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12:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Building Community with Molten Metal

A group pour begins as artists gather to cast metal art pieces.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect's Gianofer Fields brings us along to a "group pour" in Madison.

When Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields was a kid, her father worked at Pelton Steel Casting Company in Milwaukee. Very simply put, casting metal is the process of melting iron, pouring it into molds, and letting it cool. Her father was a Finish Grinder and it was his job to clean up the cast objects after they were pulled from the molds.

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Exit Wounds
3:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bullets Leave Lasting Emotional, Physical Scars

Kevin Miller and Harvey Ross have become friends, bonding, in part, over their spinal cord injuries.
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

This week, as national leaders consider ways to reduce gun violence, we’re reporting on the hundreds of people in Milwaukee living with gunshot injuries.

WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl talked to three men with spinal cord injuries, about how a bullet changed their lives.

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Arts & Culture
11:58 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Musician Takes Mature Approach to Kids' Music

The Happy Racers' Nathan Meckel make kids' music with a grown-up approach.
Credit Lake Effect

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Nathan Meckel.

There once was a time when there two kinds of musicians: those who played for kids, and ones who played for grown ups. And there was not much overlap, in the styles of music aimed at the two groups of listeners. That’s changed in the last decade or two, and now it is not such a stretch for a musician to find his or her feet in both worlds.

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Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Was Stephen Foster the First Real American Pop Star?

Stephen Foster, 19th century American composer
Credit Library of Congress

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Ryan Schleicher, the bassist and vocalist for the Milwaukee band, Juniper Tar, and musical partner Christopher Porterfield, the singer-songwriter behind the band Field Report.

Stephen Foster is perhaps one of the most beloved American composers of all time. Though they were written in the 19th century, Foster's impressive catalog of tunes including “Camptown Races” and “O! Susanna," are still popular today.

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Exit Wounds
2:38 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Seriously Injured Gunshot Victims Face Long Road to Recovery

WUWM News Exit Wounds Series

Thanks to improvements in medical care, more victims recover from gunshot wounds, which once might have been fatal.

However, the growing survival rate does not tell the full story about victims’ experiences. Some face significant physical and emotional damage.

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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Willy Porter Pours Fuel on a Musical Feast with 'Cheeseburgers and Gasoline'

Milwaukee musician Willy Porter's wide-ranging style comes to life on his new album.
Credit Photo by Rodney Bursiel

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Willy Porter.

Learn how to win a copy of Willy Porter's new CD here.

When we were setting up an interview with Milwaukee musician and songwriter Willy Porter, we tried to remember whether he'd ever been on Lake Effect. Then of course, it dawned us: he's on every day - as the writer and performer of our theme music.

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Exit Wounds
2:21 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Medical Improvements Help More People Survive Serious Gunshot Wounds

Milwaukee Fire Captain Michael Wright displays supplies paramedics use when responding to gunshot injuries.
Ann-Elise Henzl

It seems several times each month, Milwaukee mourns people who have been shot to death.

Last year in the city, gunfire killed 72.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Preparing for the Unpredictable

No one was quite sure what area residents would wake up to Wednesday.
Credit Susan Bence

As another batch of seesawing weather conditions arrives in Wisconsin – from flooding to snow, leaders have been planning for the worst while hoping for the best.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence checked with people in metro Milwaukee preparing for what might – or might not – come.

Sandy Rusch Walton with Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works says residents started calling first thing Tuesday, following the first big round of rain.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Episcopal Bishop Outlines Religious Reasons to Protect Environment

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori chats with associate dean of research Val Klump at School of Freshwater Sciences.
Credit Susan Bence

We normally think of debate and discussion over topics such as water quality and climate change in either scientific or economic terms. For example, what are the implications for business and employment in the face of increased environmental regulation?

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Mon January 28, 2013

With 22-Strings, the Kora Makes for a Sight - and Beautiful Music

A kora is a 22-string harp-lute used in traditional music in West Africa.
Credit Steve Evans

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Yaya Kambaye.

We’ve featured a lot of musicians and a lot of instruments over the years on Lake Effect. But until now, we’ve never had an instrument quite like the one Yaya Kambaye brought with him to the Lake Effect performance studio.

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