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Death and Dying
10:51 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Film Asks 'How Would You Like to Live At the End of Your Life?'

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Co-Producer Michael Bernhagen and Kelly Andrew, director of development for the Milwaukee area's Horizon Home Care and Hospice.

Right about this time two years ago, the night before the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV, several hundred people in Oconomowoc were definitely not talking about football. They had just seen the documentary "Consider the Conversation," which tackles a fairly taboo subject in our culture: dying.

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Speedskating
9:04 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Local Speed-Skater Sets Sights and Skates on 2014 Olympics

Bridie Farrell speedskating in Milwaukee.
Credit Mitch Teich

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews U.S. Olympic Speedskater Bridie Farrell.

One year from today, speed-skating events are set to begin at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Bridie Farrell hopes to be there. Today, though, she’s in Milwaukee, training at the Pettit National Ice Center.

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Arts & Culture
11:44 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Into "The Beautiful Wild" With Jenn Grant

Jenn Grant's latest album, "The Beautiful Wild," was just released in the United States
Credit Mat Dunlap photo

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Jenn Grant.

Jenn Grant is not a well-known name to American music fans.  Yet.

The Canadian singer-songwriter is working hard to be noticed in this country.  She toured across the upper midwest with Erin McKeown, took a brief break back home in Nova Scotia, and is back at it with a show at Madison's High Noon Saloon Thursday evening, also in support of McKeown.

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Health & Science
9:57 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Baby "Sleep Pod" Could Prevent Death from Co-Sleeping

The Infant Sleep Pod is designed to keep babies safe in co-sleeping situations.
Credit Peter Jakubwski, courtesy of UWM

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professors Jennifer Doering and Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan.

Both public health and private campaign efforts have aimed at reducing the number of infant deaths in Milwaukee due to co-sleeping. But the problem hasn’t gone away – babies still die, and research by UW-Milwaukee nursing professor Jennifer Doering indicates at least a quarter of the women she studies are still co-sleeping with their infants.

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Mines
12:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

How the GOP Mining Bill Stacks Up Against Current Wisconsin Law

GOP leaders promise their mining bill protects waters moving through the Penokee Hills and ultimately into Lake Superior.

On Wednesday, the state Senate approved the mining bill pushing it forward for an assembly vote next week.

WUWM complied a number of differences that exist between the bill passed by the Senate and current law.

Note: Bill amendments appear in red. WUWM conferred with the Wisconsin Legislative Council and Legislative Fiscal Bureau in the creation of this comparison.

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Exit Wounds
3:05 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Gunshots Reverberate in Children's Lives

The emotional scars bullets leave on young gunshot victims may affect them for the rest of their lives.

WUWM has been reporting on the impact of gunshot injuries. Bullets wound hundreds of people in Milwaukee every year, and change their lives. Ann-Elise Henzl focuses on the youngest victims: the children shot.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Building Community with Molten Metal

A group pour begins as artists gather to cast metal art pieces.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect's Gianofer Fields brings us along to a "group pour" in Madison.

When Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields was a kid, her father worked at Pelton Steel Casting Company in Milwaukee. Very simply put, casting metal is the process of melting iron, pouring it into molds, and letting it cool. Her father was a Finish Grinder and it was his job to clean up the cast objects after they were pulled from the molds.

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Exit Wounds
3:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bullets Leave Lasting Emotional, Physical Scars

Kevin Miller and Harvey Ross have become friends, bonding, in part, over their spinal cord injuries.
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

This week, as national leaders consider ways to reduce gun violence, we’re reporting on the hundreds of people in Milwaukee living with gunshot injuries.

WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl talked to three men with spinal cord injuries, about how a bullet changed their lives.

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Arts & Culture
11:58 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Musician Takes Mature Approach to Kids' Music

The Happy Racers' Nathan Meckel make kids' music with a grown-up approach.
Credit Lake Effect

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Nathan Meckel.

There once was a time when there two kinds of musicians: those who played for kids, and ones who played for grown ups. And there was not much overlap, in the styles of music aimed at the two groups of listeners. That’s changed in the last decade or two, and now it is not such a stretch for a musician to find his or her feet in both worlds.

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Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Was Stephen Foster the First Real American Pop Star?

Stephen Foster, 19th century American composer
Credit Library of Congress

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Ryan Schleicher, the bassist and vocalist for the Milwaukee band, Juniper Tar, and musical partner Christopher Porterfield, the singer-songwriter behind the band Field Report.

Stephen Foster is perhaps one of the most beloved American composers of all time. Though they were written in the 19th century, Foster's impressive catalog of tunes including “Camptown Races” and “O! Susanna," are still popular today.

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