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Wait, Wait Announcer Bill Kurtis at WPR Event in Madison
Gov. Scott Walker, photo by WPR's Shawn Johnson
Walker's Promises: A Special WPR News Series 
In his 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker made a "brown bag promise" to voters to run government the way they run their own lives. Walker's promise was to balance the budget, shrink the size of government, and help people create jobs.
This week, WPR aired a three-part series that looked at Walker's progress on those promises. Join WPR's State Capitol Reporter Shawn Johnson and dig into the numbers, hear from the experts, and listen to what other voters have to say.
The series, Walker's Promises: By the Numbers, can be heard online at wpr.org.  
Below is a breakdown of each individual story/promise and links to infographics and online audio:

WPR's Central Time explores being Central Time Explores Wisconsin's LGBT Community

On Fridays in June, WPR's Central Time is featuring stories from Wisconsin's LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) community. Each half-hour segment explores a different aspect of the LGBT community in the state, with conversations about gender non-conformity, Native American culture, gay-pride celebrations, and same-sex marriage.

"Given how quickly attitudes and policies have changed around the country, we wanted to take the opportunity to get a variety of perspectives here in Wisconsin," said Central Time Host Rob Ferrett.

June is considered Pride Month by LGBT communities around the world, a month to commemorate the Stonewall riots that took place in New York City in June of 1969. Former President Bill Clinton was the first U.S. president to declare June a Pride Month in 2000.

The stories are broadcast on Fridays at 4:15 p.m. and include a call-in portion. Central Time welcomes thoughtful and respectful dialogue from callers of all viewpoints. Share your voice by calling 800-642-1234 or emailing talk@wpr.org.

Listen to the series here.

Stan Cottrill poses with WPR Director Mike Crane WPR Receives $50,000 Donation from Stan Cottrill  

Stan Cottrill is 90 years old, a lifelong resident of New London, and a very generous donor to Wisconsin Public Radio. For Stan, giving back to his community and helping local nonprofit groups and causes is a way of life. To show appreciation to Stan and his seemingly never-ending generosity, June 1 was designated Stan Cottrill Day in New London.

During the celebration, Stan gave away another $2.3 million dollars! WPR was honored to be among the recipients. Other organizations that received significant donations from Stan include Wisconsin Public Television, New London Public Library, B.A.B.E.S. of New London, CAP Services, and the local Boy and Girl Scouts, to name a few.
Click here for Post-Crescent's article about Stan's donations.

[Pictured: Stan Cottrill, at right, poses with WPR Director Mike Crane.]

L. Malik Anderson in Radio Hall in Madison WPR Welcomes L. Malik Anderson As New Emma Bowen Scholar

There's a new face behind the scenes this month: L. Malik Anderson, WPR's newest Emma Bowen work/study intern. Malik can truly say he got his start in journalism at an early age --- in elementary school, he started a one-page newspaper and sold it for 50 cents to all the teachers at the school.

Malik is the founder of the National Association of Black Journalists at UW-Madison, where he completed his freshman year in May. His work at WPR will cross many different departments, including Audience Services, Audio Engineering, Membership, News, and Online Content. The scholarship is part of the Emma Bowen Foundation, which exists to create opportunities for students of color to be exposed to broadcasting in a long-term and meaningful way.

Malik is WPR's third Emma Bowen Scholar since 2007. Audio Engineer Britny True was WPR's first Emma Bowen Scholar and is still on staff today. Britny came on board with little knowledge of public radio other than that it exists, she admits. She quickly developed an interest in engineering and, in her own words, began following the staff around like an over-excited puppy. After completing her degree, she was hired full-time and in 2013 received her "Broadcast Technologist" certification from the Society of Broadcast Engineers. "I love what I get to do every day, and I wouldn't have had any idea had it not been for the Emma Bowen Foundation's opportunity and the people who took advantage of it," Britny said.

You might be surprised to learn how many students are behind the scenes. About a dozen students are spending their summer with WPR, in offices around the state. Their work ranges from reporting, to assisting with social media, to planning events, to producing shows.

WPR Gets Ready for Annual Bus Trip to Big Top Chautauqua 

Wisconsin Public Radio's annual trip to Big Top Chautauqua, home of Tent Show Radio, will take place July 27--28.

The group of travelers will attend Big Top Chautauqua's new house show, "Shanties & Shipwrecks," featuring members of the Blue Canvas Orchestra, under the tent near Bayfield. On the agenda the following day is a visit to Duluth's Canal Park, including the Great Lakes Aquarium's new exhibit, Shipwrecks Alive!

This year's summer tour departs from pickup points in La Crosse, Eau Claire and Rice Lake. Accommodations are at the Ashland Lake Superior Lodge.

Find more information and how to sign up for the trip at www.wpr.org/travel.

Ira Glass Ira Glass in Door County, July 12

This American Life Host Ira Glass is known for his smart commentary, compassionate insight, and wry humor.

On July 12, Ira is headed to northeastern Wisconsin to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at This American Life. He'll share what makes a compelling show, how he and his staff find stories, and the show's journalistic goals.

Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass will begin at 8 p.m. at the Door Community Auditorium, 3926 state Route 42, Fish Creek.

Click here for more information on the Door County show.
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Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! recorded a live show in Madison this week, and WPR was pleased to hold a special meet-and-greet event afterwards. Fans met Peter Sagal, panelists, and legendary Chicago broadcaster Bill Kurtis. Kurtis (above center) was tapped to replace Carl Kassell, who recently retired from the show.

Hear the Madison show on WPR's Ideas Network stations this Saturday at 9 a.m. or Sunday at noon.
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There's Still Time
June marks the end of WPR's fiscal year. Although June 30 isn't quite as much fun as December 31, the weather is a whole lot better.

Help us end the year strong by supporting the programs you love with a gift today!

Join WPR on the Rhine
Join us on a holiday cruise along the Rhine River, just for WPR listeners, this December. We'll stop in Germany and France and enjoy classical music, Christmas markets and more. Book by July 1 for a discounted price.

See wpr.org/travel for more information.
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