Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am & Weekends at 3 pm

Lake Effect, WUWM’s locally-produced magazine program, covers a lot of ground, focusing on your neighbors and your issues. From discussing politics and the economy to spotlighting Wisconsin authors and musicians, Lake Effect goes beyond the headlines. Join the Lake Effect team as they open a window onto life in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.

Thursday on Lake Effect:

Writer Scott Turow’s latest mystery novel involves war crimes and the sometimes difficult task in telling the good guys from the bad guys. Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton talks about how to cope without Orion in the night sky, and our Full Plate summer series continues with a Milwaukee writer’s new book on food preservation.

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  • Scott Turow, author, Testimony
  • Jean Creighton, astronomy contributor
  • Christina Ward, author, Preservation

Wednesday on Lake Effect

Rumors that Chinese manufacturer Foxconn is considering Wisconsin for a major plant, may be just that: rumors. We speak with a reporter who has covered past plans by Foxconn that never materialized, and compare them to the current rumor. Later, plans move forward to honor the work of the late radio host Eric Von with the creation of a fellowship. And how one artist hopes to play a role in the revitalization of Milwaukee’s Harbor District.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We revisit our conversation with writer and gerrymandering expert Dave Daley, as the US Supreme Court decides to hear Wisconsin’s redistricting case. Later, we explore the impact of the latest version of the GED test, which many consider more difficult than previous tests. And a new exhibit exposes the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo from the inside out.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Are our respective economic fortunes pushing the United States and China towards war? What an ancient Greek tells us about the dynamic. Later, Milwaukee native and former TV writer Susan Silver describes her Hollywood memoir, Hot Pants in Hollywood. And a film critic contextualizes the success of Wonder Woman and its director.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Architecture critic Tom Bamberger explains why he thinks the design of the new Northwestern Mutual tower works so well. Then, author Marnie Mamminga and her husband find themselves with a flat tire in the northwoods of Wisconsin - and find they have to actually use the owner’s manual. Radio Chipstone visits the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend to explore the exhibition of children’s clothes designed by Milwaukee native Florence Eiseman, and we present the latest edition of our story-telling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

As the Wisconsin Assembly calls for a new constitutional convention, a law professor weighs in on the many unknowns that would surround it. Then, we learn about the newly formed Milwaukee Area Science Advocates, a group dedicated to furthering evidence based public policy. Later, writer Anna Blessing explains why she believes what farmers in the Midwest are doing is nothing less than heroic. And violinist Rachel Barton Pine discusses the driving force behind the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

An Army veteran talks about serving in the complicated era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." Later, how trauma-informed care can be applied in school settings to help struggling students. Plus, Milwaukee Magazine profiles five Milwaukee neighborhoods on the rise and why almost all of the Museum of Wisconsin Art has been given over to fashion this summer.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

The VA Medical Center teams up with UW-Milwaukee resources to explore mental health issues in LGBT veterans. Later, writer Marnie Mamminga talks about seeing essay material in the world around her. And musician and contributor Mike Mangione talks about the hard truth he uncovered in conversation with another Lake Effect regular, singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

Former US Attorney Jim Santelle reflects on three decades in public service, and on the investigations that led him to resign two years ago. Then, our Full Plate series continues with a conversation with local farmer David Kozlowski, and film critic Dave Luhrssen explains why he enjoys T2 Trainspotting even more than the original.

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Monday on Lake Effect

Our summer long agriculture series, Full Plate, continues with an exploration of how food, culture and memory intertwine. Then, Margaret Rozga looks back a half-century to the Milwaukee open housing marches she participated in. And, 20 years of being a female person of color in the workforce created some challenges for Mary Dowell. She hopes others can learn from her experiences.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

We introduce our first installment in a summer long series on the past, present and future of agriculture in southeastern Wisconsin. Later, Australian writer Graeme Simsion knows his latest novel isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s OK with the conversations that will come out of it. Plus, we’ll have the latest edition of our story-telling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Our Full Plate series on agriculture in southeastern Wisconsin continues with a trip through the forest with a group of foragers. We discuss the 30 year history of Milwaukee's PrideFest, which returns this weekend. World-famous pop artist Peter Max talks about his work, ahead of his gallery show in Milwaukee. And a special Bubbler Talk takes a deep dive into Milwaukee's love affair with frozen custard.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Architecture critic Tom Bamberger hasn't always liked many recent building projects in downtown Milwaukee, but we'll learn why he thinks the new Northwestern Mutual tower is a triumph.  Milwaukee writer Dave Luhrssen speaks about his latest project - an encyclopedia of classic rock.  And the Summit Players prepare for a third season of presenting Shakespeare in Wisconsin's state parks.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We start a summer-long series on what agriculture means to southeastern Wisconsin with an overview of the region's agricultural heritage.  Plus, Australian writer Graeme Simsion talks about his new book, which might surprise people who were fans of his sweet romantic comedies of the past.  And comedian Lane Moore talks about the comedic potential she finds in the dating app, Tinder.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

A Washington Post writer's recent book explains how Janesville reached its heyday and what happened after its GM assembly plant closed in 2008. Later, cellist Robert Cohen talks about the phenomenon of playing a concert with a former student. Contributor Lauren Groh offers her latest dispatch from along the Appalachian Trail. And novelist Paul Theroux's latest novel tells the epic story of a tyrannical mother.

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