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WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR

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Innovation. Race and ethnicity. Environment. Education. These are the huge topics WUWM's beat reporters tackle every day. These issues are so big, it can be hard to decide what to dig into and where to begin.Beats Me answers your questions about how education, the environment, race and innovation impacts life in southeastern Wisconsin.

Latest Episodes

Generational Trauma In Milwaukee: 'Even If They Can't Name It, They Feel It'

The American Psychological Association defines trauma as an emotional response to a terrible event like a natural disaster, an accident or a rape. But trauma can have many “flavors,” according to Joshua Mersky, Ph.D. He’s a professor of social work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UWM. He says, "Typically speaking, we’re talking about profound adversities that have long lasting consequences." Rates of adversity are measured by the Adverse Childhood Experiences that respondents

4 minMAR 23
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Generational Trauma In Milwaukee: 'Even If They Can't Name It, They Feel It'

Who Pays When A Private Well In Wisconsin Is Contaminated?

An estimated 900,000 Wisconsin households rely on private wells for drinking water. It seems with every passing day, we learn wells are being impacted by contaminants — from manure to PFAS — putting families’ health at risk. Some people feel there's not enough support when they have to deal with a contaminated well. READ: PFAS Concern Remains High In Marinette Private well owners John Ridley and his wife Terri have lived in their Mequon house for decades. They raised their kids there. While they

5 minFEB 11
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Who Pays When A Private Well In Wisconsin Is Contaminated?

Solar Farms And Wisconsin Cropland: A Good Mix?

More companies are pushing to build large solar energy farms in Wisconsin. The state's Public Service Commission is expected to vote soon on a proposed 1,200-acre solar project west of the city of Jefferson, in Jefferson County. Meanwhile, we received a Beats Me question about solar farms displacing cropland, and specifically mentioned a large development proposed for Grant County. So, we went to Grant County for a look. READ: Construction Begins In Wisconsin On Large Solar Farms Amid Neighbor

4 minJAN 28
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Solar Farms And Wisconsin Cropland: A Good Mix?

The Challenges Of Being A Black Male In Milwaukee

Milwaukee has been called one of the most segregated cities in America, and one of the worst places for black people to live and raise their families. With this in mind, today's Beats Me question put me in the position to try and offer some insight into this question: What's the cultural experience for being black and male in Milwaukee? Of course, there isn't one black experience. So, I sat down with four black males of different ages and professions to discuss the topic. I talked to a high

9 minJAN 13
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The Challenges Of Being A Black Male In Milwaukee

As MPS Creates 'Strategic Plan' For Parent Engagement, Community Schools Could Provide An Example

As part of our Beats Me series, we spotlighted Milwaukee Public Schools parent coordinators , who are tasked with the on-the-ground work of connecting families and schools. But that mission extends beyond a single person in each building. MPS is in the middle of a national partnership to create a more effective family engagement plan. And some Milwaukee schools are already going the extra mile. Read: MPS Family Engagement Starts With Parent Coordinators Every other week at Hopkins Lloyd

4 min2019 DEC 17
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As MPS Creates 'Strategic Plan' For Parent Engagement, Community Schools Could Provide An Example

MPS Family Engagement Starts With Parent Coordinators

Tjuna Eggson has worked in Milwaukee Public Schools for more than 20 years. Twelve of those years, she’s had the title of ‘parent coordinator.’ "One of the things that I found out is the position is really underrated," Eggson says. Parent coordinators are classified as paraprofessionals, but their work doesn’t happen in the classroom. Their number one job is parent communication, and they are often the first point of contact for families when they have questions or concerns. They organize parent

4 min2019 DEC 16
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MPS Family Engagement Starts With Parent Coordinators

Recycling Do's And Dont's In The Milwaukee Area

The topic of recycling evokes a variety of reactions. For some people, their practice is a passion. For others, it's sheer confusion. We want to help you feel confident that what you throw away lands where it belongs. That's why we recently reached out to you, our listeners, asking for your questions about recycling, reusing or garbage. Beats Me: What Questions Do You Have For WUWM's Beats Reporters? We received questions from all over southeastern Wisconsin, but when it comes to recycling

6 min2019 DEC 4
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Recycling Do's And Dont's In The Milwaukee Area

For Cancer Patients, Clinical Trial Process Offers Hope And Requires Patience

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., close behind heart disease. So, when there's talk of a new cancer drug discovery, patients and their relatives often want to know more about the pharmaceutical and when it might be on the market. Jackie Iannarelli is a quilter . She's doing a lot of quilting these days for friends, family, and charities. But over the last decade, she hasn't always felt up to it: she's had two bouts of breast cancer. The disease is currently in remission.

5 min2019 NOV 26
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For Cancer Patients, Clinical Trial Process Offers Hope And Requires Patience

Native Americans: 'We're Not Museum Pieces. We're Still Very Much Here'

With street names like Winnebago and villages such as Mukwonago, there's no denying the historical presence of Native Americans in Wisconsin. That spurred one of our listeners to reach out to Beats Me : "What groups of Indigenous people lived in southeastern Wisconsin?" We're going to answer that question. But we're also going to explore the importance of not just talking in the past tense when it comes to Native Americans. Beats Me: What Questions Do You Have For WUWM's Beats Reporters? Dawn

4 min2019 NOV 5
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Native Americans: 'We're Not Museum Pieces. We're Still Very Much Here'

Accessibility Ratings For Buildings May Help Milwaukee's Disabled Community

A UW-Milwaukee center that works on disability issues is developing an online way to inform people about access to public buildings like restaurants. It's hoped the computer system will be ready by the time the Democratic National Convention comes to town next summer. But once finished, the access ratings could be used by anyone. Inside a fast food restaurant near the UW-Milwaukee campus, there's plenty of noise — piped-in music and a customer filling his glass with ice from the soda machine.

4 min2019 SEP 30
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Accessibility Ratings For Buildings May Help Milwaukee's Disabled Community

Latest Episodes

Generational Trauma In Milwaukee: 'Even If They Can't Name It, They Feel It'

The American Psychological Association defines trauma as an emotional response to a terrible event like a natural disaster, an accident or a rape. But trauma can have many “flavors,” according to Joshua Mersky, Ph.D. He’s a professor of social work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UWM. He says, "Typically speaking, we’re talking about profound adversities that have long lasting consequences." Rates of adversity are measured by the Adverse Childhood Experiences that respondents

4 minMAR 23
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Generational Trauma In Milwaukee: 'Even If They Can't Name It, They Feel It'

Who Pays When A Private Well In Wisconsin Is Contaminated?

An estimated 900,000 Wisconsin households rely on private wells for drinking water. It seems with every passing day, we learn wells are being impacted by contaminants — from manure to PFAS — putting families’ health at risk. Some people feel there's not enough support when they have to deal with a contaminated well. READ: PFAS Concern Remains High In Marinette Private well owners John Ridley and his wife Terri have lived in their Mequon house for decades. They raised their kids there. While they

5 minFEB 11
Comments
Who Pays When A Private Well In Wisconsin Is Contaminated?

Solar Farms And Wisconsin Cropland: A Good Mix?

More companies are pushing to build large solar energy farms in Wisconsin. The state's Public Service Commission is expected to vote soon on a proposed 1,200-acre solar project west of the city of Jefferson, in Jefferson County. Meanwhile, we received a Beats Me question about solar farms displacing cropland, and specifically mentioned a large development proposed for Grant County. So, we went to Grant County for a look. READ: Construction Begins In Wisconsin On Large Solar Farms Amid Neighbor

4 minJAN 28
Comments
Solar Farms And Wisconsin Cropland: A Good Mix?

The Challenges Of Being A Black Male In Milwaukee

Milwaukee has been called one of the most segregated cities in America, and one of the worst places for black people to live and raise their families. With this in mind, today's Beats Me question put me in the position to try and offer some insight into this question: What's the cultural experience for being black and male in Milwaukee? Of course, there isn't one black experience. So, I sat down with four black males of different ages and professions to discuss the topic. I talked to a high

9 minJAN 13
Comments
The Challenges Of Being A Black Male In Milwaukee

As MPS Creates 'Strategic Plan' For Parent Engagement, Community Schools Could Provide An Example

As part of our Beats Me series, we spotlighted Milwaukee Public Schools parent coordinators , who are tasked with the on-the-ground work of connecting families and schools. But that mission extends beyond a single person in each building. MPS is in the middle of a national partnership to create a more effective family engagement plan. And some Milwaukee schools are already going the extra mile. Read: MPS Family Engagement Starts With Parent Coordinators Every other week at Hopkins Lloyd

4 min2019 DEC 17
Comments
As MPS Creates 'Strategic Plan' For Parent Engagement, Community Schools Could Provide An Example

MPS Family Engagement Starts With Parent Coordinators

Tjuna Eggson has worked in Milwaukee Public Schools for more than 20 years. Twelve of those years, she’s had the title of ‘parent coordinator.’ "One of the things that I found out is the position is really underrated," Eggson says. Parent coordinators are classified as paraprofessionals, but their work doesn’t happen in the classroom. Their number one job is parent communication, and they are often the first point of contact for families when they have questions or concerns. They organize parent

4 min2019 DEC 16
Comments
MPS Family Engagement Starts With Parent Coordinators

Recycling Do's And Dont's In The Milwaukee Area

The topic of recycling evokes a variety of reactions. For some people, their practice is a passion. For others, it's sheer confusion. We want to help you feel confident that what you throw away lands where it belongs. That's why we recently reached out to you, our listeners, asking for your questions about recycling, reusing or garbage. Beats Me: What Questions Do You Have For WUWM's Beats Reporters? We received questions from all over southeastern Wisconsin, but when it comes to recycling

6 min2019 DEC 4
Comments
Recycling Do's And Dont's In The Milwaukee Area

For Cancer Patients, Clinical Trial Process Offers Hope And Requires Patience

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., close behind heart disease. So, when there's talk of a new cancer drug discovery, patients and their relatives often want to know more about the pharmaceutical and when it might be on the market. Jackie Iannarelli is a quilter . She's doing a lot of quilting these days for friends, family, and charities. But over the last decade, she hasn't always felt up to it: she's had two bouts of breast cancer. The disease is currently in remission.

5 min2019 NOV 26
Comments
For Cancer Patients, Clinical Trial Process Offers Hope And Requires Patience

Native Americans: 'We're Not Museum Pieces. We're Still Very Much Here'

With street names like Winnebago and villages such as Mukwonago, there's no denying the historical presence of Native Americans in Wisconsin. That spurred one of our listeners to reach out to Beats Me : "What groups of Indigenous people lived in southeastern Wisconsin?" We're going to answer that question. But we're also going to explore the importance of not just talking in the past tense when it comes to Native Americans. Beats Me: What Questions Do You Have For WUWM's Beats Reporters? Dawn

4 min2019 NOV 5
Comments
Native Americans: 'We're Not Museum Pieces. We're Still Very Much Here'

Accessibility Ratings For Buildings May Help Milwaukee's Disabled Community

A UW-Milwaukee center that works on disability issues is developing an online way to inform people about access to public buildings like restaurants. It's hoped the computer system will be ready by the time the Democratic National Convention comes to town next summer. But once finished, the access ratings could be used by anyone. Inside a fast food restaurant near the UW-Milwaukee campus, there's plenty of noise — piped-in music and a customer filling his glass with ice from the soda machine.

4 min2019 SEP 30
Comments
Accessibility Ratings For Buildings May Help Milwaukee's Disabled Community
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