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.

Monday on Lake Effect

We take a look at what life was like for LGBTQ people in Milwaukee in the 1980s and the impact of Jeffrey Dahmer’s crimes. Then, we speak with the director of the Netflix documentary, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. Plus, musician Johanna Rose talks about creating music during the pandemic as part of our Pandemic Performers series.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

We learn how an increasing reliance on social media is influencing political campaigning and the world of activism. Then, we learn about QAnon and what can make conspiracy theories attractive to some people. Plus, we learn about Milwaukee’s Forest Home Cemetery - which used to be considered the city’s first park.

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Friday on Lake Effect

We look at the history of public mental health funding and what it looks like today. Then, the Milwaukee Election Commission shares tips on how to plan ahead for the November election. Our auto contributor Mark Savage talks about the rise of the crossover. Plus, an essay from Lake Effect contributor Joanne Nelson.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We learn about tribal sovereignty and how it’s interconnected with the power to end violence against Native women. Then, we learn about Milwaukee Diaper Mission and what diaper needs look like in the city. Plus, muralist Vedale Hill talks about the importance of public art and its messaging.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We explore how an increasing reliance on social media is influencing political campaigning and the world of activism. Then, we learn about plans for the future at Milwaukee’s Forest Home Cemetery. Plus, we dig into the history of Tarot cards.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We learn how the Metropolitan Milwaukee Business Association is working to increase Black and brown representation at big businesses. Then, we learn about QAnon and what can make conspiracy theories attractive to some people. Then we learn about new plans for the Milwaukee Public Museum and Betty Brinn Children’s Museum to colocate under a new roof, plus an essay about hearing loss and feelings of isolation.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We learn about america's Black Holocaust and how it lives on today. Then, we meet the owner of Sap-Sap, whose Lao-inspired cuisine shares his family's story. Plus, games expert Jim Lowder talks about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the gaming world. 

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  • Reggie Jackson, head griot of America's Black Holocaust Museum
  • Alex Hanesakda, owner and lead developer of SapSap
  • Jim Lowder, gaming expert

This weekend on Lake Effect:

We have a conversation with community activist and protest organizer Khalil Coleman. Then, we explore the connection between racial inequality and the COVID-19 pandemic with this year's Minority Health Film Festival keynote speaker. Plus, we hear from the co-curator of this year’s Sculpture Milwaukee about how some of the work is reflective of what's going on today.

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Friday on Lake Effect

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley talks about how a federal stimulus package could impact the county’s budget. Then, a couple of students discuss their fight for a mask mandate at their high school. We hear an essay that reminds us all where we were on 9-11. Plus, film contributor Ryan Jay talks about the latest Disney reimagining of Mulan.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We explore the connection between racial inequality and the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, we learn how the isolation brought on by the pandemic can lend insight into the isolation caused by dementia. Plus, we hear from the curator of this year’s Sculpture Milwaukee about how some of the work is reflective of what's going on in our culture.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We have a conversation with community activist and protest organizer Khalil Coleman. Then, we learn about this year’s virtual Milwaukee Short Film Festival, featuring “best of” programming. Plus, we hear from Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate about performing and connecting with people during a pandemic. 

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  • Khalil Coleman, community activist & protest organizer
  • Ross Bigley, director of Milwaukee Short Film Festival
  • Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Milwaukee Poet Laureate
  • Barbara Miner, essayist

Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We meet The Flash Nites, a local couple that illuminate abandoned places through their photography — literally. And, while Wisconsin’s dairy scene has long been synonymous with cows, some creameries are bucking these traditions. Our Family Recipes series learns how to make tortilla de patatas, or a “Spanish omelet.” Plus essayist Mel Miskimen explores her love of the Outlander books.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

We hear from a criminal justice reporter who examined the practice of child-abuse pediatricians. Then we talk about the rise of political and social activism in sports. Plus, Milwaukee singer-songwriter Hayward Williams joins us to share his new album made in lockdown, “Every Color Blue.”

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Friday on Lake Effect

We discuss Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden’s trip to Kenosha. Then, we learn about a coronavirus vaccine trial - part of which will take place at the UW Health University Hospital in Madison. We look at some of the great events happening in Milwaukee this month, plus we learn how to protest safely during a pandemic.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We hear the latest Listen MKE conversation which focuses on the unrest and activism that followed the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer. Then, we learn about the unionization efforts by employees at the Milwaukee Art Museum. 

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