Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am and 10 pm & 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.

Coutesy of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The viola, like the accordion and the banjo, is often the butt of musical jokes. Not as dramatic as its string cousins the violin or the cello, the viola nevertheless has a beautiful sound and is a crucial part of orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

Thursday on Lake Effect:

A Milwaukee university extends a helping hand to students with autism spectrum disorders to help them navigate the college experience. Then we learn how the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers focuses specifically on bike use and more frequent exercise among the people it serves. Plus the MSO’s principal violist Robert Levine reveals why he chose the viola all those years ago.

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Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers

In cities like Milwaukee, there are barriers to healthy living for many residents in neighborhoods with challenging economic conditions, such as the near south side. Organizations such as the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center exist to help area residents navigate those barriers.

Tatiana Maida is the Sixteenth Street Healthy Choices Department Manager. She says key obstacles to healthy living are the lack of healthy foods and safe outside spaces where people can freely exercise and engage with their community.

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Israeli doctors give some insight into their work with people who continue to live in war-torn Syria. We learn how partnerships are allowing the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to learn about the history of its land. Then, the founder of Express Yourself Milwaukee talks about using the arts to reach kids in a variety of challenging settings, including prison. Plus, mystery novelist Patricia Skalka talks about the surprise inspiration for her latest Door County mystery.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We listen back to our latest Across the Divide conversation recorded last week in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. We’ll update the Foxconn story with a panel of reporters who have covered the story from its political implications, to financial questions, to its potential impact on the air and Lake Michigan.

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  • Erin Richards, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Mitch Teich, WUWM

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Monday on Lake Effect:

CEO of the financial services firm TIAA, Roger Ferguson, talks about the winding road that lead him to his position today. Later, an arctic explorer explains why he and his partner decided to take their children along for their expeditions. We learn about novelist Cynthia Swanson’s latest period piece set in 1960s Door County, and Bel Canto Chorus presents a concert about Milwaukee’s immigrant experiences.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

We blow our tops with former volcanologist George Stone and learn a little about the inner-workings of a volcano. Then, a Milwaukee researcher explores how motherhood has been used as a tool to influence public opinion. Essayist Kirsten Wisniewski relates a Mother’s Day story encountered on a train in Wales. And the latest in our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

A look back at some of our stories recognized with awards from our peers in the broadcasting world. First, founding CEO of the Malala Fund talks about constructive anger and how to channel energy into activism. Then, as the U.S. debates the plight of refugees, a former refugee from Bosnia relates the harrowing story of her escape, years ago. Later, we learn how performing Shakespeare literally changed the life of one military veteran. Plus, our Bubbler Talk series takes a look at why Wisconsinites have such a unique accent.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

The Trump Administration’s new guidelines for the Title Ten funding program prompts a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Then, a Milwaukee researcher explores the influence of motherhood over the years. We speak with film contributor Dave Luhrssen about Avengers: Infinity War. Plus writer Denise Kiernan explains why she was so intrigued by the colossal Biltmore Estate mansion in North Carolina.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

A new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum evaluates the future of Milwaukee County’s 90-year old Public Safety Building and how it could be replaced. Later, a new book and photography exhibit spotlights the work of a longtime train photographer who once called Milwaukee home. Plus, a conversation with legendary singer Johnny Mathis, ahead of his concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee. 

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

There’s a major nursing shortage looming in Wisconsin, and we’ll get two views of the profession on today’s show. First, Mount Mary University teams with two area community colleges to increase the number of bachelor’s degree nurses in the region. Plus, the nursing shortage is just one of the issues Christie Watson addresses in a new memoir about the 20 years she spent in the profession. And singer-songwriter Mark Erelli celebrates the tradition of the mixtape with his new album, a collection of songs he’s covered over the years.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

We speak with the founder of a humanitarian group about what he means by his call to "think human." Cellist Robert Cohen remembers the experience of performing music for audiences behind the Iron Curtain. Plus, the heroine in Milwaukee writer Liam Callanan's new novel dreams of Paris - and then one day finds herself there.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

A new analysis takes a look at second-offense marijuana possession arrests in Milwaukee County - a felony, in Wisconsin. Then, why the disappearance of small farms around the country should be of concern to people in both rural and urban America. Plus, we’ll have this week’s editions of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

A conversation about Watergate and the Presidency, with Leon Neyfakh, host of the Slow Burn podcast. Later, Milwaukee Magazine explores some of Wisconsin’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries. Then, the organization Teens Grow Greens moves into a new home. Plus, actor and playwright Steve Scionti talks about the inspiration for his one-man show, Hear What’s in the Heart.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

A look at the state of Wisconsin's air and the impact warm weather has played in our air quality for the last few years. Later,a new documentary brings viewers the story of Jessie Blodgett who was murdered even as she fought to end violence against women. Plus, after 10 years, the Harley-Davidson Museum makes over its signature engine room exhibit to better show off why Harley engines look, sound, and feel the way they do.

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