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.

Monday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, why the pending decision on Waukesha and Great Lakes water has national significance. Cellist Robert Cohen reflects on a concerto written in his honor, plus a couple of interviews with historical significance. And we’ll learn about the real life friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass as told by a Madison writer.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

A comparison of the violence impacting Milwaukee with what’s happening in Baltimore, Then, Splinter Group’s production of Shipwrecked wants to take you on a wild ride back to when you used to slay dragons with a cardboard sword. Plus we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Justin George, Baltimore Sun
  • T. Stacy Hicks, Niffer Clarke, Jim Farrell; Splinter Group's Shipwrecked
  • Leah DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder

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Friday on Lake Effect:

Today on the program, why a national group is calling for all youth prisons to be closed. Then, the simple truth that Milwaukee native Ramon Escobar learned in the State Department. Why another Milwaukee native, Lindsay Starck, chose to focus her novel Noah’s Wife, on Noah’s wife. Plus, a performance by Milwaukee’s Bel Canto chorus tries to portray the Midwest prairie through song.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, the sister of a Vietnam War hero from Milwaukee is working to commemorate his legacy here and everywhere. Then, an international labor expert complains something has been missing from most of the political rhetoric this campaign season. And another relative of a person worth knowing, Aaron Harburg, is the great-grandson of lyricist Yip Harburg, tries to keep his family’s history alive.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A crime reporter weighs in on the similarities in the violence impacting Milwaukee and what’s happening in Baltimore; later, we’ll talk Millennials and the Milwaukee real estate market. Then, a new scholarship program aims to bring more Native American students to Marquette. And we bring you the story of “Bachelorette,” Theatre Red’s latest production.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We bring you a conversation with Matt Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. He lived in several poverty stricken parts of Milwaukee for his watershed book on the eviction crisis in America. Plus, a Marquette scientist examines how chemicals in hand soaps could be leading to antibiotic resistance. And we’ll have the latest installment in Precious Lives, our series on youth and gun violence in Milwaukee.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

We recap the “Unsolved” series and explore whether there could finally be a break in a 40-year old murder in Franklin. We’ll meet a Wisconsin man and learn about the little-known Oscar he won in 1995. Then, more adults are turning to coloring books to quiet their mind, and an art therapist says that’s a good thing. And a play on stage in Milwaukee, set in Detroit, and applicable everywhere.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Today on the show, we complete a week long look at a 40 year old ‘Unsolved’ murder case. Plus film contributor Duane Dudek makes his Oscar predictions ahead of this weekend’s awards ceremony. Then Radio Chipstone explores the new social commentary “Smart People,” and we’ll have the latest in our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We bring you chapter six of the “Unsolved” podcast from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and look at how a mishandled autopsy hindered the 40-year-old murder investigation. Later, why Milwaukee students held an alternate Academy Awards ceremony. Then, we hear the story behind Milwaukee Chamber Theater’s intriguing new production, “Slowgirl.” And, how music became a unifying force during the Vietnam War.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We recap a Wednesday evening hearing on the future of the Mitchell Park Domes. Plus, Part 5 of “Unsolved” examines more false leads in a 40-year old Wisconsin murder investigation. Our astronomy contributor sheds some scientific – and personal – light into the recent breakthrough on gravitational waves. And how an effort to collect postcards with the secrets of strangers gave rise to a play on stage in Milwaukee this weekend.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A Milwaukee scientist looks to use cancer to his advantage in treating spinal injuries. Later, we bring you part four of Unsolved, an audio look back at a 40-year old Milwaukee-area murder case. Then, why composer Tim Russell enjoyed plying his trade for a Wild Space Dance Company production, "Fresh Tracks." Plus, we take a trip to the revamped Design Lab at the Harley Davidson Museum.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

After 25 years of housing Milwaukee nonprofits, the Marian Center is closing its doors. We’ll discuss why and look at what’s next for the remaining tenants. Later, we bring you part three of ‘Unsolved,’ a series looking back at a 40-year-old murder in Franklin, Wisconsin. Plus, why Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Ahktar accepted a four-year contract with the Milwaukee Rep. And on Precious Lives, how even a good student can be vulnerable in a community of violence.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

Revisiting the late photographer Saul Leiter's  first and possibly only radio interview on Lake Effect back in 2006. This week marks the 40 year anniversary of high school student John Zera's disappearance in Franklin as we continue our broadcast of the “Unsolved” podcast, looking back at the circumstances around and coverage the murder investigation. And Levar Burton starred in Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation.  But he says neither of those is his biggest role in life...

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco discusses how the story of America includes the story of marginalized people who all have a place at the table. Then, with Unsolved, a journal sentinel reporter hopes to capitalize on the success of another famous true crime podcast, plus the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We bring you the latest update the long story of Waukesha and its effort to tap into Lake Michigan. Then, relations between the US and Cuba continue to thaw, which upsets a few people, but it’s met with a shrug from many others. Plus, when more than 400 black men and boys wore tuxedos to an event in December – it was a remarkable day for them, but also a photographer that documented their day. We’ll preview the Guitar Festival at Latino Arts and debut a new series from Lake Effect essayist Jonathan West called, “Since You Never Asked.”

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