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.

Monday on Lake Effect:

We meet a New York journalist looking into how Milwaukee’s segregation impacts maternal mortality. Then, why one local group has been promoting the work of art teachers for three-quarters of a century. We learn what’s great about performing music in a room surrounded by old masterpiece paintings, and we have a preview of a recent session from the Lake Effect performance studio.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

Historian and law professor Mary Sarah Bilder, discusses her newest book which reexamines James Madison's Notes on the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Then, long time Milwaukee Rep artistic director Joe Hanreddy returns to town to direct a play at Next Act Theatre. Plus, we have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect

A writer explores Ashanti Hamilton’s first year as Milwaukee Common Council President and his style of public policy. Then, Umbrella Group takes on the challenge of performing Macbeth in a college virtual reality lab. Plus, a murder mystery set around a Macbeth performance, Bubbler Talk, and the Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

British journalist Claire Bolderson shares some insights into the first week of Brexit in the United Kingdom. Later, the Milwaukee Ballet performs a living piece of ballet history this weekend. Plus, a Milwaukee woman prepares to take on a challenge of a lifetime, through-hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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  • Claire Bolderson, independent journalist based in the UK
  • Dinna Bjorn, choreographer, La Sylphide
  • Lauren Groh, Lake Effect contributor

Wednesday on Lake Effect

NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving talks about the fast-developing national political scene. Later, how art therapy focuses more on the process and less on how a piece of art turns out. Then, we look at the last play of the Renaissance Theaterworks season, which is set at the dawn of the jazz age in New York. And a project coming to Milwaukee tonight brings to light some long lost Yiddish songs.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Historian and law professor, Mary Sarah Bilder, discusses her newest book which reexamines James Madison's copious notes on the creation of the Constitution. Then, paralympian, Rhodes Scholar, and international businesswoman Bonnie St. John talks about successful ways to empower girls. And Milwaukee writer Stacy Tornio’s new book offers 101 can’t-miss ideas for beginning gardeners.

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Monday on Lake Effect

Racine mayor John Dickert explains why he's leaving office this July to head the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. Dr. Philip Troiano delves into finding the proper balance in health and preventive medicine. And we hear an in-studio performance from Adam Rafferty, a finger-style guitarist who covers music from Stevie Wonder to the Beatles.

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  • John Dickert, Mayor of Racine
  • Dr. Philip Troiano (Dr. Flip), preventive medicine practioner in Glendale
  • Adam Rafferty, guitarist

This weekend on Lake Effect

A new report from the Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Committee looks at the cost of segregation. Then, Milwaukee native Michelle Brafman returns home to talk about her latest book, Bertrand Court. Plus we have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

*Note: The interview with Hillary Olson from the Milwaukee Public Museum is not included in the April 2, 2017 program, in honor of International Fact-checking Day. 

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Friday on Lake Effect

We talk with the founder of the Malala Fund about how to effectively spur social change. Then, the simple mathematics of partnering with a San Francisco non-profit to fund renewable energy projects here. Author Dr. Sara Gottfried explains the motivation for her new book, Younger. Plus the editor of an anthology of feminist works talks about what it means in 2017 and we have the latest Bubbler Talk segment.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We speak with attorney Kristy Yang in the second of two interviews with the candidates for circuit court judge in Milwaukee County. The film Jewel's Catch One tells the story of a legendary Los Angeles nightclub and its founder. Plus, singer-songwriter Glen Phillips talks about how music can get a person - or a community - through tough times.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We hear the first of two interviews with Milwaukee circuit court candidates. Then, we learn about the local effort to save federal funding for Great Lakes programs. Plus, why audiences still love the late comedian Groucho Marx, who is channeled on stage here by actor Frank Ferrante.

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  • Scott Wales, candidate for Branch 47 of Milwaukee County Circuit Court
  • Todd Ambs, Healing Our Water
  • Jim Spangler, essayist
  • Frank Ferrante, "An Evening With Groucho"

Tuesday on Lake Effect

A new report from the Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Committee looks at the cost of segregation. Later, we talk about the children’s books worth reading this Spring. And the Wisconsin-born star of the national tour of Cinderella explains why the role appeals to her.

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  • Alden Loury, director of research and evaluation, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Amie Mechler-Hickson and Todd Wellman, Boswell Book Company
  • Tatyana Lubov, actor, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Monday on Lake Effect:

A Public Policy Forum report examines the last mile problem: getting people from bus stops to workplaces. Then, sociologist Ray Oldenburg thinks you can improve your life with a little quality time with good friends at the coffee shop. We hear about a Milwaukee start-up trying to change the wastewater treatment business, and we learn about a children’s book set in an enchanted forest in Central Wisconsin.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Sonia Manzano, the actress who played Maria on Sesame Street, talks about her hopes for the future of the program. Film critic Dave Luhrssen offers some praise for the latest X-Men film to reach the big screen, and we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Sonia Manzano, formerly Maria on Sesame Stree
  • Dave Luhrssen, film contributor
  • Radio Chipstone, series
  • Lean DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder; Bruce Winter, WUWM

Friday on Lake Effect:

The head of the local Jewish Community Center talks about his organization’s response to the disruption of four bomb threats. Then a Wisconsin writer explains the decline of the city of Milwaukee’s political clout at a state level. Master Lock gets ready to move into a new corporate headquarter space in Oak Creek, Bubbler Talk examines how the city’s neighborhoods got their names, and a Riverwest group finds a way to combine support for artists with Milwaukeeans’ love for grilled cheese.

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