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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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Recall Election
3:08 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Republicans Defend Gov. Walker, Vow to Fight Recall Attempt

Gov. Scott Walker
Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

While Democrats move into recall petition mode Tuesday, WUWM’s Erin Toner spoke with a few of Governor Walker’s supporters. They defend the Republican leader’s record and vow to fight the recall attempt against him.

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Project Milwaukee
2:01 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Reach Out Wisconsin Brings Respect Back into the Conversation

We meet the founders of Reach Out Wisconsin, a group that encourages civil conversations on political issues.

While religion and politics have always been difficult subjects to broach in mixed company, politics has been especially troublesome. Conservative Scott Grabins and liberal Katie Songer are the founders of Reach Out Wisconsin, a Madison-based group that brings together people on both ends of the political spectrum for civil conversations about often-polarizing issues. We spoke to them as part of our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series.

Environment
5:24 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

An Experiment In Healing - A Veterans Story

William Sims

Today, in honor of Veterans Day, we take you to an out-of-the-way story. WUWM discovered a group quietly trying to help homeless veterans find grounding in an urban garden.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

MillerCoors' Sustainable Brewing

Plant Manager Andrew K. Moschea. Some employee entrances feature historical images of the long-ago Miller Brewery.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited the MillerCoors plant to find out how deeply “sustainability” runs through the 156-year-old brewery's veins – both in terms of building employee loyalty and in its drive to evolve into a more environmentally-friendly operation.

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Civil War
1:30 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Civil War Letters Home Reveal Horrors of Battle, Opposing Views on Slavery

The words and sentiments of Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the Civil War come alive in a new book.

The song that accompanies this interview is called “Do Not Borrow Trouble,” by the Madison-based folk duo Count This Penny. While the tune is original, the words are actually about 150 years old. They’re the sentiments of a Wisconsin soldier, writing home from the battlefields of the Civil War.

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Veterans
4:34 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Wisconsin Woman Army's First Black, Female Two-Star General

Anderson in her office at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Madison.

A Wisconsin woman has become the U.S. Army’s first black, female two-star general. Marcia Anderson, of Madison, was promoted after a military career spanning more than three decades. She recently returned to her hometown, and that’s when she shared her journey with WUWM’s Erin Toner.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Introducing...It's a Material World

Lake Effect's newest contributor, Gianofer Fields, studies material culture, or the meaning behind the objects in our lives.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews our newest contributor, Gianofer Fields, about the field of material culture.

Our new contributor studies Material Culture, or what the objects in our lives say about us.

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Civil War
9:55 am
Fri September 16, 2011

The Irish in America's Civil War

Rock musician-turned-Civil War reenactor David Kincaid, in period clothing, has compiled Irish music inspired by the War Between the States

Rock musician-turned-Civil War reenactor David Kincaid talks about and plays Irish-American Civil War songs. Kincaid performed Irish-American Civil War songs in period costume at the 2011 Irish Fest in Milwaukee. Kincaid is also the co-founder of the New York-based rock band, The Brandos. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

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