Cartoonist Hilary Price talks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich on the road in Kenosha.
The page of the country's newspapers can sometimes be rough - stories of crime and mayhem, contentious politics, and - depending your rooting interests - losing sports teams. But fortunately, there are always the comics to fall back on, some literal comic relief in the midst of everything else.
With election season in full swing, it's easy to think that today's political environment is more polarized than in the past - that back in the old days, consensus was the norm, politicians didn't calculate with precision their next moves, and war wasn't politicized.
Of course, one has to merely rewind about 150 years to the American Civil War to rejigger that assumption.
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.
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.