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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Summer is the time when many of us get out of town and see the world. But taking time off work or flying to a far-off destination isn’t always an option. Day trips to nearby destinations offer a quick getaway.

This month’s Milwaukee Magazine features 10 suggestions for day trips around the Milwaukee area — all within 120 miles of city, including towns on Lake Michigan.

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On Saturday, dozens of ornate boats will set sail on Lake Michigan for a race unlike any other in the area. The annual Dragon Boat Festival is in its seventh year here in Milwaukee. But the tradition began more than 2,000 years ago in what is now mainland China.

Lorna Young and Susa Siy are both organizers for Milwaukee’s Dragon Boat Festival. They joined Lake Effect’s Joy Powers in studio. Siy starts by explaining the folklore about the Dragon Boat Festival’s origins:


When we think of the Tuscany province in Italy, many people picture rolling hills and mountains, dotted with small towns and farms. Few of us picture ghosts, ghouls, and other supernatural occurrences.

But the Garfagnana region of Tuscany is known for just that. And it’s this eerie reputation that inspired Paul Salsini’s latest book, The Ghosts Of The Garfagnana.

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week, a global celebration organized by the World Health Organization and Unicef that highlights the benefits of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding can provide important nutrients and antibodies to infants, which move from mother to baby through milk. But breastfeeding can be very difficult and strenuous for parents who just want to make sure their children are getting enough food.

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When enslaved Africans were taken to the Americas, they brought few — if any — possessions. But they retained the legacy of their homeland through memories, songs and dances. This artistic inheritance would give birth to cultures around the world, which now make up the African diaspora.

Ferne Caulker has spent much of her career researching and dissecting these cultures, pulling together their ties to the African continent.

Gardening For Your Health

Aug 1, 2019
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Gardening can have a huge impact on your health. Digging holes, pulling weeds, and tilling the soil are great exercise for your body. Plus, it can lead to lower levels of stress. And at the end of it all, you have a new source of healthy and delicious foods.

Lake Effect gardening contributor Melinda Myers offers helpful information on the health benefits of gardening. Myers is the author of numerous books, including Month-by-Month Gardening in Wisconsin and Can't Miss Small Space Gardening. 


There is an epidemic of reckless driving in Milwaukee. Drivers have been blowing through stop signs, weaving through traffic, and passing in bike lanes — and law enforcement has been cracking down on this behavior.

But there are many solutions to reckless driving, which can include redesigning streets to encourage better driving behaviors. These redesigns are frequently referred to as “road diets,” and they are shown to decrease accidents and reduce the fatalities in crashes. 

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Editor's note: This piece was originally posted June 18, 2019.

This year marks the centennial anniversary of a dark chapter in American History. In the summer of 1919, race riots and massacres spread to dozens of cities throughout the country in a series of events that would come to be known as Red Summer

MuniTool Makes Data Accessible For Wisconsin Residents

Jul 26, 2019
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Accessing government data can be extremely difficult. It's not only challenging to find the right reports, but parsing through data and trying to make sense of it can be an incredibly daunting task. 

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More than 300,000 households in Wisconsin depend on federal programs for food. Now, more than 25,000 households in the state are at risk of losing some of those benefits. The United States Department of Agriculture, which runs the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is proposing removing a so-called “loophole” that makes it easier for families to access SNAP benefits.

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Editor's note: This piece was originally published on Aug. 8, 2018.

Progress is not always linear, and that maxim holds especially true for house cats. While their popularity has wavered over the centuries, cats have been an integral part of human history for millennia.

"They were domesticated, they were raised to the highest of the highs and they were plunged down to the lowest of the lows and then very, very slowly by the end of the 19th century, they finally built themselves up to be companions again," says Paul Koudounaris.

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Just about every public venue in Milwaukee is named after a company. The Brewers play at Miller Park (soon to be American Family Insurance Stadium), the Bucks play at the Fiserv Forum, and just down the street audiences attend performances at the Miller High Life Theatre.

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Our world is a much different place since vaccines became a common part of medical care. Once common diseases like polio and small pox have been eradicated or are rarely contracted today.

Photo by Nan Melville

Milwaukee’s dance chops will be on full display this weekend, as companies in the area get together for the inaugural Dance Fest, hosted by No Studios. The sold-out festival will feature a diverse group of local dance companies, as well as dancers from New York-based Ailey II.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Many people in America are living in fear. When the Trump administration announced deportation raids in major U.S. cities, some communities were thrown into a panic.

"People are afraid to go to work, afraid to go to school, afraid to report crimes they see in the street," says Emilio De Torre, director of community engagement at the ACLU of Wisconsin.