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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In today's globalized world, it's easy to spot the culture of another nation infused into that of our own. But it's also true that past cultural changes in one country can shape current trends in ours.

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Most of us want the latest and greatest in technology and so consign our old telephones to the recycle bin once the newer models come out - but not Madison's Pat Carew.

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Becoming a cowboy isn't the first thing most people decide to do when they get a life-changing diagnosis. But then, Tom Duffy isn't like most people.

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When we put out the spread for our holiday parties, it usually includes one or two traditional dishes - but what did our immigrant ancestors serve?

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Everybody thinks they have a killer recipe - but it takes a lot more than a single dish to start a restaurant.

Beverly Gordon

Have you ever been so focused on a task you're doing that you lose all track of time and place? It's a concept academics call "transformative state or flow."

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Can carving a pumpkin bring up the past?

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People spend a lifetime collecting things that tell their stories but what happens when for whatever reason, they can't keep them anymore.

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We meet the pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress.

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A Madison woman finds her new home’s previous tenant found a way to recycle old highway signs - and repair his floors at the same time.

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When was the last time you found yourself in need of some reliable rope?

Art Show Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel

Apr 19, 2013
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Artists aim to create artwork that's both "beautiful and functional" from bicycle parts.

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How do you design a museum that's eco- and kid-friendly?

Dydia DeLyser

A souvenir is usually something someone brings back from somewhere they paid a visit. But what happens when the somewhere no longer exists? That's the question material culture contributor Gianofer Fields sought to answer in her latest "It's a Material World" segment.

Building Community with Molten Metal

Feb 2, 2013
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When Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields was a kid, her father worked at Pelton Steel Casting Company in Milwaukee. Very simply put, casting metal is the process of melting iron, pouring it into molds, and letting it cool. Her father was a Finish Grinder and it was his job to clean up the cast objects after they were pulled from the molds.

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