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12:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

A Mighty Welder

Metal artist Erika Koivunen at work with her welder
Credit William Howard/Pinterest

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to metal artist Erika Koivunen.

What does it take to spot the hidden life in an object many of us would view as junk?

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Arts & Culture
3:21 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Tribute Concert to Steel String Guitar Icons

Peter Roller and Matt Schroeder in Lake Effect's performance studio.
Credit Lake Effect

Peter Roller is an assistant professor of music at Alverno College; Matthew Schroeder is finger-style and rock guitar department chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. They’ll play a concert tomorrow night at the Conservatory, called A Tribute to Steel-String Guitar Icons.

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Politics & Government
2:32 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Is There a War on Women's Rights?

Women along with a cadre of men marched Tuesday in downtown Milwaukee demanding equal pay and tax fairness.

Across the country, the term “War on Women” had made its way into the lexicon. As proof of an alleged war, critics of recent legislation point to changes in women’s health care, including abortion protocol, as well as pay discrepancies between the genders. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports that Wisconsin has changed a few policies affecting women, with supporters claiming there is no concerted war, just changes that make sense.

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Health & Science
4:26 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Local Hospital Tests Software Allowing Doctors to Ditch Pagers

Dr. Sam Zaidat has begun using his smartphone to respond to pages, as part of a pilot project at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Credit Erin Toner

Technology has transformed health care in recent times – supplying everything from sophisticated imaging machines to electronic medical records. When it comes to communications, though, the medical field continues to rely on a device many might consider archaic – the pager. But doctors may soon ditch their trusty old beepers, at least at one Milwaukee-area hospital. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, it’s testing a new system in hopes of improving patient care.

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World
1:05 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

China's Seismic Population Shift: Why an "Urban" China Matters

Michelle Dammon Loyalka's new book details China's urban migration.
University of California Press

Two hundred million rural peasants move to China's booming cities - every year. This seismic shift offers China some major economic advantages in the global economy, and has ramifications for the rest of the world.

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Environment
4:06 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Cream City Hens

Ella and Jessica Lane, and friend

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence spoke with the official and unofficial voices of Cream City Hens – Jessica Lane and her daughter Ella.

Chickens are just a part of the pallet at Saturday's 5th Annual Green Living Festival taking place at the Mitchell Park Domes.

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Regional
1:51 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

On Opening Day, Talk of Ending Sales Tax Surfaces

The Brewers on Friday mark their eleventh home opener at Miller Park.
Credit Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Brewers mark their eleventh home opener today at Miller Park. For more than a decade, consumers in five southeastern Wisconsin counties have been paying a higher sales tax to build the retractable-roof stadium. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, there is now talk that the extra tax could end in five years.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

A Visit to Man Mound Park

Wisconsin's Man Mound is singular among effigy mounds.
Credit Sauk County Historical Society

Our It’s a Material World feature spotlights a singular effigy mound in Wisconsin.

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Recall Election
4:16 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

GOP to Run "Fake Democrats" in all Six Republican Recall Elections

There will likely be primary elections in recall races targeting Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and four GOP state senators.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin says it has lined up “fake” Democrats to run in primaries, against the real Democrats who hope to challenge the six Republican incumbents.

The fake Democrats, like genuine candidates, will need to obtain enough valid signatures to get on the ballot. The Republican party says it would not spend money on the fake Democrats’ campaigns.

The party says the move is meant to force primaries in the race, thus creating firm dates for upcoming recall elections.

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Veterans
3:32 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Local Vets Flock to Help Build Massive Medical Database

Mike Eisenreich submits a blood sample for the Million Veteran Program.
Credit Erin Toner

The Milwaukee VA hospital is asking veterans to help build the world’s largest medical database. The effort is called the “Million Veteran Program”. Its goal is to collect blood samples and medical histories from a million vets nationwide, and eventually, make the information available to researchers. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, organizers hope the data leads to medical breakthroughs, including for ailments that afflict service men and women.

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