Best Of Lake Effect

Image courtesy of Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek / danielmasonbooks.com

Editor's note: This piece was originally published Nov. 12, 2018.

Veterans Day is still celebrated in other parts of the world as Armistice Day, which originally marked the cessation of the first world war. Most of what we read and see about that war are from battles on farm fields in places like France and Belgium. But the war actually started well to the east, and much of the fighting was fought in mountainous terrain in Austro-Hungary, Russia, and Poland.

Vincent Brassinne / Flickr

Editor's note: This piece was originally published Feb. 20, 2018.

What is hygge?

According to Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, the main ingredients of hygge are: relaxation, togetherness, equality, savoring simple pleasures, and the right lighting.

"The shorthand of explaining hygge [pronounced 'hue-guh'] is the art of creating a nice atmosphere," he adds.

Joy Powers

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

Distiller Brian Sammons is a do-it-yourself kind of guy. As founder of Twisted Path Distillery in Bay View, Sammons has taken his own twisted path to the profession and an equally unorthodox approach to his craft. 

Wisco Pop!

Editor's note: This piece was originally published July 3, 2018.

Soda (or pop if you prefer) 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?

Turns out Austin Ashley has put a lot of thought into it. Ashley’s had a lifelong obsession with beverages, and he believed he could make something better than what you typically pick up at the gas station or the movies. 

Audrey Nowakowski

Editor's note: This piece was originally published Feb. 26, 2018.

For WUWM's second Lake Effect On-Site, the team headed to Bay View and paid special attention to one of the most distinctive neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

Lauren Sigfusson

Editor's note: This piece was originally published Dec. 11, 2018.

How What We Eat Can Affect How We Think

Dec 19, 2018
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Editor's note: This piece was originally published March 12, 2018.

Alzheimer’s and other related forms of dementia are increasingly prevalent in much of Western society, as people live longer. A lot of attention has been paid to how genetics influence our predisposition to Alzheimer’s. But Doctor Lisa Mosconi says there’s one key component of our environment that we are just beginning to connect more strongly to brain health: eating.

"Science Fair"/National Geographic

Editor's note: This piece was originally published on Oct. 19, 2018.

There are science fairs, and then there are science fairs. There’s the kind we all competed in — tri-fold display, baking soda-and-vinegar volcano, marshmallow-and-toothpick molecules. And then, there’s the kind that future scientists aspire to.

Resonant Pictures

Editor's note: This piece was originally published on Oct. 24, 2018.

The documentary 16 Bars explores how music can bring healing and rehabilitation to people who are locked up.

No Studios

Editor's note: This piece was originally published on March 8, 2018.

Oscar-winning filmmaker and Milwaukee native John Ridley formally unveiled plans to bankroll a new, for-profit creative hub in an old Pabst Brewery building on West McKinley avenue.

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Editor's note: This piece was originally published on Oct. 18, 2018.

As political tensions have raised throughout the U.S., there has been a shift in focus to online abuse. When Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford publicly accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, she was inundated with death threats. Her email was hacked, her address and phone number were published online, and her family was forced to move for their safety. 

Image courtesy of Annie Weiss

Editor's note: This piece was originally published Oct. 19, 2018.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 1,200 mile footpath that is entirely within the state of Wisconsin, though the distance it covers could take you from Milwaukee to Orlando.

Penguin Random House

Editor's note: This piece was originally published Sept. 11, 2018.

Football is like politics. We support our leaders when we agree with them and want to throw the bums out when we don’t. The intersection between professional football and politics is pretty substantial, as Mark Leibovich learned over the past few years.

Pickleball Is A Big 'Dill' In Wisconsin

Dec 17, 2018
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.

© Stephen Shore, Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York

Editor's note: This piece was originally published on Feb. 8, 2018.

Americans have been fond of the road trip for as long as roads came to existence. But there was a time when to see pictures of your friends’ road trips, you had to sit in their den or basement rec room and watch a slideshow or flip through a photo album.

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