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Health & Science
3:46 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Actor Michael York Embraces His Role As RENEWAL Project Ambassador

Since being diagnosed with amyloidosis, Michael York has served as an ambassador for raising awareness of the rare and destructive disease.
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Actor Michael York is known for heralded roles in films as diverse as Cabaret, Logan’s Run, and the Austin Powers movies.  But today, the actor hopes to stand in a spotlight of a different kind.

York suffers from a condition called amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when an abnormal protein called amyloid builds up in your organs. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can be life threatening. Unfortunately there is not yet a cure for the disease, but there are treatments available that can help manage symptoms.

The RENEWAL Project seeks to raise awareness and research dollars for the condition. It is based at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where Doctor Parameswaran Hari is a leading researcher into the disease.

York was in Milwaukee this morning to launch the RENEWAL project, and he recently joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North in the studio along with RENEWAL Project coordinator Paul McComas over the phone.

"It's primed at a time when significant things are happening all over the world. It's so rare, it's 150,000 people in the United States and Europe combined," says York. "So I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had - finally - the correct diagnosis."

Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Top 10 Books To Gift In 2014

What books make good gifts? According to Boswell Book Company's Daniel Goldin, the book must have a visual component.

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Politics & Government
1:37 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wisconsin Writer Sees Discontent with Partisan Politics Reaching Critical Mass

Blue Jeans in High Place by Mike McCabe

Congress is taking up a one trillion dollar spending bill that would keep the federal government in business through the end of the fiscal year. But that news is unlikely to signal a watershed new era in bipartisan cooperation in the capital.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Turns Out The Movie 'Interstellar' Is Not So Stellar

The film "Interstellar" chronicles the adventures of explorers who make use of a wormhole to travel in order to find a new place for humans to relocate after the Earth has turned scarce and desolate.
Credit interstellar-movie.com

For many people, their strongest connection to science is in the form of reading or watching science fiction. 

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Arts & Culture
3:10 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Psychobabble Essay: The Advantages Of Flexibility

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All of us face challenges in life – big ones, small ones, and challenges in between.  In fact, there are days when life can seem like a constant struggle to keep all the juggling balls in the air before they come crashing down. 

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Health & Science
11:20 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Science is Everywhere! A Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Credit Patrick Queen for Columbia Magazine

There aren’t many scientists who are out and out celebrities.

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Regional
4:12 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Bucks, Badgers, Packers - It's Good To Be A Wisconsin Sports Fan

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass during the NFL game against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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Last weekend, the Green Bay Packers got through the closest game they’ve played in a while. 

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Regional
3:53 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Members of a Milwaukee Group Work for Peace in the Middle East

Members of Jewish Voice For Peace participate in Ferguson protests.
Credit Jewish Voice For Peace / facebook.com

Tensions continue to run high in Israel, following the murders of several rabbis by Palestinian militants in a Jerusalem synagogue last month, and recent efforts by the conservative government to formally declare Israel as a Jewish state.

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Arts & Culture
3:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

'GlamourTango' Pays Tribute To Women In Tango

GlamourTango
Credit Bonnie North

When most people think of tango, they think of sex.  And that’s by design – the music and dance originated in the bordellos of Bueno Aires at the turn of the last century.

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Politics & Government
3:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Taking Stock of Senator Tammy Baldwin

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It’s been just over a month since sweeping victories by Republican candidates around the country, and here in Wisconsin. 

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