Lake Effect

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Tuesday night, an organization whose work is tied specifically toward civil discourse, honors the legacy of its namesake.  The Zeidler Legacy event highlights not just the power of facilitated dialogue, but Milwaukee's mayor who served from 1948 to 1960. Frank Zeidler was the last Socialist mayor of a major American city and spent much of his life after leaving office as a mediator of disputes. 

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School finance can be a tangled web.

The combination of federal, state and local funding formulas that play into classroom budgets is enough to make one's head spin. Nonetheless, the budgeting process is an annual task for school districts.

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Developments in Washington have been coming at a breakneck pace in recent weeks, from the firing of FBI director James Comey to the changing explanations for it, to allegations that President Trump shared classified intelligence with Russian diplomats, to the appointment of a Justice Department special counsel to continue the probe into Russian influence in US electoral politics.

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Romantic comedies geared towards general audiences can often be clean-cut, full of predictable plots, romantic and escapist.

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What sets a great hotel apart?  A comfortable mattress?  A clean room?  Maybe a spiffy bathrobe or a fine restaurant? But above all - memorable service.

The Milwaukee Hilton City Center hotel has a new staff member that will make even the fussiest guest… paws.

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Earlier this year, WUWM highlighted racial disparities in our Project Milwaukee series: Segregation Matters. The series looked at the history of segregation in the city and how it impacts things like housing, health care, and education.

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Pasties, or meat pies, are a staple of Wisconsin’s north country cuisine.  But it’s safe to say that once you see the classic Steven Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, you’ll never view meat pies the same again.

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Last month, the House passed legislation intended to repeal and replace one of the Obama Administration's signature legacies: the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Most analysts believe the bill, called the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, faces a very uncertain future in the Senate, which hasn't formally begun debate on the bill. 

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The old maxim goes that looks can be deceiving.  In the case of singer-songwriter Carmel Mikol's new album, sounds can be deceiving as well.

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The musical duo of Sara and Kenny may seem like an unlikely pairing of a classical guitarist from Italy with a classical pianist from Brookfield.

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There was a time when most people got their weather news in one of two ways: either from a broadcast meteorologist on TV or radio, or from the weather page in the print edition of the daily newspaper.

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The Jazz Estate has been hosting jazz groups in Milwaukeesince at least the 1970s, but the building itself was first built in the late 1890s. 

"The family that owned it, they sort of owned it off and on through the entire time. They were really huge fans of music," says John Dye, the current owner of The Jazz Estate. "The story is that one of the old owners went to World War II and came back with a love of jazz music. So it was just sort of this change in his life that brought him to appreciate jazz." 

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Milwaukee’s surf band –The Revomatics – made their first Lake Effect appearance two years ago when they released their first album, We Come In Peace.

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There are volumes of books dedicated to the art of interpreting poetry. And often, poetry is a way for writers to re-interpret the world around them and search for understanding. Writer Christianna Fritz' poems "After the Proposal," and "Meeting Her," do exactly that. 

The first poem explores the motives and complicated lives of characters in another, longer piece by Fritz. The second is a re-imagination of her grandmother, whom she never met, and what her life was like on the family farm.

After the proposal

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It's Mother's Day weekend. Time for afternoon brunches, a large spike in flower sales, and Mom’s stories about you as a child, guaranteed to turn your embarrassment dial up to 11.

Thirty years ago, sixteen year old Liz Wermcrantz penned an epic letter to her mother, Ellen Wermcrantz, filled with teenaged angst. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields shares both sides of that mother daughter moment and learns that when it comes to honoring our mothers, one weekend may not be enough:

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