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5:29 pm
Fri May 30, 2008

Life After Gangs

Stanley Cole is a youth outreach worker with Milwaukee’s Running Rebels organization. He’s a former gang member who spent time in jail. Since then, he’s recruited and worked with hundreds of at-risk young people in Milwaukee, and gained national attention for his efforts. He talks with Jane Hampden.

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Project Milwaukee
5:26 pm
Fri May 30, 2008

A World of Gangs

John Hagedorn of Milwaukee is an associate professor of criminal justice and senior research fellow at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Great Cities Institute. His new book is A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture. He speaks with Jane Hampden.

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Project Milwaukee
5:15 pm
Fri May 30, 2008

A Deadly Change: Guns Replace Fists in Youth Fights

Youth violence often refers to assaults. All too often, those fights include the use of a gun.UWM criminologist and psychologist Will Pelfrey says parts of Milwaukee have been plagued by gun violence in recent years.

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Project Milwaukee
5:12 pm
Fri May 30, 2008

Girls No Strangers to Violence

As we continue our series on youth violence in Milwaukee, we meet with five local teenage girls who’ve had first-hand experience with violence, in their case, fighting. Their names are Maria, Jasmine, Kwan, Denise and Destiny, and they’re either 16 or 17 years old. Four of the five admit being violent toward people they don’t like.

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Project Milwaukee
5:10 pm
Thu May 29, 2008

Rounding Out Youth Violence

Bruce Murphy is editor of Milwaukee Magazine; Kurt Chandler is a senior editor of the magazine. Ricardo Pimentel is editorial page editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They join Jane Hampden at the end of each month for the Lake Effect Reporter Roundtable. Today the journalists share thoughts about youth violence in Milwaukee.

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Project Milwaukee
5:05 pm
Thu May 29, 2008

History of Violence in Milwaukee

Milwaukee-born writer and historian John Gurda is a Lake Effect contributor He’s the author of eighteen books including The Making of Milwaukee. He talks with Jane Hampden about the roots of violence in the city.

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Project Milwaukee
4:57 pm
Thu May 29, 2008

Poem Decries Violence Striking Young Children

As part of our series on youth violence, 14 year old Sheldon Fountain, Jr. reads the poem he was inspired to write about a wayward bullet killing a young girl, an innocent bystander. The poem is titled, Generally Speaking, A Reason for Poetry.

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Project Milwaukee
4:49 pm
Thu May 29, 2008

Guns Proliferate for Milwaukee Youth, Yet Hope Prevails

Milwaukee officials note that a proliferation of guns and other weapons has accompanied an increase in youth violence here. However, an army of dedicated professionals staff programs designed to reach out to young people whose lives can be turned upside down by the effects of violence.

Starting today, WUWM News and the Lake Effect program are examining the causes of youth violence and possible solutions to what some have called an epidemic afflicting Milwaukee.

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Project Milwaukee
4:46 pm
Wed May 28, 2008

Project Milwaukee Series Examines Youth Violence, Solutions

WUWM began a new series about youth violence in Milwaukee. We'll be airing stories and interviews on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Lake Effect that will take an in-depth look at the problem and most importantly, explore possible solutions.

Friday morning, we’ll have a story by WUWM's LaToya Dennis. She spoke with WUWM's Erin Toner.

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Project Milwaukee
5:23 pm
Thu May 8, 2008

53206, The Evolution of a Zip Code

Barbara Moore (red shirt) talks to Mary Pickens as she stands in front of her house in the Amani neighborhood

WUWM has begun a series of reports on youth violence in Milwaukee. That’s in light of the upcoming summer months, which are often a rough time for the city. Friday, we visit what is arguably the most dangerous zip code area for both kids and others. 53206. In 2005 and 2006, 51 homicides were recorded there. That’s more than twice as many as in neighboring areas. A few decades ago, residents say 53206 was thriving. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis explores the changes that have taken place.

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