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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 Experience

In this episode of Human Powered podcast, we hear stories from people who experienced the 2018 flood event in southwestern Wisconsin firsthand, from farmers to firefighters. And we’ll hear from people who think that these stories might just hold the key for creating a sustainable future in the Driftless—and beyond. Subscribe to hear a new episode monthly!


Small-group conversations about immigration

Wisconsin Humanities and Local Voices Network (LVN) are hosting virtual conversations about what immigration means to each of us, and to our communities. Anyone can help to organize a conversation. Contact us if you would like to be trained by Wisconsin Humanities and LVN to host a conversation!


Stand Against Racism

The YWCA Greater Green Bay’s virtual series is open to anyone. They are creating safe spaces for hard conversations that compel change and helping build an inclusive, welcoming community through collaboration, education and discussion. Pre-registration is required for events in March, April, May and June, 2021.


Roots of Democracy

A series of online discussions that explore the cultural and philosophical roots of American democracy, from the democratic experiment in ancient Greece to the influence of Indigenous governing systems, all presented by Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Register to be part of these free conversations on March 4, March 25, and April 15, 2021.


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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.