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As Wisconsin historian Michael Edmonds astutely observes in his picture-book history, the architects “wanted nothing to do with modernism" and resolutely designed an edifice that was “nostalgic, reassuring, and safe." more

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The Chippewa: Biography of a Wisconsin Waterway, by Richard D. Cornell is a descriptively written travelogue grounded in history and observation. more

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Review of Marnie O. Mamminga’s essay collection On a Clear Night. The author of Chicken Soup for the Soul lets her Midwest roots show in this collection more

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David Luhrssen highlights two new books on Wisconsin history. more

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Illustrated by photographs as well as painter Geri Schrab’s watercolor impressions, Hidden Thunder: Rock Art of the Upper Midwest tours 11 rock-art locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Although far from exhaustive, Hidden Thunder will serv... more

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In 1917 the radio station that became WHA, the mothership of Wisconsin Public Radio, began as a project by UW-Madison physics students. As WPR’s former director Jack Mitchell admits in Wisconsin on the Air: 100 Years of Public Broadcasting ... more

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The Badger State’s contributors to Team USA are recounted in Going for Wisconsin Gold, by longtime local sports reporter Jessie Garcia. more

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Jerry Apps is an articulate, reasonable-minded spokesperson for the history and value of rural Wisconsin. In collaboration with his photographer-son Steve, Roshara Journal: Chronicling Four Seasons, Fifty Years, and 120 Acres focuses on the... more

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During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt established a program that paid writers to write. Much of their work was devoted to guide books for each state and a projected series of guides to big cities. The state books were completed... more

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Rick March explores the history of polka in Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka. The work is illustrated with archival images as well as contemporary photographs by Milwaukee’s Dick Blau. more

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Zimm’s focus was on the notes by field researchers whose mission was to record oral traditions in rural communities before they were forgotten in 'Blue Men & River Monsters: Folklore of the North.' more

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He might be best known for the Emmy-winning Wisconsin Public Televisiondocumentary, “A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps,” but Apps is also a veteran natureand environmental writer with several books and many articles.His latest publication, Whis.. more

I Hate Hollywood

UW-Milwaukee film professor Dick Blau mounts an exhibit of photos on Wisconsin’s polka culture at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. more

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Essayist John Hildebrand opens his new book, TheHeart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac , by addressing the region’s depiction inmovies. In Hollywood, “the Midwest is the place we’re forever leaving—for bigcities or the coast or more open spaces .. more

I Hate Hollywood

Jens Jensen was a landscape architect who implemented his aesthetic wherever he could, from the grounds of Henry Ford’s estate to the public parks of Chicago. He probably had more sympathy with the latter project. As shown in this collectio... more

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As I write this, the touring Broadway production of the musical based on Gregory Maguire’s best-selling Oz fan fiction is only a little over one day away from opening. Envisioned as a darker prequel to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,.. more

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Recorded live in Poland, the sixth CD by the Conference Call quartet features improvised and freely interpreted original compositions by musicians in tune with each others pulse as they explore the far ends of their instruments. Lovely impr... more

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The Minneapolis quintet Roster McCabe is familiar with Milwaukee by now. They played a December show at The Rave and several well-received sets at Summerfest in July. The band formed at the University of Minnesota in 2005, first playing aco... more

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