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A recent report commissioned by the United Nations predicts dramatic consequences if greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates. So, what can you, as an individual, do about climate change? 

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When Wisconsin voters go to the polls on Nov. 6, they will vote in some key national and statewide races, including the election for governor, a U.S. Senate seat, and the state attorney general. 

And in many places, voters will decide the fate of local school districts which are seeking money for major projects. The number of such referenda has ballooned in Wisconsin and the issue of school funding has become central to the gubernatorial race. 

Mitch Teich

It was big news nine years ago when the Swiss dairy cooperative, Emmi, purchased Monroe, Wisc.-based Roth Käse USA. The combined company became Emmi Roth, which makes its own Alpine cheeses in Wisconsin and imports cheese from Switzerland.

The company's Wisconsin-produced cheeses have earned world championships, and with them, fans around the globe. So, the company is hopeful its newest innovation will be no less successful. 

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In the Internet era, the lines between local, national and international news are blurred. If you want to read a story from the newspaper in Helsinki, Finland, or Johannesburg, South Africa, it just takes a few clicks of a mouse or taps on your smartphone, and you’re there.

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There was a time when the corporate break room was a hodgepodge of vending machines selling bitter coffee, stale sandwiches, and those cheese and cracker sandwiches in Day-Glo orange.

Those kinds of break rooms are largely gone from the scene, replaced in some larger companies by catered kitchens that offer a variety of entrees and snacks. But a Menomonee Falls company called Davians is providing a service for companies that aren’t quite large enough to warrant an on-site restaurant but want to offer fresher options than a vending machine. 

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Growing up Avoca, Wisc., Emily Kuester felt like an outsider in her small town community. As a transracial adoptee, she navigated life without feeling completely part of either white or black culture — something that was jarringly obvious once she moved to Milwaukee for college.

"I was just excited to be around people who looked like me and be around diversity and all of that," recalls Kuester. "I quickly realized that I didn't know anything about black culture."

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Monday is Indigenous Peoples' Day in parts of the U.S. In others, it’s Christopher Columbus Day — a fact that many Native American activists take issue with, given Columbus' crimes against native peoples, including enslavement, murder and genocidal acts.

Although Native American history predates the U.S. history by thousands of years, many textbooks condense it to a few paragraphs. But throughout the history of the nation, native people have fought for their rights through battles, legislation and demonstrations. 

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It’s not too often that the fourth time is the charm. But actor and first time film director Bradley Cooper hopes his version of the classic movie, “A Star Is Born,” is indeed a charm in its fourth version.

"It’s the Hollywood tale that the business just won’t let die," says film contributor Ryan Jay. "It seems to reinvent itself and whenever there's a leading lady, or in this case an up-and-coming leading lady with Gaga, it's a showcase for that talent. It has chops for your acting and for your singing ability."

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The 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival opens on Oct. 18. This year’s festival marks 10 years in its current incarnation, and the first in which will feature a renovated Oriental Theater as home to Milwaukee Film.

"[The Oriental is] something that a lot of filmmakers who come through the city comment on. A lot of cities don’t have theaters like the Oriental. Milwaukee does — it’s one of the festival’s main selling points," says Milwaukee Magazine Cultural Editor Lindsey Anderson.

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Are you one of those old school museum attendees whose head whips around to investigate even the whispers of a conversation? If you are, you're in good company because our material culture contributor Gianofer Fields is one of those people — even though she says she's working on it.

Mitch Teich

Welsh singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph has a new album — his 20th since 1982 — called “Here Come The Young.” During a recent visit to Milwaukee he came by the Lake Effect performance studio to tell the story behind, and perform, the album's title track:

Ex Fabula: Misunderstood

Oct 6, 2018
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As the seasons change, so does Ex Fabula. If you’ve been to an Ex Fabula event you’ve probably received a survey. If you’re nice, you even filled it out and returned it. Well, guess what? We actually read them all. And the one surprising thing that people said time and again was that they were more likely to share their stories on stage if there were no judging. So, this Tuesday, Oct. 9, we’re hosting our first non-competitive Ex Fabula StorySlam "Misunderstood" at Bay View’s Sugar Maple.

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Mitch Teich

Musician Marc Revenson (also known as Lil' Rev), is a veritable ambassador to the ukulele. Based in Sheboygan, Revenson travels around the country sharing his love for the Hawaiian instrument.

His most recent album, "Sing Song Daddy," features Americana music, including a couple of the tunes he played in Lake Effect's performance studio, "The Old Sheboygan Soft Shoe" and "The Milwaukee Waltz." He says the ukulele played a role in making Americans participants in music, rather than just listeners.

Brewers Baseball Takes Over Wisconsin

Oct 4, 2018
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The last month or so of the baseball season has been about defying expectations. The Milwaukee Brewers seemed like they were well on their way to winning a wildcard berth in the playoffs. But then they went on an eight-game winning streak and won the division instead.

And the Chicago Cubs, prohibitive favorites in their wild card game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night, lost 2-1 in 13 innings. So, the Rockies will be at Miller Park Thursday to open the playoffs. This is the Brewers' first playoff appearance since 2011. 

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Maayan Silver

A number of Catholic priests are gathering in Racine this week, not only to discuss religious matters, but also to reflect upon their experiences as gay men of the cloth.

When asked about gay priests, Pope Francis famously said in 2013, “who am I to judge?” But the Catholic Church still has a difficult relationship with gay priests and even parishioners who are gay. 

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