Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Mon January 28, 2013

With 22-Strings, the Kora Makes for a Sight - and Beautiful Music

A kora is a 22-string harp-lute used in traditional music in West Africa.
Credit Steve Evans

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Yaya Kambaye.

We’ve featured a lot of musicians and a lot of instruments over the years on Lake Effect. But until now, we’ve never had an instrument quite like the one Yaya Kambaye brought with him to the Lake Effect performance studio.

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Arts & Culture
1:06 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Antique Forte Piano Makes a Modern Debut in Milwaukee

Piano-forte of Anton Walter (Vienna, circa 1810).
Credit Gérard Janot

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Stewart Dempsey and Richard Carsey.

Normally, we hear classical piano music played on a modern instrument. But back at the height of classical composition, everyone from Mozart and Mendelssohn to Beethoven and Brahms played and composed upon the “forte piano."

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12:54 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Transcript: Sen. Johnson Questions Clinton on Benghazi Attack

Wednesday morning at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin questioned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the attacks that took place on September 11, 2012 at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

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12:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Mining Hearing Draws Crowds and Continued Debate

Tyler Forks Gorge is located just east of where proposed mine would break ground.
Credit Susan Bence

No one expected Wednesday’s hearing on a mining bill at the state Capitol to be a short or calm affair, and it was not.

Dozens of people squeezed into the chamber for what is slated to be the only public hearing on a GOP propelled piece of legislation.

It’s designed to push a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin into a living, breathing job creator.

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Economy & Business
1:13 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Fondy Market Supports 'Opinionated Food Culture' On Near North Side

Vegetables abound at Fondy's Food Market.
Credit Fondy's Food Market

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Young Kim.

The Fondy Market at 22nd and Fond du Lac is one of the Near North Side’s success stories. There had been a farmer’s market in the area for decades, but about 10 years ago the market really took off in its present form, thanks in great part to Young Kim.

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12:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Mining Supporter: Four Reasons We Should Make It Easier to Mine

Supporters line up in the state Capitol to support a bill streamlining the process to mine in Wisconsin.
Credit Iron County Development

Mining is in the air at the state capitol. Yesterday, Democratic Senator Tim Cullen unveiled his version of a iron ore mining bill he believes balances environmental protection and the potential of jobs in the Penokee Hills that straddle Iron and Ashland counties.

The bill relates to a proposed mining operation just below Lake Superior, in the wetland- and stream-rich Bad River watershed. Meanwhile, at this hour in Madison, a recently released GOP bill is being scrutinized and commented on at a public hearing - it is the only one scheduled for the bill.

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12:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Mining Back on Fast Track

Site of former Plymouth Mine in Wakefield Michigan - approx 10 miles east of Hurley in Iron County. Lake feeds City of Wakefield's water supply.
Credit K Klein

There will be a flurry of activity at the state Capitol this week – and mining legislation is the topic of discussion.

GOP leaders will hold a public hearing, but not before a Democratic senator reveals a mining bill of his own.

A piece of land just south of Lake Superior – rich not only in streams and wetlands, but also in iron ore, is propelling the debate.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looks at the debate which seems to be accelerating at a furious pace.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

'Growing' Art From Plastic Bags

Yevgeniya Kaganovich's "grow" installation at Lynden Sculpture Garden is made up of recycled plastic bags.
Credit Lynden Sculpture Garden

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews artist Yevgeniya Kaganovich about a new installation at Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Yevgeniya Kaganovich is a jewelry maker and metalsmith who applies the techniques of her trade to other media.

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Experts Weigh In on Possible State Income Tax Cut

Lake Effect’s Amy Kiley interviewed UWM economist Scott Drewianka and Marquette University political scientist John McAdams.

As President Barack Obama begins his second term on Monday, taxes and the economy are sure to be key issues. At the end of the year the country dodged the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But another round debt ceiling talks looms in the near future.

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Arts & Culture
11:53 am
Thu January 17, 2013

What's Behind Our Culture's Obsession with Artisan Cheese

Author and anthropologist Heather Paxson highlights the people and practices behind the recent influx of artisan cheese.
Credit Photo by Dominick Reuter, via MIT News

An interview with Heather Paxson.

It’s an understatement to say that cheese holds a special place in Wisconsin’s ethos. It also holds a special place in Wisconsin’s economy. The latest data from the US Department of Agriculture shows that the state produced 2.6 billion pounds of cheese in 2011. Just as significantly, the percentage of that which is specialty cheese has increased to 22 percent.

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