Lake Effect

Environment
10:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Acoustic Ecologist Sets His Sights On Saving The World's Dwindling Quiet Places

Four area nature centers invited acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton to speak at a collaborative Earth Day event in April.
Credit S Bence

While in town for a series of talks and walks in nature preserves and environmental centers in the Milwaukee area, WUWM's Susan Bence met up with internationally-known acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton.

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World
4:39 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Essay: Fourth of July - Reflection and Renewal

U.S. Marine Corps soldiers participate in a parade.
Credit Wiki Commons image

The Fourth of July weekend celebrates community, local as well as national. Parades featuring people in uniform - scouts, firefighters and police as well as the military – traditionally are a fixture. Military uniforms remind us of the role of war in our history – and present. The current Veterans Administration scandals remind us of how serious related problems can become.

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Regional
4:19 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bradford Beach 'Set' For Stop On Pro Volleyball Tour

All are welcome to Bradford Beach this weekend for the AVP beach volleyball tournament
Mitch Teich

Update, 8:30 p.m., July 3: Big Bend native Bill Kolinske successfully advanced out of the qualifying round and will play in the main draw this weekend.

The Milwaukee Brewers are out of town over this long weekend, but sports fans have another – unique option to scratch their pro sports itch.  The Association of Volleyball Professionals professional beach volleyball tour makes a full stop in Milwaukee this weekend for the first time since the late ‘90s. 

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Regional
3:15 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Seeking Summer Thrills? Take on Goliath at Six Flags

Six Flags Great American's latest attraction takes the theme park back to it roots with a new wooden roller coaster.
Stephanie Lecci

Summer is here as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, go to the beach, have picnics, and plan road trips. For many in the Midwest, summertime and Six Flags naturally go together. This year a brand new roller coaster – Goliath – breaks not one, but three world records.

John Krajnak, Six Flags Marketing Director says, “this might be the best ride in our park right now…it’s the tallest and steepest drop on any wooden coaster on the planet, and it is the fastest wooden coaster on the planet at 72 miles per hour. It is a phenomenal ride.”

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Arts & Culture
2:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Milwaukee's N'awlins Brass Band, Stubby Chubbz, Livens Up the City's Music Scene

The brass and percussion of Stubby Chubbz Brass Band.
Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

Throughout most of the country, funerals are a time of grieving for family members, mourning the loss of a loved one. New Orleans is the exception: they celebrate the life of the loved one, often accompanied by loud brass instruments playing down the street.

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Politics & Government
10:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Sheldon Lubar On Milwaukee: Then, Now, and the Future

Sheldon Lubar is a Milwaukee native, founder and chairman of the private investment firm, Lubar and Company.
Credit www.lubar.com

Philanthropist Sheldon Lubar made headlines in the last few years for his outspoken views on reforming Milwaukee County government.  Many of the changes at the board of supervisors level influenced by Lubar are going into effect - though their effects are yet to be measured.

Despite Lubar's public political stances, he never pursued elected office for himself - though he served in the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Milwaukee Magazine Feature on "A Different Kind of Democrat"

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will face Governor Scott Walker in the upcoming November election.
Credit burkeforwisconsin.com

The start of July means we are roughly four months away from Election Day, the first Tuesday in November.  Wisconsin’s race for Governor will be among the most closely watched in the country, with Scott Walker facing his second challenge since he was elected four years ago.

Walker, who dispatched a recall challenge in defeating Tom Barrett two years ago, will likely face businesswoman and former state Commerce Secretary Mary Burke.

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Son Makes a 'Casebook' on His Parents' Lives

Casebook: A novel by Mona Simpson was released in April.
Credit Boswell Books

When you are a kid, a lot of the world seems like a mystery in need of figuring out.  And probably the most obvious example of that is figuring out your parents.

That’s what Miles Adler-Hart sets out to do from a pretty young age.  He’s the fictional hero of Green Bay native Mona Simpson’s latest novel, Casebook.  Miles goes so far as to employ investigative techniques to snoop on his mother as she and his father divorce, and she starts dating the mysterious Eli.

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Politics & Government
12:59 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Numbers Help Police Predict Upcoming Crimes

Crime analysts can help determine where and when crimes will take place.
Credit Raymond Boyd, Getty Images

Over the last few months, there have been periodic outbreaks of violence in Milwaukee during the weekends, or other several day stretches, with sudden increases in shootings or other criminal unrest.

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Goat's Floats Company Run By Kids Who Want To Help Other Kids

Noah Godsell (second from right), president, and CEO of Goat’s Floats, and his Goat's Floats team
Credit www.facebook.com/GoatsFloats

Noah Godsell, creator of Goat's Floats, and Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, spoke with Mitch Teich on their shared learning experiences running a root beer float stand.

Did you have a summer job when you were a kid? 12-year old Noah Godsell has a summer job, and as a result, so do about a dozen of his friends and peers.

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