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Vanessa Tobin has a very specific professional niche. She is Senior Technical Adviser for Water Supply, Sanitation and Water Resources Development for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) based in Baltimore Maryland.

Before joining CRS in 2012, Tobin worked extensively in the field for the United Nations and other organizations in places such as South Sudan and Nepal. Most recently she served as UNICEF’s Chief of Water, Environment and Sanitation.

Amoung the cream puff stands and the livestock barns at State Fair, you can find gardening expert Melinda Myers. Myers gives demonstrations twice each day of the fair, and this year is no different.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich took the portable recording equipment and met Melinda to find out what’s on offer, and what it takes, to maintain a garden oasis in the midst of a busy fairground.

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The center, in the midst of a major green makeover, resides west of Ashland and south of Bayfield and is nearly twenty years old.

With its sweeping 180 acres before him, US Forest Service program manager Jason Maloney beams as he watches a crew erecting the infrastructure to support four rows of solar panels - 100 kilowatts’ worth.

The work – and the effort to fund it - goes back ten years, to Maloney’s predecessor at the center.

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Originally aired July 11, 2016.

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. 

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center hugs the Lake Michigan shoreline a dozen miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Trails crisscross the center’s 185 acres and visitors can find themselves walking through wetlands, forests, restored prairie and along the undeveloped shore of the lake itself.

The nature center’s acreage was formerly a farm for the Schlitz Brewery draft horses. And while the horses are no longer in residence, some of their avian brothers and sisters are, including several birds of prey.

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There’s been a lot of attention given – both nationally and locally – to the race for Congress in Wisconsin’s first district. The seat is currently held by the Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan, and much of the attention has been focused on Ryan's primary campaign against challenger Paul Nehlen. That race has been seen as a proxy in some ways for a broader divide among Republicans over Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Keeping up with your individual health can be a challenge, but trying to keep a city healthy is another endeavor completely.

Obesity rates are on the rise nationwide, leading to public health issues such as widespread diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, mental health problems and overall issues with quality of life.

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Community is not the neighborhood you live in - it's the people you feel comfortable with, and accepted by. This week’s theme is finding community, and we’re exploring it through a story from 2013 All Star Rebecca Segal, as well as some UltraShorts as a chaser.
 

As a Jewish girl growing up in a Jewish community, Rebecca Segal felt comfortable being herself. When she studied abroad in France, however, she encountered the extremes of anti-semitism, as well as strong community - both in surprising places:

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The World Health Organization predicts that within this century a billion people will die from smoking. Despite rising taxes on tobacco and legal victories against tobacco companies in the late 20th Century, millions of people worldwide continue to start and, in turn, get addicted to, smoking.

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Many artists, poets, musicians and scholars attempt to establish a definition of 'truth.' But how a culture defines what is true can be so vastly different, there are few universal truths to be had.

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Special projects leader Tommy Richardson led WUWM's Susan Bence on a tour of Stockton Island. The experience proved to be as much an exploration of a major boardwalk project as it was demonstration of Richardson’s love for his job.

Richardson says he never dreamed he’d be working here. We’re on a Park Service boat, heading from a dock outside Bayfield to Stockton Island.

He grew up “near” but a world away from the Apostle Islands. Richardson's grandfather farmed outside Ashland; his dad worked at the local paper mill for 30 years.

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Many high school English classes stress reading the classics of the Western Literary Canon: things like Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, or The Odyssey. But Pulaski High School English teacher Vincent Gaa wanted to give his students some material that they would connect to because it was based on their own interests.

"If you throw some Marx in front of a kid, they're not going to care," says Gaa. "I think the best teaching techniques are leading by example."

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Wine lovers know that summer is perhaps the best time for white wines. They offer a sweet, refreshing taste that can cool off even the hottest August afternoons. There are a plethora of wines to choose from, but Lake Effect wine contributor Ray Fister, says this is the season for sauvignon blanc. 

The perfect summer wine, sauvignon blanc can be paired with almost anything. "In a way it's like how beer makes you feel on a summer day. It just tastes great going down," says Fister. "That first swig... it is summer. It's just beautiful."

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

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Schools will be back in session in just about a month, and for high school students of a certain age, major tests like the SAT and ACT are not far behind.

Some teens may have spent part of their summer already prepping for these tests, which colleges use as one barometer of a student's potential for success. Others start their studying as school begins, while a few have already been studying for years.

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