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.

Wednesday on Lake Effect

A new report from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism illuminates conflicting information about lead in drinking water. Later, on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we remember the USS Arizona’s band, which included a clarinetist from Viroqua. Then, the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh displays some uniquely preserved pieces of World War II airplane nose art. And we meet the founder of a company that employs injured veterans to make unique American flags.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

Some college journalists share their impressions of a field assignment, speaking with Trump voters in western Wisconsin. Later, a special report from the Neighborhood News Service looks at the impact of sex-trafficking on Milwaukee’s near south side. And on Precious Lives, a lead pediatric surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin reflects on one of his most gut-wrenching cases.

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Monday on Lake Effect

A professor at Alverno reflects on what he witnessed last summer as France cracked down on its migrant population. Then, architecture critic Tom Bamberger says Milwaukee needs to step up its game when it comes to creating successful public space. Later, why martial arts training can be a window into both the good and bad aspects of your personality. Plus, we explore some of the lesser-told stories about Milwaukee's LGBT history. 

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This weekend on Lake Effect

Local group PAVE's BoardCorps initiative works to make more effective school board members. Then, why the Milwaukee Rep’s new production of "A Christmas Carol" speaks directly to the audience. Plus, we have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect

A new study on memory adds to our growing knowledge of how our brains store information. Then, Danielle Trussoni’s latest memoir tells the story of what she thought would be a fairy-tale marriage, but wasn’t. Bubbler Talk explains the unlikely name behind a tiny park in downtown Milwaukee, and we get a preview of In Tandem Theatre’s new show, "Holiday Hell: The Curse of Perry Williams." 

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Thursday on Lake Effect

The debate over a proposed digester project heats up in Kewaunee County. Then, how our understanding of the most distant world in our solar system has drastically changed in the last year. Later, we hear from the new artistic director of Latino Arts. Plus, we speak with the director of Milwaukee's current production of the Langston Hughes musical, "Black Nativity."

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

Journalist Jon Meacham talks about his exhaustive biography of the 41st U.S. President, George H.W. Bush. Then, author Candice Millard's Hero of the Empire explores the early life and career of Winston Churchill. Later, Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theater stages a show inspired by microbes. 

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Our regular feature on gun violence, Precious Lives, presents a roundtable look at the future of the series. Then, why Milwaukee Rep's new production of "A Christmas Carol" speaks directly to the audience. Plus, our comedy contributor points to Dave Chappelle's Saturday Night Live appearance as evidence that humor can help heal the nation. 

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Monday on Lake Effect:

A new book illustrates the face of the civil rights movement in the north – including in Milwaukee. Then a local researcher offers some perspective on the discovery of a new gene linked to the disease ALS. Plus we explore ways to encourage sharing our family history and learn more about Mars to celebrate Red Planet Day.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

Simplicity Parenting founder, Kim John Payne, explains why he believes childhood is under siege. Then, essayist Art Cyr examines the recent election and we have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula. Plus, Manx band Barrule explains why the music of the Isle of Man, like its geography, is a kind of crossroads. 

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  • Kim John Payne, founder, Simplicity Parenting
  • Art Cyr, Lake Effect essayist
  • Ex Fabula​, series
  • Barrule, band

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Friday on Lake Effect

A professor who left Wisconsin after tenure protections were lost updates her story and her work to make college more affordable. Then, UW Madison scientist Sean Carroll says there are fundamental, structural truths that govern everything. And Sarah Vos of the Milwaukee-based Dead Horses talks about the group's highly anticipated album, "Cartoon Moon."

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Thursday on Lake Effect

As many of us prepare to gather around a Thanksgiving table, we consider the surprisingly common incidence of hunger on college campuses. Then, we learn about a little-known part of Wisconsin's cranberry heritage. Later, food writer Jeanette Hurt brings in some Wisconsin cheese and has some key serving suggestions. And the founders of a Milwaukee-based artisanal tonic company discuss their approach to mixers and the changing world of beverages. 

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

The founder of Simplicity Parenting, Kim John Payne, explains why he believes childhood is under siege. Then, a local researcher hopes an app might be the way to help OCD patients take the stress out of seeking help. Later, why regional dialects continue to thrive and an in-studio performance by Milwaukee-based band, Telethon. 

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

A Milwaukee researcher looks for answers about Wisconsin's increase in traffic deaths. Then, NPR's Shankar Vedantam makes social science research more accessible to non-scientists. Later, our Fit For You segment tries to take the intimidation factor out of spinning class. And we have the latest installment in our Precious Lives series. 

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Monday on Lake Effect

Our foreign policy contributor weighs in on the great unknown: foreign affairs under a Donald Trump presidency. Then, Congressman John Lewis discusses writing his comic book series about the Civil Rights Movement. His most recent edition, March Book: 3, just won the National Book Award. Later, our sports contributor reflects on the angst that Green Bay Packers fans have experienced during an inconsistent season. And Gayle Forman's latest novel is her first for adult readers, and it asks some big "what-if" questions. 

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