Featured guests

Ted Louis Levy

Levy is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who has performed on Broadway and around the world.  Just a few of his accomplishments include collaborations with Gregory Hines and George C. Wolfe in Jelly’s Last Jam, with Savion Glover in Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, and a film debut in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X. He has been heralded by The New York Times as “deceptively traditional in his footwork as a crooning host and all-around entertainer”. Levy is also the Guest Choreographer for the UWL Theatre production of Singin’ in the Rain.

Jill Sisson Quinn 

Quinn is a nature writer and teacher living in central Wisconsin. Her essays have appeared in EcotoneOn EarthOrion, and many other magazines.  Quinn's first book, Deranged:  Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan, was published by Apprentice House of Loyola University, Maryland.  Quinn is a regular commentator for Wisconsin Public Radio's Wisconsin Life program.  Her essay, "Sign Here if You Exist" won the John Burroughs Essay Award and was reprinted in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011.  Quinn was the winner of a 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer Award. Learn more about Quinn's work here.


Ben Toth

Currently a professor of Percussion at Hartt School of Music, Toth has performed around the world spreading in six continents. His wide-ranging percussion skills include hand, frame, African drumming, and Brazilian, Cuban, and Haitian percussion.  His most notable performance venues include Carnegie Recital Hall and Hong Kong Cultural Centre and he has appeared on twenty recordings.



Holly Walter Kerby


Kerby is the founder and Executive Director of Fusion Science Theater, an organization funded by the National Science Foundation to create story-based methods and forms to teach science concepts.  She is faculty emeritus in chemistry and playwriting at Madison Area Technical College and received the Community College Faculty of the Year award in 2012.  She currently teaches workshops and develops interactive digital activities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn more about Kerby's work here.


Margaret Wertheim

Australian-born science writer Margaret Wertheim is one of the masterminds behind the Crochet Reef Project, a unique creation which resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. Since 2005, the project has grown to include Satellite Reefs in over thirty cities and countries worldwide. She has been published in The New York Times, New Scientist, and The Guardian. Learn more about Wertheim's work here.

Shumpei Yamaki

Yamaki was born in Kamakura, Japan, graduated from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in archeology. He was injured in a car accident and enrolled in a ceramics course in order to rehabilitate his arm and discovered a passion for it. Currently he is a resident artist with the Scattergood Friends School and Farm and creates innovative performance events combining ceramics and dance. Learn more about Yamaki's work here.