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January 2014

No Occupancy
Photography and text paint a sobering picture of abandoned houses in Milwaukee.
Natural Selection
Cathy Stepp has made some controversial moves as state DNR secretary. Is the department drifting away from its mission?

Taking Stock
Pair these engaging excerpts from chef Sandy D’Amato’s new memoirs, Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer, with a nice glass of wine and a comfy chair.

Goodwill's Good Deal
The local arm of the nonprofit giant pays many of its disabled employees less than minimum wage and vigorously defends the practice.

Happily Ever After?
City officials once foretold a decimation of neighborhood libraries. Then they changed their tune.

Rainy Season
Wonder why your home isn't selling? Look to the sky.

One For the Little Guys
In the Affordable Care Act era of health insurance coverage, one David goes against an army of Goliaths.

Perfect Scents
From spices and orange to cashmere and cassia, these winter fragrances run the gamut of tastes to keep you heavenly scented all season long.

My Father the G-Man
His dad's sharp sense of humor left scars. But when dementia and cancer closed in, father and son made peace by reviving escapades of the old man's glory days. 

Where the Wild Things Are
For Debra Loewen, dance performances are all about location, location, location.

Ardent Desire
Chef Justin Carlisle has created an ambitious little restaurant – a place where he does it all on his own terms.

Tea-ry Eyed
The Pfister Hotel pays homage to that harbinger of gentility – the afternoon tea.

Chefrigerator: Dan Van Rite
The fridge is a window to the soul. The chef’s soul. We asked our very first fridge subject, Hinterland’s Dan Van Rite, not to purge or clean his home fridge before we snapped some pics. Our consensus: suspiciously neat.
Point of View

Laura Gordon
Actor/director Laura Gordon, on theater's place in the world, what bugs her about, well, actors and more.
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