Mitch Teich

Lake Effect Executive Producer / Co-host

Mitch joined WUWM in February 2006 as the Executive Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

He brings over 25 years of broadcasting experience from radio stations across the country - in Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and Arizona. Prior to joining WUWM, Mitch served as News Director of KNAU - Arizona Public Radio, Executive Producer of the station's monthly news magazine program, and anchored and produced news programming.

He has won many awards including several regional awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association and national awards from PRNDI - Public Radio News Directors Inc.

He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife Gretchen, daughter Sylvi and son Charlie. Mitch fills his copious spare time watching baseball and his skating children, writing and looking for his reading glasses.

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Alzheimer’s and other related forms of dementia are increasingly prevalent in much of Western society, as people live longer.  A lot of attention has been paid to how genetics influence our predisposition to Alzheimer’s.  But Doctor Lisa Mosconi says there’s one key component of our environment that we are just beginning to connect more strongly to brain health - eating.

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The Milwaukee RiverWalk, as it is now, is a little more than two decades old. A story in this month's Milwaukee Magazine contends it has generally been a successful project, starting in the 1980s.

Kevin Mueller, author of the article, talks to Lake Effect's Mitch Teich about the origins of the Milwaukee RiverWalk Project and how it's continuing to progress. 

Jim Dier

A few weeks ago, Milwaukeean Jennifer Bennett spoke with Lake Effect before heading to England to compete for Team Indigenous in the Flat Rock Roller Derby World Cup. The team consisted of women from indigenous communities in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and South America.

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When North Korea and South Korea competed in several Winter Olympic sports as a unified team, the news seemed to be a rare de-escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.  So, too, with the report this week that North Korea may be open to scaling back its nuclear efforts.

READ: Essay: South Korea Winter Olympics Win Demonstrates Long-Term Strategy

Michelle Maternowski

It's a very special episode of The Pretzel Podcast... Mitch and Michelle venture out of the studio to visit the Food Lab at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. They meet food scientist and instructor Anne Vravick and ask her some very fundamental questions about pretzels. Plus, they brought along pretzels, some crisp Moldovan bread rings, and something called Twiglets to try.

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Rank-and-file Democrats and loyal Republicans don't agree on much in Wisconsin. But a new effort to lure a major event to Milwaukee has won approval from both sides of the aisle. 

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - a generally pro-business and often politically conservative group - is backing a bid to lure the 2020 Democratic National Convention to Milwaukee. Prominent Democrats are behind the effort as well, including Mayor Tom Barrett. Advocates say it would bring in tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact.

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Anyone who watches sports - either in person or on TV - has seen them. The fans sitting in Lambeau Field on a 15 degree December day, with their shirts off, bodies covered in green and gold paint. Or the the guy driving down the street in a car painted in the Brewers’ color scheme.

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There might still be melting snow on the roof of Miller Park, but there are a lot of baseball fans eager to get through March. Baseball’s spring training is underway, and there are some high hopes among the loyal Brewers rooters in town.

But how well-placed are those hopes with changing positions among the players? 

Adam Ryan Morris

When you talk about regional cuisine, things like Cajun food in New Orleans, seafood in Boston, or southern barbecue come to mind. But when it comes to Wisconsin, a feature in this month’s Milwaukee Magazine makes the point that the food itself is only part of the picture.

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We’ve done quite a few interviews over the years on Lake Effect about where education in the STEM fields - science, technology, engineering, and math - fits in the 21st century economy. In particular, there has been a concerted effort to attract more girls to the field, so that someday there will be more women in engineering and tech fields.

READ: Closing the Tech Gender Gap One Girl at a Time

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Hannah Hetzer is the Senior International Policy Manager for the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance. She joins Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to talk about harm reduction drug policy, a philosophy on public health that focuses on fact-based drug education and intervention policies meant to reduce the injuries and illnesses associated with drug-use.

Hetzer was in Milwaukee to speak about the opioid crisis to UWM’s Institute of World Affairs.

Ward 4

Women's Entrepreneurship Week is the brainchild of leaders at a Milwaukee co-working space called Ward 4.

About a year and a half ago, these leaders figured that it was important to connect women just starting out in an often-solitary business environment with mentors and others. Quickly, they figured out they were onto something, as that day grew into a full week’s worth of events.

Elliot Hughes

After years of traffic fatalities and injury accidents trending down, both are now on the rise and are soaring to levels not seen in recent years. As police regroup, Milwaukee residents are grappling with the idea that a green light doesn’t mean it’s safe to go.

One night last November, Nicole Demmith was washing the dishes at her home near the intersection of Muskego and Becher streets when she heard yet another car accident outside her door — only this one came with a particularly awful clap of thunder and metal.

Audrey Nowakowski

For WUWM's second Lake Effect On-Site, the team headed to Bay View and paid special attention to one of the most distinctive neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

In front of a sold-out crowd at Enlightened Brewery and Twisted Path Distillery, Lake Effect's Mitch Teich and Bonnie North dug into some of what makes Bay View so great - its history, its vibrant dining and brewing scene, and its culture:

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Why have Mitch's Google pretzel alerts been going crazy for weeks? What is the "cheese-flavored" filling inside Combos? And is Michelle still addicted to the pretzels of her fond college memories? The answers to those questions WILL BE REVEALED on this very cheesy episode of The Pretzel Podcast.

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