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The VUU on Sundays AND Mondays

If you aren’t able to tune in to The VUU (a video cast and podcast produced by the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship in Boston) on Sundays at 4 am and 10 am, we invite you to check it out on Mondays at 4 and 10 am, beginning on March 27th.  

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Interstices – The Feral Grid

WMUU contributor Brett Schlough has been busy interviewing artists with shows at Madison’s Arts and Literature Laboratory. On this breaking news edition of Interstices, he talks with Madison artist Hannah O’Hare Bennett about how growing up in a rural community has influenced her work. Brett writes: Humans have been taking natural species and selectively breeding and changing them to suit our needs for millennia. But what happens with this process in reversed? Local artist Hannah O’Hare Bennett explores this idea in her series Domestication Syndrome: An Evolving Story. In this series, she looks at a grid gone back to nature, or a feral paintbrush. What happens when a book loses its human masters, and is free to expand in new ways? Hannah draws from her time spent working in agricultural communities to explore and build on these ideas. With experience making her own paper and dyes, she builds natural and organic evolutions of purely domestic objects. Domestication Syndrome is on display at Arts + Literature Laboratory through April 1st, 2017

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“Mikhail Tswett and Chromatography,” by Olga and Vladimir Trubetskoy – Madison Literary Society

Olga and Vladimir Trubetskoy, a biochemist and chemist in Madison, share the invention of chromatography, the process of separating chemical mixtures, as well as the history of its inventor, Russian-Italian scientist Mikhail Tswett. This presentation was hosted by the Madison Literary Society and recorded at the First Unitarian Society on March 13th, 2017.

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“Saying Goodbye,” by Michael Schuler, Senior Minister

It could well be argued that life is nothing more or less than the oft-repeated process of saying “good-bye.” Childhood friends are left behind, beloved pets die, houses are sold to strangers, we lose our stamina and mental agility. Although lamentable in their own way, good-byes may also be good for the soul. This sermon was delivered on March 18th and 19th, 2017.

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A Space for Poetry – Episode Two – Lisa Marie Brodsky

WMUU contributor James Roberts brings us another episode of “A Space for Poetry,” this time with Madison poet Lisa Marie Brodsky. “A Space for Poetry” airs every other Friday at 2 and 8 am.

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Still Standing – Wanda Smith

WMUU contributor Nikyra McCann talks with Wanda Smith, CEO of Peace Network, Inc. and candidate for the second alder seat in Fitchburg’s first district, about her work as a mental health specialist and her creation of a community center in Fitchburg. She also talks with some of the kids at the community center’s homework club. This interview was recorded on March 14, 2017.    

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Know Your Rights Training

FUS Audio Specialist Elizabeth Delaquess talks with Madison lawyers Mike Godbe and Amanda Leipold about know your rights training, how to stay safe around law enforcement officials, and new laws under the Trump administration. This interview was recorded on March 13th, 2017. Mike and Amanda are both members of the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, which, along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has many resources for the public.

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Interstices – To Sojourn

Happy Tuesday, listeners On this “breaking news” edition of Interstices, WMUU contributor Brett Schlough talks with Milwaukee-based artist Stephanie Barenz about how working with architects, growing up in the Midwest, and traveling in China has influenced her work. This interview was recorded on March 7th, 2017. Brett writes: How do we relate to where we are? Where we’ve been? Milwaukee based artist Stephanie Barenz uses visual imagery to explore these thoughts. Drawing from time spent working with architects, and years spent abroad studying and teaching, she has built a body of work whose visuals touch on themes of travel, welcoming, and our use of our built world. Her latest series, “Traverse,” deals with the disorienting nature of moving to a new place, and how welcoming gestures of others can help to relieve these stresses. For this edition of Interstices, I spoke with Stephanie about her creative methods and inspirations, as well as what groups and shows she has been involved with in the past. Special thanks to WORT for letting us use their studio space to record this interview. Traverse is on display at Arts + Literature Lab through April 1st. Stephanie’s work can be found at her website: http://www.stephaniebarenz.com/  

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Winter Festival of Poetry – Ashes All Fall Down

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets hosts the eight and final reading of the 2017 Winter Festival of Poetry, March 12th, 2017. The theme this week is “Ashes All Fall Down.” Readers today include Gordon Glass, Nydia Rojas, Bill Scanlon, Marlon Howard Bamks, Lewis Bosworth, and James Roberts. A big thanks to all the poets who read during this year’s Winter Festival of Poetry. We hope to rebroadcast all eight recordings in the second and third week of April, as April is national poetry month.

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“Loyal, Courteous, & Kind: Lessons from Scouting,” by Rev. Kelly Crocker

In this weekend’s reflections, we will look at what we can learn from a life which includes “the scouts.” Whether it is Cub, Boy, or Girl, there are many lessons we can take and apply to our own lives, regardless of our views of the official organization. These reflections will look at the impact these kinds of experiences can have on a life. And there may even be campfire songs. This sermon was delivered on March 11th and 12th, 2017.

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