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David Fitzpatrick has been on the Milwaukee music scene for quite some time, as the front man for his David Fitzpatrick Band.  But a few years ago, thing started slowing down for Fitzpatrick.  Several of the members of the band moved - or drifted - away from the band, and life circumstances brought things to almost a stand still.

Wisco Pop!

As we prepare for the 4th of July holiday, I’m sure you have a lot of items on your grocery list for the picnics and familycook outs to come. One thing you need to have on a hot summer day is a cooler full of beverages - water, beer, soda (or pop if you prefer).

Soda has been around since the 1800s, and is probably something we take for granted today. But when was the last time you actually thought about how your soda was made?

Eddie Herena

There are a lot of depictions in popular culture of prison life such as shows like Orange Is the New Black or movies like The Shawshank Redemption. However, pop culture gets some things right and many others wrong. 

Hugues Argence

Cellist Robert Cohen joins us every month to discuss some of the aspects of real life for a touring classical musician.  Cohen was formerly a member of a Milwaukee-based ensemble and spent time here each year, even as he maintained - and still maintains - a household in England and tours around the world.

The music he shares can be emotional for listeners.  But Cohen says the experience of sharing the music can be emotional, as well. 

Art Montes

Festival season is officially upon us! With the kick off of the Big Gig, visitors and neighbors alike will flock to Milwaukee’s lakefront for the crown jewel that makes Milwaukee “the city of festivals.” Along with Summerfest comes other ethnic celebrations, church festivals, and neighborhood block parties; all celebrating the things that give us hope during the long winter months…the music, food and merriment of Milwaukee summer.

Cedric Johnson

The Latin phrase Vestis Virum Reddit translates to: "clothes make the man." However, for Madison resident Cedric Johnson there also needs to be an equivalent phrase for kids, because he's been dapper all of his life. As the first born son and only grandchild until the age of five, Johnson was dressed to impress. Johnson says it was those formative years that set his sense of style into motion.

Susan Bence

President Donald Trump visited Wisconsin Thurday to attend Foxconn's cereminial groundbreaking in Mount Pleasant. During the ceremony, Trump gave an extended speech, which ran the gamut of topics - ranging from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's imminent retirement to trade tariffs with other countries. Trump singled out Canada in particular, saying, "We need to level the playing field." 

The Consul General of Canada to the Midwest, John Cruickshank, takes issue with President Trump's claim that the economic playing field is tilted in Canada's favor.

Stuart Meek

Cases of lyme disease are on the rise in counties throughout the Northeast and Midwest, including here in Wisconsin. We're currently in the peak transmission season, when the majority of people who contract lyme disease will be infected. 

Experts advise people do a thorough check of their bodies after spending time outdoors. And while you're doing that, you could help some local researchers learn more about how to prevent the spread of lyme disease. 

Milwaukee musician Joe Richter’s early work includes time with some area cover bands and his own acoustic songs.  But his latest release, Revival is his first produced album with a full band behind him - a goal he's had since he first started composing and performing. 

"It's hard to image actually all of these songs as an acoustic piece," notes Richter. "I really wanted to go away from that on this record... I wanted to branch out, I'm really proud we decided to do it this way."

Audrey Nowakowski

If you live, work, or drive through downtown Milwaukee, chances are your route has been interrupted by the sound of a dinging bell and the bellow of a horn as a bridge prepares to allow a boat pass.

After all, Milwaukee is home to 21 movable bridges, which cross the Menomonee, Kinnickinnic, and Milwaukee rivers.

Q. M. Sgt. Leon H. Caverly/Army / Wikimedia

As we approach the centenniel anniversary of Armistice Day, there has been a growing conversation about the impact the first World War had on the U.S. and the world as a whole. Now celebrated as Veterans Day, the war famously ended at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918. 

NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office

These days, the word 'asteroid' usually only comes up when we're talking about the extinction of the dinosaurs. But astronomy contributor Jean Creighton notes that a near-Earth object,or NEO, is either a comet or asteroid that gets within 30 million miles from the Earth's surface. But what would we do if a massive object were hurtling toward Earth today?

Theater RED

Theater RED has been presenting shows on Milwaukee stages since 2013.  That’s relatively young, as far as Milwaukee theater companies go, but it’s positively a veteran group compared to the brand-new [untitled] Productions group.  The two organizations are teaming up to present a one-woman show on stage this weekend.

Africa Studio / Fotolia

The recent deaths of food writer and host Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade have cast the issue of suicide into the public eye. But while those high-profile cases generated headlines, suicide has been a significant public health issue for years.

Mount Mary University

Donna Ricco, the noted fashion designer, is returning home.  More specifically, Ricco is coming back to Milwaukee - at least on a regular basis - to her alma mater, Mount Mary University, where she will serve as an Executive Fellow in the Fashion Department.  The new position will have her teaching and mentoring students interested in pursuing careers in fashion. 

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