Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am and 10 pm & Weekends at 3 pm

Lake Effect, WUWM’s locally-produced magazine program, covers a lot of ground, focusing on your neighbors and your issues. From discussing politics and the economy to spotlighting Wisconsin authors and musicians, Lake Effect goes beyond the headlines. Join the Lake Effect team as they open a window onto life in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.

Monday on Lake Effect:

We discuss the Wisconsin GOP’s approach to COVID-19 with Charlie Sykes. Then, we look at the history of public mental health funding and what it looks like today. Plus, we hear some new music from local artists in this month’s Milwaukee Music Roundup.

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  • Charlie Sykes, founder and editor of The Bulwark
  • Zeb Larson, historian
  • Matt Wild, co-founder of Milwaukee Record

This Weekend On Lake Effect:

We hear how a new position at the Milwaukee Art Museum aims to welcome more people of different backgrounds to the museum. Then, we speak to a local photographer about what it was like to capture the historic protests in Milwaukee this summer. We learn how Running Rebels has been improving the lives of Milwaukee youth for 40 years. Plus, our auto contributor Mark Savage talks about the rise of the crossover.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We hear from a local respiratory therapist who describes caring for COVID-19 patients. Then, a local COVID-19 survivor shares her experience battling the illness and her message for others as the virus continues to spread. We learn how gerrymandering in Wisconsin could be impacting the pandemic response. Plus, we learn about a coronavirus children’s book that was inspired by a writing competition.

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Thursday on Lake Effect: 

  

We revisit our coverage of the unrest and protests this summer over police violence. We’ll hear from two witnesses to the deadly shooting at a protest in Kenosha. Then, we’ll learn how Wisconsin’s open carry laws create complications for both protesters and law enforcement. Plus, look at the history of Milwaukee protests and what can be learned from the past.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Culinary historian Kyle Cherek debunks some common misconceptions about the history of Thanksgiving. Then, we get some cheese and drink recommendations for your holiday meals. We hear an essay about addressing our painful history with indigenous people. Plus, we talk about ways to keep your outdoor plants growing indoors this winter.

Guests:

  • Kyle Cherek, culinary historian
  • Jeanette Hurt, author
  • Barbara Miner, essayist
  • Melinda Myers, gardening expert & author

Tuesday on Lake Effect

We learn about some of the misinformation surrounding Wisconsin’s election recount. Then our Fit For You segment speaks with a cancer survivor who biked across America to raise awareness. Plus, astronomy contributor Jean Creighton talks about the privatization of space travel.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We learn how stalled federal funding could force cities like Milwaukee to make severe cuts to local services. Then, a look at how the layout of malls has made them less appealing during the pandemic. Plus, our series on entrepreneurship, How Did You Do That, explores how social anthropology trained Glen Tullman to become a software engineer.

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This Weekend on Lake Effect:

We learn how Wisconsin hospitals are coping with the surge of COVID-19. Then, we learn how data science helps to provide guidance during the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, we look at some of the biggest scandals in Wisconsin’s history outlined in a new book, Storied & Scandalous Wisconsin: A History of Mischief and Menace, Hero and Heartbreak.

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Friday on Lake Effect

We talk to a clinical psychologist about how to take care of your mental health during the holidays. We examine a new report that found school referendums were overwhelmingly approved this year by transcending political divides. Film contributor Dave Luhrssen talks about Sophia Coppola’s latest film, “On The Rocks.” Plus, we learn the origins of the bedside Bible in hotels.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We hear reactions to Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah’s resignation after he was responsible for three on-duty deaths. Then, we learn how data science helps to provide guidance during the coronavirus pandemic from a mathematical biologist. Plus, a new compilation album from Wisconsin musicians pays tribute to Vietnam War-era protest songs.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

We examine if any of President Trump's legal challenges or recount efforts could impact the final election results. Then, we learn about the Milwaukee Handicrafts Project and what it meant for the women it employed. Plus, we look at some the biggest scandals from Wisconsin’s history.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We learn about the fight against subsidized housing in New Berlin, and what it can teach us about current fights over these developments. Then, we meet the state's first-ever female Chief State Forester and learn what she hopes to do in the role. Plus, singer-songwriter Peggy James joins us for our Pandemic Performers series. 

Guests:

  • John Eligon, reporter for The New York Times
  • Heather Berklund, chief state forester in the Deivision of Forestry
  • Peggy James, singer-songwriter

Monday on Lake Effect

We learn how Wisconsin hospitals are coping with the surge of COVID-19 and what that means for patients, and health care workers. Then, we talk about the importance of learning to navigate life and relationships during this pandemic. Plus, the latest Listen MKE examines the importance of good mentorship.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We explore the history of the norm of concession in presidential races. Then, we hear about an art exhibit that combines the writings of trauma survivors with landscape paintings. Plus, we explore the creation of an NES video game set here in Milwaukee.

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  • David Priess, Chief Operating Officer of the Lawfare Institute
  • Brianna Seipel, artist; Lisa McCormick, public speaker; Kate Knowlton, interim director of Lotus Legal Clinic
  • Jordan Davis, lead singer and guitarist for Space Raft

Thursday on Lake Effect

We look at the future of redistricting in Wisconsin and how it could affect the next decade of elections. Then, we examine the use of the term “Latino vote” and look at how voters who are Latino impacted the 2020 election. Plus, we learn more about what purple, bipartisan solutions to America’s healthcare system could look like.

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