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Environment
11:55 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Waukesha's Evolving Quest for Clean Water Turns Attention to Root River

Susan Greenfield wants to make sure Root River restoration isn't dampened by Waukesha water deal.

Waukesha seems to have moved a step closer to solving its contaminated drinking water issue.  With the city's apparent deal with Oak Creek, some people are left with more questions than answers.

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Death and Dying
2:58 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Conversation Project Facilitates Conversations About End-of-Life Choices

How do you talk about what kind of care you want at the end of your life?

For the past two weeks, we've been running a series on issues related to death and dying. These are topics we as a society generally don't like to talk about, but as Lake Effect producer Stephanie Lecci found out, conversations about end-of-life care have a big impact on the stress that people and their caregivers face as they approach death. Figuring out what kind of end-of-life care you want and communicating those wishes, however, are difficult conversations to have with loved ones and doctors.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

'Rooms of Wonder' Exhibit Offers Curiosities of the Past

Madison artist Martha Glowacki brings the curiosities of the past to life in a permanent exhibit at the MAM.
Credit Courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Madison artist Martha Glowacki.

Knick-knacks, tchochkis, collectibles...whatever you want to call them, there are objects we love to collect.

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

The Nearness of You: A Conversation With Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook
Credit Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook is perhaps best known for her Broadway roles: she was the original Marian the Librarian in The Music Man, Cunegonde in Candide, and Amalia in She Loves Me. And her cabaret and concert interpretations of Stephen Sondheim's songs have no peer. But now, nearing the age of 85, the legendary singer and Kennedy Center honoree has taken a far jazzier approach.

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Death and Dying
3:12 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Milwaukee Woman Shares Her Life - and End-of-Life - Story

Desiree Plasz, 90, spent her final months in hospice after what she calls a "quiet life."
Credit Photo courtesy of Krause Funeral Homes, Plasz Family

All this week and last, producer Stephanie Lecci has brought us a series on the different aspects surrounding death and dying in the 21st century. We’ve heard about ethical issues, caregiver stress, talking about death with children, and the palliative care movement.

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Death and Dying
3:05 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Know Your Dying Loved Ones Values and Wishes

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci will conclude her series Friday on death and dying in the 21st century. She joined WUWM's Bob Bach during Morning Edition, to discuss the reasons she addressed the subject and what the series uncovered.

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Death and Dying
3:18 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Hospice Volunteer Reflects on 'Special Time' at End of Life

Horizon hospice volunteer, Donna Bartolone
Credit Photo courtesy of Horizon Hospice and Home Care

Yesterday on our death and dying in the 21st Century series, we heard about a special group of volunteers who work with the Final Hours Program at Horizon Hospice and Home Care. In patients' homes and in the hospice's inpatient unit in Mequon, these volunteers sit with patients as they approach the last hours of their lives. The volunteers offer support to the patients and their families in what is a very difficult time...but what is the experience like for the volunteers?

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Environment
11:43 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Zap! How Many Fish are in the Milwaukee River?

The Ozaukee County Fish Passage team sets out to count fish in the Milwaukee River.
Credit Susan Bence

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence brings us the story of attempts to quantify how the fish population is doing on the Milwaukee River in Ozaukee County.

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Death and Dying
3:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Hospice's Final Hours Program Ensures No Patient Dies Alone

Volunteers at Horizon Hospice and Home Care offer comfort to patients and families in the final hours of life.
Credit Photo by CORBIS

Sometimes, despite the best efforts of doctors and the determination of a patient, there's just nothing more to be done to fight against a terminal illness. As we heard yesterday on our death and dying in the 21st century series, palliative care can then offer medical, emotional and even spiritual support as treatment to cure a life-threatening illness transitions into quality-of-life management.

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Death and Dying
3:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Hospice's Final Hours Program Ensures No Patient Dies Alone

Volunteers at Horizon Hospice and Home Care offer comfort to patients and families in the final hours of life.
Credit Photo by CORBIS

Sometimes, despite the best efforts of doctors and the determination of a patient, there's just nothing more to be done to fight against a terminal illness. As we heard yesterday on our death and dying in the 21st century series, palliative care can then offer medical, emotional and even spiritual support as treatment to cure a life-threatening illness transitions into quality-of-life management.

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