Maayan Silver

News Reporter

Maayan Silver started as a reporter for WUWM News in March 2018. Before that, shes pent two years as an assistant producer for WUWM's Lake Effect.

Maayan was previously a criminal defense attorney.

She loves listening to people's stories, learning about different cultures, music of all sorts, and dogs.

Susan Bence

An independent survey released earlier this month indicated that most Milwaukee residents are somewhat, or very, satisfied with police.

Yet many people, especially minorities, view the police through a lens of frustration, anger, or even fear. The city could be at a pivotal juncture, however, with last month's retirement of longtime Police Chief Edward Flynn, and the eventual installation of a new leader.

Maayan Silver

One group on Milwaukee's near north side is taking action to reduce crime, improve safety and meet other needs in their community.

Nasheka and Jerome Bryant are the husband and wife team at the heart of the Freedom Fighters organization. 

The organization is made up of civilians who work independently from police. They patrol, respond to calls and mediate to resolve conflicts, often in hopes that police don't need to be called to the scene.

Teran Powell

It's possible that thousands of Milwaukee residents will go to the polls this fall and find that they're no longer registered to vote.

Two years ago, the state of Wisconsin joined ERIC, the Electronic Registration Information Center, which aims to maintain the accuracy of voter lists and encourage access to voter registration by comparing data.

Dawn Erb / UWM Dept of Astronomy, Gravitation & Cosmology

Stargazers can take note. Soon, you may not be able to use the historic Yerkes Observatory on Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

The observatory, built in the 1890s, has in recent decades been used primarily for education and outreach. The University of Chicago, which runs the observatory, announced that it will be ceasing its operations at the facility on October 1, 2018.

PostSecret

Storytelling is having a moment in the sun. From national programs like The Moth to local ones like Ex Fabula, telling our stories out loud in front of an audience seems to something we want to engage in and listen to. PostSecret:The Show is a bit different.

Vincent Brassinne / Flickr

What is hygge?

According to Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, the main ingredients of hygge are: relaxation, togetherness, equality, savoring simple pleasures, and the right lighting.

"The shorthand of explaining hygge [pronounced 'hue-guh'] is the art of creating a nice atmosphere," he adds.

One local blogger is taking an interesting twist on Black History Month. 

Cree Myles is curating Black Like We Never Left, in which she asks Milwaukee women artists of color to reinterpret and celebrate pieces by nationally-known women artists of color who’ve come before them.

The visual arts component of the project is currently up at CannedBeatz Art Space on the city's south side. 

Vanessa Radlinger

On this week's Bubbler Talk, we dig into a botanical mystery involving a 'banned' tree, stinky fruit, and the age of the dinosaurs.

Listener Vanessa Radlinger noticed something out of place in Milwaukee's Third Ward: what she presumed to be a mirabelle plum tree -- which she thought was banned in the US.

The mirabelle plum brought back memories for Vanessa who first saw one of the trees while growing up in Germany.

Maayan Silver

Gospel: it’s music to wake up to. Music that gets you off your seat. Music that makes you want to raise your arms and cheer with elation.

Cherice Love, Jaquan “Quan” Clark and Shawn Winston are no strangers to the joy that gospel brings. They are part of a quartet called Spiritual Tones, representing Milwaukee's next generation of gospel singers and will be performing at the 5th Annual Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee on Friday night.

Milwaukee Record

Milwaukee Record is a web-only publication covering a lot of local music and other events. And, it is also no stranger to puns.

Grasshopper Films

First produced a couple of years ago, Okwui Okpokwasili’s one-woman show Bronx Gothic is a take on "growing up as a brown girl in the Bronx." It takes on topics like identity, self esteem, sexual knowledge, and how it can be difficult for girls to navigate these milestones.

Her show was made into a documentary of the same name, which showed at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival.

NASA/JPL

As we just get started with 2018 we still take the time to look back on the not-so-distant 2017 and all of its “best of” lists. From best trends, to best foods, movies, events, and more – we often try to quantify a year into a compact bullet list.

One area that is often overlooked in your “best of” scrolling is the best of astronomy. 2017 was an incredibly exciting year for space – from the discovery of gravitational waves, to the solar eclipse, and capturing the most detailed photo of Earth ever taken from space.

Maayan Silver

Christmas. It’s a time of sugarplum fairies, reindeers, and stockings by the fireplace.

It’s also a day for sharing food with family and friends. And on that day, it’s even common for chefs at restaurants to hang up their aprons and go home to cook and share a holiday meal with family.

We wanted to find out about some culinary traditions among Milwaukee chefs and learn what goes on in their kitchens on Christmas:

R. Andrew Lepley

Every jazz musician has to start somewhere. Jazz great Thelonious Monk played church organ as a teen in New York. Miles Davis picked up the trumpet at age 12 in east St. Louis. But what makes these musicians fascinating to listen to is how they evolved and developed their craft over the years.

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Learning a new language gets harder for most of us once we’re past the age of 6 or 7. But one way to help make learning a foreign language easier, and perhaps just a bit cooler, for middle and high school students is to bring in a band.

In early November, MPS hosted a special event for students learning German. They brought in the German pop/hip hop and classical mash-up band Einshoch6 to the Milwaukee School of Languages.

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