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Essay: The Coupon

Feb 14, 2020
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Coming up with the perfect gift is no easy task. But essayist Mel Miskimen thought she'd found just the thing for her husband on their first wedding anniversary. Turns out, it didn't exactly get the reaction she expected.

It was our first anniversary. Paper according to Hallmark. We were in our late 20s, had just bought a fixer upper that had sucked our meagre savings account dry. So, no money. I had come with what I had thought was the perfect gift for my husband. Oh. My. God. He was going to love it!

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Pregnancy can be incredibly difficult. Sometimes the hardest part is not knowing what’s really happening to the fetus and whether it’s developing into a healthy human being.

When Dr. Aoy Tomita-Mitchell was pregnant, she was faced with a serious dilemma that could have risked the health and safety of her fetus. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Mitchell, took their problem and created a solution: the Harmony prenatal test.

We Answer Your Questions About Voting In Wisconsin

Feb 13, 2020
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As part of our Wisconsin 2020 series, we’ve been asking you to tell us what you want to know about voting in Wisconsin. We received a lot of questions about voter suppression tactics and voting in general.

Patrick Marley covers politics and the Wisconsin statehouse for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He's here to help answer some of your voting questions: 

When we're talking about voter suppression efforts, what are some of the things included in that term? 

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When Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, the audience rioted. The music was angular and dissonant. The dance ritualistic and based on pagan myths. 

A century later, Stravinksy’s orchestral score is considered one of the most influential classical works of the 20th century. The ballet has been restaged innumerable times in more than 60 countries across five continents.

Bonnie North

Milwaukee musician John Sieger takes songs seriously. So seriously in fact, he has a regular column about other people’s songs with Urban Milwaukee, and he’s been singing and writing his own for decades. 

Thursday night he’s starting a monthly series at the Jazz Gallery. It’s called Sieger on Songs: Conversations. He stopped by the Lake Effect studio to tell us more:

Bonnie North

Since graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 1994, Swedish singer and composer Sophie Dunér has carved out a career composing and performing across the globe. Her music is deeply rooted in jazz and improvisation, but she also draws on contemporary classical and world music influences.

Nate Watters

There are loaded words in all languages. From swear words to sacreligious words to simply crass words, most of us know them but refrain from using them — at least in public discourse. Most of them can’t be said at all on the radio. But Jade Solomon Curtis wants all of us to have a conversation about one of the most weighted words in English: the n-word.  

Susan Bence

An estimated 900,000 Wisconsin households rely on private wells for drinking water. It seems with every passing day, we learn wells are being impacted by contaminants — from manure to PFAS — putting families’ health at risk. Some people feel there's not enough support when they have to deal with a contaminated well.

READ: PFAS Concern Remains High In Marinette

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The 92nd Academy Awards takes place this Sunday, celebrating the best films and performances that the past year has had to offer. This year Joker, directed by Todd Phillips, leads with 11 total nominations.

The international feature film Parasite has become an audience favorite, and it competes for best picture top contenders including Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino and 1917 by Sam Mendes.

Bonnie North

Changing perspective is what it takes for veteran singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey to keep his creativity flowing. The Milwaukee native and longtime guest on Lake Effect now lives in Massachusetts, but he was back in Wisconsin in January to record not one but two new albums at the Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson. He played new songs, shared insights on staying inspired and his future touring outlook.

Dave Kozlowski

Last year wasn't a good year for farmers. From small dairy farms struggling to survive across Wisconsin, to a trade war impacting the sales of big agricultural crops, to our local produce farms — it has been grim.

Farming contributor Dave Kozlowski, of Pinehold Gardens in Oak Creek, says that while normally farmers like the challenge of adapting, this past season was a new low — and climate change has a large part to do with it.

Emily Files

In Wisconsin, parents have a lot of choices about where to send their children to school. Open Enrollment allows families to switch between public school districts. Parental choice programs let some families enroll in private schools, using taxpayer-funded vouchers.

READ: Vice President Mike Pence Joins Wisconsin School Choice Rally

Courtesy of Oliver Bestul

Two graduates of the University of Minnesota are nearly half way through their year-long tour of the United States. But they’re not just sightseeing — along the way, they're performing a play that one of them penned.

Oliver Bestul wrote The Birding Body. It’s a bird-themed tongue-in-cheek murder mystery. Veronica Swanson illustrated a booklet that accompanies the play and it allows for audience members to play along as the characters try to figure out who-done-it. 

Outpost Natural Foods

As we embark on this next decade, let's reflect on the major events of the last 10 years. One topic that's always on people’s minds is food — and food trends. Whether you're reevaluating your relationship with food or are determined to try the latest diets, one thing we can count on is a grocery store to fill our changing food needs.

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The 2008 economic recession hit Milwaukee hard. The housing market wasn’t spared and with it came a wave of foreclosures. Property values still haven’t quite recovered in many neighborhoods throughout the city.

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