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.

Jewish Community Center

Earlier this month, Lake Effect featured a story on the Concert for Peace put on by the Jewish Community Center that united violin and oud player Yair Dalal with guitar singer and player Mira Awad.

Marcus Center/Patrick Dewane

The Accidental Hero is a one-man show detailing the true story of an American officer in World War II.  It’s written and performed by Patrick Dewane, the grandson of the play’s protagonist.

For years, Dewane would visit his grandparents' house and see WWII memorabilia decorating the house. He would beg his grandfather, Matt Konop, to tell him war stories, but he wouldn't talk.

Konop died in 1983 and Dewane "figured that we buried grandpa with his stories."

Jewish Community Center

The Jewish Community Center is hosting a "Concert for Peace" tonight featuring Israeli Jewish oud and violin virtuoso Yair Dalal and accomplished Israeli Arab guitarist and singer Mira Awad. Both Dalal and Awad are no strangers to musical partnerships, having worked with a myriad of musicians from around the world. This concert in Milwaukee will feature the two musicians in both combined and solo sets.

Photo courtesy of James Sanger

Growing up, Dr. James Sanger loved wildlife and the outdoors. In college, he studied zoology. So when a urologist notified him of an orangutan with an injured hand at the zoo, Sanger happily heeded the call of the wild to help local primates.

Sanger currently serves as the plastic surgery hand surgeon at the Medical College of Wisconsin and chief of plastic surgery at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, but he has been called in as the Milwaukee County Zoo's primate hand specialist for the past 20 years.

Darren Hauck / Stringer / Getty Images

The Wisconsin primary is only days away, and the state is in national play. Sarah McCammon is covering the 2016 presidential election for  NPR. This week, she's been in Wisconsin reporting on the GOP race and attended a Ted Cruz event and a Donald Trump rally.

At the "Women for Cruz" event in Madison, McCammon explains that Cruz's wife, Heidi; his mother, Eleanor Cruz; and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina were all in attendance. 

Gage Skidmore / Flickr

It’s been a violent week in several parts of the world. Even amid signs of a de-escalation in Syria, a terrorist incident rocked the African nation of Ivory Coast. Another terror bombing in Turkey raised fears about instability in that vital western ally.

Sara Stathas / Milwaukee Magazine

Freelance writer Zach Brooke spent three days immersed in a restorative justice program at the Green Bay Correctional Institution and emerged with the article featured in this month’s Milwaukee Magazine.

Restorative justice asks crime victims to come face to face with offenders. This theory of justice assesses and tries to repair the damage that is caused by a crime, Brooke explains.

In the late nineteenth century, civil rights pioneers Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass lived near each other in Rochester, NY. They were friends and often supported each other as they fought for the rights of women and African Americans in America.

Richard Blanco

In December 2012, Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco learned that he was chosen to be the Fifth Inaugural Poet of the United States. As inaugural poet, Mr. Blanco was asked to write a poem and read it at President Obama's second presidential inauguration in 2013. Mr. Blanco would be one of many “firsts” for the role: the youngest, the first immigrant, the first Latino and the first openly gay poet.

CARTHAGE COLLEGE

Tonight’s debate between Democratic contenders may well include a conversation about the upturn in global terror, especially as carried out by ISIS. The recent attacks in Paris and on a social service center in San Bernadino, California has thrust the issue of America’s response to terror attacks by religious extremists back into the forefront.

Kevin Winter / Getty Images

The Academy Awards are known for glitz, glamour and stars on parade. And occasionally, the movie or star that should win in their category, does. But this year, the academy is also in the news for what many have said is a distinct lack of diversity, both in the academy itself and in the movies and performances it chose to nominate.

Movie critic Duane Dudek has a thing or two to say about the controversy, but first he shares his Oscar picks:

Best Picture: Spotlight

Milwaukee Musaik / Milwaukee Musaik

On Monday night, a new music consortium called Milwaukee Musaik will hold its debut concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Schwan Hall. 

The group is led by violinists Alexander Mandl and Jeanyi Kim and clarinetist Bill Helmers. "The Milwaukee Musaik was born out of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, which was the prior organization - which was originally started in 1973 by Steve Colburn and a few other members as the Milwaukee Chamber Music Society," Mandl says.

Discovery World

Did you ever wonder why you can roll your tongue and your relative can't? Or, why your earlobes are attached (or unattached)?

Discovery World is joining with the Medical College of Wisconsin to display a traveling health sciences exhibit created by the Smithsonian that seeks to provoke thought about these and other topics.

Wiki Commons

Most of us are probably familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech.  But it was a speech that came very late in King's life that some say has particular relevance today.

Celia Jackson is the Director of the International and Intercultural Center at Alverno College. She says we ought to look closely at a sermon King gave at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., just a few days before he was assassinated.  

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