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Wednesday on Lake Effect: Historian Peter Keup, 'The Making of Milwaukee,' How Cats Shaped America

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We meet a German historian who was imprisoned by the East German secret police in 1981 for trying to escape to the West. Then, John Gurda adds a post-Millennium chapter to his landmark book, The Making of Milwaukee, and we wrap up with a short history of cats in America. No, not the musical, but the actual creatures themselves.


  • Peter Keup, German historian and former Stasi prisoner
  • John Gurda, Milwaukee author and historian
  • Paul Koudounaris, cat historian