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*July 12, 2016

A two-day national workshop on putting last year's report recommendations into practice goes through today at the National Academies of Science in Washington.  You can follow the discussion on Twitter.

A Milwaukee researcher was one of the key figures behind a landmark report on treating cardiac arrest in the United States.

Susan Bence

For people familiar with the Urban Ecology Center, the name Ken Leinbach is often mentioned in the same breathe.

Today, the center shines bright as a model of environmental education and stewardship. However, a quarter century ago, the Urban Ecology Center, or UEC, began humbly in a trailer plunked above the Milwaukee River near Riverside High School.

Leinbach is credited with building its super-green flagship complex, as well as additional centers in Washington Park and the Menomonee Valley.

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For many, summertime means beach trips, boating and a slew of outdoor activities. It’s a time to get outside and take in the fresh air, but it also means more sun exposure. 

"As adults, we don't lay out on a daily basis. We go from the car to the house, and those are little bits of sun that we get everyday," says dermatologist, Dr. Debra Scarlett. "And just like hitting something; you hit something enough times it breaks. That's just like skin cells. If you hit skin cells enough times eventually they will break, the DNA will become abnormal, and a skin cancer can form."

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It's been nearly a year since Julien Baker released her debut record Sprained Ankle, and she's already found a devoted and passionate following. In a matter of months, Baker went from a regular opening act to a consistent headliner, playing for audiences of individuals who each have a unique connection to her music.

Poem: Chappaquiddick

Jul 11, 2016
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It has been a tumultuous time in the United States, these past few days.  And it’s easy to think of ourselves on the crest of an historical wave.

But as a work by Milwaukee poet John Koethe makes clear, no one generation has a monopoly on social turmoil:

I hate believing that I grew up in a country
Better than the one I live in now. We were vaguely
Middle-class: my mother was a schoolteacher,
My father a Navy NCO, a former concert violinist

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  *From October 17th, 2015

Closing out the Milwaukee Film Festival is a documentary about an adaptation of a film. The movie at the heart of it all is the 1981 classic - Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was a film that so impressed a couple of Mississippi kids back in the ‘80s that they set out to remake the movie, shot for shot.  However, they ended up one scene short.

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This week we’re celebrating the upcoming Doors Open Milwaukee with two different stories about life in and around this city we call “Home.”

Gianofer Fields

For many of us bread is a staple. It's a simple mixture of flour, water, salt, and yeast. However, Chef Gene Webb says what we call yeast is actually a complex mixture of microbes and one of the major factors in determining flavor. 

In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Chef Webb shares the science behind baking a great loaf of bread, something he's been doing from a long time:

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Political analysts around the world are trying to make sense of three ongoing phenomena: the success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the adamancy of Bernie Sanders and his supporters, and the Brexit vote in the UK.

There are obviously some key differences between these issues, but writer and Milwaukee native Sandy Tolan thinks there is one major factor at work in nearly all the stories of voter dissatisfaction around the world.  That factor, he says, is globalization. 

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Illinois writer Mary Kubica attracted fans and received plenty of critical praise for her first two suspense novels, The Good Girl and Pretty Baby. And those fans haven’t been disappointed by her latest, either.

Don’t You Cry is the story of a Chicago woman’s sudden disappearance and the unexpected revelations her roommate learns in the search to find out what happened. 

U.S. Navy

We have miles and miles of shoreline here in southeastern Wisconsin, but it’s not a place you would necessarily associate with the Navy. But the Dairy State is not only home to many veterans, it's also where the U.S.S. Milwaukee was commissioned, and it's a frequent destination for the Navy's Blue Angels. 

"Milwaukee is as much a Navy town as Chicago is," says Terry Prince, Force Master Chief of Navy Medicine and director of the Hospital Corps. 

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Musician Jack Spann was previously featured on Lake Effect a few months ago to talk about his work with David Bowie and going solo.  The New York-based musician is practically at home in Milwaukee with his latest album, Time Time Time Time Time, pulled together with the support of local producer Gary Tanin. 

Essay: A Wedding and a Divorce

Jul 7, 2016
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Lake Effect essayist Kirsten Wisniewski had a unique view of the Brexit fallout.  The Milwaukee native, who has been teaching in Austria for two years, found herself in the UK in the days following the historic vote, and found herself trying to understand it:

Sing Me a Story

Hundreds of thousands of people are going through the turnstiles along the Lake Michigan shore at Summerfest this week, and many of them will see headliner shows at the Marcus Amphitheatre. But these concert-goers most-likely won't notice an unassuming RV parked near the entrance to the amphitheatre.

Hugues Argence

Often, our On That Note segment recordings take place with Bonnie North in the Lake Effect studio, and cellist Robert Cohen in some far-flung place where he is performing, either on his own or as part of the Fine Arts Quartet.

However for this edition, Cohen came by the studio with his cello to not only perform some Bach pieces, but talk about their unique qualities.

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