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1:09 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Paving the Way to a Bike Commuting Culture

Early morning - Day One of Bike to Work Week - volunteers set up coffee and snacks along Oak Leaf Trail

Commuting to work by bike may not be a common practice, but it is definitely growing. Every year, advocates around the country serve up coffee by the barrelful and offer free tune-ups in hopes of widening the circle.  Monday is day one of Bike To Work Week in Milwaukee. We hear from local advocates, who practice what they preach.

I’m probably breaking every safety code in the bicycle book – microphone in hand and camera dangling around my neck - as I prepare to trail behind Jessica Binder and her son. They’re heading to school. Four-year-old Everett waits patiently. He’s properly helmeted aboard his scooter.

“ It’s called a skuut. And I can ride a pedal bike down my alley and all the way to school I can bike it,” Everett says.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

In Michael Pollan's Kitchen, Fresh Foods Leave Little Room for Junk

Author Michael Pollan at Boswell Book Company
Credit Susan Bence

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence interviews author Michael Pollan.

Michael Pollan is no stranger to the murky world of food production and how we humans fit in the chain.

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Politics & Government
11:25 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Assembly Sends Milwaukee County Reform Legislation to Senate

The Milwaukee County Board has already approved its own reform measures
Credit Eric Allix Rogers, flickr

The Assembly on Wednesday approved legislation to shorten the terms of Milwaukee County supervisors and limit the board’s power.

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Essay
10:24 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Essay: Mother's Day From a Scientific Perspective

Yvonne Brill - mom and chemist, or chemist and mom?
Credit White House photo via Wiki Commons

A provocative obituary ran in the New York Times on March 30, 2013. It began as follows: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children.”

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Essay
9:27 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Essay: Mothers and Old Friends

Recently I attended the funeral for Mrs. Murphy, the mother of a childhood friend. Her passing took everyone by surprise. And, it was another sober reminder that the parents of Baby Boomers, my generation, are quietly slipping away.

We last saw each other this past summer. My friend Kathleen was in from the East Coast and suggested a lunch date with our moms. We were joined by another childhood friend, Joanie, who had lost her mom a year before.

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commentary
2:45 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Essay: Lessons in Love

Essayist Korinthia Klein writes that motherhood has taught her lessons in love.
Credit LIfeSupercharger photo via Flickr
  • Korinthia Klein reads her essay, "Lessons in Love."

Before I had children I thought I knew love. I certainly knew what it was to love my family--my parents and my brothers and grandparents.... to love friends, and to love my husband. But loving a child is different. There is no choice in it.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Two Legislative Committees Grill WEDC

Legislators are looking into a variety of ways to rein in the economic agency, in the wake of a scathing report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau
Credit flickr/alumroot

Two legislative panels sunk their teeth into the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. on Thursday. A state audit has revealed evidence that WEDC gave taxpayer money to ineligible recipients and did not properly track loans and grants.

The Joint Finance committee voted to give WEDC $59M in the 2013-14 state budget but nothing in 2014-15 unless it improves.

The Joint Audit committee grilled WEDC executives for more than four hours.

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Student debt
3:02 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Graduating into Debt

Bethany Cressey, Lyla Goerl, Sarah Johnson with Aiden & Marissa Mielke plan their next steps
Credit Faith Lenard

May is a watershed month for graduating college students. Another will approach in six months, when those entering the work world must begin repaying student loans.

Americans carry more student debt than credit card debt, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The UW System calculates the average undergraduate debt at more than $30,000.

Three UWM seniors realize they owe, although none seems sure of how much.

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Essay
12:22 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The Best Prom I Never Had

Essayist Grace Gunderson

Essayist Grace Gunderson is a soon-to-be senior majoring in creative writing at Beloit College.  Gunderson, who is from Minnesota, has been studying this semester at the University of East Anglia in the UK. 

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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Milwaukee's Roller Derby Scene Is a Hit

The Shevil Knevils is just one of several roller derby teams with the Brew City Bruisers.
Credit Brew City Bruisers

Tomorrow evening at Milwaukee’s US Cellular Arena, the Brew City Bruisers will take to the rink for their last home roller derby bout of the season.

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