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.

Full Episode: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Jul 11, 2013

Thursday on Lake Effect: 

As Harley prepares to celebrate its 110th anniversary, it works to appeal to a broader audience. Rich Rovito talks about Harley’s  evolving fortunes. Then, the Optimist Theatre opens As You Like It in their new home in Kadish Park. We talk with the director and star. A new documentary focuses on the world, and the appeal, of early American circuses, and Milwaukee writer Dean Jensen’s new book spotlights rise and fall of two circus superstars.

Full Episode: July 10, 2013

Jul 10, 2013

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A coalition is seeking greater transparency in Waukesha’s efforts to tap into Lake Michigan water. Later, what we can learn about collaboration from the work of inventor Thomas Edison; a filmmaker and Milwaukee native searches for the meaning of life at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada; and we’ll hear from the new CD by the Milwaukee-based Jason Seed Stringtet.

Full Episode: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Jul 9, 2013

Tuesday on Lake Effect:

A Minnesota bounty hunter gives us his take on the future of that profession in Wisconsin. Then, a Milwaukee psychiatrist reflects on his years in the field in a new memoir that combines anecdotes with poetry. We’ll travel to Napa Valley to learn about the wine industry’s largest and most successful fundraiser, and meet a Sheboygan entrepreneur whose lip balm company is making a name for itself.

Full Episode: Monday, July 8, 2013

Jul 8, 2013

Monday on Lake Effect:

We look at the issues facing national forests with the woman in charge of the eastern region. Then, author Wes Moore talks about the diverging paths taken by him and another Baltimore native named Wes Moore. An etiquette coach wants to take the Golden Rule one step further. And a new book offers advice for those who would use their bicycles to burn fat.

Full Episode: Friday, July 5, 2013

Jul 5, 2013

Friday on Lake Effect:

Note:  Lake Effect was pre-empted on July 4th by the Capitol Steps.

Writer Michael Pollan talks about the promise of the local foods movement – but also his concerns about it.  Later, we’ll travel to Wild Wisconsin with nature and travel writer Candace Gaukel Andrews – and learn what sorts of wildlife we can see this time of year.  Plus, what some of the state’s earliest settlers demanded of their gardens.  And we’ll meet novelist Benjamin Lytal and learn about his critically acclaimed novel, A Map of Tulsa.

Full Episode: Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Jul 3, 2013

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We’ll get some context to this week’s release of documents related to the sexual abuse cases in the Milwaukee Catholic Church. Later, Melinda Myers talks about balancing beauty and abundance in the garden. We look back at Wisconsin soldiers’ last stand at Gettysburg, and writer Tom Held shares his perspective on the region’s top trails.

Full Episode: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Jul 2, 2013

Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Full Episode: Monday, July 1, 2013

Jul 1, 2013

Monday on Lake Effect:

One in 88 kids born today is diagnosed as autistic.  But writer Temple Grandin says the label doesn’t tell the whole story. Then, a post-apocalyptic novel finds hope in human connections and the natural world. Later, we revisit the battle of Gettysburg on its 150th anniversary, and guitarist Pierre Bensusan approaches composition with a simple goal.

Full Episode: Friday, June 28, 2013

Jun 28, 2013

Friday on Lake Effect:

The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute’s new director seeks to avoid being pigeon-holed, based on his previous journalism career. Then, a report shows some gains and some losses in the effort to clean up the Great Lakes. Later, writer Dale Kushner talks about her new book, The Conditions of Love. And a Chicago writer explores the appeal of a Wisconsin tradition – the supper club.

Full Episode: Thursday, June 27, 2013

Jun 27, 2013

Thursday on Lake Effect:

In the wake of yesterday’s US Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, we’ll get an initial look at what activists in Wisconsin are saying. Then, Wisconsin ranks near the bottom of the list for access to dental care for poor children - what's going on? Later, we take a trip to the stars – and the moon – with astronomy contributor Jean Creighton. And the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee mines hidden gems of local history.

Full Audio: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Jun 26, 2013

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We’ll get some perspective on a flooding-intensive June from an expert on floods and storm water management.  Later, as Milwaukee’s economy slowly turns around, we’ll travel along with some people engaged in the growing practice of collecting and selling scrap metal to make money.  Dining contributor Ann Christenson introduces us to her “chef matrix”; and we’ll meet the author of a dark and intriguing mystery novel featuring Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad.

Full Episode: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jun 25, 2013

Tuesday on Lake Effect:

What role does the US Navy have in an inland port like Milwaukee? We’ll speak with the Commander of the Naval Service Training Command. Later, the GED tests are changing at the end of the year, and that’s causing concerns among some students and people who help students prepare for the tests. The last remaining iron-clad building in Wisconsin gets a new life. And we’ll meet Milwaukee writer Jenny Benjamin, whose novel spans hundreds of years and thousands of miles.

Full Episode: Monday, June 24, 2013

Jun 24, 2013

This is the busiest time of year for tornadoes in Wisconsin. But tornadoes have already caused disasters in Oklahoma. We’ll learn how some Wisconsinites have played a role in the recovery in Moore. Then, the challenges of rebuilding in a place like Wisconsin – after a tornado. And we’ll learn about the career turn for the legendary musical satirist Weird Al Yankovic – he’ll be in Brookfield on Tuesday, to sign copies of his latest children’s book.

Full Episode: Friday, June 21, 2013

Jun 21, 2013

Friday on Lake Effect:

The Senate spent Thursday debating the biennial state budget. We'll get perspective from the Journal Sentinel's Jason Stein. Then, men's health is the focus of city and local efforts. Later, pianist Xiayin Wang plays this weekend with the Fine Arts Quartet. Then, get out your tent this weekend and pitch it - in the backyard.

Full Episode: Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jun 20, 2013

Thursday on Lake Effect:

We travel to central Wisconsin to learn about the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair. Then, Milwaukee Magazine surveys all the national lists Milwaukee shows up in, and finds some contradictions. A local music shop prepares to celebrate National Music Day by letting you try any instrument you want, and the 5th annual Okka Fest celebrates free jazz.