Gianofer Fields

Material Culturalist

Gianofer Fields is a freelance producer and reporter for NPR, BBC and Madison's WORT Community Radio. She says, “Once you seriously consider the objects you use to fill your emotional and functional needs, you will never see those things the same way ever again. From delightfully intriguing to dangerously obsessive, objects affect our daily lives. They creep into our subconscious. They say volumes about who we are or wish to be, without uttering a single word.”

Charlotte Kainz

Film Director Wendy Schneider says having a relationship with subjects and people who are involved in projects she's doing has to make sense to both her heart and spirit. As a director, she wants to satisfy the audience with the story and content she believes in and trusts.

Chipstone Foundation

It's the start of another school year. Scrub-faced children all over Milwaukee have said goodbye to summer fun and hello to another year of learning and making new friends.

Even though adults may look back on their formative years with a saccharin-sweet fondness, members of the current elementary school generation may be struggling to fit in. And that's especially true for children with disabilities.

Frederick L.G. Straubel / Wisconsin Historical Society

During the late 19th and early 20th Century, the Fox River Valley in Eastern Wisconsin was a segregated town essentially built for and by white men of means. Irishmen and African Americans living there suffered the most, with women and children close behind.

Those men working in the Fox River Valley paper and wood product factories faced 12 hour days, without breaks and were paid less than a living wage.

Wisconsin Historical Society

Sometimes the things passed down from a father to a daughter belong to a larger family - a greater community.

The object in question is a t-shirt worn by Lee McGhee, who was a member of the N.A.A.C.P Youth Council. Together with Father James Groppi, he participated in the 1967 March on Milwaukee. 


Music can represent a generation or even a social movement. 

Matt Mixon was born in 1951 and spent his formative years living in Milwaukee's central city. As a teen, his family moved to the north side. As he dealt with his own personal transition, the rest of the country dealt with a broader transition to equal justice. Racial tensions were high, and the city was on the brink of something big.  Mixon describes his experiences and observations as a young man during the years surrounding the Milwaukee Riot of 1967:

Museum of Wisconsin Art / Facebook

Usually, when we go to museums, we are looking at objects that are rare or historic. Their value comes from how they help create the narrative of the universal We.

Chazen Museum of Art

It’s been 33 years, and Russell Panczenko is retiring. The Director and Chief Curator of the Chazen Museum in Madison has worked hard during these past three decades to make the museum a welcoming place for town and gown.

Private Collection

Earlier this week, we learned about The Roddis Collection, one of four exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art dedicated to Wisconsin fashion. Three of those four shows focus on adult fashion, but the fourth exhibition looks at the legacy of an influential Milwaukee designer of high-end children’s clothing, Florence Eiseman.

Gianofer Fields

If you happen to be walking through some Madison neighborhoods, you may notice a peculiar anomaly: poetry embedded in the sidewalk. It’s part of a project aptly named “Sidewalk Poetry.”

Jack Kear is a board member and Chair of the Arts Committee of the Marquette Neighborhood Association, who inherited the project when he joined the association 4 years ago. He says “Sidewalk Poetry,” was inspired by similar installations in Minnesota. The idea is to connect people to their neighborhoods, create a sense of place.

Photo courtesy of Liz Wermcrantz

It's Mother's Day weekend. Time for afternoon brunches, a large spike in flower sales, and Mom’s stories about you as a child, guaranteed to turn your embarrassment dial up to 11.

Thirty years ago, sixteen year old Liz Wermcrantz penned an epic letter to her mother, Ellen Wermcrantz, filled with teenaged angst. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields shares both sides of that mother daughter moment and learns that when it comes to honoring our mothers, one weekend may not be enough:

Martha Glowacki / Chazen Museum of Art

Martha Glowacki is a Wisconsin artist whose work brings together what might seem to be polar opposites: Science and Art. Glowacki explains in her artist's statement that her ideas for creative work come primarily from observing and analyzing the natural world.

She's rusted, her spokes are melted, and her gas tank is peppered with holes. Not the typical description of a motorcycle found in Milwaukee's Harley Davidson Museum. However this is not your typical bike.

Sergey Nivens / Fotolia

Have you been tinkering away on an invention you hope will be the next big thing? Or, perhaps you've already built a better mousetrap but don’t know how to get it to market. Well, if you are connected with UW-Madison, you might want to talk with John Biondi.

Gribanov / Fotolia

Depending on which article you come across, only ten to thirty percent of the population is left hand dominant. Google left hand and mental illness, and you'll find research papers exploring the connection with being left hand dominant and psychotic disorders. Look to language, and you'll run across "left-handed compliments, two left feet, and sometimes things just go left."

The National Museum of American History /

Radio Chipstone has examined the American flag as both an object and a symbol in its past few installments. The final piece features Kelli - an African-American woman raised in Chicago. Although she was exposed to a diverse family and friend circle mostly through her father's side, her family still held a great sense of pride for their black culture.