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Lake Effect: Full Show Podcast

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Lake Effect is your connection to the community. We bring you local conversations about the people, places and organizations that shape Milwaukee.This podcast features full episodes of Lake Effect.Learn more about Lake Effect here.


Milwaukee, WI


Milwaukee PR


Lake Effect is your connection to the community. We bring you local conversations about the people, places and organizations that shape Milwaukee.This podcast features full episodes of Lake Effect.Learn more about Lake Effect here.



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Thursday, 12/07/23: Anti-LGBTQ practices in schools, same-sex parenting, Milwaukee’s drag history, truth about Santa Claus

We learn about the anti-LGBTQ practices taking place at some Wisconsin voucher schools. Then, we hear from a same-sex couple about their journey to becoming parents. We explore the history of drag in Milwaukee. Plus, truth about Santa Claus.


Wednesday, 12/06/23: Wisconsin teacher pay, Enderis Park, Barbie’s Wisconsin roots, holiday events

We look at teacher pay in Wisconsin. We learn about the history of Milwaukee’s Enderis Park neighborhood. We learn how plea deals are used in Milwaukee County. We tell you about Barbie’s Wisconsin-roots. Plus, holiday events happening in Milwaukee.


Tuesday, 12/05/23: Milwaukee zoning code changes, cut your own Christmas tree, holiday stress, Marvel Cinematic Universe

We learn about potential changes to Milwaukee’s zoning process that the city says will help keep housing affordable. Then, we learn how you can cut down your own Christmas tree in a Wisconsin forest. We share some tools for how to cope with stress during the holidays. Plus, we explore the politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Monday, 12/04/23: UW system’s new direct admission program, Capitol Notes, MIAD’s LIVE AV event, Cat Figurine Mewseum

We learn about the UW system’s new direct admission program. We look at a new lawsuit challenging Act 10 on a new edition of Capitol Notes. We tell you about Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. We explore a Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design event. Plus, we visit Redner’s Rescued Cat Figurine Mewseum.


Thursday, 11/30/23: Mysterious dog illness, Copper Crow Distillery, Milwaukee Music Roundup, Bubbler Talk

We learn about the unusual respiratory illness in dogs that has veterinarians stumped. Then, we visit the Copper Crow Distillery in northern Wisconsin. We hear some new songs from local musicians in this month’s Milwaukee Music Roundup. Plus, a new edition of Bubbler Talk.


Wednesday, 11/29/23: Human trafficking myths, Alice’s Garden, ‘Kodachrome Milwaukee,’ new ways to experience Milwaukee

We explore some of the stereotypes around human trafficking that can prevent systemic change. Then, we head to Alice’s Garden to see what’s still growing in the garden. We explore a book full of old pictures of Milwaukee. Plus, we tell you about some fun things to do in Wisconsin that are a bit off the beaten path.


Tuesday, 11/28/23: Moss Universal Park, Milwaukee’s housing market, Cream City bricks, non-alcoholic beverages

We learn about the effort to build the first Moss Universal Park in Milwaukee. Then, we look at how Milwaukee’s housing market has changed. We learn about the history of Cream City bricks. Plus, we learn about what’s changed in the non-alcoholic beverage market in the last few years.


Wednesday, 11/22/23: How to avoid deer collisions, Master Naturalist program, ‘Survival Food,’ Wandering Wisconsin

We explore why deer collisions are so common this time of year. Then, we tell you about a Master Naturalist training program. We learn about a new food memoir that shares tales from growing up on the Menominee Indian Reservation. Plus, a new edition of Wandering Wisconsin.


Lake Effect Special, 11/21/23: Deaths and dire conditions continue at Waupun Correctional Institution

Lake Effect's Joy Powers and Sam Woods explore conditions at the Waupun Correctional Institution, where lockdown conditions remain and prisoners say they’re continuing to suffer.


Monday, 11/20/23: Capitol Notes, ‘Lost in the Middle,’ climate impact on the Midwest, Mermaid Echo

We explore what’s at stake in the redistricting case that’s coming before the state supreme court tomorrow. Then, we look at a podcast exploring how partisan politics is affecting communities across the nation. We look at a how climate change is impacting the midwest. Plus, we hear from a mermaid in Milwaukee.


Thursday, 11/16/23: Act 31, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Milwaukee Centers for Independence, Bubbler Talk, Sounds Like Milwaukee

Today on Lake Effect, we learn about Act 31. Then, we look at the impact the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is having on Milwaukee. We learn about the work the Milwaukee Centers for Independence does. Plus, new editions of Bubbler Talk and Sounds Like Milwaukee.


Tuesday, 11/14/23: Black Cross Nurses exhibit, Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, preserving Wisconsin’s bats, Live at Lake Effect

We learn about Black Cross Nurses and the work they’ve done. Then, we listen back to a conversation with Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, a religious leader in Milwaukee who passed away recently. We learn about research that’s working to preserve the state’s bat population. Plus, a new edition of Live at Lake Effect.


Monday, 11/13/23: Wauwatosa School District considers major cuts, cheese-tasting job, female master cheesemaker, 5 Things To Do

We learn about the impact budget deficits are having on the Wauwatosa School District. Then, we tell you about a cheese-tasting job and learn about the craft of cheesemaking from one of Wisconsin’s female master cheesemakers. Plus, five events you can check out this holiday season.


Thursday, 11/09/23: Veterans treatment court, Ward Memorial Theater, Milwaukee’s wind turbine “Gust,” Bubbler Talk

We talk with the judge who’s leading Milwaukee County’s Veterans Treatment Court. Then, we learn about some of the challenges women veterans face. We tell you about a book that’s all about a wind turbine in Milwaukee. Plus, new editions of Sounds Like Milwaukee and Bubbler Talk.


Wednesday 11/8/23: special education teachers, Milwaukee Soldiers Home documentary, 'Infertilities' book, rare comic book for sale

We tell you a program that’s trying to get more special education teachers in Milwaukee Public Schools. We tell you about a documentary that looks at the evolution of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home. We look at a new book that explores infertility. Plus, we learn about a rare comic book for sale in Milwaukee.


Tuesday, 11/07/23: Rights of nature, suicide prevention, MKE Roots Project, zombie trees

We tell you about a step taken in Milwaukee County to better protect the environment. Then, we share local efforts to spread suicide prevention awareness. We look at a new way young people are being taught about Milwaukee’s history. Plus, we learn about zombie trees.


Monday 11/06/23: mental health experiences & resources, Trans Handy Ma'am, Oriental Drugs

A Milwaukee native shares her experience with mental health struggles and how she helps others. We hear one woman’s story of healing through nature at the Milwaukee Domes. We speak with a TikTok personality, Trans Handy Ma'am and look back at the time Oriental Drugs was open on Farwell and North in Milwaukee.


Monday, 10/30/23: MATC president retires, haunted places to visit, Milwaukee Music Roundup

We speak with MATC president Vicki Martin about what she hopes her legacy is after a decade of leading the school. Then, we learn about some haunted parks and cemeteries in Milwaukee Plus, hear some new songs from local musicians in this month’s Milwaukee Music Roundup.


Thursday 10/26/23: wolf management plan, House of History, science of a free throw, Moon Festival, Bubbler Talk

We learn about the DNR’s plan for wolf management in the state and how people are reacting to it. We learn about the House of History, a project dedicated to sharing local Black LGBTQ+ history. We look at the science and psychology behind a free throw. We tell you about the Moon Festival celebration coming up in Milwaukee. Plus, Bubbler Talk looks into the legend of a haunted radio in a West Allis bar.


Wednesday, 10/25/23: Paratransit service ends, Present Music, trashy films, Jones Island

We explore why a Milwaukee County transportation service for people with disabilities ended last month. Then, we learn about Present Music’s upcoming performance. We break down the cultural significance of trashy films. Plus, dig into the history of Milwaukee’s Jones Island.