Lake Effect

Airs Mondays - Thursdays at 10 am and 10 pm

Lake Effect is WUWM’s local show about what matters most now to people in Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. It goes beyond the headlines and connects listeners to the community.

Thursday on Lake Effect:

We look at what we know and don’t know about how the COVID-19 vaccine could help return life to a pre-pandemic normal. We hear a local healthcare worker’s experience receiving the vaccine. We look back at past threats against the U.S. Capitol. We continue our conversations with racial justice activists and their hopes for the movement in 2021. Plus, we meet the hosts of NPR’s history podcast Throughline, which is making the jump from podcast to radio.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We go over the top 5 research findings of 2020 from the Wisconsin Policy Forum. We hear from a racial justice activist about how the movement continues in the new year and a Milwaukee healthcare worker describes her experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Then, we learn about World War II on film and the popularity of micro weddings. Plus, Bubbler Talk is back with a tribute to basement bars.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We look at comparisons between the Act 10 protests in Madison and the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Then, we talk about the power rhetoric has when it comes from elected officials. We meet the first Asian-American person elected to the state legislature and hear her plans to push for more equitable laws. Plus, a look back at the latest Listen MKE which featured local leaders talking about their experiences with COVID-19.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We look at the history of public mental health funding and what it looks like today. We learn what purple, bipartisan solutions to America’s healthcare system could look like. Plus, we explore tips on how to boost your immunity during this cold and flu season.

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  • Zeb Larson, historian
  • Dan Sem, author of Purple Solutions: A Bipartisan Roadmap to Better Healthcare in America
  • Josh Knox, clinical Associate Professor at Marquette University’s physician assistant program

Monday on Lake Effect:

We look at the last year in commercial real estate here in Milwaukee, and the unexpectedly small impact of the pandemic. We talk about how our city’s environment could permanently change as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We hear about a bilingual book of poetry created during a time of isolation. And we check back in with Lazy Susan chef and owner AJ Dixon, to see how shifting her restaurant to carry-out only has been working. Plus, some tips on how to care for your car in extremely cold weather.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We get analysis on the riots in Washington D.C. from a national security expert. Then, we’ll explore the past year of Wisconsin politics, and look at the power struggle between Governor Tony Evers and Republicans in the legislature. We hear from the outgoing executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission and his hopes for future elections in the city. Plus, look at some events happening in Milwaukee this month, including one of the nation’s oldest celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

We look at the Kenosha DA’s decision not to charge the police officer responsible for shooting and paralyzing Jacob Blake. Then, overdose deaths are at an all-time high in Milwaukee. We learn why and what’s being done to change it. We meet the owner of Milwaukee’s SapSap, who uses Lao-inspired cuisine to share his family’s story. Plus our series on entrepreneurship, How Did You Do That?, explores how a UW-Madison professor invented a safer kind of therapeutic radiation.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We look at the vaccine rollout in Milwaukee and learn about the different ways people may get it. Then, how the economic woes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are transforming Milwaukee. We learn about a film that documents the importance of the Latino community to Wisconsin’s culture. Plus, we speak with a Forest Home Cemetery historian to learn about the art and symbolism found on gravestones.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

The President and CEO of the Marcus Performing Arts Center shares the work they’re doing to advance racial equity in the performing arts. We hear about the challenges Milwaukee venues and artists have faced during the pandemic and how they’ve adapted. We listen back to a conversation with Milwaukee journalist, Meg Jones, who passed away last month. Then, learn about H.H. Bennett, “the man who made the Dells famous.” Plus, the man behind the Manitowoc Minute talks about his new Billboard charting album and what makes Wisconsin a great source of comedy.

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  • Kendra Whitlock Ingram, President and CEO of the Marcus Performing Arts Center
  • Patrick Rath, President and CEO of the United Performing Arts Fund
  • Meg Jones, late Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter and author
  • Jenna Loda Eddy, Visitor Services Coordinator at H.H. Bennett Studio and Museum
  • Charlie Berens, host of Manitowoc Minute

This weekend on Lake Effect:

We talk about the ripple effect on a person’s life when facing eviction. Then our annual Games to Gift conversation looks at some of the best games of 2020 and how this atypical year has impacted the gaming world. Plus Daniel Goldin of Boswell Books joins us for our yearly Books to Gift segment.

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  • Deb Heffner, housing strategy director at Community Advocates
  • James Lowder, executive editor of Chaosium
  • Daniel Goldin, proprietor of Boswell Book Company 

Friday on Lake Effect

We get a therapist’s advice on how to be resilient as the challenges of the pandemic continue into the new year. Then, we look at some of the holiday events happening in Milwaukee, including some old favorites with new twists. And we speak with actors and husbands, Ben Lewis and Blake Lee, stars of Lifetime’s The Christmas Setup their first holiday film centered on a gay romance set in Milwaukee.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We talk about the ripple effect on a person’s life when facing eviction. Then, we hear from the Wisconsin Arts Board about how the arts community is working toward economic recovery from the pandemic. Plus, our annual Games to Gift conversation looks at some of the best games of 2020 and how this atypical year has impacted the gaming world.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

We learn about the enduring legacy of Japanese internment camps through the book, Setsuko’s Secret. Then, we learn about the lesser-told history of women of color involved in the suffrage movement in America. Plus, a look back at Schuster’s Holiday Parade with historian John Gurda.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

How lighting the Hoan Bridge could bring unity in a time of divisiveness. Then, we learn about a new poetry anthology called Through This Door: Wisconsin in Poems. Plus Daniel Goldin of Boswell Books joins us for our yearly Books to Gift segment.

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  • Daniel Steininger, president of BizStarts & grandson of Daniel Hoan
  • Margaret Rozga & Angela Trudell Vasquez, co-editors, Through This Door: Wisconsin In Poems
  • Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company proprietor 

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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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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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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Wednesday on Lake Effect

We learn about the “My Life, My Story” initiative at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Then, a new documentary examines why native women face higher rates of sexual assault than all other American women. The founder of Niche Book Bar explains why she’s chosen to feature stories about Black people that don’t just focus on persecution. Plus, we speak with a local surgeon about preventing birth defects.

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