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Stopping That Sinking Feeling At Milwaukee City Hall

Milwaukee City Hall was completed in 1895. But if you've seen the building over the years, it may seem like it's been under constant construction. So, let's look at the work that's been done on City Hall and what's still in store.

The Solomon Juneau Is A 'Jewel' In The Milwaukee River

When Milwaukeeans hear the name Solomon Juneau it likely rings a few bells. He was a founding father of Milwaukee and the city's first mayor. However, Juneau's name also belongs to a tug boat docked year-round near the Michigan Street bridge downtown. This week's Bubbler Talk — our series that answers your questions about Milwaukee and the region — takes a peek into the history of The Solomon Juneau . Peter from Wauwatosa wants to know: What is the history of the boat, The Solomon Juneau, which

Poblocki Paving: Rolling Puns For I-94 Commuters Since 1982

For this week's Bubbler Talk — our series where you ask, we investigate and together we unveil the answers — we're waiting for a sign, or rather reading signs. Question asker Emily Johnson wants to know: Who writes the incredibly hilarious and cheesy asphalt and tar-related puns on the Poblocki Paving signs on I-94? If you're not sure what sign she's referring to, just drive west on Interstate 94 toward Madison. On the right side of the freeway just before you climb the hill to Brookfield is a

A Matter Of Political Will: High-Speed Rails In Wisconsin

While speaking to a group of reporters in 2010, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said, "I don't just want jobs that are created short term based upon a government subsidy, I want jobs that are long-term and sustainable. And the most sustainable jobs — 75 percent to 80 percent — are likely to come from small businesses, not from employers getting government subsidies." He was talking about a specific plan that would have brought $810 million in federal subsidies to Wisconsin for a project that has

How Were Germans Treated In Milwaukee During The World Wars?

Wisconsin boasts one of the largest German populations in the country, and in the early 1900s , Milwaukee was considered one of the most German cities in America. "Milwaukee was known as the Midwest Munich," Steve Schaffer says. "It was, ya know, a German town." This week's Bubbler Talk question comes from listener Bruce Campbell, who wanted to know: How were Germans treated in Milwaukee during World War II? Schaffer, Milwaukee County Historical Society 's assistant archivist, estimates that in

A Deeper Look At Milwaukee's South Side 'Mural Of Peace'

If you've driven northbound on Interstate 43 toward Milwaukee's downtown, chances are, you've noticed a gigantic mural. That colorful mural has caught the eye of Tim Brever, of Greendale, since he was a kid. He wanted to learn more about it, so he reached out to Bubbler Talk — our series where you ask, we investigate and together we unveil the answers: What is the story behind the mural located on the side of a building, coming north into Milwaukee featuring an eagle with a rainbow behind it?

Bubbler Talk: Tailgating's Unusual Origin Story

Tens of thousands of people enjoy tailgating before baseball and football games. But just how did the tradition come about? That's the question we answer in this week's Bubbler Talk segment. You might be surprised to learn that tailgating has roots in the Civil War era, when people packed food and took it to battle sites to watch soldiers fighting. Have a question you'd like WUWM to answer? Submit your query below. _ _

Why Milwaukee Loves Church Festivals

For this week's Bubbler Talk — our series where you ask, we investigate and together we unveil the answers — we look at church festivals in Milwaukee and why we love them. This all started with a question from curious community member Miguel Rivera. "Are church festivals (mostly Catholic) only popular in Milwaukee? People from out of state always seem surprised by them." He's been going to Catholic church festivals in Milwaukee since he was a kid. He recalls looking forward every year to the

Racine County's Seven Mile Road Is 7 Miles From Where, Exactly?

There are three types of people in this world: Those who notice nothing. Those who notice but don't care to question. And then there are those who ask why. David Wagner is the last one. David reached out to Bubbler Talk — our series where you ask, we investigate, and together we unveil the answers — to learn about a road he often passes. What is Seven Mile Road 7 miles from? First, we consulted Google. To be honest, Google was only good for letting us know the answer is not Lake Michigan. Next,

WWII, Gertrude Stein & Poetry: The History Of The Bookstore At General Mitchell Airport

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. Our 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: "What is the history of the used-book store in the General Mitchell Airport?"

WWII, Gertrude Stein & Poetry: The History Of The Bookstore At General Mitchell Airport

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