Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am and 10 pm & Weekends at 3 pm

Lake Effect, WUWM’s locally-produced magazine program, covers a lot of ground, focusing on your neighbors and your issues. From discussing politics and the economy to spotlighting Wisconsin authors and musicians, Lake Effect goes beyond the headlines. Join the Lake Effect team as they open a window onto life in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.

Friday on Lake Effect:

We learn about Wisconsin's starring role in a new book about voter suppression. Reporter Erin Richards tries to gauge the effect of student turnover on academic achievement. Then sports contributor Shaun Ranft drops by to preview the National League Championship series that pits the Brewers against the Dodgers. Plus Milwaukee Magazine focuses on home design in its October issue.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We explore why so many school districts have referenda on the ballot this November. Then several key Wisconsin environmentalists react to the major climate report that came out this week. We revisit an interview with Rebecca Makkai, whose book about the AIDS crisis in 1980s Chicago has been shortlisted for the National Book Award, and our cheese contributor brings us something brand-new right from Wisconsin.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We speak with author Mark Lankford, who explores the genius of Leonardo da Vinci in a new book. Then, how a Midwestern teenager’s obsession with the Golden Age of Hollywood turned into a book 40 years later. Plus the author of "Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends" talks about some local spirits and the things that connect ghost stories of all kinds.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We catch up with New York Times Berlin correspondent, Melissa Eddy, who talks about the rise of right-wing politics in Germany. Then, how the life of a transracial adoptee in small town Wisconsin informs a film in the works. And, a new spin on the corporate cafeteria. How the “micromarket” steers employees to healthy food choices.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, we look back at the hisotry of Native American activism and the issues that continue to impact tribes today. Then, why the Oriental Theater is so vital to the future of the Milwaukee Film Festival. Plus, a film critic judges how the fourth version of “A Star is Born” stacks up against the first three.

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  • Heather Bruegl, historian and lecturer
  • Lindsey Anderson, cultural editor, Milwaukee Magazine
  • Ryan Jay, film critic

This weekend on Lake Effect:

We speak with the former mayor of Oklahoma City, who thinks the success of the country is linked to the success of mid-sized metropolitan areas. Then, the stars of the Milwaukee Rep’s play, “Guards at the Taj,” say their roles are more than just an acting gig. Plus we have the latest installments of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We feature the second of two interviews with people attending a retreat for gay priests this week in Racine. Sports contributor Shaun Ranft joins us to look back at everything that went right for the Brewers in September, and how they line up against their playoff opponents, the Colorado Rockies. Plus ukulele ambassador Lil’ Rev shares some songs and talks about how the instrument made Americans participants in music, rather than observers.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A gay priest talks about the experience of participating in a Wisconsin retreat with others in his situation. Then, just six percent of Milwaukee Public School teachers are black and Latino men. A look at what's keeping men of color from becoming teacher and what's being done to change these obstacles. Plus, our Informed Voter series returns and answers a handful of listener questions about registering to vote, the voting process, and what’s on the ballot.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett believes other mid-sized metro areas like Milwaukee can draw some valuable lessons from his city's rebirth.  Later, why the stars of the Milwaukee Rep's production of "Guards at the Taj" say their roles are more than just another couple of acting gigs. And for her new book, writer Stacy DeKeyser draws on her dad's stories of growing up in Milwaukee in the 1940s and '50s. 

 

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Monday on Lake Effect:

A documentary by a Wisconsin native takes a deep dive into the world of dark money in politics. Then we learn about one school’s efforts to hire teachers as diverse as its student body, and our On That Note contributor discusses the place of arrangements in classical music. Plus, a Wisconsin native produces a documentary on some of the first American women to serve in the military.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Lake Effect’s Bonnie North (in Europe on a fellowship) brings us an interview with a former Green Party member of the German parliament who is troubled by the state of populism in the country. Then, Atlas Obscura founder Dylan Thuras talks about how travel can benefit our minds as well as spur a spirit of adventure in all of us. Plus we’ll have the latest in our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

A look at Wisconsin’s economic recovery since the Recession of 2008 and the people who have been left behind. Then, a Milwaukee researcher studies alternative treatments for Group B Strep infections in pregnant women. And Wisconsin singer-songwriter Willy Porter commemorates the 25th anniversary of his album, "Dog Eared Dream."

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  • Laura Dresser, associate director, COWS
  • Dr. Lisa Hansen, college of nursing, Marquette University
  • Willy Porter and John Calarco, musicians

Thursday on Lake Effect:

Atlas Obscura founder Dylan Thuras talks about spurring a spirit of adventure in all of us. Then, how gravity plays a vital role in holding planets together, but only to a point. Plus choreographer Chelsea Hoy talks about making Irish dance interesting while keeping it authentic.

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  • Dylan Thuras, Atlas Obscura co-founder & author of "The Atlas Obscura Explorers’ Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid"
  • Jean Creighton, astronomy contributor
  • Chelsea Hoy, Trinity Irish Dance Company

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

 

One of the members of the so-called Milwaukee 14 remembers the day 50 years ago when he and others broke into a government office building, burned draft records, and were arrested.  Later, our film contributor says the new Amazon Studios' release, "Life Itself," deserves a better fate than the reception it has received so far.  And a Milwaukee actor has taken it upon himself to share the life and work of author, poet, and editor Carl Sandburg, who once called Milwaukee home.

 

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

How scientists have changed their approach to considering traumatic head injuries. Then, a UW Milwaukee professor looks at how our culture discusses motherhood. Later, the history of cats in the United States and how they went from street animals to human companions over the last century. Plus, the people behind a western Wisconsin soda company talk about the state of the industry.

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