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:

Today on the show, the debut of a new Precious Lives spin-off series. “Before the Gunshots” examines the variety of factors that lead up to the violence that afflicts Milwaukee. Later, a local organization works to help seniors navigate their legal issues. We’ll learn why some motorcyclists will be driving over a surface covered in Dr Pepper syrup on Friday. And jazz pianist and educator Mark Davis talks about how to teach improvisation.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

Wisconsinites went to the polls yesterday to cast ballots in nonpartisan primary elections. WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl joins us to recap the results. Then, UW-Milwaukee launches its latest live lecture series, “Fireside Forums.” Plus, actor Mark Corkins talks about taking on 26 roles in “Lamps for My Family,” at InTandem Theatre. We give you a preview of this year’s Festival of Films in French at UW-Milwaukee. And we catch up with Canadian singer-songwriter, Beatrice Martin, during her first trip through the American Midwest.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

A new book from Milwaukee’s SHARP Literacy offers its young readers a nuanced depiction of the city. Then, the Future City Competition is teaching middle schoolers that designing the city of the future still requires old fashioned teamwork. And we bring you the latest installment in Precious Lives, our series on children and gun violence in Milwaukee.

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  • Adam Carr and Lynda Kohler, SHARP Literacy
  • Susan Bence, WUWM Environmental Reporter
  • Precious Lives (series)

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, NPR’s Tamara Keith helps us analyze Thursday night’s Democratic debate at UWM, and how Hilary Clinton took on Bernie Sanders. Then, the challenges – and perils – of performing in a one man musical. Plus we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

NPR’s Tamara Keith helps us analyze last night’s Democratic debate at UWM. Plus, UWM researchers were among those who found gravitational waves and proved the existence of blackholes. Then, our film contributor looks at the strengths of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar-nominated film, “The Revenant.” We bring you an original song for Valentine’s Day on the Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger. And Lake Effect essayist Joanne Nelson talks about her Milwaukee girlhood and loves gone by in honor of Valentine’s Day.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A former NPR correspondent goes in search of what makes genius blossom in certain places and times in the world. Later, we talk with Michael Pink and James Zager about the Milwaukee Ballet’s new production of Dorian Grey. And Milwaukee singer-songwriter Jay Matthes plays some tunes and chats with us about his newest album, A Drier Place.

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  • Eric Weiner, author
  • Michael Pink and James Zager, Milwaukee Ballet
  • Jay Matthes, Milwaukee singer-songwriter

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Why the higher education world is looking closely at the debate over tenure’s future in Wisconsin. Later, why there is great excitement to be had in paleontology and we meet some of geology’s own rock stars. Plus the music of John Plankenhorn.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

We talk with the director and scenic designer of the Milwaukee Rep’s current production of Steinbeck’s American classic, Of Mice and Men. Then, a screenplay about a century old football game examines the Native American influence on the sport, and we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Mark Clements & Todd Ivans, Milwaukee Rep
  • Michael Graf, screenwriter, The Last Indian War
  • Leah DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Why tech education remains a core part of the mission at one Milwaukee high school. Plus, one of the school’s project-based classes goes by quickly – or at least the product of it does. We’ll learn about a new live conversation series in Milwaukee. And we’ll chat with YouTube star Grace Helbig, who explains how her quirky video style developed.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Tim Cullen reflects on his life both in and out of politics, and the ways Wisconsin’s political landscape has changed. Then, Milwaukee’s environmental sustainability director wants to involve local universities more in the city’s efforts. And we talk with former Milwaukeean Sugar Todd, who has both an Olympic speedskating career and an Etsy shop.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, trends in real estate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and around the country. Plus, why modern dance owes an awful lot to African traditions, and the newly formed Milwaukee-based duo Sara and Kenny join us for an in-studio performance and conversation.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, the emerging controversy over a bill that would make it easier to private municipal water systems in Wisconsin. Later, Milwaukee Magazine tries to cover mental health in a way that’s about more than statistics and jargon. And after a career of translating ancient Greek, it still doesn’t always come second nature to David Mulroy. Plus we’ll have the latest installment in Precious Lives, our series on youth and gun violence.

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