Wisconsin Life #106: “Wisconsin Grown”

May 5, 2014


Watch this episode to meet a whole new collection of people who share their Wisconsin lives, including a renowned chef, an opera singer and the man who plays the UW-Madison carillon.

This collection of Wisconsin Life stories includes people like Racine native Tory Miller.  Chef Miller has been surrounded by the food industry since he was a child.  He’s now based in Madison and runs two Wisconsin restaurants and a grade school program focused on teaching the importance of healthy foods.  Chef Miller works almost exclusively with Wisconsin famers and has a passion for farm-raised ingredients that are guaranteed fresh.

Next up… Susan Troller Cosgrove likes chickens.  She really, really likes all things chicken.  Troller Cosgrove operates “Cluck the Chicken Store” in Paoli, where she supplies the world with art, gifts and supplies for backyard chickens.  Troller Cosgrove shares her infectious enthusiasm for how her feathered friends can be raised in a sustainable way.

Then Wisconsin Life heads to Milwaukee to meet up with Marvin Kimble.  Kimble’s travels as an elite junior gymnast and current member of the U.S. national team have taken him far from his home in inner-city Milwaukee.  It’s been a long journey to maturity from a talented, but temperamental beginner into a disciplined competitor.  But with the ongoing support of his dedicated mother, Kimble may be poised for a shot at the Olympics.  Watch Marvin perform on the parallel bars in competition: 2014 Winter Cup Finals

Also on tap, Jennifer Stevens shares her story.  Stevens is a member of the Oneida Nation who celebrates her cultural heritage through the arts.  A renowned opera singer who performs the classics, she has also given performances singing in the Oneida language.  Watch Jennifer’s full Common Ground concert performance.  And her artistic expressions don’t end with song, Stevens also finds inspiration through painting and pottery. 

Finally, meet Lyle Anderson, who is the official carillonneur for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The UW carillon is an instrument that features 56 cast bronze cup-shaped bells.  Anderson has played the instrument for thirty some years – and is now the “man in the bell tower” on the UW campus.  Find out how the theme song from ‘Game of Thrones’ made Anderson an Internet sensation.


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