Joy Powers

Lake Effect Producer

Joy Powers joined WUWM January 2016 as a producer for Lake Effect. Most recently, she was a director and producer for Afternoon Shift, on WBEZ-fm, Chicago Public Radio.

Joy grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where she started off her career in radio as an intern at WLKG-fm, The Lake. She has worked as an intern with several companies, including SiriusXm, Fujisankei Communications and the Department of City Planning for the City of New York. At SiriusXM, she was a programming intern and helped launch Studio54 Radio.

She earned a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College, Boston, where she worked with several radio and television stations. She was the public affairs director at WERS-fm, and produced the station’s AP-Award Winning program, You Are Here.

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Home design is a uniquely personal yet universal endeavor. The October issue of Milwaukee Magazine features a series of interesting, local homes, the art they bear, and some local artisans refining — and redefining — home furnishings.

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At the founding of the United States, the right to vote belonged to a privileged few. White, male, property owners were the only people directly steering the fate of this nation. It took significant struggles to change that. The Civil War, women’s suffrage and the Civil Rights movement were just pieces of the complex web of events that gave most adult U.S. citizens the right to vote.

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Monday is Indigenous Peoples' Day in parts of the U.S. In others, it’s Christopher Columbus Day — a fact that many Native American activists take issue with, given Columbus' crimes against native peoples, including enslavement, murder and genocidal acts.

Although Native American history predates the U.S. history by thousands of years, many textbooks condense it to a few paragraphs. But throughout the history of the nation, native people have fought for their rights through battles, legislation and demonstrations. 

The history of almost every American city features a series of boom and bust cycles. Milwaukee in the 1950s was a bustling, manufacturing metropolis. But the city’s fortunes fell in subsequent decades, and while the downtown has made a recovery, other aspects of the city are still a work in progress.

State of Working Wisconsin 2018

Over the last four decades, Wisconsin has doubled its productivity. But the average worker is earning just a dollar more per hour.

Like many states, Wisconsin has struggled to regain the ground it lost in the recession of 2008. A decade later, wages have finally recovered and unemployment is at a historic low.

The website, Atlas Obscura, takes visitors to exotic and unusual sites around the world. It connects travelers with other would-be travelers, and features unique tourist destinations in all corners of the globe (15,000 attractions, at last count). 

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When Gov. Scott Walker mounted his first gubernatorial campaign he made a bold claim: that during his first term as governor he would create 250,000 jobs for Wisconsinites. He is just now nearing that figure after nearly two terms on the job.

Scary stories are a classic part of childhood. A whistling wind or a bump in the night, heighten the drama of these tales and keep listeners coming back for more.

Like a lot of kids, Anna Lardinois loved these stories, but unlike a lot of adults, she’s made her living through telling them. Lardinois is the founder of Gothic Milwaukee, through which she gives haunted, historical walking tours of the city.

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Americans are facing an affordable housing crisis. In some cities, the main issues are availability and soaring housing prices. But in Milwaukee, the biggest issue seems to be income. While housing prices have steadily increased, wages have remained stagnant.

Joy Powers

The husband and wife duo of Ben and Emily Roberts proudly say they’ve never said no to a gig. Touring for years, the couple has attracted fans to their harmonies, their strings, and their lyricism. 

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Last year, the ACLU sued the city of Milwaukee, based on the police department’s stop-and-frisk program. An analysis of police stops in Milwaukee found significant racial bias in who was being stopped and the areas where these stops were occurring.

Will Skaggs

The Hoan Bridge is an iconic part of Milwaukee’s skyline — at least during the day. A local initiative is hoping to add it to the night sky as well.

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise throughout the United States. In its most recent report, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported the highest-ever number of STIs in America.

The Milwaukee-area has seen an especially significant rise of STIs over the past few years, including 29 percent increase in syphilis infections, and a 13 percent increase in HIV.

Teran Powell

The Wisconsin partisan primary is over and the results have set the stage for the general election in November. To help put those results into perspective, Lake Effect's Joy Powers chatted with Lilly Goren, professor of political science at Carroll University.

VIEW: Wisconsin 2018 Primary Election Results

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Collen Durkin

In the early hours of January 19, 2010, residents on Milwaukee’s East Side awoke to a loud boom. Within minutes, apartments and businesses were engulfed in flames. As the embers dulled, it became clear to investigators they were dealing with arson.

Although no one was mortally wounded in the blast and ensuing fire, the wounds inflicted on the community continue to linger. The loss of one business — Pizza Man — is still a sore spot for many Milwaukeeans.

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