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Susan Bence

Cole Compton is about to begin his senior year at Shorewood High School’s New Horizon Charter School.

WUWM's Susan bence met him a few years ago Weber’s, a greenhouse on Green Bay Ave off Capitol Drive. Compton was the youngest intern in the then fledgling after-school, paid internship program called Teens Grow Greens.

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Anyone who has ventured into a third wave coffee shop like Stone Creek or Colectivo, can tell you: There’s a million ways to brew a cup of coffee. There’s the french press, the moka pot, those ever-popular pour overs - the list goes on and on.

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You might have heard the music of singer-songwriter J. Hardin before, but you probably wouldn't have known it. Hardin wrote and performed for years under a pseudonym, Everett Thomas. His new album, "The Piasa Bird" is the first he released with his own name attached to it.

"What I'm writing about is a search for kind of an inner truth that I'm trying to find, so it seemed a bit silly to be wearing this mask of something else," Hardin explains.

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The Consul General of India in Chicago, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, stated in a previous interview, that events like India Fest are important both to the diplomatic ties between our two countries and to individual communities like Milwaukee, where both Indians and non-Indians are able to come together 

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This Saturday Humboldt Park comes alive with the sights, sounds, and delicious food smells of IndiaFest Milwaukee. The day-long event is celebrating its 4th anniversary this year, and among the many honored guests attending will be the Consul General of India in Chicago, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed.

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Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank sees some unusual parallels between his own career and what Milwaukee is currently working through as a community:

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This piece originally aired July 23, 2016. 

If you are a lover of live music, you may have seen a few grey haired folks standing a bit too close to the stage.  According to Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields, they’re known as the Senior Scenesters and they aren't going anywhere. 

'This Weekend Wasn't an Isolated Event': Unpacking Milwaukee's Ongoing Tensions

Aug 15, 2016
Michelle Maternowski

After a fatal police shooting near Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood on Saturday, the area erupted into protests and chaos. For two consecutive nights, demonstrators took to the streets. Businesses were burned, people were injured, and Milwaukee's weekend of unrest made national headlines.

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Lake Effect contributor Stacy Tornio joins us every so often to talk about generally family-friendly adventures around the Midwest.  But by family-friendly, we generally mean activities that both kids and adults can enjoy.

But when you add grandparents or other older friends or family members to the mix, it can get a little more complicated to choose activities that work for everyone. 

Mitch Teich

The ancient Greek storyteller known as Aesop may or may not have really existed. The stories generally credited to Aesop are from the realm of the fantastic; they’re fables that seek to offer a lesson.

The employees of a Milwaukee manufacturing company recently might have thought they were hearing a fable. But it turned out to be a true story that was – for them – just as fantastic. And it goes by the name of ESOP, or Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

Ex Fabula: Vacation

Aug 13, 2016
Kathrine Schleicher

August is the most popular time of year to take a vacation. Some of us stay in town, while others go up north to squeeze all they can out of the nice weather, and some travel out-of-state to explore a new city or landscape. However we choose to spend our vacations, they tend to bring out the explorer in us.  While some people prefer the more traditional approach, of having a whole trip planned out in advance, others appreciate the surprise and wonder that a more 'improvised' vacation can bring.

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Going to the theater can be difficult for families with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. There are a lot of possible triggers. Bright lights, loud noises and other unexpected elements can be incredibly overwhelming. But theater can also be a great way to immerse kids in a culture that teaches empathy and encourages human connections. So how do you give kids those opportunities, while maintaining a safe environment?

Master Lock

Wisconsin-based company Master Lock attracted national headlines and a presidential visit a few years ago when it announced that it was bringing jobs back from overseas to its Milwaukee manufacturing plant.

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Later this month, the documentary Gleason will make its Milwaukee premiere in a private event. The film tells the heartwrenching story of Steve Gleason, a former NFL player who suffers from ALS.

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For the Oshkosh-based indie duo Auralai, classical training and musical instinct strike a balance. As cellist Stephanie Tschech may say she's "bound by music theory," her background makes for thoughtful arrangements that multi-instrumentalist Nate Lehner fills out with melody.

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