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For more than 20 years, one of the funny staples of weekend public radio listening has been the comedy quiz show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me! The show features a regular panel, special guests, and callers who weigh in on current news, events and pop culture in a way that blends improv with information.

Susan Bence

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers officially assumed his role as chair of the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Friday as he welcomed the group to Milwaukee.

“Today, we are gathering to protect this natural asset that is the source of our continuing prosperity,” Evers said.

The group formed over 30 years ago to cultivate environmentally-responsible economic growth.

Kate Redmond

You may not be a fan of insects, but they're both important and in decline. Just ask interpretive naturalist Kate Redmond.

"If you like birds, that’s what birds eat. And if you like a lot of other small animals, that’s what they eat. And if you like to eat strawberries, it’s insects that pollinate them. It’s a domino,” Redmond says.

Focus Features

The zombie movie phenomenon and obsession has been part of film culture as early as 1932. But it was George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead that set the stage for our culture’s hunger for more.

The latest film in the zombie canon is from writer and director Jim Jarmusch — The Dead Don’t Die. Taking place in the small town of Centerville, odd things start to happen. Watches stop. The sun doesn't rise or set at the right time. And, most notably, zombies walk the streets.

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It began with a chance remark, as such things often do. But it took pianists Sue Medford and Stefanie Jacob another five years before the first PianoArts competition took place in June 1999. Over the past 20 years, the organization and its reputation has grown to attract young pianists from around the world.

"We believe strongly that young people today can make a living in classical music playing the piano," Medford explains. "But they’ve got to look at it from a very broad point of view and be able to step into it in many different ways."

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Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul recently announced that he will defend an EPA decision to exempt parts of the Milwaukee area from stricter air quality regulations. Kaul will be siding with the Trump administration and former Gov. Scott Walker in defending the exemption, which contends that much of the area’s air pollution is caused by Illinois and Indiana.

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We’re just about to the weekend, a time when a lot of people enjoy the chance to pop open a bag of chips and a beer or a soda, and watch their favorite team or their favorite sport, or whatever game happens to be on TV.

But as all diehard sports fans know, rooting for a team can be a double-edged sword. It was a game a few weeks ago that drove that point home to essayist and Lake Effect sports contributor Shaun Ranft:

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The GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to approve a roughly $321 million middle-class tax cut. It was the third attempt to find an income tax cut that both the GOP and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers can agree on. But Democrats on the committee were skeptical.

Cream City Hostel

Carolyn Weber has been dreaming of opening a hostel in Milwaukee for six years. Now, Cream City Hostel is coming to life in Riverwest. 

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As Milwaukee embarks on its plan to extend its streetcar line, the Milwaukee County Transit System is facing a big budget shortfall: a possible 10% cut in service.

At the same time, funding has run out for the county’s last remaining jobline — the 57 bus route, which stretches from Milwaukee into Waukesha County. These potential cuts stand in stark contrast with plans laid out by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC or Sewer Pack).

Bonnie North

The pipe organ at St Jude the Apostle Church in Wauwatosa is one of the instruments being showcased during the 2019 North Central Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. The convention runs June 16-19.

Chuck Quirmbach

3D printers are becoming so advanced and widespread that the auto industry uses them to make rare car parts. Some construction firms use them to pour concrete.

Also, more schools are teaching teenage students how to use smaller versions of the printers — and teachers in some school districts are learning how to teach even young children how to use them.

Take, for example, the Port Washington-Saukville School District. This week, the district played host to a summer instruction session for teachers to learn about new technology. 

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Earlier this week we aired an interview with the Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Sara Meaney at Lakeshore State Park. It happens to be one of the many public parks and greenspaces accessible from Milwaukee County’s Oak Leaf Trail.

Beaufort Books

Wisconsin writer J.F. Riordan set her series of novels on remote Washington Island, just off the tip of Door County. It’s a place that locals refer to as “North of the Tension Line.” A phrase that gave her series its name. While Riordan loves that place, she does much of her writing in the Milwaukee area.

It's that disconnect that informs the series of essays in her latest book: Reflections on a Life in Exile

Essay: The Island By Night

Jun 12, 2019
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Wisconsin writer J.F. Riordan set her series of novels on remote Washington Island, just off the tip of Door County. It's a place that locals refer to as "North of the tension line," a phrase that gave her series its name. However, while Riordan loves that place, she does much of her writing in the Milwaukee area.

It's that disconnect that informs the series of essays that fill her latest book, called Reflections on a Life in Exile:

When I am on the Island, every night, before bed, the dogs and I go out for a long walk in the dark.