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.

Thursday on Lake Effect:

It's a food themed show for Thanksgiving. Contributor Kyle Cherek kicks things off by explaining the history of some of the traditional foods we serve today. Then, contributor Dave Kozlowski says when you do sit down to your holiday meal, thank a Wisconsin farmer. We meet a Chicago man who has stepped up the vending machine game with his business Farmer's Fridge, and how a Milwaukee area woman learned how food can be a powerful complement to traditional medicine.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

WUWM’s education reporter Rachel Morello joins us with a few ideas for things to chat about with the school-minded people in your life. Then, Milwaukee Magazine looks at how Wisconsin stacks up when it comes to how women are treated in the workforce. We’ll learn about the artistic challenge of making photographs from space appealing to non-scientists, and Milwaukee singer-songwriter Hayward Williams drops by to play some songs ahead of his new CD release party this weekend.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We talk with Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who shares the story of his incarceration and his work on behalf of other imprisoned journalists. Later, a writer had long wanted to share the sobering story of an old acquaintance who went to work for Foxconn in China. Then, economies around the world continue to expand, but are there question marks on the horizon? And a Milwaukee researcher works to understand why the odds of dying from breast cancer vary greatly based on race and ethnicity.

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Monday on Lake Effect

A look at the ACLU’s nationwide push to strengthen its political influence. Then, the on-going issues at Wisconsin's juvenile prison, Lincoln Hills. Later, the debut of a new monthly series on success and struggle in entrepreneurship, called “How Did You Do That?” And the roller coaster ride that is the Reps’ new production of Holmes & Watson.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Guardian editor Gary Younge reported from the United States for over a decade. Today on the show, we talk with him about his book, Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives. Then, the new director of Madison’s Chazen Museum says it’s a constant effort to make sure everyone knows they’re welcome - even if they’ve never been to an art museum before. Plus we’ll have the latest edition of our storytelling series, Ex Fabula, and hear a new song from Milwaukee's Mike Mangione.

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Friday on Lake Effect: 

Today on the show, Professor Steve Radelet on why there's been more progress in fighting poverty in developing countries than ever before. Later, film critic Dave Luhrssen discusses the new film Lady Bird, ​and how it represents a triumph for coming-of-age films and for its director Greta Gerwig. We'll meet the Milwaukeeans behind a funny and often outrageous new web series, Low Strung. Plus, the latest edition of Bubbler Talk, and an in-studio performance from Milwaukee native Patty Larkin. 

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

A Milwaukee man who works in refugee resettlement describes diversity as the difference between a field of tulips and a prairie in bloom. Later, a new film chronicles three Milwaukeeans’ experiences at the  Standing Rock protests. We'll hear the case for reading philosophy, and reading it slowly, plus an in-studio performance by Milwaukee’s Mike Mangione and the Kin ahead of their new album launch tomorrow.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A UWM panel of experts hopes to tackle some of the big issues impacting Milwaukee’s affordable housing crisis. Later, Milwaukeean Steve Wallace explains why he gave up his career path to start a chocolate company in Ghana. Milwaukee poet Vida Cross talks about her new collection, Bronzeville at Night: 1949. And Wisconsin author Michael Perry explains his affinity for 16th century French philosopher Michel de Montaigne.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

A Journal Sentinel reporter discusses her investigation of suspicious alcohol poisonings at upscale Mexican resorts. Later, a conversation with the CEO of Wisconsin-based insurer, Network Health. Former speedskater Bridie Farrell reflects on how things have changed since she shared her story of sexual abuse four years ago. And American Ninja Warrior Abel Gonzalez discusses how he’s overcome a major challenge to becoming an athlete: rheumatoid arthritis.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

When it comes to the economic challenges facing working-class Americans, there are some overlooked variables. Later, a Wisconsin man is harnessing his own enthusiasm - and money - to help others harness the sun. Plus, we’ll travel to the Milwaukee House of Correction to learn about an innovative way to equip inmates with skills to thrive when they finish their sentences. And Rob Schrab talks about his climb from MIAD student to Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated Hollywood screenwriter and director.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Much of the focus of President Trump’s state visit to Asia has been on China. Our foreign policy contributor says he hopes for better working relationships with Prime Minister Abe of Japan and President Moon of South Korea. Then, it’s… the future. Or at least, the future of nanotechnology. Plus we’ll have the latest editions of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

It’s a Veterans’ Day show, starting with the effort to transform the iconic Old Soldiers Home into housing for at-risk and homeless veterans. Later, a Milwaukee filmmaker shares the story of his uncle, who joined the Navy at age 15 to fight in World War II. Plus, we’ll speak with a New York musician on a mission to bridge the gap between civilians and veterans, and Bubbler Talk takes on the rivalry between Illinois and Wisconsin.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

Guardian editor Gary Younge reported from the United States for over a decade. Today on the show, we talk with him about his book, Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives. Then, a former neo-Nazi reflects on his trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp. And a Milwaukee writer brews up a “what’s what” and a “where’s where” about the state’s best beers.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:.

Time served is only one aspect of criminal sentencing - we'll learn about "collateral consequences." Later, an update on two pieces of legislation that came before the Wisconsin State Senate on Tuesday. We'll meet the Wisconsin native behind a hit stage production that combines comedy with music with a murder mystery. And we'll have an in-studio conversation and performance from the contemporary Irish folk band Skipper's Alley.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Presidential scholar Jeff Engel discusses his new book on the presidency of George HW Bush - it was a one term administration that saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Then, we'll learn more about the candidacy of 1st District Congressional candidate Randy Bryce, who hopes to unseat Paul Ryan next November. And Indian Jewish artist Siona Benjamin is in town today - we'll meet her ahead of her talk at the Milwaukee Art Museum tonight.

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