Mitch Teich

Lake Effect Executive Producer / Co-host

Mitch joined WUWM in February 2006 as the Executive Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

He brings over 27 years of broadcasting experience from radio stations across the country - in Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and Arizona. Prior to joining WUWM, Mitch served as News Director of KNAU - Arizona Public Radio, Executive Producer of the station's monthly news magazine program, and anchored and produced news programming.

He has won many awards including several regional awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association and national awards from PRNDI - Public Radio News Directors Inc.

He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife Gretchen, daughter Sylvi and son Charlie. Mitch fills his copious spare time looking for his reading glasses, watching his beloved Boston Red Sox and cheering on his children on the ice rinks, ballfields, and cycling tracks of southeastern Wisconsin.

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Chicago writer Rebecca Makkai’s newest book, "The Great Believers", is a work of fiction, but its underpinnings are very real, and very familiar to people in the Midwest. Much of the book is set in the late 1980s and early '90s, in Chicago’s gay community. It was a time when AIDS was reaching epidemic levels and thousands were dying, even as politicians ignored it and broader society often spread fear, misinformation and distrust.

The word "genius" gets thrown around a lot in casual conversation. Even when you weed out subsets — like "managerial geniuses" or "musical geniuses" — there are some transcendent figures we typically file under the genius category. Leonardo da Vinci would certainly rank among these people, who transformed the ways in which we view the world. 

Michelle Maternowski

People from across the political spectrum will join on Thursday, Sept. 6, at The Bavarian Bierhaus in Glendale, Wis., for our Across the Red & Blue Divide: Reforming Criminal Justice event.

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The Harleys are on their way to Milwaukee — actually, many of them are already here. Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary Celebration officially runs Labor Day weekend, but numerous gatherings of motorcycle enthusiasts are already taking place around the region this week. But as thousands of owners and riders celebrate, the Milwaukee-based company still finds itself in some controversial circumstances linked to the president’s trade policy.

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On this episode of the Pretzel Podcast, Mitch and Michelle sample two more pretzel varieties Mitch came across on his summer travels, and listen to a Very Special Taste Test recorded on the road, featuring a possibly ill-advised fast food pretzel purchase.

Plus, our hosts check this week’s Pretzels in the News, only to find out they themselves are featured on Pretzels in the News. And what's the pretzel product the Center for Science in the Public Interest really hates?

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Turmeric is a plant similar to ginger. It's found and used commonly in India, Pakistan, and other parts of south Asia, where it's an essential part of the flavors of many foods. But two Milwaukee men believe there is an emerging market for turmeric, or at least a key component of it — so much so they gave up business careers to start a beverage company.

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The most recent figures from the World Bank show the average life expectancy for Americans is nearly 79 years old.  And while that’s a few years less than some other countries, it's still around the highest point it has ever been in US history.  But let’s say you knew exactly how long you’ll live - down to the very day.  Would it change the way you lived your life?

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The Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park has a roof hotline – 414-902-4636 – that tells callers the weather and if the roof is open or closed. That way fans know what to expect when they head to a ball game. But how do the Brewers decide whether the Miller Park roof is open or closed at game time?

That’s a question Bubbler Talk received from listener Lila Johnson.

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Downtown Milwaukee has been undergoing a building boom in recent years — from completed projects, like the Northwestern Mutual tower and the newly named Fiserv Forum, to current ones, like the BMO Harris tower on Water Street.

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The Wisconsin State Fair is in full swing, and horticulturist extraordinaire Melinda Myers spends more time at the Wisconsin-centric celebration than most. The renowned gardener talks with Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich about what kind of gardening questions she expects to hear from this year’s fairgoers:

What’s with this crazy weather?

The last eight years have represented a sea change in the Wisconsin political environment. The election of Scott Walker as governor in 2010 ushered in an era of Republican dominance at many levels, including the 2016 Presidential election. Donald Trump won Wisconsin, a result that surprised many national political observers.

The story of Wisconsin’s transformation is familiar to those who live in the state, but writer Dan Kaufman believes it also holds relevance to the rest of the country.

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To honor the end of World War I - 100 years ago on Nov. 11 - two Frenchmen are riding a vintage Harley-Davidson across the U.S. The motorcycle recently made a stop at Milwaukee's Harley-Davidson Museum.

“This bike arrived in France in 1918 with an American soldier to liberate France and Europe,” says Christophe de Goulaine, owner of the vintage motorcycle. What, exactly, happened to the bike after it left the American solider is unknown.

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For WUWM's third Lake Effect On-Site, the team headed to Riverwest to pay special attention to a unique Milwaukee neighborhood.

In front of a crowd at the Riverwest Public House, Lake Effect's Mitch Teich and Bonnie North dug into some of what makes Riverwest so special — its history, the biking community, and its co-op culture:

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It's a special edition of Le podcast des bretzels, Mitch and Michelle try two varieties of pretzels Mitch brought back from his week-long trip to France. Plus on Pretzels in the News, how support for a pretzel-maker is affecting the prospect for peace in the Middle East.

>> Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all of our pretzel-icious episodes.

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For local Bard enthusiasts, summertime means a full slate of Shakespeare in parks throughout Wisconsin, thanks to the Summit Players. The Milwaukee-based troupe has been performing Shakespearian plays at an ever-growing roster of Wisconsin State Parks for four seasons.

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