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10:31 am
Mon November 17, 2008

Geriatricians Ease Growing Pains

Bob Merino

Doctors who treat older people are in high demand these days and with an aging population that trend is expected to grow. As part of our Project Milwaukee series on aging and wellness, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis examines the role geriatricians play in the lives of their patients.

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Project Milwaukee
10:27 am
Fri November 14, 2008

Julie Rovner on Policy

Julie Rovner is NPR’s national health policy correspondent. She’s also the author of Health Care Politics and Policy A to Z, now in its third edition, published by CQ Press. She joined us on the line from NPR in Washington. Rovner tells Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich that the last time there was a concerted health care reform effort in this country - in 1993 - there was also a Democratic Congress and a new Democratic president. But she says circumstances have changed a lot since then.

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Project Milwaukee
10:25 am
Fri November 14, 2008

Patrick Flaherty on Policy, Too

Patrick Flaherty is the Wisconsin Coordinator of the national health care advocacy group Healthcare United. He was a candidate for the Milwaukee Common Council earlier this year. He spoke with Dan Harmon the health care landscape and some options for reform.

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Project Milwaukee
10:22 am
Fri November 14, 2008

Barack Obama Makes Me Feel Old

Liam Callanan is a regular Lake Effect contributor and an author. He also teaches creative writing as an associate professor of English at UW-Milwaukee. In his personal essay for the Wise Today, Well Tomorrow mini series, he says that the new president makes him feel old.

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Project Milwaukee
10:19 am
Fri November 14, 2008

Thinking Ahead

Next week, WUWM will present a series on aging and wellness. We’ll explore how people can best position themselves to live long, healthy lives. As a kick-off, we asked our colleagues if they’re on the right track. We sampled our co-workers at WUWM, asking if they're think ahead and planning for life in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond.

If they are any indication of the general population, people are thinking ahead and paying keen attention to the older crowd. We start with two voices you hear frequently on WUWM, Susan Bence and Mitch Teich.

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Arts & Culture
8:12 am
Tue October 7, 2008

She Aint Heavy

Not content with just carrying their wives across the threshold upon getting married, some couples in northern Wisconsin revisit this momentous occasion by carrying their wives in the second annual Wife Carrying Competition in Minocqua.

WUWM's Susan Bence documents the fun in this feature story.

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Baseball
1:13 pm
Fri September 12, 2008

Efforts to Get Black Kids Back to Baseball

Kids play their final T-Ball game of the season on Milwaukee's north side.

The Milwaukee Brewers have one of the best records in baseball this season and could make the playoffs for the first time in a quarter-century. What also makes the team noteworthy is that it has more African American players than most other teams. While Major League Baseball has spent $20 million trying to keep the sport alive in inner cities -- and likes to recall the days of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier -- interest among black children seems to have dwindled. But WUWM’s Erin Toner found players and supporters in Milwaukee working to reverse the trend.

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Regional
1:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2008

Coach Cherishes Waning Days of Summer

Joe Clifford in his Lake Geneva beach domain.

The summer season comes to an end today as we celebrate Labor Day. It also means Coach Clifford’s job at the beach in Lake Geneva is over until next Memorial Day. WUWM’s Susan Bence popped down to the sand to talk with the man who doesn’t have any qualms about being called a beach bum.

I walk past the old snack canteen above this picturesque lake. The water couldn’t be bluer and the sky couldn’t possibly be clearer. It’s one of those perfect late summer mornings. You walk down a set of concrete steps, freshly blown free of the sand from yesterday’s mass of wet little feet. That’s where Joe Clifford reigns. He manages Lake Geneva’s public beach.

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Project Milwaukee
5:26 pm
Sun August 3, 2008

Street Cred - A Dangerous Balance in Violent Neighborhoods

Dr. Elijah Anderson

We continue our series, Project Milwaukee Youth Violence.
We’re exploring the causes and possible solutions to youth violence in our community.
Today we examine the societal reasons that prompt some young people to gravitate to violence.

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Regional
7:38 pm
Fri August 1, 2008

Humane Society Continues Moving Dogs from Mass Breeding Operation

Cluster of Dogs in Outdoor Run at Puppy Haven
Ann-Elise Henzl

The Wisconsin Humane Society recently agreed to buy a mass breeding operation -- described by critics as a "puppy mill" -- in order to shut it down. It will take a couple of months to find homes for the more than 1,000 dogs of 40 different breeds, which were kept at the facility.

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