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Audrey Nowakowski, Joy Powers
Lake Effect is WUWM’s local show about what matters most now to people in Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. It goes beyond the headlines and connects listeners to the community.
11 hours ago
Thursday On Lake Effect: Nursing Shortage, MATC Gap Year Program, ‘Finding Loren’
We’ll learn about the nationwide nursing shortage and how it's impacting hospitals in Wisconsin. Then, we’ll learn about MATC’s new gap year program that aims to help recent grads figure out the next steps after high school. Plus, a new documentary tells the story of a fighter pilot downed over Italy, and his family's journey to find the wreckage 70 years later.
1 day ago
Wednesday On Lake Effect: Milwaukee’s Latinx History, Pandemic Reflections With Judge Derek Mosley, Doors Open
We’ll speak with historians about how they’re documenting the stories of Latinx Wisconsinites past and present. Then, we’ll hear from a Milwaukee judge about his experience battling COVID-19 as part of our Pandemic Reflections series. Plus, we’ll look at this year’s Doors Open Milwaukee exhibit, which includes new virtual walking tours through the city’s neighborhoods.
2 days ago
Tuesday on Lake Effect: Stacey Abrams & Wisconsin Voting Rights, Mid-Autumn Festival, Dead Horses
Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams talks about voter access and suppression in Wisconsin. Then, we learn about the Mid-Autumn Festival. Plus, hear music from folk duo Dead Horses for our Pandemic Performers series.
3 days ago
Monday on Lake Effect: Wisconsin's Low-Wage Workers, Colectivo Union, Concordia Neighborhood, Bubbler Talk
We explore a new report on the state of the labor force here in Wisconsin. Then, look at the unionization process at Colectivo and the opportunity it gives employees when negotiating new contracts. We learn about the historic Concordia Neighborhood, which is now expanding its 360 virtual tours of homes. Plus, Bubbler Talk explores how animals get to the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Sep 16, 2021
Thursday on Lake Effect: 2020 Census Demographic Shifts, Listen MKE Vaccine Hesitancy, Trapper Schoepp's 'May Day'
We learn about the data collection of the 2020 Census and Wisconsin’s demographic shifts. Then, the latest ListenMKE tackles the persistence of vaccine hesitancy in communities of color. Plus, Trapper Scheopp talks about his album “May Day" for our Pandemic Performers series.
Sep 15, 2021
Wednesday on Lake Effect: George Marshall Clark Gravestone, Mass Incarceration, Cine Sin Fronteras, Mildred Fish-Harnack
We visit the gravesite of Milwaukee’s only known lynching victim and see how the effort to memorialize him has come full circle. Then, look at the roots of mass incarceration. We hear from the programmer of Milwaukee Film Festival’s Cine Sin Fronteras on how they’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Plus, learn about the life and death of Milwaukeean Mildred Fish-Harnack.
Sep 14, 2021
Tuesday on Lake Effect: Wisconsin Redistricting Challenges, School Psychologists Against Racism, Returning to the Office
We unpack the legal challenges to Wisconsin’s redistricting process in federal and state courts. Then, talk to members of School Psychologists for Anti-Racism and Cultural Equity, also known as SPACE. Plus, learn how employers are enticing people back to the office as they transition from working from home during the pandemic.
Sep 13, 2021
Monday on Lake Effect: Sharia Explained, Large Epidemic Likelihood, Dig In! Autumn Gardening, Bubbler Talk
We learn about sharia what it means for Muslims who live by it and the history of Islamic governments. Then, look at a new study examining the likelihood of large epidemics. Our Dig In! series looks at autumn gardening and preparation. Plus, Bubbler Talk returns with a look back at how the city celebrated the Milwaukee Braves World Series win in 1957.
Sep 9, 2021
Thursday on Lake Effect: 9/11 Firefighters Memorial, 9/11 News Media Impact, Milwaukee Short Film Fest
Two first responders talk about working on a memorial for firefighters ahead of 9/11. Then, look at how 9/11 impacted news media and how it changed the way we viewed digital media. Plus, learn about the return of the Milwaukee International Short Film Fest with new programming.
Sep 8, 2021
Wednesday on Lake Effect: Electrical Fires, 9/11 Classroom Lessons, African American BBQ Culture, SapSap
Reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talk about their recent investigation on how electrical fires affect the city’s Black residents. Then, we look at how the events on nine-eleven are taught in the classroom today, 20 years later. Plus, culinary historian Adrian Miller shares how he’s working to restore African Americans to the center of America’s barbecue history.
Sep 7, 2021
Tuesday on Lake Effect: Cultures & Community Festival, U.S. Labor Secretary, MusiCreation Station, 'Two American Families'
We learn about the inspiration behind Milwaukee Films’ Cultures and Community Festival, going on now. The U.S. Labor Secretary talks about Colectivo workers forming a union. Plus, we learn about the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s project: the MusiCreation Station.
Sep 2, 2021
Thursday on Lake Effect: Children's Mental Health, Black Space, Prohibition in Milwaukee, 'Shoulder Season'
A child and family therapist shares insight on how to support young people facing mental health crises. Then, we learn about Black Space, a place dedicated to therapy for Black, Brown and LGBTQ people. We learn what prohibition was like in Milwaukee. Plus, we look at the history of the Lake Geneva Playboy Club and the stigma of working there as a bunny.
Sep 1, 2021
Wednesday on Lake Effect: Afghan Refugees in Wisconsin, 414ALL Program, Five Things To Do, Books About Race & Racism
We learn how a local organization is preparing to help Afghan refugees in Wisconsin. Then, look at Diverse and Resilient's 414ALL Program and its mission to promote sexual health in Milwaukee. Plus, learn about five community events in the city this month.
Aug 31, 2021
Tuesday on Lake Effect: Zero Net Energy Homes, Concurrent Teaching, HAWA At Pabst Mansion, Milwaukee Music Roundup
We learn about the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon and the no-cost home designs available to Wisconsin residents. Then, a teacher describes the challenges of educating students both in person and virtually. We speak with the Hmong American Women’s Association about their new home at the Pabst Mansion. Plus, hear new local music in this month’s Milwaukee Music Roundup.
Aug 30, 2021
Monday on Lake Effect: Johnson Mayoral Plans, Student Debt, Planetarium Reopening, Urban Greenhouse
We hear from Common Council President Cavalier Johnson on the news he could be taking over as acting mayor of Milwaukee. Then, speak with members from Governor Evers’ Task Force on Student Debt about changing the conversation around education loans. Plus, astronomy contributor Jean Creighton reflects on the lessons of going virtual during the pandemic.
Aug 26, 2021
Thursday on Lake Effect: Cuba Sanctions, Hyundai & Kia Thefts, Girls Who Code, Sculpture Milwaukee
Community activists with the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba share why they’re calling to end the decades-long trade embargo with Cuba. Then, our auto contributor joins us to talk about why Hyundais and Kias are being targeted by car thieves. We’ll learn about the Girls Who Code program at UW-Milwaukee and how the pandemic opened new doors for the participants. Plus, we’ll explore this year’s Sculpture Milwaukee exhibit.
Aug 25, 2021
Wednesday on Lake Effect: Historical Parallels of Afghan Refugee Crisis, Retired DNR Secretary, How Did You Do That?
We’ll examine the parallels between the Southeast Asian resettlement program after the Vietnam War and the current refugee crisis in Afghanistan. Then, the former secretary of the DNR reflects on his career after his recent retirement from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Plus, we’ll have the latest installment of our series on entrepreneurship, How Did You Do That?.
Aug 24, 2021
Tuesday on Lake Effect: Democracy in Wisconsin, One Fair Wage Model, 'Call and Response,' Reopening Hmong Museum
We look at the state of democracy in Wisconsin and how the fight over redistricting could change things. Workers from Honeypie Cafe talk about what it’s like to operate under a One Fair Wage model. Then, we learn about a new book that covers the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Plus, tell you about the reopening of the Hmong Museum at the Hmong American Friendship Association.
Aug 23, 2021
Monday on Lake Effect: Blake Shooting One Year Later, Lawsuits Over Wisconsin Redistricting, 'My Violin Needs Help!'
We reflect on the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer, one year later. We hear from a community activist and Blake's uncle about what the last year has been like for his family. We break down the lawsuits surrounding the state’s redistricting process. Plus, speak with a local luthier about why she decided to write a guide book for violins.
Aug 19, 2021
Thursday on Lake Effect: Power Outages, Venue Vaccine Requirement, Arts Center Opening, Irish History in Milwaukee
The President of We Energies explains the challenges they faced in restoring power to thousands of people after last week’s storms. Then, we speak with the owner of the Cactus Club, a venue now requiring proof of vaccination for all performers and show attendees. We’ll explain how at-home COVID-19 testing works. We’ll tell you about the grand opening of the Preservation of African American Music & Arts center in Milwaukee and learn some history about the Irish in Milwaukee.
Aug 18, 2021
Wednesday on Lake Effect: Afghan War Vet, Venue Vaccine Requirement, Redistricting, Running Group
We’ll talk with a veteran of the war in Afghanistan about the decision to leave and the current crisis in the country. Then, the CEO of the Pabst Theater Group explains their decision to require people attending shows to bring proof of vaccination. We’ll look at the redistricting process in the state and how it could be different from the last time the maps were drawn. Plus, we’ll tell you about the F.E.A.R. running group and their mission to make running more inclusive.