Lake Effect

Rachel Morello

Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello scans through her notes and gives us the scoop about what’s happening in schools around the greater Milwaukee area. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz!

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LGBTQ representation in the media has been gaining significant ground in recent years on TV shows such as Orange is the New Black, Transparent, Modern Family, the public spotlight on Caitlyn Jenner, and even the recent reboot of Will and Grace. However, while representation grows, it does not cover the full spectrum of the LGBTQ culture.

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At last report from the Interagency Fire Center, two significant wildfires continue to burn in California. They’ve already charred more than 111-thousand acres. And while the threat to life and property is dying down, the effects of California’s wildfire season this year will not soon be forgotten.

The fires killed people and had a potentially devastating effect on the Napa Valley region, where many of the country’s finest wines are produced from grapes grown there. But Lake Effect contributor Ray Fister says the wineries are still open for business. 

Feast of Crispian

In a neon-lit rehearsal room in the basement of the UW-Milwaukee theatre building, a troupe of actors is blocking a scene from Othello. As Shakespeare’s words fill the room, you begin to notice the unit patches on the actors' jackets, the pins on hats.

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Most people aren’t able to say that they work with data from the South Pole, but Justin Vandenbroucke is the exception.

Vandenbroucke is an assistant professor in the physics department at UW-Madison, and specializes in high-energy astrophysical neutrinos. He works with data from the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory.

"Neutrinos are sub-atomic particles that have no charge, so they’re kind of like neutrons, but they also have very little mass so they’re even less massive than protons and electrons,” he explains.

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John Mather shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work with the Cosmic Background Explorer, or COBE. Launched in 1989, the satellite was instrumental in developing our understanding of cosmic microwave background radiation.

So, what is that? 

"The cosmic background is the sort of light and heat that come to us from all directions, way out there from the distant universe. So not coming from objects, but from whatever is really, way farther beyond that," Mather explains. 

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Nora Jane Struthers has made a pretty big splash with her latest album. Champion earned a glowing review from rock critic Ken Tucker on Fresh Air recently, and the record got its streaming debut through the NPR website.

Mark Frohna

The Milwaukee Ballet is opening its season with a production of artistic director Michael Pink’s adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme. But just recently, the Milwaukee Ballet performers could be be seen on another stage in town, working with the Florentine Opera in their production of The Merry Widow

Pink says working with other artistic organizations in Milwaukee is an opportunity to introduce audiences to everything the city has to offer. 

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Although the general public may have reservations about the future of electric cars, car makers are plowing forward.  Chevrolet announced earlier this month that the company is moving towards an all-electric future.  That word comes as Tesla continues to scale up production of a growing line of cars.

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Lake Effect essayist Jim Spangler wishes politicians would read more Shakespeare, especially the line in Richard III that goes, “When words are scarce, they are seldom wasted.”

Spangler himself tries to take that lesson to heart in covering three separate topics in the span of one essay, starting with the demise of the family reunion:

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Have you ever felt “stuck” and gone out for a walk or run by yourself and suddenly find clarity about something that was bothering you? Or perhaps you’ve been on a walk with a co-worker or on a road trip with a friend, and you find the stories just pouring out of you.

Letting your mind wander as your body moves has a powerful positive effect. In this day and age where “sitting is the new smoking,” William Pullen, a psychotherapist based in London, is harnessing the power of joining movement with mindfulness.

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Most people who interact with cats on a regular basis have had at least a few perplexing moments with them. Human beings look at cats as fairly inscrutable animals, but cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy would argue that a lot of that confusion comes from what he terms “looking at cats through dog colored glasses.”

Gianofer Fields

Terese Agnew is a Wisconsin artist who, in collaboration with a number of artists, created Writing in Stone, an exhibit designed to foster questions about how we remember those who have gone before us.

Ex Fabula: Battle of Wits

Oct 28, 2017
Art Montes

Trick or treat. Thousands of costumed kids will hit the Milwaukee streets this weekend sing-song-ing those very words. And it’s Milwaukee, so hundreds of adults will hit the Milwaukee nightlife looking for some tricks and treats of their own. So this week, we looked for some fun Ex Fabula stories that delivered both a trick and a treat.

Audrey Nowakowski

For the inaugural Lake Effect On-Site, the team headed to the Rafters Room at Three Cellars in Oak Creek. The conversation focused on this southern Milwaukee County community's rapid growth. 

Looking around modern Oak Creek, the huge developments taking place would have come as a surprise to the people who called the area home a hundred years ago. In fact, Oak Creek wasn’t even incorporated as a city until the 1950s.

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