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Secretary Robert Wilkie Outlines Cultural Changes At The Department Of Veterans Affairs

Robert Wilkie was appointed as the Secretary of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs last July. Wilkie grew up at Fort Bragg in a military family and still serves as an officer in the Air Force Reserve. As secretary of the cabinet level department, he's responsible for ensuring the VA serves veterans' physical, mental, and emotional needs to the best of its ability. It's also a department that has seen its share of controversy over the years, including here in Wisconsin at the Tomah VA Medical

Secretary Robert Wilkie Outlines Cultural Changes At The Department Of Veterans Affairs

Mark Siddall: In Praise Of Creepy, Crawly Things

Mark Siddall is a specialist in the kinds of things you probably hope stay the heck out of your house. Siddall is the curator of invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and specializes in things like leeches and parasites — and also in the field of poisons and toxicology. But he'll prove that even things we might think of as yucky or frightening can also be fascinating, when he gives the latest Science on Tap lecture at the Milwaukee Public Museum on Thursday. The

A Fusion Of Classical Ballet & African Dance: 'Lambarena' Makes Its Milwaukee Debut

Lambarena is an exuberant fusion that makes its Milwaukee debut tonight. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach melds with African drumming; traditional ballet melds with traditional African dance. Lambarena has been wildly popular in the 24 years since its creation, with performances around the world. That's something its creator, choreographer Val Caniparoli, is thrilled about, but it's not something he could have predicted: "When you do new works, you just don't know," he explains. While not

A Fusion Of Classical Ballet & African Dance: 'Lambarena' Makes Its Milwaukee Debut

Does Milwaukee Have Enough Hotels For The Democratic National Convention?

Since the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced it will hold its 2020 convention in Milwaukee , there have been a lot of conversations about what that means for the city . One issue that continues to raise questions is the number of available hotel rooms for delegates and everyone else that will be in town for the event. Of the three main cities contending for the DNC convention, Milwaukee is by far the smallest. But reporter Tom Daykin says that won't be a problem. Daykin covers

Does Milwaukee Have Enough Hotels For The Democratic National Convention?

Alex Lasry Looks Beyond The Democratic National Convention To Milwaukee's Future

It's official. Earlier this week, the Democratic National Committee chose Milwaukee as the site of its 2020 convention. According to DNC Chair Tom Perez, this is the first time the Democratic Party has held a national convention in the Midwest, outside of Chicago, since 1916. Milwaukee's success in winning the host bid is due, in large part, to the efforts of members of the bid committee, which included Mayor Tom Barrett, Gov. Tony Evers, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, and Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice

Alex Lasry Looks Beyond The Democratic National Convention To Milwaukee's Future

Native American Artists Honor & Provide A Contemporary Take On Their Traditions

Native American art has not often been characterized as such by the non-Native American world. From intricately-beaded clothing to ceramics to jewelry, the artworks that native peoples here created, and continue to create, are often found in the craft or perhaps the folk art areas of museum exhibitions. "Not so fast," says Karen Ann Hoffman. She is Oneida and a renowned Iroquois raised bead worker who was brought up in Milwaukee and now lives and works in Stevens Point. She curated the " Native

Native American Artists Honor & Provide A Contemporary Take On Their Traditions

How Tim Busfield & Melissa Gilbert's Passion For Theater Led To The Film 'Guest Artist'

Jeff Daniels is most famous for his acting work in movies, but the stage has long been his passion. In fact, he founded the Purple Rose Theater Company in his home state of Michigan. Back in the early 2000s, Daniels commissioned Pulitzer-winning playwright Lanford Wilson to create a new piece for his company. What was an auspicious project got off to a rough start when Daniels went to pick up Wilson from the train station — Wilson was drunk and hadn't written a word of the play he was

How Tim Busfield & Melissa Gilbert's Passion For Theater Led To The Film 'Guest Artist'

Producers Nigel Poor & Earlonne Woods On Translating 'Ear Hustle' Beyond The Podcast

Visual artist Nigel Poor has spent years offering us a glimpse of life behind bars. Poor is not incarcerated, but she has worked with people inside California's San Quentin Prison to tell the stories of everyday life. Among the ways she's done that is through curating a remarkable group of large-format photographs taken over the years by prison staff — some of which are on exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum. READ: 'Ear Hustle' Podcast, Photography Make Prison Three Dimensional But Poor has also

Producers Nigel Poor & Earlonne Woods On Translating 'Ear Hustle' Beyond The Podcast

Gone Grove? Why Many Milwaukeeans Want To Preserve Dan Kiley's Chestnut Trees

It's under a foot of snow right now so no one's spending any time there. But that doesn't mean the Dan Kiley -designed grove of chestnut trees along the south side of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is out of the spotlight. A little history: In December, the Marcus Center unveiled renovation plans for their entire complex; plans which included the destruction of the grove, which was put in 50 years ago when the Marcus Center was being built. READ: Milwaukee Commission Considers Marcus

Gone Grove? Why Many Milwaukeeans Want To Preserve Dan Kiley's Chestnut Trees

Nature Itself Can Help Combat Climate Change, Report Says

The Nature Conservancy, a conservation group with programs spanning the globe, hopes that a report it compiled will help build the case for "natural" climate solutions. The report lays out how forests, wetlands and agricultural lands can significantly drive down greenhouse gas pollution. The Nature Conservancy also developed a carbon mapper to help people visualize the benefits of natural climate mitigation strategies. Joe Fargione, North America Region science director, says natural climate

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