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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Artifacts of Life

A local writer's debut novel shows that artifacts can come in other forms than mere objects.

A new novel combines mysterious artifacts, an import shop... and yoga? Mary Dally-Muenzmaier's debut novel is called Artifacts, published by Cerebral Bends Productions. That's a creative services company Dally-Muenzmaier launched in 2003 with her husband. She is also the communications coordinator at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and blogs about Wisconsin art and culture at CricketToes.

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Education
3:34 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

News Round-Up: MPS Scores, Teacher Unions, Traffic Stops

Education dominates the first part of our news roundup this week, starting with a report that MPS students have again scored lower that most of the rest of the country on standardized math and reading tests. Then, most of Wisconsin’s teachers unions voted to re-certify, despite the now annual requirement that they do so. There was also news of the large racial disparity in traffic stops by Milwaukee Police. Lake Effect Weekend’s regular news analyst and Milwaukee Magazine editor Bruce Murphy joins us now to put it all into perspective.

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Project Milwaukee
12:42 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

A Year in Review: Wisconsin Politics of 2011

From Journal Sentinel reporter Craig Gilbert to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, our montage of voices from the past 12 months previews our next special series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval. It starts Monday on Lake Effect and WUWM News. The series culminates with a live Lake Effect broadcast from the Pabst Theater next Friday.

Project Milwaukee
12:38 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Series Preview

For Wisconsin, 2011 has been dominated by Republican policy changes and reaction to them.
Credit Eric Thayer/Getty Images and AndyStenz.com

In the coming week, WUWM’s Newsroom reporters and Lake Effect producers will reflect on the divisive year in Wisconsin politics.

Our series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval will address the subject from a variety of perspectives, including why so many sweeping policy changes were enacted in 2011, how the state has changed as a result, and where Wisconsin is headed.

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Health & Science
2:35 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

NPR Blogger, Astrophysicist Takes on Time

Professor Adam Frank.

Time may not seem all that controversial, but to scientists it’s a debatable topic. Adam Frank is a professor of Astrophysics at the University of Rochester in New York and a regular contributor to Discover and Astronomy magazines. He's also the co-founder of the 13:7 Cosmos and Culture blog on NPR.

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Health & Science
3:43 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

We learn how one woman's cells changed the course of medicine. Rebecca Skloot is the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, published by Crown. She'll be the keynote speaker tomorrow at "An Evening to Promote Racial Justice," presented by the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee. Rebecca Skloot lives in Chicago, and spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

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Civil War
8:38 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Descendant of Underground Railroad 'Passenger' Preserves Its History

Before the Civil War, one route of the Underground Railroad traveled right through Milwaukee. We meet one woman whose great-great-great grandmother took it to freedom. Kimberly Simmons is the director of the Detroit River Project, which seeks to increase the visibility of Underground Railroad sites in Michigan and Ontario. Her great-great-great grandmother, Caroline Quarrls, escaped her life of slavery in St. Louis and escaped through the Milwaukee area en route to Canada.

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Civil War
8:38 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Descendant of Underground Railroad 'Passenger' Preserves Its History

Before the Civil War, one route of the Underground Railroad traveled right through Milwaukee. We meet one woman whose great-great-great grandmother took it to freedom. Kimberly Simmons is the director of the Detroit River Project, which seeks to increase the visibility of Underground Railroad sites in Michigan and Ontario. Her great-great-great grandmother, Caroline Quarrls, escaped her life of slavery in St. Louis and escaped through the Milwaukee area en route to Canada.

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Environment
5:27 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Special Mining Committee Holds First Hearing

Where the Bad River meets Lake Superior - north of proposed iron ore mine.

Weeks have passed since Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald named a seven-member committee to suggest ways of streamlining the state’s mining rules. Momentum for change stems from an untouched stash of iron ore in northern Wisconsin. Proponents of the project say it promises employment in a job-starved region.Critics fear an intricate web of streams and wetlands that feed into Lake Superior would suffer irreparable impact.

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Recall Election
3:10 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Volunteers Start Circulating Recall Walker Petitions Just after Midnight

Recall petitions and other papers lined the tables at the recall campaign headquarters on Milwaukee's northwest side.

After months of planning, the major groups hoping to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker kicked off their efforts overnight.

The state Democratic party and the group United Wisconsin held events around the state to distribute recall petitions and collect the first signatures.

WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl stopped in at one of the gatherings, and joined Bob Bach in the studio for this conversation.

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