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Ex Fabula: Perfect Storm

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Can you believe it? We can’t. The last Ex Fabula StorySlam of 2016 is this Wednesday, December 14th and it has all the makings of a "Perfect Storm". If you’re a Wisconsin native, then you’re used to going to bed, then waking up to several inches of snow and 30-below temperatures - the Perfect Wisconsin Storm. Yet other situations, with no snow in sight, still have all the makings of a Perfect Storm. Take Peter May for example. In March of 2015 Peter took the Ex Fabula stage to share an...

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Since the November election, reported incidents of overt hostility towards minorities and immigrants have increased. From physical altercations to poison pen letters and internet comments, some people seem to feel emboldened by the election results to express opinions that are at best unkind and at worst racist, misogynistic or homophobic. Noah Michelson was on the receiving end of three quite ugly letters , all postmarked from Milwaukee. Michelson is originally from Racine, but has lived and...

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2016 has been a year of deep political divisions in this country. But it would be a mistake to say that divisions are something unique to this year, or the United States. They’re a phenomenon of which Milwaukee writer Shauna Singh Baldwin is keenly aware. Baldwin is the author of several novels, including The Tiger Claw and The Selector of Souls . But she is also regularly called on as an essayist and lecturer, and her new book is a collection of some of her nonfiction writings and speeches....

Ann-Elise Henzl

Four people have died in the Milwaukee County jail this year, including one infant who was born in a cell. Several dozen mothers, their young children and others advocating for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation took their message to Sheriff David Clarke’s office on Friday morning. They demanded Clarke’s immediate resignation. Clarke responded in a post on his department's Facebook page Friday afternoon. The sheriff said those calling for his resignation are part of a "politically...

Michelle Maternowski

At the far eastern end of North Avenue in Milwaukee, you’ll find a structure that looks sort of like a turret in a medieval castle. Joe Peschio, a professor of Russian at UW-Milwaukee, has driven past the historic water tower plenty of times and has been wondering how it worked, since it doesn’t seem like it could hold much water. “It seems like a very unlikely building for that purpose,” he says.

So, Peschio turned to WUWM’s Bubbler Talk for the answer. Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich...

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Updated December 8, 2:08 p.m.: The UW Board of Regents voted Thursday to increase employee salaries, as well as bump up tuition for out-of-state students. Both decisions come as deep state budget cuts continue to impact public universities across Wisconsin. The move to increase tuition would add $2,000 to bills for out-of-state students. It would also affect some graduate students in programs like medicine and business. Leaders content the increase is necessary because state lawmakers issued...

Mike Mangione

Milwaukee-area musician Mike Mangione's podcast, called Time & The Mystery , is described as a series of artist-to-artist conversations with musicians, actors, comedians and others about the philosophy behind what they do - and how they connect with their audience. Magione joins Lake Effect for the first segment in our new monthly series to highlight some of his conversations. This month, we spotlight his chat with comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife and collaborator, Jeannie Gaffigan, as...

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President-Elect Donald Trump is planning a return visit to Wisconsin, as part of his "thank you" tour of several states that were battlegrounds during the presidential campaign. Trump has scheduled a stop at State Fair Park in West Allis on Tuesday night. Vice President-Elect Mike Pence is expected to join him. Trump won Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes, becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since 1984. Trump's visit occurs on the same day Wisconsin must certify...

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Arrival is not your typical alien invasion movie. The film contains no space travel, no battles between humanity and extraterrestrial life, and no secret super weapon that could be used against one another. Instead, it’s all about one crucial tool: language. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W1m5ER3I1Y Arrival has been doing remarkably well despite its modest budget, initial distribution and thoughtful subject matter. "[ Arrival ] is that rarity in Hollywood these days of a movie that...

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It wasn’t too long after the Milwaukee Art Museum opened its renovated galleries a year ago that then director Dan Keegan announced his retirement. The intensive, international search for his successor led to the hiring of Marcelle Polednik, who began her tenure there in August. Polednik came from the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, located at the University of North Florida. While director there, she spearheaded audience outreach and. cutting-edge exhibitions. While director, the...

Marti Mikkelson

Nearly three dozen Wisconsin counties have finished their recounts, and Milwaukee and Waukesha counties could join that list by the weekend. At the start of the presidential recount last week, some feared they would not meet the December 12 deadline. So far, both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have added votes, but Trump maintains his lead. Susan Hitchler of Oconomowoc has been closely watching election workers at the Waukesha County Courthouse, to make sure they don’t...

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75 years ago, the Imperial Japanese Air Force bombed the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Although Europe had been engulfed in conflict since 1939, and the Japanese had invaded China even earlier in the decade, the attack on Pearl Harbor was the event that catapulted the United States into the Second World War. 2,400 people were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack, and 1,177 of those victims were on the USS Arizona. Reporter Meg Jones was interested in just 21 of those victims for her...

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The number of veterans of World War II is dwindling quickly as many enter their 90s. But there are still many left, and they are among the veterans that a unique company is honoring with a unique American flag. Flags of Valor is a Virginia company that makes flags from wood, and they employ a workforce of injured veterans. The company was founded by Brian Steorts, a veteran himself. Steorts served in the US Army as a paratrooper before he took time to attend college in Alabama. However after...

EAA Museum

It's the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the entry of the United States into World War II. The war was fought by land, by sea and - of course - by air. If you’ve ever seen pictures of the planes that fought in World War II, you’ve probably seen the iconic paintings that often adorned the front, or nose, of the plane. An unrivaled collection of nose art is currently on display at the Experimental Aircraft Association, or the EAA, Air Venture Museum in Oshkosh. And the story of...

Wisconsin DNR Fails To Update Lead Testing Guidance In Wake Of Flint Crisis

Dec 7, 2016
Siddhartha Roy / FlintWaterStudy.org

Nine months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned against flushing water systems before testing for lead, the state Department of Natural Resources has not yet passed that advice on to public water systems in Wisconsin.

The EPA issued a memo in late February as the lead-in-drinking-water crisis in Flint, Michigan was exploding into public view. The memo, intended to clear up confusion over testing procedures, declared that flushing water systems before sampling...

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