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:

Some tout New Orleans as a model for how to fix public schools, but others say it’s a model of what not to do. Plus, our astronomy contributor gives us a primer on the Northern Lights and how they work. A local group helps aspiring singers bridge the gap between school and professional life, and the unique challenges faced by the artists entering the Racine Art Museum’s annual marshmallow Peeps art exhibition.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

How a Wisconsin hardware chain finds itself thrust into the national political spotlight. Then, in a contentious time for education, one analyst says there are very few areas of agreement. Our foreign policy contributor parses the recent Israeli election and the rapid destabilization of Yemen. And the Milwaukee Ballet offers a modern update on a classic – Giselle.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We'll hear about some of the people and organizations that are working to improve race relations and inequality in Milwaukee. Later, the United Way undertakes a blitz to improve reading among Milwaukee and Waukesha-area kids. Plus, a surprising story on the differences between black and white funeral homes in the city. And the last voyage of the Lusitania had some tragic surprises of its own.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

The iconic environmental activist Erin Brockovich talks with us about the case that made her famous and whether things have changed. Then, how a 19th century Scandinavian model of learning is finding success in Wisconsin’s Driftless region. And what happens when someone decides Green Acres is the place to be? We’ll share the story of an unlikely farmer.

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  • Erin Brockovich, environmental activist
  • Jacob Hundt & Mary Lou Lamonda, The Driftless Folk School
  • Antonia Murphy, author

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Friday on Lake Effect:

With research showing a link between reducing meat consumption and slowing climate change, a Milwaukee researcher examines why more environmental organizations aren't calling attention to it. Plus, a conversation about leadership with polar explorer Alison Levine ahead of her appearance in Milwaukee. And a UWM opera singer nears a historic accomplishment, while a Milwaukee opera company updates a classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Why a regional sales tax to support culture and recreation might be a tough sell in the suburban counties. Then, why mediation is increasingly supplanting litigation in area of estate and probate law. The Skylight Music Theatre produces a world premiere that tackles the difficult subject of child abuse, and author Tim Dowling shares why he thinks he has earned the title, “husband.”

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

What’s at stake for the community when it comes to the future of a struggling technical high school. Later, how what’s happening in California’s Napa Valley could affect wine lovers in Milwaukee. A Milwaukee-turned-San Francisco shares lessons he’s learned on the job – some of them the hard way. And how food insecurity is a public health issue, both globally and right here at home.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

The broad impact the county board chair hopes a new free bus ride system would have beyond the seniors and disabled people it would serve. Later, concerns about a proposal to remove university oversight from Downer Woods, an 11-acre parcel of UWM. We’ll speak with writer Emily Gray Tedrowe about her novel of the Wisconsin homefront during the Iraq War. And the latest installment in our Precious Lives series on kids and gun violence around Milwaukee.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

When state budgets are tight, how advocates for the arts try to make their case from an economic standpoint. Later, West Wing and House of Cards writer Rick Cleveland – his new play premieres in Milwaukee and features a meeting of five real presidents. Plus, the world premiere of another production – this one featuring five real Milwaukeeans. And film contributor Dave Luhrssen talks about his favorite films from the 1980s.

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