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.

This weekend on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, why it's important to bring together many services for domestic violence victims under one roof. Then, the brightly masked world of Lucha Libre wrestling comes to First Stage Children’s Theatre. Plus the next episode in our Radio Chipstone series, and the storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

On today’s show, Marquette researchers receive a National Science Foundation grant to study water treatment. Then, film critic Dave Luhrssen considers the power of fairy tales. A new book explores the last, difficult years of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, and longtime Milwaukee artist JoAnna Poehlmann explains why her art is still fresh after all these years.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We talk with the leader of a Milwaukee company that makes electrocardiograph machines in Milwaukee’s far northwest side. Then, making up new words is fun, especially in English. And the brightly masked world of Lucha Libre wrestling comes to First Stage Children’s Theatre.

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  • Justin Mortara, Mortara Instrument
  • Bruce Campbell, essayist
  • Lizzie Skurnick, author
  • Alvaro Saar Rios & Jeff Frank, First Stage Theatre

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

On today’s show, we chat with a religious scholar about violence in the name of religion – why it happens and why it’s never the right choice. Then, Mila Teshaieva explains some of the challenges she faced when photographing in former Soviet republics. And for guitarist Woody Mann, there is no musical boundary line between old and new.

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  • Charles Kimball, University of Oklahoma
  • Mila Teshaieva, photographer
  • Woody Mann, guitarist

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

How a Milwaukee center works to be a national leader in helping domestic violence victims. Then, Milwaukee native Mark Wisniewski's new novel is set at a race track – a place he thinks is especially ripe for fiction. The Milwaukee Public Museum's newest permanent exhibit yields a modern message from some ancient civilizations. And we’ll have the next episode in our series on children and gun violence, Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

News analyst Bruce Murphy reflects on a seemingly lackadaisical race for state Supreme Court justice, and law professor Chad Oldfather gives us some background on how chief justices are selected and what distinguishes them from the rest of the court. Then, Shorewood Reads gets underway this week – and this year it includes songwriting too. We’ll also hear about Wisconsin writer Andrea Lochen’s new novel, and cellist Robert Cohen talks about how he balances the necessity of touring with family life.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Poet, teacher, and former inmate Jimmy Baca talks about the power of language and how it saved his life. Plus, in our society, there’s a lot of emphasis on weight loss as a way to get healthy – but is that necessarily a good thing? And we look ahead to college basketball’s Final Four, and the Badgers’ tall task against undefeated Kentucky.

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  • Jimmy Santiago Baca, poet
  • Christy Greenleaf, UW-Milwaukee
  • Howie Magner, Milwaukee Magazine

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

What would it take to cut the national poverty rate in half? Later, the way that fashion – and one traveling fair - played a role in changing societal attitudes towards racism - eventually for the better. And Milwaukee poet Brittany Cavallaro believes the Midwest is a more mythic place than it may get credit for.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

The push-and-pull of gentrification in Milwaukee, plus why saving old buildings helps the downtown economy.  Also, a former Journal Sentinel staffer comes to terms with the sale of the paper. Then, a middle-grade novel takes on an age-old issue - how kids view their ethnic heritage.  And Milwaukee Magazine takes an in-depth look at bike culture in Milwaukee.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

A team of Ukrainian journalists tries to debunk Russian propaganda… Then, when Alice's Garden founder Venice Williams attends the annual MANDI Awards, she leaves with two things - a purse full of business cards and a head full of new ideas. Wisconsin writer Vivian Probst learns a little something from the characters she created. And we’ll have the next episode in our series on children and gun violence, Precious Lives.

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