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Monday on Lake Effect:

You might be surprised by research into music and cats – or if you have cats, you might not be surprised.  Either way, it’s interesting work coming out of the University of Wisconsin.  Then, Waukesha’s Kalmbach publishing debuts a new magazine dedicated to the emerging technology of drones.  And a new indie film shot on location in Milwaukee – and elsewhere – recounts the true chilling tale of a passenger jet that went missing over the Atlantic Ocean.

Guests:

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You may not even think twice about turning on the radio in your home to start or end your day, but your cat may have noticed it for completely different reasons.

If you want to see an example of a vision coming to fruition – after years of planning and construction – head to downtown Milwaukee.

The city began building the Riverwalk two decades ago. The project almost is complete, with just a few spans yet to be built.

Milwaukee officials believe the walkway has spurred millions of dollars in development, and has helped people see the river through a new lens.

The riverfront revival is most impressive, if you know a bit of the city’s history. More than 150 years ago, the river was one reason people settled here.

S Bence

It started in 1970 outside the small town of Newburg, two years after the Whitefish Bay Women’s Club purchased the first parcel of land. It gradually morphed into 379 acres stewarded by Riveredge Nature Center.

Pete Rasmussen

The state will now reopen the land around the proposed site, to the public. Gov. Walker had signed a bill restricting access to certain acres.

Last month, G-tac closed its office in Hurley saying a mining operation did not appear to be feasible. The region encompassing the Penokee Hills is rich in wetlands and waterways, the reason some people and groups opposed a potential mine. 

It would have meant opening a 4.5 mile open pit, to extract the iron ore.

According to the Wisconsin DNR, the company has officially withdrawn its pre-application notice.

S Bence

Conservation education dates back to 1935 in Wisconsin. That’s when state law required that grade and high school students learn about natural resources.

catwarren.com

A common sight in tragedies such as this week’s Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps is working dogs, helping their human handlers search for human remains. Dogs are also used for bomb detection, rescuing disaster survivors, and sniffing out illegal contraband and other professional tasks. The work of these dogs is seen as equally heroic as the human effort.

 

Friday on Lake Effect:

How did dogs come to play such an important role in search-and-rescue missions?  And what makes a good canine-human team?  Plus, a new collection of short stories from Milwaukee writer Liam Callanan, a trip to maple sugaring season at Riveredge Nature Center, and an in-studio performance from Michigan’s Greensky Bluegrass.

Guests:

Jessica Z Schafer / RAM

Take some sugar, some corn syrup, gelatin, and potassium sorbate and you have…art? 

Kalliope Vocal Arts

The musical “Rent” took Broadway by storm when it first premiered in 1994.  It tells the story of a young group of friends living on Manhattan’s lower east side in what might politely be described as “squalor.”  It tackled a variety of social issues such as poverty and HIV, but also age-old questions of identity.

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