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.

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A Milwaukee scientist looks to use cancer to his advantage in treating spinal injuries. Later, we bring you part four of Unsolved, an audio look back at a 40-year old Milwaukee-area murder case. Then, why composer Tim Russell enjoyed plying his trade for a Wild Space Dance Company production, "Fresh Tracks." Plus, we take a trip to the revamped Design Lab at the Harley Davidson Museum.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

After 25 years of housing Milwaukee nonprofits, the Marian Center is closing its doors. We’ll discuss why and look at what’s next for the remaining tenants. Later, we bring you part three of ‘Unsolved,’ a series looking back at a 40-year-old murder in Franklin, Wisconsin. Plus, why Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Ahktar accepted a four-year contract with the Milwaukee Rep. And on Precious Lives, how even a good student can be vulnerable in a community of violence.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Revisiting the late photographer Saul Leiter's  first and possibly only radio interview on Lake Effect back in 2006. This week marks the 40 year anniversary of high school student John Zera's disappearance in Franklin as we continue our broadcast of the “Unsolved” podcast, looking back at the circumstances around and coverage the murder investigation. And Levar Burton starred in Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation.  But he says neither of those is his biggest role in life...

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco discusses how the story of America includes the story of marginalized people who all have a place at the table. Then, with Unsolved, a journal sentinel reporter hopes to capitalize on the success of another famous true crime podcast, plus the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We bring you the latest update the long story of Waukesha and its effort to tap into Lake Michigan. Then, relations between the US and Cuba continue to thaw, which upsets a few people, but it’s met with a shrug from many others. Plus, when more than 400 black men and boys wore tuxedos to an event in December – it was a remarkable day for them, but also a photographer that documented their day. We’ll preview the Guitar Festival at Latino Arts and debut a new series from Lake Effect essayist Jonathan West called, “Since You Never Asked.”

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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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