Ben Binversie

Assistant Lake Effect Producer

Ben Binversie works with WUWM's Lake Effect as assistant producer. He graduated from Grinnell College with a history major and policy studies concentration.

Ben produces the podcast All Things Grinnell and also writes for the Grinnell Magazine

Aside from telling and eagerly listening to fascinating stories, Ben devotes his time to doting on his rescue dogs and playing board, ball, and mind games, but mostly pickleball.

Alesandra Tejeda

Connla, a young band whose members hail from Armagh and Derry in Northern Ireland, combines traditional Irish music with rock and jazz influences. While its instrumentation is a pretty standard set up for an Irish band, the compositions and arrangements reflect its wide-ranging musical influences. The group came to Lake Effect's Studio C to perform ahead of appearances at Irish Fest this weekend.

Shangri-LA

The world of entertainment has been democratized with the advent of more accessible and affordable equipment, but Hollywood remains the ultimate destination for aspiring filmmakers. Wisconsin natives Nick Sommer and Drew Rosas followed the stars out West themselves after graduating from UWM's film school. And their experience became the inspiration for their eventual Web series, Shangri-LA.

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As Americans fell in love with movies in the 1910s and 20s, extravagant movie palaces were built. The theater's generally featured a single screen and a stage for vaudeville performances. However, as modern movie theaters came on the scene with multiple screens, many of those older, ornate theaters began to close and fall into disrepair. Over the past few decades, many of these spaces have been brought back to life as atmospheric theaters and music venues.

Kelly Bolter

Just like his song "Ride," musician Brett Newski’s been on quite a ride of his own recently: he’s been touring at breakneck speed across the world for almost a decade, living and working in four continents in the past five years.

Newski is understandably a bit tired after all that, so he slowed down and channeled his nervous energy into a different creative outlet. The result was his 2018 album Life Upside Down.

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While Wisconsin sports fans may be reeling from the Bucks' tough loss in the Eastern Conference Finals, Lake Effect sports contributor Shaun Ranft says fans should take solace in what was an extraordinary season by all accounts.

Ben Binversie

Editor's note: This piece was originally published Aug. 22, 2018.

Pickleball has nothing to do with pickles, but here in Wisconsin, it is a big 'dill'.  Jokes aside, the once-niche sport has surged in popularity, especially here in Southeast Wisconsin.

Gabrielle Powell

Almost every day since last June, Marla Schmidt has walked along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Bay View. But she’s not lounging around enjoying the beach — she’s picking up trash. 

She regularly gathers plastic and other garbage that washes up on the shore, filling her bucket on nearly every trip. Marla documents her finds on her Facebook page, Catch of the Day MKE. With so much trash on the beach, Marla wanted to find out:

Milwaukee Public Museum Seeks New Home

Aug 2, 2018
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Downtown Milwaukee has been undergoing a building boom in recent years — from completed projects, like the Northwestern Mutual tower and the newly named Fiserv Forum, to current ones, like the BMO Harris tower on Water Street.

Although baseball here in Wisconsin starts as soon as the snow melts in the spring, it doesn’t really heat up until summer. For many fans, baseball and summer go hand in hand, and high school baseball has been a summer staple here in Wisconsin for the past 54 years. All that is coming to an end though, as the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association Board of Control voted this spring to end summer baseball and move all teams to spring rather than giving them the choice of seasons.

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The International Joint Commission - or IJC - was created by the Boundary Waters Treaty signed by the United States and Canada in 1909. The commission is tasked with preventing conflicts between the two countries' shared waters, including the Great Lakes.

Last week the IJC released a paper that lays out five action steps designed to assist the two countries as they coordinate efforts to keep Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) and other toxic flame retardants out of the Lakes.

Photo Courtesy of David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

Most art curators work for museums and tend to have substantial academic credentials in art history and museum studies. David Wagner is not an art historian. His academic background is in musical performance and arts administration. But he is a curator.

Wagner’s Milwaukee-based business, David J Wagner LLC, produces and manages traveling exhibitions for museums and other cultural and scientific institutions in North America and abroad. 

Matt Haas / Milwaukee Magazine

With summer in full swing, people want to take in the beautiful weather whenever possible. As Wisconsinites know, summer is only here for so long and outdoor dining is a great way to take advantage of season.

Dining critic Ann Christenson agrees: "We have such a short amount of time to really enjoy it. So this is that precious time that we can...enjoy outdoor dining."

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A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel alleges that Sam Llanas, former BoDeans' band member, sexually abused Tessa Neumann, the stepdaughter of his former bandmate Kurt Neumann. 

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.

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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.

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