Audrey Nowakowski

Lake Effect Producer

Audrey is a producer for Lake Effect. She is involved with every aspect of the show - from conducting interviews to editing audio to posting web stories and mixing the show together.

Her regular segments include Fit For You and film discussions. Before becoming a full-time producer, Audrey interned for Lake Effect starting in 2014 and joined the team full-time in the spring of 2015.

Audrey is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University where she majored in Communication Arts and minored in History and English. She has also worked with 91.7 WMSE producing public service announcements.

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Pabst Theater Group

Being next to hundreds of people to celebrate and share a common experience is one of the highlights of seeing a concert or a performer. But due to coronavirus, that experience will be changed long after states reopen.

Arts and culture is an integral part of the human experience, but also a huge part of a city’s economy. Beyond ticket sales, independent venues also serve as tourist destinations and create revenue for the businesses around them. But, if venues remain closed through 2020, they’re forecast to lose up to $8.9 billion in revenue.

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Breathing. It’s something that we do without thinking about it. However, most of the time we’re practicing shallow breathing, which can sometimes make us feel out of breath and anxious — especially when we’re already stressed.

When we actively concentrate on breathing techniques that fully utilize our lungs, abdominals and diaphragm, it can actually reduce stress, create mindfulness, and even lower blood pressure.

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While Wisconsin is under a safer-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the home may not be a safe place for people living with domestic violence and abuse. 

Pinehold Gardens

While the stay-at-home order has us remaining in place, it’s also sparked interest in getting outside and gardening as another way to provide food and limit what you’ll need at the grocery store.

But if you’re considering growing food for the first time, knowing what to plant and when can be a big task. WUWM farming contributor Dave Kozlowski of Pinehold Gardens in Oak Creek plans to keep planting and harvesting as normal, with the hope of a farmers market in the near future.

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As nonessential businesses keep their doors closed around the country, small business owners are losing capital needed to make payroll, pay bills, and try to reopen when it’s allowed.

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April is a significant month for many faiths. Christians recently observed Easter, Passover was celebrated in the Jewish Community, the Sikh’s celebrated Vaisakha, and this week marks the start of Ramadan to be observed by Muslims around the world.

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While Wisconsin is having a hard time keeping consistent spring weather, one thing we do notice this time of year is more daylight.

But how does the positioning of the sun change course over the year? And how does it affect us? Our astronomy contributor Jean Creighton says that now is a great time for us to ask these questions. As we all spend more time in the same place, we can be more purposeful in observing the sun’s patterns.

The ART of Infertility

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed experiences for everyone, including new families. A lot of stories have been shared on what it’s like to be expecting, or how labor and delivering a baby during a pandemic has changed what experiences parents can share. The pandemic is also impacting infertility patients and those in the process of adoption.

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The coronavirus pandemic has been stressful. Fear and anxiety surrounding it can be overwhelming at times for people of all ages.

While we worry about the health and safety of ourselves and others, stress can manifest in many ways: trouble sleeping, changes in eating patterns, having a hard time concentrating, and could worsen existing mental or physical health conditions.

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During the coronavirus pandemic, health facilities around the United States have moved or canceled all elective surgeries and appointments that aren't emergencies. But this leaves a lot of people still dealing with pain in their everyday lives. Whether it’s an acute injury or a recurring issue, physical therapy plays a vital role in getting us back to feeling our best. 

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It’s been over a month since President Trump declared a national emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a national campaign for screening and drive-thru testing, most Americans still can’t get a laboratory test to confirm whether or not they have COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus — even if they show symptoms.

With backlogs and delays throughout private, federal and local health care systems, health officials don’t have the information they need to really understand the scope of this pandemic.

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Alexandr Misko started playing the guitar at age 12, first learning the classical style. But after discovering fingerstyle guitar music online, he began to learn it on his own.

"[Fingerstyle] leans more toward pop music much more than classical music, but at the same time it's very interesting harmonically, it's very rhythmic ... so I was instantly hooked," says Misko.

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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing a lot of people and companies into making creative solutions to meet the high demand for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and campus colleagues are working with Midwest Prototyping and design consulting firm Delve to design and create medical face shields. The shields are a key piece in PPEs used by health care workers treating coronavirus patients.

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Milwaukee has a rich musical history, and a new anthology is taking a personal approach in chronicling generations of music in the city. From folk, rock 'n' roll, blues, and R&B — Milwaukee Rock and Roll 1950-2000: A Reflective History chronicles the performers, promoters, photographers and DJs that played a pivotal role in shaping the city's musical history.

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Updated on April 28:

Gov. Tony Evers announced that 34 Wisconsin state parks, forests and recreational areas will reopen on May 1.

The parks will open with new conditions designed to minimize overcrowding. Bathrooms, towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, contact stations and concession buildings will all remain closed. Camp sites will remain closed until May 26.