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Tubas in Wisconsin: Getting down to brass tacks

We recently received a question from Elizabeth Renner of Madison. She asked us, "Why are tubas such a prominent part ...

‘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 ...

Why is there a long line of railcars parked on the tracks near Spooner?

Off a highway in northwest Wisconsin's Washburn County sits a long string of parked railcars of different shapes and sizes. ...

Why is Mount Horeb the ‘troll capital of the world’?

Trolls are everywhere you look in the Dane County Village of Mount Horeb: troll cartoons on the street signs, troll footprints on the ...

Where and how the tall tales of Paul Bunyan and his ax began

Paul Bunyan stories are plentiful. He cleared forests with one swing of his ax. He and his trusty bovine, Babe the ...

What happened to Wisconsin breweries during prohibition?

Wisconsin is known for producing a lot of products, like cheese, milk, and beer. It's the state's history with the ...

Where does the ‘Driftless Area’ get its name? The history, boundaries of the southwest Wisconsin region

As people enter the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin, they're transported from a relatively flat region to a sudden maze ...

Bison: The biggest, baddest animal in Wisconsin (sort of)

Have you ever wondered what the biggest animal in Wisconsin is? If so, you’re a lot like Alstan Van Overmeer ...

Ope! Sorry, I’m going to need you to explain what that word means and where it came from.

Ope! Sorry, didn’t mean to cut into your regularly scheduled public radio programming. But, we’re here today to tell you ...

The ‘most friendly debate’: cream puffs vs. kringle — 2 of the state’s most popular delicacies

There is a lot of hype surrounding the cream puff. And then there is a lot of love for the ...

‘Where time can stand still’: Why most Wisconsin summer camps stay open for decades

Summer camps are a big deal in Wisconsin. Whether it's playing sharks and minnows, roasting marshmallows while sitting around a ...

One tough rock: Central Wisconsin’s Rib Mountain survived volcanoes, erosion and glaciers

There's a rumor that Rib Mountain in central Wisconsin is an extinct volcano. It seems somewhat reasonable...You can see it ...

Why are most Wisconsin waterfalls up north?

Tom Hornung from Madison reached out to WHYsconsin wondering why most waterfalls in Wisconsin are in the northern part of ...

How to make methunky, the beloved Czech ‘sauerkraut cookie’

In northeastern Wisconsin, there’s a mysterious and beloved snack called methunky. With humble ingredients  — flour, salt, cracklings and sauerkraut ...

A semi-pro football team that always drew a crowd: The Little Chute Flying Dutchmen

Little Chute is known for its Dutch heritage. A lesser known fact about the northeastern village is that it was ...