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Milwaukee Startup Lets Your Genes Pick the Menu

There's a lot that we can learn from our DNA. Some of it is information that's important - like whether we're predisposed to develop a disease. But that doesn't mean we can do something about it. There is, however, a lot of information that we can use, such as learning how our bodies respond to different kinds of foods. Sherry Zhang is a researcher in genetics and obesity at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the founder and CEO of Genopalate, a Milwaukee-based startup that combines genome

Moths vs. Bats: A Rivalry Spanning Millennia

If you walk near the lake at night, there's a good chance you'll see bats swooping through the air to feast on insects. What you might not see - or hear - is the aerial warfare at play dividing the weak and the strong in a battle for survival that has spanned 50 million years. Tiger moths - also known as Arctiinae - are a diverse subfamily of moths with around 11,000 species, including more than two dozen species which make their home in Wisconsin. For millennia, their survival has been

Gill V. Whitford and the Fate of U.S. Democracy

The Supreme Court of the United States will soon hear oral arguments on Gill v. Whitford , also known as the Wisconsin gerrymandering case. There is a lot of uncertainty as to how the court will rule, with most of the conservative and liberal justices coming down on opposite sides of the issue. As is often the case, Justice Kennedy will likely be the deciding vote. "This is an opportunity for the Supreme Court of the United States to put an end to one of the most toxic things in our democracy:

Dontre Hamilton Documentary Comes Home to Milwaukee

The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival kicks off this week. Its centerpiece film takes us into a story familiar to many Milwaukeeans . In 2014 Dontre Hamilton was killed by a police officer in downtown Milwaukee.

The Rise & Fall & Rise of Streetcars in Milwaukee

There are many things brewing in downtown Milwaukee. Perhaps the most notable project this summer has been the laying of the tracks for the new Milwaukee Streetcar, which has torn up roads throughout downtown and the Third Ward. Residents have many lingering questions about the new streetcar, but the most persistent one seems to be: Why? Like many cities, Milwaukee once had a streetcar system that was removed in the 1950s. READ: A Look Back at Milwaukee's Original Streetcar System "Cities all

NAACP Commando Prentice McKinney Looks Back at Milwaukee's Open Housing Marches, 50 Years Later

It was 50 years ago that the open housing marches began in Milwaukee. For 200 nights civil rights activists marched from the mostly black northside over the 16th Street Bridge to city's predominately white southside . They demanded a law to end discriminatory housing practices that prevented African Americans from living in white areas of the city.

NAACP Commando Prentice McKinney Looks Back at Milwaukee's Open Housing Marches, 50 Years Later

Celebrating John Williams' 'Star Wars' Scores

While the characters, plots, and actors of movies may be most memorable to audiences, what is even more quintessential to a memorable film is the score. One of the most iconic scores for a series of films is, of course, John Williams' compositions for Star Wars . Williams has scored all seven Star Wars films, and is on task for the two to come, making the music as much of a character as Lando Callarisian or, you know, Darth Vader. Someone who has studied this music closely is Aaron Krerowicz .

Faces of the Lakefront: Milwaukee's Melting Pot

The Milwaukee lakefront is the place to be, especially in summer. Maybe it's the Calatrava, the pontoon boats at the lagoon, the sunsets in Lake Shore Park, or the rental surrey bikes that get you down there. Increasingly, people-watching and just being near the lakefront's diverse visitors has become a draw. Nigerian-American writer, photographer and art historian Teju Cole was asked on the public radio show To the Best of Our Knowledge what places most felt like home. After Brooklyn, Lagos and "wherever there's good WiFi," Cole said he felt most at home being in spaces where the attitude is one of "cosmopolitanism." As he put it, it's a place where different people are able to inhabit the same space and receive the same rights and respect. Elijah Anderson , urban ethnographer and professor of sociology, in his book wrote: "This place of cultural convergence, a place where people come sometimes for a respite from the tensions of every day life in these other settings." How Milwaukee's

Reggie Jackson on Milwaukee Segregation & America's Black Holocaust Museum

Milwaukee is known as the most segregated city in America. But often, that designation raises more questions than it answers. Growing up in Milwaukee, Reggie Jackson saw the signs of segregation all around him, even when he didn't recognize them. Going to public schools in the city, Jackson says he didn't have class with any white students until he started commuting to high school, a subject-specific school on the south side of town. The school was part of a city-wide initiative to desegregate Milwaukee Public Schools by creating magnet schools that specialized in certain subjects. The move was prompted by a federal ruling which found that despite Brown v. Board of Education , Milwaukee schools weren't doing enough to desegregate. There were other less obvious signs that Jackson says he's been able to recognize through his own research into the roots of segregation in Milwaukee , a project that has led him to become one of the main authorities on the subject. REGGIE JACKSON ON HOW

Reggie Jackson on Milwaukee Segregation & America's Black Holocaust Museum

'They Get Better': How Adding Art to Therapy Changes Lives

For people who are dealing with trauma, mental illness, or other challenging life circumstances, sometimes traditional talk therapy isn't the best - or only - way to start the process of healing. Art therapy and other creative therapies are on the rise as primary methods of care for people with mental illnesses. Five Milwaukee art therapists work out of a recently renovated space on South Kinnickinnic Avenue in Bay View. The Bloom Center for Art and Integrated Therapies is headed by Dr. Emily Nolan, who was in the first doctoral class to come out of Mount Mary's art therapy graduate program. In addition to Nolan, art therapists Ashley Smallwood and Caitlin Walsh joined Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to discuss what they see as a way to "connect art-making with the ability to help people." Their conversation took place in The Bloom Center's community room, where the art therapists and art interns invite members of the community to join them in informal sessions once per week. Nolan says that

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