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Economy & Business
3:53 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Commentary: Wisconsin's "Insular Smugness" Doesn't Foster Growth

Where are you from?  Ask that to the next person you meet on the street in Milwaukee, and they’ll probably look at you funny.  So, instead, take our word for it – the answer is probably someplace local.

Writer and Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank says where we are from says a great deal about where we are going:

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Manual Controller's Electronic Sound Mashes Microwaves

Electronic band Manual Controller's new album is called "Salutations.
Credit Manual Controller

Lake Effect's Dan Harmon interviews musician Paul Schwarzkopf.

It’s been a while since the name Paul Schwarzkopf showed up in the Lake Effect credits.  But he's back, using audio waves in a whole new way.

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Environment
3:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

National Forests Face Threats from People, Politics - and Bugs

Umpqua National Forest in Oregon
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Chris Johnson about his new book on the creation of national forests.

As the weather gets nicer, millions of Americans will take to hiking in national forests, trading in the company of man for the company of trees. But as more people take advantage of forests, the increased foot-traffic may actually pose a threat to these natural resources.

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Arts & Culture
2:42 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Music of King Louis XV: The Masques at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Jean-Philippe Rameau, a leading 18th Century French composer
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Tuomo Suni.

The Montreal-based ensemble, Masques, brings you back to a time of powdered wigs and elaborate costumes. The Masques’ concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Saturday night will bring audiences back to the court of King Louis XV through the performance of the music of Rameau and his contemporaries.

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Health & Science
1:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Want to Fight Disease? Do Your Math Homework

Professor Carlos Castillo-Chavez, once a cheese factory worker, now a math professor who wants to stop the spread of disease through mathematics
Credit Arizona State University

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews mathematical biologist Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez.

A common complaint among school kids who don't want to learn their math is that it's not important in the real world. While there is a lot of theory in math, a growing body of researchers are proving this notion wrong by applying math in some surprisingly relevant ways.

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Politics & Government
11:12 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Watchdog Group Warned of Potential Problems Prior to WEDC Creation

The executive director of a Washington DC watchdog organization published a report prior to the creation of WEDC warning of potential transparency and accountability problems with similar public-private economic developments groups elsewhere.

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Economy & Business
10:56 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Local Beauty Product Company Gives More than Lip Service to DIY Movement

Olivu 426's Caitlin Brotz prepares homemade beauty products.
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Napoleon Dynamite included, a lot of us rely on lip balm to keep our mouths moisturized. But it's likely few of us ever thought about making our own product.

One Sheboygan woman has given more than lip service to the importance of pampered puckering. Caitlin Brotz is carving a niche for her homegrown lip balm company, called Olivu 426.

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Milwaukee's Restaurant Scene Is Booming - But Why?

What new restaurants will open in your neighborhood?
Credit New Zealand Defence Force

Considering the challenging economy of the past few years, Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek might have some surprising news: Milwaukee’s new local restaurant scene is booming.

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Arts & Culture
10:46 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Five-Time Olympian Dara Torres on Being a Role Model For Kids - and Adults

Swimmer Dara Torres at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials
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Those of us who have passed our 40th birthday pay close attention to athletes as they get older. While our real major league dreams may have long passed, there’s comfort in seeing athletes your own age succeed against competitors far younger.

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Environment
10:34 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Kewaunee Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

It could take more than 60 years for the Kewaunee Power Station to be completely decommissioned.
Credit Lenka Reznicek, via Flickr

Less than 24 hours ago, the Kewaunee Power Station in Wisconsin became the first nuclear power plant in this country to be shut down since the late 1990s.

Virginia-based Dominion Resources decided to stop producing power at the plant when the utilities which bought the power elected not to renew their contract with Dominion.

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