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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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Toney on 2022 Attorney General Run

Elections

Toney on 2022 Attorney General Run

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Friday July 30, 2021


Pandemic Unemployment Aid and the Workforce

Economy

Pandemic Unemployment Aid and the Workforce

Laura Dresser, a labor economist and associate director of COWS at UW-Madison speaks to research about the relationship between federal unemployment benefits during the pandemic and the workforce.

Friday July 30, 2021


The Delta Variant and Masking

Coronavirus

The Delta Variant and Masking

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk discusses the updated masking guidelines issued by the CDC in response to the spreading Delta variant of COVID-19.

Friday July 30, 2021


Owens on 2022 Attorney General Run

Elections

Owens on 2022 Attorney General Run

UW-Madison political science professor Ryan Owens describes his run as a Republican candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General in the 2022 primary and the issues he plans to prioritize in the campaign.

Friday July 23, 2021


Barnes Announces US Senate Candidacy

Elections

Barnes Announces US Senate Candidacy

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, one of a growing number of Democrats vying for the seat in 2022.

Friday July 23, 2021


How the 2021 Bucks Championship Boosts Milwaukee’s Economy

Economy

How the 2021 Bucks Championship Boosts Milwaukee’s Economy

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley reacts to the Milwaukee Bucks' NBA Championship and how the team and its home at the Fiserv Forum in the city's downtown are boosting the local economy.

Friday July 23, 2021


The Delta Variant — Now and Going Forward

Coronavirus

The Delta Variant — Now and Going Forward

Dr. Michael Osterholm, epidemiologist and director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, discusses infections of the Delta variant of COVID-19 picking up speed, vaccinations and the spread of misinformation.

Friday July 23, 2021


Previewing a Statue of Vel Phillips

Social Issues

Previewing a Statue of Vel Phillips

A cardboard cutout of Wisconsin's Black political trailblazer Vel Phillips was placed on the south corner of the Capitol Square in Madison, offering a preview at a new statue that's in the works.

Friday July 16, 2021


Kaul on 2022 Attorney General Run

Politics

Kaul on 2022 Attorney General Run

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul describes why he is running for reelection in that position in the 2022 general election and the issues he plans to prioritize in the campaign.

Friday July 16, 2021


Federal Child Tax Credit Payments Begin

Economy

Federal Child Tax Credit Payments Begin

Tamarine Cornelius, research analyst with the nonprofit children's advocacy group Kids Forward, discusses pros and cons of the expanded Child Tax Credit as advance payments start.

Friday July 16, 2021


Explaining the Tax Withholding Veto

Politics

Explaining the Tax Withholding Veto

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz explains a budget veto by Gov. Evers that halts an immediate update to the state's income tax withholding tables even as taxes are cut.

Friday July 16, 2021


Making Sense of Wisconsin’s 2021-23 Budget

Budgets

Making Sense of Wisconsin’s 2021-23 Budget

Mordecai Lee, professor emeritus at UW-Milwaukee and a former state senator, analyzes the 2021-23 state budget passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor with 50 partial vetoes.

Friday July 9, 2021


The DNR and High Capacity Wells in Wisconsin

Environment

The DNR and High Capacity Wells in Wisconsin

Clean Wisconsin attorney Evan Feinauer discusses two state Supreme Court decisions that confirm the Department of Natural Resources has the authority to regulate high-capacity wells.

Friday July 9, 2021


First Responders for Mental Health Incidents

Health

First Responders for Mental Health Incidents

Milwaukee Common Council Alder Chantia Lewis explains an effort to change first responder policy by sending unarmed specialists instead of police for incidents involving mental health issues.

Friday July 9, 2021


The 2021 Budget Goes to the Governor

Budgets

The 2021 Budget Goes to the Governor

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature passed a 2021-23 budget, which goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers for approval or veto — "Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz explains.

Friday July 2, 2021


A Federal Proposal to Replace Lead Pipes

Health

A Federal Proposal to Replace Lead Pipes

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, speaks to federal infrastructure proposals and potential funding to replace lead pipes connecting to many homes in Wisconsin's largest city.

Friday July 2, 2021


The Political Fight Over COVID-19 Vaccines

Politics

The Political Fight Over COVID-19 Vaccines

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, speaks about concerns over COVID-19 vaccine side effects, and Milwaukee physician Dr. Madelaine Tully discusses vaccination safety and efficacy, cautioning about potential fallout from the senator's stance.

Friday July 2, 2021


The Roots of ‘Critical Race Theory’

Education

The Roots of ‘Critical Race Theory’

Gloria Ladson-Billings, UW Madison School of Education professor emerita and early critical race theory researcher, speaks to its origins alongside UW La Follette School professor emeritus John Witte.

Friday June 25, 2021


Legislators Speak on Wisconsin’s Election Laws

Elections

Legislators Speak on Wisconsin’s Election Laws

Republican and Democratic state representatives talking about changing election laws and whether they believe they're are working to protect the validity of elections or suppress voters.

Friday June 25, 2021


Immigrants Rights March Heads to Madison

Social Issues

Immigrants Rights March Heads to Madison

Immigrant workers and their supporters are marching from Milwaukee to Madison, demanding citizenship and drivers licenses for all.

Friday June 25, 2021


Southern Wisconsin’s Deepening Drought

Agriculture

Southern Wisconsin’s Deepening Drought

UW-Madison agronomy and environmental studies professor Chris Kucharik details how limited rain and hot weather are contributing to drought conditions across southern Wisconsin.

Friday June 11, 2021


The 2021 Budget and More Legislative Business

Budgets

The 2021 Budget and More Legislative Business

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz discusses the latest deliberations at the state Legislature over the 2021 biennial budget and bills relating to policing, voting and more.

Friday June 11, 2021


Wisconsin Republicans Look Ahead to 2022

Elections

Wisconsin Republicans Look Ahead to 2022

Republican Party of Wisconsin Chair Andrew Hitt forecasts the electoral landscape in 2022 as candidates line up to run for governor, US senator and other state and national offices.

Friday June 11, 2021


Wisconsin Democrats Look Ahead to 2022

Elections

Wisconsin Democrats Look Ahead to 2022

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Vice-Chair Felesia Martin forecasts the electoral landscape in 2022 as candidates line up to run for governor, US senator and other state and national offices.

Friday June 11, 2021


Senator Marklein Highlights Republican School Spending Plan

Education

Senator Marklein Highlights Republican School Spending Plan

A portion of Senator Howard Marklein’s recent message to constituents this week outlined Republican priorities for the state’s school spending plan.

Friday June 4, 2021


Pride Flag Raised Over State Capitol

Social Issues

Pride Flag Raised Over State Capitol

As pride month began earlier this week, Governor Tony Evers and other assembled guests witnessed the rising of the Pride flag over the State Capitol. Senator Tammy Baldwin spoke at the event.

Friday June 4, 2021


Democratic Representative Introduces More Police Reforms

Social Issues

Democratic Representative Introduces More Police Reforms

Representative David Bowen, D-Milwaukee, introduced twelve additional bills for law enforcement reforms Thursday after criticizing other police reform legislation moving through the Capitol this week as not going far enough.

Friday June 4, 2021


DHS Expert Weighs In on the End of Masking

Health

DHS Expert Weighs In on the End of Masking

State Epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard discusses current public health practices amid falling cases COVID-19, the new normal of post pandemic life and persisting cautions.

Friday June 4, 2021


Wisconsin State Budget Effect on K-12 Education

Education

Wisconsin State Budget Effect on K-12 Education

Executive Director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, Kim Kaukl, talks about concerns rural school districts have about the current Joint Finance approach to the state school budget as partisan politics threaten lawmakers’ ability to find consensus.

Friday June 4, 2021


Republicans End Evers’ Medicaid Session in Less Than One Minute

Politics

Republicans End Evers’ Medicaid Session in Less Than One Minute

Republicans opened and closed Governor Tony Evers' special session on the expansion of Medicaid in less than a minute on Tuesday.

Friday May 28, 2021


‘Progressive Prosecutors’ and the Criminal Justice System

Social Issues

‘Progressive Prosecutors’ and the Criminal Justice System

Lanny Glinberg, the Director of the Prosecution Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School discusses how progressive prosecutors at district attorney offices are changing criminal justice policy.

Friday May 28, 2021


Revitalizing Wisconsin’s Workforce

Economy

Revitalizing Wisconsin’s Workforce

With Wisconsin jobs and businesses put under strain due to the pandemic, how is the state’s workforce recovering as people continue to reopen? Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Chief Economist Dennis Winters discusses what's next for the state.

Friday May 21, 2021


Vaccination Rates

Coronavirus

Vaccination Rates

Dr. Paul Casey of Bellin Hospital in Green Bay talks about vaccination rates in northeastern Wisconsin as well as his thoughts on loosening and lifting of public health guidelines like mask wearing.

Friday May 21, 2021


Vos Discusses Recent Economic Plans

Economy

Vos Discusses Recent Economic Plans

Assembly Leader Robin Vos discusses the Republican opposition to federal unemployment compensation money coming to Wisconsin workers.

Friday May 21, 2021


John Johnson on Issues Touching Sovereign Nations

Social Issues

John Johnson on Issues Touching Sovereign Nations

John D. Johnson Sr., President of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa, touched on several issues affecting Wisconsin sovereign nations that include COVID-19, addiction, and social issues.

Friday May 14, 2021


Republican Congresswoman Voted out of Leadership Position

Politics

Republican Congresswoman Voted out of Leadership Position

As Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney has been voted to be removed from her Conference leadership position following voiced opinions on Former President Trump’s claims of fraud in the 2020 election, Democratic Representative Mark Pocan has opinions that the vote to remove Liz is a sign of a party in disarray.

Friday May 14, 2021


Legislators Weigh Changes to Election Laws

Politics

Legislators Weigh Changes to Election Laws

Laurel White, Capitol reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio, recounts a busy week at the state Legislature, which included multiple Republican proposals to change how elections are conducted.

Friday May 14, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccines for 12-to-15-Year Olds

Coronavirus

COVID-19 Vaccines for 12-to-15-Year Olds

University of Wisconsin Medical School pediatrician Dr. Jim Conway discusses federal approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for youth ages 12 to 15 and what it means for vaccination efforts.

Friday May 14, 2021


Republican Priorities for the 2021 Budget

Politics

Republican Priorities for the 2021 Budget

State Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam, and co-chair of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, speaks to its first 2021-23 budget session and why Republicans removed many proposals by Gov. Evers.

Friday May 7, 2021


Democratic Priorities for the 2021 Budget

Politics

Democratic Priorities for the 2021 Budget

State Rep. LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee, and member of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, speaks to its first 2021-23 budget session and the push by Democrats for Medicaid expansion.

Friday May 7, 2021


Tourism in a Second Pandemic Summer

Coronavirus

Tourism in a Second Pandemic Summer

Romy Snyder, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau, talks about what might be expected for the summer tourism season as vaccinations help control the pandemic.

Friday May 7, 2021


Affordable Housing and Rural Development

Economy

Affordable Housing and Rural Development

Steve Peterson of Wisconsin Rural Partners discusses efforts to promote economic development in rural communities and how affordable housing plays a role in supporting greater prosperity.

Friday May 7, 2021


Oneida Tribe Remembers Lost Ones

Social Issues

Oneida Tribe Remembers Lost Ones

A shooting at the Oneida tribe’s casino last Saturday left two people dead and one injured in the hospital. The tribe held a healing and blessing ceremony with burning tobacco and prayers. The Oneida said the ceremony is a responsibility of the tribe to acknowledge the recovery and spiritual needs of the community.

Friday May 7, 2021


State Law Enforcement to Review Use of Force

Social Issues

State Law Enforcement to Review Use of Force

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes explains an executive order by Governor Evers requiring state law enforcement agencies to review their use of force policies and update their standards and training.

Friday April 23, 2021


How Will Police Change Their Use of Force?

Social Issues

How Will Police Change Their Use of Force?

Police-community relations consultant Noble Wray, a former Madison police chief, discusses how use of force by law enforcement officers could change following guilty verdicts in the Chauvin trial.

Friday April 23, 2021


Mental Health of Black Men in Wake of Current Events

Social Issues

Mental Health of Black Men in Wake of Current Events

Dr. Alvin Thomas, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, speaks to the trauma and the psychological toll on Black people related to repeated news headlines, video, and coverage of the Chauvin trial and ongoing killing of Black persons by police.

Friday April 16, 2021


Republicans and Democrats Differ on COVID Spending

Coronavirus

Republicans and Democrats Differ on COVID Spending

Republicans pass several new bills regarding COVID relief and state election procedures. Governor Tony Evers claims government oversight would only delay the release of money. Republican Senator Devin LaMahieu shares his thoughts on why the legislature should control COVID funding.

Friday April 16, 2021


Tug of War Over Control of Federal COVID Funds

Coronavirus

Tug of War Over Control of Federal COVID Funds

Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz refutes the spending bills passed by Legislative Republicans exerting control of how to spend a large part of the over $3 billion federal COVID relief stimulus money.

Friday April 16, 2021


J&J Vaccine Update: Vaccinating Children

Coronavirus

J&J Vaccine Update: Vaccinating Children

Dr. Jim Conway, Professor of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health talks about concerns surrounding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the new important of vaccinating children against COVID.

Friday April 16, 2021


Devin LeMahieu

Politics

LeMahieu Discusses State Coronavirus Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, discusses the pandemic-related bills passed by the Legislature, which includes a proposal to have the Legislature exert more control over how federal pandemic aid is spent.

Thursday April 15, 2021


What’s Next for School Funding and Policy?

Education

What’s Next for School Funding and Policy?

Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Jill Underly shares her agenda for education policy in Wisconsin and how she plans to navigate the politics of state budgets and school funding.

Friday April 9, 2021


Genetic Research on Coronavirus Variants

Coronavirus

Genetic Research on Coronavirus Variants

UW-Madison AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory researcher Katarina Braun speaks about the science of genomic sequencing and how this tool is being used to track coronavirus variants.

Friday April 9, 2021


Expanding Vaccine Eligibility and Access

Coronavirus

Expanding Vaccine Eligibility and Access

Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake discusses expanding coronavirus vaccine eligibility to all Wisconsinites as well as the ongoing threat to progress from the virus variants.

Friday April 9, 2021


The 2021 Candidates for State Superintendent

Education

The 2021 Candidates for State Superintendent

Wisconsin superintendent of schools candidates Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly discuss the top issues in the state, including reopening schools, achievement gaps and the contentious nature of the race.

Friday April 2, 2021


McCoshen and Ross on the Superintendent Election

Education

McCoshen and Ross on the Superintendent Election

Political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross break down the “Here & Now” interviews of schools superintendent candidates Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly, and discuss the political dynamics of their campaigns.

Friday April 2, 2021


A screenshot of an online inteview with Rep. Shelia Stubbs

Social Issues

George Floyd and the Racial Disparities Task Force

With law enforcement conduct the focus of the Derek Chauvin trial, Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison, discusses George Floyd and her work as co-chair of the Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities as it prepares new police reform bills.

Monday March 29, 2021


Vaccine Expansion in Milwaukee

Coronavirus

Vaccine Expansion in Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley releases list of zip codes where residents are eligible for vaccines; neighborhoods that are declared the most vulnerable according to the CDC Health Index.

Friday March 26, 2021


Expanding Vaccine Access for Hispanic Wisconsinites

Coronavirus

Expanding Vaccine Access for Hispanic Wisconsinites

Racine County Supervisor Fabi Maldonado explains the need for distributing more coronavirus vaccines among Hispanic residents in southeast Wisconsin.

Friday March 26, 2021


Tensions at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Politics

Tensions at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Erin Barbato, Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the UW Law School, speaks about tension – both real and politically - at the U.S.-Mexico border and the politics of immigration in 2021.

Friday March 26, 2021


Republicans Call for Election Investigations

Politics

Republicans Call for Election Investigations

Republican Co-Chair of the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections Joe Sanfelippo talks about the newly designated committee to investigate Wisconsin elections laws.

Friday March 26, 2021


Investigating Wisconsin’s Election Laws

Politics

Investigating Wisconsin’s Election Laws

State Rep. Kristina Shelton voices opposition by Wisconsin Democrats to the Republican-controlled Assembly’s plan for an investigation into state elections procedures.

Friday March 26, 2021


McCoshen and Ross on Political Divides

Politics

McCoshen and Ross on Political Divides

Political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross talk about the politics of the stimulus money, anti-vax politics, and the political implications of U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's recent, controversial comments.

Friday March 19, 2021


How Eau Claire Plans to Use American Stimulus Dollars

Coronavirus

How Eau Claire Plans to Use American Stimulus Dollars

Kathryn Schauf, Eau Claire Couty administrator, discusses how much COVID stimulus relief funding she expects and where those dollars will be spent in the area.

Friday March 19, 2021


American Rescue Plan’s Impact on Affordable Care Act

Coronavirus

American Rescue Plan’s Impact on Affordable Care Act

Bobby Peterson, executive director of ABC for Health – a non-profit, public interest law firm focused on healthcare access, on how the federal COVID-19 stimulus package will affect the affordability of the ACA.

Friday March 19, 2021


Lambeau Field now a Vaccination Destination

Coronavirus

Lambeau Field now a Vaccination Destination

Dr. Michael Landrum, infectious disease specialist, talks about partnership with Bellin Health and Green Bay Packers to turn Lambeau Field into vaccination clinic for the Brown County area.

Friday March 19, 2021


Vaccine Eligibility Starting March 29

Coronavirus

Vaccine Eligibility Starting March 29

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Interim Secretary Karen Timberlake will answer questions about the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the state, new eligibility rules starting at the end of the month and how to find a vaccine.

Friday March 12, 2021


COVID-19 Variants are Cause for Concern

Coronavirus

COVID-19 Variants are Cause for Concern

University of Minnesota epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm discusses how COVID-19 variants are circulating in Wisconsin and across the country as vaccine distribution continues and restrictions are lifted.

Friday March 12, 2021


Gov. Evers COVID Relief Distribution Plan for Wisconsin

Coronavirus

Gov. Evers COVID Relief Distribution Plan for Wisconsin

Now that the “American Rescue Plan” has been signed into law, Governor Tony Evers intends to act quickly to disperse the three-billion dollars headed to Wisconsin for COVID relief.

Friday March 12, 2021


Democrat and Republican Views on the Final Relief Package

Coronavirus

Democrat and Republican Views on the Final Relief Package

The “American Rescue Plan” was passed by Congress without Republican support. We hear reactions from both sides of the aisle in written statements from U.S. Representatives, Democrat Ron Kind and Republican Mike Gallagher following passage of the COVID-19 stimulus bill.

Friday March 12, 2021


What Legislation Means for Transgender Students

Social Issues

What Legislation Means for Transgender Students

Executive Director of Fair Wisconsin Megin McDonell talks about her opposition to proposed legislation that would prevent transgender students from participating in Women’s sports.

Friday March 5, 2021


Ron Johnson on the Stimulus Legislation

Politics

Ron Johnson on the Stimulus Legislation

Republican Senator Ron Johnson forced the U.S. Senate to hear the COVID-19 stimulus package be read aloud.

Friday March 5, 2021


Mental Health Impacts of the Pandemic

Coronavirus

Mental Health Impacts of the Pandemic

Ken Ginlack is the Director of Outpatient Treatment Programs at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and talks about what impact the pandemic has had on Wisconsinites’ mental health.

Friday March 5, 2021


Vaccine Accessibility

Coronavirus

Vaccine Accessibility

Denise Jess, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, discusses the challenges visually impaired Wisconsinites face registering for a vaccination appointment.

Friday March 5, 2021


Restrictions Loosen in Wisconsin

Coronavirus

Restrictions Loosen in Wisconsin

As the amount of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin and Dane County continue to remain low, public gathering restrictions have loosened. Restaurants can now serve up to 50% and Taverns can reopen for 25%. So far, over 1 million Wisconsinites have received the vaccine, which is accountable for 17% of people over the age of 16.

Friday March 5, 2021


What Do Changes to Indefinitely Confined Voting Mean?

Politics

What Do Changes to Indefinitely Confined Voting Mean?

Barbara Beckert of Disability Rights Wisconsin talks about how proposed changes to the state’s indefinitely confined voting status would impact disabled voters in Wisconsin.

Friday February 26, 2021


Wisconsin Senator on U.S. Capitol Attack

Politics

Wisconsin Senator on U.S. Capitol Attack

Republican Senator Ron Johnson previously claimed that he didn’t believe the Capitol attack to be an armed insurrection because attackers were using flagpoles and sticks versus guns. After a hearing this week, Johnson was accused of spreading conspiracy theories.

Friday February 26, 2021


Underly on Race for Superintendent

Elections

Underly on Race for Superintendent

General election candidate Jill Underly discusses her run for State Superintendent of Schools.

Friday February 26, 2021


Republicans Propose Voting Changes

Politics

Republicans Propose Voting Changes

Republican Senator Kathy Bernier, chair of the Senate’s elections committee, discusses a Republican proposal that would redefine how voters are considered for indefinitely confined status.

Friday February 26, 2021


Republican Reaction to Evers’ Budget

Politics

Republican Reaction to Evers’ Budget

Co-Chair of the state’s budget writing committee Republican Mark Born discusses the Republican approach to the state budget plan Governor Tony Evers released on Thursday.

Friday February 19, 2021


Kerr on Race for Superintendent

Elections

Kerr on Race for Superintendent

General election candidate Deborah Kerr discusses her run for State Superintendent of Schools.

Friday February 19, 2021


President Joe Biden on Public School Plans and Vaccines

Coronavirus

President Joe Biden on Public School Plans and Vaccines

Earlier this week President Joe Biden spoke in Milwaukee about public schools during his town hall appearance. The President said it would be ideal for “the majority” of K-12 schools to be fully open by the end of his first 100 days in office. He also claimed that teachers should be moved up in the “hierarchy” for vaccinations as well as the plan for getting all Americans vaccinated.

Friday February 19, 2021


Tubbs a Decade After Act 10

Politics

Tubbs a Decade After Act 10

Charles Tubbs was the Chief of the Capitol police during the 2011 protests that drew thousands to the Capitol Square. He shares insight and how he ensured safety and that the protests remained peaceful.

Friday February 19, 2021


Joe Biden

Politics

Biden Holds Milwaukee Town Hall During First Official Visit Back to Wisconsin

In a town hall hosted by CNN, the president fielded questions on the coronavirus, the vaccine rollout, and how to reopen schools safely.

Wednesday February 17, 2021


Did Act 10 Create Extreme Partisan Divide?

Politics

Did Act 10 Create Extreme Partisan Divide?

In 2011, former Republican Governor, Scott Walker, issued a budget repair bill known as Act 10. The Act cut 900-million dollars from funding K-12 schools in Wisconsin and hobbled public employee unions and their coffers. What Walker claimed was a “modest change” ended with a history-making storm of protest at the State Capitol.

Saturday February 13, 2021


Reflecting on a Decade of Act 10

Politics

Reflecting on a Decade of Act 10

Ten years ago, thousands of protesters flooded the State Capitol to protest a budget repair bill that later became 2011 Act 10. Former State Capitol reporter Jason Stein, who is now the Research Director for the Wisconsin Policy Forum, reflects on the impact Act 10 has had on Wisconsin in the decade since.

Saturday February 13, 2021


How Divisive Is a Second Impeachment

Politics

How Divisive Is a Second Impeachment

Former conservative talk show host for WTMJ, Charlie Sykes, provides his observations on Trump’s second impeachment trial and the future of the Republican party.

Saturday February 13, 2021


Wisconsin State Budget Proposals

Budgets

Wisconsin State Budget Proposals

The Joint Finance Committee backed a Republican measure that would connect some federal COVID relief dollars to the amount of in-person instruction a given school district conducts. The committee declared it as an “incentive” for districts currently operating under a virtual setting.

Saturday February 13, 2021


Mask Mandate Out-then-In

Politics

Mask Mandate Out-then-In

Yesterday Governor Tony Evers reinstated a new mask mandate immediately after Republican legislatures cancelled previous order.

Friday February 5, 2021


New Top Health Official

Coronavirus

New Top Health Official

Karen Timberlake took over as DHS interim secretary last month, a post she had in the Doyle administration. She talks about the state's COVID response and what Wisconsin is doing to speed up the vaccine rollout.

Friday February 5, 2021


COVID-19 and Schools

Coronavirus

COVID-19 and Schools

Dr. Amy Falk, a Wisconsin Rapids pediatrician, discusses the study she co-authored for the CDC showing schools as unlikely vectors of transmission for the coronavirus.

Friday February 5, 2021


Shon Barnes Takes Over as Madison’s Police Chief

Social Issues

Shon Barnes Takes Over as Madison’s Police Chief

On Monday, Shon Barnes was sworn in as Madison’s new Chief of Police, following the immediate departure of Mike Koval last year. Barnes shares his confidence about the new position as Madison and the U.S. are fighting the coronavirus and historically challenging issues of race relations.

Friday February 5, 2021


Vos on Mask Mandate, COVID Bill

Coronavirus

Vos on Mask Mandate, COVID Bill

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos weighs in on Republicans’ plans to throw out the state’s mask mandate and provides an update on the status of the state’s COVID-19 relief bill as it works through the state Legislature.

Friday January 29, 2021


Hintz on COVID Relief Bill

Coronavirus

Hintz on COVID Relief Bill

The Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz talks about the back-and-forth discussions of a COVID-19 response bill, the state’s mask mandate, and a plan to keep FoodShare benefits for hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites.

Friday January 29, 2021


Impeachment and Polarization

Politics

Impeachment and Polarization

UW-Madison School of Journalism Professor Mike Wagner breaks down the impeachment vote as it turns heads to the Senate, and what that means for Trump and the future of the Republican Party.

Friday January 29, 2021


Tribes Work to Distribute Vaccines

Coronavirus

Tribes Work to Distribute Vaccines

Dr. Amy Slagle, tribal public health officer for the Menominee Nation, discusses ways the Menominee and other Wisconsin tribes are working to procure and distribute vaccine doses.

Friday January 29, 2021


Equity in Milwaukee

Social Issues

Equity in Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley discusses ways to bolster equity in the state’s largest county, and how a new presidential administration may help those goals.

Friday January 22, 2021


Baldwin on New Administration

Politics

Baldwin on New Administration

Wisconsin’s Dem. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin weighs in on the new administration and priorities she hopes to tackle, including COVID Executive orders, while in a Democratic-controlled Senate.

Friday January 22, 2021


UW-Madison Ups the COVID Testing for Students and Faculty

Coronavirus

UW-Madison Ups the COVID Testing for Students and Faculty

As students begin returning to campus for the spring semester UW-Madison implements new COVID testing protocols for faculty and students to lessen the degree of COVID that was experienced on campus during the fall semester.

Friday January 22, 2021


Political Panel on Polarization

Politics

Political Panel on Polarization

“Here & Now” political panelist Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross weighs in on the political polarization the country has seen since the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, as well as what to make of the new Biden administration.

Friday January 22, 2021


Wisconsin COVID Legislation Gains Bipartisan Support

Coronavirus

Wisconsin COVID Legislation Gains Bipartisan Support

Governor Tony Evers speaks to COVID legislation. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Senate changes went too far to please the Governor.

Friday January 15, 2021


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There is no place for racism in our society. We must work together as a community to ensure we no longer teach, or tolerate it.  Read full statement here.