Friday, November 14, 2014 - 1:17pm

Featured on Book TV and American History TV Weekend of November 15-16

Hosted by our Charter cable partners, our C-SPAN Cities Tour staff visited numerous locations to explore the unique history and literary culture of Wisconsin’s capital city.

In addition to having the below pieces sprinkled in throughout the weekend on the respective networks, both AHTV and BOOK TV will have a block of programming where ALL of the respective Madison pieces for their networks will air.

BOOK TV MADISON BLOCK: SATURDAY, November 15 at 11am CT/12pm ET on C-SPAN2 (Charter channels 76 and 997, and 742 in HD)
AHTV MADISON BLOCK: SUNDAY, November 16 at 1pm CT/2pm ET on C-SPAN3 (Charter channels 88 and 996, and 743 in HD)


World War I Exhibit - University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Special Collections

  • Learn about the beginning of World War I on the Western front in 1914. The special collections library at the University of Wisconsin – Madison designed the exhibit to commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of the War. The exhibit, named World War I 1914: Then came Armageddon, uses a variety of literature written by soldiers about their experiences in the War which creates a personal account of the War to end all Wars.

"Once in a Great City" by David Maraniss

  • Hear author and journalist David Maraniss talk about his newest book "Once in a Great City" – scheduled to be published in September 2015. In it, Maraniss shares his influences for the book and provides an inside look into the city of Detroit in 1962-1964, and explains what shaped the city during that period.

"Madison: A History of a Model City" by Erika Janik

  • Learn about the history of Madison, Wisconsin from author and local historian Erika Janik. In her book, "Madison: a History of a Model City," Janik explains how Madison became the state capital, and how its early politics helped shape the city.

"Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America" by John Nichols

  • Hear political reporter and author of "Dollarocracy", John Nichols, talks about the influence of money in politics.

"Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss" by Ron McCrea

  • Learn about the history of Taliesin (TALLY-esin), the home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Wright designed the estate after his affair with Mamah Borthwick made headlines and forced him out his residence in Oak Park, Illinois. Designed in 1911 by Wright as his personal residence, Taliesin was continuously redesigned and changed until his death in 1959. Ron McCrea , author of "Building Taliesin," talks about the construction of Wright’s personal residence and shares the story of the life and career of this famous architect.

Susan Riseling, "A View from the Interior: Policing the Protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol" –

  • Hear about the collective bargaining protests in Madison in 2011 from Susan Riseling, Chief of Police at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In her book, "A View from the Interior," Chief Riseling explains her role during the protests and how she balanced her duty with the rights of citizens.


History of the Progressive Movement and the Role of Senator Robert La Follette, Sr.

  • Learn about the Progressive Movement and the role Sen. Bob La Follette, Sr. played in building the movement during the early part of the 20th century. Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette was a US Representative, Governor, Senator and Presidential Candidate from Wisconsin. La Follette is known as a proponent of the Progressive Movement, and has been named one of the five outstanding Senators in American history. Dr. Michael Stevens, Wisconsin State Historian Emeritus, talks about La Follette’s political career, and shows some of his papers, which are now housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Society of American Indians Conference in 1914

  • Visit the site where the Society of American Indians Conference convened a century ago in October 1914. The group of Native American leaders from around the country met on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus to discuss the issues important to Native Americans at the time including land and treaty rights. Learn more about what the leading Native American thinkers and business leaders discussed and the policy this meeting helped to develop.

Anti-War Protest Collection -Wisconsin Historical Society

  • See some of the artifacts related to the deadly bombing at Sterling Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The bomb went off in the early morning hours of August 24, 1970. The bombers targeted the building because it housed the Army Mathematics Research Center, which conducted research for the military during the Vietnam War. The blast killed researcher Robert Fassnacht (FAHZ-naut) and wounded several others. Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, talks about artifacts in their collection related to that day including a sign taken from the building and pieces from the van that carried the bomb. Also, part of the collection are signs and t-shirts showing support for the four bombers.

Impact of Madison’s Vietnam War Protests

  • Hear about the Vietnam War Protests in Madison during the 1960’s. Activist Patrick Quinn, who was part of a group who organized the protests, says that UW-Madison was one of the most radical college campuses in the country at the time. From the base of the Wisconsin Capitol where he held the first Vietnam War protest, Quinn explains what started the movement, how the protestors were treated, and what impact their efforts had. We also speak to David Maraniss, author of, "They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace Vietnam and America 1967," about what was happening in Madison during the 1960s that led to the anger and anxiety of antiwar students in that city. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin was a student on the UW-Madison campus at the time and participated in a protest that turned into a violent clash between police and protestors. Soglin shares his experience of that day. Also, visit the site of the Sterling Hall bombing that many say brought an end to the protests in Madison.

History of Madison, Wisconsin

  • Learn about the early years in Madison from author David Mollenhoff. In his book, "Madison: A History of the Formative Years," Mollenhoff talks about what makes the city unique and explains how its location and early public policy helped make the city what it is today.

Native American Effigy Mounds

  • See Madison’s Native American Effigy Mounds and learn what they tell us about the early cultures that lived in this area thousands of years ago. Archeologist Amy Rosebrough, with the Wisconsin Historical Society visits two of the mounds located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and explains the significance of their shapes, what these mounds meant to the people who built them, and the importance of maintaining these structures today. According to Rosebrough, UW-Madison has more Effigy Mounds on its campus than any other university in the world.

History of the Wisconsin State Capitol

  • Visit the Wisconsin State Capitol with tour guide Jim Schaff. Learn why Madison was selected as the capital and go into several chambers of this capitol, the fifth version of the building in the state. See the architecture, which was designed by George Post in the early 1900s, and visit rooms that represent all three branches of Wisconsin’s government.

Profile of Senator William Proxmire

  • See the papers of Senator William Proxmire, who created the Golden Fleece Awards and pushed for a treaty decrying genocide. William Proxmire was elected to the Senate in 1957, filling the seat left vacant by Joseph McCarthy. During his career Senator Proxmire fought against wasteful government spending by awarding what he called his Golden Fleece Awards. Proxmire also urged Congress to ratify what became known as the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the crime of Genocide. Michael Edmonds, Deputy Director, Library-Archives Division, tells us about some of the highlights found in Proxmire’s papers and also shares personal stories told by Proxmire’s family and former co-workers. The Senator died in 2005 after a battle with Alzheimer’s.

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