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The reputation of the Golden Globes is that they're the Oscars' rowdier, tipsier, weirder cousin — sometimes refreshingly so. And while awards season is always the most intense time of year for celebrity fashion, this year the allegations — and, in some cases, admissions — of sexual harassment and assault added a far more serious layer of conversation. Some women said in advance that they would wear black to convey their support for people who have reported abuse.

The Real Molly Bloom

Jan 7, 2018

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Now to Hollywood, where the first major awards ceremony of the season, the Golden Globes, is being held tonight. For weeks now, it's been obvious that the evening will reckon some way or another with one of the major stories of the past year.

If you are a fan of a certain television drama that airs on Thursday nights on ABC, then Joe Morton needs no introduction.

On the show Scandal, he plays Rowan "Eli" Pope, the notorious, scheming father of main character Olivia Pope. His scene-stealing work in the role earned Morton an Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series, as well as a whole new generation of fans.

There are many spaces where women are discouraged from breastfeeding in public.

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Time now for The Call-In.

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There are times when we can connect — surprisingly deeply — with a stranger, and then never see them again. A missed connection. A while ago, we asked you to call in with your "missed connections" stories, and let us help you find that person.

Greta Pane called in about an encounter she had through the wall of a piano practice room almost 20 years ago.

Predicting Death In 'The Immortalists'

Jan 7, 2018

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'Gnomon' Starts Simply — And Then It Goes Sideways

Jan 7, 2018

Sometimes, while doing this job, I like to think about how books come to be — how the writers think, and what they're planning while sitting there in front of the blank page, the blinking cursor. It's that first moment of creation that I find most fascinating. The instant when an idea transforms into something ... more.

For Nick Harkaway, I have to imagine that the moment he sat down to write his new novel Gnomon went something like this:

Okay, Nick, so we have that crazy title, right?

This past week brought a series of stunning reports about President Trump and his White House, reports some Americans found hard to believe. But one quote attributed to the president should have surprised no one: the one in The New York Times where the president asked, "Where's my Roy Cohn?"

American museums — their boards, their staffs, the people who visit them — are far more white than the American population as a whole. It's a problem that can affect museums' bottom lines, but it also seems to be in direct contradiction with many of these institutions' missions to spread knowledge and wonder far and wide.

The film Molly's Game (up for two Golden Globes on Sunday) is based on a memoir by Molly Bloom, an Olympic-level skier whose athletic career ended in a dramatic wipe-out. While looking for something to occupy her time before law school, Bloom stumbled onto the world of underground, high-stakes celebrity poker. Eventually, she found herself in the sights of U.S. prosecutors, who targeted her for her role in organizing illegal games.

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The 2018 Golden Globe Awards aired Sunday night on NBC. Below is the list of the winners and nominees. (Winners are in bold italics.)

Best motion picture — drama

Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Call Me By Your Name

Best motion picture — musical or comedy

Mitch Teich

With the temperatures so cold for the first week of the new year, it seemed like a perfect time to literally dust off this record from the WUWM archives.  It's Milwaukee's own Paul Cebar, along with Claudia Schmidt, from back in the days you might find a test-pressing on a 45 RPM record.  From 1983, pressed by Midwest Custom Record Pressing, here are Paul Cebar and Claudia Schmidt with a winter classic, "Baby, It's Cold Outside":

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Happy New Year from all of us at Ex Fabula! We’re excited about 2018, and have a January full of workshops and events that we hope will inspire you to try something new this year.  Although if you just want to hear some great stories, maybe our New Year Spectacular StorySlam is more you speed.

For this week's show, we have stories of two things that go well together: children and adventures.

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