Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am and 10 pm (except Thursdays) & 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

News analyst Charlie Sykes tries to make sense of Russia, the federal budget, Sheriff Clarke, and how they all fit in the same day’s broadcast. Then, why some believe global water policy is an issue that needs to be front and center, right now. Later, new book, The South Side explores how segregation and racial inequity transformed the city of Chicago.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

In the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack, a Milwaukee cyber security expert believes it's not just a company's IT professionals that should be preparing for the next major hack.  Later, why Milwaukee is making lists of the country's up-and-coming places to live.  We'll talk with poet Aja Monet about her new collection, and we'll visit the studio of tintype photographer Margaret Muza, the latest artist-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

A look at the effort to preserve an ancient language tied to Christianity in the Middle East. Later, Milwaukee Magazine profiles the man trying to change the reputation of gentlemen’s clubs as dens of iniquity. Plus, the compelling last chapter in the history of the Cassini space mission - now at one of Saturn’s moons.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

A look back at the ten-year history of the Water Council, and the work that's yet to come. Later, is textile-making a possible use for Wisconsin's surplus of cow manure? Plus, why it’s important to study concussions and other traumatic brain injury - and recovery - in young adults. And Johnny Solomon talks about the subset of sad songs that he crafts for his band, Communist Daughter.

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Monday on Lake Effect

As this school year winds down, we look at the financial condition of Milwaukee Public Schools from the Public Policy Forum's annual review. Then we celebrate the legacy of former mayor Frank Zeidler with his daughter, Anita, and historian John Gurda. We hear poems from a new collection by local poet Stephen Anderson and learn why Wisconsin's climate is ideal for making European cheeses.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Milwaukee’s 10th annual water summit gets underway this week. For the second year in a row journalist Charles Fishman will moderate conversations with water leaders. And at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee artist Tom Bamberger looks back at a forty-year career. Plus, we have the latest edition of our story-telling series, Ex Fabula

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  • Charles Fishman, author, The Big Thirst
  • Tom Bamberger, photographer
  • Ex Fabula

Friday on Lake Effect

News analyst Art Cyr looks at a frenetic couple of weeks in Washington and what he thinks we should be focusing on. Later, our film contributor offers his thoughts on an uncommon romantic comedy. Then, the difference a four-legged, furry concierge can make for guests at a Milwaukee hotel. And our Bubbler Talk season wraps up with some of your burning questions about Milwaukee’s streets.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

A UW-Milwaukee professor studies autism, particularly as it impacts children in urban school.  Plus, how environmental educators are working with classroom teachers to take learning outdoors.  We'll speak with a Milwaukee psychologist and poet about her latest collection of poems; and visit the Milwaukee Collects exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Health care reform contributor Barbara Zabawa offers some perspective on the House-passed legislation that the Senate may soon take up - and we talk about her new book on laws surrounding workplace wellness programs. Skylight Music Theatre gets ready to open a production of "Sweeney Todd," and we hear the story of a new album by singer-songwriter Carmel Mikol, whose life story included both Canada's Cape Breton and Racine.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

No Impact Man, Colin Beavan talks about what’s behind his effort to reduce our collective footprint. Later, why audiences still love the late comedian Groucho Marx, who is channeled on stage at the Milwaukee Rep by actor Frank Ferrante. Plus, we catch up with the musical duo of Sara and Kenny, that rare band which splits its time among Milwaukee, Italy, and London.

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  • Colin Beavan, environmental writer
  • Frank Ferrante, actor, An Evening With Groucho
  • Sara and Kenny

Monday on Lake Effect:

How creating a weather forecast has changed in an era with so much data. Then, what attracts audiences to the musical acts at the Jazz Estate on Milwaukee’s East Side. And from jazz to surf rock - how Milwaukee’s Revomatics evolved for their second album.

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  • Mike Westendorf, operations manager, Innovative Weather at UW-Milwaukee
  • Christianna Fritz, poet
  • John Dye, owner, Jazz Estate
  • The Revomatics

This weekend on Lake Effect

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, one local educator discusses what he loves about teaching and some of the challenges he faces. Then, an exhibit at the Racine Art Museum features pieces from the Works Progress Administration, a federal program that helped employ artists during the Great Depression. Plus, we have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect

The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation takes center stage in a series by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Then, how the members of the Milwaukee Museum Mile benefit from their coalition. Later, we bring you the latest piece in our Bubbler Talk series and look at a new comedic musical which draws inspiration from contentious town-halls.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We look at the week in politics with Ruth Conniff of The Progressive, starting with the firing of FBI Director James Comey. We examine the role the group College Possible played in the college career of several young Milwaukeeans. Plus, an essayist recounts an unusual lesson ahead of Mother’s Day and jazz trumpet player Eric Jacobson joins us in our performance studio.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Former U.S. Attorney Jim Santelle reflects on three decades in public service and the investigation that led him to resign two years ago. Then, actor Sonia Manzano talks about her time playing "Maria" on Sesame Street and the lasting impact on the children's show. Plus, an exhibit at the Racine Art Museum features pieces from the Works Progress Administration, a federal program that helped employ artists during the Great Depression.

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