Leopold’s enduring legacy…
Breaking the news — Mark Pitsch — #36
Oct 1, 2018 • 45 min
Former Wisconsin State Journal Assistant City Editor Mark Pitsch, who also worked as a state capitol reporter and was the president of the Society of Professional Journalists in Madison, discusses his life in journalism, as well as a brief stint working…
Aztalan: Wisconsin’s famous archaeology site — Bob Birmingham — #35
Sep 17, 2018 • 51 min
Former state archaeologist and author of several books about Native Americans in Wisconsin, Bob Birmingham explains why Aztalan, located near Lake Mills, is one of the state’s most significant archaeology sites.
Future of small town Wisconsin — Randy Stoecker — #34
Aug 27, 2018 • 50 min
Rural communities have seen declines in young adults. The population shifts have been the subject of study by Randy Stoecker, a UW-Madison professor, with a joint appointment in the UW Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. He is also…
Packers, amateur baseball and bierocks — Brian Carriveau — #33
Aug 20, 2018 • 55 min
Packers blogger and podcaster Brian Carriveau traces his journey from teaching to sports writing to opening a new tavern and eatery in Madison. Carriveau also reflects on his book about Wisconsin’s amateur baseball scene in the Home Talent League.
Wisconsin gerrymandering, voter ID, and elections — Barry Burden — #32
Jun 11, 2018 • 58 min
What was the impact of Voter ID legislation on the 2016 Presidential Election in Wisconsin? What are the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of Wisconsin’s redistricting? And how can elections run smoother? Barry Burden, a professor of…
Reporting on Milwaukee gun violence — Aisha Turner — #31
Jun 4, 2018 • 55 min
As a co-producer on the Precious Lives project, a two-year radio series about young people and gun violence in Milwaukee, Aisha Turner was challenged to tell stories about a difficult and frustrating subject. She explains the difficulties of the work and…
Covering the state capitol — Jason Stein — #30
May 21, 2018 • 64 min
Jason Stein is a former state capitol reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and previously the Wisconsin State Journal. He was recently named the Research Director of the Wisconsin Policy Forum, an independent, nonpartisan research organization…
Madison’s funniest comic — Johnny Walsh — #29
May 14, 2018 • 46 min
Johnny Walsh is a Madison lawyer and stand up comedian. He recently won the annual Madison’s Funniest Comic Contest at the well-regarded Comedy Club on State. Walsh, who is legally blind as a result of Usher Syndrome, discusses making his parents laugh…
Why the Braves left Milwaukee — Patrick W. Steele — #28
Apr 23, 2018 • 56 min
Author of the new book “Home of the Braves: The Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee,” Patrick W. Steele recounts the history of how the Boston Braves came to Milwaukee, won a World Series, and eventually left for Atlanta.
Humanizing sports — Jalen Knuteson — #27
Apr 16, 2018 • 46 min
Jalen Knuteson, a young local sports reporter for the Daily Jefferson County Union, discusses local sports coverage, a UW-Whitewater basketball player trying to make an international difference, and his mission to humanize sports and the athletes that…
Cougars! — Scott Walter — #26
Apr 9, 2018 • 52 min
The WDNR’s large carnivore specialist Scott Walter discusses recent cougar sightings in Wisconsin, what the animals are doing in the state, and what the WDNR is doing to monitor them. Walter, also oversees the development and coordinator of wolf and bear…
Sharing the Wisconsin Sky — Jean Creighton & Bernard Perley — #25
Apr 2, 2018 • 39 min
UW-Milwaukee professors Dr. Jean Creighton and Dr. Bernard Perley discuss their roles in the new cultural show “Indigenous Voices: Sharing the Wisconsin Sky” at the Manfred Olson Planetarium. Creighton also shares her backstory and mission to communicate…
Engaging Brewers Fans — Caitlin Moyer — #24
Mar 26, 2018 • 50 min
With Opening Day fast approaching this week, Caitlin Moyer, the director of new media for the Milwaukee Brewers, shares stories about Hank the Ballpark Pup, Bob Uecker, and Brewers recent tribute to the movie The Sandlot.
Photographing the Winter Olympics — Dan Powers — #23
Mar 12, 2018 • 45 min
Appleton Post-Crescent photographer Dan Powers spent nearly three weeks covering the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea as part of the USA TODAY Sports Images team.
Jeff Sauer’s hockey and humanitarian legacy — Bill Brophy — #22
Mar 5, 2018 • 56 min
Hockey broadcaster and former newspaperman Bill Brophy, a longtime friend of former Wisconsin Badgers Hockey Coach Jeff Sauer, discusses the coach’s career and human impact. Brophy is the president of the Coach Sauer Foundation, which strives to continue…
Citizen science, monarch butterflies and arboretum management — Karen Oberhauser — #21
Feb 26, 2018 • 57 min
Karen Oberhauser, the new director of the UW-Madison Arboretum and an internationally renowned monarch butterfly researcher, discusses the growth of citizen science projects, why she chose monarchs as a research subject and how the mission of places like…
Wisconsin’s Hunting Heritage — Noah Wishau — #20
Feb 19, 2018 • 46 min
Avid hunter and fisher Noah Wishau recently started the podcast Wisconsin’s Hunting Heritage. Wishau talks about the future of hunting in the state, what he’s learning from talking to other hunters and conservationists, and the gulf of opinion between…
Project SNOWstorm & Wisconsin Snowy Owls — David Brinker — #19
Feb 12, 2018 • 44 min
Project SNOWstorm uses innovative science to understand snowy owls, and to engage people in their conservation through outreach and education. David Brinker, a Wisconsin-raised ecologist, discusses the project and its recent effort to add trackers to…
Madison’s Urban Coyotes & Red Foxes — David Drake — #18
Feb 5, 2018 • 47 min
David Drake, UW-Madison professor and extension wildlife specialist, discusses the UW Urban Canid Project, a study on red foxes and coyotes living in urban Madison. The project aims to investigate the way canids are living in the city and how we can…
Political commentary in a divisive era — Emily Mills — #17
Jan 29, 2018 • 63 min
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion columnist and Our Lives Magazine Editor Emily Mills discusses writing about and engaging with politics. Mills also reflects on covering the 2011 Wisconsin State Capitol protests, and her passion for punk music and roller…
Elk reintroduction in Wisconsin — Kevin Wallenfang — #16
Jan 22, 2018 • 51 min
Elk once ranged throughout Wisconsin. They were driven out in the 1800s due to over hunting and habitat decline. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Deer and Elk Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang discusses the effort to reintroduce the big game animal in…
Snowy Owl Irruption — Ryan Brady — #15
Jan 15, 2018 • 48 min
Wisconsin is in the midst of a snowy owl irruption. What’s an irruption? Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bird Monitoring Coordinator Ryan Brady explains the influx of snowy owls, provides viewing tips, and explains why people find them so…
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore — Bob Krumenaker — #14
Jan 8, 2018 • 54 min
The National Park Service’s Bob Krumenaker discusses his work as superintendent of Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The park is known for historic lighthouses, beach and cliff landscapes, and sandstone sea caves, which turn to ice caves in…
Best of 2017: Literature, Veterans, Hiking, Journalism — #13.5
Jan 1, 2018 • 40 min
A look back at some of the best moments from The Wisconsin Podcast in 2017, including snippets from former journalists Jen McCoy and Adam Mertz, Wisconsin Book Festival Director Conor Moran and author Melanie Radzicki McManus.
Wisconsin’s love affair with Korbel Brandy — Paul Ahvenainen — #13
Dec 18, 2017 • 44 min
Korbel’s master distiller Paul Ahvenainen explains how brandy is made, discusses the changing liquor industry, and digs into why Wisconsinites take their brandy drinking so seriously.
Wisconsin Sports Journalism — Adam Mertz — #12
Dec 11, 2017 • 57 min
ESPN Wisconsin on-air contributor and former Capital Times Sports Editor Adam Mertz talks Badger football, how Twitter and fan blogs have affected sports journalism, and the fate of steroid-era baseball players in making the Hall of Fame.
Remembering Otis Redding — Jonathan Gould — #11
Dec 4, 2017 • 54 min
Fifty years ago, Otis Redding’s plane crashed into a Madison lake, killing the Georgia-born soul singer and most of his band. Biographer Jonathan Gould reflects on Redding’s life and death and why people still talk about that plane crash.
Searching for Meaning in Extinct Birds — B.J. Hollars — #10
Nov 27, 2017 • 46 min
B.J. Hollars, associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, discusses his latest book “Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds.”
When Wisconsin Had No Wild Turkeys — Rick Horton — #9
Nov 20, 2017 • 38 min
Wild turkeys were nonexistent in Wisconsin 50 years ago. Today, they’re abundant. National Wild Turkey Federation District Biologist Rick Horton calls the reintroduction a great conservation success story.
Autonomous vehicles in Wisconsin — Jon Riehl, Peter Rafferty — #8
Nov 13, 2017 • 54 min
Jon Riehl and Peter Rafferty of the Wisconsin Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds discuss the testing of autonomous vehicle technology in Wisconsin and the impact it could have on society in the years to come.
Chronicling veterans’ stories — Jen McCoy — #7
Nov 6, 2017 • 55 min
As a reporter for the Portage Daily Register, Jen McCoy profiled many of the community’s veterans. She also reported on the death of a soldier in Afghanistan working closely with the young man’s family.
How to be an Indian in the 21st Century — Louis V. Clark III — #6
Oct 30, 2017 • 47 min
Native American poet Louis V. Clark III discusses coming face-to-face with racist mascots, NFL protests and his new book “How to be an Indian in the 21st Century.”
Wisconsin writer talks working on Star Trek episodes — Mark O’Connell — #5.5
Oct 23, 2017 • 17 min
Prior to writing his new book “The Close Encounters Man,” Wisconsin writer Mark O’Connell contributed to a handful of episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He recounts his fascination with science fiction, including…
The Close Encounters Man: Dr. J. Allen Hynek — Mark O’Connell — #5
Oct 23, 2017 • 62 min
Wisconsin author Mark O’Connell discusses his book “The Close Encounters Man,” a definitive biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a noted astronomer and public figure who popularized discussion of the UFO phenomenon.
Behind the Scenes of the Wisconsin Book Festival — Conor Moran — #4
Oct 18, 2017 • 46 min
You know that civil dialogue everyone says we’re suppose to be having? Well, the Wisconsin Book Festival is a place where it happens, says Director Conor Moran. In addition to talking about its importance, Moran provides highlights for the event that runs…
Hiking the ENTIRE Ice Age Trail — Melanie Radzicki McManus — #3
Oct 16, 2017 • 48 min
Melanie Radzicki McManus, author of “Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail,” discusses her long hike across Wisconsin and her career as a travel writer.
Rise of the Sandhill Crane — Kent Van Horn — #2
Oct 9, 2017 • 43 min
Kent Van Horn from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources discusses why the sandhill crane population in Wisconsin is growing, the prospects of a hunt, and the confluence of nature and spirituality in his life.
Camp Randall Stories — Adam Mertz — #1
Sep 28, 2017 • 58 min
ESPN Wisconsin on-air contributor and former Capital Times Sports Editor Adam Mertz talks Badger football, the decline of the Capital Times print edition, and shares stories from inside Camp Randall as a student and also a journalist.