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In our plugged-in world, we all can forget to take time for face to face conversation. But as our family members age, those conversations about family memories and our shared history become ever more important. Hearing the stories can help us connect with our relatives in a more profound way, and asking the questions can help us understand ourselves better too.

And when it comes time to commemorate the lives of those we’ve lost, those stories become a bridge between the living and the dead.

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Almost three weeks have passed since the Presidential election. News analysts and regular people alike are still trying to assess what transpired on November 8th.

Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr says contrary to much public opinion, there was some precedent for the way the electorate swung:

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” The ironic statement is from the durable comic strip “Pogo” by cartoonist Walt Kelly, widely syndicated in newspapers from the late 1940s into the 1970’s.

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The holiday season is in full swing. As the months speed by, calendars fill up and to-do lists seem never-ending. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the chores, the must-haves and checked boxes. Often, we find ourselves so wrapped-up in our shopping, cooking, and planning, that we forget to take time to just listen. We miss out on the sounds of the moment, as well as the stories told by old friends and new acquaintances alike.

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The cookie book. If you’re a native of Wisconsin, it’s likely you know what we’re talking about. But for those who don’t, it’s a cookie recipe book that We Energies publishes every year—yep, the same We Energies that sends you a bill every month. The utility released its first cookie book way back in 1928. While the book is a crowd favorite, we wanted to know why an energy company is interested in the cookies you make.

At face value, Cathy Schulze admits, it seems a little odd that a power company would publish a recipe book for cookies. But she says not if you know the history.

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For many, Thanksgiving launches a season of holiday cheer and perhaps more eating than usual.

Water advocates are seizing the opportunity to try to turn people’s attention to our local watershed. How much of that Thanksgiving residue will wind up in local waterways?

Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Urban Ecology Center and Carroll University are partnering in the project, along with the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences.

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UPDATE: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has filed a request for a recount of votes in Wisconsin's presidential election.

Republican Donald Trump won Wisconsin over Democrat Hillary Clinton by about 22,000 votes. Stein got about 30,000 votes.

Stein made the request late Friday afternoon and must pay for the costs associated with the recount.

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For some families, Thanksgiving means turkey or football. For others, the holiday wouldn’t be complete without Black Friday shopping.

Amelia Frankum falls into the latter camp. The Whitefish Bay resident makes a pilgrimage to the stores every year -- but it’s not a solo mission.

“My daughter and I have been Black Friday shopping together since she was about 4 years old, and she is 18 this year,” Frankum says. “It’s kind of our thing! Nobody else can come, just she and I every year.”

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Cheese is a part of the Wisconsin table whether it is a holiday celebration or an average weeknight. What is not on the cheese plate as often is a different variety of cheeses such as ones made with goat and cow milk, or 15 year aged cheddar. Food writer and occasional Lake Effect contributor Jeanette Hurt came by the studio to share a bagful of cheese that is a cut or two – or ten – above that Velveeta that’s sitting in the back of your refrigerator with Mitch Teich.:

Once a month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into Lake Effect's performance studio to play a song.

For the November special edition of The Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger, the singer-songwriter has a Thanksgiving themed song called "No One to Thanks But Myself." 

John Sieger, and a host of other musicians, with “No One to Thank But Myself,” a Thanksgiving edition of The Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger.

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Cranberries are one of the only truly traditional foods present at the Thanksgiving table. While a full-turkey likely wouldn't have been on the menu at the first Thanksgiving, cranberries were a staple part of early American diets. 

Lake Effect food contributor, Kyle Cherek, says the cranberry is one of the only fruits native to North America. The tiny fruit was originally cultivated by Native American tribes in bogs in the Northeast, but eventually made its way to Wisconsin. 

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Milwaukee has a long brewing tradition and more recently the city has become home to a variety of spirit distilleries. Now a local company is stirring up the beverage market with a new brand of artisanal mixers. 

Mary Pellettieri and Noah Swanson are both experienced hands in the beverage world, and founded Top Note Tonics a couple years ago.

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You've probably heard that it's important for fathers to be involved in their children's lives. Yet some dads struggle, such as those who don't have a good relationship with their kids' mom. A local organization gives men tools to connect with their children. One of its leaders knows what the dads are going through, from personal experience.

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We all have our Thanksgiving traditions. Maybe it’s reconnecting with family and eating good food. A few students at UWM shared with Keio Horton, how they celebrate the holiday.

If you have a big family, Thanksgiving may mean a potluck dinner. Katarina Vergara and her family members each bring a dish to share. And she says the dinner always has both American and ethnic flavors.

Brett Smith

Telethons. They’re the television equivalent of radio’s venerable pledge drive: kindred spirits, if not bitter rivals in the ongoing quest for money. And while Milwaukee-based band Telethon isn't explicitly asking for funds, they're not opposed to receiving them. 

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There are a variety of treatments for people who suffer from the brain disorder known as OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  Treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy have been effective in helping many patients who deal with the disorder, which can cause severe and often crippling anxiety.

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