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Monday on Lake Effect:

How creating a weather forecast has changed in an era with so much data. Then, what attracts audiences to the musical acts at the Jazz Estate on Milwaukee’s East Side. And from jazz to surf rock - how Milwaukee’s Revomatics evolved for their second album.

Guests:

  • Mike Westendorf, operations manager, Innovative Weather at UW-Milwaukee
  • Christianna Fritz, poet
  • John Dye, owner, Jazz Estate
  • The Revomatics

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It's Mother's Day weekend. Time for afternoon brunches, a large spike in flower sales, and Mom’s stories about you as a child, guaranteed to turn your embarrassment dial up to 11.

Thirty years ago, sixteen year old Liz Wermcrantz penned an epic letter to her mother, Ellen Wermcrantz, filled with teenaged angst. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields shares both sides of that mother daughter moment and learns that when it comes to honoring our mothers, one weekend may not be enough:

Ex Fabula: All Stars!

May 13, 2017
Art Montes

As we count down the final days to the Ex Fabula All Stars event, this week - last but not least - we’re featuring our final two Audience Favorites of Season 8: two fellas who are no strangers to the Ex Fabula stage or donning the coveted velvet crown.

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The Bradley Foundation is well-known in Wisconsin as both a supporter of conservative and conservative-leaning groups - and also Milwaukee arts organizations. But what’s less-known is the foundation’s long-term, national aspirations.

Milwaukee Metro Voices

From Congress to city hall, Americans are engaging in heated national discussions, picking apart topics from climate change and the economy to gun control and healthcare. Particularly at town halls, where politicians aim to connect with their constituents, tempers have flared.

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Visitors to Milwaukee's East Side might notice many painters outside over the next week. They're not commercial house painters; rather, they're artists.

Courtesy of Pam Parker

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the many gifts our parents give us, and sometimes the gifts we’ve given them. Lake Effect essayist, Pam Parker, fondly remembers the gifts she and her mom shared one bygone Mother’s Day.

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Have you ever participated in a color run?  You know the one where throughout the race organizers throw brightly pigmented paint, chalk or powder on participants and by the time they’re finished, they’re covered from head to toe in a cacophony of colors.

One will take place in Milwaukee Saturday at Veterans Park. While the event is a way for people have fun, and maybe raise money for a charity, the act of playing in color has religious and culture ties to India.  

So here’s a holiday you may never have heard about: Holi.

Marti Mikkelson

While the House  is on break - and while reaction continues to be intense, Speaker Paul Ryan answered questions on Thursday about President Trump's decision this week to fire FBI Director James Comey, while protesters also made their presence known.

Ryan came to Racine, to celebrate a company’s plans to expand. InSinkErator manufactures garbage disposals and hot water dispensers.

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Lake Effect heard about the First 100 Days from Charlie Sykes last week, and this week our analyst is Ruth Conniff, editor of the Madison-based magazine The Progressive. Conniff breaks down this week's news: the firing of FBI Director James Comey, France's election and the race for governor in Wisconsin.

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Mother’s Day is just a few days off. Many of us will take the day to consider the lessons our moms imparted on us, or are still imparting. Lake Effect essayist Cari Carlson is certainly in that group.

Like most people over 60, I grew up with daily, sometimes hourly, nuggets of wisdom from my mom. I pretended to listen then dismissed her words as I carried on in my kid-centered orbit. Really, how many 10-year-olds listen to their mothers when they say, "Don't cross that bridge until you come to it." Later, I realized mom knew what she was talking about. 

Andrea Waxman

In spring 2013, the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service started an occasional series of stories about four graduating high school students who participated in a program that helps students from low-income families get into college and earn a degree. Four years later, they checked back to see how they are doing.

Leiko Napoli

For some people, jazz is life. Trumpeter Eric Jacobson is one of those people.

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Wisconsin is once again looking to lead in welfare reform. Assembly lawmakers on Wednesday took up a number of bills that would require people who receive public benefits to meet certain requirements.

Last month writer Doug Moe profiled Jim Santelle, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, for Milwaukee Magazine.  The piece featured Santelle’s first extensive public comments in the nearly two years since he resigned from that position amid two internal investigations.

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