Mitch Teich

Lake Effect Executive Producer / Co-host

Mitch joined WUWM in February 2006 as the Executive Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

He brings over 25 years of broadcasting experience from radio stations across the country - in Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and Arizona. Prior to joining WUWM, Mitch served as News Director of KNAU - Arizona Public Radio, Executive Producer of the station's monthly news magazine program, and anchored and produced news programming.

He has won many awards including several regional awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association and national awards from PRNDI - Public Radio News Directors Inc.

He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife Gretchen, daughter Sylvi and son Charlie. Mitch fills his copious spare time watching baseball and his skating children, writing and looking for his reading glasses.

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The cover art for singer-songwriter Mark Erelli's latest album is a throwback.  It's made out to look like a cassette, with Erelli's last name spelled out in the font that a generation of music listeners will recognize - letters that would have spelled out the tape brand Maxell.

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Many immigrants’ rights supporters implore people to think of immigrants not in terms of nationality or country of origin, but rather, simply as fellow human beings.

Empathy towards other fellow humans is at the heart of Raveen Arora’s message. Arora is a former refugee, who once worked with Mother Teresa and now lives in Arizona and heads the Think Human Global Initiative.

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Note: You can find the full audio from Leon Neyfakh's on-stage interview in Milwaukee at the bottom of this post.

The news these days is filled with stories of high-level leaks, dirty tricks, and a President with a habit of saying things you wouldn't expect to hear from a Chief Executive.

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Many of us like a good mystery.  The May issue of Milwaukee Magazine is chock-full of real-life mysteries with a decided local flair.  The magazine’s cover story relates a handful of unsolved mysteries and hidden history from around Wisconsin.

From an angry Goatman to underwater pyramids and cheese thefts, "(these stories) sort of percolated through the public consciousness for a long time," says senior editor Matt Hrodey.

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Imagine going to the Baseball Hall of Fame and knowing nothing about baseball. Or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having only listened to opera for your whole life. That kind of disconnect is a key challenge the curators of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee have in front of them when it comes to presenting motorcycle engines.

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Many businesses and organizations hold courses on administering cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, and how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED, device. The goal of this training is to have as many people as possible ready to assist in the case of a heart emergency.

And that’s music to the ears of Dr. Ivor Benjamin.

Benjamin is the director of the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. And in July, he will assume the role of president of the American Heart Association.

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Since 2013, a company now based on Milwaukee’s north side has become the go-to baker of authentic Bavarian soft pretzels. The Milwaukee Pretzel Company’s pretzels are found in numerous places - from bars and restaurants, to beer gardens and Bucks games. The company is the creation of husband and wife Matt and Katie Wessel, who fed their love of pretzels while living in Germany for a year.

On this very special National Pretzel Day, Pretzel Podcast hosts Mitch and Michelle take a field trip to the delicious smelling business to learn why things are going so well. 

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The concept is pretty simple - two wheels, pedals, a chain, and a frame.  But within that basic mix of parts, it turns out there’s a lot of room for art.  Quite a lot of room, actually. Even a basic bike can be a work of art - art that can also take you to work, or down a wooded path.

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Milwaukee writer Jenny Benjamin transported readers between 21st Century Milwaukee and 18th Century Italy in her 2013 novel, This Most Amazing.  But Benjamin's latest books take readers on a much more intimate trip, into her heart and her mind.  Benjamin is an award-winning poet and frequent poetry contributor to Lake Effect, and has two new collections that are now on shelves.

Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We meet a Marquette graduate who recreated the effort by 18th Century Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie, who searched for the elusive Northwest Passage through northern Canada to China.  Later, a lead contamination expert talks about the opportunity she still believes Milwaukee has to respond to the lead crisis here.  And Milwaukee writer and historian Larry Baldassaro shares histories of Italian-American baseball players he's collected from first-hand interviews over the years.

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Kwame Alexander never doubted that there was an audience for his children’s books - sports books written in verse - even though publishers said girls won’t read books about sports and boys wouldn’t read poems.  But eventually, the first of those books, The Crossover, hit the shelves featuring both basketball and poetry.  And it was a smash hit, winning the 2015 Newbery Medal. A soccer book followed, then a book of guiding principles for young lives.

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Longtime NPR newscaster and Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me sidekick Carl Kasell died this week of complications from Alzheimer's disease.  He was 84 years old.  On today's show, we revisit our 2012 interview with him, recorded while he was in town recording an episode of the comedy quiz show.

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A series in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other USA Today Network newspapers around Wisconsin is looking at the impact of mental health issues on kids and teens in the state. 

The series, titled Kids in Crisis - and its accompanying podcast, This Is Normal, features personal stories from young people who have gone through significant emotional challenges.

Wauwatosa writer Tom Matthews was inspired by a dream to write his latest novel, Raising the Dad. When Matthews was 10-years-old, his father died. Years later, he had a dream where a close family friend told him his father was still alive, but due to the massive trauma, his father's personality had changed. The book explores how the protagonist and other family members process that development.

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Milwaukee band Various Small Fires performed in, and outside of, our studio recently. This is their original tune Shine:

The band plays a full set at The Up and Under Pub Saturday night during the Battle of the Bands competition. The award is a place on the 2018 Summerfest lineup.

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