Books

Environment
10:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Author Simplifies Her Life, Builds and Lives In Tiny House

Credit 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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Environment
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.

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.
Credit Matthew Algeo Collection

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
Credit Mark Jones photo

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."
Credit Richard Hoe Lawrence

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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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.
Credit Barnes and Noble

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.
Credit Damian Gadal, flickr

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.

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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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.
Credit Manin the Moon, flickr

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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