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Consulate of India/Chicago

This Saturday Humboldt Park comes alive with the sights, sounds, and delicious food smells of IndiaFest Milwaukee. The day-long event is celebrating its 4th anniversary this year, and among the many honored guests attending will be the Consul General of India in Chicago, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed.

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Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank sees some unusual parallels between his own career and what Milwaukee is currently working through as a community:

Photo courtesy of Gianofer Fields

This piece originally aired July 23, 2016. 

If you are a lover of live music, you may have seen a few grey haired folks standing a bit too close to the stage.  According to Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields, they’re known as the Senior Scenesters and they aren't going anywhere. 

'This Weekend Wasn't an Isolated Event': Unpacking Milwaukee's Ongoing Tensions

Aug 15, 2016
Michelle Maternowski

After a fatal police shooting near Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood on Saturday, the area erupted into protests and chaos. For two consecutive nights, demonstrators took to the streets. Businesses were burned, people were injured, and Milwaukee's weekend of unrest made national headlines.


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Lake Effect contributor Stacy Tornio joins us every so often to talk about generally family-friendly adventures around the Midwest.  But by family-friendly, we generally mean activities that both kids and adults can enjoy.

But when you add grandparents or other older friends or family members to the mix, it can get a little more complicated to choose activities that work for everyone. 

Mitch Teich

The ancient Greek storyteller known as Aesop may or may not have really existed. The stories generally credited to Aesop are from the realm of the fantastic; they’re fables that seek to offer a lesson.

The employees of a Milwaukee manufacturing company recently might have thought they were hearing a fable. But it turned out to be a true story that was – for them – just as fantastic. And it goes by the name of ESOP, or Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

Ex Fabula: Vacation

Aug 13, 2016
Kathrine Schleicher

August is the most popular time of year to take a vacation. Some of us stay in town, while others go up north to squeeze all they can out of the nice weather, and some travel out-of-state to explore a new city or landscape. However we choose to spend our vacations, they tend to bring out the explorer in us.  While some people prefer the more traditional approach, of having a whole trip planned out in advance, others appreciate the surprise and wonder that a more 'improvised' vacation can bring.

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Going to the theater can be difficult for families with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. There are a lot of possible triggers. Bright lights, loud noises and other unexpected elements can be incredibly overwhelming. But theater can also be a great way to immerse kids in a culture that teaches empathy and encourages human connections. So how do you give kids those opportunities, while maintaining a safe environment?

Master Lock

Wisconsin-based company Master Lock attracted national headlines and a presidential visit a few years ago when it announced that it was bringing jobs back from overseas to its Milwaukee manufacturing plant.

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Later this month, the documentary Gleason will make its Milwaukee premiere in a private event. The film tells the heartwrenching story of Steve Gleason, a former NFL player who suffers from ALS.

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For the Oshkosh-based indie duo Auralai, classical training and musical instinct strike a balance. As cellist Stephanie Tschech may say she's "bound by music theory," her background makes for thoughtful arrangements that multi-instrumentalist Nate Lehner fills out with melody.


If you work for a big enough employer, it's likely that you've been urged to participate in the company's wellness program. It could be an educational seminar or an office-wide weight loss competition, something that incentivizes healthier lifestyle choices. The idea is healthy employees increase productivity and save a company money. 

The Nine

Nine former members of a religious sect have decided to put down roots in Wisconsin.  The tradition they left may not be well-known here, but their experience speaks to a more basic human issue – freedom to choose one’s own destiny.

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Open records and meetings laws are a fundamental part of our democracy. They ensure a level of government transparency, and allow citizens to hold public officials accountable for their actions.

In recent years we’ve seen some attacks on these laws in the state of Wisconsin, which have shocked the public conscience.

Lake Effect's coffee series continues in honor of national coffee month, this time traveling to Kickapoo Coffee. Located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, Kickapoo Coffee makes sustainability its mission while maintaining an atmosphere unique to most coffee shops.

"The vibe of the entire cafe will lead you to want to stick around a little bit more," says Kickapoo barista Joe Picchetti. "Whether it be just looking out the windows because there are so many right at the front of the cafe."