Health & Science
4:57 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Essay: We Must Address Prescription Painkiller Addiction

A local doctor says patients, doctors and lawmakers need to come together to address prescription painkiller addiction.
Credit Kratka Photography/Flickr

Lake Effect essayist Nilesh Patel looks at the death of a well-known hockey player two years ago as evidence that change is needed inside and outside of sports:

I wish I had known about Derek Boogaard before he died.

The 28-year old Canadian was a fan favorite in the National Hockey League when he lost his battle to addictive prescription painkillers two years ago.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Essay: What Makes a True Haunted House

Essayist Liam Callanan argues that true haunted houses don't require an entrance fee.
Credit Sean MacEntee

We’re just a few days out from All Hallow’s Eve – Halloween is Thursday, and frightening opportunities abound.  Count Lake Effect essayist Liam Callanan as not all that excited.

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Economy & Business
5:20 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Essay: Why Amazon Will Now Collect Wisconsin Sales Tax

Amazon's logo

The news hit late last week that a new stream of sales tax revenue will soon be coming to the Badger State.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank tries to put the development in perspective.

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Arts & Culture
4:05 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Essay: The Fashionista

A fashion runway
Credit Sebastian Dooris/Flickr

Over a lifetime, Lake Effect essayist Cari Taylor-Carlson has weathered many changes. 

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Arts & Culture
1:59 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Essay: Fresh Faces on the Field

The Brewers' Sean Halton congratulations Khris Davis on his solo home run against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on Sept. 18.
Credit Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

If you missed the Brewers game yesterday, you missed your last opportunity to catch them at Miller Park this season. 

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Arts & Culture
6:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Essay: Lend a Friend Your Ears

Lend your friend an ear.
Credit Orin Zebest/Flickr

(Originally printed as "Listening," reprinted with permission from the blog "East of Eagle River.")

Gave away my ears the other day. It was to a friend. No, he had two of his own, so it wasn’t like a transplant. Anyway, while I was doing that I also pretty much zipped shut my mouth. Mostly I just sat there and listened to him.

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Arts & Culture
11:58 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Essay: Redefining Detroit

The world famous American Coney Island is in the heart of Detroit.
Credit John Roney/Flickr

At 5:45 a.m. on the morning of my last day in Detroit, I groggily emerge onto the street outside the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.

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Arts & Culture
5:38 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Essay: A New Yorker in Milwaukee on September 11, 2001

An American flag waves in the wind.
Credit Cristian Ramirez/Flickr

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and killed thousands.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Essay: The Ryan Braun Debacle

Ryan Braun in June 2013
Credit Marc Serota/Getty Images

In 2004, after Paul Molitor was elected to the Baseball Hall-of-Fame, and as the Brewers were limping along to win about 67 games a season, a friend wrote to me, "The Brewers will never have more than two players in the Baseball Hall-of-Fame. Ever! That sucks!"

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Essay: Anticipating New Year's...Already

School has just started, and already some of our listeners are looking ahead to New Year’s.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank is one such person.

Lank was an award-winning reporter and columnist at the Milwaukee Sentinel and Journal Sentinel for more than 35 years. He lives in in Whitefish Bay and his freelance work has appeared in Milwaukee Magazine and Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine, among other places.

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