Lake Effect

Minority Brain Drain

Nov 7, 2007

Tannette Johnson-Elie is a business columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She writes about minority-owned businesses and issues in Milwaukee. She speaks with Jane Hampden about minority “brain drain” as part of Lake Effect’s series of interviews for Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy.

Barry Mandel is a Milwaukee native and president of The Mandel Group, a development and real estate company. As part of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series, he shares the benefits and challenges of doing business in his hometown. Mandel was one of the first developers to recognize the potential of Milwaukee’s downtown.

Efforts to Develop a Regional Economy

Nov 5, 2007

Lake Effect kicks off WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series with Marc Levine, founder and director of the Center for Economic Development at UW-Milwaukee. He talks with Jane Hampden about unemployment and job creation in Southeast Wisconsin, and efforts to develop a regional economy.

Milwaukee Sucks?

Nov 5, 2007

Lake Effect contributor Kurt Chandler reads an essay we like to call Milwaukee Sucks. Chandler is a senior editor of Milwaukee Magazine and author of Shaving Lessons: A Memoir of Father and Son. After the essay we hear Milwaukee’s own Sigmund Snopek III and his classic, Thank God This Isn’t Cleveland.

Celebrated actor Alan Alda was in Milwaukee last month to read from his new book, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. He spoke with Bonnie North.

Members of the Allen Bradley Orchestra and Chorus reminisce with Lake Effect's Susan Bence.

The group of employees began performing in the 1930s and continued through the 1980s. Music in the segment comes from archived recordings of the group, ending with May You Always, recorded in 1962.

Members include: Eddie Deeds, Ron Hayward, Joan Konecke, Bob Kozlowski, Lee Matthews, Carrie Ulickey, Ruth Hodik Urdahl, Charlotte Villwock, JoAnne Wagner, Lenny Waraksa, and Betty Wojcieszak.


Jul 30, 2007
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Every year people who live to build and fly airplanes descend - literally - on Oshkosh Wisconsin for the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual Airventure. What started more than 50 years ago as a gathering of a small groups of devotees has become the biggest such gathering in the world.

WUWM's Susan Bence drove up for an introduction to the spectacle and starts first in the War Birds area, where Stan Marcus from Oconomowoc and some comrades are just back from an early morning flight.

Fleeing to the Market

Jul 20, 2007

Bargaining over one person's treasures and another's trash has become an American past time, but the idea dates back to 19th century France.

Just one hour southwest of Milwaukee one of the area's popular flea markets takes place four times a year in Elkhorn. Dating back to 1982, more than 500 vendors fill every inch of the grounds and squeeze into exhibit barns.

Our audio postcard from the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market was sent to us by Lake Effect's Susan Bence. She begins in the small animal barn.

At the turn of the last century prominent Chicago families gravitated to Lake Geneva.

In 1888 beer baron Conrad Seipps built his family retreat, an expansive Victorian on the lake's south shore. Now Seipps great-grandson, William O. Petersen, has passed the property on to the State of Wisconsin. Last weekend the doors of the family home, called Black Point, opened to the public for the first time. Lake Effect's Susan Bence visited.

More than 20 years ago, a movement started to take shape in Rome, when angry Italians reacted to the first McDonalds in Rome. Slow Food International was born; today the nonprofit boasts more than 80,000 members. Their combined mission is to bring local food traditions away from drive-throughs and back into the home kitchen.

Martha Davis Kipcak, Dave Swanson and Steve Hargarten are members of Slow Food Southeast Wisconsin. Susan Bence joins them for dinner, and reports on the slow food movement.