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.

Friday on Lake Effect

We talk with the founder of the Malala Fund about how to effectively spur social change. Then, the simple mathematics of partnering with a San Francisco non-profit to fund renewable energy projects here. Author Dr. Sara Gottfried explains the motivation for her new book, Younger. Plus the editor of an anthology of feminist works talks about what it means in 2017 and we have the latest Bubbler Talk segment.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We speak with attorney Kristy Yang in the second of two interviews with the candidates for circuit court judge in Milwaukee County. The film Jewel's Catch One tells the story of a legendary Los Angeles nightclub and its founder. Plus, singer-songwriter Glen Phillips talks about how music can get a person - or a community - through tough times.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We hear the first of two interviews with Milwaukee circuit court candidates. Then, we learn about the local effort to save federal funding for Great Lakes programs. Plus, why audiences still love the late comedian Groucho Marx, who is channeled on stage here by actor Frank Ferrante.

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  • Scott Wales, candidate for Branch 47 of Milwaukee County Circuit Court
  • Todd Ambs, Healing Our Water
  • Jim Spangler, essayist
  • Frank Ferrante, "An Evening With Groucho"

Tuesday on Lake Effect

A new report from the Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Committee looks at the cost of segregation. Later, we talk about the children’s books worth reading this Spring. And the Wisconsin-born star of the national tour of Cinderella explains why the role appeals to her.

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  • Alden Loury, director of research and evaluation, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Amie Mechler-Hickson and Todd Wellman, Boswell Book Company
  • Tatyana Lubov, actor, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Monday on Lake Effect:

A Public Policy Forum report examines the last mile problem: getting people from bus stops to workplaces. Then, sociologist Ray Oldenburg thinks you can improve your life with a little quality time with good friends at the coffee shop. We hear about a Milwaukee start-up trying to change the wastewater treatment business, and we learn about a children’s book set in an enchanted forest in Central Wisconsin.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Sonia Manzano, the actress who played Maria on Sesame Street, talks about her hopes for the future of the program. Film critic Dave Luhrssen offers some praise for the latest X-Men film to reach the big screen, and we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Sonia Manzano, formerly Maria on Sesame Stree
  • Dave Luhrssen, film contributor
  • Radio Chipstone, series
  • Lean DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder; Bruce Winter, WUWM

Friday on Lake Effect:

The head of the local Jewish Community Center talks about his organization’s response to the disruption of four bomb threats. Then a Wisconsin writer explains the decline of the city of Milwaukee’s political clout at a state level. Master Lock gets ready to move into a new corporate headquarter space in Oak Creek, Bubbler Talk examines how the city’s neighborhoods got their names, and a Riverwest group finds a way to combine support for artists with Milwaukeeans’ love for grilled cheese.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

It’s a special all-books edition of the show, starting with the words that make up the books. We look at the role of dictionaries in the 21st Century. Then, a translator of Brazilian novels is the unlikely heroine of a novel of crime and intrigue. And 11-year-old Tessie Finley returns in Milwaukee native Lesley Kagen’s newest novel The Mutual Admiration Society.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers a plan it says would save the Mitchell Park Domes. Later, Milwaukee County works to recruit more people to be mental health nurses. The Lake Effect astronomy contributor says it’s exciting to discover new exoplanets, and a Canadian musician explains how his career was influenced by legendary folklorist Alan Lomax.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

Sonia Manzano, the actress who played Maria on Sesame Street, talks about her hopes for the future of the program. Later, we learn some strategies for avoiding fraud and other scams this tax filing season. Then, a preview of the Navy Band’s performance in Milwaukee this week. And Wisconsin writer Nick Butler talks about the imperfection of people, especially the ones who inhabit his latest novel.

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Monday on Lake Effect

Margaret Rozga looks back a half-century to the Milwaukee open housing marches, which she participated in. Later, how an introvert came to enjoy the interactions he had with people over the course of a cross-country bike trip. Film critic Dave Luhrssen offers some praise for the latest X-Men film.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

As Republicans debate the proposed replacement for the ACA, a Democrat explains why she thinks it shouldn’t be replaced at all. Then we hear an essay from a Milwaukee native as she prepares for her journey on the Appalachian Trail. An 86-year old Grafton man shares the chilling story of the day the Germans marched into town before World War II, and we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect

A look at how the GOP’s proposed healthcare reform replacement may compare to what existed before Obamacare. Later, the Master Singers of Milwaukee feature the musical traditions of Slovenia and its neighbors in their latest program. Bubbler Talk wades into the future of the Milwaukee Harbor area. And a preview of Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s madcap production of The Mikado.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

A Milwaukee nonprofit prepares for the possibility of AmeriCorps budget cuts. Later, prolific and distinctive Wisconsin writer, Jerry Apps, offers a tour of his hundreds of acres in Central Wisconsin. Then, food contributor Kyle Cherek explains why chefs are drawn to creating pop-up dining experiences. And a behind-the-scenes look at Skylight Music Theatre's Beauty and the Beast which features larger-than-life puppetry. 

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin explains why she currently opposes the proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, known as "TrumpCare." Then, some insight on the debate over high-capacity wells in Wisconsin. We go behind the scenes on a conversation between eight Milwaukee area chefs, and get a preview of the Florentine Opera's Don Giovanni.

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