Backstage with Mark Metcalf

Mark Metcalf interviews local artists, musicians, filmmakers, arts administrators, writers and other members of Milwaukee’s cultural movement.

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    “Teaching life skills through stage skills”

    As schools are forced to cut back, First Stage Children's Theater and Academy offers a creative outlet for students, fostering empowerment through the arts.

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    Making the case for arts in education

    At the height of Wisconsin's budget crisis, we explore the role of art in education - both in and out of the classroom - starting with Arts@Large.

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    Plan your death well

    Dr. Bruce Wilson joins Mark again this week, with advice about planning your death, and the potential consequences if you don't.

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    The right to die is “a difficult subject”

    It's a complex issue, but undeniably important to talk about. This week, I've invited Dr. Bruce Wilson to join me in starting the conversation.

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    “A deliberate and courageous choice”

    In August, a Milwaukee couple made the choice to end their lives. Today, Mary Gute-Witte shares her parents' story and discusses this taboo and difficult topic.

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    The Penelope Project

    UWM's Center on Age & Community collaborates with Sojourn Theatre, using Homer's "Odyssey" to creatively engage seniors in long-term care at Luther Manor.

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    Dementia and the burden of care

    When Lynda Markut's mother was diagnosed with dementia, she became both daughter and caregiver. Today, that experience inspires her outreach efforts.

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    Alzheimer’s

    This week, Dr. Piero Antuono discusses risk factors for the disease and the curative measures being taken to improve quality of life for Alzheimer's patients.

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    Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

    Backstage begins a new series talking to caregivers and doctors in Milwaukee who are working to better understand -- and cope with -- Alzheimer's Disease.

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    The Year in Review

    2010 was full of ups and downs. But hey... the weather was pretty good, right? This week, Mark and guest David Begel discuss the big stories of the year.

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    Holiday Tales

    One season, many voices. To conclude TCD's Holiday Tales series, poetess Dasha Kelly eschews the traditional tannenbaum and creates a new Christmas tradition.

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    Holiday Tales

    One season, many voices. This Christmas Eve, First Stage Children's Theatre Education Director Julia Magnasco offers a lively reading of a beloved poem.