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:

Attorney Dean Strang’s sudden celebrity from Making a Murderer surprised many, including the man himself. Writer Doug Moe talks about his profile of the Madison-based attorney, and what how his newfound celebrity has changed his work. Later, the tricky business of hand surgery, when your patient is a bonobo. Plus, the power of playwright August Wilson is represented on stage the Milwaukee Rep in his play, Fences. And we’ll have the latest installment of Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, a water policy expert analyzes the Waukesha Great Lakes water application process. Later, an English writer adapts a point from HG Wells to describe why it’s so important to make creativity a bigger part of education. Then, Lake Effect’s two monthly music segments, On That Note and the Monthly Beatdown. And artist and architect Tom Kubala explains why designing a building is like starting with a blank canvas.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Why the managers of the Grand Avenue Mall are exploring options like a grocery store. Then, as Alverno Presents prepares for its final show, its current leader considers its legacy. Later, our Bubbler Talk series answers another burning question: Why does South Milwaukee have its own street naming system? And Israeli jazz musician Avishai Cohen, talks about his new album Into the Silence.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show: food, both good and bad. First, a new study looks at the dangers of phthalates in fast food. And with the James Beard Awards set for next week, food contributor Kyle Cherek discusses how Wisconsin has fared in recent years. Later, how to make science more accessible to non-scientists. Plus, the effort to make children’s literature representative of all the kids who read it.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

On the Wednesday edition of the show, contributor Art Cyr talks about the return of retail politics, and the significance of President Obama’s visit to the UK. Later, a new book urges us to recognize the obvious dangers facing us, and act on them. We take a trip to the Milwaukee River Basin cleanup; and meet the founder of the Scottish indie rock band, Frightened Rabbit.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We meet a teacher who is emblematic of the many in Wisconsin leaving the profession. Later, why lead contamination continues to be a problem in some Milwaukee homes. Our Fit for You segment explores the unique appeal of barre class. Plus we’ll have the latest in our Precious Lives series on children and gun violence.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum examines Wisconsin’s looming teacher shortage, and how it could get worse. Plus, some encouraging words in the book Born for This, for people thinking of a mid-life career change. And Birds of Chicago’s JT Nero explains that he doesn’t have any trouble writing music for his wife, bandmate Allison Russell.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Author Anissa Ramirez explores what Vince Lombardi had in common with Sir Isaac Newton. Then, Patrick Dewane finds an untold story of his grandfather’s heroism during World War II, and we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, the latest on Waukesha’s efforts to tap into Lake Michigan water. Then, on the debut of Bubbler Talk, our listener-driven series asks a pretty basic question about a familiar object: the bubbler. An Iowa musician shares his cover of a classic Prince tune. Plus, a performance showcasing women peacemakers. And Israeli musician Yair Dalal explains the appeal of improvisation.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

As Earth Day approaches, we get a scientific look at why pollinators are important, what happens as species disappear, and how we can stem the tide. Later, with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre celebrates the legacy of playwright Noel Coward, and we learn more about his life. And musician Jack Spann, on his first-ever solo album, and his work with David Bowie on his final record.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, TV and radio host Tavis Smiley talks about considering his life five decades in, why he chose the media over politics, and one great idea coming out of Milwaukee. Later, an education policy expert says the current political climate has been hard on people on the front lines at schools – the teachers. We’ll hear from a local poet to continue our commemoration of National Poetry Month. And Patrick Dewane finds an untold story of his grandfather’s heroism during World War II.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, what Vince Lombardi and Sir Isaac Newton had in common. Then, our outdoors contributor has five good ideas for getting outside during Earth Week, including listening for frogs. Plus, a photographer depicts women and the books they’re reading. And we’ll have the latest episode of Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, Milwaukee Magazine updates the complex and checkered story of Frank Jude. Later, the driving forces behind a conference on water conservation and brewing. Plus, an interesting look at the grind of a Major League Baseball season. And how humor was the key to George Hodgman’s memoir about losing his mother to dementia.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Writer Kwame Alexander’s latest written verse book ‘Booked’ utilizes his favorite – and lifesaving – form of literature. Then our Milwaukee Comedy series speaks with Milwaukee comics/magicians Chad and Jeff Orr, better known as “Two Brothers, One Mind.” And we’ll have the latest edition in our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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  • Kwame Alexander, writer
  • Chad & Jeff Orr, comedians; Matt Kemple, WUWM comedy contributor
  • Leah DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder

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