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Milwaukee Magazine has created a winter playbook that offers a range of tips for staying happy and healthy through the winter season.

"One of the ways to survive winter, just in general, is to develop a hobby that makes you want to go outside," says Milwaukee Magazine's Carol Nicksin. 

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It’s January, and Milwaukee author Nick Petrie is releasing the newest book in his Peter Ash series. The Wild One is the fifth book in Petrie's popular series and it takes our intrepid protagonist — a Milwaukee native and a veteran of the Iraq war who suffers from PTSD — far from his Wisconsin home and sets him up in an inhospitable yet beautiful place. Think Iceland in winter.

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The 1960s was a decade of change in the United States. The civil rights movement brought intense focus on human rights abuses against minorities, including Native Americans. As the American Indian Movement was occupying Alcatraz, Louis Clark III (Two Shoes) was here in Wisconsin, growing up on the Oneida Reservation and dealing with his own abuse.

Clark is a member of the Iroquois Confederacy and the Bear clan. He faced difficulties growing up as one of just a few Native American children in his Catholic church.

Michael Thomsen

The Indianapolis 500 is one of the world’s most famous races. Thirty-three of the fastest drivers of open-wheel cars partake in the ultimate competition — and no drivers are guaranteed spots. Since 1911, drivers earn their starting place based on the order of qualifying time. 

It’s obvious when you look at the drivers on the track that this sport is still dominated by men. But one woman who made racing history is Janet Guthrie.

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Payam Akhavan has seen humanity’s worst. The international human rights lawyer has been a United Nations prosecutor in Bosnia, Croatia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Timor Leste, and Rwanda.

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The assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani has brought renewed attention to the complex relationship between the United States and Iran. For decades, there have been major conflicts between Iran and the U.S. Over the past two years, this adversarial relationship has intensified and the future remains unclear.

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Ranch homes — people either love them or don’t ever want to live in one. Still, despite their association with shag carpet and wood paneling, these single-story homes remain in high demand today.

Essay: Maybe Icarus Was A Turkey

Jan 7, 2020
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Although Milwaukee’s central city is a bustling urban center - you can still see a fair share of wild animals. One of the most common culprits is the wild turkey.

For author J.F. Riordan, turkeys aren’t just curious anomalies on city streets - they’re a regular part of her routine. One turkey, in particular, made a real impression:

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January's events are about getting to know your neighbors, diversifying your worldview, and celebrating icons of civil rights. Sorting through the lists of community events can be overwhelming, which is why we turn to Adam Carr.

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Tom Uttech is one of Wisconsin’s great artists. The Saukville resident is also considered one of the leading landscape painters in the United States. His work has been described as Magic Realism, where a world of real and imaginary flora and fauna exist in a fantastical universe. But the places he paints are also very much grounded in the woods of Wisconsin, Northern Minnesota, and Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Andrej Grilc

Every month, cellist Robert Cohen joins Lake Effect to talk about music and life in a segment called On That Note. This month, Robert is preparing to perform the music one of his favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach. Even after a lifetime of playing this music, Cohen says there is always so much more to discover.

The cellist explains that interpreting Bach's work always offers new challenges because so much of it is guesswork. 

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Matt Wild is one of the co-founders of Milwaukee Record, which he and the other co-founder, Tyler Maas, describe as an online source for music, culture, and gentle sarcasm. Among the many cultural things Milwaukee Record keeps track of is a nearly exhaustive list of new music from local musicians.

Here's a selection from Matt's Milwaukee Music Roundup for December 2019:


Audrey Nowakowski

Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy-winning television host, a successful chef and restaurateur, and a best-selling cookbook author. She made her name by introducing American diners to the dishes of her Italian childhood.

Bastianich spent the first 10 years of her life with her grandmother in Croatia. “I was grandma's little helper sort of running things,” she says. “I grew up in that setting of food you know, cooking with grandma, feeding the animals.”

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Louisa May Alcott released the first part of her novel Little Women in 1868, with the second volume published in 1869. The story follows the lives of the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, and their journeys from childhood to adulthood.

The novel — and it’s now eight film adaptations — address themes of domesticity, work, love, and women’s longing for independence and greater meaning during a time where little opportunity was given to them. The novel was an immediate success when it was first published, and the story still captures our attention today.

Katie Rademacher

The Milwaukee River Basin scored a C- for water quality in 2017. The grade has dropped to a D, according to a report recently released by Milwaukee Riverkeeper.

But that doesn't mean the entire 882-plus square mile basin that begins in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties is one big mess. For example, Pigeon Creek in Ozaukee County earned a B-. The creek is a tributary of the Milwaukee River, one of three rivers that fall within the basin.