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Lake Effect Spotlight

From WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR

Lake Effect Spotlight features some of our favorite conversations about what matters most now to people in Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin.

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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.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers advises masks, vaccinations and boosters in wake...

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.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers advises masks, vaccinations and boosters in wake...

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.

The origins of Wisconsin's 'dueling' brands: Fleet Farm and Farm & Fleet

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.

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.

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.

MCW researcher: Total picture of health incomplete without including where you live, work, play

'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.

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.

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.

Why medical care could be criminally prosecuted under Wisconsin's 1849 abortion law

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.

People over parking: Reimagining Milwaukee's downtown to be more pedestrian-friendly