Eleanor Peterson

Lake Effect Production Assistant and WUWM@Nite Assistant Director

Eleanor is a recent graduate at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has two Master's degrees: one in Library and Information Science and one in Music History and Literature. She was an intern at Minnesota Public Radio in the summer of 2012 in the digital archive department.

Currently, she is a production assistant with WUWM's Lake Effect program - editing interviews, writing article summaries of interviews and conducting interviews. In 2014, she joined the WUWM@Nite team as an Assistant Producer.

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Health & Science
11:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Should Wisconsin Be Concerned about the Ebola Outbreak?

The Ebola virus is spreading quickly in African countries, but Wisconsin needs to be aware of what to look for and how to combat the deadly disease.
Credit NIAD, flickr

The World Health Organization announced yesterday that its researchers believe the Ebola outbreak in Africa could eventually sicken or kill 20,000 people before it is brought under control.  Several thousand people have died in the outbreak in four countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria.

The gruesome nature of the deaths and the speed with which the outbreak has spread in Africa have led to concerns around the world about both Ebola and the possibility of any sort of pandemic.

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Arts & Culture
8:17 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Step Back in Time and Into the Shoes of an American Civil War Enlistee

A soldier teaches students the basic drill.
Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

As fall approaches, many Badger fans are heading out to Camp Randall to support their football team. However, about 150 years ago, the land didn’t house a football stadium. 

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Arts & Culture
7:54 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Real or Replica?: How Old World Wisconsin Preserves Wisconsin History Through Its Artifacts

Jennifer Van Haaften demonstrates activities that families can do when they come to Old World Wisconsin, a living history museum.
Credit Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

History is increasingly becoming accessible to users online. 

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Arts & Culture
2:45 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Maria Callas: Compelling On and Off the Stage Yesterday and Today

Maria Callas, soprano, was recently the focus of Milwaukee Chamber Theater's "Master Class."
Credit Peter Proadisch, wikicommons

    

Maria Callas may have died in 1977, but she remains a compelling figure in opera and the wider world even today.  Callas was known for her musical and acting skills that span styles, and her complete dedication to her art.

"You feel so much when she sings a simple phase," says Patrick Byrne. "She infuses each word of the text with passion or appropriate emotion."

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Arts & Culture
12:08 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Scoop: When Life Gets Stressful, Make Ice Cream

Author, lawyer, dairyman, and bed and breakfast owner Jeff Miller met with Mitch Teich at Milwaukee's Purple Door Ice Cream (sponsored by Boswell Books) to give him the scoop about his new book.

  

A recently-released book tells the story that tells a remarkable Wisconsin story of dairy success.

If there is a typical road to ice cream success, Jeff Miller’s story is perhaps not that typical story.  He didn’t graduate from the dairy science program at Madison and he’s not even a Wisconsin native.  

What he is, is a Minnesota native who pursued a career in international law and was living with his partner Dean in London, before making a sudden radical career shift inspired by a metaphor that he stumbled into. He found that ice cream was the solution.

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Economy & Business
11:46 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Business Looks into Getting Locally-Grown Produce During the Winter

How can Wisconsin get its local produce during the middle of winter? Innovation Kitchen is looking into a solution.
Credit USDA, flickr

    

If you’re looking for fresh produce, this is the right time in Wisconsin.  Local farmers and small-scale growers have a bounty of fresh produce that they sell through everything from CSAs to farmer’s markets to your local supermarket.

But as you know, it’s a much different story here in November.  Or February.  And when you’re a large-scale kitchen, producing meals for many people, it’s an especially major issue.

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Health & Science
1:19 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Homelessness, Housing, and HIV: What are the Connections?

There's a connection between homeless and those affected by HIV. Can housing programs change that?
Credit ttfnrob, flickr

Earlier this week, we heard about the effectiveness of one Milwaukee-based organization in helping the quality of life for AIDS patients.  The strength of the work of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin lies in its so-called “medical home” model, in which a variety of services, from medical care to pharmacy to mental health support, are provided under one roof. But reaching and helping people with HIV and AIDS can be especially challenging, when we’re talking about the homeless population.

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Gathering of the Cornish Cousins Welcomes Celebrated Native Sons Luxon, Biscoe

Benjamin Luxon (left) and Bert Biscoe traveled to Wisconsin to take part in the Cornish celebration in Wisconsin.
Credit Bonnie North, WUWM

Our guests come from Cornwall, the very southwestern most tip of England, that has its own song, poetry and story traditions. It’s a tradition that’s alive a well in Wisconsin. Many Cornish people came here to settle in the late 19th century.

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Arts & Culture
5:08 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Poetry in the Stacks: Blog for Poems about Libraries and the People who Use Them

Librarian and poet Erin Lorandos has started a blog of library poetry and she wants you to participate!
Credit Erin Lorandos

  

Libraries hold millions of stories. They can be found in books, magazines, video, and online. But librarians know- and often tap- into another source of unique, lesser-known stories: their patrons.

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Arts & Culture
12:20 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ba-Dum Psh!: Comedians Take to the Stage This Weekend at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival has kicked off its 9th year.
Credit Next Act Theatre, nextact.org

    

It’s going to be a funny weekend in Milwaukee. Actually, it already is a funny night….because the 9th Annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival is just underway. 

The Festival features four days of live performances, including stand-up, improv, sketch, and musical comedy acts. It bills itself as the largest comedy event in Wisconsin, and brings in acts from across the nation, and a lot of local talent, as well.

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