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 meet the subject of the documentary, Ahead of the Curve, which tells the story of the founder of the world’s most successful lesbian magazine. Then, we learn about the lesser-told history of the women involved in the suffrage movement. We hear an essay about size stigma. Plus, we look at disparities in how men and women experience heart attacks.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We learn about a new report by the Journal Sentinel, detailing a complicated web of political maneuvering in the city’s powerful Fire and Police Commission.  Then, a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee explores artwork depicting life in a Nazi ghetto. We hear about five things to do in Milwaukee this month. Plus, speak to a local bike shop owner about how business has been impacted by the pandemic.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We learn about a massive project to clean up Milwaukee’s waterways. Then, David Lee from Imagine MKE makes the case for changes to arts funding in Milwaukee. Then, revisit the latest Listen MKE which featured spoken word artist and author Kondwani Fidel. Plus, hear some great songs coming from local musicians for this month’s Milwaukee Music Roundup.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

We discuss the importance of political civility and how it can be achieved through building better relationships. We hear how Milwaukee’s large Rohingya community has been affected by the coup in Myanmar. Then, we speak with two women who helped translate some long-lost letters from the Pabst and Best families, the founders of the Pabst Brewing Company. The latest Bubbler Talk explores the history of Milwaukee’s Jones-Hill House. Plus, a Milwaukee poet talks about his book of bilingual poetry inspired by time spent in isolation.

Thursday on Lake Effect:

We learn about a pilot program in Milwaukee that aims to lift people out of poverty. Then, we get a list of books about Black history that focus on Black creators and innovators. Local poet Richard Hedderman talks about his latest collection, Choosing A Stone. Plus, we learn about the Jewish holiday of Purim.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes joins us for the first of a monthly series of conversations here on Lake Effect where we ask him questions from listeners. Then, we learn about the week in 1968 when entertainer Harry Belafonte hosted “The Tonight Show” and the documentary film made about it.  We learn what the Latino Arts Strings program offers young people who are interested in music in Milwaukee. Plus, we’ll hear a poem inspired by the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We learn about the 1861 lynching of George Marshall Clark in Milwaukee and an activist’s efforts to place a marker at his unmarked grave. Then, WUWM education reporter Emily Files breaks down Governor Tony Evers’ plans for education spending. Plus, we’ll hear from the president and founder of Rishi Tea and Botanicals about how business has been impacted by COVID-19. He’ll also give tips on how to brew the perfect cup of tea.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We speak with the director of the documentary “Growing Up Milwaukee”, about how she tells the stories behind the city’s negative statistics. Then, we examine the significance of the head nod in Black culture. We learn about Johnson Controls' big move away from downtown Milwaukee and into the suburbs. The latest Bubbler Talk explores the annexation of the village of Granville. Plus, we’ll learn about the shortfalls in the court system when it comes to court interpreters and a training program hoping to solve them.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We hear from a former NAACP Youth Council Commando who took part in Milwaukee’s Fair Housing Marches. Then, the latest Listen MKE addresses the rise in car thefts in the city. We look at how a major loss in tribal gaming revenue could impact Wisconsin’s local governments. Plus, "Fit For You" explores seasonal affective disorder and how to treat it.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

We hear from the director of Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, about his work to help end the transgender military ban. UW-Milwaukee’s top leader overseeing diversity and equity efforts describes her hopes for the future as she gets ready to retire. We learn about COVID-19 scams and how to deal with them. Plus, composer Paul Williams talks about his work on Fortunate Sons premiering this weekend at Skylight Music Theatre. 

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We learn about what’s on the ballot for today’s spring primary and why it’s important to vote in this election. Then, we look at how new variants of the coronavirus could impact the trajectory of the pandemic. Bubbler Talk explores the history of Milwaukee's Nike Missile sites. Plus, we get some tips on how to stay safe on the ice, and learn about paczki traditions this Fat Tuesday.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We learn about the Milwaukee Handicrafts Project and some of Wisconsin’s more scandalous history. Then, the author of a coronavirus children’s book explains how she hopes it will help families cope through difficult times. Plus, we learn about the career and legacy of South Milwaukee native and pro-wrestler, “Da Crusher.”

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  • Matthew Prigge, writer
  • Anna Lardinois,  historian & author
  • Lora Hyler, author
  • Chris Smith, organized & fundraised for ‘Da Crusher’ statue

Wednesday on Lake Effect

As the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump continues, we talk about the power of an elected officials’ rhetoric. We’ll learn about the Tavern League of Wisconsin and its perceived power in the state. Then, with chilly February temperatures taking hold we get advice on how to exercise in the cold. And an arctic explorer gives his advice for dealing with frigid temperatures.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We listen back to a conversation with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters on Wisconsin’s surprisingly checkered history with women’s suffrage. We learn about H.H. Bennett, “the man who made the Dells famous.” We learn about the fight to save Wisconsin’s Native languages. Plus, we’ll tell you about the creator of SpagettiOs, a man from Waukesha.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

We learn about Global Brigades, a non-profit created by a Marquette graduate that helps students understand poverty in other countries and help find solutions. Then, we look at how the pandemic is impacting oral health. We hear from a healthcare worker who received the COVID-19 vaccine. Bubbler Talk explores the history of Milwaukee’s Borchert Field. Plus, the documentary Disclosure looks at the history of transgender misrepresentation in media.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley lays out his plans for increasing mental health care access in the county. Education reporter Emily Files discusses what local schools are doing for the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. A UW-Madison professor describes what it was like during the Rodney King uprising and draws parallels to today’s social justice movement. Plus, Milwaukee Public Library Director Joan Johnson talks about the important role libraries have played during the pandemic and what’s being done to increase access.

Wednesday on Lake Effect

We hear from a UW-Madison professor who used the first cookbook written by a Black woman to inspire a new book of poetry. We’ll tell you about a new choose your own adventure play that requires audience engagement. A Milwaukee healthcare worker explains the impact getting the coronavirus vaccine has had on his life. We’ll tell you about five things to do this month to celebrate Black History and Valentine’s Day. Plus, how you can explore the Milwaukee Public Museum virtually while it’s closed due to COVID-19.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We learn about the game Distrix and how it illuminates the issue of gerrymandering through gameplay. A UW climate science professor explains why she is taking part in a new group called Science Moms. We learn about the physics of sledding - from the kind of sled you use to the best snow conditions. Plus, we hear from Stephen Hull, a self-taught musician from Racine about why he feels so connected to blues music.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We learn how LiberateMKE is campaigning to fund community programs that advance safety and crime prevention. Then, we look at Milwaukee Rep’s “We Rise” series of virtual events celebrating Black History Month. The President of the Marcus Center talks about advancing racial equity in the performing arts. Plus Bubbler Talk clears up some muddled history about why we put soda in our Wisconsin Old Fashioneds.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We hear from the executive director of BLOC about how they encouraged civic engagement in 2020 and what they’re focusing on now that the election cycle has ended. Then, local artist Dick Blau shares his latest project “Milwaukee Night and Day,” a photo-film that captures 10 years of scenes from downtown. We learn how to get rid of spider mites, and why winter leaves houseplants so vulnerable to these pests. Plus, give you some new music to check out in the Milwaukee Music Roundup.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We learn about the legal concerns surrounding employer-mandated vaccinations. Then, a healthcare worker explains what getting the vaccine means to him. We hear from local voters about what they hope for with the new administration. Plus, we talk to a local bike shop owner about how business has boomed during the pandemic.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We look at what mild, winter temperatures could mean for our region and how they may be related to climate change. We examine a new report on the number of people graduating with STEM degrees and the disparities in the field. Bubbler Talk looks at how mental health care is provided in Milwaukee. Plus, we meet the owners of a new plant shop in Milwaukee focused on sustainability. And we meet two filmmakers behind a virtual exploration of Milwaukee.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We speak with the owner of Minocqua Brewing Company about what led to him founding a Super PAC. We learn how at-home COVID-19 testing will work. We look back at the early career of legendary baseball player, Hank Aaron. We look at what it takes for aging athletes, like Aaron Rodgers, to maintain an elite level of gameplay. Plus, we speak with the musicians behind the updated polka, “I Love My Green Bay Packers.”

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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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