Audrey Nowakowski

Lake Effect Producer

Audrey is a producer for Lake Effect. She is involved with every aspect of the show - from conducting interviews to editing audio to posting web stories and mixing the show together.

Her regular segments include Fit For You and film discussions. Before becoming a full-time producer, Audrey interned for Lake Effect starting in 2014 and joined the team full-time in the spring of 2015.

Audrey is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University where she majored in Communication Arts and minored in History and English. She has also worked with 91.7 WMSE producing public service announcements.

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This time of year can mean the delights of decorations, merriment, family, and feasts. But the holidays also often bring stress. Whether it’s additional expectations we place on ourselves, a busier overall schedule, or the complex relationships between friends or relatives, this time of year can certainly throw a wrench in healthy habits.

However, Lake Effect contributor and Wisconsin Athletic Club nutrition director Kim Flannery says it’s important to remember that we’re all human, and this time of year can affect each of us in different ways.

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It was in 1957 when the New York Board of Appeals ruled that nudity was no longer equal to obscenity in movies.  From those decisions, a genre of film known as “sexploitation” emerged. It became a cottage industry, while other parts of the classic Hollywood film industry world were declining.

Many of these films flew under the radar. Films we might term as “soft core” today spanned many different genres over the year – most commonly the sex melodrama.

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The eighth chapter of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, picks up where last year’s The Force Awakens left off - an intriguing staring contest between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on an isolated island on the planet of Ahch To.

Don't worry, there are no spoilers in this post, but film critic and UW-Milwaukee film instructor Duane Dudek says that the new film features plenty of old favorites, including Carrie Fisher, who reprised her role as Princess Leia before her death. 

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For eight years (and counting), game aficionado James Lowder has joined Lake Effect, WUWM's locally-produced magazine program, to talk about the best games of the year. We are talking about classic games here, not the kind that are played on a screen.

"The thing that's amazing is how much this has become mainstream culture," Lowder says. "Everybody's watching the Marvel movies and everybody's familiar with The Lord of the Rings, so they understand the tropes and they understand the storytelling."

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Each year on Lake Effect, we feature dozens of authors and books. But besides those, there are countless others that might be just right for the reader on your holiday list. Daniel Goldin, proprietor of Boswell Book Company, stopped by the studio recently to share some of the perfect titles for readers of all ages.

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Most talk about weapons today involves firearms.  But one Milwaukee museum curator wanted to examine how our weaponry even evolved to firearms. Through exploring humans and their behavior, Milwaukee Public Museum Anthropology Collections Curator Dawn Scher Thomae sees the weapon as a tool that has evolved over thousands of years to solve a problem.

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At UW-Milwaukee, one unusual class being offered in during the spring semester is called “The Art of Being Still” - a course that many of us could use.

The course is being taught by Erin Maris, who owns the E2 fitness facility in Mequon and who teaches a variety of mind-body classes.

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When we study classic literature in school, it’s generally the literature itself that we study and not what was happening in the lives of the authors who wrote the books.

However, a recent book drills down very deeply into what was going on in the lives of four major writers - Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and E.M. Forster - for whom one year was immensely important.

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For a lot of people, traveling is a consistent life goal - whether it’s about adventure during their vacations from work, or working towards a retirement filled with travel. But in the case of the former, travel can be a challenge when you’re limited to only two or three weeks of vacation a year.

"Two weeks of vacation is not enough time - especially to stay in one country and really get the opportunity to soak in the culture," says Ann Davis, founder of Venture with Impact.

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A few weeks ago, Lake Effect introduced you to Kathy Sullivan, a pioneer among women astronauts.  Sullivan flew on three Space Shuttle missions and was the first woman to walk in space. She was in town earlier this year to talk about her book for young readers, To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space.

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Employers both large and small have concerns about whether people graduating are ready for employment. Sometimes that question involves specialized skills; but increasingly, the questions are bigger and seemingly simpler - are students prepared to join the workforce?

It’s a field known as “essential employability qualities,” or EEQs, and Alverno College will play a role in determining how to measure whether students are ready for the workplace as a participant in the The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher Postsecondary Education (the QA Commons) EEQ Pilot program.

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For Thanksgiving, Lake Effect is examining the many roles food plays in our lives - both for the holiday and beyond our yearly feast. From learning about the continental history of Thanksgiving foods to fighting cancer with produce, there is a lot we can thank food for in our lives.

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From Rebel Without a Cause, to The Breakfast Club, to 10 Things I Hate About You, coming-of-age movies have been around for almost as long as the film industry.

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Many people had childhood hobbies that perhaps fell to the way side as they grew older. However, filmmaking for Milwaukee natives Victoria Lee and Lili K started at age 11 when they created a horror trilogy about a serial killer who wreaked havoc on their friends at slumber parties.

The "Oops I Peed My Pants," "Oops I Did It Again," and "Oops I Peed the Pool" trilogy created by Lee and Lili K that "didn't make any sense" may be lost in the back of their professional portfolios, but their passion for creativity on camera never faltered.

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Just over a quarter-century ago, Milwaukee native Steve Wallace started Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company.  It is not one of the huge players on the scene, nor is it a small boutique that makes truffles.  Its greater significance is that it makes chocolate bars in the African nation of Ghana, where the cocoa beans are grown.