Frederica Freyberg - PBS Wisconsin

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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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


Polls suggest tight 2022 midterm margins in Wisconsin

Elections

Polls suggest tight 2022 midterm margins in Wisconsin

Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, discusses its June 2022 findings on primary candidates for governor and U.S. Senate as well as approval ratings for Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.

Friday June 24, 2022


A partisan look at Wisconsin’s 2022 primary candidates and incumbents

Elections

A partisan look at Wisconsin’s 2022 primary candidates and incumbents

Republican Bill McCoshen and Democrat Scot Ross share their perspectives on abortion access and gun control, and how these issues might affect Wisconsin voters in the August 9 partisan primary and 2022 general election.

Friday June 24, 2022


Reactions to Roe v. Wade reversal

Policy

Reactions to Roe v. Wade reversal

Gracie Skogman, legislative director for the anti-abortion advocacy group Wisconsin Right to Life, and Tanya Atkinson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of constitutional protection for abortion.

Friday June 24, 2022


Wisconsin officials react to Roe v. Wade reversal

Politics

Wisconsin officials react to Roe v. Wade reversal

Governor Tony Evers and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, both Democrats, and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, respond to the U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson that overturns Roe v. Wade.

Friday June 24, 2022


Ron Johnson’s effort to send false elector slate on Jan. 6

Politics

Ron Johnson’s effort to send false elector slate on Jan. 6

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's chief of staff attempted to send former Vice President Mike Pence's staff a list of false Republican electors from Wisconsin on January 6, 2021, as part of a scheme to have Pence count the false elector's votes. The attempt was revealed through text messages released during the Jan. 6 congressional committee's public hearings.

Friday June 24, 2022


Active shooter drills in Wisconsin schools

Social Issues

Active shooter drills in Wisconsin schools

Abigail Swetz, communications director for the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction and a former teacher, explains why schools in the state hold violence drills and what they mean for students.

Friday June 3, 2022


The Progress Pride flag flies over the Wisconsin Capitol

Politics

The Progress Pride flag flies over the Wisconsin Capitol

Gov. Tony Evers ordered the Progress Pride Flag raised over the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Friday June 3, 2022


Jay Rothman shares his priorities as UW System president

Education

Jay Rothman shares his priorities as UW System president

Jay Rothman, incoming president of the University of Wisconsin System, outlines his vision for promoting higher education and managing the state's 13 universities, 26 campuses and statewide extension.

Friday June 3, 2022


Fast Facts: Wisconsin’s record low unemployment

Economy

Fast Facts: Wisconsin’s record low unemployment

The number of unemployed people in Wisconsin has hit its lowest levels recorded for two consecutive months, an economic measure that has recovered following a brief pandemic spike even as inflation and other indicators trend in different directions.

Wednesday June 1, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Jenna Gormal in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Jenna Gormal, Shawn Johnson, Katie Rosenberg

Here's what guests on the May 27, 2022 episode had to say about concealed carry gun permits for people with misdemeanor disorderly conduct convictions related to domestic violence, the shape of the Republican primary for governor, and PFAS contamination in Wausau.

Tuesday May 31, 2022


What Wausau is doing about PFAS in its water

Environment

What Wausau is doing about PFAS in its water

Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg describes how the city is addressing contamination by PFAS chemicals in its municipal water wells and why some residents are using bottled water or filtration systems.

Friday May 27, 2022


Domestic abuse and concealed carry in Wisconsin

Social Issues

Domestic abuse and concealed carry in Wisconsin

Jenna Gormal, a co-director at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, explains a state Supreme Court ruling allowing concealed carry permits for those convicted of domestic violence-related disorderly conduct.

Friday May 27, 2022


Evers, Johnson, Baldwin respond to Texas school shooting

Social Issues

Evers, Johnson, Baldwin respond to Texas school shooting

Governor Tony Evers, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin respond to a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas killing 19 children and two adults.

Friday May 27, 2022


Wisconsin’s unsettled Republican governor’s race

Elections

Wisconsin’s unsettled Republican governor’s race

Shawn Johnson, Capitol bureau chief at Wisconsin Public Radio, discusses the state Republican Party convention and how delegates endorsed none of its primary candidates for governor or other races.

Friday May 27, 2022


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: Sen. 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.

Monday May 23, 2022


How parents can navigate baby formula shortages

Economy

How parents can navigate baby formula shortages

Dr. Jasmine Zapata, chief medical officer and state epidemiologist for community health at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, shares what to do and not do when baby formula is hard to find.

Friday May 20, 2022


The perspectives doctors hold toward abortion

Politics

The perspectives doctors hold toward abortion

Jenny Higgins, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and gender and women's studies at UW-Madison, considers views doctors have about abortion and impacts in Wisconsin if Roe v. Wade is reversed.

Friday May 20, 2022


What are the risks of a summer COVID surge?

Coronavirus

What are the risks of a summer COVID surge?

Laura Sauve, health officer for Barron County, discusses another rise in COVID-19 cases and what high community transmission means given vaccination rates and hospital capacity in northwest Wisconsin.

Friday May 20, 2022


Gun violence in Milwaukee is ‘out of control’

Politics

Gun violence in Milwaukee is ‘out of control’

State Sen. LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee, reflects on the May 13 shootings by the Deer District, the politics of guns and criminal justice, and how the trauma of violence harms the city and its people.

Friday May 20, 2022


Fitzgerald, Evers offer remarks on abortion

Politics

Fitzgerald, Evers offer remarks on abortion

U.S. Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, respond to the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade and abortion law in Wisconsin.

Friday May 20, 2022


Nass denounces, Mnookin responds on critical race theory

Education

Nass denounces, Mnookin responds on critical race theory

State Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, who is vice-chair of the senate's universities committee, criticized the appointment of incoming UW-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin, who commented on her new position and critical race theory.

Friday May 20, 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.

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.

Saturday May 14, 2022


A split screen shows Frederica Freyberg and Janine Geske in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Janine Geske, Zac Schultz, Victor Forberger, Israel Del Toro

Here's what guests on the May 6, 2022 episode had to say about leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion and the implications – both legal and political – for Wisconsin should Roe v. Wade be overturned, the difficulty of filling out unemployment insurance applications and the buzz over "No Mow May."

Monday May 9, 2022


Abortion’s new prominence in Wisconsin politics

Social Issues

Abortion’s new prominence in Wisconsin politics

"Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz considers political implications of a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion and the potential effects on Wisconsin’s upcoming elections.

Saturday May 7, 2022


Reversing Roe v. Wade and Wisconsin abortion law

Social Issues

Reversing Roe v. Wade and Wisconsin abortion law

Janine Geske, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, discusses the anticipated overturning of Roe v. Wade and its implications for the state's law banning abortion except to save the mother's life.

Saturday May 7, 2022


Wisconsin politicians react to US Supreme Court leak

Politics

Wisconsin politicians react to US Supreme Court leak

Gov. Tony Evers, and U.S. senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin respond to the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion that may result in overturning its previous Roe v. Wade decision.

Saturday May 7, 2022


Protecting pollinators with “No Mow May”

Environment

Protecting pollinators with “No Mow May”

Israel Del Toro, a biology professor at Lawrence University and a city of Appleton alderperson, discusses "No Mow May" and its goals of protecting bees and other pollinators with declining populations.

Saturday May 7, 2022


Fallout from errors on unemployment claims

Economy

Fallout from errors on unemployment claims

Victor Forberger, a labor attorney in Madison, explains ongoing problems with Wisconsin's unemployment insurance system in the wake of the pandemic and what happens if claimants make application complaints.

Friday May 6, 2022


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Charles Franklin, Kirsten Johnson, Mary Triggiano, Melody Harvey

Here's what guests on the April 29, 2022 episode had to say about voters' inclinations four months out from Wisconsin's partisan primary, how COVID-19 cases are rising again in Milwaukee, what millions of dollars of pandemic relief funds will mean for criminal courts and what happens when people borrow money from payday loan operations.

Monday May 2, 2022


How payday loans in Wisconsin hit borrowers

Economy

How payday loans in Wisconsin hit borrowers

Melody Harvey, a consumer science professor at UW-Madison, explains how payday loans create cycles of debt for borrowers who accrue high short-term interest rates, which are not capped in Wisconsin.

Friday April 29, 2022


Fixing Wisconsin’s criminal court case backlog

Politics

Fixing Wisconsin’s criminal court case backlog

Chief Judge Mary Triggiano, who administers Milwaukee County circuit courts, describes how the pandemic created a backlog of criminal cases and how federal aid is being deployed to address the issue.

Friday April 29, 2022


The dissonance of another rise in COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus

The dissonance of another rise in COVID-19 cases

Kirsten Johnson, commissioner of health for the city of Milwaukee, discusses growing COVID-19 case rates more than two years after the pandemic started and what can still be done to protect people.

Friday April 29, 2022


What polls reveal 6 months from the 2022 vote

Elections

What polls reveal 6 months from the 2022 vote

Charles Franklin, Marquette Law School Poll director, discusses its April 2022 findings on Wisconsin's primaries for governor and U.S. Senate, as well as responses to other questions.

Friday April 29, 2022


Two adjacent screenshots show Tom Tiffany and Mark Pocan seated in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: US Rep. Tom Tiffany, US Rep. Mark Pocan, Ginny Dankmeyer

Here's what guests on the April 22, 2022 episode had to say about a Trump administration immigration policy closing the U.S. border with Mexico to asylum seekers that's set to expire and how local election clerks are scrambling after the redistricting ruling.

Monday April 25, 2022


Pocan on lifting pandemic immigration policy

Politics

Pocan on lifting pandemic immigration policy

U.S. Rep Mark Pocan, D-Madison, discusses his support for ending Title 42, a policy that curtailed immigration during the COVID-19 pandemic. Title 42 allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to severely limit immigration, even for those seeking asylum, to prevent the spread of disease. Put in place by former President Donald Trump, it is now set to end under President Joe Biden.

Friday April 22, 2022


Tiffany on lifting pandemic immigration policy

Politics

Tiffany on lifting pandemic immigration policy

U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Minocqua, discusses his opposition to ending Title 42, a policy that curtailed immigration during the COVID-19 pandemic. Title 42 allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to severely limit immigration, even for those seeking asylum, to prevent the spread of disease. Put in place by former President Donald Trump, it is now set to end under President Joe Biden.

Friday April 22, 2022


Clerks face time crunch after redistricting decision

Elections

Clerks face time crunch after redistricting decision

La Crosse County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer describes the work ahead for election clerks across the state. Following the Wisconsin Supreme Court's last-minute ruling to use Republican legislative redistricting maps, clerks are crunched for time to readjust boundaries so candidates can seek signatures for their nomination papers.

Friday April 22, 2022


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Robert Yablon, Kurt Paulsen, Lisa Johnson

Here's what guests on the April 15, 2022 episode had to say about the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling on legislative redistricting, the difficulties faced by homebuyers and a model for K-12 summer school programming in Green Bay.

Monday April 18, 2022


Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on legislative redistricting

Elections

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on legislative redistricting

Robert Yablon, a University of Wisconsin Law School professor, discusses the state Supreme Court's ruling for Republican legislative redistricting maps, with Justice Brian Hagedorn again a swing vote.

Friday April 15, 2022


Green Bay’s model for summer school

Education

Green Bay’s model for summer school

Lisa Johnson, associate director of summer school at the Green Bay Area Public School District, describes how its funding and staffing of these programs and how they're impacting student outcomes.

Friday April 15, 2022


Homeownership dreams foiled by a ‘perfect storm’

Economy

Homeownership dreams foiled by a ‘perfect storm’

Kurt Paulsen, a professor of urban planning at UW-Madison, explains how numerous factors have combined to make the housing market increasingly unaffordable in Wisconsin.

Friday April 15, 2022


Moore, Steil discuss housing inequities in Milwaukee

Economy

Moore, Steil discuss housing inequities in Milwaukee

Wisconsin U.S. Representatives Bryan Steil, R-Janesville, and Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, met with the chair of the U.S. House Select Committee in Milwaukee to discuss housing inequities.

Friday April 15, 2022


A local court ruling on PFAS cleanup

Environment

A local court ruling on PFAS cleanup

A Waukesha County Court ruling found the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is not allowed to regulate the cleanup of PFAS pollution, as that authority has to go through the legislative rulemaking process.

Friday April 15, 2022


Wisconsin Supreme Court hears ballot drop box arguments

Elections

Wisconsin Supreme Court hears ballot drop box arguments

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments on a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission over the use of absentee ballots and legal status of ballot drop boxes.

Friday April 15, 2022


Here and Now still of Frederica Freyberg and Cavalier Johnson

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Mayor Cavalier Johnson, Angela Lang, Mordecai Lee, Michael Ford

Here's what guests on the April 8, 2022 episode had to say about the spring vote in Wisconsin, including a landslide victory for the first elected Black mayor in Milwaukee, why an influential community group did not endorse in the race, what culture wars bleeding into local races means, and implications for the fall election.

Monday April 11, 2022


Cavalier Johnson’s agenda for Milwaukee

Politics

Cavalier Johnson’s agenda for Milwaukee

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson discusses his plans after being elected to the position, including building a new relationship with the Wisconsin Legislature and addressing violent crime in the city.

Friday April 8, 2022


What a ‘new day’ looks like in Milwaukee

Politics

What a ‘new day’ looks like in Milwaukee

Angela Lang, executive director of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, considers the historic vote for the first elected Black mayor of Milwaukee and what the city's needs are going forward.

Friday April 8, 2022


What the spring vote means for the 2022 midterm

Elections

What the spring vote means for the 2022 midterm

Mordecai Lee, a UW-Milwaukee professor emeritus and former state senator, discusses what the turnout and votes in the spring election may mean for Wisconsin’s 2022 races for the US senate and governor.

Friday April 8, 2022


Wisconsin school boards and partisan politics

Politics

Wisconsin school boards and partisan politics

Michael Ford, a professor of public administration at UW-Oshkosh, reflects on the growing influence of partisan politics on school board elections in Wisconsin and what it means for education efforts.

Friday April 8, 2022


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