Life's Voices

Regional
10:37 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Oscar Winner John Ridley's Father Talks About Life Before Desegregation

Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar for the Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published for '12 Years a Slave.'
Credit Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

If you followed the Oscars, you might know that the man who won "Best Screenwriter” is a Mequon native. John Ridley helped create the best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

After Two Decades, Milwaukee Woman Continues Quest to Restore Outdoor Sculptures

Diane Buck is not giving up on the last of The Dirty Dozen - the Frederick Von Steuben monument just north of Washington Park.
Susan Bence

Back in the 1990s, Diane Buck surveyed the multitude of monuments around Milwaukee and zeroed in on 12 in desperate need of repair.

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Regional
1:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

An Early Call to Volunteer Work

Penny Kasprzak took time out of her busy schedule to visit the WUWM studios
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

Our Life’s Voices series continues with a profile of longtime community volunteer Penny Kasprzak.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Andre Ellis Works to Bring Back Neighborhood

Andre Ellis uses community garden to improve neighborhood

Every year at this time WUWM reporters head out into communities to talk with everyday people making a difference. In this installment of our Life’s Voices series, we speak with Andre Ellis. He’s a local playwright who tells stories from the perspective of black men.

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Arts & Culture
11:53 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Milwaukeean Dedicates Life to Peacemaking

Don Timmerman in his small office at Milwaukee's Casa Maria.

Don Timmerman describes how he has spent his life helping others in the pursuit of peace.

Don Timmerman's mission as a peacemaker dates back to the 1960s.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Milwaukee Student Sings Her Way to National Award

Shampriel Morrise, a student at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, received the YoungArts Merit Award from the National YoungArts Foundation for her singing talent.

As part of our end-of-the-year series, "Life’s Voices," we bring you a profile of Shampriel Morrise. She's a junior at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Life's Voices: Joe Volk Helps Scores of Homeless

Joe Volk helps people with basic needs at Community Advocates in Milwaukee.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

We begin our annual holiday series Life’s Voices, stories of people striving to make Milwaukee a better place to live.

Our first profile is of Joe Volk. He’s devoted most of his life to helping people without a home.

About ten people are standing in line at the front desk of Community Advocates in downtown Milwaukee. Another dozen are sitting in the waiting area.

During the course of a year, the agency serves about 75,000 families, according to Volk. His office is on the third floor.

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Life's Voices
3:30 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Lester Carter Offers Rx For Community Health on City's North Side

Lester Carter has owned his drug store at 24th and Burleigh since 1967.

Customers stream in and out of Carter’s Drug Store on 24th and Burleigh in Milwaukee.

The store is more than just a place to get a prescription filled, according to owner Lester Carter. He supplies everyone with healthy doses of respect and re-assurance. Those have been the ingredients of his figurative elixir, since he bought the business in 1967 after arriving here from Omaha, Nebraska.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Wielding Words to Conserve Wilderness

Michael Frome in his Port Washington office

We conclude our year-end tradition, Life’s Voices. WUWM shares the stories and perspectives of people making a difference, often without public fanfare. Today, our installment takes a green turn, as we meet a man dedicating his life to preserving open and wild spaces.

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Life's Voices
3:35 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson inside a home for veterans on Milwaukee's northwest side.

Our “Life’s Voices” series continues on WUWM.

Each year-end holiday season, we chat with ordinary people whose extraordinary actions make them unique in the community. Today, we meet a Vietnam veteran who recently retired from a “blue collar” career that included stints as a crane operator and warehouse worker. His “work- a- day” world now centers on volunteerism and a different kind of heavy lifting. We spoke with him at a northwest side Milwaukee home that his group leases for homeless vets making the transition back to society.

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