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Marisa Wojcik

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Marisa Wojcik is a multimedia journalist and producer on the Here & Now news team. She produces field reports on issues impacting people across the state, interviews guests on the ...

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Noon Wednesday: Prison Gerrymandering Effects in Wisconsin

Elections

Noon Wednesday: Prison Gerrymandering Effects in Wisconsin

When the 2020 Census counted incarcerated people, they were counted at the address of the prison. Without the right to vote, the power of their political representation is in effect given to those living in surrounding communities. Jerome Dillard and Peggy West-Schroder of Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing explain prison gerrymandering and how it contributes to racial disparities in elections.

Wednesday October 20, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Milwaukee’s Historic Violence During the Pandemic

Health

Noon Wednesday: Milwaukee’s Historic Violence During the Pandemic

Most large cities across the country have seen a rise in homicides and other violent crimes during the pandemic, and this trend is particularly acute in Milwaukee as its murder rate reaches a historic level in 2021. Jamaal Smith and Kweku TeAngelo Cargile Jr. from the city's Office of Violence Prevention discuss their work to interrupt and impede violent behaviors.

Wednesday October 13, 2021


Noon Wednesday: COVID-19’s Present and Future

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: COVID-19’s Present and Future

Deaths caused by COVID-19 in Wisconsin surpassed 8,000 a year-and-a-half after the pandemic reached the state. As vaccination levels remain plateued, new medical developments to combat the virus and its deadly disease progress. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Nasia Safdar with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health explains.

Wednesday October 6, 2021


Noon Wednesday: How 2020 Income and Poverty Shape Policy

Economy

Noon Wednesday: How 2020 Income and Poverty Shape Policy

A U.S. Census report on income and poverty in 2020 is informing how temporary pandemic policies and programs are included in the $3.5 trillion federal infrastructure bill promoted by Democrats. Tamarine Cornelius, a research analyst at Kids Forward, explains the numbers and how they're being considered in future political agendas.

Wednesday September 29, 2021


Impacts of Fighting COVID-19 on Frontline Health Workers

Coronavirus

Impacts of Fighting COVID-19 on Frontline Health Workers

Reporter Marisa Wojcik investigates an intensive care unit at Marshfield Clinic as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Wisconsin, exploring severe stains on ICU space in hospitals and the perspectives of the frontline health workers who continue to fight the pandemic.

Friday September 24, 2021


The Aims of a 2020 Election Probe

Elections

The Aims of a 2020 Election Probe

Barry Burden, director of the UW-Madison Elections Research Center, responds to former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman's statement about investigating the 2020 vote in the state.

Friday September 24, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Clerks and Voters Weigh in on 2020 Election

Elections

Noon Wednesday: Clerks and Voters Weigh in on 2020 Election

A recent survey of municipal clerks and voters examines their impressions from the 2020 election, including personal experiences during the process, opinions on how well it was run, and if policy changes should be considered. Barry Burden, a UW-Madison political science professor and director of the Elections Research Center, joins to explain.

Wednesday September 22, 2021


Noon Wednesday: The High Cost of Housing

Economy

Noon Wednesday: The High Cost of Housing

The home buyer's market is fiercely competitive and accelerating the divide between who can afford housing and who cannot. Joaquín Altoro, CEO of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, explains how the pandemic has illuminated and exacerbated the problem, and points toward potential solutions.

Wednesday September 15, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Uncharted Waters for Lake Superior

Policy

Noon Wednesday: Uncharted Waters for Lake Superior

A proposal in Bayfield County to bottle and sell water from the Lake Superior watershed taking advantage of a loophole tests the mettle of the Great Lakes Compact, which regulates certain water diversions among eight states. Professor Dave Strifling, director of the Water Law and Policy Initiative at the Marquette Law School, explains legal and environmental ramifications of the proposal.

Wednesday September 8, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Unarmed First Responders in Madison

Health

Noon Wednesday: Unarmed First Responders in Madison

Emergency responses to mental health crisis calls are primarily answered by police. As one-quarter of people killed in police shootings have a mental illness, cities are looking to change their approach by deploying unarmed first responders instead of law enforcement officers. Ché Stedman, assistant chief of medical affairs at the Madison Fire Department, explains how its new program works.

Wednesday September 1, 2021


An illustration showing silhouettes of four figures walking toward an moon-style outline of Wisconsin.

Social Issues

The Resettlement Story for Afghan Refugees in Wisconsin Is Just Beginning

Here & Now extra: Thousands of Afghans seeking to make a new home in the United States are being temporarily housed at Fort McCoy, which played a similar role four decades earlier.

Tuesday August 31, 2021


Nurses and doctors wearing personal protective equipment walk through a hallway.

Coronavirus

Wisconsin’s Covid Condition: State Sees Highest Number of ICU Patients Since 2020

Vaccinations are also rising, albeit slowly, as the Pfizer shot receives full FDA approval and political fights over masking and vaccines drag on.

Friday August 27, 2021


Noon Wednesday: What We Can Learn from 1980 Cuban Refugees

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: What We Can Learn from 1980 Cuban Refugees

As Afghan refugees begin to arrive at Fort McCoy, many are remembering the 1980 relocation of thousands of Cubans who arrived at the very same Western Wisconsin military installation. Omar Granados, an associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies at UW-La Crosse discusses his work studying this point in Wisconsin’s history.

Wednesday August 25, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin Prepares for Afghan Refugees

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin Prepares for Afghan Refugees

As Afghans who worked with the U.S. flee their home under Taliban rule, the military is preparing to temporarily house some at Fort McCoy. Dawn Berney, executive director of resettlement nonprofit Jewish Social Services of Madison, explains how local agencies are preparing for a potential influx of refugees.

Wednesday August 18, 2021


Wisconsin’s Evictions Roller Coaster

Social Issues

Wisconsin’s Evictions Roller Coaster

Reporter Marisa Wojcik explores how the court process of evictions and federal rental assistance fits into Wisconsin's broader housing crisis, even as the CDC has reinstated a pandemic moratorium with the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Thursday August 12, 2021


Noon Wednesday: The Formidable Delta Variant

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: The Formidable Delta Variant

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is rapidly taking hold in Wisconsin, increasing the number of new cases and hospitalizations. Dr. Nasia Safdar, a UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health professor of infectious disease, delivers the latest information on the Delta variant and COVID-19.

Wednesday August 4, 2021


Paul Burke sits at a raised judge's bench and speaks in an eviction proceeding

Social Issues

Evictions in Wisconsin Dipped During a Federal Moratorium — What’s Next for Renters and Landlords?

Here & Now extra: A nationwide halt on evicting tenants during the pandemic simultaneously slowed down and uncovered deeper fissures in a housing crisis faced by lower-income renters.

Tuesday August 3, 2021


The End of the Federal Moratorium on Evictions

Policy

The End of the Federal Moratorium on Evictions

Reporter Marisa Wojcik investigates the how the end of a federal moratorium on evictions during the pandemic could impact renters and landlords.

Friday July 30, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Power Over Indefinite Probation

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Power Over Indefinite Probation

An Outagamie County judge is using his authority to offer defendants alternatives to jail time, but the terms shift and are indefinite, reports Wisconsin Watch in its new investigative series "Justice Deferred." Reporter Phoebe Petrovic discusses their reporting about the judge.

Wednesday July 28, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Coastal Climate Damage to Cost Millions

Environment

Noon Wednesday: Coastal Climate Damage to Cost Millions

Wisconsin’s shorelines are undergoing higher levels of flooding and erosion due to climate change and costing coastal communities millions of dollars. Sheboygan Mayor Ryan Sorenson, who is part of a coalition of Great Lakes mayors, explains the local and statewide implications.

Wednesday July 21, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Boosting Funding for K-12 Schools

Education

Noon Wednesday: Boosting Funding for K-12 Schools

An increase for Wisconsin's K-12 schools in the state's budget coupled with one-time federal pandemic aid still falls short according to public school advocates. Julie Underwood, former dean of the UW-Madison School of Education and board president for the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools, explains.

Wednesday July 14, 2021


Tony Evers sitting at table in a classroom holding budget document surrounded by state officials and school children

Budgets

Evers Signs Wisconsin’s 2021-23 Budget with 50 Partial Vetoes

In a press conference in Whitefish Bay, the governor outlined his decision to approve the budgetary plan passed by the state Legislature, emphasizing education spending and tax cuts, the latter of which Republican lawmakers said was their doing.

Thursday July 8, 2021


Noon Wednesday: The Delta Variant and Pandemic Prevention

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: The Delta Variant and Pandemic Prevention

Scientists and public health officials are using genomic sequencing to plan for future pandemics and to detect variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, such as the more contagious Delta variant. UW-Madison virology professors and researchers Tom Friedrich and Dave O’Connor explain.

Wednesday July 7, 2021


Aerial photo of fireworks over water

Economy

A Tourism Boom Has Wisconsin’s Northern Destinations Scrambling to Keep Up

Businesses in busy summer communities like Minocqua, Bayfield and Door County are racing to serve more customers while also struggling with maintaining enough employees as travel swells in the wake of the pandemic.

Friday July 2, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Unusual Uptick in Non-COVID Viruses

Health

Noon Wednesday: Unusual Uptick in Non-COVID Viruses

An unexpected rise in spring colds has health officials taking notice as more people choose to forego masks and social distancing. Tom Haupt, a respiratory disease epidemiologist from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, explains why this is happening and how to prevent further spread.

Wednesday June 30, 2021


An Unconventional Form of Preventive Healthcare

Health

An Unconventional Form of Preventive Healthcare

PBS Wisconsin reporter Marisa Wojcik investigates a new and unconventional way of thinking about where to go for preventive healthcare — a barbershop.

Friday June 18, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Juneteenth and Black Prosperity

Economy

Noon Wednesday: Juneteenth and Black Prosperity

The anniversary of June 19th, 1865, known as Juneteenth, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. More than 150 years later, what does prosperity for Black people look like? And what remains to be seen? Ruben Hopkins, founder of the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce, elaborates on these questions.

Wednesday June 16, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Police Reform or Return to Status Quo?

Policy

Noon Wednesday: Police Reform or Return to Status Quo?

After a year of protests demanding reforms to policing, where does Wisconsin’s largest city stand with its own moves toward bettering law enforcement practices? A new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum details strides being made in a national context. Wisconsin Policy Forum president and an author of the report Rob Henken joins to discuss progress and pitfalls of police reform.

Wednesday June 9, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Are We There Yet?

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: Are We There Yet?

Mask requirements, capacity limits and other COVID-19 constraints are officially lifted as positive cases are reaching their lowest levels in a year. Here & Now reporter Will Cushman discusses the status of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and reaching a new normal.

Wednesday June 2, 2021


A collage showing portaits of Sandra Naas and Fred Prehn with a Wisconsin DNR logo and screenshot of a Wisconsin Natural Resources Board online meeting

Environment

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board — Plus One — Talks Wolves, Elk and PFAS

Wildlife and water issues were the focus of an unusual meeting of a state policy setting group in which the Republican-appointed chairperson is refusing to step down as a six-year term ends, blocking the participation of a new Democratic appointee.

Thursday May 27, 2021


Noon Wednesday: A Clean Slate

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: A Clean Slate

A criminal or court record can follow a person around and put up barriers to employment, housing and other opportunities, even if the person is eligible to have those records cleared. A new collaboration called Legal Interventions for Transforming Wisconsin aims to use technology to help people clear their records with a simple process. LIFT Wisconsin executive director Marsha Mansfield explains.

Wednesday May 26, 2021


Noon Wednesday: ‘A Community For All’

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: ‘A Community For All’

Residents in a north central Wisconsin community have become divided on passing a resolution proclaiming Marathon County “A Community For All.” Marathon County Board Supervisor and Wausau attorney William Harris explains why consensus cannot be found in this yearlong debate.

Wednesday May 19, 2021


Noon Wednesday: What Exactly is a Vaccine Passport?

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: What Exactly is a Vaccine Passport?

The term "vaccine passport" has been passed around since people started getting inoculated against COVID-19, however its definition changes depending on who you ask. Josh Michaud, associate director for global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Laura Albert, a researcher and professor of industrial and systems engineering, offer their expert perspectives on vaccine passports.

Wednesday May 5, 2021


The New Agreement with Foxconn

Economy

The New Agreement with Foxconn

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes discusses the state’s new agreement with Foxconn to offer tax credits for developing manufacturing and technology jobs.

Friday April 30, 2021


Attorney General Josh Kaul on Clergy Abuse in Wisconsin

Politics

Attorney General Josh Kaul on Clergy Abuse in Wisconsin

Attorney General Josh Kaul discusses investigating reports of clergy abuse in Wisconsin. The Department of Justice worked together drafting the plan with district attorneys, survivor groups, and crime victim service workers. They are also encouraging anyone with any knowledge of abuse to report it.

Friday April 30, 2021


Gallagher Reacts to Biden’s First-Year Agenda

Politics

Gallagher Reacts to Biden’s First-Year Agenda

Green Bay U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Republican representing the 8th Congressional District, responds to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress, the administration’s first 100 days and its agenda.

Friday April 30, 2021


Moore Reacts to Biden’s First-Year Agenda

Politics

Moore Reacts to Biden’s First-Year Agenda

Milwaukee U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat representing the 4th Congressional District, responds to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress, the administration’s first 100 days and its agenda.

Friday April 30, 2021


Temporary fencing and tear gas in front of a line of police officers

Policy

How Far Will Wisconsin’s Effort to Reform Policing Policies Go?

Here & Now Extra: Advocates for greater accountability standards for law enforcement officers point to the Speaker's Task Force recommendations on training and policies as only the beginning of efforts toward change.

Thursday April 29, 2021


Noon Wednesday: The Quieter Crisis of Mental Health

Health

Noon Wednesday: The Quieter Crisis of Mental Health

The toll from the COVID-19 health crisis is not limited to physical health. Urgency to address deteriorating mental health has been growing as the pandemic drags on and it is acutely impacting young people. Dr. Megan Moreno, a pediatric professor from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health discusses how the pandemic has impacted youth social and emotional well-being.

Wednesday April 28, 2021


Noon Wednesday Extra: Proposed Police Reforms in Wisconsin

Policy

Noon Wednesday Extra: Proposed Police Reforms in Wisconsin

Continuing coverage of local responses to the guilty verdict delivered to Derek Chauvin as well where Wisconsin stands in terms of police reforms, we’re joined by Rep. Shelia Stubbs, a Madison Democrat and co-chair of the Speaker’s Task Force on Racial Disparities.

Thursday April 22, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Reaction to Chauvin Murder Conviction

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Reaction to Chauvin Murder Conviction

The jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin found him guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd. Angela Lang, executive director of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities talks about reactions and what comes next.

Thursday April 22, 2021


Derek Chauvin wears a face mask in a courtroom as verdicts are read.

Social Issues

As Jury Issues Guilty Verdicts in Chauvin Trial, Lawmakers Debate ‘Use of Force’

On the same day a former police officer was convicted of murdering George Floyd, the Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities deliberated over how Wisconsin law enforcement officers should be allowed to apply force.

Tuesday April 20, 2021


Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes standing in front of Madison Police Department logo

Social Issues

Anticipating the Chauvin Verdict, Madison Officials and Local Leaders Urge Restraint

In the hope of avoiding clashes that echo 2020 unrest, the city's new police chief prepares for potential demonstrations as the trial over the killing of George Floyd concludes.

Monday April 19, 2021


sonogram photos hanging on refrigerator

WisContext

With Wisconsin Disparities in Mind, Researchers and Advocates Reimagine Health Care for Black Mothers

Here & Now Extra: During national Black Maternal Health Week, Wisconsin researchers and advocates shed light on the crisis of Black maternal and infant mortality and return to solutions that have historically been a part of the birthing process in the Black community.

Thursday April 15, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Bettering Black Maternal Health

Health

Noon Wednesday: Bettering Black Maternal Health

The National Institutes of Health has recognized this week to be Black Maternal Health Week. In Wisconsin infant deaths are three times higher for Black babies than for white, according to most recent health data, and state health professionals are working hard to combat negative outcomes for Black mothers and newborns. Joining us to talk about her work in this field is Dr. Jasmine Zapata.

Wednesday April 14, 2021


Gloved hands insert a syringe into an upper arm.

Coronavirus

What to Do When A Coronavirus Vaccinator Doesn’t Offer a Second Dose

After having an appointment for a second shot canceled, a Madison resident had to go on the hunt to complete her vaccination — the Wisconsin Department of Health Services notes this type of lapse is happening but shouldn't be, and encourages people to sign up via the state's registry.

Thursday April 8, 2021


Noon Wednesday: State Could Lose Millions in FoodShare

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: State Could Lose Millions in FoodShare

Nearly $69 million in monthly emergency food assistance from the federal government is in jeopardy following last week's Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that the governor cannot extend a public health emergency past the 60-day limit. Matt King of the Hunger Task Force explains what losing these benefits could mean for Wisconsinites and how to restore them.

Wednesday April 7, 2021


A teachers monitors students engaged in both classroom and virtual instruction.

Elections

Kerr, Underly Campaigns for Schools Chief in Final Stretch

The race for Wisconsin's next superintendent of public schools is coming to the final push for candidates Jill Underly and Deborah Kerr. Key issues include reopening schools, achievement gaps, and the contentious nature of this race.

Friday April 2, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Averting Evictions

Elections

Noon Wednesday: Averting Evictions

A federal moratorium on evictions was extended to June shortly before it was about to expire. In the meantime, the state is working with local agencies to distribute $322 million to help Wisconsinites catch up on rent. Brad Paul of the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association discusses how the program works.

Thursday April 1, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Digging Into Discrimination

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Digging Into Discrimination

A mass shooting in Atlanta Georgia last week has sent waves of fear into the Asian-American community – drawing criticism of ignored discrimination perpetuated by policies and culture. Will Hsu joins us to talk about how to understand the prejudices that have existed against Asian-Americans in Wisconsin.

Thursday March 25, 2021


Noon Wednesday: The Hunt for a Vaccine

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: The Hunt for a Vaccine

Wisconsin has climbed to the top as one of the country’s leading vaccinators, but many residents are still struggling to find a vaccine despite being eligible. Investigative reporter Bram Sable-Smith from Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism discusses new groups that are crowd-sourcing information on where to track down a vaccine.

Friday March 19, 2021


A collage of photos of a mother and her children

WisContext

What An Expanded Child Tax Credit Means For Two Madison Mothers

Here & Now Extra: One element of the American Rescue Plan will provide additional financial support to families in an effort to reduce poverty rates among children.

Wednesday March 17, 2021


COVID Relief Bill Could Reduce Child Poverty in the U.S.

Coronavirus

COVID Relief Bill Could Reduce Child Poverty in the U.S.

One of the significant provisions of the COVID relief bill is the child tax credit, which experts say could reduce child poverty in the U.S. by nearly 50%. Here & Now reporter Marisa Wojcik shares the story of Tineshia Campbell, a mother of two working a low-wage job, who talks about how the extra aid will impact her family.

Friday March 12, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Lifting Children Out Of Poverty

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Lifting Children Out Of Poverty

An historic $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, passed by Congress Wednesday, includes additional benefits for families with children. Tim Smeeding, a UW-Madison professor of Public Affairs and Economics, and Tamarine Cornelius, a research analyst at Kids Forward, discuss these measures and their impacts on children in Wisconsin.

Thursday March 11, 2021


(Illustration by Marisa Wojcik)

Coronavirus

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan Hopes to Keep Up with More Contagious Variants

As health officials prepare for the rollout of a new single-dose coronavirus vaccine, a second and more-contagious variant of the virus has been identified in the state.

Monday March 8, 2021


Illustration of outline Wisconsin with connect the dots networks.

Education

The Pandemic Pushes New Appeals for Rural Broadband Investment Across Wisconsin

State and local efforts to expand equitable internet access across the state grow in priority as both education and the economy moved more online in the wake of the coronavirus.

Friday March 5, 2021


Noon Wednesday: The Digital Divide

Education

Noon Wednesday: The Digital Divide

Despite a year of many people moving their lives online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still areas of Wisconsin that get little to no internet access. Assistant State Superintendent Kurt Kiefer joins us to talk about how schools and communities are faring across the state amidst this digital divide.

Thursday March 4, 2021


Wisconsin map of covid-19 vaccine providers

Coronavirus

Decline in New COVID Cases Continues as Wisconsin Expands Vaccine Eligibility

Teachers, Child Care Providers and Other Workers Can Start Getting Vaccinated

Monday March 1, 2021


Vaccine Inequality in Milwaukee

Coronavirus

Vaccine Inequality in Milwaukee

Earlier this month, DHS partnered with Walgreens to speed up the distribution of vaccines to underserved communities. However, people can travel into areas outside their own seeking vaccinations. Rep. Moore has seen this in her district. “Here & Now’s” Marisa Wojcik spoke with Gwen Moore to get the story on vaccine inequality in Milwaukee.

Friday February 26, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Equitably Distributing the COVID-19 Vaccine

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: Equitably Distributing the COVID-19 Vaccine

Despite an early intentional focus of equity in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, there are daily challenges health officials face toward this goal. Dr. Zeno Franco, associate professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, joins us to talk about what this looks like on the ground.

Wednesday February 24, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Genetically Sequencing the Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: Genetically Sequencing the Coronavirus

Scientists are genetically sequencing coronavirus test samples to better understand how it is moving through the community and detect new variants emerging. Dr. Paraic Kenny, who has sequenced 1,400 samples at a Gundersen Health System lab in La Crosse, discusses what these samples can teach us about the coronavirus.

Wednesday February 17, 2021


Noon Wednesday: A Town Torn by Racism

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: A Town Torn by Racism

Over the last year, the Burlington community has had to reckon with racial discrimination and equity, and the debate has divided many in the community. Darnisha Garbade, president of the Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism, talks about her push to bring acts of prejudice to light.

Wednesday February 10, 2021


Noon Wednesday: A Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: A Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

As income inequality gaps widen, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income are looking to address this systemic issue by launching pilot programs that will provide monthly payments to struggling families and studying the impacts. Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg joins us to talk about with this will look like in her city.

Wednesday February 3, 2021


Noon Wednesday: COVID-19 in Wisconsin Prisons

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: COVID-19 in Wisconsin Prisons

Wisconsin inmates are finally seeing the number of positive COVID-19 cases go down, but more than half of Wisconsin’s prison population has contracted the disease. Department of Corrections Sec. Kevin Carr joins us to talk about COVID-19 in the state’s prisons.

Wednesday January 27, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Health

Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been up and running for about a month, but there’s still a lot of confusion over how that process is going in the state. Will Cushman of WisContext discusses the latest in vaccine news and how to interpret the data.

Wednesday January 20, 2021


Volunteers sort food and clothing during a Justice for Jacob Blake, antifascist mutual aid action event at McPike Park in Madison.

Politics

Another Day of Anticipated Protest Remains Quiet

The event Monday at McPike Park on Madison’s near-east side, dubbed “Justice for Jacob Blake” and “antifascist mutual aid action,” was originally planned for Sunday on the square of the state Capitol but was changed over safety concerns.

Monday January 18, 2021


New Approaches to Address COVID Racial Health Disparities

Coronavirus

New Approaches to Address COVID Racial Health Disparities

Communities of color have been experiencing significantly higher amounts of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. “Here & Now’s” Marisa Wojcik reports from Milwaukee, where they saw early warning signs and mobilized to address these inequalities.

Friday January 15, 2021


Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin Prepares for Possible Violence

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin Prepares for Possible Violence

The storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 could cause ripple effects towards Wisconsin in the coming days and weeks. Katy Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics, joins us to discuss what information to focus on and what to filter.

Wednesday January 13, 2021


Noon Wednesday: No Charges in Shooting of Jacob Blake

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: No Charges in Shooting of Jacob Blake

In the aftermath of news that no cimrinal charges will be brought against the Kenosha police officer responsible for shooting Jacob Blake, we speak with Tanya McLean, executive director of Leaders of Kenosha, about reactions and what comes next for Blake and Kenosha.

Wednesday January 6, 2021


Crowd outside US Senate

Politics

Update: Wisconsin Reps React as Crowd Overtakes the Capitol

Wisconsin officials call for Trump's removal, after a crowd of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol, halting the process of counting the presidential electoral votes.

Wednesday January 6, 2021


Community members hold a moment of silence Monday during a candlelight vigil for Jacob Blake. Photo by Marisa Wojcik.

Social Issues

Kenosha Braces for Charging Decision

A vigil Monday night focused on messages from Jacob Blake's family as Kenosha prepares for a charging decision for the police officer that shot Blake in August.

Tuesday January 5, 2021


U.S. Capitol

Politics

Congress Passes COVID Bill Without Wisconsin GOP Support

Republican members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation voted against the coronavirus aid bill that passed Congress Monday night.

Tuesday December 22, 2020


PFAS

Environment

Legislative Committee Removes PFAS Regulation

The vote by the legislative administrative rules committee removes parts of the DNR rule that identified target levels of PFAS and other definitions around treatment of contaminated foam.

Friday December 18, 2020


COVID vaccine

Health

DHS to Launch Contact Tracing App, Vaccine Delivery Ramps Up

Gov. Tony Evers, along with the state Department of Health Services, announced Thursday a new smartphone app will be available starting next week to help COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. “The voluntary WI Exposure Notification app is another tool in our toolbox to stop the spread,” Evers said in a press ...

Thursday December 17, 2020


Noon Wednesday: Disability Rights in the Age of COVID-19

Health

Noon Wednesday: Disability Rights in the Age of COVID-19

Democratic Representative Jimmy Anderson and Barbara Beckert from Disability Rights Wisconsin discuss different challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on Wisconsinites with disabilities.

Wednesday December 16, 2020


Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (blue) infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (yellow), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Courtesy: NIAID)

Health

State COVID Numbers Down, DHS Still Wary

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported an overall decline in the number of positive COVID-19 cases Thursday as the state hit the two-week mark after the Thanksgiving holiday. The decline in cases after the virus’s known incubation period could be a sign that people followed public health advice to ...

Thursday December 10, 2020


Noon Wednesday: Budget Deficit Presents New Challenges

Budgets

Noon Wednesday: Budget Deficit Presents New Challenges

Wisconsin lawmakers will face the largest funding gap in a decade as the state projects needs for a new budget cycle and the pandemic enters into a new year. Jason Stein, research director for the Wisconsin Policy Forum, discusses challenges ahead.

Thursday December 10, 2020


Display in Menominee County showing Land of the Menominee.

Social Issues

Task Force Addresses Violence Against Indigenous Women

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force held its first meeting Friday to chart a course for the group to begin addressing the disappearances, murders, and systemic violence that targets Indigenous women and girls disproportionately. The launch of the task force was announced in July by Attorney General Josh ...

Saturday December 5, 2020


Noon Wednesday: Open Enrollment Deadline Approaches

Health

Noon Wednesday: Open Enrollment Deadline Approaches

More than 57,000 people in Wisconsin have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace, with less than two weeks left before open enrollment closes. Covering Wisconsin's Adam VanSpankeren discusses how the pandemic has impacted coverage.

Thursday December 3, 2020


Family gathering for a meal

Health

Health Officials Implore People to Stay Home for Thanksgiving

In the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, public health officials locally and nationally are still delivering the same message: stay home. What has changed is the urgency with which they are conveying it. “We’re seeing such a surge in cases with the holiday season among us. You really ...

Wednesday November 25, 2020


Healthcare workers wearing masks in a hospital hallway

Health

Evers Extends Emergency Orders as Hospitals Reach Capacity

Over one third of Wisconsin hospitals are experiencing critical staffing shortages as hospital official warns without steps taken, the health care crisis will turn into a catastrophe.

Friday November 20, 2020


Noon Wednesday: Planning a Safe Holiday Amidst COVID-19

Coronavirus

Noon Wednesday: Planning a Safe Holiday Amidst COVID-19

Public health officials are bracing themselves for the coronavirus surge to get worse as people plan to gather for the holidays. Sara Lornson, a contact tracer and public health nurse, and Lisa Tutskey, a marriage and family therapist, talk about the impact of gathering and how to have difficult conversations with family and friends.

Wednesday November 18, 2020


Noon Wednesday: Women Hit Harder by Pandemic’s Economy

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Women Hit Harder by Pandemic’s Economy

Hundreds of thousands of women left the workforce this fall, and research is showing that women are bearing a higher economic burden from the pandemic. Angela Russell, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at CUNA Mutual Group, joins us to talk about the social and economic factors that drive up these inequities.

Wednesday November 11, 2020


Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Breaking: Wisconsinites React to Joe Biden Winning the Presidency

The Associated Press has called Pennsylvania and the race for the White House for Democrat Joe Biden. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes put the former vice president over the 270 votes he needed to win. Nevada, with its six electoral votes, added to the Democratic candidate’s win. “With the campaign over, ...

Saturday November 7, 2020


Robin Vos

Here and Now 2020

Breaking: Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Orders Investigation into Election

Without offering specifics, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said concerns about mail-in ballots and voter fraud warrant an investigation from the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections. The Wisconsin Elections Commission has said there were no irregularities in Tuesday's election.

Friday November 6, 2020


Noon Wednesday: The Day After the Election

Here and Now 2020

Noon Wednesday: The Day After the Election

Election officials have been urging for patience as votes are tallied for 2020 races, but there are some things we do know about Wisconsin's elections Tuesday. Angela Lang from Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, and UW-Green Bay political scientist Aaron Weinschenk unpack election outcomes and foreshadow potential unrest.

Wednesday November 4, 2020


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Here and Now 2020

November 2020 Election Results: Biden Wins Wisconsin

With 95% of Wisconsin's ballots counted and reported, a razor thin margin favors Biden in unofficial results.

Tuesday November 3, 2020


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Here and Now 2020

Live Election Updates

PBS Wisconsin live election updates from reporters around the state.

Tuesday November 3, 2020


curbside voter

Here and Now 2020

I Was Going to Vote In-Person, Then I Caught COVID. Now What?

The country’s two major concerns will come together Tuesday, national elections and the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday, nearly 1.9 million absentee ballots have already been cast in Wisconsin. However, polling data indicates there are still plenty of voters planning on heading to the polls on Election Day. That comes ...

Monday November 2, 2020


Enthusiasm Grows Among Native Voters

Elections

Enthusiasm Grows Among Native Voters

Here and Now’s Marisa Wojcik reports from Menominee County on a tidal wave of enthusiasm among Native Voters.

Saturday October 31, 2020


Noon Wednesday: What You Need to Know for Election Day

Here and Now 2020

Noon Wednesday: What You Need to Know for Election Day

Barry Burden of the UW Elections Research Center joins us to talk about the final battleground state poll before the Nov. 3 elections, as well as what you need to know about absentee ballots, voting on Election Day and when to expect results.

Wednesday October 28, 2020


Display in Menominee County showing Land of the Menominee.

Health

Menominee County Reaches State’s Highest Rate of COVID-19

In the county with the second-lowest population in Wisconsin, Menominee has recently become the state’s largest COVID-19 case burden.

Tuesday October 27, 2020


Noon Wednesday: ICE Operations Not Targeting Wisconsin

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: ICE Operations Not Targeting Wisconsin

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced plans to ramp up targeted arrests in “sanctuary cities” after putting business as usual on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. Erin Barbato, director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the UW-Madison Law School, says Wisconsin is not on ICE’s list of targets, for now.

Friday October 23, 2020


Noon Wednesday: A Fair and Just Recovery

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: A Fair and Just Recovery

Last week, the Just Recovery Racial Equity initiative was launched, where $2.6 million will go toward addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in the state. Paula Tran Inzeo from the UW-Population Health Institute joins us to talk about how this initiative plans to target these inequities when helping communities fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Saturday October 10, 2020


Wauwatosa Officer Free of Charges

Social Issues

Wauwatosa Officer Free of Charges

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has decided not to charge Wauwatosa police officer for the shooting and killing of 17-year old Alvin Cole outside Mayfair Mall in February. An independent investigator hired by the city says the officer should be fired.

Friday October 9, 2020


Noon Wednesday: Transformative Justice in Domestic Violence

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Transformative Justice in Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A recent report from End Abuse Wisconsin analyzes 20 years of domestic violence homicide data, shows where progress has been made and looks at what change still needs to happen. Sara Krall and Jenna Gormal of End Abuse Wisconsin and contributors to the report join us to talk about the findings.

Thursday October 1, 2020


Poll workers in park

Elections

Voting Event Collected Nearly 11,000 Absentee Ballots

The Saturday event called "Democracy in the Park" was put on by the City of Madison and will repeat this coming Saturday, Oct. 3.

Monday September 28, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Wisconsin COVID-19 Cases at Unprecedented ‘Near Exponential Growth’

The governor's media briefing comes a few days after he declared a third public health emergency due to rising cases among young people.

Thursday September 24, 2020


Noon Wednesday: Who Tells the Story Part 3

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Who Tells the Story Part 3

The Peoples Revolution has been marching every day since May, fighting for racial justice and police reform. Khalil Coleman discusses what the movement has gone through since they began marching and how it has been represented in the media.

Wednesday September 23, 2020


Caleb Frostman

Economy

DWD Secretary Resigns, COVID-19 Cases Hit New Records

Despite attempts to decrease the state's unemployment backlog, almost 11% of weekly claims, 713,508, have yet to be processed.

Friday September 18, 2020


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Statement to the Communities We Serve

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.