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.

Tuesday on Lake Effect:

A new book examines the history and the significance of the Wisconsin Idea in higher education. Then, Jorge Cham was in academia when he started doodling. Now, he's the creator of his own comic strip, Piled Higher and Deeper. Later, we discuss the strings that can make or break the sound of a cello performance. And we have the latest installment in our Precious Lives series.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism examines the loophole in gun purchases in Wisconsin. Then, we get an up-close and high-up look at the restoration of the Basilica of St. Josaphat. It’s been 10 years since Pluto became the object formerly known as a planet. Our astronomy contributor talks about the demotion and a recent discovery in the Kuiper Belt. Plus we have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Students are back in college classes, and so are their smartphones, to the dismay of some faculty members. Later, two Madison men set out to remake the record industry to do a better job of treating musicians. Plus, our film critic talks about the portrayal of Wall Street women in the movie “Equity,” and we’ll meet the creators of a web series satirizing how TV portrays women in sitcoms.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We learn about a cross country trek by two Wisconsin veterans and how it helped them deal with the aftermath of combat. Then, we explore the Harley Davidson Museum’s Drag Racing: America’s Fast Time exhibit and talk to the family of the late Harlan Herriges, who helped establish the Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove. And Lake Effect contributor, Stacy Tornio, has some unconventional suggestions on how to spend time this Labor Day weekend.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

As Milwaukee students head back to school we look at a study on how school lunches affect student obesity. Then, we chat with a local winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge: 9-year-old Raya El-Hajar. Later, Mount Mary University mounts an effort to build diversity among counselors. And our astronomy contributor talks about an anniversary and a new discovery in the Kuiper Belt.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Our series on children and gun violence, Precious Lives, introduces us to an unlikely advocate for expanding background checks for gun buyers. Our coffee series continues with a trip to Anodyne’s Bay View Café & Pizza. Later, cowboys might be American icons, but the one in Larry Watson’s new novel doesn’t think of himself that way. And we’ll feature an in-studio performance with the one-of-a-kind Laney Jones and the Spirits.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism examines the loophole in gun purchases in Wisconsin. Later, we answer the question: When it comes to studying coffee and your health, where do scientists begin? Then, Milwaukee writer Paul Salsini closes the book on characters who have inhabited six books in a series set in Tuscany with his most recent addition, The Fearless Flag Thrower. And we dispel some myths women deal with when it comes to working out.

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Coming up on the show today, a Shorewood woman spends part of her summer working in refugee camps in Greece. Then, just in time for Fiesta Mexicana, we learn about the bold flavors of Mexican-Jewish cuisine. Radio Chipstone goes to the Milwaukee Art Museum, and we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

The Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee has a new director. We meet him and hear about expansion plans here and around the state. Then, our coffee series continues with a visit to Stone Creek kitchen and roasters. And local actress Jenny Wanasek reflects on a life in Milwaukee theater, and says the city is lucky to have so many selfless actors living and working here.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

How coffee farming practices can have an impact on global bird populations. Later, we scale the scaffolding on the outside of the Basilica of St. Josaphat for a close-up look at its restoration work. Plus, we explore some of the lesser-told stories about Milwaukee’s history with Michail Takach, the author of a new book, LGBT Milwaukee: Images of Modern America.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Our coffee series continues with a unique look at some of the regulars who haunt coffee houses around Milwaukee. A former Milwaukee Brewer returns to Wisconsin as a film expert, and we visit an exhibit on the game of Mahjongg. Plus, singer-songwriter Trevor Borden discusses how growing up in East Africa to American parents shaped his music.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

A week and a half after Sylville Smith was shot and killed in the Sherman Park neighborhood, we talk with reporter Jabril Faraj of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Then, the Waukesha-based Mt Meru Coffee Project helps small coffee farmers in Tanzania. Our auto contributors discuss the merits of electric cars, and how the Tesla Model 3 could change the market. And we’ll have the latest episode of Precious Lives, our series on children and gun violence in Milwaukee.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

A Shorewood woman spends part of her summer working in refugee camps in Greece. Later, as he starts a dream job photographing National Parks, Milwaukee’s Jarob Ortiz shares what attracts him to photography. Our coffee series continues with a trip to Colectivo Coffee’s Troubadour Bakery. And for a Milwaukee cookbook author, the pictures she took were as important as the recipes she wrote.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

In the wake of the demonstrations in Sherman Park, schools are getting ready to be part of the healing process. Later, writer Ellen Alden discovered a cache of letters from her ancestors in her attic and they inspired her first novel, Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke. And Celtic band, Barrule, music of the Isle of Man – like its geography – is kind of a crossroads.

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