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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Frederica's Recent Stories

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

Politics

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

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

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: 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


Controversial UW System survey delayed

Education

Controversial UW System survey delayed

In the wake of the Interim Chancellor at UW-Whitewater resigning over its release, a controversial UW System survey asking students about the First Amendment and free speech issues was delayed until at least the fall of 2022.

Friday April 8, 2022


Here and Now still of Frederica Freyberg and Robert Yablon

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Cavalier Johnson, Robert Donovan, Robert Yablon, Jerry Deschane, Jonathan Pylypiv

Here's what guests on the April 1, 2022 episode had to say about running for mayor of Milwaukee, how the Wisconsin Supreme Court may rule on redistricting, why election clerks are seeking community support and organizing to raise donations for Ukraine.

Monday April 4, 2022


Wisconsin Ukrainians support family, friends

Social Issues

Wisconsin Ukrainians support family, friends

Jonathan Pylypiv, a Kimberly resident who emigrated from Ukraine in 1992 and founder of the Wisconsin Ukrainians Inc., shares how the group is fundraising and collecting donations for humanitarian aid.

Friday April 1, 2022


Local clerks and trust in the voting process

Elections

Local clerks and trust in the voting process

Jerry Deschane, executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, discusses challenges local clerks face as they work to administer elections amid shifting policies and growing distrust.

Friday April 1, 2022


Wisconsin redistricting and the Voting Rights Act

Politics

Wisconsin redistricting and the Voting Rights Act

Robert Yablon, a University of Wisconsin Law School professor, discusses how the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the Voting Rights Act in its order rejecting the state's legislative redistricting maps.

Friday April 1, 2022


Judge finds Vos in contempt

Politics

Judge finds Vos in contempt

A Dane County judge has found Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in contempt in a lawsuit over releasing 2020 election investigation documents requested through open records law.

Friday April 1, 2022


Second Moderna booster approved for adults over 50

Coronavirus

Second Moderna booster approved for adults over 50

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved a second Moderna COVID-19 booster for individuals over 50, but current federal pandemic funding is winding down, which would mean testing and vaccines could no longer be provided for free.

Friday April 1, 2022


Fast Facts: Replacing Wisconsin’s juvenile detention centers

Policy

Fast Facts: Replacing Wisconsin’s juvenile detention centers

The city of Milwaukee is slated to be the site of a new state juvenile correctional facility, replacing the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake institutions in north-central Wisconsin. The legislative path toward this replacement plan took years, though, interrupted by the pandemic and enmeshed in politics even amid bipartisan support. Here's a summary of how it happened.

Wednesday March 30, 2022


Two adjacent screenshots show Mike Gallagher and Ron Kind seated in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: US Rep. Mike Gallagher, US Rep. Ron Kind, Zac Schultz

Here's what guests on the March 25, 2022 episode had to say about the war in Ukraine and the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions on Wisconsin's redistricting maps.

Monday March 28, 2022


Kind on war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia

Politics

Kind on war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, discusses provisions of military aid to Ukraine, the expansion and effectiveness of sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion, and whether the war will escalate.

Friday March 25, 2022


Gallagher on war in Ukraine and Russia’s threats

Politics

Gallagher on war in Ukraine and Russia’s threats

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Appleton, discusses Russia's threats to expand attacks on Ukraine and its people, how the U.S. could respond in military and other terms, and whether the war will escalate.

Friday March 25, 2022


The SCOTUS redistricting order for Wisconsin

Politics

The SCOTUS redistricting order for Wisconsin

"Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz explains what a U.S. Supreme Court order on Wisconsin's legislative redistricting means and its rejections of a challenge to the congressional maps.

Friday March 25, 2022


Wisconsin’s senators on the Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings

Politics

Wisconsin’s senators on the Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings

Wisconsin's U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin share their reactions to the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination hearings.

Friday March 25, 2022


Fentanyl test strips get decriminalized in Wisconsin

Health

Fentanyl test strips get decriminalized in Wisconsin

Immediately after the state of Wisconsin decriminalized an inexpensive drug testing technology, the city of Milwaukee started dispensing this harm reduction tool as overdose deaths hit record levels.

Friday March 25, 2022


Frederica Freyberg and Tommy Thompson sit in chairs in a room with a bookshelf in the background.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Tommy Thompson, Jeff Lamont

Here's what guests on the March 18, 2022 episode had to say about serving as president of the UW System during the pandemic and accomplishments leading its universities, and the ongoing struggle living with "forever chemicals" contaminating water around Peshtigo.

Monday March 21, 2022


PFAS cleanup, standards and a state lawsuit

Environment

PFAS cleanup, standards and a state lawsuit

Jeff Lamont, a retired hydrogeologist who consulted on chemical cleanup, discusses the Wisconsin Department of Justice lawsuit against Tyco and Johnson Controls over PFAS contamination in Marinette.

Friday March 18, 2022


Elections commission dismisses false electors complaint

Elections

Elections commission dismisses false electors complaint

The Wisconsin Elections Commission dismissed a complaint alleging that Republican electors acted contrary to state law when they submitted a slate of false electoral votes for Donald Trump in 2020 despite the victory of Joe Biden in the state. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also rejected calls to decertify Biden’s win in Wisconsin.

Friday March 18, 2022


Thompson on guiding UW System, political plans

Education

Thompson on guiding UW System, political plans

Tommy Thompson, a former governor of Wisconsin, discusses his work as president of the UW System, considers the challenges of higher education in the state and ponders his future political prospects.

Friday March 18, 2022


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Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Ruslana Westerlund, Mark Copelovitch, Shawn Johnson, Ed Fallone

Here's what guests on the March 11, 2022 episode had to say about what it's like to have family in Ukraine amid war, what U.S. sanctions on Russia mean to the global economy, the status of any U.S. Supreme Court action on Wisconsin's redistricting and why Milwaukee banned no-knock search warrants.

Monday March 14, 2022


War in Ukraine, solidarity in Wisconsin

Politics

War in Ukraine, solidarity in Wisconsin

Ruslana Westerlund, an immigrant from Ukraine living in Wisconsin, shares how her family is faring in the beleaguered nation and explains what she hopes the U.S. can do as Russia's invasion escalates.

Friday March 11, 2022


Wisconsin’s 2022 legislative session wraps up

Politics

Wisconsin’s 2022 legislative session wraps up

Shawn Johnson, Capitol bureau chief at Wisconsin Public Radio, discusses the status of the state's redistricting process and elections inquiries as the state Legislature closes its 2022 session.

Friday March 11, 2022


Banning no-knock warrants in Milwaukee

Policy

Banning no-knock warrants in Milwaukee

Ed Fallone, chair of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission and a law professor at Marquette University, discusses the city's ban on no-knock warrants and the impacts of this decision so far.

Friday March 11, 2022


Global energy markets, gas prices in Wisconsin

Economy

Global energy markets, gas prices in Wisconsin

Mark Copelovitch, a UW-Madison political science and public affairs professor, explains how U.S. sanctions on Russia for its attack on Ukraine are affecting oil and gas prices amid growing inflation.

Friday March 11, 2022


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Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Barry Burden, Meagan Wolfe, Charles Franklin

Here's what guests on the March 4, 2022 episode had to say about the split decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court adopting maps submitted by Gov. Evers, Gableman's 2020 election report and February 2022 statewide polling on elections and issues.

Monday March 7, 2022


Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on redistricting

Elections

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on redistricting

UW-Madison political scientist Barry Burden gives context to the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision on redistricting, in which a split court ruled 4-3 to adopt maps drawn by Democratic Governor Tony Evers.

Friday March 4, 2022


Voters still deciding on key 2022 primaries

Elections

Voters still deciding on key 2022 primaries

Marquette Law School Poll director Charles Franklin discusses its February 2022 findings, including a large share of Wisconsin voters who haven't decided who to support in the August partisan primary.

Friday March 4, 2022


Elections administrator responds to 2020 claims

Politics

Elections administrator responds to 2020 claims

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe responds to allegations made in the interim report from Michael Gableman, special counsel hired by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to investigate the 2020 election.

Friday March 4, 2022


Gableman delivers interim investigation report

Elections

Gableman delivers interim investigation report

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, hired by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to investigate the 2020 election in Wisconsin, delivered a second interim report on his probe.

Friday March 4, 2022


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Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Ajay Sethi, Van Wanggaard, Kelli Thompson, LaTonya Johnson

Here's what guests on the Feb. 25, 2022 episode said about moving into a new and it's hoped safer pandemic phase, the debate over changing Wisconsin's cash bail standards and a plan by Democratic lawmakers to attract and retain teachers.

Monday February 28, 2022


Covid settles into the public health landscape

Coronavirus

Covid settles into the public health landscape

Ajay Sethi, an epidemiologist and public health professor at UW-Madison, considers what's next for COVID-19 as hospitalizations plummet in Wisconsin and remaining local mask mandates wind down.

Friday February 25, 2022


Finding more teachers for Wisconsin students

Policy

Finding more teachers for Wisconsin students

State Sen. LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee, discusses a slate of bills before the state Legislature that seek to address the state's teacher shortage through improving pay and benefits.

Friday February 25, 2022


Public defenders and Wisconsin’s bail system

Policy

Public defenders and Wisconsin’s bail system

Kelli Thompson, the State Public Defender of Wisconsin, explains why public defender attorneys oppose a proposal that would allow courts to set bail levels based on additional considerations.

Friday February 25, 2022


Changing how Wisconsin courts set bail

Policy

Changing how Wisconsin courts set bail

State Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, discusses an effort to amend the Wisconsin Constitution to change the monetary bail system to consider the seriousness of criminal charges and other factors.

Friday February 25, 2022


Potential changes to Wisconsin’s bail system

Policy

Potential changes to Wisconsin’s bail system

The Wisconsin Legislature passed a resolution that is the first step in proposing an amendment to the state constitution that would change the way cash bail is set.

Friday February 25, 2022


Legislature passes election rules bills

Elections

Legislature passes election rules bills

The Republican majority in the state Legislature passed a package of bills to change certain voting rules in Wisconsin. The bills address absentee ballot applications, indefinitely confined voter status and private grant funding for municipalities.

Friday February 25, 2022


Baldwin, Johnson respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Politics

Baldwin, Johnson respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Wisconsin's U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin respond to the invasion by Russia of Ukraine.

Friday February 25, 2022


Reviewing Wisconsin’s State of the Tribes 2022

Politics

Reviewing Wisconsin’s State of the Tribes 2022

Shannon Holsey, President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, delivered Wisconsin's 2022 State of the Tribes address, discussing a variety of issues facing the state's tribal nations.

Friday February 25, 2022


From left to right, a split screen with Frederica Freyberg and Zac Schultz in different locations

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Zac Schultz, Paul Nollette, Menzie Chinn

Here's what guests on the Feb. 18, 2022 episode had to say about an election-year State of the State address, the battle between establishment and far-right Republicans in Wisconsin and why workers make the choice to stay out of the job market.

Monday February 21, 2022


Wisconsin’s State of the State and 2022 politics

Politics

Wisconsin’s State of the State and 2022 politics

"Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz unpacks the politics of the 2022 State of the State address by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and response by state Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu.

Friday February 18, 2022


Discord among Wisconsin Republicans over 2020

Politics

Discord among Wisconsin Republicans over 2020

Paul Nolette, a political science professor at Marquette University, discusses divisions among Wisconsin Republicans over the 2020 presidential vote and how they're impacting the 2022 election cycle.

Friday February 18, 2022


The state of Wisconsin’s labor force

Economy

The state of Wisconsin’s labor force

Menzie Chinn, a public affairs and economics professor at UW-Madison, discusses what a low unemployment rate and hiring difficulties reported by businesses means about Wisconsin's labor market.

Friday February 18, 2022


UW System mask mandates to expire

Education

UW System mask mandates to expire

The University of Wisconsin System announced campus mask mandates will start expiring as soon as March 1 as COVID-19 cases continue declining.

Friday February 18, 2022


Assembly promotes constitutional amendment for bail standard

Social Issues

Assembly promotes constitutional amendment for bail standard

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly passed a joint resolution that is the first of two required to put a constitutional amendment before voters that would require courts to consider the severity of a defendant's criminal record when determining bail.

Friday February 18, 2022


Wisconsin Elections Commission revokes drop box directive

Elections

Wisconsin Elections Commission revokes drop box directive

The Wisconsin Elections Commission met to revoke its directive on absentee ballot drop boxes in concurrence with a recent state Supreme Court order.

Friday February 18, 2022


From left to right, a split screen with Frederica Freyberg and Reid Ribble seated in different locations

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Reid Ribble, Dr. Jasmine Zapata, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Bria Grant

Here's what guests on the Feb. 11, 2022 episode had to say about Republican party leaders describing the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack as "legitimate political discourse," why an immigrant rights group is targeted in the Gableman election probe, whether falling COVID-19 rates means safety measures should be loosened and what led a community health advocate to sound the alarm on potential fraud by prenatal care companies.

Monday February 14, 2022


Republicans condemn RNC over January 6 stance

Politics

Republicans condemn RNC over January 6 stance

Reid Ribble, a Republican who represented Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District, discusses the Republican National Committee describing the Jan. 6 insurrection as "legitimate political discourse."

Friday February 11, 2022


Impacts of fraud on prenatal health programs

Health

Impacts of fraud on prenatal health programs

Bria Grant, executive director of UniteWI and a community health advocate in Milwaukee, describes how Medicaid fraud hurts prenatal care programs that focus on Black infant and maternal mortality.

Friday February 11, 2022


A long recovery from COVID-19

Coronavirus

A long recovery from COVID-19

Dr. Jasmine Zapata, chief medical officer and state epidemiologist for community health at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, discusses recovering from COVID-19 as the omicron wave wanes.

Friday February 11, 2022


When an election probe subpoenas voter advocates

Elections

When an election probe subpoenas voter advocates

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, describes how the Milwaukee-based immigrant advocacy group is responding to a subpoena from the Gableman 2020 election review.

Friday February 11, 2022


Disability advocates raise concerns about election bills

Elections

Disability advocates raise concerns about election bills

Advocates from the disability community in Wisconsin voiced concerns about how bills put forth by Republican lawmakers to establish new rules for election administration in the state would limit voter access.

Friday February 11, 2022


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Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Kelsey Florek, Jamaal Smith, Tamarine Cornelius

Here's what guests on the Feb. 4, 2022 episode had to say about sequencing variants of COVID-19, a record rise in violent crime in Milwaukee and the stalled extension of the enhanced Child Tax Credit.

Monday February 7, 2022


A struggle to slow down violence in Milwaukee

Social Issues

A struggle to slow down violence in Milwaukee

Jamaal Smith, a manager in the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention, discusses the city's challenges following two consecutive years of record homicides and describes efforts to stop the killing.

Friday February 4, 2022


The search for COVID-19 variants in Wisconsin

Coronavirus

The search for COVID-19 variants in Wisconsin

Kelsey Florek, a genomics and data scientist with the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, discusses sequencing variants of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — and how this analysis informs public health efforts.

Friday February 4, 2022


After the expanded tax credit expired

Economy

After the expanded tax credit expired

Tamarine Cornelius, a research analyst with the Wisconsin Budget Project, discusses how low-income families are faring after an expansion to the child tax credit expired and as prices rise.

Friday February 4, 2022


Legal complexities of resettling Afghan refugees

WisContext

Legal complexities of resettling Afghan refugees

Erin Barbato, director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the UW Law School, explains the legal processes refugees from Afghanistan must follow in order to make new homes in the United States.

Monday January 31, 2022


From left to right, a split screen with Frederica Freyberg and Mordecai Lee seated in different locations

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Erin Barbato, Mordecai Lee

Here's what guests on the Jan. 28, 2022 episode had to say about Kevin Nicholson entering the Republican race for governor of Wisconsin and the resettlement of Afghan refugees around the state.

Monday January 31, 2022


A fight forms in the GOP primary for governor

Politics

A fight forms in the GOP primary for governor

Mordecai Lee, a former state senator and UW-Milwaukee professor emeritus, discusses Kevin Nicholson's candidacy in the 2022 Republican primary for governor and what it means for Wisconsin politics.

Friday January 28, 2022


Public Health Madison Dane County extends mask mandate

Coronavirus

Public Health Madison Dane County extends mask mandate

Public Health Madison Dane County has extended its mask mandate through March 1 as COVID-19 levels remain high at the local level and around the state.

Friday January 28, 2022


Vice President Harris visits Milwaukee

Politics

Vice President Harris visits Milwaukee

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Milwaukee to promote the Biden administration's plans to remove lead pipes connecting the city's water system to buildings.

Friday January 28, 2022


Wisconsin Legislature passes workforce, criminal laws

Politics

Wisconsin Legislature passes workforce, criminal laws

The Wisconsin Legislature passed a slate of laws aiming at increasing recruitment among a workforce hit hard by the pandemic, along with bills in response to 2020 protests.

Friday January 28, 2022


From left to right, a split screen with Frederica Freyberg and Barry Burden seated in different locations

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Jake Baggott, Will Cushman, Karola Kreitmair, Barry Burden

Here's what guests on the Jan. 21, 2022 episode had to say about returning UW-Madison students in the midst of the Omicron surge, whether it has yet to peak in Wisconsin, medical ethics involved in treating COVID-19 patients and why the state figures so prominently in the national politics of election practices.

Monday January 24, 2022


Keeping track of COVID-19’s omicron barrage

Coronavirus

Keeping track of COVID-19’s omicron barrage

PBS Wisconsin reporter Will Cushman discusses the record number of new COVID-19 cases reported during the omicron wave and how the state health department is working to keep pace with the numbers.

Friday January 21, 2022


The medical ethics of treating COVID-19

Coronavirus

The medical ethics of treating COVID-19

Medical ethicist Karola Kreitmair, an assistant professor at UW-Madison, explains how hospitals make tough decisions to triage patients both vaccinated and unvaccinated for COVID-19 in the pandemic.

Friday January 21, 2022


Election probe impacts, electoral vote artifice in Wisconsin

Politics

Election probe impacts, electoral vote artifice in Wisconsin

UW-Madison political science professor and Elections Research Center director Barry Burden discusses the impacts of ongoing election probes and implications of actions by Wisconsin's 2020 Republican false electors.

Friday January 21, 2022


UW prepares for a new semester amid omicron

Coronavirus

UW prepares for a new semester amid omicron

Jake Baggott, executive director of University Health Services at UW-Madison, describes campus preparations for students starting the spring 2022 semester as COVID-19's omicron surge continues.

Friday January 21, 2022


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