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WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR
What's got you scratching your head about the Milwaukee area? WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR investigates listener questions.
2 days ago
Inflatable reindeer provide comfort and humor at Milwaukee COVID testing and vaccination sites
For this week’s Bubbler Talk, listener Connor Bowman asked us — “What’s the story with the reindeer I’ve been seeing at COVID testing and vaccination sites around Milwaukee?”
Oct 8, 2021
Oconomowoc, Nagawicka, Okauchee: unpacking Wisconsin's Native place names
When you look at a map of Wisconsin, it’s covered in names that remind us of this country’s original inhabitants. Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Waukesha, Kinnickinnic — all words derived from Native American languages.
Oct 1, 2021
The story behind the mysterious brick pillars at Shepard Avenue & Locust Street on Milwaukee's east side
At the corner of North Shepard Avenue and East Locust Street, there are standalone brick pillars. Listener Eric Kowalik wondered where the structures came from and what they were for.
Sep 17, 2021
How Animals Get To The Milwaukee County Zoo
People have a lot of questions when they come to the Milwaukee County Zoo. But the most the important one may be this: how did all of these animals even get here?
Sep 17, 2021
Former Milwaukee Braves And A Local Historian Look Back At Unusual 1957 World Series Celebration
With the help of former Milwaukee Braves and a local historian, we look back at the celebrations after the Braves became World Series Champions in 1957.
Jul 30, 2021
Getting Reitman And Mueller On An Episode Of 'Cheers' Was Actually Pretty Easy
On May 4, 1989, two Milwaukee celebrities — Bob Reitman and Gene Mueller, hosts of the popular WKTI morning show Reitman and Mueller — were featured as barflies on the popular sitcom Cheers. Bubbler Talk looks into how this came about.
Jul 23, 2021
Strange Plaque Piques Interest On North Farwell In Milwaukee
Eileen Hosmanek was walking her dogs with her daughter on Milwaukee's Lower East Side and came across something quite strange: the Near Here plaque.
Jul 16, 2021
The Story Of The Bridge That Appears To Lead To Nowhere Along The Milwaukee River
Riverwest resident Lindsey Goding came upon a mystery bridge above the Milwaukee River when she moved to the Milwaukee neighborhood a few years ago. Together, for Bubbler Talk, we uncover its purpose.
Jul 9, 2021
Statue, Mural & Today's Young Milwaukee Players Honor Baseball Great Hank Aaron
Baseball great Hank Aaron passed away this year and will be honored at the Major League All Star Game on Tuesday. So, we thought we'd finally bring to the plate a Bubbler Talk question from 2017 that asks about Aaron statues in Milwaukee.
Jun 25, 2021
How Craft Spirits Gained A Foothold In Brew City
Milwaukee is known as a city of breweries. But Bubbler Talk question asker Tom Targos has noticed another alcohol industry growing in Wisconsin — craft distilleries.
Jun 18, 2021
Why Is Cheese, Sausage, Mushroom & Onion Pizza So Popular In Milwaukee?
For this week's Bubbler Talk, WUWM's Audrey Nowakowski looks into why Milwaukeeans love their pizza topped with cheese, sausage, mushroom and onions.
Jun 11, 2021
As Up & Under Pub Replacement Nears, A Check-In On Milwaukee's Brady Street
On this week’s Bubbler Talk, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson gives an update on the shuttering of iconic Up And Under Pub on Milwaukee's Brady Street last September.
Jun 4, 2021
Luna's Texas Restaurant: The Story Of One Of Milwaukee's Longtime Mexican Restaurants
The near south side of Milwaukee has long been home to the city’s Mexican community, where food has always been an important part of the culture. This week's Bubbler Talk explores the history of one family's longtime restaurant — Luna's Texas Restaurant.
May 28, 2021
An Ode To Craftsmanship: Stained Glass Windows In Milwaukee Bungalows
On this Bubbler Talk, we learn about the history behind the stained glass windows found in Milwaukee bungalows.
May 21, 2021
'Billie the Brownie' Holiday Radio Show Still Holds A Sweet Spot For Milwaukeeans
For more than 20 years, families gathered around their radios during the holidays to hear the Billie the Brownie show, featuring Billie, Santa Claus and Captain Larry.
May 14, 2021
Behind The Screens: Who Makes Wisconsin's Witty Traffic Signs?
When you’re driving to work, there’s nothing worse than seeing a traffic sign that shows delays ahead. But if you’re like firefighter Drew Schuster, there's one thing you look forward to seeing: the witty safety messages.
May 7, 2021
The Story Behind The Mahatma Gandhi Statue Outside The Milwaukee County Courthouse
A listener recently discovered a piece of cultural and legal history on a break from jury duty at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, and wanted to know the story behind the Mahatma Gandhi statue.
Apr 9, 2021
The History Of Milwaukee's South Side Churches
The south side of Milwaukee is known for having a lot of churches. In fact, depending on where you are, many of those churches dot the Milwaukee skyline with their steeples.
Apr 2, 2021
For Milwaukee's Latino Community, There Are No Historically Designated Landmarks
Bubbler Talk inquirer Eloisa Gomez wanted to know: "In the Latino community, what and where are the historic landmarks that people can go to to get a better sense of the local Latino history?" Well, there are none.
Mar 26, 2021
How Milwaukee Celebrated The 1971 Bucks' Championship Without A Parade
The 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks were one of the greatest NBA teams of their era, but after winning it all in April of 1971 the team never got a victory parade. Instead, Milwaukeeans found their own way to celebrate the world champions.