George Poage: The First Black American to Medal in the Olympics Story

A Badger to the core, this La Crosse native overcame every obstacle stacked against him: He was the first black American to medal in the modern Olympics. And chances are, you’ve never even heard of him. Despite growing up during the Jim Crow era, George Coleman Poage found academic and athletic success. While a student, he ran track for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later, competed at the 1904 Olympics. The rest is history.

8 Unique Wisconsin Cheeseburgers Episode

Cheeseburgers…that all-American comfort food is the focus today! From different cheeses to different meats and toppings, this fan favorite is showcasing the best of what Wisconsin offers.
Host Eric Paulsen traveled the state to find 8 Unique Wisconsin Cheeseburgers, and Wisconsin didn’t disappoint! Each specialty cheeseburger had something different to offer from locally sourced ingredients, to award-winning specialty cheeses and different types of meats. These chef-inspired cheeseburgers are bound to please your taste buds.

Wisconsin’s Edible Experiences Episode

Festivals are a great way to get together with family or friends to enjoy Wisconsin’s Edible Experiences featuring our signature product; Cheese! Wisconsin’s festivals are a foodie’s dream come true with it’s bounty of locally raised food and award-winning cheese. Our state has countless edible experiences from beer, wine & cheese festivals, to gatherings that celebrate chefs and local food. Many of these festivals celebrate our state’s signature product; cheese! We traveled to events like Cheesetopia, Yum Yum Fest, Between the Bluffs Beer Wine & Cheese Festival, Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, Kohler Food & Wine Experience and a Farm to table dinner all featuring Wisconsin specialty cheese!

Kenosha – Life on the Lakeside Episode

In this episode of Discover Wisconsin, Mariah and Eric explore Kenosha, a revitalized lakefront city that is bursting with culture, activities and experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the state! Mariah kicks things off on the lakeshore, where you’ll find gorgeous views, a variety of museums and parks, and vintage electric street cars that can get you from place to place. After stopping by Kenosha’s infamous HarborMarket, she kicks back and enjoys some tunes at Peanut Butter and Jam, a weekly concert series set on the lakeshore.

When it comes to recreation, you better believe Kenosha’s got you covered. The mountain bike trails at Silver Lake County Park are fantastic and draw bikers from all over the region. And if you want to try something a little more unique, Kenosha is home to Wisconsin’s only, and the country’s oldest, Velodrome. Here, Mariah tries track cycling and watches racers young and old compete in a variety of races in front of tons of spectators. Meanwhile Eric heads out onto Lake Michigan to do some salmon fishing with the Kenosha Charter Boat Association. He then heads to the Boathouse Pub for a “Shore Lunch,” where the chefs turn your catch into a fantastic fish feast!

We continue to get to know Kenosha’s food scene at the iconic Mars Cheese Castle, where Mariah learns how to make the perfect grilled cheese. Another Kenosha staple is the House of Gerhard. This family-run restaurant is a traditional German eatery meets classic Wisconsin Supper Club. They specialize in German specialties and mile high ice cream drinks. And for dessert, Eric heads to Elsie Mae’s Bakery and Cannery where he makes a delicious cherry pie. We also check out Taste of Wisconsin, where you can try a little bit of everything that Kenosha has to offer!

One of the best things about Kenosha, is there are so many unique and one-of-a-kind experiences to take advantage of. At the Jelly Belly Visitors Center in Pleasant Prairie, visitors can tour the Jelly Belly warehouse and learn about this classic candy. Eric also runs the bases in a giant bubble ball at a Kenosha Kingfish game, and Mariah meets William Shakespeare at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. It’s stuff like this that shouldn’t be missed! All here in Kenosha, where you can experience “Life on the Lakeside!”

Rooted in Wausau – International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival Episode

Sure, Wisconsin is known for its cheese, brats and beer, but there’s another crop growing in the central part of our state that puts Wisconsin on the worldwide stage: ginseng. This little root packs quite a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits, and consumers around the world, particularly throughout Asia, are crazy for Wisconsin-grown ginseng!

Marathon County exports 95% of U.S. ginseng, and it has become such a significant part of the economy in central Wisconsin that Wausau hosts the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival every year. Visitors from all over the world flock to downtown Wausau to celebrate ginseng and its many uses. Hosts Mariah Haberman and Eric Paulsen dive into the festivities, learning about the culture, history and traditions associated with ginseng, as well as indulging in dozens of ginseng-infused treats. Learn about one of Wisconsin’s most important agricultural products – and all the fun that comes with it! – at the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival!