Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am and 10 pm (except Thursdays) & 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:

A look at Milwaukee's hotel building boom, and the potential speed bumps ahead. Then, how society’s view of autism has evolved in the past four decades. Our Fit For You segment heads to the Milwaukee River for a lesson on rowing, and critic Dave Luhrssen shares his thoughts on the film Good Time.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

How the Strange Fruit festival in Milwaukee seeks to use music to address race relations. Later, a farm-to-table dinner honors some of the high school students who worked the land. A Whitefish Bay woman’s recent book tries to help parents get their kids ready to leave the nest with some basic realities. Plus musician Trapper Schoepp explains how Bay Beach Amusement Park inspired his new album.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

A look at cybersecurity and interconnected devices, from fitness tracker to cars. Then, an update on a wide-scale effort to improve the health of people living in Dodge County. Plus, why bees need cities and cities need bees.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We remember the 50th anniversary of a landmark in Milwaukee history: the start of 200 nights of open housing marches in the city. Former NAACP Youth Commando leader, Prentice McKinney, discusses his work in the fight for open housing. Then, a look back at the history of Milwaukee's black-white divide and the continued segregation of the city today. And Margaret Rozga, widow of Father James Groppi, talks about his legacy and her own work in the civil rights movement.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Writer Evie Perry shares her research on how diversity in Milwaukee works - and how it’s challenged in Riverwest. Then, why some music works so well in some movies - like John Williams’ score for Star Wars, and we’ll have the latest edition of our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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  • Evie Perry, author, Live and Let Live
  • Aaron Krerowicz, Beatles scholar
  • Lean DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder; Bruce Winter, WUWM

Friday on Lake Effect:

A Milwaukeean discusses what she learned from a summer working in the field of food justice. Then, an update on the progress of a major housing rehab program in Sherman Park. What an Ancient Greek tells us about the relationship between the United States and China. Plus, a look at Chicago actor Tim Campos' new one man show inspired by his work in a Ford factory.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

An in-depth look at the evolution of Wisconsin's technical college system and the role it plays today. Then, how music, like John Williams' score for Star Wars, impact the way we view some films. Plus, why the 1975 musical, “A Chorus Line,” still resonates with audiences, more than four decades later.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We learn about some of the unique challenges facing farm workers in Wisconsin, and across the United States.  Then, a Milwaukee man shares stories of more than a half-century of his work on behalf of migrant workers. Radio Chipstone explores the story of an iconic shirt from the era of open housing marches here, and we'll hear a family story from one local poet.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

Author Nilofer Merchant shares her insights on how any one of us can make a dent in the world. Then, our Full Plate series explores a program in Madison that wants to change the way we eat, one bug at a time. And more than a year after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Father James Martin is still working to improve the relationship between the Catholic Church and the LGBT community.

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Monday on Lake Effect

A Racine high school student discusses how the immigration debate brewing in the United States will impact her future. Later, the inside story of the Journal Sentinel’s week-long series on witness intimidation. Then, why looking at the sun in an eclipse is so dangerous and the realities of being a U.S. spy during the Cold War.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Irish author Tony Macaulay explains his work to stop the sectarian violence in his home city of Belfast in the 1980s. We learn about a piece of clothing that carries the weight of some Milwaukee history, and we’ll have the latest edition of our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect

An 86-year old Grafton man shares the chilling story of the day the German-American Bund marched into town before World War II. Then, film contributor Dave Luhrssen talks about Kathryn Bigelow’s new film, Detroit. And Irish indie band Brave Giant makes its US debut at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest.

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  • Skip Eernisse, Grafton resident; Nick Schanen, Grafton Historical Society
  • Dave Luhrssen, Lake Effect film contributor
  • Brave Giant

Thursday on Lake Effect

We learn how one MPS parent works to make the business of education less filled with jargon. Then, why the owners of Brennan’s markets are staying true to their business model, even as the company closes this fall. Our astronomy contributor gives us a primer on next Monday’s total solar eclipse, and Aoife Scott talks about getting past the self-doubt that plagued her as her first album was coming together.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

Writer Tony Macaulay discusses his memoir which documents his time living and working as a pacifist in war-torn Belfast at the height of the "troubles" there. Later, Milwaukee native Kathleen Anne Kenney discusses her novel Girl on the Leeside, a late coming of age story set in rural Ireland that captures both the human experience and the power of Irish poetry. Plus, how India Fest Milwaukee has evolved through its first five years of existence.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

As the nation continues to react to the violence in Virginia over the weekend, we explore how diversity works in one Milwaukee neighborhood, and the challenges it faces. Plus, we travel to the lakefront to find out what draws people of many backgrounds to the common space along Lake Michigan. We speak with the urban ethnographer who coined the term "cosmopolitan canopy" to describe these places of diversity and civil coexistence. And a Lake Effect essayist considers the so-called "good old days" that some would like to return to.

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