Chuck Quirmbach

The state of Wisconsin says it's trying to solve a long-lasting problem — why Racine County's unemployment rate is higher than the statewide average.

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David Millar's professional cycling career was marked both by big victories and a suspension for his use of performance-enhancing drugs. In his last year as a pro, he sought one more shot at riding the Tour de France. Scottish filmmaker Finlay Pretsell was there to document it all.

His film however, entitled Time Trial, is not a bio-picture. Instead, it's an immersive look at cycling with extensive footage shot from inside the peloton during races.

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During an election season, public opinion polls are always big news. It’s important to understand the fundamentals of polls and how the news media covers them.

We received many texts from Wisconsinites with questions about polls for our Informed Voter series — a collaboration between WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to answer questions texted to us from potential Wisconsin voters.

To participate, text 'election' to 414-269-6404 or enter your phone number here:

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According to a recent report called "Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care For Women of Color," 52 percent of black women in Wisconsin give birth at a Catholic hospital.

Kira Shepherd, director of Columbia Law Schools Racial Justice Program, is behind the study.

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About $1.7 billion is spent on academic research every year in Wisconsin, with the funding coming from a mix of government agencies and private investors. Some people who follow the money say more could be done with it. 

UW-Madison gets about $1.1 billion. The Medical College of Wisconsin receives about $300 million. Most of the rest goes to UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University.

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The sex abuse scandal at USA Gymnastics made national headlines. The series of stories by Indianapolis-based newspaper Indystar focused on sexual abuse claims made by young gymnasts, most of them minors.

The series led to more women speaking out about the abuse they’d faced. It ultimately led to the incarceration of Larry Nassar, formerly the national team doctor for USA Gymnastics, who is accused of assaulting at least 150 girls.

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Lake Effect has recently been airing interviews with journalists and politicians that Bonnie North recorded in Brussels and Berlin as a part of a journalist exchange program sponsored by the RIAS Berlin Commission.

However, Peter Keup is neither a politician nor a journalist — he's a historian. But in 1981, he was a prisoner in a Stasi prison in Dresden. He had tried to escape to the west and was caught in the attempt.

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Camacho's Bar, a watering hole in Milwaukee's Walker’s Point, was the place of reunion for about 15 locals last Friday night. Many were shouting in Spanish at the TV as Cuban American Gio Gonzalez threw the pitch to kick off the Brewers first game of the National League Championship Series. 

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Veterans Park lagoon along Milwaukee’s lakefront is one of the places people gravitate to fish, canoe and kayak. But over the last couple of years, concerns about tenacious toxic algae has raised public health concerns.

Just to be clear, there are all sorts of algae — plants that can range in size from microscopic to massive. Many aren’t toxic, but the type of blue-green algae researchers are monitoring in the lagoon is toxic.

If you read Idra Novey’s new novel, Those Who Knew, a year or two from now, you might think she was inspired to write it by watching everything that transpired during the recent hearings and investigation surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court.

Last week saw two debates between Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican challenger Leah Vukmir. Both debates were characterized by tension and hostility as the two clashed over abortion, immigration, health care and a host of other issues. 

In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of why he thought the debates were so combative. 

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Over the weekend, Germans gathered in central Berlin to protest the increase of xenophobia, nationalism and racism in their country. The AfD, or Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany), is the political party of Germany's extreme right, and was the focus of the protesters — whose numbers were estimated at over 200,000.

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President Abraham Lincoln termed the push-pull, sometimes violent war for our nation’s soul as “the battle for our better angels.” More than 150 years after the Civil War’s end and Lincoln’s death, the battle goes on unabated.

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Baseball is considered America’s favorite pastime. It’s always drawn fans to the ballpark for food, beer and fun. It’s no different for fans going to Miller Park, especially since the Milwaukee Brewers’ latest winning streak has revamped Milwaukee's love for baseball and the team. However, most of the fans filling the seats in Major League Baseball, like the players, are predominantly white.

Chuck Quirmbach

The Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers resume their battle for baseball's National League Championship Monday night at Dodger Stadium. They'll do so with the best-of-seven championship series tied at one game apiece, following the Dodgers 4-3 victory Saturday night at Miller Park.

The Brewers took a 3-0 lead in the contest, but the Dodgers scored two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings for the win.

The Brewers loss broke the team's 12-game winning streak, which included Friday's night's series opener that Milwaukee won 6-5.