Books

Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Book: Milwaukee Once Had a Strong Underground Punk Rock Scene

Steve Nodine's "The Cease is Increase" explores the underground world of Milwaukee's punk scene.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with author Steve Nodine.

If you were in your teens or early twenties in Milwaukee from, say, the late '70s to early '80s, you certainly had your pick of local punk rock bands to follow.

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Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Writing as a Way of Thinking & Discovering

Writing helps people think and discover themselves and the world around them.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with author Scott Russell Sanders.

Writer Scott Russell Sanders is loved by many for novels and essays, many of which carry a nature theme.  But while the environment does play a significant, vital role in his books such as A Conservationist Manifesto and his latest, Divine Animal, it’s not the only issue that he writes about.

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Books
4:22 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

'The Rosie Project's' Moral Dilemma: Can You Laugh at Someone with a Disability?

Author Graeme Simsion’s new novel features a protagonist with Aspberger's.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Graeme Simsion, author of “The Rosie Project."

Of all the leads in romantic comedies, the hero of Australian author Graeme Simsion’s novel "The Rosie Project" is probably among the least likely: Don Tillman is a science-minded geneticist who likely has Asperger's.

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Books
4:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Four Fantasy Novels That Ask Real Life Questions

Philip Martin's "Purpose of Fantasy" details twelve must-read fantasy books.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews fantasy author Philip Martin.

Every year, awards like the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award honor what many people think of as “serious” fiction - weighty titles wrestling with weighty issues in a way that’s sometimes accessible, sometimes less so.

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Arts & Culture
5:34 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Move Over, Newsman: Media Ethicist Says We're All Journalists Today

Kelly McBride says that we are all journalists in the 21st century.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with Kelly McBride.

Do you think of yourself as a journalist? One media ethicist says you should - and you should follow the rules that go along with the title.

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Books
3:50 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Wisconsin Native Puts a Young Adult Spin on 'When Harry Met Sally'

Elizabeth Eulberg's "Better Off Friends" is her first book set in her home state of Wisconsin.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Elizabeth Eulberg.

The iconic 1989 romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally," starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, asked a pretty adult question: “Can a man and a woman be just friends?”

Twenty-five years later, a new novel for young adult is trying tries to take on that very same premise. 

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Arts & Culture
12:24 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

POEMS: Milwaukee Writer Explores 'Addicts & Basements'

Robert Vaughan's first full-length book features poems, short stories and prose-poems about the darker side of human nature.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author and poet Robert Vaughan.

Milwaukee author and poet Robert Vaughan - known to WUWM listeners as the editor of our Flash Fiction Fridays editor - has just published his first full-length book, Addicts and Basements.

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Regional
4:48 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Prost? Try Lloniannau, Since Milwaukee's First Brewers Were Actually Welsh

Frederick Miller was one of Milwaukee's four beer barons to gave back to the community.
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Lake Effect's Eleanor Peterson interviews author and historian Brenda Magee.

Every summer, thousands of people come to Milwaukee to celebrate German Fest with a pint or two of Milwaukee’s German beer.

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Health & Science
1:47 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Modern Medical Practices come from 19th Century Quackery and Your Mother

Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine explores the different forms of 19th Century "quackery" that we use today.
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Erika Janik speaks with Lake Effect's Eleanor Peterson.

Mom is the first person many of us turn to when we are sick. She has that certain magic touch and knows what we need in order to feel better.

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Exclusive Audio: A Conversation with Author Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
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Sue Monk Kidd’s latest book,  The Invention of Wings, is a novel, but it’s based on the very real lives of sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimké, abolitionists and suffragists in the first half of the 19th Century. Their story is little told outside of academic circle, but Kidd would argue that it’s just as important, and just as interesting.

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