Eric Lee on Spectrum West Feb. 21 2019

February 19, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio



Eric Lee on Spectrum West Feb. 21, 2019


Eau Claire visual artist Eric Lee will join host Al Ross on Spectrum West¸ which airs at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 on The Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio. An Eau Claire Memorial High School production about human trafficking, an upcoming Spring Valley Stagehands play and a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire political scientist and author will also be featured during the show.


Ross will welcome artistic visionary Eric Lee back to the show to talk about the roads that led to his invitation to the 2019 Venice Biennale, which is one of the most notable events in Italy, and what lies ahead in his future career.


Caragan Hollenbeck, Josie Butzler and Emily Ruth, students from Memorial High School, will talk about their original play “Traffick,” which addresses the issue of human trafficking in the U.S. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at the Haas Fine Arts Center in Eau Claire. The play was written and produced by MHS students.


Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will speak with Ann Turner, director of the Spring Valley Stagehands production of “The Boxcar Children.”  The show is about four orphaned children who make a home for themselves in an abandoned train boxcar. Performances will take place Thursday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 3 at the Spring Valley Theatre.


Dr. Eric Kasper, UWEC associate professor of political science, will return to the show for the second half of a two-part conversation on his recently published book “The United States Constitution in Film: Part of Our National Culture.”


Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts and much more. It is heard weekly from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. Thursdays on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a live stream at and a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie. Archives are available at