Lake Effect's Gianofer Fields brings us along to a "group pour" in Madison.
When Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields was a kid, her father worked at Pelton Steel Casting Company in Milwaukee. Very simply put, casting metal is the process of melting iron, pouring it into molds, and letting it cool. Her father was a Finish Grinder and it was his job to clean up the cast objects after they were pulled from the molds.
Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Nathan Meckel.
There once was a time when there two kinds of musicians: those who played for kids, and ones who played for grown ups. And there was not much overlap, in the styles of music aimed at the two groups of listeners. That’s changed in the last decade or two, and now it is not such a stretch for a musician to find his or her feet in both worlds.
Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Ryan Schleicher, the bassist and vocalist for the Milwaukee band, Juniper Tar, and musical partner Christopher Porterfield, the singer-songwriter behind the band Field Report.
Stephen Foster is perhaps one of the most beloved American composers of all time. Though they were written in the 19th century, Foster's impressive catalog of tunes including “Camptown Races” and “O! Susanna," are still popular today.
Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Willy Porter.
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When we were setting up an interview with Milwaukee musician and songwriter Willy Porter, we tried to remember whether he'd ever been on Lake Effect. Then of course, it dawned us: he's on every day - as the writer and performer of our theme music.
We normally think of debate and discussion over topics such as water quality and climate change in either scientific or economic terms. For example, what are the implications for business and employment in the face of increased environmental regulation?
Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Yaya Kambaye.
We’ve featured a lot of musicians and a lot of instruments over the years on Lake Effect. But until now, we’ve never had an instrument quite like the one Yaya Kambaye brought with him to the Lake Effect performance studio.