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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.

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.


Milwaukee, WI


Milwaukee PR


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.




Thursday on Lake Effect: Monkeypox, Lake Ivanhoe historic designation, Tig Notaro, doula training program

We’ll learn about monkeypox, how it’s spread, and how to stay safe from infection. We’ll tell you about the Wisconsin town of Lake Ivanhoe and why it’s being recognized as a historical marker. We’ll speak with comedian and actor Tig Notaro. Plus, we’ll tell you about an organization training doulas to support Black and brown pregnant people.


Wednesday on Lake Effect: primary election wrap-up, Pfister artist-in-residence, Milwaukee's Climate & Equity plan

We recap yesterday’s partisan primary election and looking ahead to the midterms. Then, learn about an on-going project by the Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence, with pieces inspired by the hotel’s guests. We look at Milwaukee’s Climate and Equity Plan and how people can help make it a reality.


Tuesday on Lake Effect: importance of civility, 'When Claude Got Shot,' Escuela Verde Newline Cafe

We discuss the importance of civility and how it can be achieved through building better relationships. Then, look at a documentary that explores how three strangers in Milwaukee became connected through a weekend of gun violence. Plus, learn about Escuela Verde Newline Community Cafe, a place for young people to learn life skills.


Monday on Lake Effect: primary voting, Capitol Notes, mindful drinking, Bubbler Talk

We get some advice on how to vote in tomorrow’s partisan primary election. Capitol Notes explores some of the biggest races in the election. Then, we learn about mindful drinking as more quality options for low and no-proof drinks continue to grow.


Thursday on Lake Effect: understanding Sikhism, improving MPS lunches, automated hiring systems, Leo zodiac

We learn about efforts to better educate people about Sikhism as we approach the ten year anniversary of the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek. Then, look at a local movement to improve the quality of lunches at Milwaukee Public Schools. We examine some of the pitfalls of automated hiring systems. Plus, learn about the Leo zodiac.


Wednesday on Lake Effect: absentee voting changes, getting a voter ID, racial inequity in homeownership, Milwaukee mental health

We look at how changes to absentee voting will affect voters in Milwaukee and explore how to get a voter ID. Then, learn how Milwaukee compares to other similar cities in racial equity of homeownership. Plus, we explore the services offered by the Behavioral Health Division and the challenges they're trying to meet.


Tuesday on Lake Effect: voting in the primary, 'The Steal,' memorable convention moments, segregation in Milwaukee

We look at all the ways to vote in next week’s Primary Election. Then, the authors of The Steal talk about the people who attempted to overturn the 2020 election, and those who fought to preserve democracy. We look back at memorable political convention moments that have shaped American history. Plus, learn which Milwaukee neighborhoods continue to be deeply segregated and where it’s becoming more diverse.


Monday on Lake Effect: Electa Quinney Institute director, Monthly with Mosley, Book of the Month Capitol Notes, Bubbler Talk

We meet the new director of UW-Milwaukee’s Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. Then, learn about the first doctor to work in Wisconsin. Capitol Notes digs into the federal lawsuit filed by disabled voters over new Wisconsin election rules. We get a new pick for the August Book of the Month. Plus, Bubbler Talk tells the story of the first Black people who lived in Milwaukee.


Report finds LGBTQ+ people are 3 times more likely to be incarcerated than general population

Last month, a national report from the Safety and Justice Challenge commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation highlighted the overrepresentation of LGBTQ+ people within the criminal legal system. The report found that LGBTQ+ people are three times more likely to be incarcerated than the general population and more than twice as likely to be arrested than straight people.


Thursday on Lake Effect: LGBTQ incarceration, 'Milked' book, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Music Roundup

We break down why LGBTQ people are three times more likely to be incarcerated than the general population. Then, look at a new book that explores the relationship between Wisconsin and Mexican farmers. We speak with the designers behind the new Milwaukee Public Museum building and learn about their inspiration is. Plus, hear some new, local songs in this month's Milwaukee Music Roundup.


Wednesday on Lake Effect: COVID-19 update, Milwaukee arts finances, local pharmacies, 'Death of a Corner Drugstore'

We look at the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and what you need to know to keep you and your kids safe. Then, we get a picture of the future of Milwaukee’s performing arts community and the challenges that lie ahead. Plus, highlight some local, independent pharmacies and explore what they mean to the community.


Monday on Lake Effect: disabled voter rights, Capitol Notes, 'Blue Lake,' Covid misinformation, Bubbler Talk

We look at how new regulations around drop boxes and absentee ballots are impacting Wisconsin voters with disabilities. Then, speak with a judge turned author about how his experience in environmental law influenced his first book. Plus, Bubbler Talk looks at the origins of the lion statues outside the Zeidler Building in downtown Milwaukee.


Thursday on Lake Effect: Mama Freeman, managing PTSD with yoga, Healing Spaces Initiative, Fleet Farm-Farm & Fleet origin stories

We learn about community activist Mama Freeman and her work in Milwaukee’s Garden Homes neighborhood. Then, learn about a program that helps veterans manage stress through yoga. We learn about Milwaukee's Healing Spaces Initiative. Plus, look at the real story behind Wisconsin’s dueling brands: Fleet Farm and Farm & Fleet.


Wednesday on Lake Effect: campaign finance law, Wisconsin EV plan, Zao MKE Church, Cream City Dreams podcast

We look at what’s considered appropriate use of campaign finances, after a Milwaukee alderwoman was removed from office for misconduct. Then, look at a plan that aims to make driving an electrical vehicle in Wisconsin more convenient. We meet the leaders of Zao MKE Church, a justice-centered and radically inclusive church in Milwaukee.


The best Wisconsin state parks to hike with your dog

Author Danielle St. Louis shares the best hiking trails and parks to bring your dog to in her new book, A Dog Lover’s Guide to Hiking Wisconsin’s State Parks.


Tuesday on Lake Effect: Safe and Sound, Wisconsin folk schools, state parks for dogs, life of a star

The new executive director of Safe and Sound explains how she’s working to empower people in Milwaukee to make the community safer. Then, we learn how Wisconsin’s folk schools are teaching new generations traditional skills. Plus, we look at the best Wisconsin state parks to bring your dog and learn about the life of a star.


Monday on Lake Effect: combating extremism, Capitol Notes, MEDAL program, Dungeons & Dragons history, Bubbler Talk

We look at a local group combatting extremism and domestic terrorism. Then, Capitol Notes returns with a look at last night’s senate debate. We learn about a program introducing young people of color to professional career paths like medicine, engineering, and architecture. Plus, learn about the history of Dungeons & Dragons, rooted in Wisconsin.


Wednesday on Lake Effect: Supreme Court DNR decision, equitable abortion access, Milwaukee County trails

A recent decision by the State Supreme Court will allow a Natural Resources board member to stay past his term limit. We explore what that means for democracy and environmental policy. Then, look at how overturning Roe v. Wade will impact marginalized people. Plus, learn about some of the hidden gems in the Milwaukee County Parks system of trails.


Tuesday on Lake Effect: Wisconsin tribal income, avoiding ticks, sun protection, the Green Book

We explore why the pandemic has pushed Wisconsin tribes to look into ventures outside of gaming. Then, look at the importance of protecting your skin from the sun, and the best ways to do it. Plus, learn about the lasting impact of the Green Book.


Monday on Lake Effect: gerrymandering impact on legislation, social determinants of health, Halal Restaurant Week, comedian Hannah Gadsby, Bubbler Talk

We’ll look at the fate of popular legislation in light of Wisconsin’s gerrymandered legislature. Then, learn about social determinants of health and how research is shifting the way care is given. We’ll tell you about Milwaukee’s first Halal Restaurant week. We'll hear from Australian comic Hannah Gadsby. Plus, Bubbler Talk looks at the history of Havenwoods State Forest.