Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am and 10 pm & 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.

Wednesday on Lake Effect

Filmmaker Molly Hermann’s documentary tells the story of a Wisconsin man’s struggle with opioid addiction. Later, a couple years after the book Evicted shed light on Milwaukee’s eviction issues, things haven’t noticably improved here. Plus, a look at the Florentine Opera's Baroque double-bill, Dido and Aeneas and Venus and Adonis.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

In recognition of “National School Choice Week,” our education reporter looks at how local parents choose which school to send their students. Then, how the ACLU is working to increase its political influence in places throughout the country. And writer Bianca Marais explains how her childhood informed her new novel about Apartheid-era South Africa.

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  • Rachel Morello (extended Beats Me feature)
  • Faiz Shakir, ACLU
  • Bianca Marais, author, Hum If You Don't Know the Words

Monday on Lake Effect

An hour-long conversation with retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who set an American endurance record in 2016 for most time spent in space. Kelly came to Milwaukee last fall to give a talk to a sold out crowd at UWM's Union, for an evening hosted by Lake Effect's Bonnie North. Kelly speaks about his life in NASA, his year in space, and about his book, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.

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  • Scott Kelly, astronaut

This weekend on Lake Effect:

As Chief Flynn prepares to leave office, we’ll look back at the search a decade ago that yielded his hiring. Then, how a new midnight basketball league tries to provide structure for some vulnerable young men. Radio Chipstone explores the changes in Madison’s Central Library, and we have the latest edition of our storytelling series, ExFabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Why a radio producer from Scotland came to Milwaukee to gauge the impact of Donald Trump’s first year as President. Our film critic shares his thoughts on the new film about they heyday of The Washington Post. Bubbler Talk takes a dive into basement of the Wells Building, and a concert this evening brings bands together to cover each other’s songs. Plus, we learn about and get a preview performance of the annual Pablove Concert featuring musicians all covering songs by Tom Petty.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We learn how the merger of the Public Policy Forum with the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance will broaden the scope of the new group’s research. Then we explore how a mobile app could be an ideal way for some patients to treat their depression symptoms. Plus, learn why you shouldn’t be afraid if your doctor seems to be improvising when they see you.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A new midnight basketball league tries to provide structure for some vulnerable young men in Milwaukee. Then, a local photographer talks about his transformative trip to India. Why the Racine Art Museum places equal value on fine art and craft. Plus, how the spiritual and secular find a home together in the poetry of Ed Block.

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  • Rich Rovito, writer, Milwaukee Magazine
  • Kipp Friedman, photographer
  • Bruce Pepich and Lena Vigna, Racine Art Museum
  • Ed Block, poet

Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We take a look back at where the Milwaukee Police Department was when it was last in the position to hire a new chief, 10 years ago.  Then, Wisconsin writer Chloe Benjamin's new novel asks us to consider how we would live our lives if we knew the day we were going to die.  Plus we catch up with the members of the Koch-Marshall Trio, who have a new album due out soon.

 

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Monday on Lake Effect:

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day across the United States, and we talk with the head griot of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Reggie Jackson. Then, a Milwaukee man who was a teenager on the front lines of the 1967 Milwaukee fair housing marches recalls his experience. Later, a look at some of the images that defined the fight for civil rights in Milwaukee and other northern cities. Plus, we'll have the latest episode of "How Did You Do That?"

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

We learn how the things that make outsider political candidates appealing actually make them less effective executives. A Journal Sentinel investigative series puts a spotlight on safety conditions at some local barrel refurbishing plants. We meet a Milwaukee man who has turned decluttering into a million dollar business, and the latest edition of our storytelling series ExFabula explores the theme of "breaking free."

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We learn how the environment surrounding both fitness trackers and workplace wellness incentives could change in the near future. Education reporter Rachel Morello joins us for our regular education quiz and we learn about some of the fine-feathered friends that visit Wisconsin during the winter. Plus, how singer-songwriter Tift Merritt is now getting noticed for her new work in textiles.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

A look at why the things that make outsider political candidates appealing to voters may actually make them less effective executives. Then, a Wisconsin scientist discusses what we can learn from studying how the state of Michigan weighed protecting wolves and protecting livestock. Later, how kids and electronic devices can be a troubling combination, particularly when those devices are used at night. And the creator of the show Bronx Gothic explores the universal experiences of growing up as a girl. 

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We learn more about what prompted Governor Walker’s decision to close the Lincoln Hills juvenile prison. Plus, how important will the interim chief of police appointment be? British writer Ian Woolridge talks about the challenges of adapting the classic novella Animal Farm for the stage, and we’ll meet a Milwaukee man who has turned decluttering into a million dollar business.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

The latest on Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn’s retirement announcement. Then, why a program at UW Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health focuses on training medical students in Milwaukee. Later, how Milwaukee County is working to recruit more people to be mental health nurses. And Beats Me examines what happens to the stuff left at the curb for the recycling truck.

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We learn more about the Journal Sentinel’s investigative series on safety conditions at some local barrel refurbishing plants. Then, why the Food Lab at Mount Mary University got a million dollar makeover before the school year. Milwaukee Magazine marks a significant anniversary for the publication, and Robert Cohen talks about the palpable energy that comes with a terrific musical collaboration.

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