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Listen to local poet’s beautiful ‘Love Letter to Milwaukee’

9/21/2018
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There’s something special about Kavon Cortez Jones. The 22-year-old spoken word artist speaks softly, but eloquently, making every word count. He’s a lifelong Milwaukeean, a graduate of Riverside High School, and has spent his adult life pursuing his three major passions: mentoring kids, cycling and, above all, penning poetry.

Duration:00:03:09

Milwaukee Youth Council responds to being called 'little convicts' by blogger

9/20/2018
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“Little convicts.” That was the phrase recently used by a conservative blogger to describe students at Vincent High School. Hear how the Milwaukee Youth Council is responding.

Duration:00:02:47

What goes on at the Bong Recreation Area?

9/14/2018
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Ever wondered what's inside? What exactly is a "recreation area?" How did it get the name "Bong?" 88Nine's Nate Imig went to Kansasville to find out.

Duration:00:02:55

Public housing goes smoke free, and it's working

9/14/2018
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On July 31, public housing across the nation went smoke free. The federal Housing and Urban Development issued a new rule banning tobacco use in and near public housing complexes, and Milwaukee is starting to witness its success. Meet Dorise, an older African-American woman who started smoking at a young age and just successfully quit smoking thanks to this new initiative to keep public housing residents tobacco free.

Duration:00:02:59

MS Run the US with Ricardo Contreras

9/10/2018
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MS Run the US is a 3,100-mile long relay race from Los Angeles, California to New York. The run was started in Brookfield, Wisconsin in 2009 to raise awareness and research funds for Multiple Sclerosis. The organization also raises money to assist those currently living with MS. Ricardo Contreras, who studies Exercise Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, participated in last month’s run as a road crewmember. At just 22, he’s already an experienced distance runner and has run in...

Duration:00:02:48

Suit giveaway helping underserved men land jobs

9/6/2018
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The City of Milwaukee recently partnered with America Works WI to provide suits -- at no cost -- to men looking for work. Hear from a homeless man who is working to turn his life around.

Duration:00:03:04

Invisible Lines to appear in Milwaukee Film Fest

9/4/2018
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Invisible Lines creators Laura Kezman, Vianca Fuster and Nate Imig discuss the next chapter for 88Nine's first feature-length documentary.

Duration:00:02:14

Putting Milwaukee in a chocolate box

9/4/2018
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Arts @ Large partnered with the sweet folks at Burke Candy in Riverwest to design a Milwaukee-themed chocolate box. Summer interns for the non-profit arts organization collaborated with a local Milwaukee artist to design the art for the box of candy, which is now being sold at Burke Candy and the Arts @ Large Café in Walker’s Point.

Duration:00:02:31

Community members make their case for saving JobLines bus routes

8/26/2018
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Rosa Yeh is a New York-turned-Milwaukeean who has depended on public transportation her entire life. She came to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University, and when she graduated, the job market was rough. Though it took a lot of work and patience, Yeh found a job in MenomoneeFalls. For the last five years, she has relied on Milwaukee County Transit Services to get her from the South Side of Milwaukee to the village in Waukesha. Her commute will now face some changes has one of her bus routes...

Duration:00:02:51

The Milwaukee VA is taking major steps to reduce their environmental impact

8/20/2018
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How often do you think about how your shopping and dining habits may have an impact on our planet? We’re being asked to consider it more as cities like Chicago have implemented plastic bag taxes to reduce use of plastic, but it’s also understandable that environmental impact is not an everyday thought for people. The Milwaukee VA Medical Center is striving to be a leader in the community when it comes to reducing environmental impact.

Duration:00:02:55

Br!NK Festival is here to pave the way for more women playwrights in Midwest

8/17/2018
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Every year for the last five years, Milwaukee Renaissance Theaterworks hosts the Br!NK Festival as a way to uplift the voices and stories of women playwrights in Milwaukee and around the Midwest. This year a young woman named Nabra Nelson was one of two resident playwrights for the Br!NK Festival, which gave her an opportunity to turn a story close to her heart into a full-length play.

Duration:00:02:48

Black and Pink Milwaukee

8/16/2018
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The rare art of a handwritten letter, dare I say, in cursive, has become nearly extinct. Penpals, however, have managed to survive natural selection and make a comeback for the greater good. Listen in on a volunteer group of Milwaukee penpals, forming friendships with incarcerated LGBTQ people.

Duration:00:02:58

UW-Milwaukee's Enquest camp introduces high school girls to a career in engineering

8/10/2018
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UW-Milwaukee's Enquest engineering camp was created eight years ago to give high school girls exposure to an education and career in engineering. This summer, the girls created solar panel USB phone charging stations to send to a village in Guatemala. Listen to the audio story to learn more about their project.

Duration:00:02:59

Brown Boys Bonding Thru Books

8/7/2018
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“It’s really a beautiful experience… to be surrounded by young minds in a beautiful garden, it’s a great experience,” said Jeff Brown, as we were surrounded by the same garden he mentioned. I met Brown at Alice’s Garden on a Thursday evening for “Brown Boys Bonding Thru Books,” a community program Brown inherited from the owner of the garden Venice Williams.

Duration:00:02:44

Meet the woman behind the State Fair's Spin City

8/5/2018
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The bright neon lights of rollercoaster rides and carnival games light up I-94 every August – but have you ever wondered who it is that helps make the Wisconsin State Fair glow? Meet Shari Black, the woman filling your stomach with fried foods and nacho cheese then turning it upside down on rollercoasters at State Fair’s Spin City.

Duration:00:02:34

Join herbalist Kyle Denton in an herb walk around Milwaukee

7/25/2018
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Kyle Denton is an herbalist. His expertise revolves around all that grows from the ground: plants, flowers, fruits and more. He also owns Tippecanoe Herbs & Apothecary, a Walker’s Point boutique-style store selling herbal medicines, trinkets, household items and more. Throughout the summer, Denton leads Milwaukeeans on herb walks where he teaches them about herbs and plants to forage around the city.

Duration:00:02:43

Festa Italiana’s photo exhibit honors the city’s Italian communities

7/23/2018
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Christine Conley, whose grandparents are from Italy, has been a festivalgoer and volunteer from just about the beginning. She currently manages the Italian Heritage Photo Exhibit, which has a lifespan as long as the festival. It’s made up of religious artifacts and photos from Milwaukee’s Italian community dating back to the late 1800s.

Duration:00:02:30

Les Paul's famous echo chambers

7/22/2018
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Les Paul Foundation's Sue Baker talks about Paul's innovative work designing one of the most well known recording studios in the world, Capitol Records in Los Angeles.

Duration:00:02:59

Les Paul's life of musical innovation

7/22/2018
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Les Paul would have celebrated his 103rd birthday this year, and all these years later, the Wisconsin native's influence is still heard in virtually every genre of recorded music. Listen to my conversation with Sue Baker, program manager for the Les Paul foundation and close personal friend of Les', as she talks about his life of innovation.

Duration:00:03:09