Arts & Culture

Civil War
3:51 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Iron Brigade Gave Union Advantage at Gettysburg

The Confederates' charge on East Cemetery Hill on the second day of battle at Gettysburg.
Credit Scanned engraving from The Century Magazine

Historian Thomas Martin Sobottke relates the role of Wisconsin soldiers at Gettysburg.

This week marks the 150th anniversary of one of the Civil War's most famous battles.  The Battle of Gettysburg was also the war's deadliest, and Wisconsin soldiers played a key role over its three days.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Innovative Mosaic Of American Symphonies

Conductor JoAnn Falletta.
Cheryl Gorski courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 11:34 am

  • Hear JoAnn Falletta's Discussion With Robert Siegel

Our country's culture is a vast conglomeration of more than 200 years of influences from all over the world. We have taken what began as an extraordinary European tradition and expanded that legacy on American soil. We have added our essential egalitarianism, our love of experimentation, our inclusiveness and our boldness to the very form of the symphony. Americans have not been bound by one definition of the symphony, and composers have applied that formal name to pieces of varying length, structure and content.

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History
3:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Leaders Draw Different Messages From Battle Of Gettysburg

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 6:25 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Our leaders have been commemorating Gettysburg ever since 1863 - most famously President Lincoln that November when he dedicated the cemetery there. Later, presidents and vice presidents have observed many anniversaries at Gettysburg. For the centennial in 1963, Lyndon Johnson, still the vice president, linked the Civil War to the civil rights movement.

PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON: One hundred years ago, a slave was freed. One hundred years later, the negro remains in bondage to the color of his skin.

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Food
3:45 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Just As American As Chorizo

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now we continue our discussion on the history and traditions of Independence Day. Sure, there are parades and John Philip Sousa marches, but for many Americans, the grilled hot dogs and hamburgers are as important as the fireworks. Historian Kenneth C. Davis told us earlier that Fourth of July celebrations began in 1776, but the foods we now consider traditional didn't arrive until much later.

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History
3:45 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

How Slavery Almost Made It Into The Declaration

More than any other day of the year, the Fourth of July is a time to take pride in American history. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to author Kenneth C. Davis about what you shouldn't forget this Independence Day.

History
3:45 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Celebrating The Expansion Of Our Nation

On July 4, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson announced the signing of the Louisiana Purchase, when the United States bought more than 800,000 square miles of land from the French. On this anniversary, guest host Celeste Headlee highlights some of the forgotten history around the purchase.

Music
3:45 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Does Macklemore Really Thrift Shop?

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 11:13 am

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are chart-topping rap sensations. In a special rebroadcast, they sat down last year with guest host Celeste Headlee to talk about their latest album 'The Heist' a few months before their fame hit its biggest heights.

NPR Story
3:27 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

First Watch: Whispertown Shows Stunning 'Parallel' Worlds

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 6:37 pm

Merriam-Webster defines parallel as, "extending in the same direction, everywhere equidistant, and not meeting." The luscious and expansive song, "Parallel," from Morgan Nagler's indie project Whispertown and the accompanying music video both explore the term in magnificent ways. The video, made from creative commons videos on YouTube edited together by Morgan Nagler's brother (he wishes to go by "Morgan's Brother") illustrates the concept of parallel by showing a myriad of different scenarios that mimic each other. It's a bit of magic, really.

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Arts & Culture
2:30 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

3 Gardening Tips for Balancing Beauty and Abundance

Overgrown Russian sage
Credit LibraryRachel/Flickr

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews gardening contributor Melinda Myers.

The imminent Independence Day holiday is another milepost in the annual gardener’s calendar. 

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The Record
2:18 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

When Pop Stars Flirt With Bad Taste

YouTube

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 9:30 am

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