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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The urban-rural divide in Wisconsin has become ingrained in our culture. Right now, that divide is dangerous. 

Ideological divides have led to in-fighting in state government, with the Republican-led Legislature pitting itself against Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat. Some rural communities that haven’t been hit hard by the pandemic are questioning the need for social distancing mandates, while people in cities are seeing their communities ravaged by the disease.

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As stay-at-home orders have been extended in most states due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a greater focus on housing more generally. Skyrocketing unemployment and uncertainty about the future has made it more difficult for people to make rent.

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Many of us have been cooped up in our homes as we collectively ride out the coronavirus pandemic. But the stay-at-home order doesn’t mean you need to stay inside. And for those of us living with kids, getting out in the garden can be a great way to get rid of some energy and exercise their creativity. 

Gardening expert Melinda Myers shares some gardening projects for kids of all ages:

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Since Gov. Tony Evers announced he would be extending the safer-at-home order, there’s been pushback. There have been small-scale protests in cities like Brookfield and Madison. Some Wisconsin sheriffs have come out in opposition to the order. And this week the Republican-led Legislature filed legal action against the order.

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Music venues are closed around Milwaukee, the United States, and the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. Musicians have been canceling tours and performances, and many are simply unable to do their jobs at home. Still, people are making music in some new and creative ways.

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Like other in-person institutions, movie theaters have been suffering during the coronavirus pandemic. For Milwaukee Film, which owns and operates the Oriental Theatre, the shutdown has meant changing its business model to fit the needs of its fans.

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The Milwaukee Public Museum and the Mitchell Park Domes are two of the most recognizable institutions in Milwaukee. But they’re also among the most beleaguered in recent history.

Stagnant budgets and mounting financial needs have led to some painful decisions — and Band-Aid solutions are no longer enough to keep them operating. They are in need of some serious changes, as Larry Sandler wrote about in an article featured in this month’s Milwaukee Magazine.

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The stay-at-home order has been hard on everyone, but it has added stress for older Americans. For people living in retirement communities, the COVID-19 pandemic is especially concerning. Older people are the most at risk of dying from the disease, but they’re also a community at high risk of social isolation.

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April 14 is a special day in Milwaukee. The date, 4-14, corresponds with the city's area code, making it the perfect day to celebrate everything the city has to offer. 

In years past, there have been special concerts and parties to celebrate Milwaukee Day. But of course, this year is a bit unusual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, as we stay inside to keep our community safer, there are different ways to engage with our community.

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The court and legislative decisions that determined Wisconsin’s April 7 election have been controversial, to say the least. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the supreme courts at both the state and federal levels offered no leniency to voters. It should be noted that both the court and Legislature met and made these decisions virtually because of the dangers the pandemic presents.

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Although conversations about the coronavirus are really inescapable, there are still a lot of misperceptions and questions about the disease. For Bubbler Talk, we've been asking listeners what they want to know about the disease and how it's spread.

Dr. Joyce Sanchez is an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin who specializes in infectious diseases. She is here to help answer some of your coronavirus questions: 

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The Dairy State is facing a dairy crisis and the pandemic has made things much worse. Already, Wisconsin's dairy heritage has been threatened by incredibly low milk prices and farm closures. But the coronavirus pandemic has led farmers to take drastic measures, dumping unwanted milk into manure piles and fearing for their futures.

>>The Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage

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It's been two months since President Donald Trump's impeachment trial concluded in the U.S. Senate. The president was charged with obstructing Congress and abuse of power, which hinged on Trump’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The case involved many U.S. diplomats, highlighting their often unseen work.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise around the world, there’s been concern about people in detention centers and the continued arrests of undocumented immigrants. Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cannot arrest people who are seeking care at hospitals, they are still making new arrests.

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Every month, Adam Carr from the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service talks about some of the community events happening in Milwaukee. But of course, this month is a little different.

With the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Tony Evers' safer-at-home order, it’s a little difficult to go and explore things happening in our community. But Carr has you covered — highlighting things you can experience from the comfort and safety of your own home.