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Stepping out of one's comfort zone is an ingredient for growth, a concept apparent in the film Halfway.

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All year, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger has joined us in the studio for a segment called The Monthly Beatdown.

This month, harmonica player Steve Cohen joined Sieger in the studio to play, "The Royal Flush."

Siegar notes that he has a guitar in his powder room, where he's written several songs. This song, despite being written in a bathroom is "not about what you think it is," Sieger jokes. "It's about the card hand, and I'm thinking that possibly I'll be able to sell it to Kenny Rodgers because he did 'The Gambler,' so maybe he'll like this."

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In an 8 month series, WUWM looked closely at the issues surrounding mass incarceration of African American men in Milwaukee. The problem affects the community at large, but probably nowhere more so than the people who live in one particular Milwaukee zip code.

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This year's Milwaukee Film Fest will feature the documentary Almost Sunrise, which chronicles the journey of two Milwaukee area natives as they struggle with deep emotional scars after tours of duty in Iraq.

Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson set off from the Milwaukee County War Memorial on October 30, 2013 to walk across the country.

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The Civil Rights era was a defining time in American history, and the reverberations are still being felt today.

A contemporary musical, Violet, explores those early days of the modern civil rights era through the eyes of a young woman – Violet – traveling through 1964 America.

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Winston Churchill once said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried." That sentiment that democracy is beautiful, messy and worth the fight is at the core of Lauren Gunderson’s 2013 play, The Taming.

The play opens Friday at Next Act Theatre, and features an all-woman cast that travels back and forth between present day and the 1787 Continental Congress.

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For the past couple of weeks, our Precious Lives series has reported on a Milwaukee summer recreational basketball league. We’ve learned how the Warning League, as it’s known, has been affected by gun violence, and how it has served as a stabilizing force for young people.

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The Milwaukee Film Festival includes a whole series of films with Wisconsin themes or made by Wisconsinites. That includes a film called From Mass to the Mountain, which features the environmental work of a priest from Ripon, dubbed Padre Pablo by the people he helps in Panama.

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David Mamet is one of this country’s great playwrights.  From plays such as American Buffalo to Glengarry Glenross, to Oleanna and Speed the Plow, Mamet’s is a particularly American voice.

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra opened its 2016-2017 season earlier this month with a bravura performance of Mozart’s opera, The Marriage of Figaro. Tuesday night, Itzhak Perlman returned to the MSO as a soloist, and the rest of the season promises equally momentous and musically exciting performances.

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A lot has changed in the last 27 years since the first AIDS Walk Wisconsin. The AIDS epidemic was still relatively new, and people around the country were being ravaged by the disease. Since then, more effective treatments have made HIV/AIDS much more manageable.

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Have you ever gone to a group exercise class? Your answer may well depend on whether you’re a man or a woman.  It turns out the majority of people in group exercise classes - including the instructors - are female.

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Film festivals around the country are known for showing independently made productions, both in short films and features. One film in particular showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival has had the unique history of being both a short and now, a full length film.

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Many cities have different versions of a block club, but in Chicago, they're generally a group of neighbors who get together to solve small issues affecting the neighborhood, like garbage pickup or loud neighbors.

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This year's Shorter is Better, the shorts-film-specific programming in the Milwaukee Film Festival, features a cast of unusual characters. It includes a little boy imagining his mother's new boyfriend is a crow, a used furniture salesman moonlighting as an administrator of euthanasia, and the true story of a holocaust survivor giving away the violin he had since WWII.

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