Hosts Norman Gilliland and Emily Auerbach invite distinguished faculty guests from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to discuss topics in music, art, writing, theater, science, education, and history. "University Of The Air" can be heard on Sundays at 4 p.m. on the Ideas Network.
The Science of Life's Origin
How a living system capable of evolving complexity first emerged on Earth some 4 billion years ago remains one of the biggest unsolved scientific mysteries. Resolving this puzzle would guide the search for life on other worlds and might even suggest ways to engineer new life-like chemical systems in the laboratory. UW Professor David Baum will discuss different theories that have been proposed to explain the origin of life and summarize ongoing work in his laboratory and elsewhere that aims to test these theories experimentally.
Diversity in Ancient Rome
Nandini Pandey, UW Professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, shatters myths and misconceptions and shows how Ancient Rome embraced cultural diversity in surprising ways.
The Fever of 1721
The story of the Boston smallpox epidemic of 1721 includes an improbable cast of characters embroiled in a controversy that would revolutionize not just American medicine but speed the American colonies down the path to revolution.
Literacy for Life
In a recent study, Catherine Compton-Lilly followed a group of eight inner-city students from grade one through grade 11 to discover how time operates as a contextual factor in children’s lives as they progress through school and construct their identities as students and readers.
The Hollywood Blacklist
Before it ran its course, the Hollywood blacklist sucked in some of the most prominent names in show business. Actors, directors, writers and producers were forced to take sides and those attempting to find a middle ground were subject to condemnation from both sides and the public. Under those circumstances, some filmmakers had to leave the country and some of those who remained resorted to allegory or saber rattling to create movies such as High Noon, and the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Film historian Jeff Smith will tell us how the blacklist came to be and how various celebrities coped with it.
Adventures of an International Peace Broker
Behind the headlines of diplomatic breakthroughs, unofficial peace brokers do quiet and discreet work setting up negotiations between hostile nations. Our guest for University of the Air was a member of peace delegations that laid the groundwork for ending hostilities between India and Pakistan, North and South Korea, and North and South Vietnam. Joe Elder will tell us how he came to play the role of international peace broker, what the dangers were, and what it was like to meet in private with world leaders.
UofA is like a mini class on a topic that is of importance currently or form history.
A model of intelligent conversation
It's a very rare thing to find a program of such intelligence in any medium these days. These interviews are for mature, educated adults with a broad range of interests. Beware: you might be forced to think in order to keep up with the hosts and their guests! Wondrous.
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Wide ranging material normally well presented. Thoughtful hosts