Arts & Culture

Interviews and stories about art, culture, music, books, food / dining and sports.

A Father's Story

Nov 27, 2008

In 2008 David Issay, creator of StoryCorps, proposed a National Day of Listening. He challenged people to StoryCorps into the home and capture family stories.

WUWM's Susan Bence sat down with her dad, Stan Bence, just before he celebrated his 90th birthday.

She Aint Heavy

Oct 7, 2008

Not content with just carrying their wives across the threshold upon getting married, some couples in northern Wisconsin revisit this momentous occasion by carrying their wives in the second annual Wife Carrying Competition in Minocqua.

WUWM's Susan Bence documents the fun in this feature story.

Efforts to Get Black Kids Back to Baseball

Sep 12, 2008

The Milwaukee Brewers have one of the best records in baseball this season and could make the playoffs for the first time in a quarter-century. What also makes the team noteworthy is that it has more African American players than most other teams. While Major League Baseball has spent $20 million trying to keep the sport alive in inner cities -- and likes to recall the days of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier -- interest among black children seems to have dwindled. But WUWM’s Erin Toner found players and supporters in Milwaukee working to reverse the trend.

Les Paul, The Wizard of Waukesha

Jun 23, 2008
Lake Effect

Many of the technologies that are used today in the music and broadcast industries can be traced back to Waukesha native Les Paul, musician and inventor. Lake Effect's Bonnie North and Tom May got the chance to meet with Paul at Discovery World's newly opened exhibit "Les Paul's House of Sound."

Many generations ago, Norwegians settled in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Today, its residents continue to celebrate the early immigrants’ rich heritage, especially its dance. WUWM News traveled to the vibrant little city to drink in its biggest celebration of the year. We discovered it’s both an exciting and bittersweet event.

Competing Cooks

Apr 25, 2008

Four students from Badger High School in Lake Geneva Wisconsin are slicing and dicing their way through a cooking competition going on in San Diego today. The quartet won at the state level and now are up against 36 other teams from around the country.

The winning team must concoct a three-course gourmet meal in one hour, and not a second longer.

WUWM's Susan Bence meet Badgers culinary program director Russ Tronsen and his Badger High School team as they practiced for the national ProStart Invitational.

Ralph and Terry Kovel are famous names in the world of antiques and collectibles.

Ralph was born in Milwaukee; when his family moved to Ohio, he met Terry Horvitz on a blind date. The couple's career took off in 1953 with the publication of their first "catalog" called Kovels' Dictionary of Marks. Their success lead to a newspaper column, television show and more.

WUWM's Susan Bence met Terry Kovel when she was in town for a home and garden show at State Fair Park.

We meet Sylvia Bernstein. She was born here 83 years ago. Her parents had fled a small Ukranian village and started their American life in central Wisconsin, before settling in Milwaukee.

WUWM’s Susan Bence talked with Bernstein in her home, where she talked about her newspaper career. Bernstein says it took a lot of guts; that’s because she didn’t have a journalism degree.

Celebrated actor Alan Alda was in Milwaukee last month to read from his new book, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. He spoke with Bonnie North.

Members of the Allen Bradley Orchestra and Chorus reminisce with Lake Effect's Susan Bence.

The group of employees began performing in the 1930s and continued through the 1980s. Music in the segment comes from archived recordings of the group, ending with May You Always, recorded in 1962.

Members include: Eddie Deeds, Ron Hayward, Joan Konecke, Bob Kozlowski, Lee Matthews, Carrie Ulickey, Ruth Hodik Urdahl, Charlotte Villwock, JoAnne Wagner, Lenny Waraksa, and Betty Wojcieszak.

Classic Rock Kids

Jul 2, 2007

Summerfest continues its 11 day run on Milwaukee's lakefront this week. The musicians on today's schedule include the rock band 2nd Thought. It's a group of five middle school boys from the Milwaukee suburb Whitefish Bay. Ann-Elise Henzl has this profile.

At the turn of the last century prominent Chicago families gravitated to Lake Geneva.

In 1888 beer baron Conrad Seipps built his family retreat, an expansive Victorian on the lake's south shore. Now Seipps great-grandson, William O. Petersen, has passed the property on to the State of Wisconsin. Last weekend the doors of the family home, called Black Point, opened to the public for the first time. Lake Effect's Susan Bence visited.

http://blackpointestate.wisconsinhistory.org/

Lake Effect

Alan Alda first rose to fame as Hawkeye Pierce on the TV show, "M*A*S*H*". He also hosted "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS, and more recently starred as Senator Arnold Vinnick on the NBC drama, "The West Wing". Alda has also acted and written for the silver screen and for the stage. He was in Milwaukee to speak at Alverno College as part of a series sponsored by Schwartz Bookshops. His book, "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed", has just been released in paperback.

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