Erika Janik

Erika Janik is the producer and editor of the Wisconsin Public Radio series Wisconsin Life. She is the author of four history books and has written for publications such as SmithsonianMental Floss, and Midwest Living.

  • The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind
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    The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind

    How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.

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A Miniature 1950s Utopia

A reclusive artist built this idealized suburb to grapple with his painful childhood memories.

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Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her school. Then the Internet heard her story.

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A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

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'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

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