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:

We get a glimpse at the first comprehensive study on the issues facing Milwaukee’s Latino community. Later, an organization aims to empower tween girls by teaching them to run. Artist Penelope Umbrico explains why it’s still important to study photography. Plus, we bring you the latest installment in our Precious Lives series.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, an effort to map ambient noise in cities like Milwaukee goes live, and finds users. Later, how writing about Holocaust survivors informed writer Wendy Holden’s view of modern humanitarian crises. Plus, why a southern chain restaurant is inspiring some Milwaukee chefs, how Mexican wrestling inspired a play by Alvaro Saar Rios, and how mindfulness and calming techniques are helping adults.

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We wrap up our week-long series on truancy in Milwaukee Public Schools with a report on the expansive work of MPS's Regional Attendance Liaisons. Then, the power of playwright August Wilson’s Fences, currently on stage the Milwaukee Rep. Plus we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

A former inmate tries to counsel other ex-cons to be persistent in their job search. Later, copy editor Tom Tolan talks about his job moonlighting as an Uber driver in Milwaukee. Plus, a preview of the new album by Milwaukee’ Nineteen Thirteen, an update on a new city flag, and the latest edition of Bubbler Talk.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Environmental reporter Susan Bence looks at the status of Waukesha’s application to divert Lake Michigan water. Then, some insight into the spike in opioid abuse in Wisconsin, and essayist Avi Lank posits what A Donald Trump nomination means to the Democrats. Mandolinist Chris Thile discusses Prairie Home Companion ahead of the Punch Brothers show at the Pabst Theatre.And as the Florentine opera prepares to open Die Fledermaus, we learn why an operetta can be harder to do than grand opera.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about why it’s so important for the government to fund scientific research. Plus, why he thinks we should fund a whole fleet of interstellar vehicles. Later, a Wisconsin author brings the eldest Kennedy sister out of the shadow she lived in all her life.

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  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist
  • Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, author

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

How discipline in schools is, all too often, going wrong. Later, how working with low-income and at-risk kids has helped shape the life of one artist. Plus, the opportunities another arts group is providing for younger performing artists. And on Precious Lives, we’ll meet the new head of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, why this is an important time to examine Milwaukee’s Residents Preference Program for hiring. Later, where corporate wellness programs go wrong, and how they can go right. Then, the North Point Lighthouse shines brighter than ever thanks to “Art in the City: Plein Air MKE.” And we’ll meet a Cedarburg couple and learn about why they decided to move out of town and open a farm sanctuary.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Author Chris Cleave discusses the lessons he learned by putting himself on wartime rations while writing his latest novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven. Then, love in the modern world. We’ll have the story of how a public Snapchat flirtation at UW-Madison went viral. Essayist Cari Taylor-Carlson shares some thoughts about Mothers’ Day. And we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

A former Ethiopian refugee is devoting his life to helping resettle other refugees. Plus, NPR’s Bob Boilen, on the song that changed his life, and those that shaped musicians. Later, a Wisconsin photographer drops into Luxembourg with a bit of a challenge: convincing strangers to allow her to take photos of them eating dinner. And our Bubbler Talk segment wonders just how the sausage is made.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

The Milwaukee Symphony orchestra celebrates the 183rd birthday of composer Johannes Brahms with performances of both his third and fourth symphonies. Our gardening contributor talks about a fast and innovative way to prep your soil for growing things this Spring. Then, we give you a cheat sheet on heirloom crops you can plant or buy. Then, with IKEA planning a new location in Wisconsin, we learn what makes it so Swedish. And writer Chris Cleave shares his latest novel, set in World War II England.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Do people from rural parts of Wisconsin really hate Milwaukeeans? We learn about the politics of so-called "rural resentment." Plus, a midwest writer goes in search of some of the world's strangest syndromes. We'll meet a teacher just names as the Music Educator of the Year. And a preview of the latest production by Milwaukee Opera Theatre.

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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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