It's a Material World

Material Culture
5:16 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

How a Community Garden Brought a Divided Wisconsin Neighborhood Together

The Brittingham Community Garden sits on the shores of Madison's Lake Monona surrounded by a diverse, low-income neighborhood and expensive lakefront properties.
Credit Gianofer Fields

A garden can grow flowers and food, but as one Madison neighborhood is finding out, it can also grow community.

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Arts & Culture
5:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Wisconsin Man One of Country's Few Harness Makers

Harness maker Richard Savatski in his Waterloo, Wis., workshop

If you're looking for a true horseman, look no further than Richard Savatski, who lives just outside of Waterloo, Wis.

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Arts & Culture
8:05 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Lynden Sculpture Garden Highlights 'Mingei-sota' Style of Pottery

These pots, by Minnesota artist Warren McKenzie, reflect the Japanese "Mingei" style of pottery, from the early 20th century. They're part of an exhibit at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.
Credit Gianofer Fields

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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Arts & Culture
12:41 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

LISTEN: Madison Man's Vintage Telephone Collection Still Works

Pat Carew's favorite piece in his telephone collection is his Western Electric candlestick phone circa 1900 (left).
Credit Gianofer Fields

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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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Horses Help McFarland Man Fight Rare Cancer

Tom Duffy of McFarland picks up his new harnesses for the work horses he bought after receiving a life-changing diagnosis.
Credit Gianofer Fields

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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Arts & Culture
8:06 am
Sat December 21, 2013

How Did Immigrants Keep Old World Food Traditions with New World Ingredients?

The garden shed of historical plants at Old World Wisconsin
Gianofer Fields

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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Food
5:32 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Madison Incubator Kitchen Gives Food Entrepreneurs Space and a Chance

Chef Adam Haen (second from right) talks with the aspiring food entrepreneurs who share space at FEED Kitchen.
Gianofer Fields

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

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Arts & Culture
2:28 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

PHOTOS: Artist's Creative 'Flow' Transforms Found Objects into Sculpture

A row of masks made from found objects created by UW-Madison professor Beverly Gordon
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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Arts & Culture
4:27 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Does Carving Conjure Memories of Pumpkins Past?

Does pumpkin carving bring back memories?
Credit indigoprime/Flickr

Can carving a pumpkin bring up the past?

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Arts & Culture
2:53 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Local Business Serves as 'Wedding Planner' for People's Stuff

Pat Mattiacci and Kirsten Winski help people downsize and re-organize the clutter they have accumulated throughout their lives.
Credit Gianofer Fields

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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