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.

Tuesday on Lake Effect:

How a Milwaukee center works to be a national leader in helping domestic violence victims. Then, Milwaukee native Mark Wisniewski's new novel is set at a race track – a place he thinks is especially ripe for fiction. The Milwaukee Public Museum's newest permanent exhibit yields a modern message from some ancient civilizations. And we’ll have the next episode in our series on children and gun violence, Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

News analyst Bruce Murphy reflects on a seemingly lackadaisical race for state Supreme Court justice, and law professor Chad Oldfather gives us some background on how chief justices are selected and what distinguishes them from the rest of the court. Then, Shorewood Reads gets underway this week – and this year it includes songwriting too. We’ll also hear about Wisconsin writer Andrea Lochen’s new novel, and cellist Robert Cohen talks about how he balances the necessity of touring with family life.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Poet, teacher, and former inmate Jimmy Baca talks about the power of language and how it saved his life. Plus, in our society, there’s a lot of emphasis on weight loss as a way to get healthy – but is that necessarily a good thing? And we look ahead to college basketball’s Final Four, and the Badgers’ tall task against undefeated Kentucky.

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  • Jimmy Santiago Baca, poet
  • Christy Greenleaf, UW-Milwaukee
  • Howie Magner, Milwaukee Magazine

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

What would it take to cut the national poverty rate in half? Later, the way that fashion – and one traveling fair - played a role in changing societal attitudes towards racism - eventually for the better. And Milwaukee poet Brittany Cavallaro believes the Midwest is a more mythic place than it may get credit for.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

The push-and-pull of gentrification in Milwaukee, plus why saving old buildings helps the downtown economy.  Also, a former Journal Sentinel staffer comes to terms with the sale of the paper. Then, a middle-grade novel takes on an age-old issue - how kids view their ethnic heritage.  And Milwaukee Magazine takes an in-depth look at bike culture in Milwaukee.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

A team of Ukrainian journalists tries to debunk Russian propaganda… Then, when Alice's Garden founder Venice Williams attends the annual MANDI Awards, she leaves with two things - a purse full of business cards and a head full of new ideas. Wisconsin writer Vivian Probst learns a little something from the characters she created. And we’ll have the next episode in our series on children and gun violence, Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

You might be surprised by research into music and cats – or if you have cats, you might not be surprised.  Either way, it’s interesting work coming out of the University of Wisconsin.  Then, Waukesha’s Kalmbach publishing debuts a new magazine dedicated to the emerging technology of drones.  And a new indie film shot on location in Milwaukee – and elsewhere – recounts the true chilling tale of a passenger jet that went missing over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Some tout New Orleans as a model for how to fix public schools, but others say it’s a model of what not to do. Plus, our astronomy contributor gives us a primer on the Northern Lights and how they work. A local group helps aspiring singers bridge the gap between school and professional life, and the unique challenges faced by the artists entering the Racine Art Museum’s annual marshmallow Peeps art exhibition.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

How a Wisconsin hardware chain finds itself thrust into the national political spotlight. Then, in a contentious time for education, one analyst says there are very few areas of agreement. Our foreign policy contributor parses the recent Israeli election and the rapid destabilization of Yemen. And the Milwaukee Ballet offers a modern update on a classic – Giselle.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We'll hear about some of the people and organizations that are working to improve race relations and inequality in Milwaukee. Later, the United Way undertakes a blitz to improve reading among Milwaukee and Waukesha-area kids. Plus, a surprising story on the differences between black and white funeral homes in the city. And the last voyage of the Lusitania had some tragic surprises of its own.

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