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Five people were shot and killed at the Molson Coors campus in Milwaukee Feb. 26, 2020.

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Update: Six Dead in Milwaukee Shooting

A 51-year-old Milwaukee man killed five others, then himself in a shooting at the Molson Coors campus in the city's "Miller Valley."

February 26, 2020

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Census 2020: How Do Communities Get Accurate Counts?
Census 2020: How Do Communities Get Accurate Counts?

Social Issues

Census 2020: How Do Communities Get Accurate Counts?

By mid-March, households across the U.S. and here in Wisconsin will start getting 2020 Census bureau information in the mail. Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway discusses Census 2020 application and efforts to get people more involved.

February 21, 2020 • South Central Region

New Policy Threatens to Deport Members of Hmong Community
New Policy Threatens to Deport Members of Hmong Community

Politics

New Policy Threatens to Deport Members of Hmong Community

A policy shift in Washington leaves thousands of Hmong and Lao U.S. residents, who are not citizens and have deportation orders, worried they could be sent back to Laos. Fox Valley Hmong leader Long Vue discusses growing fears of deportation among Wisconsin Hmong residents.

February 15, 2020

Federal Law Creates More Barriers for Immigrants
Federal Law Creates More Barriers for Immigrants

Politics

Federal Law Creates More Barriers for Immigrants

Researcher and writer for Kids Forward William Parke Sutherland. Sutherland will discuss a federal rule expansion that has a big impact on Wisconsin immigrants. Sutherland said it’s important to note that “the vast majority of immigrants are safe from this rule.”

February 15, 2020

Late Journalist Gwen Ifill on New USPS Forever Stamp
Late Journalist Gwen Ifill on New USPS Forever Stamp

Social Issues

Late Journalist Gwen Ifill on New USPS Forever Stamp

Gwen Ifill is now featured as the newest addition to the USPS Black Heritage Stamp Series. Ifill is well-known for her role as a moderator for the PBS program Washington Week. Ifill is a trailblazer and inspired many of the journalists to come after her.

January 31, 2020

Shoreline Damage in Racine Co. Washes Up Need for Aid
Shoreline Damage in Racine Co. Washes Up Need for Aid

Environment

Shoreline Damage in Racine Co. Washes Up Need for Aid

David Maack is the Racine County Emergency Management Coordinator. Maack reviews the need for FEMA assistance in the aftermath of shoreline damage caused by severe storms earlier this month.

January 31, 2020 • Southeast Region

Noon Wednesday: Public Charge Rule Creating Confusion
Noon Wednesday: Public Charge Rule Creating Confusion

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Public Charge Rule Creating Confusion

Immigrants using public benefits are under greater scrutiny due to the expansion of the federal public charge law. However, advocates say confusion over who it actually impacts is more of problem for local immigrant communities deciding not to health and food benefits. Caroline Gomez-Tom from Milwaukee’s Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers joins us to talk about the real-world impact.

January 29, 2020

Homelessness Bill Passed the Senate with Bipartisan Support
Homelessness Bill Passed the Senate with Bipartisan Support

Politics

Homelessness Bill Passed the Senate with Bipartisan Support

Homelessness legislation in the state Senate is set to provide a total of $1 million to homeless shelters in Wisconsin. Despite bipartisan support, lawmakers on the Senate floor debated for two hours before passing the bill. Here & Now reporter Marisa Wojcik breaks down both sides of the aisle and where they stand now. Plus an update on Impeachment affairs at the Nation's capital.

January 24, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Homeless Funding Stuck in Senate
Noon Wednesday: Homeless Funding Stuck in Senate

Budgets

Noon Wednesday: Homeless Funding Stuck in Senate

The Wisconsin Senate passed one of eight proposals to increase funding towards homeless services and prevention. Joe Volk, executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness, joins us to talk about what the rest of the package of proposals aims to do, where it came from and why it’s caught up in the Senate.

January 22, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Success and Shortcomings in Green Bay Equity
Noon Wednesday: Success and Shortcomings in Green Bay Equity

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Success and Shortcomings in Green Bay Equity

The non-white population in Green Bay is projected to double or triple by 2040. Mohammed Bey, director of diversity and inclusion at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, discusses what diversity and equity looks like in the greater Green Bay area and how the event will examine the community’s “successes and shortcomings.”

January 15, 2020 • Northeast Region

Here & Now for November 15, 2019
Here & Now for November 15, 2019

Social Issues

Here & Now for November 15, 2019

On tonight’s show we examine: the state’s diversity efforts with State Rep. Sheila Stubbs; Impeachment Hearings with U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore; freedom of the press questions regarding Lafayette County Board with Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders; Developments with the DACA program with Voces De La Frontera's Alejandra Gonzalez; an update on former designee Brad Pfaff.

January 3, 2020 • Northern Region

Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Action in Wake of Gun Violence
Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Action in Wake of Gun Violence

Policy

Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Action in Wake of Gun Violence

Governor Tony Evers said the state should provide more funding for mental health resources for students in light of the numerous gun incidents in Wisconsin this week. Evers’ call to action comes on the heels of two incidents where an officer shot and injured an armed student in Waukesha and Oshkosh.

December 6, 2019

Sex Trafficking Awareness organization Opens New Safe House
Sex Trafficking Awareness organization Opens New Safe House

Social Issues

Sex Trafficking Awareness organization Opens New Safe House

Co-Founder of Selah Freedom Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good discusses the opening of her organization's new safe house in Wisconsin. Selah Freedom is an organization devoted to helping victims of sex trafficking resume a normal, healthy life. The new safe house will allow young women a fresh start through a “holistic approach to restoration.”

December 6, 2019 • Southeast Region

African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility
African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility

Social Issues

African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility

According to studies, there are significant disparities between black and white people in the way of income, unemployment and homeownership in Wisconsin. The African American Leadership Alliance In Milwaukee (AALAM) actively seeks solutions, including developing and supporting African American leaders. Former State Assemblymember Antonio Riley talks about the newly formed alliance.

December 4, 2019 • South Central Region

Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin Project Aims To Raise Middle Class
Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin Project Aims To Raise Middle Class

Economy

Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin Project Aims To Raise Middle Class

Bridgit Van Bellegham talks about DreamUp Wisconsin setting a goal of raising the net income of 10,000 households by 10 percent by the end of 2022. The project has solicited requests for proposals aimed at achieving that goal, which could be funded up to $1 million, and include ideas centered around childcare, health, transportation, legal services, transportation, student loan debt and more.

December 4, 2019 • South Central Region

Raptor Education Group
Raptor Education Group

Education

Raptor Education Group

Injured birds can heal without the fear of predators under the care of Marge Gibson, the founder and director of the Raptor Education Group, Inc. in Antigo.

December 4, 2019 • South Central Region

African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility
African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility

Economy

African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility

According to studies, there are significant disparities between black and white people in the way of income, unemployment and homeownership in Wisconsin. The African American Leadership Alliance In Milwaukee (AALAM) actively seeks solutions, including developing and supporting African American leaders. Former State Assemblymember Antonio Riley talks about the newly formed alliance.

November 29, 2019 • Southeast Region

Noon Wednesday: WI Cities Rank Worst For African Americans
Noon Wednesday: WI Cities Rank Worst For African Americans

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: WI Cities Rank Worst For African Americans

Milwaukee and Racine have been ranked the first and second worst places for African Americans to live in the country, according to a recent report from 24/7 Wall St. However, this isn’t the first time these two cities have made similar lists. UW-Madison Associate Professor of Sociology John Eason joins us to help give context to these rankings.

November 20, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Are Domestic Violence Victims Locked Out?
Noon Wednesday: Are Domestic Violence Victims Locked Out?

Policy

Noon Wednesday: Are Domestic Violence Victims Locked Out?

87 percent of domestic violence victims' unmet needs in Wisconsin are for housing resources. Abby Swetz, policy and systems analyst at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, joins us to talk about the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness.

November 6, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Controversial Video Sparks Change
Noon Wednesday: Controversial Video Sparks Change

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Controversial Video Sparks Change

Last month, a UW-Madison homecoming video sparked national outcry over the lack of diversity and representation of the student body. Since then, the Student Inclusion Coalition has formed, and they’ve presented a list of demands to the university. Today we speak with Kingsley-Reigne Pissang of the Student Inclusion Coalition about how they hope to help the campus move forward.

October 30, 2019 • South Central Region

What’s Next for Gun Control Special Session
What’s Next for Gun Control Special Session

Politics

What’s Next for Gun Control Special Session

With Gov. Tony Evers calling for a special session on gun control and Republican legislative leaders pushing back on any change, WPR’s Laurel White shares insight into the political debate on the issue.

October 25, 2019 • South Central Region

Rep. Stubbs on the State’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Rep. Stubbs on the State’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Policy

Rep. Stubbs on the State’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

State Representative Sheila Stubbs speaks about diversity and inclusion efforts underway at the Capitol including her new bill involving the same. This week, Gov. Evers signed an executive order calling for changes in how the state assesses issues of equity. Stubbs discussed the order and other policies can better serve different communities.

October 15, 2019

Gov. Evers’ Pardon Advisory Board Explained
Gov. Evers’ Pardon Advisory Board Explained

Social Issues

Gov. Evers’ Pardon Advisory Board Explained

Pardon Advisory Board member and former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray discusses the work of the Gov. Evers’ pardon board. Former Gov. Walker previously disbanded the board and refused to issue any pardons. This week Gov. Evers’ signed the first four pardons since 2010. The board is responsible for reviewing for making recommendations to the Governor on who to grant pardons to.

October 11, 2019 • South Central Region

Milwaukee Communities Cope with Gun Violence
Milwaukee Communities Cope with Gun Violence

Social Issues

Milwaukee Communities Cope with Gun Violence

The story of Milwaukee's Mosbey family focuses on the reality of gun violence after teenager Tyrese Mosbey was shot in the head while at a bus stop after school. His family is coming to terms with his present and future recovery. Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Director Reggie Moore also weighs in on the issue of gun violence and its impact on the broader community.

October 11, 2019 • Southeast Region

Noon Wednesday: Is a Healthy Climate a Human Right?
Noon Wednesday: Is a Healthy Climate a Human Right?

Environment

Noon Wednesday: Is a Healthy Climate a Human Right?

The head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources is calling climate change “one of the defining issues of our time” and urging a return to researching it. As farmers struggle to protect their crops, communities find themselves under water and livelihoods impacted, our guest Sumudu Atapattu says we should be looking at climate change as a human rights issue.

October 2, 2019 • South Central Region

Noon Wednesday: Setting The Record Straight
Noon Wednesday: Setting The Record Straight

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Setting The Record Straight

Heightened debate over immigration policy can translate to the humanity of migrants themselves getting lost in the narrative. Our guest, Nissa Rhee, is working to break the traditional news cycle around reporting on refugees, asylum seekers and immigration by challenging how these stories are gathered.

September 25, 2019 • South Central Region

Noon Wednesday: Should Wisconsin Inmates Pay-To-Stay?
Noon Wednesday: Should Wisconsin Inmates Pay-To-Stay?

Policy

Noon Wednesday: Should Wisconsin Inmates Pay-To-Stay?

There’s a price to pay when someone is sent to jail in Wisconsin, literally. We spoke with Dee Hall from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism about their recent analysis increasing practice of charging inmates for their stay in jail. Are these fees necessary to pay to for the facilities that house inmates? Or, do they violate the rights of the incarcerated?

September 18, 2019 • South Central Region

Health Sec. Designee Palm on Strategies For Medicaid
Health Sec. Designee Palm on Strategies For Medicaid

Health

Health Sec. Designee Palm on Strategies For Medicaid

Health Sec. Designee Andrea Palm discusses future Medicaid strategy for Wisconsin. The secretary says Medicaid expansion could bring the state federal money. She also breaks down immunization rates around the state as students head back to school for the year.

September 6, 2019 • South Central Region

Noon Wednesday: Is Wisconsin At Risk Of An Outbreak?
Noon Wednesday: Is Wisconsin At Risk Of An Outbreak?

Health

Noon Wednesday: Is Wisconsin At Risk Of An Outbreak?

Rates of unvaccinated children are on the rise in Wisconsin as more parents seek personal waivers for their children. We’re speak with pediatric professor and infectious disease specialist Dr. James Conway about the risks this may pose and our chances of an outbreak.

September 4, 2019 • South Central Region

Controversial Statue Removed from Camp Randall
Controversial Statue Removed from Camp Randall

Social Issues

Controversial Statue Removed from Camp Randall

UW-Madison's Camp Randall gets a renovation with the removal of the Nail's Tales statue.

August 23, 2019

Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage
Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage

Education

Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage

The 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote, but not all women. Wisconsin Rep. Shelia Stubbs joins us to today to talk about the lesser-known history of the women’s suffrage movement that excluded women of color and why this part of the story shouldn’t be forgotten.

August 14, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Can't We Just Talk About It?
Noon Wednesday: Can't We Just Talk About It?

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Can’t We Just Talk About It?

The rise of polarized and contentious politics is fracturing civic discourse, according to a group of researchers including our guest, UW-Madison professor of journalism Mike Wagner. The team of researchers are working to bridge that gap with the establishment of the Center for Communication and Civic Renewal by researching the intersection of media, technology and Wisconsin politics.

July 24, 2019

Barbato Discusses Conditions and Aid at Southern Border
Barbato Discusses Conditions and Aid at Southern Border

Policy

Barbato Discusses Conditions and Aid at Southern Border

A photo of a father and daughter who died trying to cross the Rio Grande caught national attention the same week that the House and Senate passed measures sending humanitarian aid to the southern border. Director of the UW Immigrant Justice Clinic Erin Barbato shares first-hand the conditions immigrants face at the southern border.

June 28, 2019

How Can Wisconsin Support Minority Teachers
How Can Wisconsin Support Minority Teachers

Education

How Can Wisconsin Support Minority Teachers

There is a bi-partisan effort to add money to a fund that helps forgive loan debt for minority teachers. Connie Hutchison helps administer the program as executive secretary of the Higher Education Aids Board. She says that changes to the program will likely attract more people.

June 21, 2019

Children’s Health Metrics Show Racial Disparities
Children’s Health Metrics Show Racial Disparities

Health

Children’s Health Metrics Show Racial Disparities

Wisconsin fares well among other states in child wellness overall, but when the data is broken down by race, stark disparities emerge. Erica Nelson of Kids Forward discusses what the state can do to bridge the racial divide.

June 21, 2019

Noon Wednesday: We've Been Here All Along
Noon Wednesday: We've Been Here All Along

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: We’ve Been Here All Along

Dick Wagner chronicles the history of gay Wisconsinites prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots. His new book, "We've Been Here All Along: Wisconsin's Early Gay History," shows how people lived their lives despite severe societal homophobia. "You shouldn't assume that we have no past," Wagner says, "and our past helps define who we are today."

June 19, 2019

Legislators Celebrate Pride Month
Legislators Celebrate Pride Month

Social Issues

Legislators Celebrate Pride Month

June marks the celebration of LGBTQ+ pride month and a bipartisan group of legislators are rolling out an “equality agenda” of bills.

June 7, 2019

New Ways to Help Those with History of Trauma
New Ways to Help Those with History of Trauma

Health

New Ways to Help Those with History of Trauma

The push to fund more trauma-informed programming in the state continues in Wisconsin. Here & Now shares children’s stories from the new documentary “Not Enough Apologies,” and CEO of the Fox Valley Boys and Girls Club Greg Lempke-Rochon discusses his efforts to bring trauma-informed programming to his community.

May 17, 2019 • Northeast Region

New Ways to Help Those with History of Trauma
New Ways to Help Those with History of Trauma

Health

New Ways to Help Those with History of Trauma

The push to fund more trauma-informed programming in the state continues in Wisconsin. Here & Now shares children’s stories from the new documentary “Not Enough Apologies,” and CEO of the Fox Valley Boys and Girls Club Greg Lempke-Rochon discusses his efforts to bring trauma-informed programming to his community.

May 17, 2019

Proposed Abortion Legislation
Proposed Abortion Legislation

Health

Proposed Abortion Legislation

Republican lawmakers have introduced a slate of abortion-related bills including a ‘born alive’ bill that creates criminal penalties for doctors who do not care for fetuses still alive after an abortion. Weighing in on the new legislation are Rep. Barbara Dittrich, R-Oconomowoc, and Mel Barnes, the Legal and Policy Director at Planned Parenthood Wisconsin.

May 10, 2019

WPR Series: High Tolerance
WPR Series: High Tolerance

Health

WPR Series: High Tolerance

WPR’s Shawn Johnson discusses a new WPR series on alcohol in Wisconsin, delving into the state’s three-tier system for manufacturing, distributing and selling alcohol.

May 10, 2019

Child Welfare Crisis La Crosse County
Child Welfare Crisis La Crosse County

Social Issues

Child Welfare Crisis La Crosse County

Explaining the state's child welfare crisis is Dir. of La Crosse Co. Division of Health Serv. Jason Witt. He says the state’s meth and drug problem contribute to more children needing to be on welfare. “It really has been a flood, and this really is a crisis,” Witt says. Also a preview of a WPT documentary on trauma informed care among children: "Not Enough Apologies."

May 10, 2019 • West Central Region

Noon Wednesday: Undocumented Immigrants and College
Noon Wednesday: Undocumented Immigrants and College

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Undocumented Immigrants and College

Julio Gumeta came to Wisconsin when he was seven years old. Now, 17 years later, he wants to attend UW-Milwaukee but cannot afford the out-state-tuition rates that undocumented immigrants are required to pay. He says he would like to give back to his community in Wisconsin, but finds that difficult without proper education.

May 8, 2019 • Southeast Region

Immigrant Rights Supporters Push for Licenses
Immigrant Rights Supporters Push for Licenses

Social Issues

Immigrant Rights Supporters Push for Licenses

Thousands of protesters gathered around the Capitol for a May Day push to allow undocumented immigrants to be eligible for driver licenses.

May 3, 2019

Homelessness Funding Works through Legislature
Homelessness Funding Works through Legislature

Social Issues

Homelessness Funding Works through Legislature

The legislature is proposing $3.75 million to help prevent homelessness in the state. Here & Now shares the story of Jivonte Davis who experienced homelessness in Madison, and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, breaks down the legislative proposal.

April 26, 2019 • South Central Region

Details on Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Bill
Details on Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Bill

Social Issues

Details on Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Bill

An update on the details of new legislation codifying how the state deals with the collection of sexual assault evidence kits.

April 26, 2019

State Rep Grows Hair to Push for Legislation
State Rep Grows Hair to Push for Legislation

Social Issues

State Rep Grows Hair to Push for Legislation

Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, D-Milwaukee, has traditionally had close-cropped hair, but is now growing it out to raise awareness for legislation addressing a shortage in skilled sign language interpreters. He says he is doing so to “let them know I’m with them, that I’m and ally.” He adds that he wants to make sure people in sensitive situations like hospitals “are getting appropriate care.”

April 26, 2019

Feds to Investigate Sexual Assault in Wis. Nat. Guard
Feds to Investigate Sexual Assault in Wis. Nat. Guard

Social Issues

Feds to Investigate Sexual Assault in Wis. Nat. Guard

Federal authorities will investigate allegations of sexual assault in the Wisconsin National Guard.

April 26, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Cannabis in Wisconsin?
Noon Wednesday: Cannabis in Wisconsin?

Health

Noon Wednesday: Cannabis in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is not following the national trend to legalize any form of marijuana, even though 33 states have passed laws for legal medicinal use and 10 states have laws for legal recreational use. Suzie Kazar, a student journalist with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalist, talks about how Wisconsin compares with the rest of the country on the question of legalization.

April 24, 2019

New Law Would Standardize Sexual Assault Evidence Collection
New Law Would Standardize Sexual Assault Evidence Collection

Social Issues

New Law Would Standardize Sexual Assault Evidence Collection

State legislators propose a new bill to standardize existing practices for collecting sexual assault evidence kits, which has received bipartisan support. Breaking down what this means for survivors and first responders is Ian Henderson of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. He says the lack of uniformity has created uncertainty in what information sexual assault survivors are given.

April 19, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Where Does Misinformation About Islamic Law Lie
Noon Wednesday: Where Does Misinformation About Islamic Law Lie

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Where Does Misinformation About Islamic Law Lie

Asifa Quraishi-Landes is professor of U.S. constitutional law and of Islamic law. Despite these two systems being very different from one another, many think that Islamic law has to do with the government. As a Muslim American and expert in these two fields, Quraishi-Landes talks about where misinformation about Islamic law lies, as well as what Islamic law is - and is not.

April 17, 2019

2019 State of the Tribes
2019 State of the Tribes

Social Issues

2019 State of the Tribes

Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill delivered the 2019 State of the Tribes address Tuesday. He covered a lot of ground: American Indian mascots, global warming, and chronic wasting disease are just a few of the issues he brought to the joint session of the state legislature.

April 12, 2019

Mike Leckrone Bids Farewell
Mike Leckrone Bids Farewell

Social Issues

Mike Leckrone Bids Farewell

Mike Leckrone’s storied 50-year career at the helm of the UW-Madison bands will come to an end in May. Here’s a look back at his tenure, and a preview to his final concerts this weekend.

April 12, 2019 • South Central Region

How Balanced is Wisconsin’s Media Diet?
How Balanced is Wisconsin’s Media Diet?

Social Issues

How Balanced is Wisconsin’s Media Diet?

UW-Madison journalism professor Michael Wagner discusses a new article he co-authored that looks at Wisconsin’s media diet and partisan leanings. He says that as the country becomes more polarized, fewer people are inclined to split their ticket in the voting booth.

April 5, 2019

WPT Shows Portraits of Life in Rural Wisconsin
WPT Shows Portraits of Life in Rural Wisconsin

Agriculture

WPT Shows Portraits of Life in Rural Wisconsin

WPT producer Andy Soth provides an excerpt from his upcoming documentary “Portraits from Rural Wisconsin.”

April 5, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Mark Sommerhauser Gives Context to Lame Duck Laws
Noon Wednesday: Mark Sommerhauser Gives Context to Lame Duck Laws

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Mark Sommerhauser Gives Context to Lame Duck Laws

With four lame duck lawsuits pending and two of them having been ruled on in the last week, keeping tabs on what's going on can be difficult. Mark Sommerhauser from the Wisconsin State Journal joins us to talk about the lame duck lawsuits and provide some context around what's happening with this ongoing litigation.

March 27, 2019

New Analysis Shows Challenges Milwaukee Faces
New Analysis Shows Challenges Milwaukee Faces

Economy

New Analysis Shows Challenges Milwaukee Faces

Marc Levine of UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development, discusses his new analysis on one of Milwaukee’s most impoverished ZIP codes: 53206. He says the area feels the effects of multiple disadvantages piled on top of one another, and that while the job market is improving, many are working at poverty-level employment.

March 15, 2019 • Southeast Region

Snowpack Brings Flooding
Snowpack Brings Flooding

Environment

Snowpack Brings Flooding

After historic levels of snow this winter, many are concerned about where the water will go when the snow melts. Andrew Mangham of the National Weather Service says that Wisconsin could face what he calls “moderate flooding” this spring due to a combination of the snow on the ground and early spring rains. He says this may impact access to county roads for some.

March 15, 2019

ICE Releases Documents on Wisconsin Arrests
ICE Releases Documents on Wisconsin Arrests

Social Issues

ICE Releases Documents on Wisconsin Arrests

After the numerous ICE arrests in Wisconsin last September, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Town of Vermont, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get more information on those who were arrested. He released those files from ICE this week.

March 15, 2019

Noon Wednesday: George Quinn on the State's Shortfall of Physicians
Noon Wednesday: George Quinn on the State's Shortfall of Physicians

Health

Noon Wednesday: George Quinn on the State’s Shortfall of Physicians

Wisconsin is expected to be short at least 700 primary care providers by the year 2035. George Quinn, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce, joins us to talk about how the state is working to bridge the impending shortfall of physicians.

March 13, 2019

How to Address Homelessness in the State
How to Address Homelessness in the State

Social Issues

How to Address Homelessness in the State

Rep. Pat Snyder, R-Schofield, talks about a proposal to address homelessness in Wisconsin--one of the budget items that may receive bipartisan support. He says that including it in this budget is “a good start,” but if it were passed in its own bill it would have longevity outside the biennial process. He adds that homelessness is a hidden problem that “people don’t realize everyday,” its impacts.

March 8, 2019

Wisconsin Troops to Head Home
Wisconsin Troops to Head Home

Social Issues

Wisconsin Troops to Head Home

Gov. Tony Evers recalls national guard troops deployed to the southern border under former Gov. Scott Walker.

March 1, 2019

Is CWD the Next Mad Cow?
Is CWD the Next Mad Cow?

Health

Is CWD the Next Mad Cow?

The issue of chronic wasting disease has been prevalent among the deer population in Wisconsin, but could the disease spread to humans? U. of Minn. Professor Michael Osterholm says it might, similar to mad cow disease in the UK. He says 30-35 percent of the deer population might be afflicted with CWD, spurred by what he says is lax security in preventing herds from moving across state lines.

February 22, 2019

What Can Wisconsin Learn from Michigan?
What Can Wisconsin Learn from Michigan?

Social Issues

What Can Wisconsin Learn from Michigan?

Gov. Tony Evers rolled out a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin, similar to Michigan’s status. David Harns works with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and breaks down how Wisconsin’s neighbor to the east licenses marijuana. He says his state receives input from industry stakeholders and that ultimately all shops regardless of size are licensed.

February 22, 2019

How Marijuana and Race Impact the Criminal Justice System
How Marijuana and Race Impact the Criminal Justice System

Social Issues

How Marijuana and Race Impact the Criminal Justice System

One of the points of Gov. Tony Evers’s marijuana proposal is that those with criminal marijuana convictions would have their records expunged. Discussing the criminal justice side of the plan is Rep. David Crowley, D-Milwaukee. He breaks down how racial minorities feel the impact of the criminal justice system more than white drug users and how expungement helps those convicted move forward.

February 22, 2019

Stroebel: “Decriminalization is Legalization”
Stroebel: “Decriminalization is Legalization”

Social Issues

Stroebel: “Decriminalization is Legalization”

Republicans have voiced opposition to the governor’s plan to decriminalize marijuana. Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Cedarburg, says there are enough issues with substance abuse in Wisconsin now, and does not want to see marijuana decriminalized. He discusses his opposition to CBD oil, saying he did not want to mislead people to the benefits of the product without adequate tests.

February 22, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Gathering Stories from Underrepresented Communities
Noon Wednesday: Gathering Stories from Underrepresented Communities

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: Gathering Stories from Underrepresented Communities

The way a story is told can determine whose voice is heard and how it is memorialized. Oral histories have the power to elevate more voices. Tanika Apaloo, community engagement and diversity liaison at the Wisconsin Historical Society, talks about how her work gathering stories from underrepresented communities is changing our understanding of history.

February 20, 2019

Kaepernick Divides Legislature on Black History
Kaepernick Divides Legislature on Black History

Social Issues

Kaepernick Divides Legislature on Black History

The state legislature was embroiled this week in a debate over whether to include Milwaukee-born Colin Kaepernick's name in a Black History Month resolution. Here & Now’s Marisa Wojcik delves into how the debate developed.

February 15, 2019

Shutdown Impacts Release of Food Stamps
Shutdown Impacts Release of Food Stamps

Social Issues

Shutdown Impacts Release of Food Stamps

One of the side effects of last month’s government shutdown was a change to when food stamp benefits were disbursed. David Lee of Feeding Wisconsin discusses how recipients may have to wait longer for their March benefits since February’s were released early. Lee also says Gov. Tony Evers may be able to reverse work requirements that were imposed under former Gov. Scott Walker if the courts allow.

February 15, 2019

Do Inclusivity and Bias Trainings Work?
Do Inclusivity and Bias Trainings Work?

Social Issues

Do Inclusivity and Bias Trainings Work?

Inclusivity and bias training have been staples in the workplace, but to what degree are they effective? UW-Madison Psychology Professor Markus Brauer says training to help people recognize biases may not be effective at changing biases in the first place. He says that other exposure, such as having diverse representation in media, may help change those preconceived prejudices.

February 1, 2019

Where Do Wisconsinites Stand on the Border Wall?
Where Do Wisconsinites Stand on the Border Wall?

Politics

Where Do Wisconsinites Stand on the Border Wall?

Director of the Marquette Law School Poll Charles Franklin discusses the newest numbers, including Wisconsinites’ sentiments on the border wall and federal government shutdown and favorability numbers for Gov. Tony Evers.

January 25, 2019

Wisconsin Politicians Discuss Border Wall Funding
Wisconsin Politicians Discuss Border Wall Funding

Politics

Wisconsin Politicians Discuss Border Wall Funding

Members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation make their cases for border wall funding.

January 25, 2019

Balancing Victims' Rights in Wisconsin
Balancing Victims' Rights in Wisconsin

Social Issues

Balancing Victims’ Rights in Wisconsin

A victims’ rights proposal called Marsy’s Law is currently working its way through the state legislature again. If passed a second time, the bill would go before the state as a constitutional referendum as early as this year. Sharing their views on the proposal are Marsy’s Law advocate Ariel Ludlum, and Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Exec. Dir. Matt Rothschild who opposes the bill.

January 18, 2019

Embattled Youth Prison Faces New Criticism
Embattled Youth Prison Faces New Criticism

Social Issues

Embattled Youth Prison Faces New Criticism

The embattled Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake youth prisons face new criticism after a court-ordered monitor report shows the facility fails to meet the court’s requirements for inmates’ safety. Larry Dupuis, legal director of ACLU Wisconsin whose lawsuit brought on the monitor report, weighs in on the findings.

January 18, 2019 • Northern Region

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