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Before the Brewers won the National League’s Central Division in 2018, they were longtime members of the American League. But before they were in the American League, another version of the Brewers played in the minor leagues, at a long-departed stadium called Borchert Field. It’s a fictionalized version of those Brewers who play a role in a recent middle-grade novel by Milwaukee native Stacy DeKeyser.

The history of almost every American city features a series of boom and bust cycles. Milwaukee in the 1950s was a bustling, manufacturing metropolis. But the city’s fortunes fell in subsequent decades, and while the downtown has made a recovery, other aspects of the city are still a work in progress.

The website, Atlas Obscura, takes visitors to exotic and unusual sites around the world. It connects travelers with other would-be travelers, and features unique tourist destinations in all corners of the globe (15,000 attractions, at last count). 

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The complex world of carbon trading and energy speculation might not seem, at first blush, to be fertile ground for a suspense novel.  But it's familiar territory for writer Paul Schueller — who might not seem, at first blush, to be a likely candidate to write suspense.

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How do you think about the objects around you? What do they do for you? What do they want? Are they art? These are some of the ways that local artist and author Nathaniel Stern wants us to think about our surroundings, our planet and the art within it.

His new book, “Ecological Aesthetics," argues that all things — all matter in fact — argues for itself. 

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According to the AARP, at least 90 percent of people in a recent survey say they want to age in their own home. But sometimes health and mobility issues can make that hope a challenge.

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It’s Tuesday already, but there are more than a few Packers fans still basking in the glow of their comeback victory over Chicago on Sunday night. Many of those same fans were expressing their disgust with the Packers leadership halfway through the game, when the score was lopsided in favor of the Bears.

That's football. But it’s also like politics — we support our leaders when we agree with them and want to throw the bums out when we don’t. The intersection between professional football and politics is pretty substantial, as Mark Leibovich learned over the past few years.

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Chicago writer Rebecca Makkai’s newest book, "The Great Believers", is a work of fiction, but its underpinnings are very real, and very familiar to people in the Midwest. Much of the book is set in the late 1980s and early '90s, in Chicago’s gay community. It was a time when AIDS was reaching epidemic levels and thousands were dying, even as politicians ignored it and broader society often spread fear, misinformation and distrust.

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Walk into the public area of Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport, and you’ll see traditional airport sights: monitors for departures, places to grab coffee and food. But you’ll also see a 2,600-square-foot used bookstore, Renaissance Books.

The latest Bubbler Talk — our series that allows you to ask WUWM questions about Milwaukee —  takes us to the bookshop. Question asker Susie Hoglund, of Shorewood:

The word "genius" gets thrown around a lot in casual conversation. Even when you weed out subsets — like "managerial geniuses" or "musical geniuses" — there are some transcendent figures we typically file under the genius category. Leonardo da Vinci would certainly rank among these people, who transformed the ways in which we view the world. 

Scary stories are a classic part of childhood. A whistling wind or a bump in the night, heighten the drama of these tales and keep listeners coming back for more.

Like a lot of kids, Anna Lardinois loved these stories, but unlike a lot of adults, she’s made her living through telling them. Lardinois is the founder of Gothic Milwaukee, through which she gives haunted, historical walking tours of the city.

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According to a 2017 study from Common Sense Media, 98 percent of households with children age 8 and under now have access to a mobile device like a tablet or a smartphone. That’s an increase of 52 percent from 2011.

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Milwaukee Fringe Festival opens this weekend with performances from around the country. One of those performances is a new work from Elizabeth Fuller and Conrad Bishop, who started their theater careers in Milwaukee.

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Stories and storytelling flourish in Ireland and Irish descendants scattered around the world, like Irish/American author Sheila Post.

Post’s newest novel, Your Own Ones, uses her family’s Irish heritage by telling the journey of Canadian/Irish wild salmon conservationist Áine O’Connor. In the book, O’Connor travels to the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, and discovers a 1,000-year-old family tradition of protecting the land and sea, as well as a hidden family history.

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The most recent figures from the World Bank show the average life expectancy for Americans is nearly 79 years old.  And while that’s a few years less than some other countries, it's still around the highest point it has ever been in US history.  But let’s say you knew exactly how long you’ll live - down to the very day.  Would it change the way you lived your life?

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