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This week we’re featuring two stories from women who spoke up when they recognized disparities in race relations. Rather than staying silent, each woman stood her ground in very different situations that involved a similar theme, race and identity.

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There have been plenty of influential musicians portrayed in biographies on the silver screen. Award-winning depictions from that of Mozart in Amadeus, Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Ray Charles in Ray.

The makers of I Saw the Light hope it follows in those substantial footsteps. Tom Hiddleston sheds his natural English accent to portray country star Hank Williams and all the pain Williams endured in his life.

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The Milwaukee Bucks agreed yesterday to a 30-year lease on the new arena, which they hope to begin construction on this summer. They’ll pay a minimum of a million dollars a year to the Wisconsin Center District. Meanwhile, another nearby project the Bucks are partnered with also took a step forward this week.

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The problems plaguing the Louisiana Coast may seem far away. But one local performer is bringing her Cajun heritage to Milwaukee with her new show, Bayou’s State. The show provides an intimate look at the critical problem of coastal land loss.

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You can call ESPN2's "His & Hers" a lot of things: Distinctive. Fun. Boundary-pushing. But there's one term the hosts, Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, would prefer you don't use.

"It's not that 'debate' is necessarily a dirty word," Hill says, "but we like to think that we really pay attention to the nuance of discussions."

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It is no secret that women’s inequality is still a significant issue in today’s society. Many women still earn only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men for the same jobs.

Poem: Drama and Lineage

Apr 13, 2016
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My students that one April were sudden, quixotic, real.

Teaching Oedipus the King came easy,

All the late arrivals started coming on time,

And I felt like a superstar teacher,

One with an electric tote bag, armed for irony,

Greek choruses, masks that show a character’s emotion.

[Oedipus worries the fates of his daughters

Down to the bone of his eye sockets.

Who would have them?

Who would surrender to their dirty seed beds?

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There are plenty of issues confronting sports in this country, but there is still a lot of beauty in the games we play at the amateur, collegiate and pro level. Author Kwame Alexander would say that it’s poetry.

Ask an elementary school student what his or her favorite part of school is, and there’s a decent chance that recess might be the answer. However as schools stress academics, the time reserved recess is increasingly the first to be taken away.

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It’s been a busy season for political analysts. The cable news channels are wall-to-wall with campaign news, and NPR has featured live coverage of primary election nights in many states, including Wisconsin.

And of course it’s been a busy season for political satire. From Saturday Night Live to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, there have been countless sketches blasting candidates on both sides of the aisle.

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While Americans have been going to the polls to start the complicated business of selecting a president, another leadership change is taking place this year. It’s the change of power in the leadership role at the United Nations. 

That transition will be watched closely by the members of the United Nations Association, a program of the UN Foundation. Chris Whatley is executive director of the US branch of the group, and he was in town recently to speak with members of the Milwaukee chapter and stopped by Lake Effect.

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No matter what ethnicity you identify with, your cultural traditions almost certainly include food. It could be a traditional meal you eat at a holiday, or the foods you grew up eating at your grandparents’ house.

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April is National Poetry Month, and one Milwaukee student is celebrating in the Big Apple.

Ten-year-old Pashia Bowens, a fourth grader at LaFollette School on Milwaukee’s north side, is one of fifteen students from across the country selected for America SCORES National Poetry Slam. She’ll travel to New York City this weekend to participate.

Ex Fabula: Celebrate!

Apr 9, 2016
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This week we’re celebrating! Season 7 is nearing an amazing end with only one StorySlam left before our May All-Stars Event. Though the season is coming to a close, Ex Fabula will continue its work throughout the summer months, with special community collaborations and continuing workshops for corporate, nonprofit, and private events.

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The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend is an amazing place for people to learn about and see creations made by notable Wisconsin artists. But the museum is also a tremendous resource for people making art.

Last year, the museum provided an opportunity for its first artist-in-residence abroad, thanks to a partnership with the Ansay Development Corporation. Milwaukee photographer Lois Bielefeld traveled to Luxembourg for the program.

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