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.

This weekend on Lake Effect:

Author Anissa Ramirez explores what Vince Lombardi had in common with Sir Isaac Newton. Then, Patrick Dewane finds an untold story of his grandfather’s heroism during World War II, and we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, the latest on Waukesha’s efforts to tap into Lake Michigan water. Then, on the debut of Bubbler Talk, our listener-driven series asks a pretty basic question about a familiar object: the bubbler. An Iowa musician shares his cover of a classic Prince tune. Plus, a performance showcasing women peacemakers. And Israeli musician Yair Dalal explains the appeal of improvisation.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

As Earth Day approaches, we get a scientific look at why pollinators are important, what happens as species disappear, and how we can stem the tide. Later, with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre celebrates the legacy of playwright Noel Coward, and we learn more about his life. And musician Jack Spann, on his first-ever solo album, and his work with David Bowie on his final record.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, TV and radio host Tavis Smiley talks about considering his life five decades in, why he chose the media over politics, and one great idea coming out of Milwaukee. Later, an education policy expert says the current political climate has been hard on people on the front lines at schools – the teachers. We’ll hear from a local poet to continue our commemoration of National Poetry Month. And Patrick Dewane finds an untold story of his grandfather’s heroism during World War II.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, what Vince Lombardi and Sir Isaac Newton had in common. Then, our outdoors contributor has five good ideas for getting outside during Earth Week, including listening for frogs. Plus, a photographer depicts women and the books they’re reading. And we’ll have the latest episode of Precious Lives.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, Milwaukee Magazine updates the complex and checkered story of Frank Jude. Later, the driving forces behind a conference on water conservation and brewing. Plus, an interesting look at the grind of a Major League Baseball season. And how humor was the key to George Hodgman’s memoir about losing his mother to dementia.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Writer Kwame Alexander’s latest written verse book ‘Booked’ utilizes his favorite – and lifesaving – form of literature. Then our Milwaukee Comedy series speaks with Milwaukee comics/magicians Chad and Jeff Orr, better known as “Two Brothers, One Mind.” And we’ll have the latest edition in our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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  • Kwame Alexander, writer
  • Chad & Jeff Orr, comedians; Matt Kemple, WUWM comedy contributor
  • Leah DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, a conversation with Matt Desmond. He lived in several poverty stricken parts of Milwaukee for his watershed book on the eviction crisis in America. Later, our film contributor checks in on a bio picture about singer Hank Williams, and how his life foreshadowed that of so many other performers in later years. And there are lots of bikes in the Harley-Davidson Museum’s revamped Design Lab, but the woman in charge of them says they really do stand apart from each other.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Marquette University and Aurora Health haven’t built their new Athletic Performance Research Center yet, but they’re already thinking about its legacy. Then, a local performer tells a personal story of the Gulf Coast’s devastation in her show, Bayou’s State. And Jemele Hill and Michael Smith talk about sports and pop culture on ESPN’s His and Hers. They talk about the show and why they don’t like to call their conversations “debates.”

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

What specific educational needs does the Latino population have, and how can a school address them? Enrique Figuero, director of the Roberto Hernandez Center at UW-Milwaukee gives us his answers. Later, even as the number of women in sports reaches record highs, women sportscasters face some ugly criticism. Still, writer Kwame Alexander sees beauty and poetry in sports, especially the ending of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball championship. He discusses his latest novel, Booked.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Why some childhood experts are calling for more recess and less homework. Then, this year’s Sustainability Summit seeks to engage more businesses in the work of sustainability. Later, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!’s Peter Sagal says it’s actually been a tough campaign season for humor. And we’ll have the latest installment in our Precious Lives series on gun violence.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism finds another place with water problems – some Wisconsin prisons. Then, a grass-roots group is advocating for strong US involvement in the UN amid a change in leadership. Later, a look at the myth and reality of so-called “super lice.” And culinary historian, Michael Twitty is both African-American and Jewish, and his “Kosher/Soul” project makes the point that the two traditions use food to tell a story in a way that most other traditions do not.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Ann Christenson of Milwaukee Magazine explains why she found it challenging to find truly authentic global food in Milwaukee that hasn’t been “Americanized.” Plus education reporter Rachel Morello speaks with a Milwaukee Public School student who will compete in a national poetry slam in New York City. And we'll have the latest editions of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series, Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

The past, present and future of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Later, a Wisconsin photographer drops into Luxembourg with a bit of a challenge. Essayist Jonathan West takes on the idea of regifting. And our auto contributor looks at the fancy gizmos even cheaper cars get as standard equipment.

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  • Larry Sandler, Milwaukee Magazine
  • Lois Bielefeld, photographer; Erika Petterson, Museum of Wisconsin Art
  • Jonathan West, essayist
  • Mark Savage, car reviewer

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Today on the program, the case for less Western participation in the Middle East. Then, a Wisconsin foodie offers her appreciation for Chile. Writer and Wisconsin native Andy Mozina leaves behind short stories for a time and writes a novel. And Lake Effect essayist, Kirsten Wisniewski, reconsiders her old German phrase book.

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  • Geneive Abdo, author
  • Jessica Bell, local foodie
  • Andy Mozina, author
  • Kirsten Misniewski, Lake Effect essayist

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