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.
From Buckets to Robots: Dairy Technology And Its Impact On Wisconsin
Are robots the future of dairying in Wisconsin? According to our guest, in some ways, cows prefer them to humans. We find out how technology is changing dairying in Wisconsin and elsewhere as we trace the evolution of the industry from buckets to robots.
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.
Mass Incarceration and Race
Pamela Oliver, Professor Emerita of Sociology, discusses racial patterns in incarceration.
Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation's Leaders
WPR All Things Considered host Brady Carlson will take us on a tour of presidential grave sites, monuments, and memorials to tell the death stories of our greatest national leaders. Mixing biography and travelog, he’ll question whether William Henry Harrison really died of a cold, why Zachary Taylor’s remains were exhumed 140 years after his death, and reveal that what killed James A. Garfield wasn’t an assassin’s bullet. Along the say, we’ll find out how the ways we memorialize our presidents reveal a good deal about the men themselves.
Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks, And Revolutionary Communications in Early America
Our guest explores the Declaration of Independence as a "masterstroke of propaganda," links Benjamin Franklin to WikiLeaks, and explains the use of stolen documents, fake news, and leaked letters on both sides of the Revolutionary War.
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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.
The best of the university programs C
Wide ranging material normally well presented. Thoughtful hosts