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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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Arts & Culture
1:06 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Antique Forte Piano Makes a Modern Debut in Milwaukee

Piano-forte of Anton Walter (Vienna, circa 1810).
Credit Gérard Janot

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Stewart Dempsey and Richard Carsey.

Normally, we hear classical piano music played on a modern instrument. But back at the height of classical composition, everyone from Mozart and Mendelssohn to Beethoven and Brahms played and composed upon the “forte piano."

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World
12:54 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Transcript: Sen. Johnson Questions Clinton on Benghazi Attack

Wednesday morning at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin questioned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the attacks that took place on September 11, 2012 at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

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Mines
12:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Mining Hearing Draws Crowds and Continued Debate

Tyler Forks Gorge is located just east of where proposed mine would break ground.
Credit Susan Bence

No one expected Wednesday’s hearing on a mining bill at the state Capitol to be a short or calm affair, and it was not.

Dozens of people squeezed into the chamber for what is slated to be the only public hearing on a GOP propelled piece of legislation.

It’s designed to push a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin into a living, breathing job creator.

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