Civil War
8:38 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Descendant of Underground Railroad 'Passenger' Preserves Its History

Before the Civil War, one route of the Underground Railroad traveled right through Milwaukee. We meet one woman whose great-great-great grandmother took it to freedom. Kimberly Simmons is the director of the Detroit River Project, which seeks to increase the visibility of Underground Railroad sites in Michigan and Ontario. Her great-great-great grandmother, Caroline Quarrls, escaped her life of slavery in St. Louis and escaped through the Milwaukee area en route to Canada.

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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.