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.

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We hear some of the latest Listen MKE, which looks at the rise in domestic violence since the start of the pandemic. Then, how the Lethality Assessment Tool is helping domestic violence victims turn into survivors. Plus, gardening expert Melinda Myers explains why you shouldn’t just throw out fall leaves.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We learn about the life of Maricella Chairez and what led to her death in a Racine jail. Then, we talk about safe ways to enjoy the upcoming holidays while preparing for more cases of COVID-19. Plus, we meet the subject of the new documentary Ahead of the Curve which tells the story of the founder of the world’s most successful lesbian magazine.

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Monday on Lake Effect

We unpack the promises made and broken by Foxconn in Wisconsin, and the $400 million burden it's already created for the state. Then, we hear about the work Running Rebels has been doing for Milwaukee kids for the last four decades. Plus, How Did You Do That? explores how Lori Cross drove innovation inside of big corporations to help medical technology. 

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Friday on Lake Effect

Olympian and hockey star Meghan Duggan talks about her recent retirement and the fight for gender equity in sports. Then, we speak with a producer of the film Breaking Fast, which brings queer, Arab Muslim-American representation to romantic comedy. And automotive contributor Mark Savage talks about his latest high-powered test drives - from luxury to the more reasonable.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We learn how a Milwaukee health clinic is helping people get registered to vote while they’re in the waiting room. Then, we hear from the group All Voting is Local, about the impact Wisconsin’s voter ID law could have on the upcoming election. Plus, astronomy contributor Jean Creighton talks about the black hole discoveries that were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. And an essayist talks about an important lesson she learned about writing.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We explore the legality around vaccine liability and how it could apply to a future COVID-19 vaccine. Then, we learn how grief can turn into prolonged grief disorder and how the pandemic could be causing an uptick of it. Plus, travel guide Rick Steves shares new things he’s learned to appreciate while staying at home.

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  • Jon Groth, attorney
  • Dr. Joseph Goveas, assistant professor at the Institute for Health & Equity at the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Rick Steves, travel expert and author

Tuesday on Lake Effect

A prison advocacy group explains their demands for the governor after several outbreaks of COVID-19 in Wisconsin prisons. Then, we learn about Project Return and a formerly incarcerated man talks about his experience rejoining his community. Contributor Kyle Cherek explains how farms and CSAs have adjusted and used the pandemic to reach new audiences. Plus, how the Wisconsin Historical Society is documenting the pandemic.

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Monday on Lake Effect

Voting rights advocate Anita Johnson talks about her work engaging voters on the ground. Then, we learn about the Millennial Action Project and how its founder hopes to bridge the political divide. Contributor Jeanette Hurt finally sets the record straight on why we drink brandy - not whiskey - old fashioneds. Plus, an essay about size stigma.

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Friday on Lake Effect

We hear from the candidates running for Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. Then, we look at the impact of the religious vote and the many voters who fall under that umbrella. Plus, we learn about outdoor places in the Milwaukee-area to get you in the Halloween spirit.

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Thursday on Lake Effect:

We hear from a woman who was detained while protesting the decision not to charge a Wauwatosa police officer for his third on-duty death. Then, we compare the COVID-19 pandemic to some of the other pandemics from modern history. Plus, we learn about one of the most infamous American con men you’ve probably never heard of — James Strang.

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Friday on Lake Effect

The chairman of Wauwatosa’s Equity and Inclusion Commission reacts to the decision to not charge Officer Joseph Mensah for his third fatal shooting. Then, we hear some of the latest Listen MKE, which addresses some common concerns surrounding the upcoming presidential election. Plus, how a new position at the Milwaukee Art Museum aims to make art more inclusive to the community.

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Thursday on Lake Effect

We speak with the author and illustrator of How We Got To The Moon, along with former NASA engineer JoAnn Morgan. Then, we hear from the young woman known as ‘Little Miss Flint’ about her experience with the Flint water crisis. Plus, we look at some of the great events happening in Milwaukee this month.

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Wednesday on Lake Effect:

We look at food insecurity in Wisconsin and the increase of people turning to food banks and the state’s FoodShare program. Then, although our federal government was set up with checks and balances, they’re not functioning the way the founders had hoped. Plus, we learn about the first LGBT uprising in Wisconsin, eight years before the Stonewall riot in Greenwich Village.

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Tuesday on Lake Effect

We go over common mistakes made on mail-in ballots and how to make sure your vote is counted in the November election. Then, we learn how to vote if you’re homeless, a felon, or facing other obstacles to the ballot box in Wisconsin. We meet the artists behind the Arts @ Large exhibit, “Energy and Power: History, Hoops, and Words of Affirmation.” Plus, an essay explores what we learn from our parents.

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Monday on Lake Effect

An epidemiologist talks about the spike in COVID-19 infections and how to be safe during this pandemic. Then, a conservative law group explains why they’re challenging Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order to extend the mask mandate. We examine ways health care workers can care for themselves in the high stress time of COVID-19. Plus, an essayist talks about the escapism found in her mother's recipes.

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