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Education
2:41 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

How Writing And Grammar Reflects A Society

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Why is so much academic writing basically unreadable? Steven Pinker says the writers are cursed with too much knowledge. 

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

A Caregiver's Reflection On Alzheimer's

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The death of Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi this week of complications from Alzheimer’s has many of us thinking about our parents, our grandparents, even ourselves. 

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Arts & Culture
10:44 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Wisconsin Inspires Murder And Intrigue In New Mystery Novels

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Michael Giorgio is a longtime Wisconsin resident who lives in Waukesha; Nanci Rathbun is a longtime Wisconsinite who left for Tennessee for a time before coming back. But regardless of where they live, the Badger State is front and center in both writers’ new mystery novels.

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Arts & Culture
2:26 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

'House of Coates' Novel Takes Readers to Society's Fringes

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The people who inhabit Minnesota writer Brad Zellar’s novel, House of Coates, are all around us, but most of us rarely notice them.

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Tue October 14, 2014

New Novel Explores The Appeal Of The Northwoods

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For many of us, the northwoods are a place to get away for a while, and maybe recharge before returning to the rat race of city life.

For the characters in Wisconsin-native Rebecca Rasmussen’s new novel, the northwoods are part and parcel of their life. Evergreen tells the story of three generations who are connected to a remote community of sorts in northern Minnesota. 

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Arts & Culture
3:27 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Modern Day Explorer Embraces Adventure In All Its Forms

Chris Guillebeau visited every country in the world, and the lessons he learned are the topic of his latest book, "The Happiness of Pursuit."
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Author Chris Guillebeau has made a name for himself encouraging people to think differently.

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Arts & Culture
11:51 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Wisconsin Writer Examines El Salvador, Where Third Of Population Has Moved to U.S.

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El Salvador is a long way from the University of Wisconsin-Whiterwater. But writer and social work professor Jim Winship has made the trip many times. 

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Arts & Culture
10:42 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New Book On Frank Lloyd Wright Goes Beyond Architecture

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
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Frank Lloyd Wright is best known for his architectural designs. But a new book argues that it’s his thinking itself that was truly visionary.

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Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Besty Woodman Novel Takes Readers To 1960s India

Emeralds Included

The India we see in books, movies, and television feels like an exotic place – certainly, nothing like southeastern Wisconsin. But the India of Betsy Woodman’s novels might seem more familiar to a Wisconsinite, and at the same time, exotic to people living in that country today.

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Arts & Culture
3:17 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Art After Choas: A New Perspective In A Post-Apocalyptic Novel

St. John Mandel's post-apocalyptic novel follows characters in a theater troupe before and after the planet's population was decimated by sickness.
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The vision of the end of civilization in Emily St. John Mandel’s new novel would be chilling enough – a fast-moving plague from overseas wipes out nearly everyone it touches – even without the real-life Ebola outbreak killing people in Africa.

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