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Original artwork by Ian Anastas / Cooperative Performance

Immigration, and the stories of immigrants, are front and center in this country - from the debate over the future of DACA, to the proposed border wall, no-fly lists and travel bans.  It is a challenging time to be an immigrant in this country.

Courtesy of Milwaukee Police Department

Ahead of his retirement, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn sat down with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich for a wide-ranging discussion about his time in office, the issues confronting Milwaukee today, and the challenges that will face the next Chief of Police.

Flynn’s tenure has been an eventful one. Violent crime has fallen, risen, and fallen again in the last decade. There have been several high-profile officer-involved shootings that have strained the relationship between some members of the community and members of the force.

Mitch Teich

Food writer Jeanette Hurt covers the Wisconsin cheese industry and occasionally visits the Lake Effect studio to offer some suggestions for your next get-together or even your next grilled cheese sandwich.

Hurt suspects that 2018 will be a big year for artisan and flavored cheese. "Not cheddar or colby, but the really good cheeses," she says. "The one's that have really interesting flavors."

Specialty cheese production in Wisconsin increased by seven percent last year, Hurt says, and will more than likely continue to grow.

American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY and Boston, MA

More than 50 years removed from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, a new Milwaukee exhibit is shining a light on the collaborative efforts of two groups in the struggle.

The Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s exhibit Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights examines the relationship between Jewish and African-American people - both nationally and in Milwaukee itself.

Juan-Miguel Hernandez

Each month cellist Robert Cohen joins Lake Effect to talk about life as a touring classical musician. This month, we find Cohen making a big professional change: After 6 years, he performed his final concerts as a member of the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet. Cohen is returning to a predominantly solo career.

Ross Zentner

According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of the word “equivocate” was in 1590. The dictionary further states the word has a couple of meanings: To use language especially with intent to deceive, and to avoid committing oneself in what one says.

Playwright Bill Cain says there is a further meaning, that equivocation can be a way to get to the deeper truth. How we use what appears to be the language of lies to tell a more profound truth is at the core of his 2009 play of the same name.

Max Thomsen

Milwaukee's manufacturing heyday was decades ago.  Along with the decline in that part of the economy, in recent years the city has had issues fostering innovation.  A study last fall by the Public Policy Forum showed that the city ranked near the bottom every year since 2006 for the number of business start-ups.

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Jeanne Theoharis has a new book on shelves following the success of her award-winning work, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. She teaches political science  at Brooklyn College.

Ken Lund / Flickr

People working to strengthen the entrepreneurial and innovation landscape in Milwaukee and Madison launched a new effort recently. Madwaukee Talks is a series of events organized by the Milwaukee Institute and StartingBlock Madison, and seeks to strengthen the economy of both cities.

Ex Fabula: First Time

Feb 3, 2018
Ex Fabula

Do you remember your first time? Your first kiss, your first time driving, first job interview, first broken bone, first time in a plane. There are universal firsts and then there are unique firsts and we’re looking forward to hearing all about them next week Wednesday at our February StorySlam. We’ll be returning to Lakefront Brewery on February 7th for our February StorySlam, "First Time." Will you make it your “First Time” telling a story?

UW-Madison School of Human Ecology

If you look to your left as you walk into the School of Human Ecology on the UW Madison campus, you will see something wondrous in the Design Gallery window. The exhibit is called "Whirling Return of the Ancestors: Egúngún Arts of the Yorùbá in Africa and Beyond." The garment in the window is worn in what's called a Masquerade.

Maayan Silver

Earlier this week, President Trump asked Republicans in Congress to pass his plan to provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants, in exchange for billions of dollars in funding for border security and efforts to reduce legal immigration.

A major event on the world sports stage is happening right now.  38 countries, from Australia to the United States to Romania are represented.  We are not, however, talking about the Winter Olympics.  The Roller Derby World Cup is going on right now in Manchester, in the United Kingdom. 

Joy Powers

More than a dozen teams from around the country are gathered in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. And although the competition has been in the small, tourist town for more than two decades, it actually started in Milwaukee.

Jonathan Daniel / Getty Image Sport

It's an exciting times for sports fans: Super Bowl 52 is Sunday in Minnesota and the Winter Olympics start next week. Locally, it’s been a busy, hot stove season for the Brewers, and the Bucks are seeing their fortunes improve after parting ways with their head coach.

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