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:

As many of us prepare to bake cookies and share meals with our families this holiday season, we consider the surprising incidence of hunger on college campuses. Then, a coffee expert discusses several different ways of brewing coffee and what makes them different. Plus, chef and author Pati Jinich shares her unique cultural heritage and we learn about the bold flavors of Mexican-Jewish cuisine.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

A Milwaukee researcher heads up the local effort to collect data for an enormous study of adolescent brain development. Then, contributor Jean Creighton highlight the important astronomy stories of the past year - including the discovery of gravitational waves. Plus, why the Milwaukee Art Museum brought in an exhibit centering on German films made nearly a century ago.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A national researcher sees positives in how the community is responding to lead in Milwaukee's water supply. Then, we meet comedian, Wisconsin native and psychedelic fan Shane Mauss. And musicians Joe Newberry and April Verch talk about the beauty of their musical collaboration. 

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

For the final episode of Precious Lives, we return to the first family we met in the series - the family of Laylah Petersen. Later, Wisconsin artist Rafael Salas discusses his art, currently on display in an exhibit called "Pastoral Testimony." Then, author Kathleen Ernst returns to one of her favorite places in her latest Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets. And Lake Effect essayist, Jim Spangler, discusses the ultimate Christmas brag letter.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We explore the motivation behind the Milwaukee Symphony’s effort to move into a long-vacant downtown movie palace. Later, tips on how to handle tech gifts for kids this holiday season. Plus, board game guru James Lowder gives the lowdown on the best games to gift this year.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

Bookseller Daniel Goldin joins us for his annual visit to offer ideas for books to gift this holiday season. Then, film critic Duane Dudek weighs in on the first standalone Star Wars film, Rogue One. Plus, we have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Daniel Goldin, Boswell Books
  • Duane Dudek, film critic
  • Radio Chipstone​, series
  • Ex Fabula, series

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Friday on Lake Effect

Why UW-Milwaukee is preemptively acting to protect students without legal immigration status. Later, some perspective on a landmark piece of legislation passed this week, the 21st Century Cures Act. Then, our food contributor explores what’s at the intersection of flavor, memory, and history. Plus, an in-studio performance from Milwaukee musicians Carmen Nickerson and Willy Porter.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

As windchill temperatures dip well below zero, we learn about the arctic cold front causing the frigid weather. Then, how a survivor of the Rwandan genocide found her calling as a Global Peace ambassador. Later, why Milwaukee’s Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition was three years in the making. And we’ll talk with the creator of the podcast and stage show Risk!, ahead of its Friday night performance.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

The fall elections and the holiday season lead to a double whammy for the state's suicide help line. Later, Pewaukee High School puts its own stamp on the "Shark Tank" concept - a capstone class called “Insight." Artist Della Wells talks about the inspiration behind her pillow doll creations, and Lake Effect​ essayist James Spangler reflects on what it really means to come home for Christmas.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

An economist offers some thoughts about how the national and regional economy will fare under Donald Trump. Then, the protagonist in Meg Rosoff’s latest novel has the right girlfriend, apartment, and job. So what’s wrong? A Milwaukee native takes on the role of stage managing the madness of a Second City comedy revue, and we’ll have the latest episode of Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect

Bookseller Daniel Goldin joins us for his annual holiday season visit, to suggest book gift ideas that you might have overlooked. Then, beloved children's author Jan Brett reveals the secret to her years of success. And cellist Robert Cohen talks about what makes concerts this time of year so rewarding for musicians. 

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  • Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company
  • Jan Brett, author, Gingerbread Christmas
  • Robert Cohen, cellist, On That Note contributor

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

College journalists share their impressions of a field assignment speaking with Trump voters in western Wisconsin. Then, architecture critic Tom Bamberger explains why Milwaukee needs to improve when it comes to designing successful buildings and public spaces. We'll have the latest edition of our storytelling series Ex Fabula, plus some music from local jazz musician, Mitch Shiner.

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Friday on Lake Effect

Milwaukee writer Shauna Singh Baldwin talks about a new collection of her nonfiction writings and speeches. Then, a series of hate-filled letters has made a Huffington Post journalist even more determined to do his job. This week's Bubbler Talk visits the North Point Water Tower. Birds of Chicago’s JT Nero talks about what it's like writing music for his wife and bandmate, Allison Russell.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We talk about art, culture, and community with the new director of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Marcelle Polednik. Then, our film contributor says the movie Arrival turns the “first alien contact” trope on its ear. And contributor Mike Mangione brings us a conversation with Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan, on how they turn the camera on their lives, while preaching social awareness. 

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

A new report from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism illuminates conflicting information about lead in drinking water. Later, on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we remember the USS Arizona’s band, which included a clarinetist from Viroqua. Then, the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh displays some uniquely preserved pieces of World War II airplane nose art. And we meet the founder of a company that employs injured veterans to make unique American flags.

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