Growing up listening to All Things Considered or Morning Edition on NPR helped me appreciate news-related conversations on the airwaves, which is why my recent visit to WUWM's Lake Effect was exciting. The neighborhood-focused magazine program interviewed me about my lead poisoning story, which appeared in two parts in Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. NNS reporters are usual guests on Lake Effect, having joined to discuss the special report on human trafficking in the city and why families who are homeless struggle to find shelter.
On the day of my interview, Joy Powers welcomed me to the studio and we chatted a bit before the mics were turned on. The interview had a conversational tone, with Joy asking about the current impact of lead poisoning in the city and why funding for assistance had decreased over time.
My nerves for talking on recording subsided after a few minutes. Luckily I had brought notes about my story, so that I was not stumbling over statistics. The experience went faster than I expected and the most difficult part of the entire interview was getting used to talking to someone while mics blocked both of your faces.
Listen to my interview on Lake Effect, and read part one and part two of my lead poisoning story.
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