Project Milwaukee

Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars? And, what are the costs?

WUWM & MPTV special series runs for six months - starting November 11, 2013.


Springing from conversations with concerned community members, WUWM journalists developed Project Milwaukee -- in-depth reporting on vital issues in the region. Each Project Milwaukee consists of WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect producers teaming up to create a series of interviews and reports on a specific topic culminating in a public forum or live broadcast.

WUWM tackles subjects of importance to southeastern Wisconsin by focusing on issues that warrant extensive coverage. The topics chosen are based on concerns we've heard from residents and community leaders.

WUWM hopes that our coverage helps to further the understanding of broad, significant subjects, and encourages additional debate in the community.

WUWM's Project Milwaukee. Our region. Our future.



Power Switch - June 2013
The Promise and Reality of Green Energy in Wisconsin

Help Wanted - October 2012
Uncovering the Truth Behind Wisconsin's Skills Gap

State of Upheaval - December 2011

Southern Connections - June 2011
Cultivating a Regional Corridor

What's On Our Plate? - November 2010
The Impact of Wisconsin's Food Economy

Barriers to Achievement in MPS - June 2010

The Currency of Water - December 2009

Black & White - June 2009
Race Relations in Milwaukee

Wise Today, Well Tomorrow? - November 2008

Youth Violence - June 2008

Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy - November 2007


This is WUWM
1:51 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

MPTV and WUWM 89.7 FM Tackle the Impact of High Incarceration Rates

Black Men in Prison: Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars, and what are the costs?

In the 2010 Census, Wisconsin had the highest percentage of incarcerated black men in the nation. One of every eight black men of working age is behind bars. In Milwaukee County, more than half of African American men in their thirties have served time in prison.

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Project Milwaukee
12:49 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Panelists Weigh in on Wisconsin's Green Energy Future - Will It Exist?

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich and panelists Gary Radloff and Deborah Erwin
Cynthia Hoffman

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich moderates a panel discussion on the state of green energy in Wisconsin as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Power Switch" series.

All week we’ve been airing a special series, Project Milwaukee: Power Switch, which has been exploring the promise and reality of green energy in Wisconsin.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Homeowners Plunge into Green Living

Nine solar panels on the front of Paula Papanek's Bay View home; three more toward the back

Homeowners have asked how they can reduce their carbon footprint. So we visited a few people who’ve taken a deep give into green living, and they shared their experiences.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

The Ups and Downs of the Ethanol Industry

Palmyra farmer Bob Oleson says ethanol has been a boon for Wisconsin’s corn growers
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

A few years back, some people in Wisconsin banked big time on corn.

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Project Milwaukee
7:17 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Designer: Green Building the Way of the Future

Retrofitting old homes to be more energy efficient can make homeowners better stewards of the energy they use.
Credit CERTs/Flickr

Lake Effect's Dan Harmon interviews green-certified professional home builder Matt Krier.

Green building is picking up energy.

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