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George Bunders - Ironworker
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Ironworking is not for the faint of heart. Known for walking steel tightropes and dangling off bridges, ironworkers have been called “cowboys in the sky.” Folklorist Jim Leary interviewed retired Madison ironworker George Bunders of Local 383. We share his story in honor of Labor Day.

George Bunders’ story is one of dozens that UW-Madison folklorist Jim Leary is recording with support from the American Work Project of the Library of Congress.
Learn more about Leary’s project.

A great way to start your Labor Day weekend.


Eastern Tiger Salamanders have come to call a water reservoir at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant home.

More pictures of the Salamander

Erika Janik - Salamanders
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The Badger Army Ammunition Plant was the war machine at the heart of the Sauk Prairie near Baraboo that’s now being dismantled. Although built for war, the plant also sustained a thriving community—and not all of it human. DNR Ecologist Mike Mossman tells us about the rare species of neotenic salamanders who’ve come to call a water reservoir home.

An amazing little animal


10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

9 - You feel insulted and “dehumanized” when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the…

One of the people who makes science fun.

Erin Ruzicka Trondson - Nesting
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It’s time to meet a new Wisconsin poet.  Erin Trondson has just published a collection of poems called “Nesting” – a record of her daughters’ first years and of her own thoughts about motherhood.