Lake Effect

The Flash Nites

Imagine it’s pitch dark out and you’re driving down a road in the middle of nowhere. Then, you see an abandoned structure and you decide to go exploring.

That’s what Chris and Katie Robleski do with their night photography. They call themselves The Flash Nites, and for half of the year they’re out investigating abandoned structures in the dark and illuminating history.

With just a full moon, a flashlight and long exposure photography, they turn lost Americana into unique art — usually while trespassing.

Liz Falkowski

Linda Grus remembers her mother, Hilde Jach, as a strong woman who didn’t take guff from anyone. Born in Parchim, Germany in 1925, Jach was shaped by the tragedy of World War II.

“Her brothers, her mother, her father, her grandparents were all killed during the war,” says Grus. In the wake of such profound loss, Jach created a new life for herself.

Emily Files

A new report from a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researcher highlights one reason African American teachers may leave classrooms: trust issues in the work environment.

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Food is essential to life. But cooking food well isn't a skill we're born with. Not all of us have the time, money or inclination to take cooking classes, or had parents who taught us to cook. 

Enter cookbooks.

Cookbook sales, especially those by celebrity chefs, are outpacing the sales of many other kinds of books. But Americans go out to eat now more than ever. So, how many of us actually use cookbooks or their online counterparts to make a dish or a meal?

Galicia Jewish Museum

Seventy-five years ago, Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was liberated by the Russian Army. The days that followed were filled with chaos, as liberators grappled with how to care for those still alive in the camp. There were warehouses full of stolen goods, like shoes, glasses, and other personal items. And somewhere, in all of the turmoil, there was a small school book: a diary belonging to Rywka Lipsyzc.

Chuck Quirmbach

If you use energy efficient LED light bulbs in your home, you partly have Chuck Swoboda to thank. He spent 16 years as CEO of Cree Inc., a company that helped bring LED lighting to the market.

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The United States may be divided politically, but there's one thing just about everyone agrees on: Why can’t the weather forecast be more accurate?

There are certain things that can’t be predicted, but weather forecasting has become better in the past couple of decades as computer modeling has improved both in speed and accuracy. And those improvements are, in large part, thanks to Paul Roebber. He's a distinguished professor of mathematical and atmospheric sciences at UW-Milwaukee, and one of the leading forecasting experts in the U.S., and the world.

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One food truck that's become known among Milwaukee’s food truck scene is Meat on the Street. Sibling team Alexa and Matthew Alfaro started the truck about six years ago. They were the first to offer Filipino food of any kind in Milwaukee — truck or restaurant. That remains to be the case today, although now outside of their food truck, Meat on the Street also has a restaurant location at Eleven25 at Pabst.

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The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump began Tuesday. Trump is charged with abuse of power and obstruction of justice, making him only the third president to be impeached. Two thirds of the Senate must find President Trump guilty in order to convict him. If that happens, he’ll be the first president convicted in an impeachment trial.

Maggie Holdorf

Although Milwaukee singer-songwriter Tae is just 21-years-old, she’s not exactly a newcomer. She’s been performing as a solo artist for nearly a decade, and she began touring with her music last year.

On New Year's Day, she released her first full-length album called “What Love Is.” It explores different parts of her life and experiences, which Tae says is reflective of her creative process.

Susan Bence

There’s promising new research that could help farmers weather climate change. A team of scientists is experimenting with a hormone that naturally occurs in plants. The hormone slows the plant’s growth – meaning it would need less water during a drought.

There’s more research to be done, but it could eventually lead to a drought-survival spray farmers could use on crops.

Bonnie North

On East Burleigh Street in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood there’s a set of low cream-colored buildings with red awnings. The Florentine Opera makes its home there, but we’re not visiting the opera today. We’re meeting the opera’s landlords, Mario and Cathy Costantini. They’re the owners of La Lune Collection — a rustic, eco-friendly furniture company they founded 40 years ago when they were both 23 and had just graduated from Marquette University.  

Bonnie North

Grafton, Wis., is an unlikely place to be the center of African American music. But for about a decade in the 1920s and early '30s, it was the home of Paramount Records — a label devoted to jazz and blues. Artists like Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there.

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Experiencing wars through film is often one of the few ways that audiences of all ages can connect with the tragedy of conflict. World War II and Vietnam War have had their share of films, but World War I has yet to get quite the same treatment. However, the film 1917 could change that.

Plunkett Raysich Architects / Courtesy Mount Mary University

Milwaukee’s Mount Mary University is planning a unique housing project that will serve students who are single mothers, alongside aging nuns and other senior citizens.