Books

Arts & Culture
2:17 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Minnesotan Murder Mansion Inspires 'Gothic Suspense Novel'

The site of a real-life, infamous double murder inspired the setting in Wendy Webb's new novel.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Wendy Webb.

With a dark history full of shipwrecks and shoreline mansions with murderous tenants, Lake Superior is a perfect albeit eerie setting for ghost stories.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Think Getting into College is Hard? Novel's 'Testing' is Downright Brutal

Joelle Charbonneau's first young adult novel puts a young girl in a dystopian future where college entrance exams are brutal.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews dystopian young adult fiction writer Joelle Charbonneau.

Today’s ACT and SAT exams can be brutal, but in author Joelle Charbonneau's new book, some college admission tests are even lethal.

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Arts & Culture
11:34 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Soldiers' Letters Illustrate Wisconsin's Military History

Soldiers' published letters in newspapers helped maintain and pass on Wisconsin's involvement in the Civil War.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci speaks with John Zimm about the letters of Wisconsin's soldiers from the Civil War.

One family’s scrapbook became a powerful resource for Wisconsin’s involvement in the Civil War.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Rock Island Lighthouse Sets Scene for Historical Mystery Novel

Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Rock Island
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author Kathleen Ernst.

The shores beneath a historic lighthouse become a crime scene in a new murder mystery from Kathleen Ernst.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

A Short Bright Flash: French Physicist's Lens Revolutionized Lighthouses

Point Reyes Lighthouse in San Francisco, Calif.
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As we mark National Lighthouse Day, we hear about the technology that saved lives and built empires.

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Regional
12:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

New Dictionary Defines Bubbler, Sheepshead and Other Wisconsin Terms

The Dictionary of American Regional English defines geographically specific words and terms
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Lake Effect's Amy Kylie talks to Joan Houston Hall about The Dictionary of American Regional English

If you’ve celebrated a golden birthday, played Sheepshead or directed a thirsty friend to the bubbler … you are probably a cheesehead.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Michael Perry on the Wisdom We Can Gain from Our Elders

Michael Perry on his farm.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Michael Perry.

Musician, author and pig farmer, Michael Perry discusses his novel, Visiting Tom.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Mon August 5, 2013

'Bootstrapper' Refuses to Sell Family Farm

Mardi Jo Link's memoir

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich talks with author Mardi Jo Link.

It’s the quintessential American idea of resilience: pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps.

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Health & Science
11:02 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Deaf-Blind Milwaukee Woman Pens Inspiring Life Story

Ruth Silver gives insight into her life in her autobiography "Invisible: My Journey through Vision and Hearing Loss."
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Founder of the Center of Deaf-Blind Persons Ruth Silver speaks with Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci about her autobiography.

The Director Emeritus of the Center for Deaf-Blind Persons says disabled people have the ability to live independent lives.

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Books
3:19 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Author Lives According to Martha Stewart - and Finds It's a Good Thing

As part of her year of "Living," author Jen Lancaster learned to knit.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author Jen Lancaster.

An author spends a year living following the philosophy of Martha Stewart.

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