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.

Friday on Lake Effect:

We talk with filmmaker Keith McQuirter about his powerful new documentary, Milwaukee 53206, which tackles the subject of mass incarceration through the lens of the families affected. Then, we meet a Wisconsin veteran who trekked across the country to help himself heal after serving in Iraq. Filmmaker Ben Caird talks about his Wisconsin street cred and his new film, Halfway, which was filmed in Montfort. Plus, the latest editions of Bubbler Talk and the Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We discuss the history of Milwaukee’s Warning League, and catch up with former players who graduated to play college basketball. Later, the Skylight Theatre opens the award-winning musical, Violet, which explores the early days of the modern civil rights era through the eyes of a young woman, traveling through 1964 American. Then, a new film takes on the issue of wolves in Wisconsin and the policies governing them. And the play, The Taming, makes the case that democracy must be a work in progress.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Actor Taye Diggs explains why decided to get involved with AIDS Walk Wisconsin. Later, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra chooses some unusual places for a neighborhood residency program. Then, why more women than men sign up for – or attend – exercise classes. And the meta-truth of David Mamet’s A Life in Theatre for the actors about to perform it at the Alchemist Theatre.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We discuss the interesting Chicago organizations known as block clubs, and how they influence urban life. Then, the programmer of the short films at the Milwaukee Film Festival addresses a common misconception of the genre. Later, why filmmaker Deb Shoval expanded her short film, “AWOL,” and made it into a full-length feature. And we have the latest installment in our series, Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect

MacArthur Fellow, Anne Basting, talks about what drivers her work with aging people. Then, a documentary gives new insight into a Milwaukee native, the late war correspondent Dickey Chappelle and her methods. Later, a Milwaukee filmmaker looks back on a fateful evening that writers C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien spent together. 

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This weekend on Lake Effect

A recent analysis of Milwaukee's fiscal condition shows things have greatly improved, but shows warning signs on the horizon. Then, Milwaukee filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein has a new documentary in this year's Milwaukee Film Festival called There Are Jews Here. Plus, we have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula. 

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Friday on Lake Effect

Noted cinematographer Kirsten Johnson talks about her film Cameraperson, showing this weekend at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Then, why an effort to spur development on Milwaukee's near west side is taking specific aim at helping small business owners. And the Milwaukee Rep dreams the dream as it prepares to open Man of La Mancha​.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

A former ITT Tech student looks back at a bewildering journey at the closed for-profit college. Later, astronomy contributor Jean Creighton tells us the Greek myth behind the corona borealis constellation. And the making of a music video – how do you capture the spirit of a tune on set? Have it playing all the time.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We evaluate the progress of the Housing First Initiative, aimed at reducing the chronic homelessness problem in Milwaukee. Later, the new director of the Zablocki VA Medical Center gives us an overview of the center’s scope. And how a technique called “Feed and Drop” helps area veterans deal with PTSD through performing Shakespeare.

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  • Emily Kenney, IMPACT
  • Dr. Daniel Zomchek, Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • Claire Hanan, Milwaukee Magazine

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We meet Milwaukee-native Julie Tarney, whose new book shares her journey as the parent of a gender nonconforming child, and the positive example she hopes it will set. Later, Gayle Forman’s latest novel, Leave Me, asks some big “what-if” kinds of questions. And on Precious Lives, we learn how a basketball league fits in the effort to stem the violence in Milwaukee.

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Monday on Lake Effect

An analysis of Milwaukee’s fiscal condition shows things are much better than they were, but there's a catch. Then, some are calling opioid addiction a public health crisis; two local groups are urging families to get involved with loved ones dealing with addiction. And Wisconsin native Danielle Trussoni talks about her new memoir, which tells the difficult story of how her marriage ended.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

We continue our series on opioid abuse and addiction with conversations from a psychiatrist and a pain management specialist – both of whom say blame needs to be taken out of the addiction equation. Plus we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Dr. John Schneider, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
  • Dr. Michael McNett, Medical Society of Milwaukee
  • Leah DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder; Bruce Winter, WUWM

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We speak with the Guardian reporter who brought to light 15-hundred pages of documents from the ‘John Doe’ investigation into Governor Scott Walker’s campaign finances. Then, the heart-wrenching story of a son lost to opioid abuse, leads a family to start a foundation in his honor. And once a TV critic, always a TV critic? Writer Joanne Weintraub talks about her viewing habits since the left the critic’s pen behind.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

As Detroit begins its turnaround, we look at what Milwaukee can learn from the city’s effort to reinvent itself. Later, our foreign policy contributor explains why North Korea’s nuclear weapon testing is just the tip of the iceberg. Then, writer Lawrence Kessenich re-examines the late ‘60s for his novel Cinnamon Girl, and concludes there’s still some unfinished business. Plus, we catch with musician Peter Mulvey as he prepares to hit the road… on two wheels.

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