11:06 am
Tue June 17, 2014

After Loss of Grandsons, Wisconsin Musician Turns to Poetry

Poet Mary Jo Balistreri memorializes her grandsons in her collection of poetry, Gathering the Harvest.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Wisconsin author, musician and poet Mary Jo Balistreri.

Wisconsin writer Mary Jo Balistreri’s poetry collection, Gathering the Harvest, is as much about contradictions as it is about allusions to nature and the cycles of life.

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Arts & Culture
9:17 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Jon Kolb's Appropriately Named "Summer of Rain"

Whitefish Bay author Jon Kolb's new book is "The Summer of Rain".

Jon Kolb speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

If you just can't get enough of this week's heavy rain and fog, a new mystery by a local author might be just the meteorological ticket.  

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Dentist Goes into Deep Thought, Inspired by the Problems his Patients Face

Do you ever overthink? Paul, a dentist, thinks about life's simplest and deepest questions while working on his patients.
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There are a lot of human inventions, like philosophy and religion  that attempt to answer the big questions: Why are we here?  Do we have a purpose?  Why are we so unhappy so much of the time?  What does it mean to be a Boston Red Sox fan when they actually win the World Series?  And do we have the capacity to change?

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Thu June 5, 2014

What's That Over There?: Tanzilo Explores the Less-Visited Parts of Milwaukee

Bobby Tanzilo explores the histories of the small nooks and crannies of Milwaukee.
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The line goes something like this: it was midnight in the city that keeps its secrets… Like all cities, there are quite a few out of the way and forgotten corners of Milwaukee. Some are hidden in plain sight; others take a bit of sleuthing. And as Bobby Tanzilo found out, some of them require no fear of spiders, heights, or closed spaces to access.

"We're trying to figure out what people are talking about, and specifically to Milwaukee, we're pitching Milwaukee and the bookstore as a place for, say, authors to visit over the next year," says Tanzilo.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Hot New Summer Reads to Keep on Your Radar

Boswell Book Company's Daniel Goldin makes suggestions on hot reads for this summer.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Boswell Books Proprietor Daniel Goldin.

Many readers are already stockpiling titles for their summer reading lists.

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10:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Author Simplifies Her Life, Builds and Lives In Tiny House

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WUWM's Susan Bence talks with Dee Williams.

Dee Williams has dramatically transformed her life. A decade ago, she was a busy professional and homeowner living in Portland, Oregon.

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10:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Author Hopes To Encourage Others To Care For and About The Great Lakes

Great Lakes explorer Loreen Niewenhuis (facing camera) meets a fellow Lake Michigan fan on Milwaukee's lakefront.

WUWM's Susan Bence talks with author and adventurer Loreen Niewenhuis.

Michigan native Loreen Niewenhuis has always loved the Great Lakes but says it was a mid-life crisis that pushed her to become an explorer and author.

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Arts & Culture
11:09 am
Fri May 9, 2014

'Take a Walk!': How Pedestrianism was America's First Spectator Sport

Pedestrianism was America's first spectator sport.
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The Milwaukee Brewers drew more than three million fans to Miller Park a couple years ago, as they made their most recent playoff appearance. The numbers have dropped a little in more recent times, but baseball is still a popular ticket through the summer here - and around the country.

But turn back the clock to the 19th Century, and the hottest ticket in town, as far as sports were concerned, was the sport of pedestrianism.  Watching people walk, around a track, often for days at a time.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Novel Sends Middle Grade Readers Steaming Into a Distant World

Writer Jaleigh Johnson
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Jaleigh Johnson talks about "The Mark of the Dragonfly" with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Jaleigh Johnson sends her middle-grade writers to a different world and back to the era of big steam engines in her new fantasy novel.

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Project Milwaukee
5:09 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Book: In Place of Slavery, Crime Statistics Were Used to Condemn African-Americans

The cover photo for Khalil Muhammad's book "The Condemnation of Blackness" was taken by Richard Hoe Lawrence and depicting what was called "A Downtown Morgue." It was included in Jacob Riis' "How the Other Half Lives."
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Khalil Gibran Muhammad on his book "The Condemnation of Blackness."

Reports that Wisconsin has the country's highest rate of incarcerating black men have sparked outrage and concern - including worries over how those statistics might be used to portray the state's black men. But it turns out these concerns are almost as old as the state itself.

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