Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am & 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.

Thursday on Lake Effect

With the lines blurred between satire, fake news, and real news, we speak with a pioneer - The Onion’s founding editor, Scott Dikkers, who talks about his approach to humor. Then, photographer Mariela Sancari discusses her latest exhibit which is inspired by - and a tribute to - her late father. We hear some stunning guitar work by Adam Rafferty, and after a long absence, Milwaukee’s Ko-Thi Dance Company returns to the stage.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

Contributor Art Cyr looks at the unique experience that has been Donald Trump’s first two weeks in office. Later, the story of Wisconsin’s contribution to the Super Bowl this year: the hundreds of thousands of game programs sold in Houston and around the world. Then, we look at what drives legendary musician and producer T Bone Burnett as an artist. And we hear the song John Sieger wrote for Semi-Twang that was ultimately produced by T Bone Burnett for the BoDeans.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

A new report shows some of Wisconsin’s racial inequities are deeper than ever. We explore some of the data with one of the authors. Later, Indo-Canadian-Milwaukee writer Shauna Singh Baldwin embraces the hyphens in her identity and in others. And 11-year-old Tessie Finley returns to the page in Milwaukee native, Lesley Kagen’s, newest novel.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We meet the people behind a successful effort to improve police-community relations in Cincinnati. Then, film contributor Dave Luhrssen says what makes 20th Century Women such a good film is that it wasn’t made in Hollywood. And we catch up with Milwaukee musician Mike Mangione, with a look at the most recent episode of his podcast Time and the Mystery.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Law professor Michael O’Hear talks about the literal costs of mass incarceration in Wisconsin. Then, playwright Ayad Ahktar cautions against extrapolating too much from his Pulitzer-winning play, Disgraced. Plus we have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Michael O'Hear, author, Wisconsin Sentencing in the Tough on Crime Era: How Judges Retained Power and Why Mass Incarceration Happened Anyway
  • Ayad Ahktar, playwright, Disgraced
  • Ex Fabula

Friday on Lake Effect:

We get an on-site look at the health of the rivers in the Milwaukee region. Then, we hear the heart-wrenching story of a family, and a son lost to opioid abuse. Musician and Milwaukee-area native Grace Weber returns to the city to create a foundation to benefit young artists. And Bubbler Talk returns to the airwaves with a return to a familiar site: the clock tower at North and Prospect. 

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A Marquette law professor talks about the impact of Wisconsin’s Truth in Sentencing policies. Later, playwright Ayad Ahktar cautions against extrapolating too much from his Pulitzer-winning play, Disgraced. And we go behind the scenes at the recently renovated UWM Panther Arena.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We talk about the future of education in the Trump era with longtime education reporter Alan Borsuk. Then we get a working definition of the thing that offers a lot of definition - the role of dictionaries in the 21st Century. Plus, why the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is so eager to purchase the Warner Grand Theater and make it their permanent home.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Producer Joy Powers reports from the Women’s March on Washington, and introduces us to some Wisconsinites who made the trip. Then, a Milwaukee project celebrates what all of us have in common. Plus, we learn about a Milwaukee spin on a traditional Latin-American rite of passage and we hear an intriguing tale of the remote south Pacific from writer Simon Winchester.

 

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

A financial columnist explains why shouldn't care if the Dow Jones Industrial Average hits 20,000. Then, at the beginning of the new year, cellist Robert Cohen reflects on the power of music. Plus we have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We learn how evacuation plans are developed for places like Washington, DC during an inauguration. Renaissance Theatreworks explores who decides who makes a good parent in "Luna Gale." Iconic sportscaster Dick Enberg explains why he felt compelled to write his one-man play based on an iconic coach and fellow broadcaster, Al McGuire. And we get a preview of Tribe Uncovered, based on the music of a classic hip-hop group.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We talk with NPR’s Michel Martin, in town for a speaking engagement, about news in the age of twitter and the compact between journalists and the public . Then, a new course hopes to get students thinking differently about water. We learn about a new parking app called ParqEx heading to Milwaukee and we talk with Milwaukee Opera Theatre about their re-imagining of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

While the planned Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota continues to get national attention, we learn about the many pipelines already carrying oil through Wisconsin. Later, why you probably shouldn’t care if the Dow closes above 20,000. Then, we discuss the Milwaukee Dancer’s Fund and how it works to help retired dancers move on to new careers. Plus, the spiritual and secular find a home together in the poetry of Ed Block. 

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Monday on Lake Effect:

NPR’s Don Gonyea hosted Milwaukee’s participation in A Nation Engaged last week. He and Mitch Teich discuss the many unknowns about how the media will be able to cover the Trump administration. Then, we hear some excerpts from Milwaukee’s Nation Engaged event. Later, Essayist Avi Lank weighs in on the fight over the Affordable Care Act, and we learn about an engineering academy at South Milwaukee High School.

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