A crop of a map shows municipalities in southeastern Wisconsin color-coded to reflect their inclusion or exclusion from the 5th Congressional District following the 2022 redistricting.

Politics

The Fitzgerald brothers once again both reside in the 5th Congressional District after a decade apart

Jeff Fitzgerald, a Republican lawmaker who held office in the Wisconsin Assembly from 2001 to 2013 and served as Speaker for one session, lives in Horicon — following court battles, the municipality was redistricted into the 5th Congressional District, represented by his brother Scott Fitzgerald, also a Republican.

May 24, 2022

Frederica Freyberg and LaTonya Johnson sit in chairs in a room with Wisconsin Blue Books, a lamp and windows in the background.
Frederica Freyberg and LaTonya Johnson sit in chairs in a room with Wisconsin Blue Books, a lamp and windows in the background.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: LaTonya Johnson, Jasmine Zapata, Laura Sauve, Jenny Higgins

Here's what guests on the May 20, 2022 episode had to say about Milwaukee gun violence, baby formula shortages, rising COVID-19 numbers and a survey of physicians about abortion.

May 23, 2022

A pack of Paxlovid sits on a table with the evening doses opened to show the pills.
A pack of Paxlovid sits on a table with the evening doses opened to show the pills.

Coronavirus

Wisconsin’s Covid Condition: Antiviral use low as another Omicron wave builds

Health officials urge more people to seek out therapeutics after COVID-19 infection, particularly as multiple subvariants lead to the highest reports of new cases and hospitalizations in several months.

May 19, 2022

Hedaiatullah Azim and Mohammad Ali Afshar sit at a table and, while smiling, point at a book they're studying.
Hedaiatullah Azim and Mohammad Ali Afshar sit at a table and, while smiling, point at a book they're studying.

Economy

‘They can bring so much’: Despite barriers, Afghan evacuees enrich Wisconsin’s workforce

Wisconsin is in a labor crunch, but evacuees and other immigrants can help — if they can navigate transportation and other obstacles.

May 18, 2022 • Northeast Region

A trio of banners depicting Bucky Badger are placed between pillars on the facade of Bascom Hall on the UW-Madison campus, with a blue sky with a few clouds in the background.
A trio of banners depicting Bucky Badger are placed between pillars on the facade of Bascom Hall on the UW-Madison campus, with a blue sky with a few clouds in the background.

Education

New UW-Madison chancellor Mnookin talks diplomacy, diversity and academic freedom

Jennifer L. Mnookin responded to criticisms from multiple Republican lawmakers following her appointment as chancellor of the state's flagship university, emphasizing her work as a "connector" who builds bridges.

May 17, 2022 • South Central Region

Two adjacent screenshots show Barbara Dittrich and Kelda Roys seated in different locations.
Two adjacent screenshots show Barbara Dittrich and Kelda Roys seated in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: State Rep. Barbara Dittrich, State Sen. Kelda Roys, Anne Hlavacka, Tracy Jensen

Here's what guests on the May 13, 2022 episode had to say about possible changes to abortion law in Wisconsin, the growth in new businesses in the western part of the state, and what "A Day Without Child Care" means to parents and providers.

May 16, 2022

Cavalier Johnson stands behind a podium mounted with multiple news microphones, with police officers and other individuals standing on each side, with an intersection and buildings in the background.
Cavalier Johnson stands behind a podium mounted with multiple news microphones, with police officers and other individuals standing on each side, with an intersection and buildings in the background.

Social Issues

Three shootings, one mass shooting in Milwaukee following Bucks game

Twenty-one people were injured in a series of shootings around the Deer District following a Milwaukee Bucks playoff game on May 13 — the city subsequently set a curfew for people under the age of 21 for the rest of the weekend, and police announced they had taken at least 10 people into custody.

May 14, 2022 • Southeast Region

Protestors stand in a crowd with one holding a sign that reads You Can't Ban Abortion, You Can Only Ban Safe Abortion.
Protestors stand in a crowd with one holding a sign that reads You Can't Ban Abortion, You Can Only Ban Safe Abortion.

Politics

Abortion takes center stage in Wisconsin after U.S. Supreme Court revelation

Public uproar swiftly followed the leak of a draft opinion from the nation's high court that would overturn Roe v. Wade, one of the most controversial personal and political issues of the past half-century.

May 12, 2022

A crop of a map shows municipalities in Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin and adjacent counties color-coded to reflect their inclusion or exclusion from the 3rd Congressional District following the 2022 redistricting.
A crop of a map shows municipalities in Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin and adjacent counties color-coded to reflect their inclusion or exclusion from the 3rd Congressional District following the 2022 redistricting.

Elections

Little change to 3rd Congressional District that includes La Crosse, Eau Claire

A western Wisconsin district is still trending red as Republicans look to flip it after the retirement of Democrat Ron Kind, who held the seat for 25 years.

May 11, 2022

A contractor wearing a safety helmet carries plywood in the hallway of a house while approaching a drop-down ladder extending from an attic entrance.
A contractor wearing a safety helmet carries plywood in the hallway of a house while approaching a drop-down ladder extending from an attic entrance.

Economy

Home retrofits are a burgeoning business in the campaign against climate change

Entrepreneurs and government programs in Wisconsin are connecting with homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and reduce carbon emissions – in Milwaukee, this work connects with efforts to improve community equity.

May 10, 2022 • Southeast Region