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If you’ve consulted a calendar lately, you know that it’s (technically) spring.  However, if you’ve looked out a window recently, you might beg to differ. But true spring will arrive in the Midwest soon with the temperatures in Wisconsin trending upward, albeit slowly.

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Although orphan trains operated in the U.S. for decades, the legacy of the trains has gone relatively unnoticed. Over the course of 75 years, hundreds of thousands of children from cities like New York and Boston were shuttled onto trains headed West in search of a new home. But not much is known about these children, or what happened to them after they left the trains. A new play at UWM is hoping to change that.

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People in southeast Wisconsin might remember Mark Johnson for his work in the area a couple of decades ago, when he was Executive Director of the United Way of Waukesha County.  The Louisiana native left that job to lead a United Way chapter in Southwest Alabama.

But in 2002, he gave up his work in the nonprofit world to become a police officer in the city of Mobile.  He became a 50-year old rookie cop.  His twelve-year career in law enforcement won him numerous awards. 

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The Jewish Community Center is hosting a "Concert for Peace" tonight featuring Israeli Jewish oud and violin virtuoso Yair Dalal and accomplished Israeli Arab guitarist and singer Mira Awad. Both Dalal and Awad are no strangers to musical partnerships, having worked with a myriad of musicians from around the world. This concert in Milwaukee will feature the two musicians in both combined and solo sets.

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"The blacksmith in times of antiquity was the person who could fix anything, or make anything for the community," says Dr. Ramel Smith, a Milwaukee psychologist whose private practice is called BLAQUESMITH Psychological Consultative Services. "The blacksmith could fix anything, and so I tried to look at myself as an emotional blacksmith for the community." 

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The Wisconsin primary is tomorrow, and as far as the presidential part of the primary is concerned, Wisconsin is very much still in play.

All of the remaining candidates have spent time over the past week campaigning in the state. And last week’s Marquette University Law School poll suggests that Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz have a slight lead on their respective opponents, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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Every month, Lake Effect brings you On That Note, a series of conversations with cellist Robert Cohen. The Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet brings Cohen state-side quite often, but he also maintains an apartment in London to accommodate his active solo career.

Recently, he's been working with students in England, introducing them to music as a profession and giving them live performances with his cello. After a recent school visit, Cohen says he was unsure about how the students had received his presentation. 

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The world premiere of American Song opens tonight at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Starring Wisconsin actor James Devita, it is a searing show about how guns touch one man’s life and change it forever.

Written by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, the show presents the perspective of a gun violence perpetrator's father - one that often gets overshadowed by the voices of victims and survivors of many mass shootings that have occurred in America.

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Juan Felipe Herrera is already crisscrossing the country as the current Poet Laureate of the United States. Herrera is the son of migrant farm workers in California, and he grew up bilingual. His work traverses boundaries of all kinds, from describing the immigrant experience to taking the words off the page and creating performance art.

Herrera was in Milwaukee at the end of February to speak at the University of Wisconsin, and he explained how he first developed curiosity about poetry.

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Trapper Schoepp has come a long way since the release of his last album - both figuratively and literally. Schoepp was finishing off a stint as a production assistant at Lake Effect when his last CD hit the stands.

Four years later, his new album, "Rangers and Valentines," is out today. And in the intervening time, Schoepp has been living the life of a full-time musician, racking up the miles as he's headlined shows and played in support of acts like The Jayhawks and the Old 97s. 

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One of the great joys of traveling is eating. Trying out the gustatory specialties of a city, a region or even a country can introduce us to a place and its people in a very immediate way.

But most of us can’t travel as much as we’d like to. So in order to immerse ourselves in the flavors of the world, we depend on restaurants here at home. And as you might guess, some of them do really well representing their cuisines and others tend to “Americanize” their offerings.

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Growing up, Dr. James Sanger loved wildlife and the outdoors. In college, he studied zoology. So when a urologist notified him of an orangutan with an injured hand at the zoo, Sanger happily heeded the call of the wild to help local primates.

Sanger currently serves as the plastic surgery hand surgeon at the Medical College of Wisconsin and chief of plastic surgery at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, but he has been called in as the Milwaukee County Zoo's primate hand specialist for the past 20 years.

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The Wisconsin primary is only days away, and the state is in national play. Sarah McCammon is covering the 2016 presidential election for  NPR. This week, she's been in Wisconsin reporting on the GOP race and attended a Ted Cruz event and a Donald Trump rally.

At the "Women for Cruz" event in Madison, McCammon explains that Cruz's wife, Heidi; his mother, Eleanor Cruz; and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina were all in attendance. 

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Concerns about water quality and quantity have become global themes, but Seth Siegel says until a few years ago, he knew nothing of water scarcity issues.

Siegel, a native of New York,  co-founded several companies, including Beanstalk, the world’s leading trademark brand extension company.

He says water enlightenment struck when he attended a seminar in Manhattan.

Major League Baseball players are into the last week of spring training before the season begins.  For players on the bubble, as they say, there are just a few days left to impress the coaching staff in an effort to make the team.

In Milwaukee, players in one little league program have a little longer to make the team that will travel in Puerto Rico this summer. But unlike their major league counterparts, these prospects in the Felix Mantilla Little League will need to impress in the classroom and the baseball field.

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