By Nancy Camden
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Strangers are recorded for on-the-spot interviews that discover the human heart in the heartland. Nancy Camden spots people on trails, streets and roads through cities, small towns and the glaciated rural Wisconsin landscape to reveal who they are and what they know.
||CleanI HAD A PLAN||Within a few seconds of my pressing record, Peter Laing revealed why he had taken up bicycling on the Interurban Trail in Ozaukee County—to handle his grief. This interview was recorded in August of 2015 at a picnic table on the trail in Belgium,||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVISITING BIRDER||In late August, I was biking in Harrington Beach State Park when I spotted a man with binoculars. He was looking into the woods by Lake Michigan. Turns out, Mark Sulway had flown from across the pond (Wales,||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPOLIO & BLUEBIRDS||I stood next to an older man who was sitting on a mobility scooter at the Holland Festival parade in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin in late July. I learned that the mobility scooter isn’t because he is in his eighties but because at age five,||7/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCHALLENGE & INSPIRATION||Can you hike for an hour? Can you see yourself biking for fourteen days with two twelve-year-olds? How about walking nearly 9,000 miles around the outer states of the U.S.A.? Three times in four days in late August,||7/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEVERYBODY WAS A FRIEND||Did you know that among us are people who remember spotting teams of horses hitched in town? This episode of Spotting Wisconsin shares portions of an oral history I recorded. I have enhanced this little memory piece with audio from my sound collection.||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWASHED-UP COAL||In autumn, David Schueler and his family walked the beach at Harrington Beach State Park on Lake Michigan near Belgium, Wisconsin. They found coal that could have washed up from a sunken schooner years and years ago.||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHEY KEEP BEES||In early October, I knocked on the door of a hobby beekeeper in rural southwestern Wisconsin’s Vernon County. Their neighbor had pointed it out as a story for Spotting Wisconsin. Tim Fitzpatrick and his wife, Kris,||3/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“B POSITIVE”||Jim Falkner of Milwaukee sat next to me at a live airing of the humorous Wisconsin Public Radio show, Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? We ‘yacked’ a little before the show. It made me wonder, what does Jim know? So, a couple days later,||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRIDE THE BOOKMOBILE||Come ride a day in a noisy library that runs on diesel and rolls around on wheels. Even when stopped, it’s noisy, because everything inside, the lights, heat and computers are powered with a generator. It’s the Eastern Shores Library System bookmobi||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“PAY IT FORWARD”||Slow down! We’re in Colby, Wisconsin. I knocked on a door to ask directions to a historical marker. Eighty-six-year-old Virginia ‘Ginny’ Brown invited me in. With her antique calendar clock ticking, she talks about the early years,||2/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“CARRY ME HOME”||In the month of March, near Eagle, Wisconsin, a big black horse with a rider made wide strides to cross the road down from my van. This was the first time I had stopped a stranger to ask for a Spotting Wisconsin interview.||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA WAVE TO FIXING AND FARMING||In the spring of the year, rural Port Washington, Wisconsin, I waved up a long driveway to two silhouettes beside an old farmhouse. A wave back drew me up to hear about fixing trucks, farming and friendship and to contemplate waving to people.||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“IF YOU BELIEVE, YOU RECEIVE.”||As I drove by a house in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, “a town with just the right speed,” I spotted a woman raking leaves in red, rubber boots. Recorded in the yard of Chris and Joy Krogstad, this interview takes us back to Joy’s childhood,||12/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“IT WAS SNIPERS”||I headed to a small town simply because the name, Ladysmith, Wisconsin, intrigued me. I ended up recording a glimpse of 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 P||11/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“THERE’S WAYS”||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.||11/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSIXTEEN YEARS TO SATURDAY||When Bethany was eight, her parents moved to a Baraboo, Wisconsin 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 i||11/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVoices from upcoming podcast episodes||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.||10/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Great to hear real people’s stories with no pretense or trying to be something they’re not. Kind of restores my faith in humanity.