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Alisa Solomon

From Broadway productions to high school performances, Fiddler on the Roof has captivated audiences around the world for 50 years.

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The Milwaukee Short Film Festival is the city's longest running film festival - 18 years thus far. It was the brainchild of Ross Bigley, who began by showing films at a local café with a projector.

The festival has grown a bit since then, but its focus is still on short films (15 minutes or less), which often don't get mainstream distribution.

Carly Hintz

Anyone who has school-age children can attest that once school is in session, finding time for a whole family to spend time together can be a challenge. That's especially true when it comes to finding a time for getting outdoors - for reasons beyond soccer practice, anyway.

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Of all the great jazz singers across the decades – and there have been some incredibly great jazz singers – Billie Holiday stands on a very special musical pedestal.

Almost six decades after her untimely death in 1959, Lady Day’s music remains fresh and immediate. Her phrasing, her musicality, her ability to reach into a song and hand it back to you as something brand new; they all combined to make her voice unique and her music timeless.

Adam Ryan Morris

The Catholic Church in Milwaukee and around the world, has gone through a challenging period in recent years. The sex abuse scandal involving scores of priests and the financial trouble brought on by legal settlements, have amounted to crises for many archdiocese. Milwaukee is no exception.

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The Rogue Valley is a real place, in between several mountain ranges in southern Oregon. And it’s the real home of the songwriter and composer behind the band of the same name.

Chris Koza and his bandmates call Minnesota home today, but Rogue Valley’s music navigates terrains as varied as the Pacific Northwest, the heartland, and many of the places in between. The group’s last project was an ambitious effort – four records in a year, one for each season. 

Susan Bence

In this era of urban agriculture, Milwaukee is making a name for itself as a leader. At the same time, a group tuned into the dangers of lead in the soil wants to use the urban farming wave to inform families.

In Milwaukee, an estimated 10 percent of kids under age six have unhealthy levels of lead in their blood - levels that could cause permanent brain and nervous system disabilities.

A major culprit has been the lead-based paint used on houses decades ago. Those paint chips can also make their way into family gardens.

Hugues Argence

Every month, Lake Effect brings you On That Note, a series of conversations with Robert Cohen, the cellist for the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet. Cohen joins us to talk about the life of a working musician and many of the facets of classical music. 

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A great irony to Jorge Cham's cartooning is that it is all produced and distributed digitally, yet it is seen by many in the most old school of ways - printed out and taped to doors, walls, and desks.

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Lake Effect is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to celebrate we're bringing back some of our favorite interviews from that first year on air.

On the first day of Lake Effect 10 years ago, producer Bonnie North chatted with comedian Tommy Chong. Chong was in town to perform in a limited run of the Marijuanalogues, and had recently published his book, The I Chong, in which he reflects on his time in prison. 

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Smartphones are everywhere in our lives today. It often takes an extraordinary set of circumstances for us not to be connected in multiple ways with the wider world, whether we're checking our email on an airplane or surfing the web before shutting off the light and going to sleep.

Vesten Kollekive

Madison is known for its sometimes radical, sometimes experimental out of the mainstream ideas, from politics to art, and now the music business.

Vesten Kollekive calls itself a digital distribution record label, and its name is not the only aspect of it that’s unusual. The name is adapted from Norwegian, and it means Midwestern Collective. The founders, Hendrix Gullixson and Aedric Donovan, take the collective part of the equation very seriously.

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There have been many movies about Wall Street over the years.  “Wall Street,” for one.  But the new film, “Equity,” sees it through a different lens – that of women, and not just women who are the wives, girlfriends, or mistresses of high-powered men.

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Critics tend to agree there is a flood of entertainment being made by women and for women these days.

Many, but not all, of these shows – including Girls, The Mindy Project, and Broad City – rely on similar narrative themes and structures: scenes like the “girls’ night out,” characters akin to the “platonic male friend,” or quick, back-and-forth dialogue.

Harley Davidson Museum

The Great Lakes Dragaway is a dragstrip in Union Grove, just south of Milwaukee. It opened in 1955, and is now the oldest continuously operating dragstrip in the United States.

In the early 1950s, drag racing was all the rage throughout the country, and Union Grove was no exception. But they didn't have a track, and without one, teens were left to race on the street, which was illegal.

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