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Milwaukee County residents have not been able to apply for Section 8 rent assistance vouchers for the last fifteen years. However, as a result of changes in the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Housing Division, the city now is accepting applications for the first time since 2001.  The application deadline is the end of the day today.

Essay: Bridging America's Racial Divide

Jul 14, 2016
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For all the efforts to create unity in the wake of a violent period in this country, there are still many open wounds.  Lake Effect essayist Laura Marshall has some thoughts on how we might start to heal them.

It's 3 am and I am following the developments in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge.

I know that tomorrow, there will be fingers pointed.

The Harley-Davidson Museum, first and foremost, tells the story of one of the most iconic brands on two wheels. While the majority of the artifacts and vehicles on display are motorcycles, a new exhibit brings to light another pastime that places a lot of stock in going fast.

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Wisconsin was known for years as a prototypically “purple” state, with a rich tradition of political debate and a veritable pendulum of power in the Governor’s seat.  That has changed a great deal in the last six years.

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This interview originally aired, June 11, 2016. 

Many things go into creating a museum - great art is probably the most important. But a close second to that is getting people in the door to see it. How an institution chooses to market itself varies, but all agree that outreach is crucial to their continued success.

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This interview originally aired, March 24, 2016. 

Former Democratic State Senator Tim Cullen has had a close-up view of Wisconsin politics for a longtime. The Janesville native worked in politics for many years.

Originally, Cullen had hoped to become a high school social studies teacher, but once he started working for former Congressman Les Aspen, he found himself drawn to politics. After jobs ranging from congressional staff to State Senate Majority Leader to Republican Governor Tommy Thompson's cabinet, Cullen worked outside of politics for 20 years.

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*July 12, 2016

A two-day national workshop on putting last year's report recommendations into practice goes through today at the National Academies of Science in Washington.  You can follow the discussion on Twitter.

A Milwaukee researcher was one of the key figures behind a landmark report on treating cardiac arrest in the United States.

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For people familiar with the Urban Ecology Center, the name Ken Leinbach is often mentioned in the same breathe.

Today, the center shines bright as a model of environmental education and stewardship. However, a quarter century ago, the Urban Ecology Center, or UEC, began humbly in a trailer plunked above the Milwaukee River near Riverside High School.

Leinbach is credited with building its super-green flagship complex, as well as additional centers in Washington Park and the Menomonee Valley.

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For many, summertime means beach trips, boating and a slew of outdoor activities. It’s a time to get outside and take in the fresh air, but it also means more sun exposure. 

"As adults, we don't lay out on a daily basis. We go from the car to the house, and those are little bits of sun that we get everyday," says dermatologist, Dr. Debra Scarlett. "And just like hitting something; you hit something enough times it breaks. That's just like skin cells. If you hit skin cells enough times eventually they will break, the DNA will become abnormal, and a skin cancer can form."

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It's been nearly a year since Julien Baker released her debut record Sprained Ankle, and she's already found a devoted and passionate following. In a matter of months, Baker went from a regular opening act to a consistent headliner, playing for audiences of individuals who each have a unique connection to her music.

Poem: Chappaquiddick

Jul 11, 2016
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It has been a tumultuous time in the United States, these past few days.  And it’s easy to think of ourselves on the crest of an historical wave.

But as a work by Milwaukee poet John Koethe makes clear, no one generation has a monopoly on social turmoil:

I hate believing that I grew up in a country
Better than the one I live in now. We were vaguely
Middle-class: my mother was a schoolteacher,
My father a Navy NCO, a former concert violinist

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  *From October 17th, 2015

Closing out the Milwaukee Film Festival is a documentary about an adaptation of a film. The movie at the heart of it all is the 1981 classic - Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was a film that so impressed a couple of Mississippi kids back in the ‘80s that they set out to remake the movie, shot for shot.  However, they ended up one scene short.

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This week we’re celebrating the upcoming Doors Open Milwaukee with two different stories about life in and around this city we call “Home.”

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For many of us bread is a staple. It's a simple mixture of flour, water, salt, and yeast. However, Chef Gene Webb says what we call yeast is actually a complex mixture of microbes and one of the major factors in determining flavor. 

In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Chef Webb shares the science behind baking a great loaf of bread, something he's been doing from a long time:

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Political analysts around the world are trying to make sense of three ongoing phenomena: the success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the adamancy of Bernie Sanders and his supporters, and the Brexit vote in the UK.

There are obviously some key differences between these issues, but writer and Milwaukee native Sandy Tolan thinks there is one major factor at work in nearly all the stories of voter dissatisfaction around the world.  That factor, he says, is globalization. 

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