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.

Ways to Connect

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Editor's note: This piece was originally published on Jan. 25, 2019.

We last spoke with writer and producer Alice Austen and filmmaker Kirill Mikhanovsky in 2014 when they were just beginning their Kickstarter campaign for the Milwaukee inspired and made feature film, Give Me Liberty.


Many people attend Milwaukee’s Irish Fest for the music. And there’s certainly a lot of it. But music isn’t Ireland’s only rich heritage — it has a long and complex history with food.

If you’ve been to the country recently, you know there's a lot more food than the stereotypical potatoes and soda bread. But the history of famine and enforced shortages mixed with a deep appreciation of the land, the waters, and their bounty makes the history of food in Ireland a compelling one.

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The only thing more popular than the song “Over the Rainbow” is the movie it came from.

The Wizard of Oz was released 80 years on Aug. 15, 1939. Fans all over the world are rejoicing, especially in Oconomowoc, where it was reported that The Wizard of Oz had its world premiere at the Strand Theater.

Ryan Jay, film contributor and Oz historian, goes down the yellow brick road offering little known facts and dispelling myths.

Milwaukee County Zoo

Aug. 12 is World Elephant Day. But for these intelligent, social and compassionate creatures, the statistics are grim. In 1980, there were around 1.3 million elephants in Africa. By 2012, there were less than of half that number remaining. There are only between 40,000 and 50,000 Asian elephants left.


The world of entertainment has been democratized with the advent of more accessible and affordable equipment, but Hollywood remains the ultimate destination for aspiring filmmakers. Wisconsin natives Nick Sommer and Drew Rosas followed the stars out West themselves after graduating from UWM's film school. And their experience became the inspiration for their eventual Web series, Shangri-LA.

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According to the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, 11 rural hospitals in Wisconsin stopped routinely delivering babies in the past 10 years. It’s even worse outside of the state — 56% of rural hospitals in Wisconsin still perform routine deliveries, but nationally it’s only 40%.

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Editor's note: This piece was originally published on Aug. 13, 2018.

Britney Freeman-Farr and Quinten Farr first met as teenagers at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, playing together in the jazz lab. A marriage, vocal cord surgery and a few albums later, the two are still together.

Britney, known by her stage name B~Free, boasts a soulful sound and a creative vision. The musical couple continues to push each other to achieve their goals while maintaining balance between support and criticism.

Audrey Nowakowski

Editor's note: This piece was originally published on Aug. 08, 2018.

Food is one of the main pillars of health. But the kinds of foods we eat can counteract the positive effects of other healthy habits, like getting sufficient exercise and sleep. And there is a lot of conflicting information about what is good for you and how you should determine the best diet for your circumstances.

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Sugar gets a bad rap. Tooth decay, insulin resistance, inflammation and weight gain can all be laid at sugar’s feet. For most humans, our sweet tooth starts when we're babies so sugary food and drinks are hard to resist.

So, why not use artificial sweeteners? Also called non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS), artificial sweeteners are everywhere. They’re commonly used in coffee and tea. They're also found in everything from bread, toothpaste, medicines, and even e-cigarettes. But are they safe?

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The Vietnam War was one of the most divisive times in American history. Not since the Civil War a century earlier had so many Americans found themselves on opposite sides. Often the rift was generational but not always.

But unlike during World War II, the film industry stayed away. Most of the films we know today that deal with the Vietnam experience were made decades later.

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The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee (IFCGM) brings together regional leaders from 20 faith denominations. The organization works to establish dialogue, build relationships, counter hate and fear, and build programs that not only foster understanding and friendship but champion social issues to help create a better society for everyone.

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From Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Jungle Book, Disney’s live action platform is on a roll, creating new ways for audiences to experience these stories.

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Editor's Note: This conversation originally aired Oct. 25, 2017. Musician Johnny Clegg passed away July 16, 2019.

There were many contemporary western musicians who performed with South African artists, especially as Apartheid was winding down in the late 1980s.

Milwaukee’s Best Outdoor Dining Spots

Jul 12, 2019
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Now that the warm weather is finally here, many people are taking advantage. From backyard projects to exercise, it's as if everyone in the greater Milwaukee area is putting on sunblock and getting outside.

One of our favorite ways to celebrate the summer is by dining al fresco. Restaurants put tables on the sidewalk and long enclosed patios are opened up and filled up by hungry patrons eager to enjoy the fresh air.

Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

Towering over the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas is a giant statue of Jesus known as Christ of the Ozarks. This seven-story-tall white statue peers over the residents of Eureka Springs and one of its main attractions: the Great Passion Play. It's a fully-produced reenactment of the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ in an amphitheater that seats thousands.