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:

The daughter of a Milwaukee civil rights icon edits her dad’s writings. Later, Wisconsin will crown a high school mountain bike champion this weekend. But competition isn’t at the heart of the league. Plus, drummer John Sparrow describes his prophetic moment when he saw a Violent Femmes concert in high school. And six women of a certain age will be on stage this weekend in a stereotype-defying dance performance.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

The Bucks tip-off their season in Boston this evening, but basketball fans in Milwaukee are looking to next season, and the arena rising just west of downtown. Then, creating a safe work environment when part of your job is to pretend to have sex on stage. And singer-songwriter Tift Merritt talks about making the sometimes challenging transition from musician to parent.

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  • Zach Brooke, writer
  • Tonia Sina, founder, Intimacy Directors International
  • Tift Merritt, singer-songwriter

Tuesday on Lake Effect

What's at stake from redeveloping Milwaukee's Westlawn Gardens neighborhood. Later, a new novel tells the story of a kid growing up in public housing in Harlem, and how Legos help him cope with the traumas around him. And a look at the Florentine Opera's production of The Merry Widow.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

The proposed city and county budgets are being debated…we’ll do the numbers with The Public Policy Forum’s Rob Henken. Then, our "Beats Me" segment explores the history of what some call the area’s crown jewels - Milwaukee County’s parks. And in an era of fad diets and pseudo-science, the founder of a new start-up wants to put your genome to work to help you decide what to eat. Plus we talk apples with Wisconsin Foodie Kyle Cherek.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

A new project hopes to answer some of the more difficult ethical quandaries presented by big data collection. Then, an essay from contributor Lauren Groh takes us back to the days of playing in your backyard tree house. Plus, why Title IX is still relevant, 45 years after it sought to level the playing field for women in colleges and universities. And we’ll have the latest edition of our storytelling series, ExFabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We get an update from education reporter Rachel Morello on the planned consolidation of UW two and four year campuses. Then, we find out why Lake Michigan is home to so many shipwrecks. An architect talks about the disconnect cabin owners are seeking, and Bubbler Talk finds out why Milwaukee has so many duplexes.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

The featured subject of the documentary STUMPED, explains why he decided to share his story. Later, another film explores street murals and graffiti art. And Chicago-based harpsichordist Jory Vinikour performs and talks about his concert featuring music from the court of Marie Antoinette.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

The Journal Sentinel’s Patrick Marley talks about the latest controversy surrounding the state’s troubled Lincoln Hills correctional facility. Later, a refugee resettlement worker in Wisconsin shares her impressions of a documentary on the European refugee crisis. We’ll learn why Title IX is still relevant, 45 years after it sought to level the playing field for women in colleges and universities. Then, why contributor and theater critic Dave Begel has been pretty impressed by what’s on stage in Milwaukee this Fall.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

It's a special edition of Lake Effect, hosted from the Riverwalk alongside the Chase Tower. History Channel host and author Brad Meltzer, talks about his new series of children's books. Later, a filmmaker shares the story of her labor of love: a documentary about the life of artist Elizabeth Murray. And Milwaukee Magazine highlights some of the lesser-known "bests" of Milwaukee.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We learn about a new project which hopes to answer some of the more difficult ethical quandaries presented by big data collection. Plus, we talk about cyber security and internet-connected devices, from your fitness tracker to your car. Then, how a tiger moth’s ability to defend against its greatest predator has impacted its evolution. And filmmaker David Alvarado explains why he’s always been fascinated by Bill Nye.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

In a star-studded edition of the show, we speak with Steve Martin and Martin Short about the energizing experience of performing with not just your comedic partner, but friend. Then E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg shares his memory of playing in Milwaukee 42 years ago, when a bomb scare temporarily sent the band back to the Pfister Hotel. Plus, we'll have the latest editions of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect:

We find out what the people behind Huff Post are trying to accomplish with their bus trip to Milwaukee today. Later, folk singer Arlo Guthrie believes playing concerts with his children is what made their relationship strong. Why the creators of a virtual reality film on accessing abortion clinics think it’s important for people to experience their film, and we speak with the organizers of tomorrow's boat parade.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We have a conversation with NPR's Shankar Vedantam, whose Hidden Brain podcast becomes a weekly radio show this weekend. Then, a movie tells the unique story of an Indiana farm boy turned Chicago day trader, turned round-the-world sailor. Plus, we'll hear about InTandem Theatre's madcap, but not disrespectful, mash-up of some of the greatest works of literature.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect

Actor Jane Lynch chairs this year’s Wisconsin AIDS Walk and thinks back to a time in the theater when the AIDS crisis was just beginning. Later, a play at Next Act Theatre tells the story of the little-appreciated work done by pioneering women astronomers of the early 20th Century. And writer Katherine Rundell shares her captivating tale of four young children and their adventure in the Amazon rainforest.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

Our foreign policy news analyst walks us through the evolving situation with North Korea, plus recent elections in Spain and Germany.  Later, we talk about severe storms, the language of climate change, and what the federal budget might mean for weather risk in Wisconsin.  And we'll have a conversation with and performance by Milwaukee's Quattro Horns.

Guests:

  • Art Cyr, Carthage College
  • George Stone, MATC (retired)
  • Marion Kinosian, Wisconsin Environment
  • Quattro Horns

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