Making Waves: Live in Milwaukee

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May 05, 2018

Milwaukee is a city on water, right on the shore of Lake Michigan, split by the historic Milwaukee River. How did all that water shape the city's history, politics, culture, and people? We went on a roadtrip (and boat trip) looking for answers. Then we did a live show at Milwaukee's historic Turner Hall, talking with journalists, brewmasters, historians, comedians, spiritual leaders and one awesome DJ to get at some big underlying questions.

  • If you're a model freshwater city, how do you sort out the politics of water scarcity?
  • Milwaukee became the "Brew City" because of its easy access to freshwater. How do you celebrate that history while still creating new and different brews for beer lovers to enjoy?
  • And since we all depend on water, how do we honor its spiritual significance?

The Len-Der, our boat for the Milwaukee River
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Milwaukee historian John Gurda takes us on a boat ride down the Milwaukee River as we learn how the city nearly lost its river, and what Milwaukee is now doing to preserve it.

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5:40
(Left to Right) Steve talks with Jenny Kehl and Dan Egan.
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Journalist Dan Egan and political economist Jenny Kehl talk Steve Paulson through the finer points of the politics of water - from debates over water diversion to the struggle to keep the Great Lakes uncontaminated.

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12:52
The Schlitz Bottling Floor, c. 1666.
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Milwaukee has a reputation as America's "Brew City." But why? Historian Ben Barbera lays out the economic forces and acts of God that built the houses of Miller, Pabst and Schlitz.

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5:18
(Left to Right) Charles talks with Good City Brewing cofounder David Dupee and Lakefront cofounder and president Russ Klisch.
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Beer has gone back from macro to micro. Russ Klisch (Lakefront Brewery) and David Dupee (Good City Brewing) talk with Charles Monroe-Kane about how returning to smaller scale has opened up new creative and business possibilities for beer makers.

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5:07
Deep Tracks

We told Milwaukee DJ Tarik Moody we were doing a whole show about water. He created the perfect playlist to complement our interviews. He shares a few secrets on how to find a track by mood, reference, or feel.

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3:13
Water walkers
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Since 2003, Grandma Josephine Mandamin led fellow Anishinaabe women on sacred “water walks” around Great Lakes. Fellow water walker, Siobhan Marks, tells her story.

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6:11
(Left to Right) Anne speaks with Venice Williams, executive director of the Alice's Garden urban farming project.
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The spiritual component of water is hard to ignore. That's part of why Venice Williams refers to Alice's Garden as her parish.

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6:50
Kim Blaeser on stage at "Making Waves" at Turner Hall.
Articles

Wisconsin’s former Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser leaves us with a benediction, calling out the sacred dimension of water.

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3:52
The Great Lakes mobile, by Melanie Ariens
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Melanie Ariens has become known for her water-themed art, a focus of her combined loves of art and environmental activism. She uses mostly recycled materials to make art that makes people think about the Great Lakes, the rivers, and the water we drink.

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May 05, 2018
Guests: 

John Gurda

Historian and Author

Dan Egan

Reporter

Jenny Kehl

Political Economist

Chastity Washington

Comedian
Ben Barbera

Ben Barbera

Curator, Milwaukee County Historical Society

Russ Klisch

President, Lakefront Brewing

David Dupee

Cofounder, Good City Brewing

Tarik Moody

DJ and Radio Host

Siobhan Marks

Water Walker
Venice Williams

Venice Williams

Executive Director, Alice's Garden...

Kim Blaeser

Poet
Melanie Ariens

Melanie Ariens

Artist
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May 07, 2018