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.

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

How issues surrounding climate change are reflected in the Wisconsin race for Senate. Then, Dutch video artist and photographer Rineke Dykstra explains how she approaches portraiture. Film critic Dave Luhrssen discusses Denial, a film which he says raises some very contemporary issues. And we talk with comedian, writer and TV host Craig Ferguson ahead of his show in Milwaukee.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We get some insight into the City of Milwaukee’s new ordinance banning panhandling on median strips and entrance ramps. Then, how a Milwaukee woman designed an online course to help women who have suffered loss from miscarriages. Plus, why some people – Millenials in particular – like to go to restaurants and take pictures of their food. And Precious Lives offers some historical perspective on the current culture of gun violence.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

A local organization is working to make more effective school board members through a program called BoardCorps. We speak with three of the people involved with the program. Then, the Milwaukee author of a new biography of Herbert Hoover hopes people take it to heart. And our Fit For You segments seeks to demystify yoga. Plus, we talk to the author of a new comprehensive biography of Brett Favre

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This weekend on Lake Effect

Milwaukee public school students suffer with a significant achievement gap, but one local group believes that focusing on academics alone won't solve the issue. Then, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra welcomes a trio from Italy, for an ambitious concert that includes the complete Four Seasons Suite by Antonio Vivaldi. Plus, we hear some Halloween tales on the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula. 

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Friday on Lake Effect:

A new book examines the history and the significance of the Wisconsin Idea in higher education. Then, one of the people behind the SafeHouse restaurant explains why she’s still drawn to the place after so many years as the spy haven celebrates its 50th anniversary. Bubbler Talk answers a question about Milwaukee’s Miller Brewery, and we'll have an in studio performance and conversation with indy-rock duo Lily & Madeline.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

How the US presidential campaign fits into a larger story about the state of global democracy. Then, the creators of a new musical based on a biography of suffragist Victoria Woodhull, discuss the show’s unlikely beginnings. Our astronomy contributor explains an intriguing discovery from one of Saturn’s moons. And artist David Lenz explains how he chose the subjects that comprise his new exhibit at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A new book illustrates the face of the civil rights movement in northern U.S. cities, including in Milwaukee. Then, the creator of the controversial artwork Eggs Benedict is back with a new work that celebrates Planned Parenthood. Essayist JF Riordan examines the divisions between rural and urban America. And Theatre Red launches a new play based on the real American pirate Anne Bonney.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, we get a couple of views on climate change – one from a global recognized atmospheric scientist on why he’s speaking directly to politicians. Later, how the impact of climate change is being seen on lakes in Wisconsin. Plus, a commentator explains what he doesn’t get about selfie sticks, and we’ll hear the latest episode of Precious Lives.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

Milwaukee native and attorney, Kim Motley, opened her own practice in Afghanistan nearly eight years ago. She discusses the documentary based on her work, and explains how she connects with her clients. Then, NPR’s Shankar Vedantam explains how the revisions in social science research are like global exploration. Plus, we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

County Executive Chris Abele talks about his call for a new vehicle registration fee and why he believes it’s crucial to the budget. Later, essayist Pam Nettleton remembers a dress with a notorious past. The Boulevard Theatre hearkens back to 1950s Milwaukee for its latest production, and we journey back to 1988 when Milwaukee played the role of Cleveland in an all-time great baseball movie. Plus, we have the latest edition of Bubbler Talk.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

A local professor helps teachers integrate local issues into the classroom. Later, a New Berlin psychiatrist explains how - and why - she integrates practices from Western medicine and other traditions. Then, the peculiar, logistical concerns of Renaissance Theaterwork’s season opener recounts the story of England’s infamous “Brides in the Bath” murders. And we’ll get a preview of one of the frothier events at this weekend’s Wisconsin Science Festival.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

WUWM Environmental Reporter, Susan Bence, gives an update on the International Joint Commission’s effort to restore the health of the Great Lakes. The Public Policy Forum analyzes proposed budgets for the city and county of Milwaukee. Then, dancers Rachel Malehorn and Jonathan Batista talk about working with the Milwaukee Ballet and creating a sense of community. And Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, recently named the new hosts of ESPN’s SportsCenter, talk about their unique chemistry.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Milwaukee native, Kim Motley, has been practicing law in Afghanistan for eight years. She explains how she approaches her cases, and uses both Afghani and Sharia law to the benefit of her clients. Later, the exquisite work of Wisconsin glass artist Beth Lipman is given a multidimensional perspective in an exhibit called “Once and Again,” at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Plus, we’ll have the latest installment in our Precious Lives series on gun violence in Milwaukee.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism examines how one weed killer is impacting drinking water in parts of the state. Then, NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam explains how he helps connect academic research to people’s real lives. Later, we hear about the effort to return Milwaukee’s War Memorial Center to a place of prominence. And the author of a new food memoir opens a unique window on the Menomonee Tribe.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Bob Woodward, shares his observations on the state of the US presidency. Then, we have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula. Plus, Milwaukee-based band, Dead Horses, joins us for an in-studio session and talk about their long-anticipated album, Cartoon Moon

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  • Bob Woodward, journalist and associate editor, Washington Post
  • Ex Fabula, series
  • Dead Horses, band

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