Audrey Nowakowski

Lake Effect Coordinating Producer

Audrey is Lake Effect's Coordinating Producer. She edits interviews, posts web articles and aides the production of stories.

Audrey is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University where she majored in Communication Arts and minored in History and English. She has worked with 91.7 WMSE producing public service announcements.

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The model most of us think of when we think of psychiatry involves a psychiatrist, a patient, a couch and often - prescriptions. And that is not too far from reality. But there are some in the field who are looking to change the paradigm and add alternative or complementary treatments.

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In our plugged-in world, we all can forget to take time for face to face conversation. But as our family members age, those conversations about family memories and our shared history become ever more important. Hearing the stories can help us connect with our relatives in a more profound way, and asking the questions can help us understand ourselves better too.

And when it comes time to commemorate the lives of those we’ve lost, those stories become a bridge between the living and the dead.

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Twenty-eight years ago today, hundreds of people marched on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was also the first observance of what became known as National Coming Out Day. For many LGBTQ Americans, the power of coming out is one of the most basic tools for visibility.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, one out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian.The number drops to 1 in 10 Americans who have a transgender person close to them.

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A young West Allis native travelled to Doha, Qatar, to compete in the UCI World Championship. 18 year-old Skylar Schneider has already claimed national championships in road cycling disciplines.  She took the silver medal and second place in the road race at the Championship, and took fourth place in the time trial.

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Southeastern Wisconsin has a fairly well-established system of improved bike trails – from the Hank Aaron Trail in Milwaukee to the Oak Leaf Trail and the Ozaukee Interurban Trail.

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There are countless films about the Civil War. From Gangs of New York to Lincoln to Glory, our nation’s bloodiest war continues to offer plenty of stories to tell.

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For many kids in America, being a teenager is tough. Add being a black teenager in today’s racially charged America, and circumstances get tougher. Then add being a black transgender or gay teenager living on your own in Washington D.C., and you have an even tougher situation, but one that makes the compelling subject of the documentary, Check It.

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There are some movies people just love to quote.  For many of them, the film mirrors something in real life, but some movies are just so eminently quotable that they seem fit to use in just about any occasion. Case in point, "The Princess Bride," the classic 1987 Rob Reiner film.

The film, about the hero Westley's attempt to rescue Princess Buttercup, is a whimsical fairytale that attracted only spotty attention in theaters 29 years ago, but has proved a lasting winner for filmgoers - and for the people who made it. 

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Tuesday afternoon, UWM welcomes an award-winning scientist, writer and educator from across the state for the annual Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in the Natural Science.

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Winston Churchill once said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried." That sentiment that democracy is beautiful, messy and worth the fight is at the core of Lauren Gunderson’s 2013 play, The Taming.

The play opens Friday at Next Act Theatre, and features an all-woman cast that travels back and forth between present day and the 1787 Continental Congress.

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Have you ever gone to a group exercise class? Your answer may well depend on whether you’re a man or a woman.  It turns out the majority of people in group exercise classes - including the instructors - are female.


Film festivals around the country are known for showing independently made productions, both in short films and features. One film in particular showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival has had the unique history of being both a short and now, a full length film.

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Last year, Lake Effect introduced you to John Garofolo, the editor of a collection of photos by the late war photographer and Shorewood native, Dickey Chapelle. Chapelle was the first US female war correspondent killed in action. But before her death in the early days of the Vietnam War, Chapelle lived an extraordinary life, taking distinctive pictures that showed both the cost of war, and the personal side of it.

The Milwaukee Film Festival opens today. The eighth annual edition of the festival runs through October 6th and features some classic movies, along with remarkable recent films from national, international, and local filmmakers.

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Over the past few days, WUWM has examined the issues surrounding the addiction crisis in Wisconsin and the many people it affects – beyond those addicted.