(WORT) — The 1960s were a tumultuous time and Madison was not excluded from the action. Local historian Stu Levitan now tells us how the era of sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll made the Mad City.
(WORT) — As Washington scrambles to understand the new political reality created by the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Stu Levitan looks back at influential Wisconsinite William Freeman Vilas.
(WORT) — Few citizens did more to shape the look and of Madison then John Myers Olin. Also a UW Law professor, Olin was known by his contemporaries as the father of Madison’s park system and a man without peers.
(WORT) — This week 132 years ago, a deafening crash was heard in downtown Madison. Horrified onlookers rushed to the Wisconsin State Capitol where a great cloud of dust hovered over the new south wing.
As pledge drive continues, the Monday Buzz takes a beer-soaked trip back through the ages with William Bostwick, beer critic for the Wall Street Journal and author of The Brewer’s Tale: A History of the World According to Beer. Consider donating as part of the Radio Active for 40 Years Pledge Drive!
As Wisconsinites, we can pretty easily observe the ways in which polka and its various cultural trappings (read: beer, dancing, more beer) have shaped public life. Folklorist, musician, and author Rick March’s new book, Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka, seeks to document this influence and chart its trajectory from European parlor fad […]