Arts & Culture

Field Recordings
6:38 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers: Golden Sound In A Gleaming Space

NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:08 pm

We taped this Field Recording shortly after Hurricane Sandy devastated communities in and around New York and New Jersey. One of those affected was drummer Nasheet Waits, who had lost his kit in the storm's waters. Luckily, the Steve Maxwell drum store in midtown Manhattan was willing to lend a hand — and one gray morning, we found ourselves in a gem of a space, surrounded by an incredible array of instruments, including Elvin Jones' setup.

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Book News: Authors Lose Class-Action Status In Google Books Case

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Salt
2:37 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Guess Who's Fighting To Keep Indiana Dry On Sundays?

Kyle Fronke inventories the wine in Kahn's Fine Wines and Spirits in Indianapolis last year. Only liquor stores in the state can sell cold beer, and on Sunday, practically all carry out alcohol sales are prohibited.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 8:52 am

When you think summer, you might think of cold beer at a barbecue, maybe a bottle of wine with a Sunday picnic. A lot of people take it for granted that they can just go to the store and pick up alcohol.

Not in Indiana.

While many states have laws restricting liquor sales, Indiana is the only one where you can't buy packaged beer, wine and liquor on Sundays, and it's the only state that regulates alcohol sales based on temperature. Only liquor stores can sell cold beer.

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The Record
2:18 am
Wed July 3, 2013

New Jay-Z Album Tests The Musician And Samsung

A still of Jay-Z from the commercial for his new album.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 2:26 pm

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Kitchen Window
11:03 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Kick The Can: Soda Machines Beg For Experimentation

Rina Rapuano for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:42 am

Last year, my husband picked up a nasty little habit — a drinking problem, if you will. Yes, he became addicted to sparkling water. All of a sudden, he was adding mineral water to my weekly grocery list and buying precious little green bottles imported from Italy every time we grabbed a sandwich.

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Arts & Culture
7:37 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Letter of a Wisconsin Civil War Soldier Inspires Song

The envelope from a letter written by a Civil War soldier
Credit The Civil War Letters of Mack and Nan Ewing Collection

Madison band Count This Penny plays a song inspired by the words of a Wisconsin soldier fighting in the American Civil War.

As we remember the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, we've been hearing about the experiences of Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the American Civil War.

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Arts & Culture
7:18 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Wisconsinites Make Last Stand at Gettysburg

Barlow's Knoll after the first day of battle at Gettysburg
Credit Wiki Media Commons

Lake Effect's Civil War historian Thomas Martin Sobottke tells the story of Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg.

One hundred fifty years ago, over the first 3 days of July, one of the fiercest and most important battles of the American Civil War was fought.

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Arts & Culture
6:48 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'30 Americans' Showcases Black Artists' Experiences

Hank Willis Thomas' "Branded Head, 2003" is on display at the "30 Americans" exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Credit Milwaukee Art Museum

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews artist Hank Willis Thomas and Milwaukee Art Museum curator Lisa Sutcliffe.

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s latest exhibition, 30 Americans, opened last month to the public.

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Essay
6:32 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Essay: Independent of Independence Day Sales

Essayist Avi Lank offers his thoughts on Fourth of July sales.

We're just two short days away from July 4th - which means, Independence Day fireworks, cookouts, and big sales at retailers.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank may partake in the first two traditions, but as for the third - count him out.

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Author Interviews
5:26 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Tragic Story Of 'Traviata' Muse Marie Duplessis

Ross MacGibbon Collection of Musee de la Dame aux Camellias

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:12 pm

You may not know the name Marie Duplessis, but odds are you know some stories about her. She inspired a French novel, which was turned into a successful play, several movies (including one starring Greta Garbo), a ballet and, most famously, a great Italian opera — La Traviata.

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