Lake Effect

Andy Stenz

Milwaukee’s Bel Canto Chorus has been making music for almost 90 years. The organization offers local singers a chance to perform a wide choral repertoire at a high standard.

As a part of the community in which it performs, the group has always presented concerts that reflect on current events. This Wednesday’s concert, The Immigrant Story, is no exception.

Mitch Teich

Kirsten Wisniewski is a Milwaukee native who has working in language and skills education in the US and Europe for the past 5 years. She is perpetually confused for someone much younger, often being mistaken for a student herself. Wisniewski is back to living stateside, but thinks frequently about the young people who have made an impact on her over the years, including one she met on a train:

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Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea is continuing to erupt, sending gas and molten lava from the earth. The lava has destroyed property and raised health concerns related to its poisonous gases, and there are fears that the eruption may continue to get more violent in the coming days.

There is much that scientists understand about the mechanics of a volcano, but still plenty of answers yet to be found. George Stone is a retired professor of natural sciences at Milwaukee Area Technical College and he joins Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to talk about volcano science.

All Stars Preview: Part 4

May 12, 2018
Art Montes

The Ex Fabula All Stars preview continues, with a look back at the audience favorites from earlier this year. The big season finale event will be on May 18, and feature some of our favorite story-tellers from the past year. 

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Mother’s Day is Sunday. While it’s a time where we traditionally give thought to the influence our own mothers have had on our lives, a UW-Milwaukee researcher is studying the broader impact of motherhood. 

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There are some notable addresses and iconic homes around the United States, but one has stood the test of time and remains the largest home on U.S. soil.  The Biltmore Estate, built in the late 19th century in Ashville, North Carolina, is a colossal mansion built by George Vanderbilt.

Marvel Studios

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the 19th installment in the Marvel universe is on screens around the world.  Avengers: Infinity War recently became the fastest movie to earn one billion dollars.

It is jampacked with everyone’s favorite superheroes -  Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther...  But do those epic proportions work to the advantage or the detriment of the story at the heart of the film? 

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It's not for us to say, but chances are you're familiar with the wonderful, wonderful voice of Johnny Mathis (and bonus points if you caught all of those song references).  Mathis recorded his first song in 1955, his first album in 1956, and has recorded 78 albums since then.  Most recently, his 1982 album, I Love My Lady, was released for the first time on vinyl - in time for this year's Record Store Day.

Michelle Maternowski / WUWM

Milwaukee County’s Public Safety building is long past the point where it is simply aging. The building was built with a jail inside in 1929. Prisoners were moved to a newer facility more than 25 years ago and the building now mainly houses courtrooms and legal offices.

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Wallace Abbey captured images of trains and how railroads played a role in shaping large cities for decades, beginning in the 1940s.  And in doing that, the late photographer chronicled not just how the railroad industry changed over 70 years, but how our culture shifted.

Abbey, who died in 2014, was a longtime Milwaukee-based photographer and an editor at Trains magazine in the 1950s.

Essay: Kitchen Clean Up

May 9, 2018
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Lake Effect essayist Marnie Mamminga chronicles the end of another era very close to home:

It was always a bit messy.

Nothing too serious. A few crumbs on the counter, a cabinet door ajar, a couple of dishes sitting in the sink, a trail of something scattered across the floor.

But I didn’t mind.  It didn’t need to be spic and span or glistening perfect.  What was best about my kitchen was that it was a happy gathering place.

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For nearly a decade, experts have been predicting the nursing shortage. The situation has reached a critical mass here in Milwaukee, with more institutions looking for ways to train more nurses. 

"Nurses are broadening their medical care and interaction with patients in all types of realms, and so that has then increased - even more - the demand for nurses," says Cheryl Bailey, dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences at Mount Mary University. 

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Wisconsin is currently facing a nursing crisis, but the nursing gap has been building around the world. Christie Watson experienced it in the UK, where she worked as a registered nurse for 20 years before becoming a novelist and pursuing writing full-time.

"People aren't aspiring to be nurses because they don't really understand what the job is because there's not enough out there about the job. And certainly literature and memoirs play a part in that, I think," she notes.

Mitch Teich

The cover art for singer-songwriter Mark Erelli's latest album is a throwback.  It's made out to look like a cassette, with Erelli's last name spelled out in the font that a generation of music listeners will recognize - letters that would have spelled out the tape brand Maxell.

Claudia Delgadillo

Last week, thousands of people gathered to march for A Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants in Waukesha. The first of May is also known as May Day, which is celebrated to honor workers in many countries.

People from across Wisconsin marched to support immigrants' right and in opposition of the 287(g) program that Waukesha's Sheriff Eric Severson applied for last year. This program allows the sheriff to train his deputies as immigration agents; however, the sheriff's model would only be enforced in the county jails. 

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