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Lake Effect Spotlight

From WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR

Lake Effect Spotlight features some of the best segments from WUWM's daily interview show. Meet people, projects and ideas that link Wisconsin with the world and the world with Wisconsin.

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'American Dreams, American Nightmares': An Unfiltered Look At An Immigrant Family's Journey

The idea of the American dream is a core part of our national identity. Starting with nothing and working your way up is what many of us believe it means to be an American. But that dream has always been complicated, as Aarti Shahani experienced firsthand. Shahani is an NPR correspondent based in Silicon Valley and is frequently heard on All Things Considered and Morning Edition . She's also an immigrant from Morocco, moving to the U.S. as a young child. While she believes she's currently living

'American Dreams, American Nightmares': An Unfiltered Look At An Immigrant Family's Journey

Bay View Bridge 'KK Can Opener' Causes Routine Incidents For Truckers

Cars driving to Bay View from Milwaukee on Kinnickinnic Avenue generally pass unscathed. But vehicles taller than 12-feet 9-inches, aren't so lucky. Along that route is a bridge nicknamed the "KK Can Opener" that's been getting semis and delivery trucks stuck on a regular basis. "Like a tin can, they get their top ripped off," says Matt Hrodey, writer of "Bay View Truck Eater" in the September issue of Milwaukee Magazine . There are seven total crossings on state highways less than 13-feet 9

Bay View Bridge 'KK Can Opener' Causes Routine Incidents For Truckers

Public Radio Is Still 'A Beacon' For WUWM's Bob Bach

WUWM went on the air on this day in 1964. As we celebrate our 55th birthday, we're also celebrating and looking back on the staff members who were integral to the station's content and identity. For anyone who listened to WUWM from the early '90s until just a few years ago, Bob Bach is a familiar voice. He worked in WUWM's newsroom from 1991 to 2015. In those 24 years, he reported on the news, hosted the precursor to Lake Effect (called At10 ), and finished up his career as our local Morning

The Milwaukee Ballet's New Third Ward Home Is Officially Open

Wednesday is Milwaukee Ballet Day. Eighty structures in 20 locations around Milwaukee are festooned with 2,500 yards of ribbon and 100 pointe shoes. It's the beginning of the company's 50th anniversary year, but it's also a very big day in the history of the company. The Milwaukee Ballet's new artistic home is officially open. Ten years in the planning, 14 months in construction, and many millions of dollars raised to pay for it all, the new Baumgartner Center for Dance houses seven state of the

Tariff Wars & Immigration Issues Are Affecting Wine Prices

The news has been full of stories on tariffs and immigration, and how both are affecting the economy. These aren't topics our wine contributor, Ray Fister, typically talks to Lake Effect about. But he says these national and international policies will show up as higher per bottle prices for the consumer. One of the biggest changes coming down the pike are with California labor laws that take effect next year. "Vineyard workers can no longer work 60 hour per week like they normally do," Fister

As Milwaukee's JobLines Service Ends, What's Next?

On Saturday Aug. 24, the last JobLines bus will cease operations. While Route 57 will still operate in Milwaukee County, it'll no longer cross the county line into Waukesha. Meanwhile, Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is facing a large budget shortfall and is looking to shut down even more routes than the remaining JobLine to balance a nearly $6 million deficit for 2019. READ: Milwaukee Mayor Says 'Storm Clouds Are Coming' Regarding 2020 City Budget Lake Effect will be focusing on regional

Milwaukee Music Roundup: July 2019

We're starting a new partnership on Lake Effect . Matt Wild is one of the co-founders of Milwaukee Record, which he and the other co-founder, Tyler Maas, describe as an online source for music, culture, and gentle sarcasm. Among the many cultural things Milwaukee Record keeps track of is a nearly exhaustive list of new music from local musicians. From EP and CD releases to new videos and uploads, Wild does his best to collect it all in a Milwaukee Music Roundup every month. "I try to get a

Rick Steves' Climate Program Aims To Make Travel Carbon Neutral

Rick Steves is known for his PBS travel show and for booking 30,000 people on his European tours each year. And while he claims to be neither environmentalist nor particularly environmentally savvy, Steves is trying to balance his success by reducing the carbon footprint of all of those travelers he leads on holiday. "I want to stress, I'm not doing anything heroic. I just want to pay my fair share," says Steves. "If I'm profiting off of making people fly to Europe to join my tours, then I

Wisconsin Native Works To Save Lions & Livestock In Tanzania

Ruaha National Park in Tanzania may seem like a world away from Wisconsin. But Wauwatosa-native BenJee Cascio calls both of these places home. As the human-wildlife conflict manager for the Ruaha Carnivore Project's Lion Defenders program , Cascio is working to shift cultural attitudes around lions. The Maasai and Barabaig tribes are nomadic pastoralists living near Ruaha. They have traditionally seen lions as predators that threaten their livestock and livelihood. Managing that conflict

Historian John Gurda Opens Up About His Personal History

Historian John Gurda is the go-to source for all things Milwaukee history. He has authored several books on the city's history, including Milwaukee: A City of Neighborhoods , Cream City Chronicles , and The Making of Milwaukee , which became a Milwaukee PBS series of the same name. Gurda is also a regular feature on the public television series, Around the Corner with John McGivern , where he explores parts of the state beyond Milwaukee. It may seem that Gurda was tailor-made for this work, but

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