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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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A $20 million taxpayer funded grant for Milwaukee Tool to renovate its downtown office to house up to 2,000 workers has cleared the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee and heads to the Milwaukee Common Council.By Chuck Quirmbach
With enough supply of vaccine in Milwaukee, health officials are urging all individuals 16 years and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine.By Teran Powell
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…
Milwaukee Public Schools students started returning to classrooms Wednesday, for the first time in more than a year.By Emily Files
Gov. Tony Evers was in Milwaukee Tuesday, touting juvenile justice reforms contained in his budget proposal. He called on the Republican-controlled state Legislature to pass the initiatives.By Marti Mikkelson
Local and state health agencies have joined a national pause in use of the COVID-19 vaccine made by the firm Johnson & Johnson. But officials in Milwaukee and Madison are still urging people to get shots of COVID vaccine made by two other companies, Pfizer and Moderna.By Chuck Quirmbach
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…
The Cedarburg High School choir pivoted from in-person performances to radio concerts this school year.By Emily Files
A prominent Milwaukee-area doctor has given a business and civic group his estimate on when the local economy can fully reopen after suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic.By Chuck Quirmbach
We hear from filmmaker Yoruba Richen about her documentary The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts ‘The Tonight Show. Then, we meet the hosts of NPR’s history podcast Throughline, who recently made the jump to radio. We learn about Milwaukee’s new Edessa School of Fashion.
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
We look at Governor Evers’ plan to expand and update I-94 in Milwaukee. Bubbler Talk explores the history of Milwaukee’s South Side churches. Then, we hear some of the latest Listen MKE which addresses the historical tensions between Black and Asian communities.
While Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson continues to say he is taking his time to decide whether or not to run for a third term in 2022, on Thursday he received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, if he decides to enter the race.By WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR
A new multi-media ad campaign in Milwaukee County aims to convince hesitant people to get their COVID-19 vaccine.By Maayan Silver
The COVID-19 vaccine supply in Milwaukee has improved to the point where Mayor Tom Barrett is urging eligible people to get a shot.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.…
The south side of Milwaukee is known for having a lot of churches. In fact, depending on where you are, many of those churches dot the Milwaukee skyline with their steeples.By WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR
As new technology continues to enter the workplace, employers everywhere are struggling to make sure their employees know how to use that technology. It’s called “upskilling”, and without it, many workers are at risk of becoming obsolete.By Tom Luljak
After several decades of a less public image, Milwaukee Turner's new executive director Emilio De Torre is working to bring the organization back to being a cultural and political force in the city.By Ben Binversie, Jack Hurbanis
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…
The state Department of Public Instruction told MPS it might withhold funding if the district continued to provide a "one-size-fits-all" education offering for students with disabilities.By Emily Files
Wisconsin's first Afro Latina, certified professional midwife talks about navigating COVID-19 as both a new midwife and a business owner.By LaToya Dennis
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…
Milwaukee county health officials are telling people to get their vaccines, and talk to other people about getting theirs as well.By Maayan Silver
Jill Underly rode support from the state teachers’ union and an overwhelming financial advantage to win election as Wisconsin superintendent of schools.By Associated Press, Emily Files
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…
Residents 16 and older are eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine. Many are eager to get their first shot and return to a sense of normalcy.By Angelina Mosher Salazar
The Milwaukee Brewers have joined the local organizations that are promoting the COVID-19 vaccine. One thing the baseball team has done is release a pro-vaccine public service announcement featuring several players.By Chuck Quirmbach
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.…
Monday on Lake Effect, we answer some of the biggest questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. We learn about the origins of the body mass index, and hear how the Tandem restaurant has shifted its focus to food insecurity during the pandemic.
Starting Monday, April 5, all Wisconsin residents age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Questions remain about how many people will be trying to get vaccinated and whether the state's health care system is ready for everyone who wants to come in for a shot.By Chuck Quirmbach
Bubbler Talk inquirer Eloisa Gomez wanted to know: "In the Latino community, what and where are the historic landmarks that people can go to to get a better sense of the local Latino history?" Well, there are none.By WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR
Officials in Milwaukee County continue to express concern about a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, and the concern extends to some children who have become sick.By Chuck Quirmbach
A conversation about the partnerships between UWM and the Medical College of Wisconsin with UWM Chancellor Mark Mone and MCW President and CEO Dr. John Raymond.By John Hess
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.…
Send for Me: A Novel uses the real letters of Wisconsin-based author Lauren Fox's great-grandmother to show the life of a Jewish woman trapped in Nazi Germany after her daughter was able to escape.By Joy Powers, Jack Hurbanis
On the latest installment of our series on entrepreneurship, How Did You Do That?, host Kathleen Gallagher speaks with Chris Salm about how he went from working at several large food companies to commercializing research out of UW-Madison.By WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR
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.…
In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson speaks with wispolitics.com editor JR Ross about Gov. Tony Evers' approval of a large casino and entertainment complex in Beloit.By WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR
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.
The 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks were one of the greatest NBA teams of their era, but after winning it all in April of 1971 the team never got a victory parade. Instead, Milwaukeeans found their own way to celebrate the world champions.By WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR
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…
As the race for Wisconsin state superintendent heats up, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson talks with JR Ross of wispolitics.com about what he expects to see moving forward in the race.By WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR
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…