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Hari Kondabolu Reflects On Being a Political Comic During An Exceptional Election

These could be said to be both the best and the worst of times for political comedy and for stand-up Hari Kondabolu, the worst has never felt closer to home. He's received more contentious reaction to his jokes and opinions on social media now than ever before and says he's witnessing a turning point in the U.S. political landscape.
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When Wye Oak released their break-through record, Civilian, they followed their tour with a separation. Bandmates Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack moved from Baltimore to opposite sides of the country. Wasner now lives in North Carolina and Stack in Marfa, Texas, but the move has not slowed down the band. In fact,  Wye Oak thrives off their limitations.

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Spirituality is pretty complicated. While we can generally agree that it involves connectedness, a search for meaning and identity, individual beliefs and practices vary greatly. This week, we're exploring spirituality with a few UltraShorts and a story that was told at our May 2013 event Lost in Translation.

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Woody Allen is one of the most recognized and controversial film directors. Since 1965 he has made about one film a year. Often his films center on an older lead man and his young female partner, or explore themes of difficult relationships and existential concepts.

Allen’s latest film “Café Society” was released this month, and film critic Duane Dudek shares his thoughts on the prolific director:

How do you solve a problem like Woody Allen?

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A few years ago, author Paul McComas and singer-songwriter Maya Kuper created Unplugged: A Survivor’s Story in Scenes and Songs. It’s based on Paul’s novel of the same name. The show uses original songs and spoken-word performance to tell the story of Dayna Clay, a fictional 27-year-old rock musician and survivor of sexual assault. 

A federal appeals court has overturned North Carolina's sweeping voter ID law, ruling that the law was passed with "discriminatory intent" and was designed to impose barriers to block African-Americans from voting.

The ruling came from a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The state is "almost certain" to appeal to the full court or to the U.S. Supreme Court, NPR's Pam Fessler reports.

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It was an historic Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia. Presidential nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton, took the stage last night as the first woman nominated to a major party. But the week-long event had some rough spots, with protestors and supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders interrupting speeches with boos and shouting.

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You may not think you know musician Alex Meixner, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen him perform. If his name doesn’t sound familiar, you might know him from some Hormel Pepperoni commercials. 

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The fight for school turf continues on Milwaukee’s Northeast side.

A military-style school for at-risk kids wants to buy a former Milwaukee Public School building in the Riverwest area.

Earlier this week, the City of Milwaukee approved the sale but still has to decide whether the school is the right fit for the neighborhood.

Many residents in the area say it’s not, and they told city officials as much during a meeting Thursday night. They’re concerned about some of the program’s tactics. 

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On Thursday, we talked to older adults in Milwaukee about what they think of Hillary Clinton becoming the first female nominee for President. Today, we visit with seniors in Cudahy. Some are setting a high bar for Clinton. John Franecki is tooling around the lunchroom in his scooter. The 91-year-old says he’s seen a lot in his lifetime, and he’s pleased that he’s lived to see the first female presidential nominee.

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New Jersey freelance writer Jen Miller last appeared on Lake Effect in a Fit For You segment tackling the myth of the “runner’s body.” Her New York Times article, Crossing the Finish Line 25 Pounds Lighter, addressed Miller’s journey through weight gain and loss while competing in marathons. 

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