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Lake Effect Spotlight
Audrey Nowakowski, Joy Powers
The Lake Effect Spotlight podcast features some of our favorite conversations about the people, places and organizations that shape Milwaukee.Learn more about Lake Effect here.
6 days ago
The Milwaukee Badgers: A short-lived NFL team with illustrious alumni
As the Packers took on the Bears and celebrated another victory against the rival team, there was another Wisconsin NFL team celebrating a special anniversary. The Milwaukee Badgers are celebrating the centennial anniversary of their founding. If that name sounds unfamiliar it’s because it was a short-lived franchise and one of the first in NFL history.
Sep 19, 2022
'Butterfly in the Sky' celebrates the legacy of 'Reading Rainbow' & all who made it
The Butterfly in the Sky documentary shares the story of the PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow — from its iconic host, the people behind the scenes, and the challenges its creators faced in cultivating a love of reading through television. Co-director Bradford Thomason joins Lake Effect's Audrey Nowakowski to talk about the making of the film and how it adds to the show's legacy.
Sep 14, 2022
Milwaukee is at the tip of a new heat belt emerging in the Midwest
Climate change is affecting every part of the globe, but the impact isn’t evenly divided. In the Midwest, a new forecast of weather trends shows Milwaukee at the tip of a major heat belt, where heatwaves are projected to intensify at a greater rate than other parts of the nation.
Sep 12, 2022
Tuj Lub courts are coming to Milwaukee's Carmen Playfield
Milwaukee Recreation is adding new permanent courts for a 5,000-year-old Hmong game—a sport growing in popularity in the city. The group is keeping the tradition alive.
Aug 30, 2022
Wisconsin’s ban allows only life-saving ‘therapeutic abortions.’ No one knows what that means
Physicians criticize the law as outdated, vague and severe. Health systems are scrambling to guide them on how to stay out of criminal trouble.
Aug 25, 2022
Low COVID-19 vaccination rates among school age kids in Wisconsin
School is almost back in session, and parents are working to make sure their kids have everything they need to start the school year right. For many parents, a COVID-19 vaccination should be on that list.
Aug 23, 2022
'I’m angry that the government has taken the choice away from me': How the Roe v. Wade overturn impacts career women
In all of the conversations following the overturn of Roe V Wade, there’s a group that’s been largely left out of the discussion: career women planning to have children at an older age. An anonymous listener shares how the Supreme Court decision impacts her and her family.
Aug 19, 2022
Oscar Mayer's beloved 'Wiener Song' has roots in Wisconsin
The Oscar Mayer 'Wiener Song' has become a cultural touchstone in America, and it all started with a contest out of Madison, Wisconsin. We explore the humble origins of the song and its legacy today.
Aug 16, 2022
Milwaukee's Bronzeville landed on 'The New York Times' top places around the globe to visit
Milwaukee's Bronzeville neighborhood was named by The New York Times as one of the top places around the globe to visit for a changed world. Robert "Biko" Baker, an instructor at UWM in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, shares how the area landed a position on the list.
Aug 10, 2022
Michels, Barnes & more: 2022 Wisconsin primary election debrief
Primary results are in, and Wisconsinites are one step closer to determining who they will be electing in the 2022 midterms. WUWM's Maayan Silver breaks down Tuesday’s partisan primary election and looks ahead to the midterms.
Jul 28, 2022
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers advises masks, vaccinations and boosters in wake of long COVID
Although many of us have returned to some of our pre-pandemic activities, the dangers of catching and spreading COVID-19 are increasing as new more infectious variants emerge.
Jul 22, 2022
The origins of Wisconsin's 'dueling' brands: Fleet Farm and Farm & Fleet
Fleet Farm and Farm & Fleet are among the most beloved brands from Wisconsin and with good reason. But there is a persistent myth plaguing the legacy of these two stores, one that frames them as dueling brands forever locked in a battle for dominance. We set the record straight and explore the true origins of these Wisconsin icons.
Jul 21, 2022
Bridget Whitaker named new Safe & Sound executive director
Last month, Safe & Sound named Bridget Whitaker as their new executive director. She joins Lake Effect to share her goals for the nonprofit, which works across ten neighborhoods in Milwaukee to unite residents, young people, law enforcement, and community resources to try and make the community safer.
Jul 14, 2022
Exploring what the Milwaukee County Parks trail system has to offer
With many branch lines spread across Milwaukee County connecting to other municipal trails, Milwaukee County Parks' trails have plenty of options to explore. There may even be a trail hidden in plain sight in your own neighborhood.
Jul 13, 2022
MCW researcher: Total picture of health incomplete without including where you live, work, play
Dr. Leonard Egede, the inaugural Milwaukee community chair in health equity research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses his research on how social determinants can impact people’s health.
Jul 8, 2022
'Dig in!': 4 ways to use sunflowers
With its later growing season, the sunflower can be a perfect addition to any garden, providing beauty and bounty. Venice Williams is the executive director of Alice’s Garden and the interim executive director of the Fondy Food Center. Every month, she shares more for Dig In! A series all about gardening and healthy cooking.
Jul 1, 2022
The history of Milwaukee's tied houses and beer gardens
For Lake Effect's last installment of the Tavern Tuesdays series, we’ll hear from Old World Wisconsin's Rob Novak about the lasting legacies of Milwaukee's beer gardens and tied houses.
Jun 29, 2022
Why medical care could be criminally prosecuted under Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion law
The end of Roe v. Wade has plunged much of the U.S. into a state of confusion and legal limbo. In Wisconsin, an 1849 law making nearly all abortions illegal is likely in effect. To get some clarity on what this law could mean for pregnant people in Wisconsin, Barbara Zabawa, a lawyer and clinical assistant professor at UW-Milwaukee for the College of Health Sciences, shares more.
Jun 23, 2022
People over parking: Reimagining Milwaukee's downtown to be more pedestrian-friendly
Gard Pecor created a diagram comparing how much land in downtown Milwaukee is dedicated to garage and parking lots versus park and plaza spaces. Pecor’s map spurred conversations questioning how the area could be reimagined to create more people-centered spaces, and how that could be translated across the city.
Jun 21, 2022
The story of a Wisconsin same-sex couple's path to parenthood
For many LGBTQ couples like Jake and Nick, the path to parenthood is different compared to heterosexual parents. To help start their family, Jake’s best friend volunteered to be their gestational carrier, and the three of them worked with Dr. Kate Schoyer, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist at Froedtert, to bring their daughter Eleanor into their world.