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Every two years, Milwaukee hosts Piano Arts, an internationally renowned competition for young, early career pianists. For the past week, students have been performing in a series of recitals, and soon the finalists will take the stage to compete for the top prizes.

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We're a couple weeks removed from the royal wedding, the union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It was an event that commanded the attention of millions of people around the world. But Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr says looking back, the nuptials should be viewed in a broader context:

Ex Fabula: Immigration

Jun 2, 2018
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Immigration is a topic that has been central to the American experience – this country is often referred to as “a nation of immigrants”, despite the fact that the moniker was controversially removed from the mission statement of the United States Citizen and Immigration Services in January. Anti-immigrant sentiment has been common throughout our history, however. And recently, we have seen a resurgence of political and social controversy surrounding it.

Mitch Teich

Dr. Bhupendra Khatri heard a lot from doctors around the country in compiling his latest book, Healthcare 911: How America’s broken healthcare system is driving doctors to despair depriving patients of care and destroying our reputation in the world.  But the statistic that jumped out at him came from research at the Mayo Clinic, which found that more than 55 percent of physicians in this country suffer from burnout, and every year, more than 400 physicians kill themselves. 

Michail Takach

1968 was a pivotal year for so many facets of American culture, from the anti-war and civil rights movements, to rapidly changing musical styles, to women’s rights. It was also a time of great change in America’s gay society. While the Stonewall riots in New York City didn’t happen until a year later, 1968 was a crucial year in Milwaukee’s gay history, especially in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.

Paper Holland

It’s been a full six years since the Milwaukee band, Paper Holland, released its last full-length album.  But the group never went away in that time - they played for a growing fan base, released an EP, and built anticipation for whenever the next album would come out.

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Milwaukee Public Schools boasts several immersion schools - places where students learn almost exclusively in a foreign language.  A pioneer in that movement here is the Milwaukee French Immersion School. The school was created as part of the district's ordered integration plan in the 1970s, but has lasted and thrived well beyond that original mission. 

This June, the French Immersion School marks its 40th anniversary with a visit from a dignitary from the French government.

Bonnie North

Milwaukee singer-songwriter, Claudia Johnson and her band, recently released their new EP, Nothing But Time.

The five-member Milwaukee band hasn’t been around all that long, but almost all of the musicians in the group are well-known on the local scene.

Singer and songwriter Claudia Johnson is joined by Joe Hite on keyboard, Kelp Chofs on bass, and Jack Forbes on drums. Don Moore will play guitar for the performance at Club Garibaldi.

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Almost two years after Great Britain voted to leave the Europeans Union with its Brexit vote, some political leaders in another key country in Europe are making ramblings that they're unhappy. There are signs that Italy's place in the EU and use of the Euro currency could be tenuous. 

That prospect sent world financial markets falling earlier this week, but not everyone is overly concerned. 

Tom Davenport

While the dancers get most of the notice in a performance of Swan Lake, the music they dance to is no slouch either.

Written by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky in 1875-76, the score for Swan Lake is still one of the most popular classical pieces of music in history. The music is lush, passionate, and Tchaikovsky at his most romantic.

Susan Bence

If you don’t spend much time along the Milwaukee River, you might be surprised to know that more and more of its most urban stretch – from Silver Spring Drive in Glendale downstream to the former North Avenue Dam site is becoming more natural.

Tonight people can weigh in on the Milwaukee River Greenway’s progress and future.

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The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 paved the way for the creation of National Public Radio, which formally began on February 26, 1970.

NPR has come a long way since its earliest days, moving from a time when it was seen as alternative and experimental, to the point today where it boasts the most listened-to morning radio show in the United States.

Nicole Acosta

On May 31st The March on Milwaukee 50th Coordinating Committee is partnering with Still Waters Collective and the Zeidler Center on a series of public dialogues, featuring stories from Ex Fabula Fellows, to explore how the city remembers its history, with MKE Monumental.

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Milwaukee Public Schools have dealt with financial challenges for years, as state aid and property tax levels have fluctuated, enrollments have dipped, facilities have aged and competition has come from a variety of places.

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As you get ready for your Memorial Day weekend picnic or barbecue, don’t forget the cheese!

Jeanette Hurt is Lake Effect's regular ambassador to the world of Wisconsin cheeses, and she joined Mitch Teich in studio to talk about the art of pairing cheese with tea. While that may seem odd to some, Hurt says that pairing cheese and tea is very similar to pairing cheese with a wine. 

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