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Death and Dying
3:59 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

The High Cost of Dying in the 21st Century

Credit By Boris Rasin, via Flickr

It’s no secret that health care in this country costs a lot. That’s especially true at the end of life. A new study indicates a quarter of Medicare recipients exhaust their entire savings and more on out-of-pocket health care expenses during the last five years of their lives.

This goes along with previous numbers that have shown that the last few years of life are the most expensive, medically speaking.

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Civil War
1:29 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Remembering the Initial Emancipation Proclamation

"The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet," painted by F.B. Carpenter and engraved by A.H. Ritchie
Credit Courtesy of LOC

"That...all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free..." We know those words: they're from the opening lines of the Emancipation Proclamation, which upon being issued by President Abraham Lincoln, went into effect January 1, 1863.

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Mining
7:25 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

One Town Gingerly Steps into Silica Sand Mining

Jill Koenitzer and her dad Oscar Skoug on the family dairy farm in Sioux Creek.

Towns and counties in western Wisconsin are scrambling to keep up with the demand for its silica sand. Some residents celebrate the jobs and commerce the mines bring; others worry about their environment and rural quality of life.

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Death and Dying
4:04 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Thanatology - the Study of Death - a Young, But Growing Field of Research

How does the internet change how we experience and cope with death and grief?

This week on Lake Effect, producer Stephanie Lecci has been exploring issues surrounding death and dying. While death is as old as time itself, the study of it is considerably younger. The relatively new and growing field of thanatology - that is, the study of death, from the Greek word "thanatos" - extends beyond just the medical aspects to dying. Rather, it crosses boundaries through interdisciplinary fields. And as technologies in medicine and society advance, so does the research.

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Wolves
7:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

DNR Denied Permission to Include Dogs in Wisconsin's First Wolf Hunt

Wolves perform ritual displays during mating season in February.
Credit P McConnell

One remaining point of contention in Wisconsin's wolf hunt is the law's allowance for dogs to be used to trail or track wolves. The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday denied the DNR permission to draft emergency rules so dogs could be used this first year.

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Death and Dying
4:09 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

New Technology Means Staving Off Death, More End-of-Life Questions

Medical technology, like feeding tubes, allow us to live longer than we otherwise would, but do they make end-of-life care decisions more complicated?
Credit Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

This week, Lake Effect producer Stephanie Lecci is exploring issues surrounding death and dying in the 21st century. Indeed, the questions surrounding end-of-life care today are much different from the way they were in the past. Technology is allowing us to live longer with more disease, and to sustain life even when we are no longer able to communicate our wishes.

As we heard yesterday, that can put a lot of stress on caregivers making proxy decisions. But how did we get here? And what do we have to consider when we try to lay out our wishes ahead of time?

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Civil War
1:37 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Marquette Civil War Project Explores the Many Meanings of Freedom

Most of the commemorations in this second year of the Civil War sesquicentennial revolve around analyzing the military history of the conflict. But Marquette University wanted to mark the anniversary by presenting another angle: the meaning of freedom.

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Regional
1:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

T-Shirt Company Capitalizes on Ref's 'Worst Call Ever' in Packer Game

The T-shirt company says fans never should forget the bad call during the Monday Night Football game.

A Wisconsin T-shirt company is capitalizing on the Packers’ loss to the Seahawks Monday night. Green Bay lost to Seattle in the last play of the game, because of a disputed call by the NFL’s replacement officials. They’re filling in for union referees, amid a lockout.

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Death and Dying
4:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Easing the Stress of Caregivers in End-of-Life Care

Providing end-of-life care can cause stress that makes decision-making tough.
Credit via Flickr

This week on Lake Effect, producer Stephanie Lecci is exploring issues surrounding death and dying in our culture. One of those issues is what it's like to care for someone who is in the final stages of his or her life. As difficult as it may be to make our own decisions regarding our own dying process, it is even more difficult to make those decisions on behalf of a loved one. Complicating this is a condition known as "caregiver syndrome," the manifestation of the physical and emotional stress of long-term care of a loved one. This can affect a proxy's ability to make sound decisions about end-of-life care.

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Books
12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Shauna Singh Baldwin Asks, "Where Are India's Missing Girls?" in New Novel

Editor's note: Audio for this story is pending.

One of the defining stories of India in the last fifteen years has been its ascent to becoming a worldwide economic power.  That ascendancy has also shone a spotlight on some elements of Indian society - like its long-standing caste system, which made it a practical impossibility for millions of people to achieve upward mobility.  But another part of the story of Indian society has remained largely under the radar in the west - and that is the country's strong bias toward men.

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