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Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe first opened its doors in 1959, and in the more than half century since, the franchise has made a fine art of improvised sketch comedy. The list of folks who have worked there at some point in their careers reads like a who’s who of American comedy. 

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President-elect Donald Trump has upended many typical Washington conventions during the campaign and more recently, in his transition period. From international relations to science and environmental policy, predicting exactly what the Trump Presidency will look like is a challenging task.

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The British newspaper The Times once described Meg Rosoff's literary output thusly: "Searingly well written, her books read like Samuel Beckett on ecstasy." Perhaps best known for her first novel, How I Live Now, Rosoff's books often feature a teenaged protagonist exploring what it means to live in a world not of one's own making.

Earlier this month, writer and bookstore owner Ann Patchett shined a spotlight on Boswell Book Company as reason alone to visit Milwaukee. Her article in the New York Times included it as one of a handful of bookstores to visit in the country. Patchett singled out the store as "lit by the internal fire of one Daniel Goldin, a stupendously great bookseller."

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Children’s book author and illustrator Jan Brett has created more than 35 children’s books, all typically centered around animals and folk tales.  They’re painstakingly drawn, intricate and beautiful illustrations - a work of art on each page. Some of her best-known books include The Mitten, The Hat and Comet’s Nine Lives. 

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December is the time of year when holiday concerts abound. From big community sings of Handel’s Messiah to Holiday Pops concerts to chamber music and school concerts, the season is awash in sound. 

Cellist and On That Note contributor Robert Cohen’s experience of this month is no exception.  He’s just back from a series of chamber concerts across Europe and told Lake Effect’s Bonnie North that the venues - houses of worship in particular - are what makes these concerts unique.

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Since the November election, reported incidents of overt hostility towards minorities and immigrants have increased. From physical altercations to poison pen letters and internet comments, some people seem to feel emboldened by the election results to express opinions that are at best unkind and at worst racist, misogynistic or homophobic.

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2016 has been a year of deep political divisions in this country.  But it would be a mistake to say that divisions are something unique to this year, or the United States.  They’re a phenomenon of which Milwaukee writer Shauna Singh Baldwin is keenly aware.

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Milwaukee-area musician Mike Mangione's podcast, called Time & The Mystery, is described as a series of artist-to-artist conversations with musicians, actors, comedians and others about the philosophy behind what they do - and how they connect with their audience.

Magione joins Lake Effect for the first segment in our new monthly series to highlight some of his conversations.

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Arrival is not your typical alien invasion movie. The film contains no space travel, no battles between humanity and extraterrestrial life, and no secret super weapon that could be used against one another. Instead, it’s all about one crucial tool: language.

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It wasn’t too long after the Milwaukee Art Museum opened its renovated galleries a year ago that then director Dan Keegan announced his retirement. The intensive, international search for his successor led to the hiring of Marcelle Polednik, who began her tenure there in August.

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75 years ago, the Imperial Japanese Air Force bombed the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Although Europe had been engulfed in conflict since 1939, and the Japanese had invaded China even earlier in the decade, the attack on Pearl Harbor was the event that catapulted the United States into the Second World War.

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The number of veterans of World War II is dwindling quickly as many enter their 90s.  But there are still many left, and they are among the veterans that a unique company is honoring with a unique American flag.

Flags of Valor is a Virginia company that makes flags from wood, and they employ a workforce of injured veterans.

The company was founded by Brian Steorts, a veteran himself. Steorts served in the US Army as a paratrooper before he took time to attend college in Alabama.

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It's the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the entry of the United States into World War II. The war was fought by land, by sea and - of course - by air. If you’ve ever seen pictures of the planes that fought in World War II, you’ve probably seen the iconic paintings that often adorned the front, or nose, of the plane.

Wisconsin DNR Fails To Update Lead Testing Guidance In Wake Of Flint Crisis

Dec 7, 2016
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Nine months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned against flushing water systems before testing for lead, the state Department of Natural Resources has not yet passed that advice on to public water systems in Wisconsin.

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