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The Milwaukee area has a rich musical history whose earliest contributors helped unify emerging immigrant communities using polka and waltz. In the late 20th Century, the sound of Milwaukee music was often characterized using the punk garage band stylings of the Violent Femmes or the heartland rock of the BoDeans. But when you think of the blues, Milwaukee may not be the first city that comes to mind. One local band thinks that's about to change.

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Thursday night’s attack in Nice, France stunned people here in Milwaukee – attending the city’s annual French festival – Bastille Days. Baron Carl de la Chapelle, Kara Clavis and Sarah Gauthier heard the news, just after they had gathered to celebrate.

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Philando Castile's trouble with traffic stops began when he still had his learner's permit. He was stopped a day before his 19th birthday.

From there, he descended into a seemingly endless cycle of traffic stops, fines, court appearances, late fees, revocations and reinstatements in various jurisdictions.

Court records raise big questions: Was Castile targeted by police? Or was he just a careless or unlucky driver?

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Here’s an acronym for you: ESSA.

It stands for the “Every Student Succeeds Act.” If you’re armed with just that information, you might be able to guess that ESSA is a law, and it has something to do with schools. You’d be right. And, you’d know about as much about it as some of the people it will affect: educators.

ESSA is a pretty big deal. But you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know – it’s been awhile since the US has passed anything like it.

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From Solomon Juneau to Jean Nicolet, there are many French names we recognize in Milwaukee.

Anne Leplae and Mary Emory of the Alliance Française de Milwaukee want Wisconsinites to understand the French history and culture that permeates in Wisconsin beyond this week’s Bastille Days celebration.

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Milwaukee County residents have not been able to apply for Section 8 rent assistance vouchers for the last fifteen years. However, as a result of changes in the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Housing Division, the city now is accepting applications for the first time since 2001.  The application deadline is the end of the day today.

Essay: Bridging America's Racial Divide

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For all the efforts to create unity in the wake of a violent period in this country, there are still many open wounds.  Lake Effect essayist Laura Marshall has some thoughts on how we might start to heal them.

It's 3 am and I am following the developments in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge.

I know that tomorrow, there will be fingers pointed.

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If a rain drop were human, a human who liked to hang out in Lake Michigan, it would love to fall on the big parking lot north of Milwaukee County’s War Memorial Center.

“In this situation, all of the stormwater flows directly into the lake,” says Phil Schultz. He's chair of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee's environment and ecology committee.

The club rents space in the War Memorial and holds meetings there.

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There's a lot riding on the upcoming national party conventions. The events might be one of the best chances Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have to polish their images, as they head into the final months of the campaign. Both candidates have a lot of work to do to win over voters, according to the latest Marquette Law School Poll.

Poll Director Charles Franklin says among registered voters in Wisconsin, 63 percent view Trump unfavorably, while 58 percent have negative views of Clinton.

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We’ve been talking to Milwaukee voters this week about what a better life looks like to them, and how the 2016 elections could help move the country toward those ends.  It's part of NPR’s series, “A Nation Engaged” and today we talk with businesspeople from the city’s Hmong community.

Charles Vang came to Milwaukee from Laos in 1984 and now owns an insurance agency on the south side. He says while his business is doing pretty well, he sees others in the Hmong community struggling to make ends meet.

The Harley-Davidson Museum, first and foremost, tells the story of one of the most iconic brands on two wheels. While the majority of the artifacts and vehicles on display are motorcycles, a new exhibit brings to light another pastime that places a lot of stock in going fast.

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Wisconsin was known for years as a prototypically “purple” state, with a rich tradition of political debate and a veritable pendulum of power in the Governor’s seat.  That has changed a great deal in the last six years.

Chazen Museum of Art

This interview originally aired, June 11, 2016. 

Many things go into creating a museum - great art is probably the most important. But a close second to that is getting people in the door to see it. How an institution chooses to market itself varies, but all agree that outreach is crucial to their continued success.

Little Creek Press

This interview originally aired, March 24, 2016. 

Former Democratic State Senator Tim Cullen has had a close-up view of Wisconsin politics for a longtime. The Janesville native worked in politics for many years.

Originally, Cullen had hoped to become a high school social studies teacher, but once he started working for former Congressman Les Aspen, he found himself drawn to politics. After jobs ranging from congressional staff to State Senate Majority Leader to Republican Governor Tommy Thompson's cabinet, Cullen worked outside of politics for 20 years.

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Gun court begins every weekday morning at 8:30 at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. A glass window divides where the court sessions happen and the public space where people can watch. It’s where UWM student Emily Zantow sat.

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