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‘My little corner of the universe’: Café owner Patrick Downey of Madison’s The Victory

Patrick Downey opened The Victory in Madison, Wisconsin, at 2710 Atwood Ave., in August of 2010 after he and his ...

Wrapping up Concerts on The Square with “Home to Madison,” just off Highway 51

Picture this: you're sitting on a blanket on the Capitol Lawn in Madison. It's a warm summer evening, and you're ...

Madison native LCDR Griffin Stangel flies high with the Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron may be the most recognizable group of performing aviators in the world. ...

Wisconsin 101: ‘The Land of the Freed-up Woman’ aka The Bra Flag

The 1970s were the height of the second wave of feminism, where women were advocating for equal rights and opportunities ...

The optimist: Lessons from mom and dad

We all learn lessons from our parents...how to cook a traditional family meal, how to have compassion or how to ...

The lindens: Discovering natural beauty in ordinary places

Sometimes, we can take the world’s beauty for granted. We don’t notice these natural works of wonder that are in ...

The Yiddish Tapes: Grandmother’s beautiful voice lives on

When I was a kid we always had shelves filled with blank cassettes. Sony, Memorex, TDK, we had them all. ...

Gleaning the sunflowers: How not to fail at gardening

Gardening season is upon us. For people blessed with a green thumb, this is their moment to shine…they’re putting in ...

Painting the landscape: Earth Day in the Heartland

Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson helped organize the first Earth Day in 1970, after growing concerns for the environment. Since then, it’s ...

Madison writer and cardiologist celebrates the Good Samaritans in his life

We’re living in a time when things feel so ... polarized. Us vs. them. I’m right, you’re wrong.  But writer ...

Everything comedian Jacy Catlin learned when his house burned down

A house fire is a tragic thing to live through, and comedian Jacy Catlin would agree - he's done it. ...

‘Food memories’: James Beard Semifinalist Jamie Hoang shines through family recipes

It's one hour before Madison's Ahan restaurant opens and the small kitchen is buzzing. Water is boiling, chicken is roasting ...

‘Representation matters’: Educators collaborate to teach histories, cultures, sovereignty of First Nations in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is one of 12 states that requires Native American content to be taught in schools. That prompted listener Maria ...

Remembering Wisconsin Astronaut Laurel Clark’s Interstellar Dreams

Astronaut Laurel Clark’s life ended abruptly on February 1, 2003, when the space shuttle Columbia exploded near the end of ...

“We just want to be part of the American dream”: Cuban exile talks troubled past and hopeful future

(This story is an excerpt from the podcast, “WPR Reports: Uprooted.”) Osvaldo Durruthy was sitting in a Wisconsin prison in ...