Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher, Evan Rytlewski, and Matt Wild take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. This half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so named because none of the oft-ridiculous views expressed on the show necessarily reflect the views of the hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon. The Disclaimer: Talk radio for the sane.
Earlier this month, the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum released the results of a survey of nearly 500 young adults living in the four-county Milwaukee metro area. This “millennial” survey attempted to find out just what made these strange, fascinating, and lucrative creatures tick: What did they like about Milwaukee? What did they dislike? What amenities were important to them? What amenities were, like, lacking in innovative disruptiveness or whatever?
Incredibly, the survey revealed that millennials, just like their fellow human beings, were concerned about things like crime, jobs, roads, and recreation. Holy shit. But that hasn’t stopped various organizations and media outlets from spinning the data to suit their own agendas, with anti-streetcar groups claiming that millennials really don’t care about mass transit, and Urban Milwaukee claiming that, hold on a second, they totally do. Ryan, Evan, and Matt attempt to sort through all the hype and get a better picture of what the survey does and doesn’t say. They end the half-hour with a brief discussion of the value of end-of-year lists, and why explaining why you don’t like lists is really annoying.