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Mandolin virtuoso Evan Marshall is a master of what’s called the “duo” technique, where the melody and the accompaniment are played simultaneously. He's in town this weekend to perform a couple of concerts with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra: Saturday evening at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Waukesha, and Sunday afternoon at UWM's Recital Hall.

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Matt Berninger and his band, The National, are known for their sometimes dark, sometimes moody, introspective songs.  So some of the reviewers of Berninger’s collaboration with Brent Knopf have expressed some surprise at the lighter feel of its songs.

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Two of the most popular movie out now could not be more different. The animated Peanuts movie is becoming a family favorite just in time for the holidays and on the other end of the spectrum is Spectre - the latest entry in a long line of James Bond films.

Film contributor Dave Luhrssen say where the Bond franchise has been and where it’s going makes this film an especially noteworthy addition.

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Though the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra has been playing since 1956, its Community Partnership Programs didn't begin until 2003. The Progressions program, an intensive string training for middle school students, has helped put the orchestra on the map.

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At the top of the GOP heap in Wisconsin is surgeon Ben Carson (22%), according to the new Marquette Law School Poll

Behind him are business mogul Donald Trump (19%) and Florida Senator Marco Rubio (19%). Two months ago, Trump led Carson 20%-16%, with Rubio next at 14%.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (50%) leads, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (41%).

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Last year, the podcast Serial, a spin-off from public radio’s This American Life, captivated millions of listeners as it examined the murder of a Baltimore high school student.

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Becoming a father for the first time can be an exhilarating experience. If you are poor, unemployed or from a household where there was no father figure, your new role as a dad can also be overwhelming.

On this edition of UWM Today, learn about a project that is trying to find ways of helping African American men be better prepared for fatherhood. Host Tom Luljak talks with Kris Barnekow, Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences, and David Pate, Associate Professor in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

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There have been some major policy issues debated in Wisconsin over the past few months – from changes to the board that oversees elections, to the future of the education and the state’s role in economic development. Most, if not all, of the changes coming from Madison have been made along partisan lines, as Republicans control both houses of the legislature and the governor’s seat.

That makes for a challenging period for Democrats in the legislature, including Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, who represents La Crosse and other parts of western Wisconsin.

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West Bend might seem like an unlikely place for a cutting edge art museum.

But ever since the Museum of Wisconsin Art moved into its modern, stylish new home on the banks of the Milwaukee River, the museum has made a name for itself, both creatively and for the way its new business model deviates from a more traditional way of operating.

Reporter Rich Rovito charts the changes at the museum in the November issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Seven Facts You Didn't Know About the Gettysburg Address

Nov 19, 2015
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Over one-hundred fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the "Gettysburg Address."

At a scant 272 words, it has become Lincoln’s most famous speech and is one of American history’s best known as well.

But there’s a lot that isn’t commonly known about the context in which it was delivered, and our Civil War contributor Thomas Martin Sobottke offers these little-known facts.

1. Lincoln wasn't the keynote speaker.