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5 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Street Pulse: A Newspaper That Helps Those Experiencing Homelessness Feel ‘Sense Of Purpose’
More than 20,000 people in Wisconsin experience homelessness, according to a 2019 report from the Institute for Community Alliances. Among those are vendors for Street Pulse newspaper, a Dane County publication whose mission is to amplify the voices of individuals experiencing homelessness and encourage advocacy in the community. WPR’s Alyssa Allemand introduces us to one of the Street Pulse vendors.
5 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Finding Stillness In The Storm: Family Camping In The Best And Worst Of Times
Taking the kids camping usually sounds like a great idea, until it’s not. Author BJ Hollars brings us a story about the trials and triumphs of the family camping trip near Eau Claire.
5 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
One Tough Rock: Central Wisconsin’s Rib Mountain Survived Volcanoes, Erosion And Glaciers
There’s a rumor that Rib Mountain in central Wisconsin is an extinct volcano. It seems somewhat reasonable…You can see it from miles away, it has a conical shape and there are volcanic rocks all over the city of Wausau. Well, it’s not. It never was. And although it does have ties to ancient volcanoes, WPR’s Liz Dohms-Harter discovers the star of Rib Mountain’s story is a rock too tough to break. Thsi story came from an audience question as part of WPR’s WHYsconsin project.
5 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Human Powered: Community Gardens In Green Bay Fight Food Insecurity, Empower Cultures
Across Wisconsin, there are people struggling to access healthy and culturally appropriate foods. It’s a complex issue that some communities, like Green Bay, are addressing through community gardens. In 1994, The Community Garden Program in Brown County was founded with six families as a way to combat food insecurity. In the summer of 2021, more than 250 families will be working 12 different plots in a partnership between the City of Green Bay and Brown County. A new podcast from our partners at Wisconsin Humanities called “Human Powered” is digging into these gardens and meeting some of the people who work there.
5 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Young Farmers Grow and Sell Produce in Sherman Park
There’s a garden on the north side of Milwaukee where young farmers are learning to grow their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. But it doesn’t stop there. These budding entrepreneurs are also selling their produce. It’s through the Young Farmers program, which is run through Groundwork Milwaukee. We’re sharing this 2018 story in honor of “Wisconsin Life’s” 10th anniversary on WPR. It’s Peter Bryant’s, WPR’s Program Director for the NPR News and Music Network, pick for his favorite “Wisconsin Life” story.
5 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
A Family Affair: Father And Daughter Reflect On Generations Of Military Service
Like her father before her, Captain Alice Bechtol joined the U.S. Army as a family tradition. Growing up in a military family helped make that decision pretty easy. She currently serves as a logistician, who ensures that equipment and people are where they need to be exactly when they need to be there. She spoke with her father, retired Lieutenant Colonel John Bechtol of Middleton, Wisconsin about the differences in their experiences and the tradition of serving as a family. The Bechtols share their experiences as part of StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative, which is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
5 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Winning Neighbors Over With Food, Parties And Kindness
As neighbors may be safely gathering for the Fourth of July holiday this weekend, we share a story about meeting new people on your block. Moving to a new community can spark a host of challenges. Marisol Gonzalez of Madison shares a story about trying to win over her new neighbors with food and kindness.
5 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
‘I Still Remember’: A Woman’s Journey From Laos To Eau Claire
In the mid-1970s, Lisa Chue Thao and her family had to leave their whole world behind. Their farm, their friends, their home. They lived in northwest Laos and the horrors of war were creeping in. So, they started walking and ended up in a refugee camp in Thailand. In the 1980s, Lisa moved to Eau Claire and raised her family there. She shares that experience in this essay, which she told to and is read by her daughter, Yia Lor.
5 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Forgiveness Explored In Milwaukee Writer Deshawn McKinney’s New Poetry Book
Finding forgiveness is deeply personal. Sometimes, it’s easy to forgive someone who’s wronged you and move on. Other times, the road to forgiveness is long and bumpy. But what if forgiveness isn’t an option? Writer Deshawn McKinney of Milwaukee is exploring this in his new, debut collection of poetry, “father forgive me” from Black Sunflowers Poetry Press. He shares one poem from that book, “On Forgiveness.”
5 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
‘I Did This All My Life’: One Family Farm’s Fight For Survival
The devastation facing Wisconsin’s family farms may have slipped from the headlines, but it hasn’t stopped. Many are losing everything. Others are evolving to try and make it. Wisconsin writer Brian Reisinger shares the struggle of one farm family – his own. He introduces us to his dairy farming family in Sauk County.
5 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
First Bikes And Quality Time For A Dad And His Daughter
Learning to ride a bike can be a milestone in a person’s life. Lately, WPR producer and local DAD Brad Kolberg has been thinking about when he first learned how to ride a bike, teaching his daughter to ride, and what biking has meant to his family over the years. All because of a song he recently heard by Pedro the Lion.
5 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Loyalty, Nostalgia Keep Wisconsin’s Remaining Video Rental Stores Open
Browsing video stores for the perfect rental has long been replaced with the ease of scrolling online streaming services from home. But there is still a group of Wisconsinites who prefer nostalgia to convenience. Andy Turner has more.
5 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Preserving Better Times At A Northwoods Clock Shop
In some cases, clocks also mark the passage of people. But in special circumstances, clocks seem to work in the opposite direction – bringing back times and loved ones from the past. Ben Meyer of WXPR Public Radio in Rhinelander introduces us to the owner of a clock repair shop and a thankful customer.
5 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Human Powered: Healing From Sexual Assault, Trafficking Through ‘Untold Stories’
Human trafficking is a reality across Wisconsin: it impacts urban and rural communities. It involves young people and older ones, men and women. The legal difficulties that survivors of trafficking face can be substantial — and the trauma they’ve experienced can be immense. The new podcast from our partners at Wisconsin Humanities called “Human Powered” is exploring that issue in one of its episodes. It looks at program that hopes to promote healing through poetry and sharing stories. (Editor’s Note: This following story talks about sexual assault, human trafficking, and suicide.)
5 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Wisconsin Comedian Charlie Hill Continues To Inspire Generations Of Indigenous People
Comedian Charlie Hill grew up in Oneida, Wisconsin watching his favorite comics get laughs on late night TV. He eventually ended up as a 30-year regular at The Comedy Store, launched a career in acting, and performed comedy on many of the biggest TV talk shows, including “The Tonight Show.” WPR’s “BETA” recently featured comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff, who talked about Hill’s path to becoming an unsung hero of comedy and a symbol of hope for many Indigenous people.
5 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
‘Joy Is A Deep-Seated Thing That He Had’: Foster Youth Advocate Is Among Over 1,000 Dead From COVID-19 In Wisconsin
Wisconsin has crossed a sobering threshold. As of this week, more than 1,000 people in the state have been killed by the coronavirus. This includes Dosha “DJay” Joi, a 28 year-old activist from Milwaukee who fought for foster youth.
5 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Dancing On A Hillside: The Grateful Dead At Alpine Valley
The Grateful Dead played at Alpine Valley Music Theatre 20 times from 1980 to 1989. Fans trucked to the southeastern Wisconsin venue from all over the country. Producer Steve Gotcher attended most of those shows. On the day that turned out to be their last concert at Alpine in July of ’89, he decided to record the sounds of the scene in the parking lot. Here’s what he found.
4 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Grandmother Recalled In The Earthy Smell Of Beets
Araceli Esparza’s grandmother picked vegetables for canning factories in Wisconsin. Among the vegetables she picked were beets, which stained her hands with both their color and smell. Araceli tells us about how the smell of beets unleashed memories of her grandmother’s hands.
5 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Finding Yourself With The Neighborhood Crew: A Story From Ex Fabula
As a kid, knocking around the neighborhood with your friends can be a formative time. The experiences from those years can resonate for decades. Matthew Lewis of Milwaukee shared a story about finding his identity. He told it at Ex Fabula’s StorySlam ‘Identity’ event held in March 2020. (The following story has been edited for brevity
5 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
Rapper Ted Park Talks Madison Roots, Finding His Creative Spark In South Korea
When he’s not on tour, the 25-year-old rapper Ted Park keeps busy making music videos on the streets of New York City, writing songs for rising artists in Korea and the U.S., and cooking up sizzling hip-hop tracks of his own with longtime producer and fellow Madisonian, DJ Pain 1. Listen closely, and you’ll hear
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