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To The Best Of Our Knowledge is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning public radio show that dives headlong into the deeper end of ideas. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists — people with big ideas and a passion to share them. For more from the TTBOOK team, visit us at ttbook.org.
 
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.
 
"WPR Politics" is a weekly podcast about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR reporters clue listeners into stories they may have missed and tell them what's actually interesting about stories they've already heard a thousand times.
 
"Newsmakers" is a weekly news and current affairs talk show produced by WPR's La Crosse News Bureau. Interviews on the program explore politics, education, the environment and other regional issues relevant to southwest Wisconsin and adjacent portions of Minnesota and Iowa. The program airs Fridays at 10 a.m. on La Crosse's Ideas 90.3 WHLA, with repeat broadcasts Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 a.m on La Crosse's 88.9 WLSU.
 
"Central Time" takes a unique approach each hour to cover a mix of topics, finding the latest news, cultural trends, and exploring ideas -- big and small -- to find the best guests to discuss these thought-provoking topics. It can be heard weekdays on the Ideas Network from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 
"Spectrum West" is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. Hosted by Al Ross, it's heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls with a livestream at www.wrfw887.com . A repeat broadcast happens at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie. The show can also be heard live online at www.wrfw887.com .
 
"Route 51" is a regional talk show hosted by Shereen Siewert focusing on issues important to the north-central Wisconsin area, as well as featuring regional music, culture, and arts. It can be heard Fridays at 10 a.m. on 930 WLBL-AM Auburndale/Stevens Point, 91.9 WLBL-FM and 101.3 W267BB-FM Wausau, 99.1 W256CZ-FM Stevens Point, 100.9 W265DC-FM Marshfield, 90.3 WHBM-FM Park Falls, 89.9 WHSF-FM Rhinelander/Eagle River, and 89.1 WHAA-FM Adams/Wisconsin Rapids. It is also repeated Fridays at 7 p ...
 
"BETA" features playful and provocative profiles of the people changing our world through arts, culture and technology. The program is hosted by Doug Gordon and airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. on the NPR News & Classical Network and 11 a.m. on The Ideas Network.
 
There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.
 
"The West Side" is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin. The show is hosted by Clara Neupert and airs on Fridays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a livestream at www.wrfw887.com . Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.
 
Join host Larry Meiller every weekday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on The Ideas Network stations as he discusses environmental and consumer issues, gardening and helpful "how-to" topics with his guests. Executive producer Jane Rotonda, along with producers Jill Nadeau and Natalie Guyette, seek out knowledgeable guests who give you accurate advice on a range of topics impacting your life and community. And you're always welcome to be part of the conversation as Meiller helps you get your questi ...
 
In 2010, Wisconsin got a federal grant to build a high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee. Derailed is the story of how the rail project came together, how it fell apart and how Wisconsin changed along the way.
 
Great writers are great readers. And they have amazing stories to tell. Not just about the books they write, but about the books they read. Anne Strainchamps and the producers behind “To the Best of Our Knowledge” have been asking authors for years to tell a story about that one book that left a mark. A book they can’t forget. A book that changed everything. Now they’re sharing these stories with you, delivered in a weekly micro-podcast. New bite-sized episodes every Friday. Learn more at tt ...
 
Each week, the WPR morning host welcomed financial expert Kevin McKinley to discuss financial matters with listeners. "On Your Money" originally aired as the 8am segment on Tuesdays on "The Morning Show" and was rebroadcast on Saturdays at Noon on the Ideas Network stations. The program was retired on August 4, 2018.
 
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The word “legend” usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard. It’s an acknowledgement of his artistry and his standing as “the poet of the common man.” It’s a tribute to his incredible commercial success and to the lasting mark he has made, not just on country music, but on American music as a whole. He performed under …
 
After a pandemic year of social isolation, we knew loneliness would be a problem. But public health officials have been warning for years that in countries all over the world, rates of loneliness are skyrocketing. How did loneliness become a condition of modern life? Original Air Date: April 10, 2021 Guests: Jason Rohrer — Samantha Rose Hill — Clau…
 
An economic development leader in the northern part of Wisconsin talks about some of the challenges related to broadband internet access and connectivity, and looks at how proposed state and federal money could have an impact. Then a researcher helps us understand why we may be experiencing time differently during the pandemic.…
 
Governor Tony Evers talks about his plans for putting money from the American Rescue Plan into action in Wisconsin, as well as how his administration is managing the pandemic to this point. Then a national reporter looks at how Wisconsin went from a lagger to a leader in getting residents vaccinated. And a meal-prepping expert joins us for Food Fri…
 
Two Wisconsin students speak with us before they compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. We talk about preparing for the competition and the challenges the pandemic presents. Then, on this week's April Movie Club we discuss best picture nominees "Promising Young Woman" and "Nomandland."By Wisconsin Public Radio
 
We talk with a co-parenting expert about the challenges divorced couples have experienced caring for their children the past year. Then, there is potential for a second passenger rail trip through Wisconsin. We talk with an expert from Wisconsin DOT about the economic impact it could have.By Wisconsin Public Radio
 
Realtor Lisa Alsteen shows off the features of a century-old four-bedroom house near the courthouse in Rhinelander. Painted blue on the outside, it has wood floors, a sunny living room, and an inviting porch in front. Alsteen listed the home, located at 133 North Oneida Avenue, on Monday. By midday Tuesday, several potential buyers had already been…
 
A marketing professor helps us navigate the current situation of Republicans and the public pressuring businesses to take -- or not take -- stances on social justice and voting rights issues. Then a journalist connects what they say are the dots between American-made weapons and the drug and gang cartels fueling asylum seekers coming to the U.S. bo…
 
Train robberies are part of the lore of the American West and the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters. But what was far more common than robbing a moving train was robbing the train depot, and that happened in the Northwoods back in the heyday of railroading. In the early twentieth century, Gilligan’s Hall was a popular place to go in Rhinelander for e…
 
James Blankenheim of Madison, Wisconsin and Everett Wood of Vincennes, Indiana are friends who served together during the Vietnam War. They have many shared experiences, including the realities of combat, the struggles of integration after returning home, and the excitement of forging one’s path in life.Blankenheim and Wood shared their memories as…
 
A reporter and food bank manager talk about the potentially negative impacts of a struck-down statewide mask mandate on people receiving food benefits. Then we learn what inspires a new polka DJ to be... a polka DJ. And a marketing and social media expert explains what's behind the boom in a complex digital marketplace.…
 
The state's largest business lobby has sued the DNR over its testing for PFAS chemicals. A WPR reporter tells us about the case. We also talk with former senator Russ Feingold about President Biden's nominees for the federal court system. A guest also shares what the experience of women during the Holocaust can teach us about how people process sex…
 
The stakes are high in the race for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat next year, as Republican incumbent Ron Johnson decides whether to bid for a third term. Milwaukee Bucks Executive Alex Lasry, who is running as a Democrat, says his campaign has raised $1 million since he got into the race in mid-February.…
 
One of the surest signs of spring here in the Northwoods is the arrival of flocks of Canada geese. You may not have given it much thought, this year or any year, but Aldo Leopold did. I thought I heard geese honking recently. Above the din of the noisy road outside, and the noisy family inside, I strained my ears to make sure. One of my boys saw me…
 
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