Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am and 10 pm (except Thursdays) & 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:

Our series on agriculture in Wisconsin looks at how consumer trends are changing the grocery business. Then, we catch up with comedian Michael Ian Black, who's in town Sunday evening to close out the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Plus, Radio Chipstone remembers the Milwaukee riot of 1967 and we'll have the latest edition of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect

A look back at some of our favorite food interviews, including a conversation with chef and author Pati Jinich, who shares her unique cultural heritage and we learn about the bold flavors of Mexican-Jewish cuisine. Then, Indian cookbook author and TV host Alamelu Vairvaran discusses easy ways to make great Indian food. The author of a new book about ice cream throughout America talks about Milwaukee's custard scene.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A look at the noble goals of Slow Food USA and the importance of heritage crops. Then, writer Anna Blessing explains why she believes farmers in our region are accomplishing feats that are nothing less than heroic. Plus, a Milwaukee writer's new book highlights the science behind food preservation.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

A recap of some of our favorite interviews from Full Plate: our summer long series on agriculture in southeastern Wisconsin. First, a look back at our conversation with food contributor Kyle Cherek, who takes a deep dive into the history of Wisconsin agriculture. Then, we learn about an unlikely project to plant rice in southeastern Wisconsin and get a lesson on dairy economics. Plus, why bees need cities and cities need bees.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We look at the legacy of the last socialist mayor of a major U.S. city: former Milwaukee Mayor, Frank Zeidler. Later, the similarities between an African-American barbershop and a Kosher butcher shop next door in Sherman Park. Plus, why almost all of the Museum of Wisconsin Art has been given over to fashion this summer. Australian writer, Graeme Simsion, says he knows his latest novel isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s happy with the conversations it will spark.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

Author Kristin Hannah talks about The Nightingale, her novel of women in the French Resistance during World War II. Then, the difference a four-legged, furry concierge can make for guests at a Milwaukee hotel. Writer Marnie Mamminga discusses On a Clear Night, a collection of essays that include reminiscences of her time in the northwoods. Plus, the latest edition of our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Filmmaker Keith McQuirter discusses his documentary Milwaukee 53206, which tackles the subject of mass incarceration through the lens of the families it affects. Then, noted cinematographer Kirsten Johnson reflects on the power of imagery. Later, a documentary gives new insights into a Milwaukee native, the late war correspondent Dicky Chapelle. Plus, a lesson on the anatomy of a music video.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Our agriculture series, Full Plate, continues with a conversation about Young Farmers MKE, a program that teaches kids about nutrition, ecology, and horticulture. Lake Effect contributor Dave Begel talks about Wisconsin’s theater scene, and we catch up with the mostly Milwaukee-based band The Wooldridge Brothers as they get ready to launch their latest album.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

Former U.S. Attorney, Jim Santelle, explains why he remains so close to the Sikh community, five years after a mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Then, a Milwaukee Magazine feature highlights some under-the-radar people who better our community. A couple of MIlwaukee's "BeeVangelists" discuss their cause and guitarist Greg Koch talks about the creation of his new band: the Koch Marshall Trio.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

Our Full Plate series continues with a look at how consumer trends are changing the grocery business. Then, a local author tries to help people deal with the problem of “toxic leadership." We find out what’s in store for this weekend’s Wisconsin Bike Festival in Cedarburg and our automotive contributors offer some advice for planning your summer road trip.

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Monday on Lake Effect

The Public Policy Forum looks at what would happen if Milwaukee could change its revenue structure to have a more stable source of public money. Later, how ending US support for Syrian rebels could help stabilize the Middle East. A Whitefish Bay woman’s new book tries to help parents get their kids ready to leave the nest by offering some basic realities, and the Milwaukee-based Zach Pietrini Band brings its Midwestern Americana sound to our performance studio.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

We explore the economic challenges facing working class Americans, which include financial instability, particularly when they are paid hourly and the number of hours they work each week varies. Then, we visit an exhibit at the Milwaukee County Zoo that exposes animals from the inside out. And we have the latest edition of our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Our Full Plate series continues with a conversation with the co-founder of the Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute, a farm policy research and watchdog group that promotes ethically raised, organic food nationwide. Then, a film about a Wisconsin man who was the last adherent to a utopian belief system called Lawsonomy. And writer Bianca Marais explains how her childhood and thinking of her Black caretaker informed her new novel of Apartheid-era South Africa.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Journal Sentinel economics reporter, John Schmid, talks about the likelihood of a Foxconn factory in Racine coming to fruition. Later, why advocates of a sales tax to bolster Milwaukee County Parks would like to see it wrapped up in a statewide initiative. The UWM Planetarium gears up for the solar eclipse next month, and guitar virtuoso Greg Koch shows off his new trio in our performance studio.

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