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.

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We recap the results from the primary elections and a look at the state of open records laws in Wisconsin. Then, a program that connects school students with the Milwaukee Symphony benefits the musicians as well. We continue our audio tour of Milwaukee’s favorite coffee haunts. And the members of Milwaukee’s SistaStrings say you can’t separate their music from their message.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Milwaukee’s obesity rate is rising sharply - much faster than other parts of the state, or the country. A new report examines the causes and effects. Later, no Democrat has captured Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District seat in more than 20 years. But there are two hopefuls running to try this fall. And we’ll learn about a unique facility – how the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center does more than welcome visitors.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

August is national coffee month, so over the next few weeks we’ll have lots of stories about Milwaukee’s love affair with the bean. First, we explore why Milwaukee has so fully embraced local coffee. Then, we explore Cudahy's history in manufacturing, bacon, and beyond. One essayist remembers a somber time in Milwaukee's season of fun, and we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We examine how more than two decades of work by Milwaukee's SHARP Literacy have yielded some victories, but also some persistent challenges. Then, we speak with Aaron Biebert, the director of a documentary about the controversial vaping industry as it gets its North American premiere at the Pabst Saturday night. A mix of installations at the Lynden Sculpture Garden explore how we define what’s true, and we’ll take a road trip to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

An international expert on water and sanitation looks at regional issues, and discusses how to handle potential sanitation problems in rural areas. Then, our wine contributor says now is the time for Sauvignon Blanc. Later, a Milwaukee literature teacher tries to reach kids on their level. And we hear some new music by John Sieger and SistaStrings.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, we get an update about the ongoing redevelopment of Milwaukee’s Westlawn public housing community. We bring you some tips on doing your best on the SATs, and hear a call to arms for people to deal with this maniacal foe. Comedian Jen Kirkman explains how she tries to harness performance anxiety to her advantage. And one essayist remembers a somber time in Milwaukee's season of fun.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

August is national coffee month, and over the next few weeks we’ll have lots of stories about Milwaukee’s love affair with the bean. Today, we discuss why a city needs some successful coffee businesses already in place before more will open. Then, on this month’s On That Note, cellist Robert Cohen says everything a musician does informs how he or she plays music. And the latest installment of our series on children and gun violence, Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

We bring you highlights from Precious Lives: The Live Show, recorded on stage at the Pabst Theater. Since January 2015, we’ve been telling the stories of Milwaukee lives impacted by gun violence on our series, Precious Lives. Today, we devote our entire program to the remarkable live performance which features moving personal stories of lives impacted by gun violence.

This weekend on Lake Effect:

With both the Republican and Democratic conventions concluded, British reporter Claire Bolderson says the desire for change of any kind is propelling politics on both sides of the pond. Then, nearly 10 years from their first record, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak discusses how they continue to progress in their minimalist approach to music. Film critic Duane Dudek reflects on Woody Allen just as his latest film is released in theatres, and we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We recap the Democratic National Convention with Milwaukee delegate and DNC member, Jason Rae. Then, since Harry Sydney’s retirement from professional football he’s put his energy into a male mentoring program called My Brother’s Keeper. Later, comedian Hari Kondabolu says the political climate of this summer is hitting close to home. And musician Alex Meixner uses his style of polka-fusion music to connect with people.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

The 2016 Summer Olympics begins in Rio de Janeiro next week. We talk with writer Jessie Garcia about her new book, Going for Wisconsin Gold. We’ll then chat with current Wisconsin Olympian, Annie Haeger, who will compete in Rio with her sailing partner beginning August 10th. A new bicycling organization, Wisconsin Women Cycling, is working to get more women on the road. And we chat with writer Jen Miller about her new book, Running: A Love Story.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

As the Democratic National Convention continues in Philadelphia, British reporter Claire Bolderson says the desire for change of any kind is propelling politics on both sides of the pond. Then, it’s been 40 years since our first mission to Mars. We’ll talk with astronomy contributor Jean Creighton about how it shaped future missions to the Red planet. And indy-rock duo Lily & Madeleine dropped out of high school to pursue music full time. The sisters talk about why they have no regrets.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

The Democratic National Convention is happening this week in Philadelphia. We’ll talk with Milwaukee superdelegate Jason Rae to get his take on the proceedings. Then, a group of Milwaukee teenagers attend a different kind of camp – a theatre intensive hosted by Next Act Theatre. Our auto contributor Mark Savage says pickup trucks have moved off the farm and into a higher end market. And we’ll have the latest installment of our series on children and gun violence, Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

The late real estate developer Joseph Zilber had a dream for the former Pabst Brewery site. Reporter Tom Daykin says at least some of that dream is finally coming true. Then, a new grant will help Bublr Bikes move into under served neighborhoods. And legendary trumpeter and band leader Herb Alpert returns to Milwaukee this fall. We’ll chat with him about more than 50 years of making music.

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