I headed to a small Wisconsin town simply because the name intrigued me and ended up recording the guarded memories of a WWII vet who had been wounded in the jungle of New Guinea, one year to the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. When I sat down at ninety-four-year-old Clarence Stine’s kitchen table, I had no idea what this quiet man was about to share. Clarence’s wife, Irene, had always wanted the story to be recorded. I was led to them by a chance meeting at a military veteran’s mural that had just been installed a few days before I happened to drive down that street in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. (Click the words in blue to see photographs of the mural by artist Kelly Meredith. Clarence Stine’s great, great niece Neveaha Wicke stands under the image of Clarence in his uniform.)
In starkly contrasting audio environments, two men at opposite sides of the state are spotted hauling ‘cargo.’ The out-of-the-ordinary visuals spark conversation to learn, “there’s ways” . . . to be friendlier to the earth. Meet Pastor Steve Minnema from La Crosse and Lindsay Dahl from Milwaukee. Minnema’s photograph is in the very first episode of Spotting Wisconsin. Scroll down to see that. Listen to this story below. Theme music by Conner Going.
When Bethany was eight, her parents moved to a Baraboo area farm. The barn that held the future for the young family would too soon, tragically, fall silent. But, this September at dusk, lights sparkled and glowed in loops from the rafters in preparation for a long-awaited celebration. Meet Bethany Neuman and Matt Miller. Banjo music by Dan Rass of Wisconsin’s Fairland Bluegrass Band. Theme music by Conner Going.
SPOTTING WISCONSIN is a free podcast. In a few weeks, the first episode will be released. Join Nancy Camden on this journey to discover the human heart in the heartland through on-the-spot interviews with randomly spotted strangers. Camden bikes trails and wanders streets and roads of cities, small towns and the glaciated landscape of rural Wisconsin. Follow by subscribing in iTunes or by ‘liking’ and checking ‘get notifications’ (drop down menu under ‘like’) on the Spotting Wisconsin Facebook Page.