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The Nine

Nine former members of a religious sect have decided to put down roots in Wisconsin.  The tradition they left may not be well-known here, but their experience speaks to a more basic human issue – freedom to choose one’s own destiny.

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Open records and meetings laws are a fundamental part of our democracy. They ensure a level of government transparency, and allow citizens to hold public officials accountable for their actions.

In recent years we’ve seen some attacks on these laws in the state of Wisconsin, which have shocked the public conscience.

Visiting the Light-Filled Cafe of Kickapoo Coffee

Aug 10, 2016

Lake Effect's coffee series continues in honor of national coffee month, this time traveling to Kickapoo Coffee. Located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, Kickapoo Coffee makes sustainability its mission while maintaining an atmosphere unique to most coffee shops.

"The vibe of the entire cafe will lead you to want to stick around a little bit more," says Kickapoo barista Joe Picchetti. "Whether it be just looking out the windows because there are so many right at the front of the cafe."

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When Alton Sterling and Philando Castille were shot and killed by police officers, violinist Chauntee Ross arranged a dinner. The meal was a gathering of artists and friends, and they discussed what they could do to bring their community together.

With her musical partner (and sister), cellist Monique Ross, and saxophonist Jay Anderson, the Strange Fruit music festival was created. There, artists could use their talent to encourage unity and promote a positive image of African-American culture.

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It's hard to imagine our society without coffee shops. Whether we go there for a quick latte, plug in a laptop or settle in with a conversation with a friend, for many people going to a specific location has come to be an integral part of drinking coffee and socializing.

Yet not many people think about how coffee shops came to play this role. After all in Good Will Hunting, Will infamously said, "Maybe we could get together and just eat a bunch of caramels...when you think about it, it's just as arbitrary as drinking coffee."

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Vanessa Tobin has a very specific professional niche. She is Senior Technical Adviser for Water Supply, Sanitation and Water Resources Development for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) based in Baltimore Maryland.

Before joining CRS in 2012, Tobin worked extensively in the field for the United Nations and other organizations in places such as South Sudan and Nepal. Most recently she served as UNICEF’s Chief of Water, Environment and Sanitation.

Amoung the cream puff stands and the livestock barns at State Fair, you can find gardening expert Melinda Myers. Myers gives demonstrations twice each day of the fair, and this year is no different.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich took the portable recording equipment and met Melinda to find out what’s on offer, and what it takes, to maintain a garden oasis in the midst of a busy fairground.

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The center, in the midst of a major green makeover, resides west of Ashland and south of Bayfield and is nearly twenty years old.

With its sweeping 180 acres before him, US Forest Service program manager Jason Maloney beams as he watches a crew erecting the infrastructure to support four rows of solar panels - 100 kilowatts’ worth.

The work – and the effort to fund it - goes back ten years, to Maloney’s predecessor at the center.

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Originally aired July 11, 2016.

For many, summertime means beach trips, boating and a slew of outdoor activities. It’s a time to get outside and take in the fresh air, but it also means more sun exposure. 

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There’s been a lot of attention given – both nationally and locally – to the race for Congress in Wisconsin’s first district. The seat is currently held by the Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan, and much of the attention has been focused on Ryan's primary campaign against challenger Paul Nehlen. That race has been seen as a proxy in some ways for a broader divide among Republicans over Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Keeping up with your individual health can be a challenge, but trying to keep a city healthy is another endeavor completely.

Obesity rates are on the rise nationwide, leading to public health issues such as widespread diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, mental health problems and overall issues with quality of life.

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Community is not the neighborhood you live in - it's the people you feel comfortable with, and accepted by. This week’s theme is finding community, and we’re exploring it through a story from 2013 All Star Rebecca Segal, as well as some UltraShorts as a chaser.
 

As a Jewish girl growing up in a Jewish community, Rebecca Segal felt comfortable being herself. When she studied abroad in France, however, she encountered the extremes of anti-semitism, as well as strong community - both in surprising places:

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The World Health Organization predicts that within this century a billion people will die from smoking. Despite rising taxes on tobacco and legal victories against tobacco companies in the late 20th Century, millions of people worldwide continue to start and, in turn, get addicted to, smoking.

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Many artists, poets, musicians and scholars attempt to establish a definition of 'truth.' But how a culture defines what is true can be so vastly different, there are few universal truths to be had.

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Special projects leader Tommy Richardson led WUWM's Susan Bence on a tour of Stockton Island. The experience proved to be as much an exploration of a major boardwalk project as it was demonstration of Richardson’s love for his job.

Richardson says he never dreamed he’d be working here. We’re on a Park Service boat, heading from a dock outside Bayfield to Stockton Island.

He grew up “near” but a world away from the Apostle Islands. Richardson's grandfather farmed outside Ashland; his dad worked at the local paper mill for 30 years.

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