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:

Demond Means, the man in charge of the MPS turnaround program, has announced he will be leaving his post. Education reporter Rachel Morello discusses what that could mean for the future of the program. Then, a recent study looks at the long trend of economic inequity in Wisconsin, and we look at the reasons behind a shortage of blood in the area ahead of this holiday weekend. Plus, environmental artist Roy Staab explains why his work is meant to decay. And our automotive contributor looks at the changing face and image of luxury cars.

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We bring you two different views of last week’s Brexit vote in the UK. A British journalist says a major fallout is the power vacuum that’s ensued, and Lake Effect foreign policy contributor Art Cyr agrees. Essayist Kirsten Wisniewski looks at Europe’s refugee crisis through the eyes of an outsider. And an award-winning photographer and former Wisconsinite trains his lens on Vietnam.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, a group of former inmates believes ex-offenders are the key to solving mass incarceration. Then we explore the role surviving moms have in ending a cycle of violence in their communities on Precious Lives. Plus, Wisconsin writer Blair Braverman talks about her new memoir about her life in the arctic, and John Sieger and Phil Lee join us for our Monthly Beatdown segment.
 

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Monday on Lake Effect:

We dig into the future of Milwaukee’s mining equipment manufacturing industry and ask whether it will ever return to its heyday of a few years ago. Then, Milwaukee novelist Lauren Fox’s third novel, Days of Awe, is just coming out in paperback, and she talks about learning to let go once the writing is finished. Plus, Milwaukee hip-hop artist Darius Windom branches out with some new music and a new moniker.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Actress Vicki Lawrence looks back on why the Carol Burnett Show worked so well. Then, why real life gets sped up in Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s newest show, Thank You, Next? And we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

The proverbial elephant in the room or the black swan are common metaphors. Author Michelle Wucker adds another animal to the menagerie with her book The Gray Rhino. Then, representatives of the Delavan Historical Society discuss the rich history of the circus in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Foodie Kyle Cherek stops by to talk about the James Beard Awards and the Milwaukee food scene, and Bubbler Talk finds out what Milwaukee’s socialist mayors contributed to the city.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

NPR’s David Greene talks about why he loves radio and what it’s like to host Morning Edition. Then, as NASA’s Juno spacecraft makes its final approach to Jupiter, we hope to learn more about how the solar system is still changing. And in Dan Vyleta’s new novel Smoke, emotional truth is found in shades of grey (literally).

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  • David Greene, Host of Morning Edition
  • Jean Creighton, astronomy contributor
  • Dan Vyleta, author, Smoke

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

After years of work and controversy, a request from the city of Waukesha to draw on Lake Michigan water has been approved. Then, Milwaukee Opera Theatre commissions a new work that brings the tension filled world of auditions to life. Later, why Wisconsin writer Brittany Cavallaro – and so many others – continue coming back to the mysteries of Holmes and Watson. Plus, singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield looks back on writing songs since she was 11 years old.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, we consider three icons. First, actress Vicki Lawrence looks back on why The Carol Burnett Show worked so well. Then, an iconic video game-turned-movie. With World of Warcraft hitting screens, our film critic looks at how an interactive medium translates to a passive one. And the cowboy at the center of Larry Watson’s latest novel As Good As Gone, doesn’t think of himself in iconic terms – a trait Watson remembers in his grandfather.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Sidney Blumenthal examines how the early professional and political life of Abraham Lincoln gave rise to the man we know as the Great Emancipator. Then, a Wisconsin writer shares the story of a pivotal moment in the gay rights movement, and we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Sidney Blumenthal, author, A Self-Made Man
  • Ann Bausum, author
  • Lean DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder; Bruce Winter WUWM

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We talk with filmmaker Keith McQuirter. His powerful new documentary, Milwaukee 53206, tackles the subject of mass incarceration through the lens of the families affected. Then, we talk with three alternative energy proponents ahead of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s annual fair. Bubbler Talk learns about why Milwaukee sidewalk have dates. And accordion virtuoso Guy Klucevsek returns to Milwaukee to play with Theatre Gigante.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Could there be a forgotten burial mound located in a busy Milwaukee County park? Milwaukee Magazine’s Matt Hrodey talks about the discovery of a possible burial mound in Wauwatosa’s Jacobus Park. Then, writer Kathie Giorgio tries to shake the image she worries her work has gotten. Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen talks about her winding musical path that lead her to Milwaukee. Plus, violinist Rachel Barton Pine on the driving force behind the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Many Hmong in Wisconsin still feel like outsiders, despite being in Wisconsin for more than 40 years. Journalist Doualy Xaykaothao discusses her recent Atlantic article, “To Be Hmong and Midwestern.” Then, two new studies out on the use of smartphones and other technology in the college classroom show a huge divide between how tech is perceived by students and faculty. And writer Frank Bures travels to Nigeria, China, and elsewhere in search of some of the world’s culture-bound syndromes:

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show we’ll talk with journalist and moderator, Charles Fishman, about Milwaukee’s 9th annual water summit that gets underway this morning. Then, Fit for You explores what the CrossFit phenomenon is all about. Radio Chipstone visits the Chazen Museum of Art, and we’ll have an encore presentation from Precious Lives, our regular series on children and gun violence in Milwaukee.

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