articles tagged "UW Madison"

A Gringa’s Guide to the Madison World Music Festival!

Thursday, 12 September 2013 | Sybil Augustine
Performing Indian symphonic string music Thurs. Sept 19, 5 pm at the Memorial Union Terrace.

Susan Kepecs’ “Cultural Oyster” gives an overview of the acts appearing at the Madison World Music Festival this year at the Memorial Union and Willy St. Fair. Read and watch videos of several visiting artists on her blog. more »

Phitness Plus

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 | buzz
Haywood Simmons

Haywood Simmons joined our host Aaron Perry on the 8 O’clock Buzz to discuss Phitness Plus. Haywood Simmons is not only the owner and founder of this radical “phitness” program, but also a former Badger football star. He started at UW-Madison in ’91 and was on the team for the school’s first Rose Bowl win in ’93-’94. In addition, Haywood struggled with obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure as a child. more »

Hate Bugs? Want To Know If They Will Invade Wisconsin This Summer?

Monday, 8 April 2013 | buzz
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The snow is gone, the rain is here, and the bugs are coming! How bad will it be? And what can we expect in years to come? Zoologist Warren Porter brings us the latest on Wisconsin climate and wildlife. more »

A UW Physics Show You Already Have A Ticket For

Monday, 4 February 2013 | buzz
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Well, likely, as the ten shows are all sold out. That’s 3000 tickets! Now Madison is a city that has more degrees in the average household than a thermometer yet even with the college population it might be surprising to some that so many people love physics. We asked Mike Randall, Senior Outreach Specialist of Wonders of Physics, how the show got so popular. “Explosions,” he said with a laugh. “ People like explosions.” Heart-broken that you are not one of these three thousand? Well, there is a Physics Fair event on Saturday, February 16th at the Chamberlin Hall from 11AM to 4PM. That’s free and open to the public and you don’t need one of those pesky tickets.   Listen to the interview below.     more »

Joan Houston Hall: Dictionary of American Regional English

Friday, 21 December 2012 | buzz
Dictionary of American Regional English

On Friday, December 21, our guest host Jan Levine Thal speaks with Joan Houston Hall, Chief Editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English. She speaks about the new companion volume to the dictionary, Volume 7. The volume features “212 ways of saying someone is stalling.”   Joan talks about the regional variations of a single word, such as a ‘sub sandwich’, which can also be called a gyro, hoagie or grinder. The new volume matches the regional words to their respective places on the maps, on the same page, so one can easily detect the regional variations. An online version will be launched at the end of 2013.     Joan speaks about regional words. ‘Scrid’, for example, is a New England word which means ‘fragment of something.’ She finds that “it seems that when a word is introduced that fills a need, it is adopted widely across the country very quickly.” The word “grid-lock,” Joan says, was quickly adopted across the country wherever situations like that came up. However, “the words that are regional that we use with our friends and families, tend to stay regional.” Joan provides the example of grandparents: from granny, grandma, nana, meema, to oma, “those are family words and ethnic words that reflect our backgrounds and those are not the kind of words that will be used as formal words.” Such words remain in their regions and do not become so widespread.     Jan also talks about American words that can be traced back through history with origins from multiple languages. For example, the Louisiana word “lagniappe” means “small bonus, or tip.” The word comes from French, but the French word came in through Spanish, which came in through Quechua.     Listen to more regional terms, audio, trivia, and quizzes at Visit the official website for the Dictionary of American Regional English.     Listen to the entire interview here:   more »

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