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5:20 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

International Climbers Scale Trees in Milwaukee this Weekend

Credit S Bence

Climbers – from Australia to Sweden , Wisconsin as well,  will compete at Mount Mary University. We learn from some of the best at a recent competition in Pewaukee.

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Stuck in The Snow, Or, Do You Know Any New Soup Recipes?

Nothing that homemade comfort food can't cure!
Credit Eliot Phillips

    

All I can say is, thank God I'm not suicidal, this being another snowy Wisconsin inside-by-choice-and-will-to-live day.* Serial days of isolation can make a person, who might otherwise be cuddling with a partner or cooking with a buddy, pretty blue. As usual, when it snows, I take to my comfort food-making. And, just at that time, I was making a new recipe for split pea soup.

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Sage Advice

Everybody needs advice and to give advice, according to Linda Benjamin
Credit flickr, Laughlin Elkind

    

Essayist Linda Benjamin emphasizes that we all need to live life by listening to our hearts. 

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Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: I'll Always Have Paris

The Cupola of Galeries Lafayette decorated for Christmas
Credit flickr, spacejulien

I went to France for Christmas this year. My son and his petite amie (girlfriend in French) live in Normandy. I had been taking French lessons at L'Alliance Francaise of Milwaukee, but I was terrified to actually speak to a French person in France.

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Arts & Culture
2:36 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Celebrating the United States Constitution, or America 2.0

The United States Constitution
Credit flickr, Jonathan Thorne

[Originally aired September 2012]

225 years ago, on September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed their names to the final draft of the United States Constitution.  Less than a year later, on June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it, it became, as it states in its own Article VI, the supreme law of the land. 

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Arts & Culture
2:17 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: The Zen on a City Bus

A ride on the city bus is something everyone should experience.
Credit flickr, Milwaukee County Transit

Although I take public transportation all the time when I’m in New York, I hadn't been on a Milwaukee bus since I got my driver's license at 16.  But half a century later, I’m old enough to get a discounted fare again, so when work took me downtown on a regular basis last winter, I decided to bury my old prejudices and take the bus. 

That was when I discovered the zen of riding the bus. 

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Regional
2:16 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Court Orders Treatment for 12-Year-Old Stabbing Suspect

A judge decided Friday that the girl is not mentally able to stand trial. She and another 12-year-old are accused of stabbing a classmate.

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Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Prohibition's Impact on Milwaukee

Garters helped hide this vice during the dry spell.
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When you ask most people what they think of when they hear the word Prohibition, they will probably tell you “speakeasies and gangsters.”  Prohibition is a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences-- a law meant to curb drinking that encouraged it. The widespread flouting of this law made criminals of people who would never have dreamt of breaking the law before it was passed. 

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Arts & Culture
1:34 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Reflection on 50th High School Reunion

High school cheerleaders from 1965
Credit flickr, Beth Scupham

[Originally aired in August 2011]

About 30 years ago, when my father’s class from Milwaukee’s old North Division High School got together for their 50th reunion, they enjoyed it so much they decided to keep on meeting annually. They elected my dad their class president, a post he held for many years until his advancing Parkinson’s kept him from attending the annual get-togethers.  Every year he would prepare a speech that was really an essay, looking backward over the decades, and memorializing those who had died in the intervening months. 

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Environment
1:26 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Grassroot Effort Grows to Create Milwaukee Water Commons

Core El Centro summer campers explore WATER!
Credit S Bence

  

The idea is to get the entire community involved in Milwaukee's freshwater future. Alexa Bradley started the conversation almost three years ago.

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