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A look back at an epidemic perhaps even more terrifying than COVID-19, the Polio Epidemic of the early 1950s. We preview an American Experience documentary, "The Polio Crusade," which is re-airing Tuesday night.  Also, David Oshinksy, who is one of the guests in that film, and the author of "Polio: An American Story." 

Dr. Beth Rush (Mayo Clinic) offers suggestions on how we can maintain our mental and emotional health during the COVID-19 crisis.  After that,  Frederick Kaufman, author of "A Short History of the American Stomach."

Hope Jahren, author of "The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here."  The interview was recorded last Friday and it includes some reflection from Jahren on what it is like right now in Norway, where she lives with her family. 

(ARCHIVES)  To remember a simpler time as well as the delightful and unique genius of Mark Twain, we revisit a 2012 interview with Bob Hirst, editor of a new edition of "The Autobiography of Mark Twain." 

Ginny Sassaman,  author of "Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World."  This interview was recorded this past Friday, and includes some reflections from the guest on the COVID-19 Crisis. 

(ARCHIVES)  Sean Manning is the editor of "Bound to Last:  30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book."  This interview, recorded back in 2011

Amy Shira Teitel, author of "Fighting for Space: Two Pilots and their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight."   

Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President of Gateway Technical College; John Swallow, President of Carthage College, and Debbie Ford, Chancellor of UW-Parkside discuss how their institutions are reacting to the evolving COVID-19 crisis.

From the archives:  a 2006 converation with John M. Barry, author of "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History."   Barry's book is widely regarded as the definitive account of the 1918 influenza pademic.  

Neal Bascomb, author of "Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best." 

A discussion of the upcoming RUSD Referendum with RUSD school board president Brian O'Connell, school board member Mike Frontier, and RUSD's Chief of Operations Shannon Gordon.  

Dr. Temple Burling, Associate Professor of Biology and Physics, describes his experience with the COVID-19 scare.   His research trip in the UK and Belgium was cut short with the announcement of President Trump's travel ban - and in the interview he describes what he saw and experienced upon landing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and what it is like for him to be in precautionary self-quarantine.   

Jill Tietjien and Barbara Bridges,  co-authors of "Hollywood: Her Story,"  a fascinating chronicle of the history of women in the film industry.

Nan Calvert is joined by Adrienne Cizek, who is with Stormwater Solutions Engineering firm.   

Part One:  Russell Johnson, from the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, talks about Jazz Week - which is next week on the UW-P campus.   Part Two:  Steve Mussenden, Racine Literacy Council.  Part Three: A Mayo Clinic offers information about Colo-rectal Cancer.  Part Four:  a CNA study on the escalating recruitment challenges confronting the U.S. military. 

Noe Alvarez, author of "Spirit Run: a 6,000 Mile Marathon through North America's Stolen Land."

James Brown, author of "Apology to a Young Addict- a Memoir."   

We preview the Lakeside Players production of "Death of a Streetcar named Virginia Woolf-  a Parody." 

Anne Kim, author of "Abandoned:  America's Lost Youth at the Crisis of Disconnection."  

Erik Johnson, Assistant Professor of Economics at Carthage College, talks about our trade relations with China. 

A tour of the Anatomage Table 6, an exciting piece of technology used by health science students at Gateway Technical College.   (We speak with Morgan Kaiser, Katriana McGovern, and Traci Gotz.) Watch this program live on WGTD's Facebook page here

Part One:  Racine Food Bank and their fundraiser on March 6th and 7th.  Part Two: Margot Kahn, "This is the Place: Women Write About Home." 

James Schatzman, Carl Fields and Sister Ann Pratt discuss a year-long city-wide discussion of Racism that will be occurring in Racine.

Part one:  The annual Susan B. Anthony Women of Influence Awards, celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage. In Part two: (for Black History Month) - Mark Ribowsky, author of "The Supremes:  A Saga of Motown, Dreams, Success and Betrayal." 

Dr. Jerald Mast,  Professor of Political Science at Carthage, offers his thoughts on the contenders for the Democratic Party's nominee to run for president.  

Dr. Art Cyr from Carthage College offers analysis of current events. 

(for Black History Month) Elliot Jaspin, author of "Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America." 

For Black History Month:  Joe Drape, author of "Black Maestro:  the Epic Life of an American Legend."  

Maggie Andersen, author of "Getting Smart About Race: An American Conversation."  

From the University of Wisconsin-Parkside:  Andrew Gavin, Director of Athletics - and Robyn Elliot, graduate assistant. 

Eileen Rivers (USA Today) talks about her book "Beyond the Call:  Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan." Ms. Rivers visits Carthage on Saturday Feb. 22nd 

Edward J. Larson, author of "Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership." 

Writer and singer-songwriter Zahira Kelly-Cabrera, who is coming to Carthage College on Feb. 18th to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school's Women's and Gender Studies Program.   

Nan Calvert joins us for her monthly environmental program.  Her guest is E. Shedden Farley, from the Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability in Verona, WI. 

We rebroadcast an interview from 25 years ago with Bill Guy, the original host of WGTD's The Morning Show,  and local Lincoln expert Steve Rogstad. 

Isabel Wilkerson, author of "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration."  It chronicles the massive migration of southern African-Americans to other parts of the United States.    <For Black History Month>

Kenosha author Michael Schumacher, editor of "Allen Ginsberg: South American Journals, January-July 1960." 

We preview the Lakeside Players' production of "Little Shop of Horrors," which opens this weekend. 

For Black History Month: Cal Fussman, author of "After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice and Baseball's Forgotten Heroes." 

Bryan Albrecht,  president of Gateway Technical College

Tim Wise, anti-racism activist:  "Great White Hoax: Challenging Racism and Denial in the Age of Trump."  Wise speaks at Carthage Tuesday evening.  

William J. Bernstein, author of 'The Splendid Exchange:  How Trade Shaped the World." 

Postponed from last Friday-   Mary Roach, author of "Bonk:  The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex."  

Roisin Meaney,  author of "Semi-Sweet:  A Novel of Love and Cupcakes."  

Dr. Jerald Mast, Associate Professor of Political Science at Carthage College, offers his thoughts on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.  

Andrew Burroughs,  author of "Everyday Engineering: How Engineers See."  

A 1990 interview with french horn virtuoso Barry Tuckwell,  recorded when he came to Kenosha to play with the Kenosha Symphony during their 50th anniversary season.  Tuckwell died last week at the age of 88.  

Dr. James Ripley, director of instrumental activities at Carthage College,  talks about the Wind Orchestra's recent trip to Japan and the group's homecoming concert coming up on Sunday.    

Bryan Albrecht, president of Gateway Technical College - with William Martin,  Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Racine

Martin Fletcher, author of "The War Reporter."