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.”

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The recent Presidential Election indicates that our country may be more divided than anyone imagined. Many of us are struggling and looking for common ground. But, what happens when the struggle is internal?

In this week’s edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields speaks with a young woman named Astoria about her relation with the American Flag. Taking a cue from social's complicated.

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If you are are of a certain age, you may remember All in the Family, a popular sitcom from the 1970's. In that show, Archie and Edith Bunker's chairs functioned as characters on par with the actors. These chairs were so important that when one of the lead characters died, the empty chair was one of the closing scenes.

Ludovic Bertron

One month away from the presidential election of 2016, many in the United States find themselves with more questions than answers.

There is a great disparity between the two candidates, and voters find themselves facing toxic rhetoric. Each side is blaming the other. Some compare it to the era of the Civil War, when the country was divided and flew two separate flags.

Jim Wildeman

One of the greatest symbols of freedom for Americans is our flag. However, there are other objects which hold a story just as complicated and powerful as our standard.

In this case it is a card table turned writing desk which belonged to Phillis Wheatley, first Black Poet to publish a book. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor gianofer fields speaks with Sarah Anne Carter of the Chipstone Foundation about a fairly common piece of furniture with an uncommon connection to history.

Ludovic Bertron

If you've been paying attention to current events, it's pretty hard not to notice all the conversations surrounding our national anthem and our flag. In a country born from revolution, many Americans see our national symbols as sacred and take great offense when some speak against them or choose to remain silent. But, people have various perceptions of what it means to fly the flag in this country.

Milwaukee Art Museum

We go to museums to look at art. We might love the Impressionists, or the Pre-Raphaelites. Or maybe Andy Warhol or some kind of mixed media conceptual installation makes our hearts sing.

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This piece originally aired July 23, 2016. 

If you are a lover of live music, you may have seen a few grey haired folks standing a bit too close to the stage.  According to Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields, they’re known as the Senior Scenesters and they aren't going anywhere. 

Maayan Silver

If you see packs of people staring at their phones, flicking their fingers across the screens, followed by either shouts of joy of groans born of frustration, you may be watching folks playing Pokémon GO.

Pokemon is a Japan-based media franchise that’s been around for two decades, and Pokémon GO is its latest offering. The smart phone app takes gamers, known as Pokémon Trainers, out of their lair and onto the street to catch Pokémon. The Trainer’s mission is to catch as many Pokémon as possible and then train them to do battle with each other.

Chazen Museum of Art

This interview originally aired, June 11, 2016. 

Many things go into creating a museum - great art is probably the most important. But a close second to that is getting people in the door to see it. How an institution chooses to market itself varies, but all agree that outreach is crucial to their continued success.

Gianofer Fields

For many of us bread is a staple. It's a simple mixture of flour, water, salt, and yeast. However, Chef Gene Webb says what we call yeast is actually a complex mixture of microbes and one of the major factors in determining flavor. 

In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Chef Webb shares the science behind baking a great loaf of bread, something he's been doing from a long time:

Radio Chipstone

Walking into Mrs. M-----'s Cabinet at the Milwaukee Art Museum is more like walking into a home than an traditional museum space. Located in the Constance and Dudley Godfrey American Wing, Mrs. M----'s Cabinet is an interactive exhibit which invites viewers to create a narrative through objects collected by Mrs. M----, a character who "exists somewhere between fact and fiction."

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One of the purposes of a museum is to provide a place where people can see things they wouldn’t encounter in their daily lives. But how do museums let members of the public know what they have and convince them to take time to come see what’s on view?

Chazen Museum of Art

When you first walk into the Chazen Museum’s Japanese Masterworks Exhibit, the first thing that strikes you is the lighting. It’s decidedly, well, soft and flattering. And the reason it looks more like a boudoir than an art gallery is the same reason the prints only go on display once per decade. It's to protect the delicate inks of the woodblock prints. 

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For many of us, physics is something that we are required to take in high school. And for many of us, we are sure it’s something we’ll never use it in real life. Well, staff member Steve Narf of the UW Madison Leonard R. Ingersoll Physics Museum says while the formulas and equations may seem daunting, physics is something we all experience.

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We are all familiar with the age old question "can money buy you happiness?" However, it is also important to look at our relationship with personal finances.

Christine Whelan is a clinical professor in the Department of Consumer Science at UW Madison and she says that while our grandmother’s advice about saving pennies still holds true, it’s also very important to think about how we spend money.