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Economy & Business
3:21 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

For Some Eateries, Third Time May be the Charm

A barista (right) serves an appetizer at Ryan Braun's Graffito.

Despite the sluggish economy, there’s been a slight uptick in restaurant ownership in Milwaukee. The health department reports 1,461 eateries: that’s 26 more than last year and on par with the number before the recession hit. At least one establishment in the Third Ward, south of downtown, appears to be bouncing back. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson found that some of the ‘new’ establishments are actually recycled restaurants. Entrepreneurs have moved in, believing they possess the formula for success.

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Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

A Peek into The Vinyl Café

Author and radio host extraordinaire Stuart McLean.
Credit CBC photo

Stuart McLean chats with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

We’ll go north of the border and meet the creator of The Vinyl Café and the engaging inhabitants thereof. 

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat April 30, 2011

Maypole Madness

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields uncovers the history of the Maypole.
Credit Mike Goren

Contributor Gianofer Fields encounters modern maypole magic.

This weekend marks the end of April and the beginning of May.

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Civil War
10:00 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Baseball in the Civil War

Vintage baseball takes to the field in Kenosha tomorrow, and we talk about the connection between the sport and the Civil War. Bill "Pop" House is the founder of the Delton Base Ball Club and Gary "Handlebar" Hetzel founded the Milwaukee Cream Citys. They're both vintage baseball teams, which play according to 19th Century rules. House and Hetzel will talk - and play some vintage base ball tomorrow afternoon at the Kenosha Civil War Museum.

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Regional
4:41 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Spring Migration Attracts Fishermen to Heart of City

Fishermen work the Menomonee River near Miller Park.

Every spring in southeastern Wisconsin, rising water temperatures activate certain fishes’ instincts to leave Lake Michigan and migrate up river. Several species, including big trout called “steelhead,” make the run upstream to find gravel beds. That’s where the females deposit eggs and the males then fertilize them.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Wormy Work

Heather Zydek gives students at Washington Elementary in Wauwatosa a hands-on Red Wriggler experience.
Credit Susan Bence

We mark Earth Day with a profile of a vermicomposter from Wauwatosa. WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence spoke with Wauwatosa resident Heather Zydek. An Earth Day celebration will be held today at the Harley Davidson Museum. Learn about the beginnings of Earth Day.

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Environment
12:16 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Nature Writer Revels in Wisconsin River's Splendor

Jean Clausen spends part of every day writing about the bird activity and other natural events along the Wisconsin River.

Today is Earth Day. What’s become an international event, was the brainchild of the late Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Over the years, the U.S. Senator inspired millions of people around the world to address dangers threatening the environment.

Jean Clausen has found inspiration in the world around her. The 95-year-old nature writer helped save the “once endangered” bald eagles that now thrive on the Wisconsin River. world to address dangers threatening the environment.

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence motored up to her riverbank cottage, 30 miles northwest of Madison. She caught Clausen in the middle of intense bird watching, and chronicling. world to address dangers threatening the environment.

Jean Clausen is excited! She just spotted a small woodpecker - a yellow-bellied sapsucker - feasting at one of her many feeders. world to address dangers threatening the environment.

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

The Secret Sisters - Not Really Secret, Definitely Sisters

Laura and Lydia Rogers are The Secret Sisters.
Credit Photo courtesy Secret Sisters

Laura and Lydia Rogers chat with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

  The Secret Sisters put their own stamp on the mid-20th century American songbook.

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Civil War
10:30 am
Wed April 13, 2011

The Spur & the Sash

These are the actual spur and sash passed down through generations of Robert Grede's family that inspired his first novel, The Spur & the Sash, about a Civil War love story.

A local author writes about a Civil War-era Romeo and Juliet. Robert Grede's first novel is The Spur & The Sash, published by Three Towers Press. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci last fall. Grede will discuss his book at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on Friday.

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Civil War
10:04 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 1

As the nation honors the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, we look at Wisconsin's role in the War Between the States.

On the sesquicentennial anniversary of the siege on Fort Sumter, we hear about Wisconsin’s contributions to the Civil War. Lance Herdegen is the chair of the Wisconsin Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and former director of the Institute of Civil War Studies at Carroll University. Today marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War’s first battle, the siege of Fort Sumter.

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