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 holidays are a great time to spend time with friends and family — particularly in Milwaukee where there are many holiday events. And Adam Carr knows all about it.

Carr is the deputy editor for community engagement at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, which covers the central city, a diverse group of neighborhoods on the near north, west, and south sides of the city. Carr shares some of the many community events happening this month.

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The holiday season can be a difficult time for people experiencing homelessness. Harsh and frigid weather can mean fewer spaces at local shelters and warming centers, leaving many people vulnerable to the cold.

Winter came early this year in Wisconsin, leading to an influx of people seeking shelter earlier than expected. After state senators failed to pass bills that would provide necessary funding, advocates for Wisconsin’s homeless are concerned about the future of these shelters and warming centers.

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Over the past few years, the game Dungeons & Dragons has enjoyed a renaissance of popularity. When it was first created in the 1970s, the game was revolutionary. Its publication is even credited with being the beginning of modern role-playing games.

What some may not know is that Dungeons & Dragons has a strong Wisconsin connection. The game was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in Lake Geneva, Wis., which still has deep ties to the role-playing community.

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The impeachment investigation and hearings have dominated headlines (and air time) for weeks. Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the House will be moving forward with articles of impeachment. Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has been at the center of these investigations. 

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Leading up to the 2020 election, America’s unusual approach to health care is on full display. The hot-button issue is a consistent talking point for both Democrats and Republicans since it has a huge impact on all American citizens.

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Fatty foods, alcohol, and overeating are hallmarks of holiday feasts. Overindulging can be a recipe for heartburn and acid reflux, especially for those living with gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD.

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The site of the proposed Couture building has been plagued by problems for more than half a century. It was once the site of the historic Lake Front Depot, which heralded guests on Chicago-Northwestern rail lines for more than 80 years.

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The cold weather that settled in earlier this month was unexpected for people and gardens. Snow came unexpectedly while people were still dealing with fall cleanup, which didn't allow for regular winterizing of gardens. However, there's still work that can be done.

Gardening expert Melinda Myers first recommends getting fallen leaves that may have been covered by snow and frost raked up before the deep freeze really sets in.

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The Lake Effect team brought the pub back to public radio with the latest Lake Effect On-Site in Milwaukee's Brewery District, to explore the history of the area and the beverage that made Milwaukee famous.

The Brewery District has undergone a lot of changes over the last century. At one time, the complex was the center of operations for the Pabst Brewery, which was first founded in Milwaukee in 1844. The brewery has not only had a huge impact on Wisconsin, it's also a cornerstone of the nation's beer history.

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Liz Gilbert sees the Democratic National Convention (DNC) as a huge opportunity for Milwaukee and Wisconsin. For many of the 50,000 people expected to attend, this will be their first time visiting. Gilbert, the host committee president, sees it as a chance to shape people's perception of the city.

"When we talk about the amount of influence this convention can have on stories and messaging about this town and about this incredible state, the opportunities really are endless," she says.

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Since the mid-1990s, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been engulfed by civil war. The UN estimates that more than 6 million people have been killed in the conflict, and more than half a million have fled the country as refugees.

Edumakono Zetho was among them.


Many of us cook every day. But we probably don't put a lot of thought into the scientific makeup of our food.

Humans are perhaps the only animal that actually cooks food before consuming it. Some scientists believe our ability to manipulate food has had a profound effect on our evolution. The science behind cooked food may be just as profound, according to UW-Milwaukee physics professor Paul Lyman.

He explores everything from how cheese is made, to how the scientific makeup of an egg allows it to be cooked and then consumed.

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Driving along back country roads at night seems to invite strange events. Maybe it's a shadowy figure in the distance, or an eerie light in the sky. Most people shrug, explain it away as a coyote or airplane, and they drive away.

But what about those people who stay to watch? Suddenly, that shadowy creature comes into sight as a half-man, half-wolf beast. The eerie light in the night-sky reveals a flying saucer, descending toward earth. And what do you do when that saucer opens up to reveal three small men, who hand you a stack of pancakes before flying away?

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Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Healthcare Marketplace has been an integral part of accessing health insurance for many Americans. It’s a website where people can find key information about healthcare plans, like the costs of premiums and deductible limits.

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People familiar with comedian Lewis Black's work might think that Wisconsin's swing-state status makes it a dangerous place to perform.

The self-described socialist is also an avid political commentator and the ACLU’s voting rights ambassador. But it’s not the politics that make performing in Wisconsin hazardous to his health. It’s the drinking. He describes a night where he and a group of Wisconsinites reached bar close.