The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Woodruff September 15 is hosting a speaker who says the way prisoners are housed in prolonged solitary confinement in this country amounts to a form of torture.
Linda Gustitus is President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
Today, one out of every 100 American adults is behind bars and many are in solitary. Gustitus talked with WXPR News Director Ken Krall about the increased use of solitary confinement that has caught the attention of some rights activists.
The Friends of Wabeno recently assembled a 10-year plan to revitalize the Forest county community, hit hard by weather and tough economic times.
Mary Beck is chair of the group which began in April with the idea of restoring some of the landmarks...
"...we've had a lot of misfortune over the last two years...some of our icons have been damaged...our Wabeno Bandshell...our Larry the Logroller mascot...many of the large pine trees that surrounded our Logging Museum area..."
Teams of couch potato enthusiasts will race through downtown Rhinelander in the YMCA of the Northwoods' inaugural Couch Potato Race. The event will be held in conjunction with Rhinelander's PotatoFest celebration August 31. Laurie Schlitt, the Y's Interim CEO said there are 10 teams entered. WXPR is one of them.
Direct from Memphis, Eric Scrappie Hughes or the "Boss of Beale Street" as he's known, brought his deep river blues to the Northwoods August 24th. Floating down the Wisconsin River took on a real Delta feel with Scrappie's authentic delivery of original compositions and blues classics.
From "The Ballad of Weevil Point Willie" to "Tested Positive for the Blues," Scrappie's musical storytelling and artistry are a pleasure to share with WXPR listeners on Blues Friday and live at the WXPR Blues Cruise.
Each summer Rhinelander gets hit with what amounts to an explosion of creativity: School of the Arts Rhinelander sets up camp for five days in a local middle school, and holds a slew of art classes for adults. 2013 marked the program's 50th anniversary.
Even though more than half of the 150 students enrolled in School of the Arts are newcomers, it’s not hard to spot the longtime attendees. They’re wearing nametags with colored ribbons to indicate their veteran status. Lee Densmore sports a tag marking 15 years. He’s here for a poetry class.