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Kathleen Dunn and Joy Cardin
Ideas Network Hosts Kathleen Dunn (L) and Joy Cardin (R) broadcasted from the Pabst Theater on October 17.  You can listen to their programs in WPR's audio archives. Click here to listen to Joy and click here to listen to Kathleen.

WPR Election Coverage and Wisconsin Vote.org 

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The news and information site is a partnership between WPR and WPT.

Wisconsin Public Radio is proud to bring you extensive candidate coverage leading up to the November election on the Ideas Network.  


Monday, October 22 at 8pm: Final 2012 Presidential Debate

NPR special hosted by Audie Cornish, with analysis from NPR Senior Washington editor Ron Elving


(WNYC pre-debate call-in begins special coverage at 7pm.)   


Week of October 22 at 7am (dates vary):

Congress Candidate Forums hosted by Joy Cardin (Districts 2, 3, 7, 8)


Week of October 29 at 3pm (dates vary):

U.S. Senate Candidate Forums hosted by Ben Merens (Districts 6, 4)


Tuesday, November 6 at 7pm: NPR Election Night Coverage

Hosted by Robert Siegel and Melissa Block, with analysis from NPR Washington Editor Ron Elving, National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, and Political Junkie Ken Rudin  


Tuesday, November 6 at 8pm: WPR Election Night Coverage

Co-hosted by Shawn Johnson (WPR) and Frederica Freyberg (WPT).  You will hear from WPR reporters, Wisconsin political analysts, and candidates throughout the broadcast.    


(Coverage will mix between WPR and NPR each hour, eventually moving over to just NPR coverage until 2am on November 7.)


Remember to check out WisconsinVote.org, Wisconsin Public Radio's and Wisconsin Public Television's award-winning website.  The site has been helping Wisconsin voters learn about the candidates, find local polling places and track election-night results for more than ten years.  It's a one-stop site for Wisconsin election news.


Click over to WisconsinVote.org to learn more. 

Jennifer Dargan is Assistant Ideas Network Director  
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Jennifer Dargan takes on new role as Assistant Ideas Network Director

Jennifer Dargan honed her leadership and planning skills and tuned up her radio "ears" producing pledge drives for Wisconsin Public Radio. 

Beginning November 1, Dargan will apply her expertise to WPR's Ideas Network as Assistant Director.  
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Ideas Network team and be part of the continuing tradition of excellent public radio in Wisconsin," said Dargan.


Dargan's role will encompass Ideas Network personnel management, program planning and scheduling, along with ensuring quality control of the network's on-air sound.


"Jennifer's positive attitude and passion for radio make her a great addition to the Ideas Network family," said Ideas Network Director, Sheryl Gasser.

Looking forward to her new role, Dargan said her goals include identifying areas where we can improve processes and find efficiencies thereby freeing up the hosts and producers to focus on creating the programs that listeners love.

A Prairie Home Companion Late Show in Madison    
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before they go on sale to the general public
Tickets for Garrison Keillor's live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion from the Overture Center in January sold out quickly.

In appreciation, Garrison has asked his troupe to help him put on another show.


Garrison, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, sound effects man Fred Newman and special guests will return to the Overture Hall stage at 9pm on January 26, 2013.  They will offer a full-length show featuring Garrison's favorite musical selections, his unique brand of home-spun comedy, and his signature monologue "The News from Lake Wobegon."


WPR and APHC are pleased to offer a presale code to our members.  Starting at noon today through Monday, October 22, use the code COWBOYS to purchase your tickets from the Overture Center Box Office before they go on sale to the general public!



Sara Nics Named Whad' Ya Know? Announcer
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"I've been laughing with Whad'Ya Know? for years.  It was an enormous compliment to be asked to audition for the gig, and fun to discover that the show's even funnier from the stage," said Nics.

After searching the airwaves for the right voice to chime in with, "That's one right, Michael..." WPR and Whad'Ya Know? are pleased to announce Sara Nics will take over the microphone as announcer on Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?

"When we learned Sara covered Asia for Netherlands Radio from Amsterdam we knew she was perfect.  We're thrilled to have Sara as the new voice of Whad'Ya Know?!" said Feldman.


Nics has done a world of weird and wonderful jobs...helping salmon reproduce in the arctic, reporting on lobsters and logging in Maine, teaching yoga in Nairobi, announcing India's news from a desk in a Dutch forest, roaming a national park in Nova Scotia, covering turmoil in East Africa and taking photos of flowers in the Netherlands.  


Nics knows she's moving into a legendary position, taking over for longtime announcer, Jim Packard, who passed away in June 2012 after a brief illness.


"No one can fill Jim Packard's seat.  I won't even try.  But I'm looking forward to spending my Saturday mornings with Michael and his listeners," she added.

Nics joined WPR's To The Best of Our Knowledge as a producer in 2011.  She will continue her production work with TTBOOK.


Learn more about Sara Nics on the Whad' Ya Know? website. 


Sneak Peeks at Upcoming Programming. . .
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Tuesday October 23 at 11am: The Larry Meiller Show
Join Larry Meiller as he visits with well-known Wisconsin Public Radio personality, Norman Gilliland, about his latest novel, Midnight Catch.  It's a murder mystery set in Florida during Prohibition.

Thursday November 22 at 10am: Turkey Confidential  

The Splendid Table host Lynne Rossetto Kasper hosts Turkey Confidential, a live call-in program on Thanksgiving Day that helps answer your last-minute questions about the biggest meal of the year.  Learn more here.   

Thursday November 22 at 3pm: Best of the Best: Third Coast International Audio Festival

Gwen Macsai, award-winning writer, producer, and humorist, will guide listeners through this two-hour tour of the world's best new documentaries.  A WPR Thanksgiving tradition!  Learn more here. 

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Sunday October 28: Simply Folk

Join host Stephanie Elkins for her Halloween show, featuring murder ballads and scary stories.  


Thursday November 22: News & Classical Music Network

Continuing a WPR tradition, you will hear highlights from the Wisconsin School Music Association Honors Concerts throughout Thanksgiving Day.


Neale-Silva Young Artists' Competition

The entry deadline for this year's competition is January 25, 2013.  The competition is open to classical musicians ages 17-26.   

More information coming soon here.   


WPR News & Events Around Wisconsin
Meet Wisconsin Public Radio program hosts, producers and staff in and around Wisconsin at these upcoming events.  For more updates on local events, performances and activities in your area, follow our regional links.

Eau Claire Area 

Website Update

The West Side, hosted by Rich Kremer, has a newly updated website.  Interviews can now be searched by date or keyword and the site includes more photos.  Check it out here.   


Whad'Ya Know? Overnight Trip

Join WPR on an overnight trip from Hudson, Menomonie and Eau Claire to see Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? in Madison, December 14-15.  Trip includes a private lunch with Michael at The Great Dane following the show, accommodations and travel, with the option of attending A Christmas Carol at the Overture Center.   

More information here. 


Remote Candidate Forum on The West Side 

On November 1, Rich Kremer will moderate a discussion between candidates for the 93rd State Assembly District (Jeff Smith and Warren Petryk), with a live audience from Durand High School.   

More information here.

Find information about Eau Claire area events at:

La Crosse Area

Wednesday Night Blues

88.9 WLSU welcomes members of "Cheech & the Family Band" for a live in-studio performance, October 24 from 8-9 pm.  Tami Bartels hosts an hour of music and conversation when La Crosse guitarist Greg "Cheech" Hall returns to our studios with local musicians

Andy Steeno, bass, guitarist Jim Zill, and Steve Moen on harmonica.  More information here. 

WPR Sponsors the Pump House Concert Season

WPR co-sponsors the 2012-2013 concert season at La Crosse's Pump House Regional Arts Center.  The season kicks off October 26 with a performance by the legendary Peter Yarrow; folk musician Jonathan Byrd, November 2; and Twin Cities accordionist Dan Newton (an occasional guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion) features his Café Accordion Orchestra on November 10.  WPR's John Gaddo and Tami Bartels emcee the concerts.  More information here. 

Find information about La Crosse area events at:

Madison Area

Simply Folk and WPR Sponsor John McCutcheon 

WPR is pleased to present folk music performer John McCutcheon at 7pm on November 3 at the Barrymore Theater.  His performance will include selections from his recording "This Land: Woody Guthrie's America."  More information here. 


Ben Sidran at WI Book Festival 

WPR, WPT and the Jewish Federation of Madison are pleased to present Ben Sidran at the Wisconsin Book Festival at 8pm on November 8.  Sidran will present his latest book at the event in Promenade Hall at Overture Center.  More information here.


Find information about Madison area events at:

Green Bay Area

Live Broadcast with Kathleen Dunn 

Kathleen Dunn, host of The Kathleen Dunn Show, will broadcast live at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton on Thursday, October 25 from 9-11am.  The broadcast is free and will be first-come first-served.  Space is limited.  More information here. 


Find information about Green Bay area events at:


Milwaukee Area

Simply Folk's Stephanie Elkins in Mequon
Stephanie Elkins will be in Mequon on Friday, November 9 as a judge for the Wisconsin Singer-Songwriter Series (WSSS) competition.  The winner opens at the WSSS concert with Cheryl Wheeler on Saturday, November 10.  More information here.


Moth StorySLAM
WPR is proud to sponsor the Moth StorySLAMs the first Thursday of each month, October-December.  When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth hat.  A half-hour later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. 
More information here. 

WPR Sponsors the Racine Theatre Guild 

WPR proudly sponsors "A Nice Family Gathering" October 26-November 1 at the Racine Theatre Guild.  Email for a chance to win tickets to the show.


Find information about Milwaukee area events at:

Superior Area

7th District Congressional Debate  

WPR will be sponsoring the 7th District debate between Pat Kreitlow and Sean Duffy on Thursday, November 1 from 7-8pm at the Yellowjacket Union on the UW-Superior campus.  The Moth will be cancelled for the evening.


Find information about Superior area events at: 

Wausau Area

7th District Congressional Debate

Live broadcast between incumbent Sean Duffy (R) and his challenger Pat Kreitlow (D) on Monday, October 22 from 7-8pm at the UW-Center for Civic Engagement, 625 Stewart Avenue in Wausau.  The debate is open to the public and will also be broadcast on WPR in the Wausau, Superior and Eau Claire regions.


WPR Sponsors the Maria Schneider Orchestra

Media sponsor for the Maria Schneider Orchestra, as part of the UW-Stevens Point Performing Arts Series.  The concert will be on Thursday, November 1 at 7:30pm at the theater@1800, 1200 Northpoint Drive in Stevens Point.  Enter to win tickets here.


Website Update

Route 51, hosted by Glen Moberg, has a newly updated website.  Interviews can now be searched by date or keyword and the site includes more photos.  Check it out here. 


Find information about Wausau area events at:

Fall Membership Drive 


Thank you to all who contributed during our Fall Membership Drive.


More than 9,000 listeners pledged and we're pleased to welcome 2,100 listeners as new members to WPR.


You donated $980,000 to fund Wisconsin Public Radio and the programs you depend on.   


Thank you very much!

Kathleen Dunn
Kathleen Dunn Live Broadcast in Appleton   


Kathleen Dunn, host of The Kathleen Dunn Show, will broadcast live at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton on Thursday, October 25 from 9-11am.   


Executive Director of the History Museum, Terry Bergen, will join Kathleen in her 9:00 hour.  She'll be on with Edmund Kern of Lawrence University to discuss Renaissance art and the museum's exhibit Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion.  


In the 10:00 hour Bob Ellenbecker, Instructor in Welding and Fabrication at Fox Valley Technical College, and Warren Long, Supply Development Engineer at Oshkosh Corporation, will discuss efforts to encourage technical education in the Fox Valley.


The broadcast is free and will be first-come first-served.  Space is limited.


Classical Composers and Holiday Traditions Trip


You still have a chance to join host Stephanie Elkins for WPR's holiday classical music journey to Europe. 

You'll stroll through some of Germany's most beautiful cities (Munich, Nuremberg, Leipzig and Berlin) and walk in the footsteps of Wagner, Pachelbel, Telemann, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Grieg, Schumann and Bach.

A very limited number of spots are available!

Learn more about this affordable European travel experience. 


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