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Project Milwaukee
12:45 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Why Wisconsin Became a Hotbed for Political Unrest

Protesters loom as Gov. Walker testifies before a Congressional committee in April on fiscal problems faced by states.
Credit Alex Wong/Getty Images

On Monday, we kick-off our Project Milwaukee series, “State of Upheaval.” We look back at the volatile year in Wisconsin politics, from the November 2010 election of Gov. Scott Walker to the effort now a year later, to kick him out of office. In our first segment, WUWM’s Erin Toner explores why Wisconsin became a hotbed for political unrest.

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Book App Astrojammies Blasts into Hardcover

A children's book application that's led the charge in combining literature and technology gets a hardcover edition. Stacey Williams-Ng is the author and illustrator of the interactive children's book Astrojammies, which is now available as a hardcover print book. It was first published as a book app for the iPad by Chicago-based Demibooks – where Williams-Ng is now Creative Director.

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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.

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