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.

Wednesday on Lake Effect

Actor Jane Lynch chairs this year’s Wisconsin AIDS Walk and thinks back to a time in the theater when the AIDS crisis was just beginning. Later, a play at Next Act Theatre tells the story of the little-appreciated work done by pioneering women astronomers of the early 20th Century. And writer Katherine Rundell shares her captivating tale of four young children and their adventure in the Amazon rainforest.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Our foreign policy news analyst walks us through the evolving situation with North Korea, plus recent elections in Spain and Germany.  Later, we talk about severe storms, the language of climate change, and what the federal budget might mean for weather risk in Wisconsin.  And we'll have a conversation with and performance by Milwaukee's Quattro Horns.

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  • Art Cyr, Carthage College
  • George Stone, MATC (retired)
  • Marion Kinosian, Wisconsin Environment
  • Quattro Horns

Monday on Lake Effect:

Writer and gerrymandering expert David Daley sheds some light on why this week's Supreme Court arguments are such a big deal.  The court will decide the fate of Gill v Whitford - the Wisconsin redistricting case - during its current session.  Then, we meet astronaut Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space.  We learn about "Beats Me," the new initiative to solicit listener questions for our beat reporters, and cellist Robert Cohen explains why he's switched from paper sheet music to an iPad for performances.

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Friday on Lake Effect

Reporter Rachel Morello helps us recap the week in education news. Then, we discuss a local film about a Wisconsin man who was the last adherent to a utopian belief system called Lawsonomy. We meet Milwaukee musician Chris Crain, who will be performing the music of Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway. And Bubbler Talk pays a visit to the long-lost bath houses of Milwaukee.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Local filmmaker Erik Ljung talks about his documentary on Dontre Hamilton's family, The Blood is on the Doorstep. Later, community leader Reggie Jackson talks about his work with America’s Black Holocaust Museum and his research into the roots of segregation in Milwaukee. We look at how Darienne Driver has steered Milwaukee Public Schools in her four years at the helm. And how the new Milwaukee Bucks arena is beginning to impact people and organizations far from the basketball court itself.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

An excerpt of our latest Across the Divide conversation, in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. We look at the future of school choice and what the rest of the country could learn from Milwaukee. Later, why live theater endures in today’s entertainment landscape. And we take a road trip to a couple of summer camps that have been part of one family for decades.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

A look at how a change to FoodShare eligibility may have led to thousands leaving the program. Later, a new book makes the case that it’s important to recognize the influence of some of the lesser-known members of the Trump Administration. And the challenge of playing 35 different characters in a play that takes place in Nazi Germany.

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Monday on Lake Effect

A look at the Panama Papers - the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative report that led to global protests and the resignation of two world leaders. Later, what members of the Millennial generation are missing from skipping classic films like Casablanca or His Girl Friday. One of the actors in the play Domino Heart reflects on the show and we hear a new tune from singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

Science writer Mary Roach, talks about some of the interesting discoveries she made while investigating the science of war. Later, we meet the new director of women’s health at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, who says the institution has some work to do in the way it treats female veterans. Plus, we have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Why the CEO of a Wisconsin-based healthcare cooperative is holding out hope that health care reform could still pass this fall. Later, we'll speak with a couple of people who are trying to call attention to behavioral health supports. We'll catch up with political comedian and Milwaukee native Will Durst; and Bubbler Talk gets up close and personal with the bats in your belfry.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

An update on the efforts to protect the Great Lakes from the invasion of Asian Carp. Later, science writer Mary Roach makes some interesting discoveries in her investigation of the science of war. Our astronomy contributor sheds some light - and some dark - on the fall equinox. And a look at some key places to visit this weekend during Doors Open Milwaukee.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

The rise and fall of a drug dealing operation on Milwaukee’s north side. Later, we meet the new director of women’s health at the Zablocki VA Medical Center and learn what led two women to hike from Milwaukee all the way to Lake Superior. And acclaimed Latino actor Nicholas Rodriguez prepares to take on the iconic role of Skye Masterson in the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Guys and Dolls.

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Monday on Lake Effect

Writer Evie Perry shares her research on how it works and how it’s challenged in Riverwest. Then, why the diversity of neighborhoods like Sherman Park is an increasingly rare phenomenon in Milwaukee and around the country. And why “onlyness” is a better predictor than “talent” as a way to make a difference.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

As Milwaukee’s new streetcar line gets closer to completion, we explore the history of streetcars in the United States. Then, how the founder of Wild Space Dance Company thinks about movement. Plus, we have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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