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Regional
2:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

UWM Professor: Report Naming Wisconsin Worst for Black Kids Should Be 'Wake-Up Call'

Using indicators such as fourth-grade reading levels and rates of living in poverty, Wisconsin ranked last in the country for the well-being of black children.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews UWM professor and Real Talk contributor David Pate.

A recent report named Wisconsin as the worst state for the welfare of black children.

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Environment
12:26 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Thought Outpost Was Green Before? New Store Makes Super Strides in Sustainability

Jessy Servi & Zack Hepner in Mequon store cafe where kombucha is on tap.
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The Milwaukee co-op opened its fourth store this week; this one in Mequon.

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Material Culture
5:16 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

How a Community Garden Brought a Divided Wisconsin Neighborhood Together

The Brittingham Community Garden sits on the shores of Madison's Lake Monona surrounded by a diverse, low-income neighborhood and expensive lakefront properties.
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Lake Effect material culture contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Chris Brockel, Executive Director of Madison’s FairShare CSA Coalition.

A garden can grow flowers and food, but as one Madison neighborhood is finding out, it can also grow community.

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Health & Science
3:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Essay: Why I Decided to Have My Toe Amputated

Essayist Cari Taylor-Carlson says life is better off without her problem toe.
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Lake Effect essayist Cari Taylor-Carlson explains why she decided to have her toe amputated.

I inherited a toe with a hump.

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Project Milwaukee
12:28 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Parents Behind Bars Help Fund Scholarships for Inmates' Kids

The Creative Corrections fund provides college scholarships for the children of inmates, who also contribute.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Percy Pitzer, founder of the Creative Corrections Education Foundation.

In the United States, some two million children are believed to have one or both parents behind bars.

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

South African Apartheid Survivor Helps Shapes Her Country's Future

Vuyiswa Tulelo is the General Consul for South Africa in the Midwest.
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Twenty years ago this weekend, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president of South Africa.  It was pinnacle of a period of remarkable change in that country – that included Mandela’s freedom from prison after 27 years, and the end of the Apartheid era in which blacks and other non-white South Africans were denied the rights and freedoms that whites had.

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Arts & Culture
1:37 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Actress from West Allis Writes, Stars in Film About Struggle

Actress Chuti Tiu is from West Allis.
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West Allis native and actress Chuti Tiu has been making a name for herself in Hollywood. She's had parts in the films Beautiful and The Internship, and has had recurring roles on highly rated TV shows as well, including WeedsThe Closer, and Southland. But her newest starring role is as a screenwriter.

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Arts & Culture
1:02 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Cabaret Depicts Woman's Perspective in 'It's a Man's World'

Kelley Faulkner stars in It's A Man's World
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Cabaret often conjures up images of a late night, smoky club in New York City where a world weary chanteuse leans on the piano singing of lost love.

But while Milwaukee-based singer and actress Kelley Faulkner might sing of lost love in her upcoming one woman show, It’s A Man’s World, it’ll all be rocked up with a full band and include a lot of other kinds of music, including the James Brown tune of the same name.

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Education
11:49 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Two Milwaukee Educators Win Award for Promoting and Teaching Music

We talk with two people honored for their contribution to arts education today.  John Waite is the director of instrumental music at Hamilton High School in Sussex and the winner of the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee’s 2014 Music Teacher of the Year Award.

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Arts & Culture
11:09 am
Fri May 9, 2014

'Take a Walk!': How Pedestrianism was America's First Spectator Sport

Pedestrianism was America's first spectator sport.
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The Milwaukee Brewers drew more than three million fans to Miller Park a couple years ago, as they made their most recent playoff appearance. The numbers have dropped a little in more recent times, but baseball is still a popular ticket through the summer here - and around the country.

But turn back the clock to the 19th Century, and the hottest ticket in town, as far as sports were concerned, was the sport of pedestrianism.  Watching people walk, around a track, often for days at a time.

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