Books

Arts & Culture
4:22 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

New Book Features "Eyes of India" and Work of Milwaukee Kids

Lake Effect's Nathan Royster speaks with Michael Greer about "The Eyes of India."

Art is often a leap of faith - an innate belief that your painting, or your music, or writing is going to touch people the way you intended. 

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Arts & Culture
3:12 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

From Meat Packer to Cultural Ambassador, Frederick Layton Gave Art to Milwaukee

"Portrait of Frederick Layton," by Eastman Johnson, 1893
Credit Dedra Walls, Milwaukee Art Museum

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews authors and historians Eric Vogel and John Eastberg about Frederick Layton.

His name may be common on Milwaukee street signs and in neighborhoods, but many people today really don't know Frederick Layton's importance to the cultural landscape of the city.

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Regional
3:59 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

From Bubblers to Brats, Exploring Wisconsin's Unique Language Landscape

A bubbler is called a water fountain for most of the rest of the country.
Credit joshme17/Flickr

Lake Effect's Rachel Bloom interviews professors Eric Raimy and Thomas Purnell about Wisconsin's unique linguistics.

Pickle patch. Bubbler. Tavern belly. Brats.

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Education
3:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

'Cold War University': Protests, Policies Divided Madison Community

The University of Wisconsin in Madison struggled to find a balance between Cold War policies and its student protests.
Credit Phil Roeder/Flickr

Lake Effect's Rachel Bloom interviews author Matthew Levin.

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Books
10:18 am
Thu August 29, 2013

True-to-Life Spies Threaten Union Cause in Civil War Novel

Thomas Martin Saturday's first story in the Eaton-Ellis series takes place in spring/summer of 1862, at the start of the Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War.
Credit Moving Train Books

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author Thomas Martin Saturday.

A new historical novel features a murder mystery in the midst of the Civil War.

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Novel Details How Character 'Became a Monster'

A new novel explores how a character breaks the cycle of abuse.
Credit Kathie Giorgio

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Waukesha author Kathie Giorgio.

Are some people just born evil? Or can our world, what we encounter in life, turn us evil?

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Getting a Chance to Answer Those 'What Ifs'

Though his new novel involves time-traveler, author Andrew Sean Greer says he doesn't write science fiction, but rather historical fiction.
Credit Harper Collins

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Andrew Sean Greer.

Most of us have "what-ifs" fogging up our lives.

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Politics & Government
12:37 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

What Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About Politics

A new book looks at the intersection of pop culture and political theory.
Credit The University Press of Kentucky

Lake Effect's Dan Harmon interviews Joseph Foy and Dean Kowalski about the book, "Homer Simpson Ponders Politics: Popular Culture as Political Theory."

The idea that pop culture is filled with parables and stories beneath the surface is nothing new.

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Arts & Culture
1:53 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Madison Author Examines Unhappy Marriage on the Shore in 'Sea Creatures'

Nationally known author Susanna Daniel is from Madison, but she'll be reading in Milwaukee tomorrow.
Credit Harper Collins

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich talks with author Susanna Daniel.

It took ten years for Wisconsin writer Susanna Daniel’s first novel to go from inception to bookstores. Stiltsville told the story of a long and generally happy marriage and its sad ending.

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Irish Fest
10:21 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Milwaukee's Irish "Ma Mary" Cared for Colombia's Poorest

Milwaukeean Mary McCormick created several programs to help the poor in Colombia.
Credit Marquette University Press

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews authors Don Mueller and Jacqueline Maggiore about the life of Milwaukee's "Ma Mary" McCormick.

An Irish Milwaukee mother’s faith leads her to the slums of Colombia. Her story is being told in the Irish Fest Cultural Village today.

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