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Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says the federal government should be spending more money on scientific and biomedical research.  

So, recently, she helped introduce a bill called the "American Cures Act". It would annually increase spending by at least 5% at the: National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense Health Program, and Veterans Medical and Prosthetics Research Program. 

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This year marks the centennial anniversary of a dark chapter in American History. In the summer of 1919, race riots and massacres spread to dozens of cities throughout the country in a series of events that would come to be known as Red Summer

Although hundreds were killed and entire communities destroyed, few Americans know much about these events that rocked the nation. 

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Mario Quadracci studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston. And for years, whenever he had the chance, the guitarist was found in his basement studio, experimenting. The goal always was to try to replicate what he heard in his head.

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President Donald Trump is scheduled to formally announce his reelection bid Tuesday night. Democrats are already after the Republican to answer more questions about his policy on tariffs. Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is one of the questioners.

President Trump tweeted this month that: 

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Some Wisconsin lawmakers are trying to prevent suicide among young people in the state. Youth suicide rates have continued to rise over the last 10 years. And while it affects every demographic, some groups of young people report higher rates of suicidal thoughts and acts than others.

As a result, the Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention convened Monday to address risk factors and solutions to the problem. Experts, survivors and family members affected by suicide spoke at Ripon College during the meeting.

Editor's note: This conversation originally aired on November 27, 2009. 

Tensions are high in the world today, and we could all use a little comic relief. While you may not think of philosophy as the likely source of levity, philosophers Daniel Klein and Tom Cathcart are hoping to change your mind. 

Writer David Sedaris On 'Calypso' & Getting Older

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Summer officially begins this week, but it hasn’t felt like it. All around the region, and even the country, farmers’ fields are flooded, preventing many farmers from both planting and harvesting crops they depend on for their livelihood.

The Joint Finance committee wrapped up its work on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposed budget last week. The panel finished by approving $500 million in tax cuts. It's expected to go to the floor of the Legislature next week. 

In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com whether the document will sail through both Republican-controlled houses.

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Chances are good your local school district has gone directly to voters asking for more money to stay afloat. Tight state funding and restrictions on local taxing power have pushed more than 70% of Wisconsin school districts to seek operating referendums.

These referendums aren’t about borrowing money for new buildings. They’re requests for more property taxes to sustain basic costs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."