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Veterans
3:32 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Local Vets Flock to Help Build Massive Medical Database

Mike Eisenreich submits a blood sample for the Million Veteran Program.
Credit Erin Toner

The Milwaukee VA hospital is asking veterans to help build the world’s largest medical database. The effort is called the “Million Veteran Program”. Its goal is to collect blood samples and medical histories from a million vets nationwide, and eventually, make the information available to researchers. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, organizers hope the data leads to medical breakthroughs, including for ailments that afflict service men and women.

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WIsconsin Economic Scorecard
3:31 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Some Optimism, Some Pessimism Among Wisconsinites

The inaugural Wisconsin Economic Scorecard shows some divisions along party lines about the state of the Wisconsin economy.  Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with Peter Maier, acting director for UW-Milwaukee's Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, which conducted the poll of 545 Wisconsinites, in conjunction with WisBusiness.com and WUWM.

Civil War
9:34 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Understanding Slavery and the Civil War

Even as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War moves into its second year, Americans still disagree on what was the fundamental root cause of the war. But one author says it really was all about the moral question of slavery. Pewaukee writer, teacher, and independent Civil War historian Thomas Martin Sobottke is the author of the new book, Across That Dark River: The Civil War Memory. It's published by Moving Train Books LLC, which he also founded. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci. You can hear about the origin for Sobottke's book title as supplemental audio below.

Economy & Business
1:35 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Biking Instead of Driving May Not be Easier on Your Pocket

New adult bikes start at $350 at Johnson's Cycle & Fitness.

Now that spring is upon us, you will probably see more bicyclists on the road. They’ll join the hard-core riders who brave the elements all year. While nice weather may prompt some people to hop on a two-wheeler, there may be another incentive these days. Bike storeowners in town told WUWM’s LaToya Dennis that four-dollar-plus gasoline prices are also driving business. John Jensen has been in the bike business a long time. He owns Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness on North Avenue in Wauwatosa. He took over the family-owned company about 30 years ago, so he knows plenty.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu March 22, 2012

For Some, Art Is an Octopus Opening a Pickle Jar

Cathy Lybarger creates unusual glass art in her Madison studio.
Credit Cathy Lybarger/Etsy

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews glass artist Cathy Lybarger.

For ages, people have pondered what exactly constitutes art.

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