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Welcome to the “Thank You, 72” podcast, brought to you by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®. We want to share the amazing stories of alumni from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These Badgers grew up in Wisconsin’s 72 counties, came to Madison, and then went out and changed the world. We’d like to thank you, the people of this state, for sending your best and brightest to UW–Madison.

Latest Episodes

Thank You, 72 - Greta Van Susteren

On June 12, 1994, a tragic event would change the trajectory of Outagamie County native and UW alumna Greta Van Susteren’s life. Nicole Brown Simpson, the ex-wife of football star O. J. Simpson, was found murdered along with her friend Ron Goldman. Authorities arrested Simpson and charged him with those murders. Van Susteren, a lawyer at the time, became a daily fixture on CNN as she provided instant legal analysis during live coverage of the proceedings. For the next two decades, Van Susteren dominated the cable news airwaves. She anchored newscasts on CNN and MSNBC, as well as On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on the Fox News Channel. Van Susteran recently announced her return to television with a new Sunday public affairs program called Full Court Press and her new role as a national political analyst for Gray Television stations across the country. Van Susteren — a lawyer turned legal analyst during the “trial of the century,” who became an influential journalist — shares her life story on this episode of Thank You, 72. It is a wide-ranging discussion including her biggest regret when she left Fox News and her new broadcasting ventures.

35 MIN2 weeks ago
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Thank You, 72 - Greta Van Susteren

Thank You, 72 - J.J. Watt

J. J. Watt once dominated Camp Randall with his defensive skills as he played football for the Wisconsin Badgers. This May, he returns to Camp Randall, but in a very different role: he is the spring commencement speaker! In this podcast, the senior class officers who chose Watt for this honor get to ask him questions before graduation day.

20 MINMAY 2
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Thank You, 72 - J.J. Watt

Thank You, 72 - Joseph Sullivan & Gillian Laub

Seeking truth, exposing injustice, sparking change. In this podcast, the stories of two UW-Madison alumni who used very different talents and skills to confront longstanding issues involving race and inequality. First, thank you, Iron County for Joseph Sullivan. He grew up in Hurley and was a former Badger football standout. Sullivan graduated in 1938, and joined the FBI. He played a key role in many major investigations, including the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. Novelist Tom Clancy called him “the greatest lawman America ever produced.” Then, the story of 1997 grad Gillian Laub. Her photographs of a segregated prom in Montgomery County, Georgia, published in the New York Times Magazine, lead to a national outcry for change in 2009. Laub later returned to Georgia to produce a documentary about changes in the community. However, the documentary took a dramatic turn when a young black man is shot by an older white man.

29 MINMAR 27
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Thank You, 72 - Joseph Sullivan & Gillian Laub

Latest Episodes

Thank You, 72 - Greta Van Susteren

On June 12, 1994, a tragic event would change the trajectory of Outagamie County native and UW alumna Greta Van Susteren’s life. Nicole Brown Simpson, the ex-wife of football star O. J. Simpson, was found murdered along with her friend Ron Goldman. Authorities arrested Simpson and charged him with those murders. Van Susteren, a lawyer at the time, became a daily fixture on CNN as she provided instant legal analysis during live coverage of the proceedings. For the next two decades, Van Susteren dominated the cable news airwaves. She anchored newscasts on CNN and MSNBC, as well as On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on the Fox News Channel. Van Susteran recently announced her return to television with a new Sunday public affairs program called Full Court Press and her new role as a national political analyst for Gray Television stations across the country. Van Susteren — a lawyer turned legal analyst during the “trial of the century,” who became an influential journalist — shares her life story on this episode of Thank You, 72. It is a wide-ranging discussion including her biggest regret when she left Fox News and her new broadcasting ventures.

35 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Thank You, 72 - Greta Van Susteren

Thank You, 72 - J.J. Watt

J. J. Watt once dominated Camp Randall with his defensive skills as he played football for the Wisconsin Badgers. This May, he returns to Camp Randall, but in a very different role: he is the spring commencement speaker! In this podcast, the senior class officers who chose Watt for this honor get to ask him questions before graduation day.

20 MINMAY 2
Comments
Thank You, 72 - J.J. Watt

Thank You, 72 - Joseph Sullivan & Gillian Laub

Seeking truth, exposing injustice, sparking change. In this podcast, the stories of two UW-Madison alumni who used very different talents and skills to confront longstanding issues involving race and inequality. First, thank you, Iron County for Joseph Sullivan. He grew up in Hurley and was a former Badger football standout. Sullivan graduated in 1938, and joined the FBI. He played a key role in many major investigations, including the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. Novelist Tom Clancy called him “the greatest lawman America ever produced.” Then, the story of 1997 grad Gillian Laub. Her photographs of a segregated prom in Montgomery County, Georgia, published in the New York Times Magazine, lead to a national outcry for change in 2009. Laub later returned to Georgia to produce a documentary about changes in the community. However, the documentary took a dramatic turn when a young black man is shot by an older white man.

29 MINMAR 27
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Thank You, 72 - Joseph Sullivan & Gillian Laub
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