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.

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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Friday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, a conversation with Matt Desmond. He lived in several poverty stricken parts of Milwaukee for his watershed book on the eviction crisis in America. Later, our film contributor checks in on a bio picture about singer Hank Williams, and how his life foreshadowed that of so many other performers in later years. And there are lots of bikes in the Harley-Davidson Museum’s revamped Design Lab, but the woman in charge of them says they really do stand apart from each other.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Marquette University and Aurora Health haven’t built their new Athletic Performance Research Center yet, but they’re already thinking about its legacy. Then, a local performer tells a personal story of the Gulf Coast’s devastation in her show, Bayou’s State. And Jemele Hill and Michael Smith talk about sports and pop culture on ESPN’s His and Hers. They talk about the show and why they don’t like to call their conversations “debates.”

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

What specific educational needs does the Latino population have, and how can a school address them? Enrique Figuero, director of the Roberto Hernandez Center at UW-Milwaukee gives us his answers. Later, even as the number of women in sports reaches record highs, women sportscasters face some ugly criticism. Still, writer Kwame Alexander sees beauty and poetry in sports, especially the ending of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball championship. He discusses his latest novel, Booked.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Why some childhood experts are calling for more recess and less homework. Then, this year’s Sustainability Summit seeks to engage more businesses in the work of sustainability. Later, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!’s Peter Sagal says it’s actually been a tough campaign season for humor. And we’ll have the latest installment in our Precious Lives series on gun violence.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism finds another place with water problems – some Wisconsin prisons. Then, a grass-roots group is advocating for strong US involvement in the UN amid a change in leadership. Later, a look at the myth and reality of so-called “super lice.” And culinary historian, Michael Twitty is both African-American and Jewish, and his “Kosher/Soul” project makes the point that the two traditions use food to tell a story in a way that most other traditions do not.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Ann Christenson of Milwaukee Magazine explains why she found it challenging to find truly authentic global food in Milwaukee that hasn’t been “Americanized.” Plus education reporter Rachel Morello speaks with a Milwaukee Public School student who will compete in a national poetry slam in New York City. And we'll have the latest editions of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

The past, present and future of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Later, a Wisconsin photographer drops into Luxembourg with a bit of a challenge. Essayist Jonathan West takes on the idea of regifting. And our auto contributor looks at the fancy gizmos even cheaper cars get as standard equipment.

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  • Larry Sandler, Milwaukee Magazine
  • Lois Bielefeld, photographer; Erika Petterson, Museum of Wisconsin Art
  • Jonathan West, essayist
  • Mark Savage, car reviewer

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Today on the program, the case for less Western participation in the Middle East. Then, a Wisconsin foodie offers her appreciation for Chile. Writer and Wisconsin native Andy Mozina leaves behind short stories for a time and writes a novel. And Lake Effect essayist, Kirsten Wisniewski, reconsiders her old German phrase book.

Guests:

  • Geneive Abdo, author
  • Jessica Bell, local foodie
  • Andy Mozina, author
  • Kirsten Misniewski, Lake Effect essayist

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We look back at Election Day in Wisconsin – which was for a week, the center of the American political universe. We break down both the primary election results and the numbers from state and local races. Later, when you set up a pollinator garden, you might lose a few of the helpful bug to predators, but that’s OK. And a playwright learns about Orphan Trains for a new production, and surprisingly finds something to admire.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

A Milwaukee psychologist shares the lessons he’s learned from working with diverse groups of people. Later, Mark Johnson was a leader in the United Way for 20 years, until he quit to become a cop. He shares his story. Then, a sense of optimism surrounds a remarkable musical event this week in Milwaukee called The Concert for Peace. And on Precious Lives, we’ll learn about a restorative justice practice called circle keeping.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Wisconsin goes to the polls tomorrow, and UWM professor and political analyst Mordecai Lee says he expects high voter turnout. We speak with Lee and Peter O’Dowd from Here & Now about the Wisconsin Primary and its impact on the national race. Then, we catch up with On That Note contributor Robert Cohen in London, and later learn why there is great excitement to be had in paleontology. Plus we chat with playwright Joanna Murray-Smith about her play American Song, about one man’s experience with gun violence in America.

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This month WUWM has brought you stories from our latest Project Milwaukee series, Innovation: How Do We Compete? It explored both the City's assets and challenges as it attempts to carve a niche within a quickly changing national and international economy. This weekend we re-broadcast our forum on the future of innovation in Milwaukee.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We mark the start of national poetry month with a conversation with activist, performance artist, and US Poet Laureate Juan Filipe Herrera. Then, we tour some of the ethnic cuisines available in town with dining critic Ann Christenson. Plus, musician Trapper Schoepp performs in the studio, and talks about his newest album, Rangers and Valentines.

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  • Juan Filipe Herrera, U.S. poet laureate
  • Ann Christenson, Milwaukee Magazine
  • Trapper Schoepp, musician

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