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2:29 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

As In Chess, As In Life

Writer Jennifer DuBois.
Credit image courtesy of the author

Jennifer DuBois talks about "The History of Lost Causes."

Jennifer DuBois's new novel asks the central question, How do you keep going when you know things are going to end badly? The book is A Partial History of Lost Causes (Random House, 2012).  

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Environment
6:22 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Scientists Dig into How Wisconsin Wolf Hunt Might Impact Population Stability

PhD student Jennifer Stenglein and wildlife biologist Tim Van Deelen present their research findings at a conference on wolf conservation in the Great Lakes region.

Wisconsin leaders recently passed a controversial bill allowing people to hunt wolves starting this fall.

The move came shortly after the federal government removed the animal from the endangered species list.

Friday, researchers from UW-Madison share what they’ve learned about the impact wolf harvesting could have on the stability of its population.

The team will present its findings in Duluth, where a range of interested people – from scientists to livestock producers, are gathering for an annual conference on wolves in the Great Lakes region.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met the Madison researchers before they departed.

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Economy & Business
2:36 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Investors Turn to Foreclosures to Make Money

Home on Milwaukee's northwest side recently purchased by Michael Baron.

Milwaukee will host a home ownership fair Saturday. The goal is to unload many of the foreclosed properties both banks and the city own. City Hall estimates there to be 4,000 such houses. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis learned of potential buyers who view foreclosures as a great business opportunity.

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Environment
4:13 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Milwaukee's Green Team Keeps City on Sustainable Path

Click to Enlarge PhotoThe Port of Milwaukee wind turbine

In honor of the upcoming Earth Day, we hear about the City of Milwaukee’s sustainability program. Matt Howard is the Director of Environmental Sustainability for the City of Milwaukee. Dennis Grzezinski is senior staff counsel for Midwest Environmental Associates and one of the 14 members of the city’s Green Team. They spoke with Susan Bence.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

A Mighty Welder

Metal artist Erika Koivunen at work with her welder
Credit William Howard/Pinterest

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to metal artist Erika Koivunen.

What does it take to spot the hidden life in an object many of us would view as junk?

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Arts & Culture
3:21 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Tribute Concert to Steel String Guitar Icons

Peter Roller and Matt Schroeder in Lake Effect's performance studio.
Credit Lake Effect

Peter Roller is an assistant professor of music at Alverno College; Matthew Schroeder is finger-style and rock guitar department chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. They’ll play a concert tomorrow night at the Conservatory, called A Tribute to Steel-String Guitar Icons.

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Politics & Government
2:32 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Is There a War on Women's Rights?

Women along with a cadre of men marched Tuesday in downtown Milwaukee demanding equal pay and tax fairness.

Across the country, the term “War on Women” had made its way into the lexicon. As proof of an alleged war, critics of recent legislation point to changes in women’s health care, including abortion protocol, as well as pay discrepancies between the genders. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports that Wisconsin has changed a few policies affecting women, with supporters claiming there is no concerted war, just changes that make sense.

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Health & Science
4:26 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Local Hospital Tests Software Allowing Doctors to Ditch Pagers

Dr. Sam Zaidat has begun using his smartphone to respond to pages, as part of a pilot project at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Credit Erin Toner

Technology has transformed health care in recent times – supplying everything from sophisticated imaging machines to electronic medical records. When it comes to communications, though, the medical field continues to rely on a device many might consider archaic – the pager. But doctors may soon ditch their trusty old beepers, at least at one Milwaukee-area hospital. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, it’s testing a new system in hopes of improving patient care.

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World
1:05 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

China's Seismic Population Shift: Why an "Urban" China Matters

Michelle Dammon Loyalka's new book details China's urban migration.
University of California Press

Two hundred million rural peasants move to China's booming cities - every year. This seismic shift offers China some major economic advantages in the global economy, and has ramifications for the rest of the world.

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Environment
4:06 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Cream City Hens

Ella and Jessica Lane, and friend

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence spoke with the official and unofficial voices of Cream City Hens – Jessica Lane and her daughter Ella.

Chickens are just a part of the pallet at Saturday's 5th Annual Green Living Festival taking place at the Mitchell Park Domes.

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