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.

Tuesday on Lake Effect

Project Milwaukee: Segregation Matters continues with a look at education. We meet two suburban social studies teachers who have taken it upon themselves to make race something their students talk about year-round. Later, writer Kwame Alexander says literature can be a great tool for fostering empathy in young readers. And we get a primer on what Vitamin D really does for the human body.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

The Project Milwaukee series, Segregation Matters, continues. We examine data that demonstrates the extent of segregation in the city and a key factor that contributes to it. Later, a new project works to ease an issue facing the city’s impoverished neighborhoods: evictions. And a Milwaukee pastor and veteran of the Civil Rights movement offers his thoughts about the state of segregation in Milwaukee today.

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This weekend on Lake Effect:

A photographer comes to Milwaukee to document the stories of Black Milwaukeeans who migrated here decades ago. Then, Emmy award winning actress Erika Slezak reflects on the start her professional career fifty years ago in Milwaukee. Plus we’ll have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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  • Chris Arnade, writer & photographer
  • Erika Slezak, actress
  • Leah DeLaney, Ex Fabula co-founder; Bruce Winter, WUWM

Friday on Lake Effect:

Our Project Milwaukee series, Segregation Matters gets underway in earnest, with a look at how Milwaukee got to be such a segregated place in the first place. Then we learn how segregation impacts the Latino community in Milwaukee - including in its schools. Plus, a conservative activist’s case for responding to climate change.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We preview our upcoming Project Milwaukee series on segregation with reporter Ann-Elise Henzl.  Plus, we revisit a 2009 interview about the legacy of Milwaukee's open housing marches and look at how little has changed.  Reporter Dan Egan explains the complex web of problems facing the Great Lakes in his expansive new book.  And a new anthology examines what it means to be a feminist in 2017.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A photographer comes to Milwaukee to document the stories of Black Milwaukeeans who migrated here decades ago. Then, actress Erika Slezak won six Emmys for her role in the soap opera, One Life to Live.  But today she looks back of the start of her professional career fifty years ago in Milwaukee. Plus, hip-hop-reggae-rock musician Matisyahu explains why of all the art forms out there, live music is the most interactive for the audience.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

We talk with the principal investigator of a new study that examines the effects of concussion on area high school and college athletes. Then, veteran sportscaster Matt Lepay looks back on his unexpected career in the Badger State. And Future Stuff's Thea Grace and Gabe Burdulis talk about what it's like being seasoned veterans in the music business, despite being barely out of high school.

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Monday on Lake Effect

A Milwaukee man finds inner happiness in a cross-country bicycle ride. Later, a Madison woman looks to attract more people to the ecotourism opportunities in Wisconsin. And how music can play a role in the healing at funerals and other somber occasions.

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  • David Howell, author, The Descent Into Happiness
  • Liz Wessel, founder, Green Concierge Travel
  • Jim Spangler, essayist
  • Robert Cohen, Lake Effect contributor, On That Note

This weekend on Lake Effect:

One of the nation’s leading climate scientists looks back at the Obama Administration’s climate legacy and ahead at the next four years. Then, sportscaster Dick Enberg explains why he felt compelled to write his one-man play based on an iconic coach and fellow broadcaster, Al McGuire. Plus we’ll have the latest episodes of Radio Chipstone and our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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Friday on Lake Effect

We talk about the role of aquaponics in the supply of fresh fish in a place like Milwaukee. Plus, dining critic Ann Christenson talks about what she looks for in a proper, Milwaukee fish fry. We meet a UWM student with a passion for entrepreneurship, and Shorewood native Pete Fromm documents a remarkable time in the wilderness.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We remember the story of James Cameron, who survived a lynching in Indiana in 1930 and later settled in Milwaukee. Later, astronomy contributor Jean Creighton talks about how she taps into the natural curiosity of people about her field, and we hear an in-studio performance from the finger-style guitarist Adam Rafferty. 

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  • Reggie Jackson & Fran Kaplan, America’s Black Holocaust Museum
  • Jean Creighton, astronomy contributor
  • Adam Rafferty, finger-style guitarist

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

One of the nation’s leading climate scientists looks back at the Obama Administration’s climate legacy and ahead at the next four years. We learn about Milwaukee’s Safe Zones initiative, which was born out of the protests over the death of Dontre Hamilton. Plus, a one-woman show opening tonight at the Milwaukee Rep features a female fighter pilot and the difficult tasks she faces.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We learn about the many forces that have come together in the defense of the Oconomowoc River Watershed. Later, the spiritual and secular find a home together in the poetry of Ed Block. Plus, the organic songwriting process of musician Valerie June. And how choosing the right ice is emblematic of chef Heather Terhune’s approach to food.

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Monday on Lake Effect:

People working to help refugees resettle in Wisconsin face uncertain times. Then, a daughter recounts her mother’s remarkable story - of fleeing her Poland village as a girl, surviving World War II, coming to America, and then creating fabric art that told the story. And two Milwaukeeans create an app designed to connect diners with restaurants offering specials.

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This weekend on Lake Effect

Six months after the Sherman Park unrest, a group of educators looks back at how that time has been reflected inside their school. Then, the story of a murder mystery set in a small town in the upper Midwest. A Milwaukee business owner reflects on nearly 80 years of map making and selling before his doors close this spring. Plus we have the latest episode of our storytelling series Ex Fabula.

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