Wisconsin Life

“Wisconsin Life” celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique through the diverse stories of its people.

In partnership with the Wisconsin Humanities Council, “Wisconsin Life” radio essays air on WPR on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. during Morning Edition; on Central Time at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesdays; and on the “The Morning Show” Fridays at 6:55 a.m. Find your local station here.

This is a small sample of some recent Wisconsin Life segments. Many more can be found on our partner’s website.

Ho-Chunk Language

Bringing Back the Ho-Chunk Language

Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation work hard to sustain their culture and beliefs, dedicating an entire branch of government to preserving Ho-Chunk as a living language. Apprentice Arlene Thunder Blackdeer is one of 15 language teachers who work with a fluent speaker in the Master/Apprentice Program. She shares her story.

Produced by Finn Ryan of Wisconsin Media Lab for The Ways


Historic photo of Jackie Robinson swinging a bat.

Jackie Robinson’s Friend in Sheboygan

Jackie Robinson’s historic life was the subject of the hit film “42.” But there’s a lesser-known Robinson story with a Wisconsin connection. Commentator Dean Robbins has the story.

Produced by Dean Robbins


Ship parts in the Maritime Museum.

Bayfield’s Maritime History

Tourists have flocked to Bayfield for more than a century. But it was fishing that brought settlers and prosperity to the area in the 19th century. Writer Dennis McCann tells us the story.

Produced by Dan McCann


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