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Wisconsin People & Ideas – Spring 2019

In this issue: We follow the cheese-trail in a new travel cookbook, congratulate three Academy Fellows elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, get to know the man behind Hollywood's favorite special effect, and welcome the re-opening of America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee. Come to think of it, there's a whole lot of Milwaukee in this issue, from an essay on the value of field research by Milwaukee Public Museum emeritus curator and Academy Fellow, Allen M. Young, to a philisophical profile on a pay-what-you-can café in Sherman Park to a handful of poems by two major Milwaukee poets. Our cover story examines the rise of drone technology and the potential of these flying robots to transform multiple industries in Wisconsin, and our arts features explore two major exhibitions by Wisconsin artists. All this plus new fiction from Kim Suhr and reviews of new titles from Wisconsin authors in the Wisconsin Academy's premier magazine of Wisconisn thought and culture—Wisconsin People & Ideas.

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The Academy's core values are rooted in colonial America.

Tricklebee Café executive director Christie Melby-Gibbons believes everyone deserves a warm, healthy meal. Photo by Mckenzie Halling.

The Tricklebee Café is a pay-what-you-can restaurant, and absolutely anyone is welcome to a healthy, delicious meal, regardless of his or her ability to pay for it.

Moriah Rataczak uses her Phantom 4 quadcopter—more commonly known as a drone—to monitor field conditions for Gumz Farms. Photo by Cassie Smith-Krebs.

From a hundred feet in the air, Moriah Rataczak inspects the fields of Gumz Farms in Central Wisconsin.

The road to the Tirimbinia Reserve runs across a rickety suspension bridge over the Sarapiquí River. Photo by Sherman Gessert/Milwaukee Journal

It is hard to imagine a field scientist who hasn’t had to cross a challenging bridge, real or metaphorical.

While scientists are tracking how Wisconsin’s plant communities are affected by climate change, artists, too, are observing and recording these changes.


Alistair and I do our homework at the island in the kitchen while, at the stove, Mom stirs pasta fazool.

Southeastern Wisconsin is the western boundary of the “Rust Belt,” a phrase popularized by presidential candidate Walter Mondale in 1984 to describe a sizeable chunk of America that was—and still is—facing an uncertain post-industrial future.

Spectral presences flit in and out of In Light, Always Light, Milwaukee poet Angela Trudell Vasquez’s first chapbook. Ghosts appear with purposeful messages, the voices of dead ancestors echo, and human remains float over a city.

Few books pace themselves with the resonance of truth telling. These rare books can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, but within the story being told is a heart beating in time with constant universal rhythms. Thomas D.

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