Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am and 10 pm & 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.

Tuesday on Lake Effect

We learn about some of the misinformation surrounding Wisconsin’s election recount. Then our Fit For You segment speaks with a cancer survivor who biked across America to raise awareness. Plus, astronomy contributor Jean Creighton talks about the privatization of space travel.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We learn how stalled federal funding could force cities like Milwaukee to make severe cuts to local services. Then, a look at how the layout of malls has made them less appealing during the pandemic. Plus, our series on entrepreneurship, How Did You Do That, explores how social anthropology trained Glen Tullman to become a software engineer.

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This Weekend on Lake Effect:

We learn how Wisconsin hospitals are coping with the surge of COVID-19. Then, we learn how data science helps to provide guidance during the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, we look at some of the biggest scandals in Wisconsin’s history outlined in a new book, Storied & Scandalous Wisconsin: A History of Mischief and Menace, Hero and Heartbreak.

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Friday on Lake Effect

We talk to a clinical psychologist about how to take care of your mental health during the holidays. We examine a new report that found school referendums were overwhelmingly approved this year by transcending political divides. Film contributor Dave Luhrssen talks about Sophia Coppola’s latest film, “On The Rocks.” Plus, we learn the origins of the bedside Bible in hotels.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We hear reactions to Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah’s resignation after he was responsible for three on-duty deaths. Then, we learn how data science helps to provide guidance during the coronavirus pandemic from a mathematical biologist. Plus, a new compilation album from Wisconsin musicians pays tribute to Vietnam War-era protest songs.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

We examine if any of President Trump's legal challenges or recount efforts could impact the final election results. Then, we learn about the Milwaukee Handicrafts Project and what it meant for the women it employed. Plus, we look at some the biggest scandals from Wisconsin’s history.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We learn about the fight against subsidized housing in New Berlin, and what it can teach us about current fights over these developments. Then, we meet the state's first-ever female Chief State Forester and learn what she hopes to do in the role. Plus, singer-songwriter Peggy James joins us for our Pandemic Performers series. 

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  • John Eligon, reporter for The New York Times
  • Heather Berklund, chief state forester in the Deivision of Forestry
  • Peggy James, singer-songwriter

Monday on Lake Effect

We learn how Wisconsin hospitals are coping with the surge of COVID-19 and what that means for patients, and health care workers. Then, we talk about the importance of learning to navigate life and relationships during this pandemic. Plus, the latest Listen MKE examines the importance of good mentorship.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We explore the history of the norm of concession in presidential races. Then, we hear about an art exhibit that combines the writings of trauma survivors with landscape paintings. Plus, we explore the creation of an NES video game set here in Milwaukee.

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  • David Priess, Chief Operating Officer of the Lawfare Institute
  • Brianna Seipel, artist; Lisa McCormick, public speaker; Kate Knowlton, interim director of Lotus Legal Clinic
  • Jordan Davis, lead singer and guitarist for Space Raft

Thursday on Lake Effect

We look at the future of redistricting in Wisconsin and how it could affect the next decade of elections. Then, we examine the use of the term “Latino vote” and look at how voters who are Latino impacted the 2020 election. Plus, we learn more about what purple, bipartisan solutions to America’s healthcare system could look like.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

We learn about the “My Life, My Story” initiative at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Then, a new documentary examines why native women face higher rates of sexual assault than all other American women. The founder of Niche Book Bar explains why she’s chosen to feature stories about Black people that don’t just focus on persecution. Plus, we speak with a local surgeon about preventing birth defects.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We learn about poll watching and unpack what happened at Wisconsin polling sites last week. Then, Milwaukee Public Library Director Joan Johnson talks about the important roles libraries have played during the pandemic. And a Milwaukee poet explains how they were inspired by a book of translated Chinese Poems. Plus, a poem about appreciation for frontline workers.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

We look at the state of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Wisconsin. Then, we learn how four Wisconsin universities plan to close the graduation gap for Black and low income students. Plus, we hear from two students about what their college experience has been like during this pandemic.

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Friday on Lake Effect

We dispel some of the myths and lies about election fraud in Wisconsin. Then, we talk to a voting information group about turnout in this year’s election. We talk with a COVID-19 caseworker who says it’s more important than ever to take the virus seriously. Plus, we learn about breathing mindfully.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We break down Wisconsin’s election results that gave Joe Biden the win in the state with political reporter Craig Gilbert from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Then, the director of the Marquette Law School poll compares this year’s polling errors to what happened in 2016. Plus, we hear from an election law professor about whether or not any legal challenges raised about the election results will hold up.

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