Frederica Freyberg

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Frederica Freyberg is the executive producer of news and anchor of Here & Now, PBS Wisconsin's live weekly program that covers news concerning state issues and politics throughout the state. ...

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Frederica Freyberg sits at a desk on the Here & Now set and faces a video monitor showing an image of Cindy Bourget.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Cindy Bourget, Suzanne Becker, Janet Protasiewicz

Here's what guests on the January 27, 2023 episode said about student mental health, high demand for FoodShare benefits and running in the 2023 election for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Monday January 30, 2023


Suzanne Becker on an end to extra monthly FoodShare benefits

Health

Suzanne Becker on an end to extra monthly FoodShare benefits

Feed My People Food Bank Executive Director Suzanne Becker considers difficulties families and hunger-relief groups served by the Eau Claire charity will face as expanded federal pandemic aid ceases.

Friday January 27, 2023


Cindy Bourget on mental health needs of Wisconsin students

Health

Cindy Bourget on mental health needs of Wisconsin students

Elk Mound Middle School counselor Cindy Bourget describes how K-12 students in the state struggle with mental health as the governor promotes increased funding for schools to provide support services.

Friday January 27, 2023


Wisconsin high schoolers share their views on abortion law

Politics

Wisconsin high schoolers share their views on abortion law

Six high school students in Black River Falls, Minocqua and Wauwatosa, including participants in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, share their perspectives about Wisconsin's abortion law.

Friday January 27, 2023


Wisconsin 2023 State of the State highlights from Evers, Vos

Politics

Wisconsin 2023 State of the State highlights from Evers, Vos

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers shared his priorities for the state's 2023 budget in his fifth State of the State address, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos provided the Republican response.

Friday January 27, 2023


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Robert Spindell in different locations.

Politics

Here & Now’ Highlights: Robert Spindell, Brian Michel, Daniel Kelly

Here's what guests on the Jan. 20, 2023 episode said about 2022 election turnout in Milwaukee, how "conversion therapy" is deemed harmful and running in the 2023 election for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Monday January 23, 2023


Robert Spindell on voter turnout, suppression in Wisconsin

Elections

Robert Spindell on voter turnout, suppression in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Elections Commissioner Robert Spindell, a Republican appointee, responds to calls for him to resign after sending an email touting fewer 2022 votes in Black and Hispanic areas of Milwaukee.

Friday January 20, 2023


Brian Michel on the consequences of ‘conversion therapy’

Politics

Brian Michel on the consequences of ‘conversion therapy’

Mental Health America of Wisconsin COO Brian Michel explains why medical professionals reject "conversion therapy," a practice that attempts to alter sexual orientation and gender identity.

Friday January 20, 2023


‘Conversion therapy’ survivor shares dangers of the practice

Politics

‘Conversion therapy’ survivor shares dangers of the practice

Born Perfect co-founder Mathew Shurka shares his experiences with "conversion therapy" and describes risks it poses to LGBTQ community members after Wisconsin lawmakers lifted a ban on the practice.

Friday January 20, 2023


Mark Pocan and Bryan Steil on the national debt ceiling

Politics

Mark Pocan and Bryan Steil on the national debt ceiling

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and Republican U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil shared their positions on how to address the federal government's debt limit in the 2023 congressional session.

Friday January 20, 2023


Assembly approves constitutional amendment on bail for vote

Politics

Assembly approves constitutional amendment on bail for vote

The Wisconsin Assembly passed a proposed constitutional amendment for the April 2023 ballot that would require judges consider potential risks posed by defendants to the community when setting bail.

Friday January 20, 2023


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Kevin Carr in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Kevin Carr, Alyssa Kenney, Linda Gentes

Here's what guests on the December 16, 2022 episode said about relocating Wisconsin's youth prisons, why the state is asking internet consumers to check and challenge FCC descriptions of their service, and responses to the end of in-person classes at UW-Platteville Richland.

Monday December 19, 2022


Kevin Carr on relocating state juvenile detention facilities

Social Issues

Kevin Carr on relocating state juvenile detention facilities

Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Kevin Carr discusses the status of plans to move the state's youth correctional centers amid ongoing shortages of teachers and social workers.

Friday December 16, 2022


Linda Gentes on effects of UW-Platteville Richland closing

Education

Linda Gentes on effects of UW-Platteville Richland closing

Richland County Board Supervisor Linda Gentes, an administrator and lecturer at UW-Platteville Richland, considers causes and community effects of the UW System ending in-person classes on the campus.

Friday December 16, 2022


Alyssa Kenney on levels of broadband access across Wisconsin

Economy

Alyssa Kenney on levels of broadband access across Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Service Commission director of broadband and digital equity Alyssa Kenney explains efforts to challenge an FCC internet access map for the state to ensure appropriate federal funding.

Friday December 16, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Jim Zellmer in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Jim Zellmer, Jason Stein

Here's what guests on the Dec. 9, 2022 episode said about nitrates contaminating drinking water in Wisconsin and the "astounding" projected state budget surplus.

Monday December 12, 2022


Jason Stein on the scale of Wisconsin’s 2023 budget surplus

Politics

Jason Stein on the scale of Wisconsin’s 2023 budget surplus

Wisconsin Policy Forum research director Jason Stein discusses the political dynamics of a projected $6.5 billion state government surplus as the Legislature and governor pursue their budget plans.

Friday December 9, 2022


Jim Zellmer on how the DNR approaches nitrate contamination

Environment

Jim Zellmer on how the DNR approaches nitrate contamination

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Environmental Management Division deputy administrator Jim Zellmer discusses what the agency does to monitor and regulate groundwater pollution from nitrates.

Friday December 9, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Tammy Baldwin in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Janine Geske, James Small

Here's what guests on the December 2, 2022 episode said about the U.S. Senate passing the Respect for Marriage Act, a U.S. Supreme Court case over the authority of state legislatures in elections and why the emergency medical services system in Wisconsin is in crisis.

Monday December 5, 2022


Sen. Tammy Baldwin on passing the Respect for Marriage Act

Policy

Sen. Tammy Baldwin on passing the Respect for Marriage Act

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin discusses the chamber's vote for the Respect for Marriage Act to enshrine same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law and why she seeks these protections.

Friday December 2, 2022


Janine Geske on the ‘independent state legislature theory’

Elections

Janine Geske on the ‘independent state legislature theory’

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske explains why she joined a brief opposing a case in the U.S. Supreme Court that argues state legislatures have sole authority to set election rules.

Friday December 2, 2022


James Small on staffing Wisconsin’s volunteer EMS systems

Health

James Small on staffing Wisconsin’s volunteer EMS systems

Wisconsin Office of Rural Health EMS outreach manager James Small describes how emergency medical systems that rely on volunteers are struggling to maintain operations in the state's rural areas.

Friday December 2, 2022


Don Millis and Frederica Freyberg sit facing each other on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Don Millis, Dr. Michael Landrum, Abbey Fischer, Kevin Bahr

Here's what guests on the November 18, 2022 episode said about the future of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, RSVs filling hospital beds, culture war in Rice Lake schools and the state of the economy.

Monday November 21, 2022


Kevin Bahr on inflation, jobs and the state of the economy

Economy

Kevin Bahr on inflation, jobs and the state of the economy

UW-Stevens Point finance professor Kevin Behr, chief analyst at its Center for Business and Economic Insight, considers economic forecasts amid ongoing inflation, a hot job market and recession fears.

Friday November 18, 2022


Don Millis on certifying Wisconsin’s 2022 election results

Politics

Don Millis on certifying Wisconsin’s 2022 election results

Wisconsin Elections Commission chair Don Millis, a Republican appointee, discusses county canvassing of the 2022 vote and what's in store for the agency given the politics of the state's election law.

Friday November 18, 2022


Abbey Fischer on culture war over LGBTQ issues in schools

Education

Abbey Fischer on culture war over LGBTQ issues in schools

Former Rice Lake Board of Education member Abbey Fischer discusses resigning from office in the wake of growing anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and community tumult over inclusive school policies and curricula.

Friday November 18, 2022


Dr. Michael Landrum on rising RSV infections in Wisconsin

Health

Dr. Michael Landrum on rising RSV infections in Wisconsin

Bellin Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Landrum explains how RSV, a common respiratory virus, is leading Wisconsin hospitals to expand their capacity for vulnerable pediatric patients.

Friday November 18, 2022


Wisconsin-based Packers Sanitation draws child labor order

Agriculture

Wisconsin-based Packers Sanitation draws child labor order

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a temporary restraining order against Wisconsin-based Packers Sanitation after an investigation found children allegedly working long hours in hazardous conditions.

Friday November 18, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Amber Wichowsky in different locations.

Elections

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Amber Wichowsky, Anthony Chergosky, Angela Lang, McCoshen & Ross

Here's what guests on the November 11, 2022 episode said about the midterm election in Wisconsin and why some candidates won while others were defeated.

Monday November 14, 2022


Amber Wichowsky on impacts of young Wisconsin voters in 2022

Elections

Amber Wichowsky on impacts of young Wisconsin voters in 2022

Marquette University political science professor Amber Wichowsky explains how youth voter turnout was a key factor in a midterm election that reflected Wisconsin's increasingly divided electorate.

Friday November 11, 2022


Angela Lang on the 2022 vote and Wisconsin’s racial politics

Elections

Angela Lang on the 2022 vote and Wisconsin’s racial politics

Black Leaders Organizing for Communities Executive Director Angela Lang evaluates Wisconsin's midterm election for senator and the roles of racism and political polarization in driving voter turnout.

Friday November 11, 2022


Anthony Chergosky on Van Orden’s win in Wisconsin’s 3rd

Elections

Anthony Chergosky on Van Orden’s win in Wisconsin’s 3rd

UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky examines Derrick Van Orden's victory over Brad Pfaff for a western Wisconsin U.S. House seat and the rural-urban split in partisan politics.

Friday November 11, 2022


McCoshen & Ross on Wisconsin’s 2022 midterm election winners

Elections

McCoshen & Ross on Wisconsin’s 2022 midterm election winners

"Here & Now" political panelists Bill McCoshen & Scot Ross discuss wins by Tony Evers and Ron Johnson in the 2022 election and how the votes for each reflect Wisconsin's changing political landscape.

Friday November 11, 2022


Michael Wagner and Frederica Freyberg sit facing each other on the Here & Now set.

Elections

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Charles Franklin, Michael Wagner

Here's what guests on the November 4, 2022 episode said about the last round of Wisconsin candidate polling before the midterm elections and how disinformation can lead to political violence.

Monday November 7, 2022


Michael Wagner on fights over facts before the 2022 election

Elections

Michael Wagner on fights over facts before the 2022 election

UW-Madison journalism professor Mike Wagner discusses the impacts of misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories on voting and their relationship to political intimidation and violence.

Friday November 4, 2022


Charles Franklin on tight polling in Wisconsin’s 2022 races

Elections

Charles Franklin on tight polling in Wisconsin’s 2022 races

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin considers the last round of polling for the 2022 elections and how Wisconsin voters remain closely split on candidates for governor and U.S. Senate.

Friday November 4, 2022


The Wisconsin Elections Commission responds to fraud charges

Elections

The Wisconsin Elections Commission responds to fraud charges

The Wisconsin Elections Commission discussed charges filed against a now-fired city of Milwaukee elections official who was charged with fraudulently obtaining three fake military absentee ballots.

Friday November 4, 2022


Wisconsin high schoolers share thoughts on the right to vote

Elections

Wisconsin high schoolers share thoughts on the right to vote

Six high school students in Appleton, Black River Falls and Minocqua, including participants in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, share their thoughts on the election process and their right to vote.

Friday November 4, 2022


Shawn Johnson and Frederica Freyberg sit facing each other on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Abigail Swetz, Shawn Johnson

Here's what guests on the October 28, 2022 episode said about gaps in test scores between Black and white students in Wisconsin and the historic number of vetoes signed by Gov. Tony Evers.

Monday October 31, 2022


Shawn Johnson on Republican bills, Evers vetoes and 2023

Politics

Shawn Johnson on Republican bills, Evers vetoes and 2023

Wisconsin Public Radio Capitol bureau chief Shawn Johnson discusses vetoes by Gov. Tony Evers and the prospects of a Republican legislative supermajority and Tim Michels victory in the 2022 election.

Friday October 28, 2022


Abigail Swetz on Wisconsin’s persistent achievement gap

Education

Abigail Swetz on Wisconsin’s persistent achievement gap

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction communications director Abigail Swetz discusses the 2022 Nation's Report Card and the state's ongoing racial disparities between Black and white students.

Friday October 28, 2022


Wisconsin high schoolers share their school safety concerns

Education

Wisconsin high schoolers share their school safety concerns

Seven high school students in Appleton, Black River Falls, Minocqua and Wauwatosa, including participants in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, share their views on school shootings and safety.

Friday October 28, 2022


Abortion and authority of DAs in the attorney general debate

Politics

Abortion and authority of DAs in the attorney general debate

Wisconsin's attorney general candidates — Republican challenger Eric Toney and Democratic incumbent Josh Kaul — debated on the role of district attorneys and discretion to prosecute abortion charges.

Friday October 28, 2022


John Eason and Frederica Freyberg sit facing each other on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Anthony Chergosky, John Eason

Here's what guests on the October 21, 2022 episode said about the status of Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District campaigns and how race factors in attack ads against one of the U.S. Senate candidates.

Monday October 24, 2022


John Eason on the role of race in Wisconsin’s 2022 election

Elections

John Eason on the role of race in Wisconsin’s 2022 election

UW-Madison sociology professor John Eason discusses how the issue of rising crime and attitudes on race intersect in the U.S. Senate contest between Sen. Ron Johnson and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

Friday October 21, 2022


Anthony Chergosky on Pfaff, Van Orden and the 3rd District

Elections

Anthony Chergosky on Pfaff, Van Orden and the 3rd District

UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky assesses the race between Brad Pfaff and Derrick Van Orden for Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District seat in the last weeks of the election.

Friday October 21, 2022


Poll workers get active shooter training before Election Day

Elections

Poll workers get active shooter training before Election Day

A few weeks ahead of the 2022 midterms, city staff and election workers in Stoughton participated in active shooter training with law enforcement officers to prepare for potential violence on Nov. 8.

Friday October 21, 2022


Wisconsin high schoolers share 2022 issues important to them

Politics

Wisconsin high schoolers share 2022 issues important to them

Seven high school students in Appleton, Minocqua and Wauwatosa, including participants in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, share their thoughts on issues important to them in the 2022 elections.

Friday October 21, 2022


McCoshen & Ross on the Ron Johnson and Mandela Barnes debate

Elections

McCoshen & Ross on the Ron Johnson and Mandela Barnes debate

"Here & Now" political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross analyze a 2022 U.S. Senate debate between Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes.

Friday October 7, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Dan Hereth in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Dan Hereth, Katie Johnson

Here's what guests on the September 23, 2022 episode said about fixing Wisconsin's backlog in approving professional license applications and pandemic-driven academic and behavioral slides in K-12 schools.

Monday September 26, 2022


Dan Hereth on Wisconsin’s professional license approval lag

Politics

Dan Hereth on Wisconsin’s professional license approval lag

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary-designee Dan Hereth discusses agency difficulties keeping up with licensing applications from people waiting to work in their fields.

Friday September 23, 2022


Katie Johnson on ‘pandemic slide’ and K-12 student success

Education

Katie Johnson on ‘pandemic slide’ and K-12 student success

Amery schools psychologist Katie Johnson, president of the Wisconsin School Psychologists Association, discusses academic, mental and emotional challenges students face in the wake of the pandemic.

Friday September 23, 2022


Underly gives 2022 State of Education address for Wisconsin

Education

Underly gives 2022 State of Education address for Wisconsin

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Underly delivered the 2022 State of Education address, highlighting student emotional health and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday September 23, 2022


Evers calls special session to implement abortion referendum

Politics

Evers calls special session to implement abortion referendum

Gov. Tony Evers called a special session of the Wisconsin Legislature to create a referendum process for voters to weigh in on state law, allowing a direct challenge the state's existing 1849 criminal abortion ban.

Friday September 23, 2022


Frederica Freyberg and Charles Franklin sit facing each other on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Charles Franklin, Scott McDonell, Don Taylor

Here's what guests on the Sept. 16, 2022 episode said about tightening races for U.S. Senate and governor in Wisconsin, election clerks' preparations for the November vote and the averted strike of UW Health nurses.

Monday September 19, 2022


Charles Franklin on crime, abortion and student debt polling

Elections

Charles Franklin on crime, abortion and student debt polling

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin describes where voters stand on high-profile issues before the 2022 election and the tight status of the state's races for U.S. Senate and governor.

Friday September 16, 2022


Scott McDonell on pressures election officials face in 2022

Elections

Scott McDonell on pressures election officials face in 2022

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell discusses how ongoing court cases, changing state guidance, records requests and threats are affecting planning for the fall election and public confidence in voting.

Friday September 16, 2022


Don Taylor on the UW Health and nurses’ union dispute

Politics

Don Taylor on the UW Health and nurses’ union dispute

UW-Madison School for Workers professor Don Taylor explains an agreement between UW Health and nurses to halt a planned strike and communicate amid disputes over the legal status of a union campaign.

Friday September 16, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Kabby Hong in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Kabby Hong, Meagan Wolfe, Colin Gillis, Laura Dresser

Here's what guests on the Sept. 2, 2022 episode said about curriculum fights in schools, calls for more funding of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, why UW Health nurses are ready to strike and what the jobs outlook is for the state.

Tuesday September 6, 2022


Meagan Wolfe on preparing for Wisconsin’s 2022 fall election

Elections

Meagan Wolfe on preparing for Wisconsin’s 2022 fall election

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Megan Wolfe discusses why the agency is proposing an Elections Inspector General program and how the state is getting ready for the November 2022 vote.

Friday September 2, 2022


Colin Gillis on UW Health nurses issuing a strike notice

Health

Colin Gillis on UW Health nurses issuing a strike notice

UW Health nurse Colin Gillis describes why hundreds of nurses are prepared to strike as the Madison health system refuses to recognize their union and the working conditions that led to this decision.

Friday September 2, 2022


Laura Dresser on the state of working in Wisconsin in 2022

Economy

Laura Dresser on the state of working in Wisconsin in 2022

Labor economist and UW-Madison COWS associate director Laura Dresser explains findings in the group's State of Working Wisconsin 2022 report, including the status of wages, unemployment and unions.

Friday September 2, 2022


Kabby Hong on books being banned in Wisconsin schools

Education

Kabby Hong on books being banned in Wisconsin schools

Verona Area High School teacher Kabby Hong, a member of the Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin, considers how teaching history has become fraught as culture wars enter classrooms.

Friday September 2, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Amy Loudenbeck on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Nick Hillman, Andrey Ivanov, Shelly Missall, Amy Loudenbeck

Here's what guests on the Aug. 26, 2022 episode said about how the federal cancellation of some student loan debt, Ukraine's independence six months since Russia's invasion, why the new 988 mental health crisis hotline is getting so many calls and why the Republican candidate for Wisconsin secretary of state believes she can beat the long-time incumbent.

Monday August 29, 2022


Andrey Ivanov on solidarity for Ukraine and its independence

Politics

Andrey Ivanov on solidarity for Ukraine and its independence

UW-Platteville professor Andrey Ivanov, a Ukraine native who teaches the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, considers the human toll of war in his homeland six months after the invasion started.

Friday August 26, 2022


Shelly Missall on goals of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Health

Shelly Missall on goals of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin program manager Shelly Missall describes the response to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which provides counselors to people seeking help with mental health.

Friday August 26, 2022


Rep. Amy Loudenbeck on her 2022 secretary of state campaign

Elections

Rep. Amy Loudenbeck on her 2022 secretary of state campaign

State Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, discusses her 2022 run for Wisconsin Secretary of State, why she is seeking statewide office and Republican proposals to add election oversight to its duties.

Friday August 26, 2022


Nick Hillman on a federal plan to forgive student loan debt

Education

Nick Hillman on a federal plan to forgive student loan debt

UW-Madison School of Education professor Nick Hillman explains the purpose and potential impacts of an executive order by President Joe Biden offering student loan debt relief to eligible borrowers.

Friday August 26, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Doug La Follette in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Charles Franklin, Lance Bagstad, Bobby Peterson, Doug La Follette

Here's what guests on the Aug. 19, 2022 episode said about post-primary election and issue polling, teacher and staff shortages at schools, Medicare cost-savings in the Inflation Reduction Act and what Wisconsin's long-serving Secretary of State said about why he should be re-elected.

Monday August 22, 2022


Charles Franklin on Wisconsin’s 2022 candidates and issues

Politics

Charles Franklin on Wisconsin’s 2022 candidates and issues

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin details findings from post-primary polling about issues important to voters and support of Wisconsin's 2022 candidates for U.S. Senate and governor.

Friday August 19, 2022


Secretary of State Doug La Follette on his 2022 campaign

Elections

Secretary of State Doug La Follette on his 2022 campaign

Incumbent Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette discusses his 2022 run for re-election, serving multiple decades in the office and Republican proposals to add election oversight to its duties.

Friday August 19, 2022


Bobby Peterson on the Inflation Reduction Act and healthcare

Policy

Bobby Peterson on the Inflation Reduction Act and healthcare

ABC for Health Executive Director Bobby Peterson explains how provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act are structured to cap prescription drug costs and extend health insurance marketplace subsidies.

Friday August 19, 2022


Lance Bagstad on rural schools facing teacher shortages

Education

Lance Bagstad on rural schools facing teacher shortages

School District of Arcadia Superintendent Lance Bagstad describes the shortages of teachers and staff in rural schools and what is being done to recruit and retain more people in these positions.

Friday August 19, 2022


From left to right, a split screen with Frederica Freyberg, Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross seated in different locations on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: McCoshen & Ross, Anthony Chergosky, Dr. Ryan Westergaard

Here's what guests on the Aug. 12, 2022 episode said about the Wisconsin primary election results and the status of monkeypox in the state.

Monday August 15, 2022


Dr. Ryan Westergaard on fighting the spread of monkeypox

Health

Dr. Ryan Westergaard on fighting the spread of monkeypox

Wisconsin Department of Health Services state epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard describes efforts to distribute a short supply of vaccine doses for monkeypox as the number of infections climbs.

Friday August 12, 2022


McCoshen & Ross on Wisconsin’s 2022 primary election winners

Elections

McCoshen & Ross on Wisconsin’s 2022 primary election winners

"Here & Now" political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross discuss Wisconsin's 2022 candidates for governor and U.S. Senate, and how Biden and Trump may influence voters in the general election.

Friday August 12, 2022


Baldwin touts, Johnson derides the Inflation Reduction Act

Policy

Baldwin touts, Johnson derides the Inflation Reduction Act

A major federal package that includes expansive green energy, health care and tax policy initiatives is before Congress, with Wisconsin's U.S. senators lining up on either side of the legislation.

Friday August 12, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Claire Woodall-Vogg in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Claire Woodall-Vogg, Jennifer Mnookin

Here's what guests on the Aug. 5, 2022 episode said about final preparations by election clerks ahead of the Aug. 9 primary, and how the new UW-Madison chancellor will handle the university's relationship with the Wisconsin Legislature.

Monday August 8, 2022


Claire Woodall-Vogg on voters and the 2022 partisan primary

Elections

Claire Woodall-Vogg on voters and the 2022 partisan primary

City of Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg details how local clerks are preparing for Wisconsin's 2022 partisan primary, offering absentee ballot and in-person voting guidance, testing equipment and handling threats.

Friday August 5, 2022


Local clerks test machines to bolster confidence in election

Elections

Local clerks test machines to bolster confidence in election

Municipal clerks publicly test voting machines in advance of the 2022 partisan primary to show they are properly counting ballots and to address concerns of election fraud — West Bend city clerk Lizbet Santana demonstrates the process.

Friday August 5, 2022


Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin on the future of UW-Madison

Education

Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin on the future of UW-Madison

Dr. Jennifer Mnookin, the incoming chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses her intentions to address challenges facing the institution, including the cost of attendance, student diversity and relationship with state government.

Friday August 5, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Tammy Baldwin in different locations.

Politics

Here & Now Highlights: U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Ann Jacobs, Dr. Christopher Ford

Here's what guests on the July 29, 2022 episode said about efforts to enshrine same-sex marriage, election fraud activists who admitted to committing election fraud, and how ER doctors are preparing for more complications among pregnant patients as abortion access decreases.

Monday August 1, 2022


Sen. Tammy Baldwin on the Respect for Marriage Act

Politics

Sen. Tammy Baldwin on the Respect for Marriage Act

Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, explains why she is sponsoring a bill to establish rights to same-sex and interracial marriage in federal law and seeking 10 Republicans to allow a vote.

Friday July 29, 2022


Ann Jacobs on discord over Wisconsin’s elections

Elections

Ann Jacobs on discord over Wisconsin’s elections

Wisconsin Elections Commission member Ann Jacobs, a Democratic appointee and its former chair, discusses Republican efforts to overturn the state's 2020 presidential vote and the future of the agency.

Friday July 29, 2022


Jim Steineke and Zac Schultz sit in chairs in a room in the Wisconsin State Capitol with a wood-paneled fireplace, sconces and the U.S. and state flags in the background.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Rep. Jim Steineke, Mayor Cavalier Johnson

Here's what guests on the July 22, 2022 episode said about retiring from the Wisconsin Legislature and welcoming the 2024 Republican National Convention to Milwaukee.

Monday July 25, 2022


Mayor Cavalier Johnson on Milwaukee and the 2024 RNC

Politics

Mayor Cavalier Johnson on Milwaukee and the 2024 RNC

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson discusses expectations the city will be selected to host the 2024 Republican National Convention and what it means after the 2020 DNC was disrupted by the pandemic.

Friday July 22, 2022


U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan on the Respect for Marriage Act

Politics

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan on the Respect for Marriage Act

U.S. Representative Mark Pocan describes why he sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act, which would require the federal government to recognize the validity of same-sex and interracial marriages and was passed by the U.S. House.

Friday July 22, 2022


3rd District candidates debate, vie in Democratic primary

Elections

3rd District candidates debate, vie in Democratic primary

Four Democratic candidates in Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District – Rebecca Cooke, Deb McGrath, Mark Neumann and Brad Pfaff – debate as they run to be the Democratic nominee in the November 2022 election and face Republican candidate Derrick Van Orden.

Friday July 22, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Don Millis in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Don Millis, Michael Osterholm, Thad Schumacher

Here's what guests on the July 15, 2022 episode said about calls to dissolve the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission, the surging BA.5 omicron variant of COVID-19 and dispensing more emergency contraception with abortion illegal in the state.

Monday July 18, 2022


Don Millis on the Wisconsin Elections Commission

Elections

Don Millis on the Wisconsin Elections Commission

Wisconsin Elections Commission chair Don Millis, a Republican appointee, discusses providing voters and clerks guidance as the primary nears and while members of his party seek to dissolve the agency.

Friday July 15, 2022


Michael Osterholm on relentless COVID-19 infections

Health

Michael Osterholm on relentless COVID-19 infections

Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, explains the cycle of emerging COVID-19 omicron subvariants and how they've extended the pandemic.

Friday July 15, 2022


Frederica Freyberg and Noble Wray sit in chairs in a room with the Here & Now set in the background.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Tom Grieve, Noble Wray, Zac Schultz

Here's what guests on the July 8, 2022 episode said about the Independence Day parade mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that prohibits absentee ballot drop boxes.

Monday July 11, 2022


Why the Wisconsin Supreme Court banned ballot drop boxes

Elections

Why the Wisconsin Supreme Court banned ballot drop boxes

"Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz explains the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that absentee ballot drop boxes for elections, which were used around the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, are not allowed under state law.

Friday July 8, 2022


How AR-15-style gunshots maim and kill people

Politics

How AR-15-style gunshots maim and kill people

Dr. Stephen Hargarten, director of Medical College of Wisconsin's Comprehensive Injury Center and an ER doctor who has treated hundreds of gunshot patients, explains the damage AR-15-style rifles cause.

Friday July 8, 2022


Why there’s support for high-powered guns

Politics

Why there’s support for high-powered guns

Tom Grieve – a criminal defense lawyer, former Waukesha County prosecutor, and self-described "zealous" Second Amendment advocate – describes Wisconsin laws on semi-automatic firearms and machine guns.

Friday July 8, 2022


Shock, despair after the Highland Park shooting

Social Issues

Shock, despair after the Highland Park shooting

Noble Wray, a national policing consultant and former police chief, discusses the Highland Park mass shooting, the suspect's travel to the Madison area and the availability of military-grade guns.

Friday July 8, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Josh Kaul in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Josh Kaul, Tim Gruenke, Amy Domeyer, Julie Uhal

Here's what guests on the July 1, 2022 episode said about legal and medical consequences in Wisconsin following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a federal right to abortion.

Tuesday July 5, 2022


A lawsuit takes on Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban

Politics

A lawsuit takes on Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, explains why he filed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's 1849 law banning abortion, arguing that newer state laws on the books make it unenforceable.

Friday July 1, 2022


Wisconsin DAs and prosecuting abortion cases

Politics

Wisconsin DAs and prosecuting abortion cases

La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke, a Democrat who opposes the reversal of Roe v. Wade, explains why he would enforce Wisconsin's abortion laws and remains open to pursuing prosecutions.

Friday July 1, 2022


Illinois, Wisconsin and out-of-state abortions

Politics

Illinois, Wisconsin and out-of-state abortions

Julie Uhal, who manages the Securing Access For Everyone program at Planned Parenthood of Illinois, describes its preparations to provide abortions to out-of-state patients, including from Wisconsin.

Friday July 1, 2022


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