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Human Powered is a show about how people make places better. In our first season, we explore Wisconsin together to meet real people and hear in-depth stories that we hope leave you feeling closer to your neighbors—and inspired by where you live.


Finding Hope Here in Wisconsin

Hope often appears in the form of a story. These are some of the stories that keep us hopeful.

Alexa’s 99-year-old mother receiving her college diploma on her COVID-safe porch in Stevens Point.

Coggin in Sturgeon Bay creating a virtual archaeological dig for kids stuck at home.

Gary from Lac du Flambeau sharing his healing cultural practices at a ceremony for other veterans.

Thanks to our generous donors – people like you – Love Wisconsin stories like these reach tens of thousands of your fellow Wisconsinites, lifting hearts and bringing us closer together despite our greater isolation.

With your help, we can raise silenced voices, spark our civic imagination, and bring the people of Wisconsin closer together.


The Power of Indigenous Knowledge

Our newest podcast episode features Marvin Defoe and Edwina Buffalo-Reyes, members of the Red Cliff band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in Bayfield County. For the last three years, the Red Cliff Tribal Historic Preservation Office has been collaborating with two archaeologists helping excavate sites on tribal lands. Listen to hear what they are doing to reclaim and revitalize the deep history and culture of their people—and to help train a new generation of scholars committed to centering indigenous knowledge.


Special Funding Opportunity for Mini & Major Grant Applicants

Starting with the August 15th Major Grant Deadline, the next seven grant rounds have special money available thanks to the NEH's 'A More Perfect Union' initiative! We are looking for proposals for projects that explore the history of our nation’s quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society; broaden participation in the documentation and telling of our shared American experience; and deepen the public’s knowledge of and commitment to our nation’s principles of constitutional government and democracy. Use all regular grant deadlines and guidelines!


Immigrant Journeys Exhibit On Tour Now!

'Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border' is a traveling exhibit featuring eight personal stories that remind us of our shared humanity, no matter where our journey began. The exhibit is on view at the Rock County Historical Society in Janesville August 1 - 15, and at Appleton Public Library August 15 - 29. The full tour schedule and more is on the website!


The Power of Planting Seeds

We have a great summert-time listen for you! In the latest Human Powered podcast episode, you'll hear about Green Bay's vibrant community garden program. It has 250 families working on 12 different garden plots! Meet the woman who started it and find out what keeps it going. And what some people are growing there!


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Human Powered is a podcast series produced by Wisconsin Humanities. Each episode tells the story of a community where imagination and relationships have changed the landscape.