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.

This weekend on Lake Effect:

Actress Vicki Lawrence looks back on why the Carol Burnett Show worked so well. Then, why real life gets sped up in Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s newest show, Thank You, Next? And we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

The proverbial elephant in the room or the black swan are common metaphors. Author Michelle Wucker adds another animal to the menagerie with her book The Gray Rhino. Then, representatives of the Delavan Historical Society discuss the rich history of the circus in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Foodie Kyle Cherek stops by to talk about the James Beard Awards and the Milwaukee food scene, and Bubbler Talk finds out what Milwaukee’s socialist mayors contributed to the city.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

NPR’s David Greene talks about why he loves radio and what it’s like to host Morning Edition. Then, as NASA’s Juno spacecraft makes its final approach to Jupiter, we hope to learn more about how the solar system is still changing. And in Dan Vyleta’s new novel Smoke, emotional truth is found in shades of grey (literally).

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  • David Greene, Host of Morning Edition
  • Jean Creighton, astronomy contributor
  • Dan Vyleta, author, Smoke

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

After years of work and controversy, a request from the city of Waukesha to draw on Lake Michigan water has been approved. Then, Milwaukee Opera Theatre commissions a new work that brings the tension filled world of auditions to life. Later, why Wisconsin writer Brittany Cavallaro – and so many others – continue coming back to the mysteries of Holmes and Watson. Plus, singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield looks back on writing songs since she was 11 years old.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We bring you highlights from Precious Lives: The Live Show, recorded on stage at the Pabst Theater. Since January 2015, we’ve been telling the stories of Milwaukee lives impacted by gun violence on our series, Precious Lives. Today, we devote our entire program to the remarkable live performance which features moving personal stories of lives impacted by gun violence.

Monday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, we consider three icons. First, actress Vicki Lawrence looks back on why The Carol Burnett Show worked so well. Then, an iconic video game-turned-movie. With World of Warcraft hitting screens, our film critic looks at how an interactive medium translates to a passive one. And the cowboy at the center of Larry Watson’s latest novel As Good As Gone, doesn’t think of himself in iconic terms – a trait Watson remembers in his grandfather.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Sidney Blumenthal examines how the early professional and political life of Abraham Lincoln gave rise to the man we know as the Great Emancipator. Then, a Wisconsin writer shares the story of a pivotal moment in the gay rights movement, and we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Sidney Blumenthal, author, A Self-Made Man
  • Ann Bausum, author
  • Lean DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder; Bruce Winter WUWM

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We talk with filmmaker Keith McQuirter. His powerful new documentary, Milwaukee 53206, tackles the subject of mass incarceration through the lens of the families affected. Then, we talk with three alternative energy proponents ahead of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s annual fair. Bubbler Talk learns about why Milwaukee sidewalk have dates. And accordion virtuoso Guy Klucevsek returns to Milwaukee to play with Theatre Gigante.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Could there be a forgotten burial mound located in a busy Milwaukee County park? Milwaukee Magazine’s Matt Hrodey talks about the discovery of a possible burial mound in Wauwatosa’s Jacobus Park. Then, writer Kathie Giorgio tries to shake the image she worries her work has gotten. Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen talks about her winding musical path that lead her to Milwaukee. Plus, violinist Rachel Barton Pine on the driving force behind the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Many Hmong in Wisconsin still feel like outsiders, despite being in Wisconsin for more than 40 years. Journalist Doualy Xaykaothao discusses her recent Atlantic article, “To Be Hmong and Midwestern.” Then, two new studies out on the use of smartphones and other technology in the college classroom show a huge divide between how tech is perceived by students and faculty. And writer Frank Bures travels to Nigeria, China, and elsewhere in search of some of the world’s culture-bound syndromes:

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show we’ll talk with journalist and moderator, Charles Fishman, about Milwaukee’s 9th annual water summit that gets underway this morning. Then, Fit for You explores what the CrossFit phenomenon is all about. Radio Chipstone visits the Chazen Museum of Art, and we’ll have an encore presentation from Precious Lives, our regular series on children and gun violence in Milwaukee.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

The United Kingdom will soon vote on whether or not to stay in the European Union. Our foreign policy contributor gives us some historical background on how they got to this point. Then, cellist Robert Cohen talks about what it’s like to perform on a cruise ship that encounters rough seas. Writer and Wisconsin native Andy Mozina leaves behind short stories for a time and writes a novel, and we’ll hear from Madeleine Jurkewicz, one half of the musical duo Lily and Madeleine.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

A local researcher talks about the ethical issues with the data you share and how it might be used. Then, Milwaukee writer Paul Salsini closes the book on characters who have inhabited six books in a series set in Tuscany. Outdoor contributor Stacy Tornio suggests a visit to a National Park, and we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

For the past 20 years Pride Fest has kicked off Milwaukee’s summer festival season. An organizer of the event talks about why it’s still important. Then, we learn about the private art collection of the late American playwright Lanford Wilson on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  We'll also talk with activist, performance artist, and US Poet Laureate Juan Filipe Herrera, and we present the latest episode of Bubbler Talk.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, we explore the intersection of evolutionary biology and feminism. We’ll learn about an all-out BioBlitz at Grant Park starting tomorrow. Plus, why novelist Peter Geye thinks the Boundary Waters of Minnesota is the perfect place, and Victor DiLorenzo of the Milwaukee duo Nineteen Thirteen talks about how their new album came together.

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