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 still image shows Jay Heck seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Jay Heck' and 'Common Cause in Wisconsin.'

Elections

Jay Heck on ballot drop boxes and Wisconsin voters in 2024

Common Cause In Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck discusses a lawsuit that seeks to reverse a state Supreme Court order barring absentee ballot drop boxes and clashes among lawmakers over vetoes.

Friday May 17, 2024


Brian Schimming on Wisconsin voters and Republicans in 2024

Elections

Brian Schimming on Wisconsin voters and Republicans in 2024

Republican Party of Wisconsin Chair Brian Schimming discusses the state's importance in the 2024 election and turning out voters for former President Donald Trump as the RNC in Milwaukee approaches.

Friday May 17, 2024


A still image shows Ian Robertson seated in front of framed art on a wall, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Madison,' 'Outgoing Dean Ian Robertson' and 'UW-Madison College of Engineering.'

Education

Ian Robertson on goals of UW-Madison engineering education

UW-Madison College of Engineering Dean Ian Robertson considers the school's high-profile moment in Wisconsin politics as its efforts continue to train more students in high demand among employers.

Friday May 17, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Douglas McLeod, William Gardner, Jane Graham Jennings, Dr. Julie Owen

Here's what guests on the May 10, 2024 episode said about campus protests over Gaza, decriminalizing cannabis on Ho-Chunk Nation lands, falling federal funding for crime victim services, and the disputed diagnosis of "excited delirium."

Monday May 13, 2024


A still image shows Douglas McLeod seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Douglas McLeod' and 'UW-Madison School of Journalism.'

Education

Douglas McLeod on impacts of pro-Palestinian campus protests

UW-Madison journalism professor Douglas McLeod considers media coverage about and political implications of demonstrations that demand the university divest from companies and institutions in Israel.

Friday May 10, 2024


A still image from a video shows Jane Graham Jennings seated in front of a drawn white curtains and a lamp to her left with a graphic at bottom reading 'Jane Graham Jennings' and 'The Women's Community of Wausau.'

Social Issues

Jane Graham Jennings on funding for crime victim services

The Women's Community Executive Director Jane Graham Jennings describes how a drop in federal funding for grants to help victims of crimes impacts the Wausau-based agency's capacity to provide aid.

Friday May 10, 2024


A still image from a video shows William Gardner seated in front of a black bookcase with a low hanging plant on top to his left and a window to his right with a graphic at bottom reading 'Black River Falls,' 'William Gardner' and 'Ho-Chunk Nation.'

Policy

William Gardner on the Ho-Chunk Nation and cannabis laws

Ho-Chunk Nation Attorney General William Gardner discusses the tribal legislature voting to decriminalize cannabis on its lands and how this action intersects with state and federal marijuana laws.

Friday May 10, 2024


A still image from a video shows Julie Owen seated in front of a blurred background with a graphic at bottom reading 'Milwaukee,' 'Julie Owen, M.D.' and 'Medical College of Wisconsin.'

Health

Dr. Julie Owen on police, sedatives and ‘excited delirium’

Medical College of Wisconsin professor and psychiatrist Dr. Julie Owen explains the disputed diagnosis of "excited delirium" and its use when detained people are forcibly injected with sedatives.

Friday May 10, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Charles Franklin, Tim Purdon, Cindy Boyle

Here's what guests on the April 19, 2024 episode said about election year polling, a Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin lawsuit against social media companies, and new help in the battle against PFAS.

Monday April 22, 2024


A still image from a video shows Timothy Purdon seated in front of a wooden bookshelf to his right with a graphic at bottom reading 'Nashville, TN,' 'Tim Purdon' and 'Robins Kaplan Law Firm.'

Courts

Tim Purdon on Native youth, social media, mental health

Attorney Tim Purdon, who represents the Menominee Indian Tribe, describes the tribal nation's lawsuit against major social media companies over mental health issues and suicide among Native youth.

Friday April 19, 2024


A still image from a video shows Cindy Boyle seated between graphic art on the wall and a window with closed blinds with a graphic at bottom reading 'Peshtigo,' 'Cindy Boyle' and 'PFAS-Impacted Resident.'

Environment

Cindy Boyle on PFAS contamination in the town of Peshtigo

Former town of Peshtigo Chairperson Cindy Boyle describes how the northeast Wisconsin community is addressing PFAS pollution amid new federal regulations, state political fights and ongoing lawsuits.

Friday April 19, 2024


A still image shows Charles Franklin seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Charles Franklin' and 'Marquette Law School Poll.'

Elections

Charles Franklin on voter enthusiasm and top issues in 2024

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin describes what Wisconsin voters say about candidates for president, the U.S. Senate and important issues about six months before the 2024 election.

Friday April 19, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: David Helpap, Mayor Mitch Reynolds

Here's what guests on the April 12, 2024 episode said about why residents of rural areas are increasingly not running for local office and what La Crosse is doing to fight chronic homelessness.

Monday April 15, 2024


A still image shows two people seated at a table out of focus with a polling booth with a screen with the word 'Vote' and a graphic of the U.S. flag in focus to the right.

Politics

How often do non-US citizens vote in Wisconsin elections?

Nearly 300,000 residents of Wisconsin who are not U.S. citizens have been issued driver licenses or ID cards — the state elections agency notes its policies in response to concerns raised over fraud.

Friday April 12, 2024


Mayor Mitch Reynolds on homelessness, housing in La Crosse

Social Issues

Mayor Mitch Reynolds on homelessness, housing in La Crosse

La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds discusses the city's policy to ban encampments on city property and goals of its Pathways Home plan to provide shelter for people experiencing long-term homelessness.

Friday April 12, 2024


A still image from a video shows David Helpap seated in front of a bookshelf and wooden door with a graphic at bottom reading 'Green Bay,' 'David Helpap' and 'UW-Green Bay Dept. of Political Science.'

Politics

David Helpap on serving in local government in rural areas

UW-Green Bay political science professor David Helpap describes factors contributing to dwindling participation in local government among rural Wisconsin communities as populations age and decrease.

Friday April 12, 2024


A still image shows Ann Bradley Walsh seated behind a podium and microphone dressed in black robes.

Courts

Retirement shakes up 2025 Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley has announced she won't run for another Wisconsin Supreme Court term in 2025, leaving an open seat in another race where the court's majority hangs in the balance.

Friday April 12, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Anthony Chergosky, Katy Weisenburger, Caroline Gomez-Tom, Mary Mazzio and Mike Wiggins, Jr.

Here's what guests on the April 5, 2024 episode said about Wisconsin's spring election results, major problems with college financial aid applications, fraudulent brokers in the health insurance marketplace, and a new documentary about the Line 5 oil pipeline.

Monday April 8, 2024


Mike Wiggins, Jr. and Mary Mazzio on ‘Bad River’ and Line 5

Environment

Mike Wiggins, Jr. and Mary Mazzio on ‘Bad River’ and Line 5

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa former Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr. and filmmaker Mary Mazzio describe the documentary "Bad River" and an ongoing dispute over the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline.

Friday April 5, 2024


A still image from a video shows Caroline Gomez-Tom seated with a graphic at bottom reading 'Milwaukee,' 'Caroline Gomez-Tom' and 'Covering Wisconsin.'

Health

Caroline Gomez-Tom on fraudulent sales of health insurance

Covering Wisconsin enrollment network and accessibility manager Caroline Gomez-Tom discusses a growing problem of online brokers misrepresenting, switching and selling unsuitable federal ACA policies.

Friday April 5, 2024


Katy Weisenburger on major delays in student financial aid

Education

Katy Weisenburger on major delays in student financial aid

UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid assistant director of federal awards Katy Weisenburger describes nationwide difficulties with the FAFSA process and impacts on Wisconsin college students.

Friday April 5, 2024


A still image from a video shows Anthony Chergosky seated in front of framed artwork on the wall with a graphic at bottom reading 'Anthony Chergosky' and 'UW-La Crosse Dept. of Political Science.'

Elections

Anthony Chergosky on Wisconsin’s 2024 presidential primary

UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky discusses Wisconsin's 2024 presidential primary results and the levels of support for President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Friday April 5, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Gov. Tony Evers, Kevin Bahr

Here's what guests on the March 29, 2024 episode said what was and wasn't addressed in Wisconsin's latest legislative session and politicized perceptions of the economy.

Monday April 1, 2024


Gov. Tony Evers on new laws, vetoes and 2024 ballot measures

Politics

Gov. Tony Evers on new laws, vetoes and 2024 ballot measures

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers discusses signing and vetoing bills in the 2023-24 legislative session and ongoing state issues, redistricting and questions before voters in the spring election.

Friday March 29, 2024


Kevin Bahr on disconnects between economic data, perceptions

Economy

Kevin Bahr on disconnects between economic data, perceptions

UW-Stevens Point Center for Business and Economics Insight chief analyst Kevin Bahr considers gaps between consumer feelings on the economy and strong indicators on wages, inflation and unemployment.

Friday March 29, 2024


Anxiety, outrage dominate West Bend election education event

Politics

Anxiety, outrage dominate West Bend election education event

An informational session held in West Bend by the nonpartisan nonprofit group Keep Our Republic sought to teach voters about how elections work, but attendees focused largely on 2020 misinformation.

Friday March 29, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Robert Yablon, Sen. Jeff Smith, Chairman Tehassi Hill, Brandi Grayson

Here's what guests on the March 22, 2024 episode said about two proposed state constitutional amendments, the last day for two Chippewa Valley hospitals, a legal dispute over the Oneida Nation making land purchases, and a transitional living home for former foster children in Madison.

Monday March 25, 2024


A still image from a video shows Tehassi Hill seated in front of a U.S. flag to his right and a black picture frame on a wall to his left with a graphic at bottom reading 'Oneida,' 'Chairman Tehassi Hill' and 'Oneida Nation.'

Economy

Chairman Tehassi Hill on the Oneida Nation buying back land

Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill discusses the tribal government purchasing land on its reservation in northeast Wisconsin and a federal lawsuit filed by the village of Hobart over property taxes.

Friday March 22, 2024


A still image from a video shows Jeff Smith seated in front of a background of a marble rotunda with a graphic at bottom reading 'Brunswick,' 'Jeff Smith' and '(D) Brunswick.'

Health

Sen. Jeff Smith on health care access in the Chippewa Valley

State Sen. Jeff Smith, D-Brunswick, discusses the impacts of two hospital closures in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls on patient care, emergency services and health care workers in western Wisconsin.

Friday March 22, 2024


Brandi Grayson on housing for young adults after foster care

Social Issues

Brandi Grayson on housing for young adults after foster care

Urban Triage CEO Brandi Grayson describes the group's Unhoused Youth Initiative and providing a transitional living space on Madison's north side for young adults who have aged out of foster care.

Friday March 22, 2024


A still image shows Robert Yablon seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Robert Yablon' and 'UW Law School.'

Elections

Robert Yablon on 2024 ballot measures about election policy

University of Wisconsin Law School professor Robert Yablon explains two state constitutional amendment ballot questions, on banning private funding for election administration and on voting officials.

Friday March 22, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Zac Schultz, Ann Zenk, Dr. Jasmine Zapata, McCoshen & Ross

Here's what guests on the March 15, 2024 episode said about absentee ballot drop boxes, hospital staffing shortages, COVID-19 four years later and the prospects of the Biden-Trump rematch in Wisconsin.

Monday March 18, 2024


A still image shows Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling.

Elections

McCoshen & Ross on Biden-Trump rematch expectations for 2024

"Here & Now" political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scott Ross discuss prospects of another presidential contest between 2024 presumptive nominees President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Friday March 15, 2024


A still image shows Ann Zenk seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Ann Zenk' and 'Wisconsin Hospital Association.'

Health

Ann Zenk on Wisconsin’s continuing hospital staff shortages

Wisconsin Hospital Association Senior Vice President of Workforce and Clinical Practice discusses causes and impacts of high staffing vacancy rates for many health care professions around the state.

Friday March 15, 2024


Zac Schultz on another legal battle over ballot drop boxes

Courts

Zac Schultz on another legal battle over ballot drop boxes

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz discusses implications of the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreeing to reconsider its decision over the use of absentee ballot drop boxes in elections.

Friday March 15, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Village President Jim Rafter, Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, Amy McGovern, John Will

Here's what guests on the March 8, 2024 episode said about conditions at the Green Bay Correctional Institution, a data privacy bill awaiting legislative action, updated methods of reading instruction and food insecurity among college students.

Monday March 11, 2024


A still image from a video shows Amy McGovern seated in front of whiteboard with magnets with a graphic at bottom reading 'Tomahawk,' 'Amy McGovern' and 'Early Literacy Curriculum Council.'

Education

Amy McGovern on updated reading tools for Wisconsin schools

Early Literacy Curriculum Council member Amy McGovern, a reading specialist for 22 school districts in northern Wisconsin, describes a new law changing how students in the state are taught to read.

Friday March 8, 2024


A still image shows John Will seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'John Will' and 'Northwood Technical College President.'

Social Issues

John Will on growing food insecurity among college students

Northwood Technical College President John Will describes the factors that cause college students to experience hunger and how a food pantry project at its Rice Lake campus seeks to address the issue.

Friday March 8, 2024


A still image from a video shows Jim Rafter seated in front of a blurred background with a graphic at bottom reading 'Allouez,' 'Jim Rafter' and 'Village of Allouez President.'

Social Issues

Village President Jim Rafter on prison conditions and safety

Allouez Village President Jim Rafter discusses calling for the state of Wisconsin to close the maximum security Green Bay Correctional Institution, which is overcapacity, understaffed and on lockdown.

Friday March 8, 2024


Rep. Shannon Zimmerman on personal data and consumer rights

Policy

Rep. Shannon Zimmerman on personal data and consumer rights

State Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, R-River Falls, discusses authoring legislation that would provide consumers with rights related to the privacy of personal information collected and sold by data brokers.

Friday March 8, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Howard Schweber, Jon McCray Jones

Here's what guests on the March 1, 2024 episode said about the Wisconsin Supreme Court consideration of state abortion laws and audio police surveillance of Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Monday March 4, 2024


Howard Schweber on the status of abortion in Wisconsin law

Courts

Howard Schweber on the status of abortion in Wisconsin law

University of Wisconsin Law School professor Howard Schweber discusses multiple filings made to the Wisconsin Supreme Court for a ruling on how the state's constitution and statutes apply to abortion.

Friday March 1, 2024


Jon McCray Jones on ShotSpotter surveillance in Milwaukee

Social Issues

Jon McCray Jones on ShotSpotter surveillance in Milwaukee

American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin policy analyst Jon McCray Jones discusses Milwaukee's use of a gunfire detection system and its placement in predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

Friday March 1, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Bryan BainBridge, Lisa Tollefson, Edgar Lin

Here's what guests on the Feb. 23, 2024 episode said about a youth treatment center for being built by Wisconsin tribal governments, what it takes to count absentee ballots, and use of artificial intelligence in campaign ads.

Monday February 26, 2024


A still image from a video shows Lisa Tollefson seated in front of a window with blinds and framed poster with a graphic at bottom reading 'Janesville,' 'Lisa Tollefson' and 'Rock County Clerk.'

Elections

Lisa Tollefson on the pace of counting ballots in Wisconsin

Rock County Clerk Lisa Tollefson describes the growing number of absentee ballots cast in Wisconsin and why there is support among local election officials for legislation allowing earlier processing.

Friday February 23, 2024


A still image from a video shows Edgar Lin  seated in front of a blurred background with a graphic at bottom reading 'Milwaukee,' 'Edgar Lin' and 'Protect Democracy.'

Politics

Edgar Lin on regulating AI in political advertisements

Protect Democracy policy strategist and lawyer Edgar Lin discusses development of generative artificial intelligence and the potential for synthetic video and audio in campaign ads to deceive voters.

Friday February 23, 2024


A still image from a video shows Bryan BainBridge seated in front of a tan wall with a graphic at bottom reading 'State Capitol,' 'Bryan BainBridge' and 'Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council.'

Health

Bryan BainBridge on the opioid crisis in tribal communities

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council CEO Bryan BainBridge discusses plans to build an Adolescent Recovery and Wellness Center in Oneida County to help teens struggling with addiction and mental health.

Friday February 23, 2024


A still image shows James Crawford standing behind a podium and microphone with wood paneling in front of Robin Vos.

Politics

Potawatomi chairman addresses tribal issues in Wisconsin

Forest County Potawatomi Chairman James Crawford delivers the 2024 State of the Tribes address at the state Capitol, speaking to issues like affordable housing, nutrition and health care.

Friday February 23, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: US Rep. Gwen Moore, Sen. Mark Spreitzer

Here's what guests on the Feb. 16, 2024 episode said about emergency aid to Ukraine and Israel, and what remains unclear despite the approval and signing of the Evers redistricting maps.

Monday February 19, 2024


A still image from a video shows Gwen Moore seated in front of a blue curtain with a graphic at bottom reading 'Washington, D.C.,' 'U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore' and '(D) Milwaukee.'

Politics

US Rep. Gwen Moore on immigration, Israel and Ukraine policy

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, discusses legislation to provide expanded aid for Israel and Ukraine, as well as different proposals to increase funding for security at the border with Mexico.

Friday February 16, 2024


A still image from a video shows Mark Spreitzer seated in front of a blurred background with a graphic at bottom reading 'Beloit,' 'Mark Spreitzer' and '(D) Beloit.'

Elections

Sen. Mark Spreitzer on the Evers redistricting map proposal

State Sen. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, discusses the Republican-controlled Legislature voting to approve redistricting maps proposed by Gov. Tony Evers and why most Democratic lawmakers question this action.

Friday February 16, 2024


A still image shows Robin Vos standing behind a podium and microphones addressing a room of people with people standing alongside him on either side.

Elections

Republican lawmakers react to passing Evers’ district maps

Republican lawmakers passed legislative redistricting maps proposed by Gov. Tony Evers, saying they are not pleased about it but hoped to avoid the Wisconsin Supreme Court approving another option.

Friday February 16, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: US Sen. Ron Johnson, Charles Franklin, John Eich

Here's what guests on the February 9, 2024 episode said about border security and foreign aid, polling presidential primary candidates, and gaps in rural health care.

Monday February 12, 2024


A still image shows Ron Johnson seated behind rows of empty seats in a large hall with a graphic at bottom reading 'Milwaukee,' 'Ron Johnson' and '(R) Wisconsin.'

Politics

US Sen. Ron Johnson on immigration, Israel and Ukraine policy

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson discusses opposing proposed bipartisan legislation that would increase funding for security at the border with Mexico and provide expanded aid for Israel and Ukraine.

Friday February 9, 2024


A still image shows John Eich seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'John Eich' and 'Wisconsin Office of Rural Health.'

Health

John Eich on Wisconsin’s declining rural health care options

Wisconsin Office of Rural Health Director John Eich explains how hospital and clinic closures in the Chippewa Valley reflects a broader trend of reduced health care access for patients in rural areas.

Friday February 9, 2024


A still image shows Charles Franklin seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Charles Franklin' and 'Marquette Law School Poll.'

Elections

Charles Franklin on the 2024 presidential primary candidates

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin describes the positions and enthusiasm of Wisconsin voters polled on the 2024 presidential candidacies of Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Nikki Haley.

Friday February 9, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Zac Schultz, Erin Barbato, Alyssa Ratledge

Here's what guests on the Feb. 2, 2024 episode said about the Wisconsin Supreme Court consultant review of proposed voting maps, what's happening at the southern border as record numbers of people seek asylum, and gaps in rural access to higher education.

Monday February 5, 2024


A still image shows Erin Barbato seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Erin Barbato' and 'UW Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic.'

Social Issues

Erin Barbato on the legal status of migrants entering the US

University of Wisconsin Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic Director Erin Barbato discusses policies and politics of asylum as record numbers of people cross the southern border of the United States.

Friday February 2, 2024


A still image shows Alyssa Ratledge seated behind a white wall with framed collages with a graphic at bottom reading 'Alyssa Ratlege' and 'MDRC.'

Education

Alyssa Ratlege on access to and impacts of rural colleges

MDRC research associate Alyssa Ratlege describes impacts of declining higher education access in rural areas as in-person classes end at Universities of Wisconsin campuses in Marinette and elsewhere.

Friday February 2, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Anthony Chergosky, Charlie Sykes, Greg Hoffman, Dr. Beth Neary

Here's what guests on the Jan. 26, 2024 episode said about legislative district maps, the 2024 Republican presidential primary race, the closure of hospitals and clinics in west-central Wisconsin, and blood lead level testing in young children.

Monday January 29, 2024


A still image shows Charlie Sykes seated in front of a white wall and tables lined with framed photographs and red hats with a graphic at bottom reading 'Mequon,' 'Charlie Sykes' and 'The Bulwark.'

Elections

Charlie Sykes on Donald Trump and Republican voters in 2024

The Bulwark founder and long-time conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes discusses the political landscape of former President Donald Trump's run in the 2024 Republican presidential primary race.

Friday January 26, 2024


A still image shows Dr. Beth Neary seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Beth Neary, M.D.' and 'Wi. Environmental Health Network.'

Health

Dr. Beth Neary on blood lead levels tests for young children

Wisconsin Environmental Health Network Co-President and retired pediatrician Dr. Beth Neary explains why physicians recommend that all 1 and 2-year-old children be tested for their blood lead levels.

Friday January 26, 2024


Mayor Greg Hoffman on HSHS hospital, Prevea clinic closures

Economy

Mayor Greg Hoffman on HSHS hospital, Prevea clinic closures

Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman considers how closures of two HSHS hospitals and 19 Prevea Health clinics with accompanying layoffs in west-central Wisconsin will impact patients and communities.

Friday January 26, 2024


A still image shows Anthony Chergosky seated in front of brown bookshelves lined with books with a graphic at bottom reading 'La Crosse,' 'Anthony Chergosky' and 'UW-La Crosse Dept. of Political Science.'

Elections

Anthony Chergosky on Evers, Republicans and redistricting

UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky discusses a move by Republican lawmakers to pass district maps similar to those submitted by Gov. Tony Evers to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Friday January 26, 2024


Tony Evers addresses a room full of seated people at podiums during the State of the State.

Politics

Wisconsin 2024 State of the State highlights from Evers

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers shared his priorities for the state in his sixth State of the State address, with state Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu providing the Republican response.

Friday January 26, 2024


Anthony Chergosky on Wisconsin’s 2024 redistricting politics

Elections

Anthony Chergosky on Wisconsin’s 2024 redistricting politics

UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky details how Republican lawmakers considering the Democratic governor's legislative maps reflects Wisconsin's shifting redistricting politics.

Wednesday January 24, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: John D. Johnson, Zac Schultz, Carrie Poser, Chelsea Chandler

Here's what guests on the Jan. 19, 2024 episode said about legislative redistricting proposals, factors that play out alongside district map effects in elections, the state's rising homelessness rates, and legislation to bolster EV charging infrastructure.

Monday January 22, 2024


A still image shows Dr. Alex Gee seated in front of a tan wall and window with a graphic at bottom reading 'Alex Gee' and 'Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development.'

Social Issues

Dr. Alex Gee on educating Wisconsin about racial inequity

Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership and Development founder and CEO Dr. Alex Gee discusses educating Black and white communities about systemic racism and holding people in leadership accountable.

Friday January 19, 2024


A still image from a video shows Carrie Poser seated in front of purple wall with colorful posters and white shelves lined with figures with a graphic at bottom reading 'Eau Claire,' 'Carrie Poser' and 'Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Cares.'

Social Issues

Carrie Poser on growing rates of homelessness in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care Director Carrie Poser describes the growing needs and number of people without shelter as government aid dwindles and lawmakers consider punitive policies.

Friday January 19, 2024


A still image shows Chelsea Chandler seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Chelsea Chandler' and 'Clean Wisconsin.'

Economy

Chelsea Chandler on building Wisconsin’s EV charging network

Clean Wisconsin program director Chelsea Chandler discusses legislation to expand availability of electric vehicle infrastructure around the state and permit businesses to provide charging services.

Friday January 19, 2024


A still image shows Zac Schultz standing in front of the State Capitol rotunda with a graphic at bottom reading 'State Captiol,' 'Zac Schultz' and 'Here & Now.'

Elections

Zac Schultz on redistricting maps, incumbents and elections

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz considers how effects of redistricting on incumbents and partisan advantages in proposed maps intersect with other factors in the 2024 elections.

Friday January 19, 2024


John D. Johnson on proposed redistricting maps for Wisconsin

Elections

John D. Johnson on proposed redistricting maps for Wisconsin

Marquette University Law School research fellow John D. Johnson analyzes seven proposed remedial legislative district maps submitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in advance of the 2024 elections.

Friday January 19, 2024


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Barry Burden, McCoshen & Ross

Here's what guests on the Jan. 12, 2024 episode said about the Wisconsin Supreme Court's process for selecting new legislative district maps and the status of the race for president.

Tuesday January 16, 2024


A still image shows Scot Ross seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling joined by Bill McCoshen via TV on set.

Politics

McCoshen & Ross on the 2024 election season in Wisconsin

"Here & Now" political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross discuss the 2024 election cycle in Wisconsin, from the presidential primary to a U.S. Senate race to partisan politics in the Legislature.

Friday January 12, 2024


Barry Burden on Wisconsin’s 2024 redistricting process

Elections

Barry Burden on Wisconsin’s 2024 redistricting process

UW-Madison political science professor and Elections Research Center director Barry Burden details the plan and timeline set by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for creating new legislative district maps.

Friday January 12, 2024


Frederica Freyberg and Tony Evers sit facing each other on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Gov. Tony Evers, Superintendent Jill Underly

Here's what guests on the Jan. 5, 2024 episode said about new legislative district maps for the 2024 elections and spending state budget surplus funds on special education.

Monday January 8, 2024


Gov. Tony Evers on Wisconsin’s 2024 politics, policy outlook

Politics

Gov. Tony Evers on Wisconsin’s 2024 politics, policy outlook

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers reflects on 2023 accomplishments and looks ahead to 2024 prospects for redistricting, abortion and separation of powers lawsuits, and working with Republicans.

Friday January 5, 2024


A still image shows Jill Underly seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Jill Underly' and 'State Superintendent of Schools.'

Education

Superintendent Jill Underly on Wisconsin’s schools in 2024

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly considers the state of schools in 2023-24, from special education to student test scores and absenteeism to teacher turnover.

Friday January 5, 2024


A still image from a video shows Herb Kohl holding a stack of papers behind a desk.

Politics

Public memorial in Milwaukee to celebrate life of Herb Kohl

A public memorial service for Herb Kohl, a former Wisconsin U.S. senator, Milwaukee Bucks owner, and philanthropist who supported children's issues and agriculture, will be held Jan. 12 in Milwaukee.

Friday January 5, 2024


Frederica Freyberg and Zac Schultz sit facing each other on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Zac Schultz, Speaker Robin Vos, Carla Vigue, Secretary Missy Hughes

Here's what guests on the Dec. 22, 2023 episode said about the Wisconsin Supreme Court's redistricting lawsuit order, priorities for Assembly Republicans, UW-Madison scholarships for enrolled tribal members, and tech company jobs in Racine County.

Tuesday December 26, 2023


A still image shows Zac Schultz seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Zac Schultz' and 'Here & Now.'

Politics

Zac Schultz on the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordering new maps

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz describes the Wisconsin Supreme Court redistricting lawsuit ruling and order that the state use new legislative district maps in the 2024 election.

Friday December 22, 2023


A still image shows Missy Hughes seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Missy Hughes' and 'Wis. Economic Development Corporation.'

Economy

Missy Hughes on Foxconn, Microsoft and Wisconsin tech jobs

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO and Secretary Missy Hughes considers the performance of Foxconn and expectations for Microsoft making investments and creating jobs in Mount Pleasant.

Friday December 22, 2023


A still image shows Carla Vigue seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Carla Vigue' and 'UW-Madison Tribal Relations.'

Education

Carla Vigue on supporting Indigenous students at UW-Madison

UW-Madison tribal relations director Carla Vigue discusses the Wisconsin Tribal Education Promise program to fund students who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribal nations in the state.

Friday December 22, 2023


Dominic Zappia and Frederica Freyberg sit facing each other on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Dominic Zappia, Rep. Greta Neubauer, County Executive David Crowley

Here's what guests on the Dec. 15, 2023 episode said about student reactions to UW regents voting to scale back DEI efforts, what Assembly Democrats are anticipating in 2024, and the financial situation for Milwaukee County.

Monday December 18, 2023


A still image from a video shows David Crowley seated in front of wooden bookshelves lined with bobble heads and merchandise with a graphic at bottom reading 'Milwaukee,' 'David Crowley' and 'Milwaukee County Executive.'

Politics

County Executive David Crowley on Milwaukee’s 2024 outlook

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley discusses local government finances and anticipated effects of a new sales tax, the Brewers stadium funding deal and the 2024 Republican National Convention.

Friday December 15, 2023


A still image shows Dominic Zappia seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Dominic Zappia' and 'Associated Students of Madison.'

Education

Dominic Zappia on a deal to reduce diversity efforts at UW

Associated Students of Madison Vice-President Dominic Zappia shares the group's response to the Universities of Wisconsin Board of Regents approving cuts to diversity positions in exchange for funds.

Friday December 15, 2023


A woman stands behind a podium with multiple microphones and a line of people alongside her during a press release.

Education

UW regents explain their votes on diversity and funding deal

Universities of Wisconsin regents describe their stances in a second vote on a deal with Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to make cuts to programs and changes in staffing relating to diversity.

Friday December 15, 2023


County Executive David Crowley on perceptions of Milwaukee

Politics

County Executive David Crowley on perceptions of Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley shares his perspective about how he hopes Wisconsinites will view the state's largest metro area as an economic hub and tourism destination in 2024 and beyond.

Wednesday December 13, 2023


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Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Frederick Melms, Rick Esenberg, Sen. Devin LeMahieu

Here's what guests on the December 8, 2023 episode said about a private school choice program lawsuit filed with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the state Legislature's work over the year and plans for 2024.

Monday December 11, 2023


A still image from a video shows Rick Esenberg seated in front of a wooden bookshelf with lined shelves and a green pine tree to his right with a graphic at bottom reading 'Milwaukee,' 'Rick Esenberg' and 'Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.'

Courts

Rick Esenberg on a school choice voucher program lawsuit

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty President and attorney Rick Esenberg discusses opposing a lawsuit filed with the Wisconsin Supreme Court over the state's Private School Choice Program funding.

Friday December 8, 2023


A still image from a video shows Rick Esenberg seated in front of a wall with layered stone with a graphic at bottom reading 'Minocqua,' 'Rick Esenberg' and 'Attorney at Law.'

Courts

Frederick Melms on a school choice voucher program lawsuit

Attorney Frederick Melms discusses filing a lawsuit with the Wisconsin Supreme Court that challenges the state's Private School Choice Program funding and seeks for it to be found unconstitutional.

Friday December 8, 2023


Fake electors agree not to serve when Trump is on ballot

Courts

Fake electors agree not to serve when Trump is on ballot

Ten fake electors for Donald Trump in 2020 agreed to a civil lawsuit settlement, acknowledging Joe Biden won and agreeing to not serve as presidential electors in 2024 or when Trump is on the ballot.

Friday December 8, 2023


Dale Schultz and Frederica Freyberg sit facing each other on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Dale Schultz, Sen. Melissa Agard

Here's what guests on the December 1, 2023 episode said about the Wisconsin Supreme Court hearing a case about whether to throw out state legislative district maps, and 2023 for Democrats in the Legislature.

Monday December 4, 2023


Dale Schultz on the Wisconsin legislative districts lawsuit

Courts

Dale Schultz on the Wisconsin legislative districts lawsuit

Former state Sen. Dale Schultz, a Republican, discusses litigation in the Wisconsin Supreme Court over the legality of state legislative district maps and his advocacy against partisan gerrymandering.

Friday December 1, 2023


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: US Rep. Gwen Moore, Sen. Melissa Agard

Here's what guests on the November 17, 2023 episode said about domestic violence and firearms, and approval of state funding for the Milwaukee Brewers stadium.

Monday November 20, 2023


A still image from a video shows Gwen Moore seated in front of a a blue curtain with an American flag on her left with a graphic at bottom reading 'Washington, D.C.,' 'U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore' and '(D) Milwaukee.'

Politics

US Rep. Gwen Moore on violence against women and firearms

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, discusses her House resolution addressing guns, misogyny and domestic violence as the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case on restraining orders and firearms access.

Friday November 17, 2023


A still image shows Melissa Agard seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Sen. Melissa Agard' and '(D) Senate Minority Leader.'

Policy

Sen. Melissa Agard on the Milwaukee Brewers stadium deal

State Sen. Melissa Agard, D-Madison, discusses bipartisan support for and opposition in the passage of legislation to provide taxpayer funding for improvements to American Family Field in Milwaukee.

Friday November 17, 2023


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

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Don Millis, Charles Franklin

Here's what guests on the November 10, 2023 episode said about disinformation in the move to impeach Wisconsin's top elections official and how 2024 presidential candidates are polling one year before the vote.

Monday November 13, 2023


A still image shows Charles Franklin seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Charles Franklin' and 'Marquette Law School Poll.'

Elections

Charles Franklin on Wisconsin a year out from the 2024 vote

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin discusses polling Wisconsin voters one year before the 2024 election about presidential candidates, approval ratings and the politics of abortion.

Friday November 10, 2023


A still image from a video shows Don Millis seated in front of wooden cabinets and a window with blinds, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Madison,' 'Don Millis' and '(R) Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair.'

Politics

Don Millis on the political campaign to impeach Meagan Wolfe

Wisconsin Elections Commission chair Don Millis, a Republican appointee, discusses a campaign among certain Republicans seeking to impeach the agency's administrator Meagan Wolfe before the 2024 vote.

Friday November 10, 2023


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