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It's Thanksgiving Day and today we celebrate the bounty on our tables by learning about the origins of the some of the foods that make the holiday meal. Wisconsin Foodie host Kyle Cherek says that much of what we serve today actually originated on this side of the Atlantic.

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For most of us, Thanksgiving is a day that is about both gratitude and food. For a Milwaukee area woman, the two are inextricably linked. Kathy Bero survived two bouts with cancer by integrating wholesale changes in her diet with more conventional therapies.

Bero says she wanted to find a compliment to the allopathic treatments she was undergoing. "I wanted to show that you don’t have to stick to what they know," she explains. "You can engage a much larger cache of tools that exist worldwide, not just here."

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For Thanksgiving, Lake Effect is examining the many roles food plays in our lives - both for the holiday and beyond our yearly feast. From learning about the continental history of Thanksgiving foods to fighting cancer with produce, there is a lot we can thank food for in our lives.

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There’s something new on Milwaukee’s food scene. A vending machine that doesn’t spew out candy bars, instead it serves up from-scratch meals.

Farmer’s Fridge is the brainchild of Chicago-based entrepreneur Luke Saunders. Within the sleek machine is a collection of colorful salads and snacks. Selections shift with the seasons.

Saunders says the fridge customers see today looks nothing like his initial prototype.

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Singer-songwriter Hayward Williams finished writing and recording his new album, Pretenders, last October. A lot has happened, both in the world and in the life of Hayward Williams in the 13 months since. But that doesn’t make the songs on Pretenders any less relevant.

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With daily allegations of sexual misconduct or assault being made against men in powerful positions, there is also a growing conversation about how these men have affected women in the workforce. Women have described environments where powerful men were shielded from their accusers, while victims were often shamed and bullied into leaving their jobs.

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Every month Jean Creighton comes down to the studio from her usual haunt in the Manfred Olson Planetarium to tell us stories about the cosmos. Today we talk about color, or lack of it, in the universe:

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Nov 21, 2017
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This Friday, Lake Effect will air a one-hour special about the proposed Foxconn factory in Racine County, recorded on site at the Prairie School in Wind Point.  Our Across the Divide broadcast, produced in association with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, examines questions about the project as it moves forward.

There are not a lot of people in the area with direct experience with the Taiwanese company.  But Milwaukee writer Dan Simmons has some indirect experience, having taught someone who went to work for Foxconn in China:

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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the United States. But your odds of dying from the disease vary greatly based on your race and ethnicity. African-American women in the United States are more likely to have aggressive forms of breast cancer - and less likely to catch the disease in an early stage.

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For all the political turmoil at home and in places like Germany, the UK, Zimbabwe, and the Middle East, the economic news - at many levels - has been generally positive in 2017.  Economies, in both developed and developing countries, have expanded in the past 11 months.

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When journalist Maziar Bahari went to his home country Iran in 2009, he had no idea what was in store for him. As protests mounted in opposition to the re-election of then President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad, Bahari was imprisoned by the Iranian Government - simply for doing his job.

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When Faiz Shakir joined the American Civil Liberties Union this past January, the organization was still preparing for the inauguration of Donald Trump. Months prior to Shakir’s arrival, the ACLU released a letter addressed to Trump, threatening to sue him if he acted on several of his campaign promises.

He did, and they did. Since his first week in office, the ACLU has been fighting the Trump Administration in court. But in conjunction with these legal battles, the ACLU has been working to build up its political arm in Washington and around the country.

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Problems at the state’s troubled youth prison, Lincoln Hills, continue to come to light. Complaints regarding inmate treatment have surfaced over the last two years while at the same time, reports have also surfaced about teens attacking guards. A federal probe of the facility continues.

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There's nothing elementary about the new production Holmes and Watson at the Milwaukee Rep. This Midwest premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's play is directed by the Rep’s former artistic director Joe Hanreddy.

It stars Norman Moses and Mark Corkins - two men very familiar to Milwaukee theatre audiences. Between them, they have decades of on stage experience and in this play they get to show off all of that skill and experience to great theatrical effect.

'How Did You Do That?': A Podcast About Wisconsin Entrepreneurs

Nov 20, 2017

Today Lake Effect debuts a new monthly series: How Did You Do That?

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and executive director of the Milwaukee Institute Kathleen Gallagher and Tim Keane, director of Golden Angels Investors and an entrepreneur who led his own startup to a profitable acquisition, talk with successful entrepreneurs about how – and why – they succeeded.

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