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.

Thursday on Lake Effect:

We remember the story of James Cameron, who survived a lynching in Indiana in 1930 and later settled in Milwaukee. Later, astronomy contributor Jean Creighton talks about how she taps into the natural curiosity of people about her field, and we hear an in-studio performance from the finger-style guitarist Adam Rafferty. 

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  • Reggie Jackson & Fran Kaplan, America’s Black Holocaust Museum
  • Jean Creighton, astronomy contributor
  • Adam Rafferty, finger-style guitarist

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

One of the nation’s leading climate scientists looks back at the Obama Administration’s climate legacy and ahead at the next four years. We learn about Milwaukee’s Safe Zones initiative, which was born out of the protests over the death of Dontre Hamilton. Plus, a one-woman show opening tonight at the Milwaukee Rep features a female fighter pilot and the difficult tasks she faces.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We learn about the many forces that have come together in the defense of the Oconomowoc River Watershed. Later, the spiritual and secular find a home together in the poetry of Ed Block. Plus, the organic songwriting process of musician Valerie June. And how choosing the right ice is emblematic of chef Heather Terhune’s approach to food.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

People working to help refugees resettle in Wisconsin face uncertain times. Then, a daughter recounts her mother’s remarkable story - of fleeing her Poland village as a girl, surviving World War II, coming to America, and then creating fabric art that told the story. And two Milwaukeeans create an app designed to connect diners with restaurants offering specials.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

Six months after the Sherman Park unrest, a group of educators looks back at how that time has been reflected inside their school. Then, the story of a murder mystery set in a small town in the upper Midwest. A Milwaukee business owner reflects on nearly 80 years of map making and selling before his doors close this spring. Plus we have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect

We speak with the outgoing head of Milwaukee’s Water Works. Then, we get some insight into the race for Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction - from students. Later, we learn about a Wisconsin artist who has employed virtually a thousand styles of painting in his career. Plus a yeast inspection on Bubbler Talk and we remember storyteller Stuart McLean.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

How and why the U.S. fell behind in the global economy. Plus, we hear excerpts from a panel discussion earlier this week on how Milwaukee presents itself to the world, and whether it matters. And we learn about an engineering academy at South Milwaukee High School.

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  • Edward Alden, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • MilMag Live!
  • Eric Wolbach and Brittany Jadin, teachers, South Milwaukee High School

Wednesday on Lake Effect

Six months after the Sherman Park unrest, a group of educators looks back at how that time has been reflected inside their school. A new book reveals some unexpected things about Milwaukee’s punk rock scene in the 1970s and ‘80s. Later, we learn how three choreographers approach a novel competition to create world-premiere ballet performances.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We talk about yesterday’s march in support of refugees and immigrants, and our food contributor looks at the intersection of immigration and agriculture. Then, as he prepares to close his store, Jan Swain looks back at a lifetime in the map business. Plus, the story of a murder mystery set in a small town in the upper Midwest.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Writer Dave Daley looks at the modern history of gerrymandering around the US and here in Wisconsin. A Milwaukee researcher heads up the local effort to collect data for an enormous study of adolescent brain development, and we learn about indy-rock duo Lily & Madeleine.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

After a flurry of activity, one health law analyst continues to track the state of changes to the Affordable Care Act. Then, we get some perspective on the resurgence of a drug abuse problem here in Wisconsin. Plus, the comedian and Midwestern native who introduced Donald Trump to the Netherlands, and we bring you the latest edition of Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect

We bring you the immigration story of Fred Amram, who came here as a refugee in the 1930s. Then, writer Lisa Servon explores the rise of alternative financial services and the decline in banks. Later, Renaissance Theatreworks explore who decides the attributes of good parent, and Bubbler Talk visits a natural bubbler in Bay View.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We examine the state of career and technical education in southeastern Wisconsin. Then, we look at how an industry-technical education partnership is seeking to reduce Wisconsin’s looming nursing shortage. Later, we discuss the science behind what Vitamin D can do, and the enduring popularity of a classical guitar festival and competition on Milwaukee’s near south side.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We bring you the latest update on the continuing tension between economic development and green space in Milwaukee's western suburbs. Then, a Milwaukeean from Iran offers his view of the travel bans and sanctions aimed at his home country. A Brookfield native shares stories from her (not-so) glamorous life as a Hollywood makeup artist. And a new cookbook from Milwaukee-based Taste of Home makes the case for spending more time with your family around the dinner table this year.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We get some perspective on the resurgence of a drug abuse problem here in Wisconsin. Later, a Milwaukee woman explains why she is working to increase the number of boys of color included in children's picture books. We meet some of the members of a new Shakesperian theatre troupe in the area, and we speak with an Illinois man whose Presidential-sounding voice is at the heart of a video gone viral.

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