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.

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We meet a German historian who was imprisoned by the East German secret police in 1981 for trying to escape to the West. Then, a naturopathic doctor explains her difficulties treating patients and the breakthrough that changed her practice. Plus, the joys of writing noir fiction using Milwaukee as the city that never sleeps.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Liz Gilbert from Milwaukee 2020 talks about the impending Democratic National Convention. Then, author David Maraniss talks about his newest book, A Good American Family. Then, as the weather cools down, we look at how the cold can impact our pets. Plus, we learn about the history of Milwaukee County’s Oak Leaf Trail.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Refugee and new citizen Edumakono Zetho, talks about his journey to the U.S. and his work helping other refugees. Then, as the turmoil in Chile continues, we hear from a Chilean immigrant now living in Madison. Plus, our How Did You Do That? series introduces a woman who made the transition from corporate finance to successful entrepreneur.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

We explore the science of food with UW-Milwaukee physics professor Paul Lyman. Then, how county officials are helping college students with mental health issues. A photographic exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Library explores perception and blindness, plus actor Patrick Wilson talks about his latest role in the World War II drama Midway.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

A new report shows how the Midwest still has stark inequalities when it comes to race and opportunity. Then, writer Steve Hannah talks about his new book, Dairylandia: Dispatches From A State Of Mind. And poet Gregg Shapiro explains the different influences on his work.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

A look at how the work of the Ear Hustle podcast has changed since producer Earlonne Woods was released from prison. Then, a human trafficking survivor explains why she started speaking about her experiences. Plus, astronomy contributor Jean Creighton explains why it took humans so long to figure out that stars move.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We talk with film director and Milwaukee native John Ridley about No Studios’ first anniversary and its upcoming summit on arts and social justice. Then, a photographic exhibition at Milwaukee Public Library's central branch explores perception and blindness. Plus, a new book about Midwestern folklore explores the roots and legacy of the region’s most infamous legends.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Wisconsin's Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin explains why she voted to increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Then, on Veterans Day, we talk with a health care reporter about why they believe attempts to privatize the Veterans Health Administration are a bad idea. And a Milwaukee nonprofit, Guitars for Vets, has grown from one chapter here to 43 chapters across the country. We look at its continuing expansion.

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Lake Effect Weekend:

We learn about the roots and history of mass incarceration in the United States from researcher Reggie Jackson. Then, First Stage Theatre explains why they believe investing in new work is the least they can do for their audience. Plus film critic Ryan Jay joins us to talk about the new, slightly controversial Nazi satire, Jojo Rabbit.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

A chat with local health insurance navigators about insurance literacy and Wisconsin’s most vulnerable people. Then, author Victor Grossman defected to East Germany in 1952 and didn’t return to the U.S. until 1994. He talks about his experiences in East Germany, and what it was like returning to his home country. Plus, comedian Lewis Black talks about what makes Wisconsin politics so unique.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

An immigration attorney describes the challenges asylum seekers face in the U.S. Then, writer Anna Lardinois talks about her experience, researching some of Milwaukee's most influential women. We hear a song from musician Katie Dahl. Plus, film contributor Ryan Jay discusses the new, slightly controversial Nazi satire, Jojo Rabbit.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

Local researchers discuss the pros and cons of medical marijuana in Wisconsin. Then, a look at some of the community events this month in Milwaukee’s central city and we discuss the scourge of the KK Can Opener. Our Beats Me series explores the historical and modern impact of Wisconsin's Native American community. And the folks from First Stage Theatre explain its dedication to producing new works.

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Monday on Lake Effect

Researcher Reggie Jackson talks about the roots of mass incarceration in the U.S. Then, cellist Robert Cohen talks about finding creativity in many places, particularly as he practices. Plus, actor and singer Mandy Patinkin discusses his work with refugees and his love of the Midwest.

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  • Reggie Jackson, head griot, America's Black Holocaust Museum
  • Robert Cohen, On That Note contributor
  • Many Patinkin, actor and singer

This weekend on Lake Effect:

Economist and futurist Jason Schenker talks about the health of the American economy. Then, we meet two breast cancer survivors who are using art as a way to reflect their personal stories. Plus we learn about a new documentary that remembers Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, the head of the Women’s Center of Waukesha talks about the challenges in helping assault survivors recover from their trauma. Then, a Wisconsin-native discusses his work defending lions and shifting cultural attitudes in Tanzania. Plus, even though musician Brett Newski has performed all over the world, he’s happy to call Milwaukee home now.

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