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Wisconsin People & Ideas – Winter 2018

In this issue: Milwaukee gets its own coloring book, a new documentary looks at the lives of immigrant dairy farm workers, the Driftless Region is anthologized, and hard cider makes a (long-overdue) comeback. We take a look at the innovative BrainPort V100, which helps blind people to see by using electrotactile stimulation to the tongue (yep), and the hard decisions that come with selling the family farm. We also meet the artists and architects behind the Watrous Gallery's innovative exhibition, Future Possible: Imagining Madison. Plus: new fiction and poems from our 2017 writing contests and a review of former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland's new collection, The Word We Used for It.

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Seeing things through a thoughtful perspective, exploring an imaginary world, or savoring a potent phrase all create space to think, reflect, and, yes, escape.

Our connections to the places we call home transcend easy categorization and are often wrought with contradiction.

Paul Asper and Lissa Koop from Restoration Cider Company represent a new generation of craft hard cider brewers in Wisconsin. Photo by Kaia Calhoun Photography.

Just as wine has a distinct terroir, cider takes on the characteristics of the area in which the apples are grown. 

UW–Madison researcher and Wicab Inc. founder Paul Bach-y-Rita showcases his tongue display unit, a sensory substitution device that helps profoundly blind patients with orientation, mobility, and object recognition through electro-tactile stimulation. Photo by Phillipe Psaila/Science Photo Library.

A vision-aid device developed by a Middleton company helps profoundly blind patients "see" through electro-tactile stimulation to the tongue.

Richard Quinney at his family farm near Elkhorn, 2017. Photo by TJ Lambert/Stages Photography

For some people, there is only one story that carries them through an entire lifetime.

An annual Christmas Bird Count in Blanchardville provides participants with a sense of community and pride in their conservation efforts.  

Bennett fought the tears that threatened, felt his body begin to tremble. Nothing had prepared him for such words from the man he most admired.

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