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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If the January cover of Milwaukee Magazine has a particularly celebratory look to it, that's for good reason.  The magazine marks 35 years of its current iteration with a special section that looks back at highlights from the past three-and-a-half decades.

For editor Carole Nicksin, who has been with the publication for the past year-and-a-half, the deep dive into the magazine's history was revelatory - especially as it pertained to one of the key figures in that history.

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NPR was a different place when Robert Siegel walked in the door for the first time in late 1976.  For one thing, it was still commonly referred to by its full name.  "I was utterly seduced by National Public Radio," Siegel says.  "We didn't shrink from spelling it out in those days."

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Many of us use the New Year as an opportunity to reboot and change unhealthy habits, such as poor eating choices.  But as anyone who has tried to diet can attest, it's not always easy when there are Peanut M&M's at hand.

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"Why doesn't Milwaukee have an NHL team?" That's the question Dave Brown of Wauwatosa submitted to WUWM's Bubbler Talk.

Before we look into 'why,' let’s make the point that Milwaukee has had professional hockey for a long time – the Admirals, who play in pro hockey’s highest minor league, are the latest in a long line of pro hockey teams who have played here.

Photo courtesy of Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries

Editor's note: Dick Enberg died Thursday at his home in La Jolla, California, at age 82. Lake Effect spoke with him in January of 2017 while he was in Milwaukee for performances of his one-man play based on the life of Al McGuire.

Michelle Maternowski

On a year-end holiday edition of The Pretzel Podcast, hosts Michelle Maternowski and Mitch Teich share the sad story of the end of a pretzel era in one Pennsylvania city, plus bring you up-to-date on the Utz Kerfuffle. Plus, we learn how Old Dutch Pretzels got their windmill and give some holiday-shaped pretzels a taste test.

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Between now and the 2018 fall elections, Lake Effect will feature interviews with candidates for Wisconsin governor and other races.  First up is Mike McCabe.

Name: Mike McCabe

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Running for: Governor

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In this, the pilot episode of The Pretzel Podcast, hosts Michelle Maternowski and Mitch Teich discuss why the world needs a show dedicated to pretzels. In the Pretzels in the News segment, they look at royal pretzel-making in Germany, and they put two staples of supermarket shelves - Snyder's of Hanover and Rold Gold - to the test.

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Each year on Lake Effect, we feature dozens of authors and books. But besides those, there are countless others that might be just right for the reader on your holiday list. Daniel Goldin, proprietor of Boswell Book Company, stopped by the studio recently to share some of the perfect titles for readers of all ages.

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Gift-giving is a central theme of the holidays. But there are options other than cell phones, game consoles,  jewelry or even those cars with the big bow on in commercials. We're talking about giving a gift that involves spending time with family or friends.

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A pro-Islamic State group sought to tie a bomb explosion in New York City to last week’s announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The announcement from the Trump Administration set off protests around the globe, many targeting U.S. embassies in Muslim-majority nations. 

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At UW-Milwaukee, one unusual class being offered in during the spring semester is called “The Art of Being Still” - a course that many of us could use.

The course is being taught by Erin Maris, who owns the E2 fitness facility in Mequon and who teaches a variety of mind-body classes.

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Five years ago, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation brought on a new President and CEO. Hannah Rosenthal brought impressive credentials and a strong connection to Wisconsin to her role as a leader in the 25,000 person Jewish community.

Rosenthal came to Milwaukee by way of the State Department and although a lot has changed in the atmosphere surrounding both politics and religious tolerance in Wisconsin and around the country since she started, she remains a force both within the Jewish community at large.

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When we study classic literature in school, it’s generally the literature itself that we study and not what was happening in the lives of the authors who wrote the books.

However, a recent book drills down very deeply into what was going on in the lives of four major writers - Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and E.M. Forster - for whom one year was immensely important.

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For a lot of people, traveling is a consistent life goal - whether it’s about adventure during their vacations from work, or working towards a retirement filled with travel. But in the case of the former, travel can be a challenge when you’re limited to only two or three weeks of vacation a year.

"Two weeks of vacation is not enough time - especially to stay in one country and really get the opportunity to soak in the culture," says Ann Davis, founder of Venture with Impact.

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