Local Features

A Conversation About Palestine

Jun 21, 2017


This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War and the Israeli occupation of

We all know that feeling when we get triggered to say something we regret. With a few tools though, we can navigate our way past the negative emotions that make that happen.

In this month’s episode of BrainWaves, WXPR’s commentator and classical music host Molly Rose Teuke offers some useful tips on how to conquer the limbic hijack.

Molly Rose Teuke is host of WXPR’s Thursday Midday Classics. She’s also a certified brain-based coach and leadership trainer, helping people master the art and science of personal change.

Residents' Views on Changes in the Northwoods

Jun 14, 2017
Wisconsin Historical Markers

I hit Brown Street last week to gauge opinions in Rhinelander on the community and the surrounding area. I asked one question: What changes would you like to see in the Northwoods? While an infrastructural motif was evident, the responses were as varied as the people themselves.


Patty Olenik is a Rhinelander native and the owner of the Mad Batter Bakery.


For this next installment of Field Notes, Susan Knight of Trout Lake Station tells us about the tough-as-nails tiny invertebrates known as tardigrades.


Conversation continues to swirl around a popular Netflix series, raising both awareness and concern surrounding the issue of teen suicide. WXPR volunteer Andrew Padgett spoke with counselors at Rhinelander High School about why the series is concerning…

Kovac's Cosmic Dream

May 26, 2017
Miranda Vander Leest

The old saying goes “shoot for the moon, and if you miss you’ll land among the stars,” but for one local man the stars were enough. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest tells us the story of Frank Kovac and his universal dream…

Frank Kovac has a Go Fund Me page that’s been set up for nearly a year and a half. He's raised $6,500 of his $100,000 goal. Visit his Facebook page or website for more information.


Last fall forestry and law enforcement officials in northwestern Wisconsin started receiving reports of paper birch trees being stolen from public and private lands. The tree's Latin name is Betula papyrifera, and like the name implies, its white, papery bark is popular for Northwoods-style decorations and crafts, driving demand for raw material.

  For Ali Paris, making music is about more than just entertainment; it’s about inspiring unity. Paris is a Palestinian jazz musician and uses his music to advocate for peace, justice and human rights.

Paris will be at the Center for Civic Engagement in Wausau this week and WXPR volunteer Andrew Padgett spoke with Paris ahead of his May 5 performance….

Sleep Tight

Apr 17, 2017

Adequate sleep is essential to a smoothly functioning brain – and here’s a little-known fact: Your brain is more active when you’re asleep than when you’re awake.

We still don’t know all there is to know about sleep, but in today’s episode of BrainWaves, our monthly commentator Molly Rose Teuke shares some tips on how to get more of it.

Molly Rose Teuke is host of WXPR’s Thursday Midday Classics and a certified brain-based coach and leadership trainer, helping people master the art and science of personal change.

Merrill Students Honor Local Veterans With Freedom Pens

Apr 6, 2017
Miranda Vander Leest

A Merrill Middle School teacher has come up with a unique project not just for his students, but for the community and its veterans. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest has that story…

Pete McConnell has a goal to make 100 pens for the May flight and they’ve made nearly 90 so far. Veterans will receive a certificate with their custom-made pen identifying the student manufacturer. The pens will also be  labeled with the materials used and when it was created.

For information on how to get involved or to make a donation contact McConnell: 715-356-9593 ext. 17021


Mar 20, 2017

Decisions, decisions… We make hundreds of them every day. The more reasonable we can be, the better our decision, right?

In this month’s installment of BrainWaves, Molly Rose Teuke decides to explore that very question.

Her conclusion might surprise you: Don’t be too quick to discount your intuition.

Molly Rose Teuke is happy she can make a real job out of her abiding curiosity about how our brains work. She is a certified brain-based coach and trainer helping people master the art and science of personal change.


Feb 20, 2017

There’s an old saying that our natures are all alike; it’s our habits that distinguish us.

Today in our new monthly feature called BrainWaves, Thursday Midday Classics host Molly Rose Teuke takes us on a guided tour through habits — what are they, how do they work, and why should we care?

Cancer Survivor Takes Back Her Body

Feb 8, 2017
Miranda Vander Leest


   A Northwoods breast cancer survivor has taken her body back thanks to a local workout program. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest has that story…

Gloria Baker says after her 12 weeks are up with the LiveStrong Program, she will continue her workout routine on her own.

The LiveStrong Program has been around since 2007 and is part of the YMCA’s annual support campaign. Marilyn Duschl says about 12 people go through the free program each year.