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Our flagship program finds the stories in Milwaukee that lift your spirits, prompt you to think, make you feel grateful and inspire you to do more. They connect you to our community, shining a spotlight on what is good about the city, what still needs work, and what makes it Uniquely Milwaukee.

    Milwaukee choreographer challenges ballet traditions, gender norms

    Milwaukee choreographer challenges ballet traditions, gender norms

    On this episode of Uniquely Milwaukee, I sat down with Dawn Springer and dancers Rachel Malehorn, Janel Hutchison and Sejain Bastidas to talk about “Step of Two”, bringing your life into your dance and what it means to move the needle toward more inclusivity within the industry. 

    • 33 min
    A Rhythmic Bond: Afro-Latino Dance and Drum at Bembé

    A Rhythmic Bond: Afro-Latino Dance and Drum at Bembé

    This week on Uniquely Milwaukee, we head over to Bembé Dance & Drum to learn about Afro-Latino musical culture. 

    • 12 min
    From Runway to Workshop: Tonda Thompson's Journey to Empower Black Women Through Woodworking

    From Runway to Workshop: Tonda Thompson's Journey to Empower Black Women Through Woodworking

    Be sure to tune in to this episode of Uniquely Milwaukee where host Salam Fatayer interviews Tonda Thompson; discussing "She Slangs Wood," a carpentry company focused on empowering women through the art and craft of woodworking. You'll hear about Tonda's life-altering experiences and how they shaped her mission to instill confidence and skills in women everywhere.

    • 31 min
    Bike and Run club helps Latine athletes make strides in Milwaukee

    Bike and Run club helps Latine athletes make strides in Milwaukee

    This week on Uniquely Milwaukee, 88Nine's Kenny Perez takes over the episode as he sits down with Eric Kleppe-Montenegro and Sergio Rincon to talk about the origins of Oak Leaf Familia and its mission to foster inclusivity and diversity within the local biking scene. Later Kenny shifts the conversation from biking to running and highlights another athletic club that's doing the same thing, Buena Tierra Run Club.  

    • 31 min
    Milwaukee neighborhoods with John Gurda: Piggsville

    Milwaukee neighborhoods with John Gurda: Piggsville

    Eight years ago, local historian and writer John Gurda sat down with 88Nine to share stories from Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. The idea for the series came after the release of Gurda’s 2015 book, Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, which chronicles 37 contemporary portraits of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.

    With the weather warming and conditions ripe for exploring the city, we decided it was the ideal time to look back at this collection and share Gurda’s very well-informed perspective on these well-known areas of Milwaukee. We’ve taken you from the south end of town to the east side and then swung around to the north. Now, we wrap things up out west with the most colorfully named neighborhood of the bunch: Piggsville.

    In addition to its curious moniker, this is probably the most isolated of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. In fact, you’ve probably driven past — or through it — without even knowing.

    Piggsville is nestled in the northeast corner of where the stadium freeway and I-94 meet. The interstate accounts for its southern border, Wisconsin Avenue marks its northernmost point, and it only stretches as far east as 39th street. This tiny chunk of Milwaukee has just 11 streets — and seven of them are dead ends.

    So what’s the story behind this small neighborhood with a big (or, um, pig) name? How did it end up with that porcine label? And why do most of us refer to it as “The Valley” instead of its original name? Listen to get your answers from Gurda and to discover more about this hamlet.

    • 4 min
    Milwaukee neighborhoods with John Gurda: North Milwaukee & Harambee

    Milwaukee neighborhoods with John Gurda: North Milwaukee & Harambee

    Eight years ago, local historian and writer John Gurda sat down with 88Nine to share stories from Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. The idea for the series came after the release of Gurda’s 2015 book, Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, which chronicles 37 contemporary portraits of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.

    With the weather warming and conditions ripe for exploring the city, we decided it was the ideal time to look back at this collection and share Gurda’s very well-informed perspective on these well-known areas of Milwaukee. After starting on the south end of town, this episode finds us moving north.

    North Milwaukee

    Although this neighborhood borrows the name of our fair city, its history is rooted in independence. In fact, it’s one of just two Milwaukee neighborhoods (Bayview is the other) that were once independent suburbs.

    Both of those areas have industrial foundations, with North Milwaukee’s clustered around the intersection of two railroad lines: one going to Minneapolis and the other to Green Bay. This crossing defined the neighborhood and is still visible in a map of its rectangular setup, with a big iron “X” running through it. The transportation benefit had people moving from other parts of town to the newly established North Milwaukee, which remained independent from 1918 to 1929.


    Harambee

    This long, narrow neighborhood stretches from North Avenue to Capitol Drive and I-43 to Holston Street. While its name comes from the Swahili word that means “pulling together,” neither the name nor its cultural heritage were present in the early days. Instead — like many parts of Milwaukee — it was originally settled by Germans in the mid-1800s.

    More than a century later, the neighborhood became an epicenter for civil rights in the 1960s and 1970s, fighting against institutional racism such as segregation in schools and housing. Around that time that, it officially adopted the name “Harambee” and remains a stronghold of Black culture and commerce in Milwaukee.

    • 7 min

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