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How the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast Emerged From a Sharp Political Squall

A National Marine Sanctuary established off the shores of Lake Michigan to protect and promote dozens of sites where historic sunken ships sit at the bottom followed a years-long saga of local disputes and whiplash in support at the state and federal levels.

Tuesday July 13, 2021

Gloved hands holding syringe inject a COVID-19 vaccine into an upper arm.


Wisconsin’s Covid Condition: The Pandemic Recedes in its Second Summer

New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all hitting their lowest reported levels in the state, but with only about half of Wisconsinites vaccinated for the coronavirus, public health authorities are urging more people to do so as the Delta variant looms.

Friday June 25, 2021

An illustration with two figures from the Wisconsin coat of arms leaning on a shield with a button reading COVID-19 vaccinated.


The Peculiar Divergence In COVID Vaccinations Around Milwaukee’s Republican Hinterland

A link between partisan politics and coronavirus vaccinations at the national level has become increasingly recognized, but a slew of additional factors are playing a role in Wisconsin's largest metro area.

Thursday June 10, 2021

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A Wet Decade Shifts To Drought In Southern Wisconsin

Following the state's wettest decade on record, lower-than-normal precipitation in the spring of 2021 is leading drought conditions to emerge in agricultural areas reliant on steady rains.

Monday June 7, 2021

Electronic micrope image of novel coronavirus particles covering an infected cell


The Difference Between Wisconsin’s ‘Confirmed’ and ‘Probable’ COVID-19 Data

Efforts to count coronavirus cases and deaths around the state indicate the varying degrees of certainty that can be attributed to individual circumstances as public health agencies keep up with day-to-day rhythms of the pandemic.

Thursday May 13, 2021

A screenshot of John Johnson, Sr. giving the 2021 State of the Tribes address in the Wisconsin Assembly chambers


History Is at the Heart of Wisconsin’s 2021 State of the Tribes Address

In a speech to the state Legislature, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa President John D. Johnson, Sr. connects the principles of tribal sovereignty to contemporary issues important to Native communities.

Tuesday May 11, 2021

COVID VACCINE sign with arrow and people standing in line outside buidling


How Does Hesitancy Fit Into Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Vaccination Trends?

Here & Now Extra: Differences by age, race, gender and politics in terms of who is getting coronavirus vaccines around the state align with national trends and polling, while pointing toward potential gaps going forward.

Friday April 23, 2021

Poster-style illustration of Jill Underly speaking at podium


Map: A Closer Look at Wisconsin’s 2021 State Superintendent Election Results

The vote for Jill Underly over Deborah Kerr in the election to lead the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction reflected the partisan nature of the race to some degree, but there were also several divergences from typical geographic patterns.

Wednesday April 7, 2021

Bumper stickers reading I got me COVID-19 vaccine #SavingLives shared by the Clark County Health Department


Where Is Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Lagging — And Why?

With universal eligibility starting April 5, the pace of coronavirus shots is speeding up everywhere in the state, but rates have been stubbornly lower in Clark, Rusk and Taylor counties.

Tuesday March 30, 2021

Patients stand in line to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations at a community clinic at Lambeau Field.


Northeast Wisconsin’s Coronavirus Vaccinations Get a Boost at Lambeau Field

Here & Now Extra: By the end of June, a community clinic at the home of the Green Bay Packers is gearing up to vaccinate tens of thousands of people from around the region.

Tuesday March 23, 2021

A transmission electron micrograph of a SARS-CoV-2 virus particle B.1.1.7 variant with the virus particle highlighted in yellow and its spike proteins in green against a blue background.


A Sprint Between Variants and Vaccinations Extends Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Marathon

Here & Now Extra: As newer and more virulent coronavirus strains gain a foothold in the state, public health researchers hope tracking efforts and vaccinations can keep pace.

Tuesday March 16, 2021

A WIAA 2017 Sectional stencil on the infield dirt of a softball field in Watertown


How Is Title IX Relevant to Wisconsin’s Transgender Student-Athlete Bills?

Here & Now Extra: Shifting federal policies on a landmark anti-discrimination law have played a role in a wave of state-level legislation restricting participation in school sports.

Tuesday March 9, 2021

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