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Lake Effect Spotlight
WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR
The Lake Effect Spotlight podcast features some of our favorite conversations about the people, places and organizations that shape Milwaukee.
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Dazzling La Crosse holiday lights display draws crowds and creates community
The La Crosse Rotary Lights attracts visitors from around the state and beyond to take in the elaborate display.
Nov 22, 2023
Mermaid Echo makes waves by educating the next generation about freshwater conservation
Echo, a UW-Milwaukee Freshwater Sciences graduate student, teaches young people at the K-12 level about freshwater systems and conservation through their underwater performances as Mermaid Echo.
Nov 20, 2023
'Lost in the Middle' podcast explores the growing middle ground of American politics
Amid expanding division and polarization in American politics, Former U.S. Representative, Scott Klug, unpacks the middle ground of the political sphere as the host of the podcast, Lost in the Middle.
Nov 15, 2023
New 'Do For Self' Exhibit chronicles the Black Cross Nurses in Milwaukee
“Do For Self: the story of Milwaukee’s Black Cross Nurses” is a new exhibit at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society that chronicles the foundation of the Black Cross Nurses in Milwaukee.
Nov 13, 2023
In ‘Gust,’ Milwaukee’s little wind turbine comes to life
The hero of the children's book is the lakeside wind turbine that single-handedly powers Port Milwaukee’s administration building.
Nov 9, 2023
The comic that introduced Spider Man to the world is in Milwaukee, and could be worth up to $35K
A comic book store in Milwaukee is selling an original edition of the Amazing Fantasy No. 15 comic in which Spider Man first appeared in 1962.
Nov 7, 2023
Milwaukee County recognizes rights of nature, joins global movement
It’s the first county in Wisconsin to endorse the global, Indigenous-led legal movement.
Oct 26, 2023
How Milwaukee's Cream City bricks became a 'badge of honor'
You may know about Milwaukee's historic nickname – Cream City – but what made those bricks cream-colored, and how did they become so ingrained in the city's identity?
Oct 23, 2023
Take a ghost tour by trolley in Door County this Halloween season
It's the Halloween season and there are tons of activities to enjoy around the state. If you're up for a bit of a scare and a good history lesson, then look no further than the Trolley of the Doomed. It's a ghost tour offered by Door County Trolley Inc.
Oct 20, 2023
Maya Ophelia's serves up vegan, 'third culture' comfort food
In their Filipino-Mexican mobile kitchen, Jack and Chase Roldan serve up plant-based versions of the food they loved as kids.
Oct 18, 2023
Hear from two people with Wisconsin connections who recently lost loved ones to Mideast conflict
WUWM talks to two people with Wisconsin ties have lost relatives to the conflict in Israel and Palestine.
Oct 16, 2023
Celebrated legacy labor leader Jesus Salas shares lessons in organizing
Lake Effect's Audrey Nowakowski speaks with local labor leader Jesus Salas about the roots and legacy of the farmworkers movement.
Oct 11, 2023
Argentinian chef dances with fire in Milwaukee summer barbecue series
Joel Diviu, of La Mano De Dios, spent the summer tending to coals in a series of asado pop-ups at Zócalo food truck park in Walker's Point.
Oct 9, 2023
Central Library celebrates 125 years of cultural and community history
Casey Lapworth, processing archivist special collections librarian, shares the history of Milwaukee's Central Library building as it celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Oct 6, 2023
In 'ECLIPSE,' a little boy and his dad are starstruck
In a new children's book, Milwaukee author and illustrator Andy Rash brings the story of the adventure he shared with his 7-year-old son during the 2017 total solar eclipse.
Oct 4, 2023
Give an instrument, change a life through the WI Conservatory of Music instrument drive
How a local instrument drive is enriching the lives of students across Milwaukee and how the community can participate.
Oct 2, 2023
The Milwaukee County Jail: A look at the deaths, questionable conditions, protests
Six people have died at the Milwaukee County Jail in just over a year. The people housed there report inadequate conditions and led a protest this summer.
Sep 29, 2023
Milwaukee creative says to be Afro-Latina means understanding who she is and where she comes from
WUWM is celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Milwaukee’s Hispanic and Latino people during Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting Afro-Latino voices in the city. WUWM’s Race & Ethnicity Reporter Teran Powell talks with Joan Marie Luciano Vargas about the importance of her Afro-Latina identity.
Sep 27, 2023
Salsa dance class fosters welcoming community in Bay View neighborhood
Salsa music is a blend of instruments and musical styles from many cultures. So, it’s no surprise that it attracts a diverse group of dance students each week at the Delaware House in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.
Sep 21, 2023
Did you know that Barbie is from Wisconsin?
Wisconsin Historical Society's Abbie Norderhaug shares the history of a Barbie doll in their collection, as well as Barbie's Wisconsin roots.