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Call it what you will: sizzurp, purple drank or lean. They’re all the same. The cough syrup mixture has been a popular drug in some circles for decades, and it’s making a resurgence here in Milwaukee.

The substance is the subject of an article in this month's Milwaukee Magazine, written by freelancer Eben Pindyck. 

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President Trump vowed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act throughout his campaign and one of his first moves as president was seen as the initial step toward that campaign promise. But healthcare has fallen out of the headlines in the days since then, replaced by other issues.

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Every month, Lake Effect talks with cellist Robert Cohen about life as a professional musician in the On That Note series.

When we spoke last month, Cohen was on his way to Finland to participate in a brand new festival on music and wellness. Since then, his own wellness has been tested by the constant traveling that often comes with a musician's work. 

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Barbara Gensler, a legend in the local scholastic theater scene, has died.

According to her obituary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Barbara Gensler passed away on January 30, 2017 at the age of 81.

Gensler was featured in WUWM's Life's Voices series in 2012 for her work in the community:

As well as on Lake Effect:

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Retired Marine Corps General James Mattis was recently confirmed as Secretary of Defense. Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr says Mattis’ military background is a plus in his new job.

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For sports fans, it’s a big weekend. And it’s also a big weekend for people who enjoy expensive TV ad campaigns. That must mean Super Bowl Sunday is rapidly approaching. The fifty-first edition of the proverbial big game pits the Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots.

For Packers fans, it’s a rough time, as we are again denied the opportunity to watch Aaron Rodgers square off against Tom Brady on the world stage. Sports contributor Shaun Ranft is going to watch the game anyway to see how this year's Super Bowl storylines will unfold.

Even if you are entirely happy with the state of world affairs circa 2017, the idea of disappearing can be alluring - especially in the midst of a Wisconsin winter. But the disappearance at the heart of novelist Idra Novey’s new book extends beyond that romantic notion of disappearing for a while.

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Since the current U.S. Constitution was created in 1787, the basic framework of the document has remain largely unchanged. But that could change.

A group of corporations and conservative legislators - known as ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council - is pushing for an Article V Convention. The move, also known as a constitutional convention, could end in amending or completely changing the U.S. constitution.

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For the last 25 years, The Onion has been the satirical newspaper of record. But as the lines between real and fake news are blurrier than ever, does that mean the end of satire? The paper's founding editor, Scott Dikkers, says this is an age-old question.

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It’s been nearly 50 years since Ferne Caulker founded the Milwaukee-based African dance company called Ko-Thi. The company marks its fifth generation and its return to the stage after 9 years of rebuilding with its performance of Vibrations: Rhythmic Motion.

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This weekend, the Pitch Project Gallery in Walker's Point is putting the book front and center, as both an object and an art form.

The Pitch Project Artist Book Fair event is connected to its latest exhibition - photographer Mariela Sancari’s “Moises/Landscape."

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Super Bowl 51 will kick off on Sunday in Houston.  Many football fans here in Wisconsin are still miffed that it will be the Atlanta Falcons, and not the Green Bay Packers, representing the NFC in the game against the New England Patriots.

But Wisconsin will be represented in its own way in the stadium, and in the homes of hundreds of thousands of football fans around the world.  This year’s physical Super Bowl game program was printed in Lomira, Wisconsin, by Quad/Graphics.

The name T Bone Burnett is almost synonymous with the word legendary. You could also use the words innovative, brilliant and visionary.

Burnett catapulted into the public consciousness with the soundtrack from the Coen Brother’s film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but writer Lloyd Sachs says Burnett had been hugely influential years before that movie came out - both as a producer and as a singer / songwriter in his own right.

Every month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger comes to the Lake Effect performance studio to play a song with friends and fellow musicians. 

This month, Sieger will be performing at Boswell Book Company at an event for the book T. Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit. The book looks at the life of legendary music producer and singer-songwriter, T Bone Burnett. 

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Forget the first hundred days. The first hundred hours of the Trump Administration are without parallel in recent memory. From immigration policy to trade, our place in the modern world seems to be evolving rather quickly.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the analytical eye of our foreign policy contributor. The always level-headed Art Cyr joins Lake Effect to chat.

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