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Veterans Day observance at the cenotaph at the State Street entrance to the state capital in Madison.
Image courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society

Hello,

This week, we are taking a deep dive into culture and history.

We begin by honoring Veterans Day with the memories of a World War I veteran from Racine. Next, we drum up some music with a percussive beat as we explore one man's vision to empower the youth.

Then, it's time for a Wisconsin ex-pat's story about being homesick, but feeling a little less alone with the help of a vintage jacket. We explore a teenager's passion for a classical Indian form of dance that tells tales of gods and goddesses.

Finally, we answer a burning question about Wisconsin's history with wildfires.

We hope you enjoy,

-The "Wisconsin Life" Team

When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, millions of young men across the country lined up to enlist and serve in what they believed would be the “war to end all wars.” One of those men was 21 year-old J. Vincent Hood of Racine, WI.

About 80 years later, Hood’s great-grandson, Mark Sullivan, interviewed him about World War I for a class project. Sullivan was in sixth grade at the time and recently discovered the cassette tape that captured that interview. He shares the story of his “Bompa” for Veterans Day.

Drumming Up Empowerment

Drumming is much more than just music to Yorel Lashley. It’s the vehicle to teaching children the importance of discipline, community and leadership.

Lashley is the founder of Drum Power, a leadership development program for children and youth using West African, Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban percussion.

Moving away from Wisconsin can be an exciting adventure for some people. For others, it can be a tough and lonely journey. Writer and Wisconsin native June Melby reflects on the time she moved out west and how a vintage jacket helped her feel a little less homesick.

Shruti Parthasarathy is a dancer from Middleton, Wisconsin. She practices Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form that originated in southern India thousands of years ago. It tells mythological tales of gods and goddesses through movement and music.

A traditional Bharatanatyam performance is a two-hour solo recital called a margam where "stamina is key."

The West Coast of the United States has been seeing record level wildfires in recent years. One listener has been wondering why we don't see the same level of wildfires here in Wisconsin.
So, they asked WHYsconsin.

Thanks for reading and get in touch.
We love to hear about your Wisconsin life.
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