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There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.
 
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On this edition of UWM Today we talk about how theaters have been able to survive during the pandemic and what the future holds for the entertainment business going forward. Joining us are Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece, associate professor of English and Film Studies at UWM and Brent Hazleton, artistic director of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.…
 
We learn about proposed election law changes that would make voting more difficult for people with disabilities. Then, we look at Black Space, a place dedicated to therapy for Black, Brown, and LGBTQ people. We get a preview of WUWM's upcoming Earth Week series. Plus, hear from the owners of Twisted Plants, one of the restaurants taking part in Mil…
 
Today on Lake Effect, we’ll look at how increasing Wisconsin’s minimum wage would affect workers, especially women and people of color. Then, State Representative David Bowen addresses biases Black men face based on their clothes. We’ll tell you about a new Milwaukee podcast that shares stories from currently and formerly incarcerated people and re…
 
Beginning Monday night, the Brewers will play six games at home over the next week. Despite rising COVID-19 cases, some changes are in store since the team's first home games of the season, including a limited return of tailgating in the parking lots at American Family Field.By Chuck Quirmbach
 
The Wisconsin Legislature's budget committee will hold its first public hearing Friday in Whitewater on Gov. Tony Evers' two-year state budget proposal. It includes a plan by Evers to have the state borrow $40 million, to begin major work on a few miles of East-West I-94 on Milwaukee's near west side.…
 
Dodge County has the lowest percentage of COVID-19 vaccinations in the southeast quarter of Wisconsin. As of April 7, state figures indicated that just 27% of county residents have had at least one vaccination shot. WUWM's Chuck Quirmbach toured Dodge County to hear what some people in the conservative area are saying about the vaccine.…
 
Thursday on Lake Effect, how the Milwaukee Turners organization is trying to reclaim its role as a progressive force in the city. Then, a Milwaukee boutique owner describes the losses and successes of operating a business during the pandemic. A pianist takes on a daunting musical challenge inspired by his journey of overcoming physical and societal…
 
We break down the results of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s 2020 audit of anti-semitic incidents and what could be the cause of some troubling trends. Then, we’ll learn about the Milwaukee-based platform “Kin,” which hopes to foster conversations and understanding across political and racial divides. We’ll learn how practicing midwifery has chan…
 
Tuesday on Lake Effect, we look at Wisconsin’s incarceration rate which has plummeted during the pandemic. Sean Wilson, ACLU’s statewide manager for smart justice, shares his vision for restorative justice after being incarcerated as a teenager. Then, learn about a Bradley Corporation invention that allowed multiple people to wash their hands at on…
 
The stakes are high in the race for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat next year, as Republican incumbent Ron Johnson decides whether to bid for a third term. Milwaukee Bucks Executive Alex Lasry, who is running as a Democrat, says his campaign has raised $1 million since he got into the race in mid-February.…
 
We hold a roundtable conversation with Milwaukee educators on the barriers to getting and keeping diverse teachers into classrooms. Then, learn about the work being done at the Walkers Point Youth and Family Center to support the city’s most vulnerable young people. Plus, learn about the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection Manuscripts housed right at Marquet…
 
Wednesday on Lake Effect, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes answers listener questions about what’s happening in Wisconsin. We hear some of the latest Listen MKE which focuses on the Atlanta spa shootings and the rise in racism and harassment of Asian-Americans. Plus, we’ll hear new, local music in this month’s Milwaukee Music Roundup.…
 
We learn about the legal concerns surrounding employer-mandated vaccinations and at-home COVID-19 testing. Then, author Lauren Fox talks about her book Send for Me and why it’s important to continue discussing the horrors of World War II. Bubbler Talk looks into why the 1971 Championship Bucks team didn’t get a parade, despite the fans’ enthusiasm.…
 
We discuss the importance of civility and how it can be achieved through building better relationships. Then, we learn about the importance of court interpreters. We hear from the director of the documentary “Growing Up Milwaukee.” Plus, hear music from Racine blues musician, Stephen Hull.
 
Every year about one million people with serious mental health issues are arrested in America, many of them on misdemeanor charges. Once they are taken into custody research shows that individuals with serious mental illness are more likely to receive jail time than others arrested for the same crimes.…
 
We’ll hear from the president and founder of Rishi Tea and Botanicals based in Milwaukee about how his business has been impacted by COVID-19. We’ll tell you about a new board game called Distrix and how it illuminates the issue of gerrymandering through gameplay. We speak with a Forest Home Cemetery historian to learn about the art and symbolism f…
 
We learn about the merger Running Rebels and We Got This, two Milwaukee organizations that work with young people. Then, travel show host John McGivern talks about the end of “Around the Corner,” and his new show “Main Streets.” We’ll learn what you should and shouldn’t do in the garden this time of year. Plus, Milwaukee musician Brett Newski talks…
 
We dig into a report about why the state has so few Black and brown teachers and possible solutions. While many businesses have struggled through the pandemic, we’ll hear from someone who actually started a business last year as part of our COVID Earners series. Then, we hear from a filmmaker of End of the Line, who documented the women of Standing…
 
We learn why Milwaukee is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the federal stimulus package. Bubbler Talk looks into a big chunk of metal in the city. Then, we’ll hear some of the latest Listen MKE where local business owners reflect on the struggles and the strength they found during the pandemic. Plus, learn about Wisconsin’s history with German P…
 
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