Lake Effect

Airs Weekdays at 10 am and 10 pm & 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:

A look at the proposal to charge for parking at some Milwaukee County parks. Then, a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee explores the alliance between Jews and African-Americans in the Civil Right Movement. The playwright of Equivocation talks about the nature of truth in an age of lies. Plus, a dip into the world of cheese with contributor Jeanette Hurt.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

A new book examines the importance our civil rights history has to our national identity. Then, we hear two different views of entrepreneurship and innovation - and how to grow it - in Milwaukee. Plus cellist Robert Cohen discusses how it's an amazing and beautiful thing to be a traveling musician.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

We explore Northwestern Mutual’s new garden plaza at the end of Wisconsin Avenue, which contrary to the curves and private nooks of Frederick Law Olmsted designed public spaces like Lake Park, is all open access and straight lines. Then, Radio Chipstone explores how certain African textiles facilitate the conversation between the living and the dead. The Spiritual Tones visit the Lake Effect performance studio, and we have the latest edition of our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

A woman living in Racine under DACA status says any immigration deal needs to provide a path to citizenship for her parents, not just her. Plus, sports, sports and sports - a Super Bowl preview and look at the Bucks fortunes under their new coach. We visit the US National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva and hear from a Milwaukee woman competing for Team Indigenous at the Roller Derby World Cup. And Bubbler Talk features a tree mystery in the Third Ward.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Business reporter Sean Ryan speaks about the secretive nature of Wisconsin’s effort to lure Amazon’s new HQ2. We examine current strategies to close the achievement gap among students of color at Milwaukee Public Schools, plus speak with a leader of that effort within the district. Essayist Jim Spangler muses on how higher education has changed since he was in college in the 60s. Then, our Fit for You segment takes a close look at the world of supplements and whether they’re truly necessary.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

 

We take a look back at last night's State of the Union address, the response, and whether either of them spoke to Wisconsin. A Southern California hop-hop choreographer creates a piece about Sherman Park, and our food contributor says not to overlook Milwaukee's heritage restaurants. Plus we hear from a group trying to put a distinctive stamp on gospel music.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

In collaboration with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the latest Across the Divide conversation looks at what the #MeToo movement is accomplishing for sexual harassment victims at all levels of society. The panelists explore how the conversation can incorporate people of all social strata, and the kinds of responsibilities and expectations for both victims and bystanders of abuse.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

The Milwaukee Health Department is moving to a grading system for Milwaukee restaurants in hope of making dining out a safer experience. Learn why you shouldn't be afraid if your doctor seems to be improvising when they see you, and listen to latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We catch up with WUWM’s Rachel Morello on the week in education news and hear from some parents she spoke with about school choice. Then, we visit Northwestern Mutual’s new garden plaza - critic Tom Bamberger says it’s a triumph of urban design. We find out what brought the show Ask This Old House to Bay View, and Bubbler Talk tells the story of an unusual restaurant that resides in the memories of many Milwaukeeans.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We look back at Governor Walker’s State of State address - what it called for, and how it was received. Then we learn about the new health grading system for Milwaukee restaurants, and the story of how it was created. Our astronomy contributor talks about meteorites, and philosopher and sports fan Simon Critchley talks about the line between hoping our favorite team will win, but somehow, knowing it won’t.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

Filmmaker Molly Hermann’s documentary tells the story of a Wisconsin man’s struggle with opioid addiction. Later, a couple years after the book Evicted shed light on Milwaukee’s eviction issues, things haven’t noticably improved here. Plus, a look at the Florentine Opera's Baroque double-bill, Dido and Aeneas and Venus and Adonis.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

In recognition of “National School Choice Week,” our education reporter looks at how local parents choose which school to send their students. Then, how the ACLU is working to increase its political influence in places throughout the country. And writer Bianca Marais explains how her childhood informed her new novel about Apartheid-era South Africa.

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  • Rachel Morello (extended Beats Me feature)
  • Faiz Shakir, ACLU
  • Bianca Marais, author, Hum If You Don't Know the Words

Monday on Lake Effect

An hour-long conversation with retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who set an American endurance record in 2016 for most time spent in space. Kelly came to Milwaukee last fall to give a talk to a sold out crowd at UWM's Union, for an evening hosted by Lake Effect's Bonnie North. Kelly speaks about his life in NASA, his year in space, and about his book, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.

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  • Scott Kelly, astronaut

This weekend on Lake Effect:

As Chief Flynn prepares to leave office, we’ll look back at the search a decade ago that yielded his hiring. Then, how a new midnight basketball league tries to provide structure for some vulnerable young men. Radio Chipstone explores the changes in Madison’s Central Library, and we have the latest edition of our storytelling series, ExFabula.

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