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When was the last time you picked up an object and wondered about the person who made it? What do they look like? Where are they from? These questions become even more important when the legacy of artist or craftsperson is lost to history, or was never recorded in the first place.

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After 24 long years in development, Marvel’s Black Panther has finally come to the big screen. Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, and many other veritable who’s who of prominent African American actors, it's is the first superhero film that features a predominantly black cast.

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Given the national discussion surrounding food, nutrition and poverty, we’re taking you way back to our first seasons and stories from our outdoor StorySlam, Comfort Food, at the Fondy Farmers Market. These stories showcase the importance of food when it comes to community, family, and heritage and, we hope, makes us think a little deeper about how these bonds are affected when food and resources are scarce.

One local blogger is taking an interesting twist on Black History Month. 

Cree Myles is curating Black Like We Never Left, in which she asks Milwaukee women artists of color to reinterpret and celebrate pieces by nationally-known women artists of color who’ve come before them.

The visual arts component of the project is currently up at CannedBeatz Art Space on the city's south side. 

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Before the Olympics were announced in PyeongChang, most people associated the word Korea with north and south, the DMZ, and nuclear weaponry. However, Saehee Chang asks that you go beyond the headlines and take a closer look at Korean culture.

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Local folk musicians Caley Conway and Marielle Allschwang join Lake Effect's Joy Powers to talk about Milwaukee's supportive community of musicians, the changing nature of how fans listen to music, and their upcoming projects. The two performers will share a double-bill Friday, February 23, at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point.

Michelle Maternowski

By the time the Winter Olympics end, tens of millions of Americans will have watched figure skating events - from the drama of a remarkably close pairs competition to the potential dramas to come.  We'll watch successes, failures, axels, salchows, twizzles, and - in Milwaukeean Bob Beyer's case - the skates themselves.

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Lake Effect essayist Jim Spangler on how he came to understand the value of a dollar:

"They say we learn more from our mistakes than our successes. And if the failure is really painful, the lesson is never forgotten. Maybe that’s why I can still recall the pain from an incident in 1950 when I was all of about eight years old.

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The relationship between food and love is the basis of many platitudes. And for the couples featured in this month’s Milwaukee Magazine the cliches hold true: food and love are an inseparable pair.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the February edition of the magazine showcased a number of couples who own and operate restaurants in Milwaukee. Chefs Lisa Kirkpatrick and Paul Zerkel makeup one of the couples featured in the magazine. 

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Milwaukee author Nick Petrie has given up his day job. Thanks to the bestselling success of his Peter Ash series, the former contractor and building inspector now puts author in the occupation line on his tax returns. It’s a very welcome change, but one that was a long time coming - about a decade or so.

Petrie says it's still a little strange to not be tethered to the daily work world. "I feel sort of like Wile E. Coyote after he's run off the cliff. My legs are going and I'm trying really hard not to look down."

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The refugee crisis is still a huge problem. It affects the developing world as people leave war-torn or famine-stricken countries and resettle in refugee camps, often in other developing nations. And it affects countries like the United States and western European nations as refugees seek to build new lives in places with economic opportunities.

But those economic opportunities are not always accessible to refugees - sometimes because of immigration policies, but often because they have no way to validate their history or their identity.

Claudia Delgadillo

The United States Senate is again debating competing immigration plans with less than a month remaining before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program is set to expire. The Trump Administration has indicated it will require the president’s border wall and broader border security measures to be a part of the solution, even as a majority of Americans say they believe the so-called Dreamers here under DACA should receive legal immigration status.

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Korea is on the minds of many around the world this month. But for the first time in a while, it is not the threat of war between the north and the south that dominates our minds. In fact, North Korea and South Korea’s relationship is experiencing a rare thaw as the Winter Olympics play out in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The opening ceremonies featured teams from both countries marching into the stadium under a unified Korean flag, and the women’s hockey team playing in the winter games includes players from both the north and the south.

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General Motors’ entry into the zero emissions vehicle landscape started more than 20 years ago with its EV1 project.  The effort was, by most accounts, successful.  But the vehicles were all leased, and when the leases ran out, they were all returned to Chevrolet and unceremoniously destroyed.

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Lake Effect first talked with writer and Wisconsin native Cynthia Swanson a few years ago, when her debut novel, The Bookseller, was published. It went on to become an award-winning New York Times bestseller.

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