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‘Shoulder Season’: Novel Tells Fictional Story At Historic Lake Geneva Playboy Club Hotel

The Playboy Club Hotel opened in Lake Geneva in 1968. Not only did it bring celebrities to southeast Wisconsin, but ...

‘I Still Remember’: A Woman’s Journey From Laos To Eau Claire

In the mid-1970s, Lisa Chue Thao and her family had to leave their whole world behind. Their farm, their friends, ...

It ‘Looks Like A Square Root Symbol’: How Pepin County Got Its Shape

Dunn County in western Wisconsin once had access to the Mississippi River. Its early boundary held for four years until ...

What Role Did Camp Randall Play In The Civil War?

We recently received a question from a listener. John Hanson from Madison wrote to us saying: “Camp Randall has more ...

Remembering The Sheboygan Armory: A Hub For Concerts, Basketball & Community

For nearly 80 years, the Sheboygan Armory has overlooked Lake Michigan. Completed in 1942, it was a project of the ...

‘A Sculpted Land’: Wisconsin’s Effigy Mounds Connected People To Spirits, Humanity

At one point in time, thousands of effigy mounds could be found in what is now called Wisconsin. These ancient ...

Why Isn’t The UP Part Of Wisconsin?

Geographically, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is only connected to the Lower Peninsula by a bridge. With Wisconsin, it shares ...

Socialists In Our Midst? Wisconsin’s Dream Of A ‘Cooperative Commonwealth’

Wisconsin has a rich history in politics that has influenced many of the nation’s major political movements.  Contributor Eric Dregni ...

Wisconsin 101: Pasties

Imagine this: It’s early morning in a small Wisconsin town about a century ago. The sun hasn’t risen, but parents ...

Not So Mysterious: Past And Present Masonic Temples Build Community

There are several Masonic Lodges of Freemasons in the Northwoods, but the network has always had an air of mystery. ...

What Was Milwaukee’s First Hip-Hop Song? ‘Backspin’ Podcast Digs Into History

If you’re a big music history nerd, you know there’s a ton of information out there about hip-hop’s roots in ...

The Search For The Synthesizers Behind The ‘All Things Considered’ Theme

Don Voegeli wrote one of the most famous songs in public radio history — the theme for NPR's "All Things Considered — ...

Peddling A Paper City: How Madison Became Wisconsin’s Capital

If you've spent any time at the Wisconsin state Capitol building, you know it's majestic, both inside and out. It's ...

The Hello Girls Of WWI: Heroes On The Front Lines

Way before cell phones, there were these things called telephones. And in the early days, a telephone call required a ...