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What's got you scratching your head about the Milwaukee area? WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR investigates listener questions.

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What's got you scratching your head about the Milwaukee area? WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR investigates listener questions.

    A Celebration Of Milwaukee's Home Basement Bars

    A Celebration Of Milwaukee's Home Basement Bars

    For the kickoff of our new season of Bubbler Talk , I thought I would tackle a question from our listener Erin Christie. “Can you do an appreciation segment on the prevalence of basement bars in Milwaukee?” Ah, the basement bar. Raised in the Milwaukee area, I remember them well. Some were more luxurious. But many of the basements were lightly finished — equipped with an old couch, a refrigerator and a pool table. And, some came with a carved-out nook that served as a bar. Erin says when she was

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    YouTube Court Streaming Leads To Questions About Privacy

    YouTube Court Streaming Leads To Questions About Privacy

    Over the past four months, lots of systems in Wisconsin have had to adapt due to the coronavirus pandemic. That includes the state court system, which was forced to halt jury trials and move most other business online. Before the shutdown, lots of people had never heard of Zoom. Now, the video conferencing platform has become a part of our daily lives — including for some court hearings. They’re being held as Zoom meetings, which are broadcast live on YouTube. That change had one of our Bubbler

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    Coronavirus: Tracking Your Contacts Is Good, Limiting Your Social Circle Is Better

    Coronavirus: Tracking Your Contacts Is Good, Limiting Your Social Circle Is Better

    Health officials say it’s possible we won’t see a vaccine or cure for the coronavirus for awhile . So in the meantime, they’re recommending testing and contact tracing as ways to help control the spread of the infectious disease. Contact tracing is the process of informing people that they may need to self-isolate or get tested because they’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus. The contact tracing concept isn’t a new one. "This is a practice that is commonly

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    How Did Jeffrey Dahmer Harm Milwaukee's Gay Community?

    How Did Jeffrey Dahmer Harm Milwaukee's Gay Community?

    Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer rose to infamy after human remains were found dismembered and preserved in his Milwaukee apartment. He murdered at least 16 people in Milwaukee. Fourteen were people of color and many of them had been part of the city’s gay community. A Bubbler Talk listener wanted to know how much harm Jeffrey Dahmer’s crimes caused Milwaukee’s gay community. But to understand Dahmer’s impact, we first need to look at what life was like for LGBTQ Milwaukeeans in the 1980s. “You

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    Wisconsin Experts On COVID-19 Recovery, Therapy And Vaccines

    Wisconsin Experts On COVID-19 Recovery, Therapy And Vaccines

    How many people in Wisconsin have survived a COVID-19 diagnosis? That’s the Bubbler Talk question listener Gene Kelber, of Shorewood, sent our way. He says he and his wife are in a high-risk age group for the disease. "We're both over 70 and we wondered how this is going to impact our life and relationship with our friends, our children, and our grandchildren who live in Shorewood,” Kelber says. WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage Here are some answers, as well as an update on scientific

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    These Are The Long-Term Care Facilities In Milwaukee County With COVID-19 Deaths

    These Are The Long-Term Care Facilities In Milwaukee County With COVID-19 Deaths

    COVID-19 has disrupted many parts of our lives, but it’s also affecting us in death. For Bubbler Talk , WUWM investigated the toll the pandemic has taken on one of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable populations: the elderly. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, as of June 11, 286 residents of long-term care facilities have died in the state because of COVID-19 complications. This is happening at a time when family members and friends are not allowed to visit their loved ones at the

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