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:

Today on the show, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward shares his observations on the state of the US presidency. Then we learn about the power of coming out and Milwaukee’s first BeOUT celebration. Plus, why Emmylou Harris was willing to step to the plate to help some people who are far less fortunate, and we’ll have the latest installment in our Precious Lives series on gun violence.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, we look into the effort to connect the hundreds of miles of bike trails that already exist in southeastern Wisconsin into one massive network. Then, we speak with two women who ride hundreds of miles every week on their bikes: Wisconsin’s world-class racers, the Schneider sisters. Plus we have an in-studio session with the Milwaukee-based band Dead Horses.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

A scientist on the New Horizon’s team discusses how we view Pluto differently since the spacecraft flew by it last year. Then, how the play, The Taming, makes the case that democracy must be a work in progress. Plus, we’ll have the latest episode of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect

Early 19th century intellectual Margaret Fuller, was pretty unusual, especially for her time. We talk with her biographer, Megan Marshall. Then, two of the subjects of Ovarian Psycos explain why they joined the bicycle brigade and what their organization is doing for their community in East L.A. Later, film contributor Dave Luhrssen discusses the new Birth of a Nation, and the story of Nat Turner. Plus, we have the latest edition of Bubbler Talk. 

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Former New York Times obituary writer, Bruce Weber, talks about that unique corner of the journalism world. Then, we get a behind the scenes look at Milwaukee Magazine’s annual “Best of Milwaukee” feature. Later, the star of Florentine Opera’s world premiere of Sister Carrie joins us to talk about the show. And we hear some music from English musicians, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We discuss what we’ve learned about Pluto since New Horizons flew by last year. Then, a filmmaker documents a group of bullied young adults who decided to stand up for themselves. Journalist John Quinones talks about the ethical dilemmas of hidden cameras. And the cast and director of InTandem Theatre’s Dracula Vs. the Nazis talk about the special challenges a two-person, multi-character show.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We learn about a local effort to reduce black infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. Then, Cary Elwes starred in the movie The Princess Bride in 1987. Now 29 years later, his memoir As You Wish, recounts his experience making the film. Later, Harpist Kate Ray explains why she fell in love with the instrument. Plus, we’ll hear from essayist Jonathan West, and the latest episode of our series on gun violence in Milwaukee, Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Scientist and writer Sean Carroll talks about his new book, The Serengetti Rules, which uses true stories of scientific discovery to explain how scientists came to understand all life is interconnected. Then, cellist Robert Cohen talks about the challenges of being a musician and recalls a concert where not one, but two of his cell strings broke. And the Milwaukee Rep’s The Royale, is a fictionalized retelling of the real-life story of Jack Johnson, the first Black man to win the world heavyweight boxing championship.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

We explore a series of political discussions over dinner, with a refreshing aim. Then, why some local filmmakers choose to work in short form rather than feature length. Plus, we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Ryan Hanley, Kantian Dinner Party Initiative
  • Dana Shihadah, Dave Kiehl and Matt Klein; "The Milwaukee Show II" filmmakers
  • Jim Spangler, essayist
  • Leah DeLaney, Ex Fabual co-founder; Bruce Winter, WUWM

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We talk with filmmaker Keith McQuirter about his powerful new documentary, Milwaukee 53206, which tackles the subject of mass incarceration through the lens of the families affected. Then, we meet a Wisconsin veteran who trekked across the country to help himself heal after serving in Iraq. Filmmaker Ben Caird talks about his Wisconsin street cred and his new film, Halfway, which was filmed in Montfort. Plus, the latest editions of Bubbler Talk and the Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We discuss the history of Milwaukee’s Warning League, and catch up with former players who graduated to play college basketball. Later, the Skylight Theatre opens the award-winning musical, Violet, which explores the early days of the modern civil rights era through the eyes of a young woman, traveling through 1964 American. Then, a new film takes on the issue of wolves in Wisconsin and the policies governing them. And the play, The Taming, makes the case that democracy must be a work in progress.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Actor Taye Diggs explains why decided to get involved with AIDS Walk Wisconsin. Later, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra chooses some unusual places for a neighborhood residency program. Then, why more women than men sign up for – or attend – exercise classes. And the meta-truth of David Mamet’s A Life in Theatre for the actors about to perform it at the Alchemist Theatre.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We discuss the interesting Chicago organizations known as block clubs, and how they influence urban life. Then, the programmer of the short films at the Milwaukee Film Festival addresses a common misconception of the genre. Later, why filmmaker Deb Shoval expanded her short film, “AWOL,” and made it into a full-length feature. And we have the latest installment in our series, Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect

MacArthur Fellow, Anne Basting, talks about what drivers her work with aging people. Then, a documentary gives new insight into a Milwaukee native, the late war correspondent Dickey Chappelle and her methods. Later, a Milwaukee filmmaker looks back on a fateful evening that writers C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien spent together. 

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This weekend on Lake Effect

A recent analysis of Milwaukee's fiscal condition shows things have greatly improved, but shows warning signs on the horizon. Then, Milwaukee filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein has a new documentary in this year's Milwaukee Film Festival called There Are Jews Here. Plus, we have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula. 

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