Joy Powers

Lake Effect Producer

Joy Powers joined WUWM January 2016 as a producer for Lake Effect. Most recently, she was a director and producer for Afternoon Shift, on WBEZ-fm, Chicago Public Radio.

Joy grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where she started off her career in radio as an intern at WLKG-fm, The Lake. She has worked as an intern with several companies, including SiriusXm, Fujisankei Communications and the Department of City Planning for the City of New York. At SiriusXM, she was a programming intern and helped launch Studio54 Radio.

She earned a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College, Boston, where she worked with several radio and television stations. She was the public affairs director at WERS-fm, and produced the station’s AP-Award Winning program, You Are Here.

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Stuart Meek

Cases of lyme disease are on the rise in counties throughout the Northeast and Midwest, including here in Wisconsin. We're currently in the peak transmission season, when the majority of people who contract lyme disease will be infected. 

Experts advise people do a thorough check of their bodies after spending time outdoors. And while you're doing that, you could help some local researchers learn more about how to prevent the spread of lyme disease. 

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As we approach the centenniel anniversary of Armistice Day, there has been a growing conversation about the impact the first World War had on the U.S. and the world as a whole. Now celebrated as Veterans Day, the war famously ended at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918. 

Joy Powers

As laws governing urban farming have been repealed around the Milwaukee area, more people have started keeping backyard chicken coops. 

This comes as good news for Karen Krumenacher, owner of Royal Roost - a local consulting service that offers help to backyard chicken farmers, like herself. She explains, "I try to make it easy and take all the guesswork out for people, because what I’ve found is what you read on the internet is pretty scary."

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s long-awaited ruling on Gill v. Whitford came down Monday. But the court didn't rule on the constitutinality question surrounding the claims of illegal partisan gerrymandering in the Wisconsin redistricting cast. 

Instead, the court ruled that the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to bring the suit. The justices threw the case back to lower courts, where the plaintiffs could adjust their case accordingly.

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Scientists at universities around the country often rely on outside money to fund their research, and this can pose some challenges. Often, financial grants and awards come with a lot of strings attached, which can limit how and what scientists research.

But the Shaw Scientist Award is a bit different. Named for late Milwaukee attorney James Shaw, this award is given to a scientist rather than a specific research project.

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The Mount Pleasant Village Board declared an area in the footprint of the proposed FoxConn plant as “blighted.” The vote was just the latest step in the village’s attempt to acquire the land for the construction of the development.

While some residents in the "blighted" area have already come to an agreement with the municipality, there are still some holdouts. Now it seems the village may try to acquire the rest of the land through eminent domain.

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From 1882 until 1974, the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery served as the burial site of many of Milwaukee’s marginalized citizens. The cemetery became the final resting place for many of the community’s poor, as well as those who died as a resident of one of the county institutions or were unidentified or unclaimed from the coroner’s office.

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The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 paved the way for the creation of National Public Radio, which formally began on February 26, 1970.

NPR has come a long way since its earliest days, moving from a time when it was seen as alternative and experimental, to the point today where it boasts the most listened-to morning radio show in the United States.

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As you get ready for your Memorial Day weekend picnic or barbecue, don’t forget the cheese!

Jeanette Hurt is Lake Effect's regular ambassador to the world of Wisconsin cheeses, and she joined Mitch Teich in studio to talk about the art of pairing cheese with tea. While that may seem odd to some, Hurt says that pairing cheese and tea is very similar to pairing cheese with a wine. 

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The Milwaukee Police Department has been bracing for the public reaction to bodycamera footage showing the tasing of Bucks rookie player Sterling Brown. The incident happened this past January, and according to some officials familiar with the footage, it raises concerns about how the officers behaved in this incident.

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The civil war in Syria has been ongoing for more than seven years. Some estimates put the casualties at near half a million and the chaos of the war has contributed to the global refugee crisis.

More than five million people have fled the country, but there are even more displaced people still living in the wartorn nation, many lacking access to medical care. In response to the crisis, the Isreali Defense Force has enlisted the help of Israeli hospitals, located relatively near the Syrian border, to care for people impacted by the war.

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There are parts of our planet where most of us will never have the opportunity to travel. But thanks to people like Cory Trepanier, we still have the opportunity to see them.

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Steve Scionti’s “Hear What’s in the Heart: An Italian Shoemaker's Tale,” is a one-man exploration of the Italian-American experience. Scionti is the playwright and sole performer of the show, which documents his experiences growing up in Middletown, Connecticut.

Rick Ebbers

A lot has happened to the members of Buffalo Gospel over the past five years. The alt-country group released their first album, We Can Be Horses, in 2013 to critical acclaim.

But as lead singer Ryan Necci explains, losses - both personal and professional - delayed the release of their latest album.

There’s a lot of talk about the many dangers facing bees in the United States and how important these pollinators are to the environment and agriculture. But when we talk about bees, we tend to focus on just one type: honey bees.

In fact, honey bees and other kinds of social bees make up just 2% of the more than 20,000 different types of bees in the world.

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