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Camp Randall Stadium
Camp Randall Stadium

Education

Big Ten Announces Football Season Return

Plans to move forward with the football season will require daily antigen testing of student-athletes, coaches, trainers and anyone else present during practices or games.

September 16, 2020

Mike Pence
Mike Pence

Here and Now 2020

Pence Touts Law and Order During Janesville Stop

The vice president held his campaign rally exactly a week after his last stop in Wisconsin, visiting La Crosse on Labor Day.

September 14, 2020

UW Madison Goes Virtual After One Week
UW Madison Goes Virtual After One Week

Coronavirus

UW Madison Goes Virtual After One Week

Here & Now reporter Will Kenneally asks UW Madison students how they are dealing with the drastic changes ordered by university administration amid a large spike in student COVID-19 cases.

September 11, 2020

UW Madison Transitions to Virtual and Two-Week Quarantine
UW Madison Transitions to Virtual and Two-Week Quarantine

Coronavirus

UW Madison Transitions to Virtual and Two-Week Quarantine

With students back on campus, coronavirus cases are spiking. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank talks about moving classes online, quarantining selected dorms for two weeks and the future of university life for students.

September 11, 2020

UW-Madison students
UW-Madison students

Education

UW-Madison Goes Virtual, Quarantines Two Dorms

The decision comes amid high testing rates among university students. UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson says the other 12 UW campuses are continuing to operate as expected.

September 9, 2020

UW Health’s Dr. Jeff Pothof Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine
UW Health’s Dr. Jeff Pothof Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine

Coronavirus

UW Health’s Dr. Jeff Pothof Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine

This is an interview with UW Health's Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Jeff Pothof. Dr. Pothof was the first among an expected 1,600 volunteers to take an experimental COVID-19 vaccine at a study run jointly by UW Health and the UW School of Medicine. He joins the program from Madison.

September 4, 2020

UW Madison Adjusts to “Smart Restart” Plan
UW Madison Adjusts to “Smart Restart” Plan

Coronavirus

UW Madison Adjusts to “Smart Restart” Plan

The UW Madison starts school in a week where hundreds of students are reported positive for COVID-19 and fraternities are placed in quarantine.

September 4, 2020

Langdon Street
Langdon Street

Health

UW-Madison, Dane County Quarantine Hundreds in Fraternities and Sororities

Public Health Madison and Dane County and UW-Madison on Friday directed 420 members of nine campus fraternities and sororities who live in off-campus chapter houses to quarantine for 14 days because of positive COVID-19 cases among their members. Public health officials reported that as of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 38 of ...

September 4, 2020

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) on Next Coronavirus Relief Bill
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) on Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

Politics

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) on Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

Democrat U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan talks about what to expect in a federal coronavirus aid package. He says the goals of the aid package should be unemployment assistance, helping small businesses, funding state and local government, shoring up testing and contract tracing and protecting front line workers. He also weighs in on the state's recent mask mandate.

July 31, 2020

protesters
protesters

Social Issues

Wisconsinites Join National Strike

The group called for racial and economic justice.

July 21, 2020

Boys & Girls Club of Dane Co. Distribute 15,000+ Free Masks
Boys & Girls Club of Dane Co. Distribute 15,000+ Free Masks

Coronavirus

Boys & Girls Club of Dane Co. Distribute 15,000+ Free Masks

150 teens receiving resources as they work distributing masks as part of effort by Boys and Girls Club to support the unemployed, children and families and provide PPE during the pandemic as Dane County's mask mandate goes into effect. Michael Johnson, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, advocating for representation of people of color at the Capitol in the form of a Vel Phillips statue.

July 17, 2020

Despite Pandemic Wisconsin Dells Busy Over July 4th Weekend
Despite Pandemic Wisconsin Dells Busy Over July 4th Weekend

Coronavirus

Despite Pandemic Wisconsin Dells Busy Over July 4th Weekend

An estimated 100,000 people ventured into the Wisconsin Dells during the Fourth of July weekend, even with Coronavirus concerns. There were crowds at Noah’s Ark Water Park, despite keeping attendance to 35% capacity. Guests were "asked" to wear masks inside the park, but were "not required" to wear them.

July 10, 2020

Joe Parisi
Joe Parisi

Health

Dane County to Implement Face Mask Requirement, Milwaukee Takes Similar Steps

The Dane County order will go into effect July 13, requiring anyone five years and older to wear masks in indoor spaces outside of their homes.

July 7, 2020

Racine Co. Rule is On-Off-On, Dane Co. Tightens Restrictions
Racine Co. Rule is On-Off-On, Dane Co. Tightens Restrictions

Coronavirus

Racine Co. Rule is On-Off-On, Dane Co. Tightens Restrictions

A civil suit filed by a Racine business owner alleging 'Safer Racine" order would lead to business closings and significant loss of revenue resulted in ruling by Racine Co. judge to end order earlier this week. At 3pm July 3, Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Racine. Ordinance remains in effect while city’s appeal is argued in court. Madison and Dane Co. enacted stricter COVID-19 rules.

July 3, 2020

No Police Officers in Madison High Schools Starting in Fall
No Police Officers in Madison High Schools Starting in Fall

Education

No Police Officers in Madison High Schools Starting in Fall

The Madison School Board voted this week to remove police officers – also known as SROs (School Resource Officers) - from the city’s four main high schools. School Board President Gloria Reyes, a former police officer herself, discusses the board’s vote and what the district plans to do ahead of the fall semester.

July 3, 2020

Janel Heinrich
Janel Heinrich

Health

Dane County Adds Restrictions to Bars and Restaurants

The move comes after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases among residents in their 20s, which contact tracers linked to bar attendance.

July 1, 2020

MMSD Board
MMSD Board

Education

Madison School District Removes Police from Schools

The board's vote Monday ends the contract with Madison police immediately. The Madison city council is expected to pass a similar measure during a meeting next month.

June 29, 2020

Lincoln statue
Lincoln statue

Education

Students Push to Remove UW-Madison’s Lincoln Statue

Students say the 16th president's past, which includes racism toward Black Americans and ordering the execution of 38 Dakota men, warrants the removal of his statue on UW-Madison's Bascom Hill.

June 29, 2020

Althea Bernstein
Althea Bernstein

Social Issues

FBI Joins Investigation Into Possible Madison Hate Crime

Althea Bernstein was attacked when lighter fluid was thrown and ignited on her face last week. The FBI and Madison police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

June 29, 2020

Gov. Evers Again Deploys National Guard to Protect Property
Gov. Evers Again Deploys National Guard to Protect Property

Social Issues

Gov. Evers Again Deploys National Guard to Protect Property

In the wake of this week's violence, Gov. Evers once again deployed the Wisconsin National Guard to protect state property and to support law enforcement. He said, “The Wisconsin National Guard will serve in a limited authorization meant to make sure people can exercise their First Amendment rights while ensuring the safety of members of the public and state buildings and infrastructure."

June 26, 2020

Closer Look at Tuesday Night’s Turmoil in Madison
Closer Look at Tuesday Night’s Turmoil in Madison

Social Issues

Closer Look at Tuesday Night’s Turmoil in Madison

The arrest of Devonere Johnson, a Black activist in Madison sparked a protest that turned violent. State and city-county buildings were targeted, statues toppled and a democratic state senator attacked. Republican leadership called for the Madison Mayor and Governor Evers to take more forceful action against violent protestors. Evers authorized the National Guard to support law enforcement.

June 26, 2020

UW-Madison to Resume In-Person Classes in Fall
UW-Madison to Resume In-Person Classes in Fall

Education

UW-Madison to Resume In-Person Classes in Fall

Chancellor Rebecca Blank proposes a hybrid model that strikes balance of providing safety for faculty, staff and students while allowing for some in-person discussions, small class experience, and maintaining experiences of a college campus. The in-person classes will switch to virtual classes after Thanksgiving, for the final nine days of instruction plus exams.

June 19, 2020

Rebecca Blank
Rebecca Blank

Education

UW-Madison Releases Plan to Reopen Campus in Fall

The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced plans Wednesday to reopen campus to students and staff for the Fall 2020 semester. Under the plan called “Smart Restart,” officials say instruction taking place under a hybrid model of in-person and virtual sessions, increased guidelines around gatherings, and multiple forms of testing for COVID-19 ...

June 17, 2020

Youth Demonstrate for Racial Equality
Youth Demonstrate for Racial Equality

Social Issues

Youth Demonstrate for Racial Equality

A few months ago, Noah Anderson was leading a city-wide black student movement after his father Marlon was fired from Madison West High School for repeating a student’s use of a racial slur during an altercation. He now reflects on the current movement, and what role the youth voice has in creating change.

June 12, 2020

George Floyd mural on Madison's State street.
George Floyd mural on Madison's State street.

Social Issues

Boarded-Up Storefronts Provide Canvas for Change

Artists take to boarded-up storefronts on Madison's State Street to spread messages.

June 10, 2020

Wisconsin Responds to George Floyd
Wisconsin Responds to George Floyd

Social Issues

Wisconsin Responds to George Floyd

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked protests around Wisconsin, advocating change in police practices. Here & Now's Will Kenneally shows how Wisconsinites expressed their frustration with another black man dying in police custody.

June 5, 2020

Protesters in Madison
Protesters in Madison

Social Issues

Protesters Say They Are Ready for Long Haul

Organizers of the Madison protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death say they are prepared to keep going for the foreseeable future. “People are going to rebel until they are not going to rebel,” said M. Adams, a co-executive director of the Madison-based Freedom Inc. “It’s simple, you stop ...

June 1, 2020

Protesters stand off against police on State Street in Madison's downtown May 30, 2020.
Protesters stand off against police on State Street in Madison's downtown May 30, 2020.

Social Issues

Protesters Clash with Police Over Community Policing Concerns

Protests erupt in Wisconsin in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, causing clashes with police.

June 1, 2020

Wisconsin Dells Opens for Memorial Day
Wisconsin Dells Opens for Memorial Day

Economy

Wisconsin Dells Opens for Memorial Day

Businesses in the Wisconsin Dells would normally be gearing up for a busy tourism season, but now face a slow reopening due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Buffalo Phil's General Manager James Schmitz talks about what it was like to weather the early days of the pandemic and how the restaurant is moving forward to ensure customer confidence.

May 29, 2020

Wisconsin Dells Opens for Memorial Day
Wisconsin Dells Opens for Memorial Day

Economy

Wisconsin Dells Opens for Memorial Day

Businesses in the Wisconsin Dells would normally be gearing up for a busy tourism season, but now face a slow reopening due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Buffalo Phil's General Manager James Schmitz talks about what it was like to weather the early days of the pandemic and how the restaurant is moving forward to ensure customer confidence. (Videography by Lina Soblytė)

May 27, 2020

Wisconsinites enjoy Memorial Day weekend during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wisconsinites enjoy Memorial Day weekend during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health

Wisconsinites Celebrate Memorial Day Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Health officials urge social distancing as parts of the state are largely open, while business owners work to provide a clean experience and build customers' confidence.

May 26, 2020

Joe Parisi
Joe Parisi

Politics

Dane County Loosens Restrictions as Counties Face Legal Challenge

Dane County announced Friday it would move to a "Phase 1" of reopening, allowing businesses to operate at 25% capacity and gatherings of up to 50 people outdoors.

May 22, 2020

UW-System President Ray Cross (left) and former UW-Board of Regents President John Behling (right) hear testimony during the board's October 2017 meeting. (Courtesy: Rich Kremer / WPR)
UW-System President Ray Cross (left) and former UW-Board of Regents President John Behling (right) hear testimony during the board's October 2017 meeting. (Courtesy: Rich Kremer / WPR)

Education

UW Leaders Work to Weather COVID-19 Pandemic

Among the sectors affected by the economic turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic is the state’s university system, prompting UW System President Ray Cross to release a scaling-down plan late last week. “The University of Wisconsin System must refine the missions of its comprehensive universities to provide greater institutional distinctiveness and ...

May 11, 2020

UW-Madison Chancellor Blank Addresses Impact of COVID-19
UW-Madison Chancellor Blank Addresses Impact of COVID-19

Education

UW-Madison Chancellor Blank Addresses Impact of COVID-19

Rebecca Blank, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor, discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on campus, furloughs, budget cuts, online classes, freshman enrollment, and what the situation might be like in the fall when classes resume.

May 8, 2020

UW’s Frontline Braces for the State to Reopen
UW’s Frontline Braces for the State to Reopen

Coronavirus

UW’s Frontline Braces for the State to Reopen

A report on how workers on the front lines are continuing to save lives as the state prepares to reopen the economy. Healthcare workers in UW’s Hospital’s COVID-19 unit say the long hours and hard work are beginning to add up.

May 1, 2020

UW-Madison orders Furloughs to Cut Costs
UW-Madison orders Furloughs to Cut Costs

Economy

UW-Madison orders Furloughs to Cut Costs

Eleven UW System schools including LaCrosse, Oshkosh and Milwaukee announced furlough plans last week. The University of Wisconsin-Madison ordered furloughs for nearly 16,000 employees this week in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 1, 2020

Congregations Find New Ways to Celebrate Faith
Congregations Find New Ways to Celebrate Faith

Social Issues

Congregations Find New Ways to Celebrate Faith

The outbreak of COVID-19 has made gathering together hard for many religious congregations, at a time when many need religion the most. Here & Now’s Zac Schultz reports on how religious communities across the state are creating innovative ways to remain connected.

May 1, 2020

1,500 Rally at the State Capitol to Reopen Wisconsin
1,500 Rally at the State Capitol to Reopen Wisconsin

Coronavirus

1,500 Rally at the State Capitol to Reopen Wisconsin

Protesters gathered at the state capitol demanding Wisconsin be reopened despite the governor’s extended stay-at-home order. They are calling for Gov. Evers to open the state to allow economic activity to continue. As protesters rally at the capitol, Republican state legislators fight a similar battle in the state's Supreme Court to limit Evers' Safer at Home order.

April 24, 2020

Recovered COVID-19 Patients Donate Plasma
Recovered COVID-19 Patients Donate Plasma

Health

Recovered COVID-19 Patients Donate Plasma

Here & Now’s Marisa Wojcik reports on how UW Hospital is using donor plasma to treat other seriously ill patients. Gary Dalgaard of Sun Prairie survived COVID-19 and is one of the first to offer his plasma in hopes of saving lives.

April 17, 2020

A visit to Wheelhouse Studios in the Memorial Union at UW-Madison, as seen in this photo from 2014, is the kind of activity that was supported by the bridge builders of Living Our Visions (LOV Inc) before the COVID 19 crisis. (Courtesy Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)
A visit to Wheelhouse Studios in the Memorial Union at UW-Madison, as seen in this photo from 2014, is the kind of activity that was supported by the bridge builders of Living Our Visions (LOV Inc) before the COVID 19 crisis. (Courtesy Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)

Social Issues

Nonprofit Sector to Be Challenged and Changed by COVID-19

Non-profit organizations face new challenges as the COVID-19 outbreak affects their daily operations and bottom line.

April 14, 2020

Homeless woman on a bench near the state Capitol in Madison July 11, 2016.
Homeless woman on a bench near the state Capitol in Madison July 11, 2016.

Health

Wisconsin Bands Together to Address Homelessness and COVID-19

Advocacy groups in Wisconsin work to help the homeless amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 11, 2020

Sen. Fred Risser speaks from the Senate floor Feb. 26, 2015.
Sen. Fred Risser speaks from the Senate floor Feb. 26, 2015.

Elections

America’s Longest-Serving Legislator, Fred Risser, Retires

Wisconsin’s, and the nation’s, longest-serving legislator Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, announced Thursday he will retire after serving 64 years in the state legislature.  The 92-year-old was first elected to the Assembly in 1956, and won a Senate seat in 1962. According to a release from his office, Risser served under ...

March 26, 2020

Peter Curry
Peter Curry

Health

Wisconsinites Stuck in Peru During Coronavirus Lockdown

With Peru on a coronavirus lockdown, Wisconsinites struggle to return home.

March 24, 2020

State Street in Madison
State Street in Madison

Economy

Workers Feel Pressure from Coronavirus

It’s something you’d never expect to find in a city, the sound of silence. A surreal scene that played out across Wisconsin this week: bars, museums, performance venues, all closed. Savannah Bierma works part-time for the Pabst Theater Group in Milwaukee. They have cancelled all events through May 15. That ...

March 20, 2020

A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.
A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.

Elections

Absentee Requests Rise Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The covid-19 emergency has Republican and Democratic leaders asking for election rules to be changed. Here & Now's Zac Schultz reports on how the clerks are doing their best to make it all work.

March 19, 2020

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.

Health

New Dane County Restrictions, Fond du Lac Numbers, Voting in Milwaukee

With new state numbers, Wisconsin has 33 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. In response, Dane County announces new restrictions on public gatherings.

March 15, 2020

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

Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin
Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin

Elections

Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin

Fulton, a town in Rock County, tested new software this week to help ensure the accuracy of votes that get counted. When voters fill out a ballot, they receive an encrypted code that shows how they voted. Voters can later check a list to see that their unique code was counted and that the vote did not change. Officials say they will return to regular voting practices for the rest of 2020.

February 21, 2020

UW Researchers Work to Understand Novel Coronavirus
UW Researchers Work to Understand Novel Coronavirus

Health

UW Researchers Work to Understand Novel Coronavirus

Scientists at the university have been working to get ahead of the virus and recently received a sample from Wisconsin's first confirmed case last week. Tom Friedrich, a researcher with the UW School of Vet Science, talks about his lab’s approach to virus studies as related to the Coronavirus outbreak.

February 15, 2020

DHS Monitors 14 people for Coronavirus in Wisconsin
DHS Monitors 14 people for Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Health

DHS Monitors 14 people for Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard discusses the first case of the novel coronavirus in Dane County. Westergaard also talks about new pending investigations and if the virus could potentially spread in the region.

February 10, 2020

Person wearing a hazmat suit
Person wearing a hazmat suit

Health

WisContext: The Novel Coronavirus and How Isolation and Quarantine Authority Works in Wisconsin

In the arsenal of weapons available to public health officials for combating outbreaks of infectious disease, quarantines are among their most serious options. As a result, quarantines are usually reserved for the most serious — or potentially serious — public health threats.

February 5, 2020

Health Officials Confirm First Case of Novel Coronavirus in Wisconsin
Health Officials Confirm First Case of Novel Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Health

Health Officials Confirm First Case of Novel Coronavirus in Wisconsin

The first Wisconsin case of novel coronavirus was confirmed by health officials Wednesday, while two cases remain pending.  Local officials confirmed that the infected person was a resident of Dane County but that risk of contracting the virus remained low for the general population.  “The overall risk is low,” Dane ...

February 5, 2020

New Fish Advisory Warns of PFAS Contamination
New Fish Advisory Warns of PFAS Contamination

Environment

New Fish Advisory Warns of PFAS Contamination

The Departments of Natural Resources and Health Services are issuing an advisory for fish consumption in Madison’s Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona. The agencies recommend limiting carp, bass, pike, walleye and perch to no more than one meal per month and Bluegill to no more than once per week.

January 17, 2020

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

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

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

Breakthrough Drug Gives Hope to Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Breakthrough Drug Gives Hope to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Health

Breakthrough Drug Gives Hope to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

UW Health Pulmonary Care physician and Director of the UW Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program Andrew Braun talks about a promising new drug therapy for cystic fibrosis patients. Over 30,000 people nationwide are living with the disease. One patient from Eau Claire said that the new drug therapy has given her her life back.

December 4, 2019

Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease
Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

Health

Wisconsin Hunters on Chronic Wasting Disease

A look at Marquette poll numbers on the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state. Four hunters explain differing reasons why some get their deer tested for CWD and the overwhelming reason why most do not. The poll shows that of the people who have heard of CWD, 64% feel it represents a threat to the future of deer hunting in Wisconsin.

November 22, 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

Supreme Court Hears More Lame Duck Challenges
Supreme Court Hears More Lame Duck Challenges

Politics

Supreme Court Hears More Lame Duck Challenges

The Wisconsin Supreme Court hears another challenge to last year’s lame duck session and Ray Cross announces his retirement as UW System president.

October 25, 2019

New WEDC CEO Talks Foxconn, Agency Priorities
New WEDC CEO Talks Foxconn, Agency Priorities

Economy

New WEDC CEO Talks Foxconn, Agency Priorities

With new leadership at the head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the agency’s new CEO Missy Hughes discusses the future of projects like Foxconn and other top priorities.

October 25, 2019

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

Impeachment, Dem. Pres. Candidates in Newest Poll
Impeachment, Dem. Pres. Candidates in Newest Poll

Politics

Impeachment, Dem. Pres. Candidates in Newest Poll

With impeachment hearings, U.S. foreign policy, presidential horse-race numbers and the governor's approval all permeating the national discourse, Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin checks in on Wisconsinites’ views with his latest poll.

October 25, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin’s Right-To-Farm
Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin’s Right-To-Farm

Agriculture

Noon Wednesday: Wisconsin’s Right-To-Farm

Wisconsin has a law on its books making it difficult to bring nuisance lawsuits against farmers. But as farms expand in size, the conflicts amongst neighbors grow as well. We’re talking to Will Cushman from WisContext about Wisconsin’s “right-to-farm” laws and debates over how to regulate these growing farms.

October 23, 2019

UWM Professor Emeritus on National and State Politics
UWM Professor Emeritus on National and State Politics

Politics

UWM Professor Emeritus on National and State Politics

UW-Milwaukee Professor Emeritus Mordecai Lee discusses this week’s Democratic presidential candidate debate and some state politics, including the 5th congressional race. In both state and national elections, Lee says he sees many politicians employing a strategy that always keeps their base in mind, “that’s how you win elections,” he said.

October 18, 2019

Noon Wednesday: How We Got Off-Track
Noon Wednesday: How We Got Off-Track

Politics

Noon Wednesday: How We Got Off-Track

Building a high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee was a proposal that reached the end of its line but the topic still divides people. Special projects reporter Bridgit Bowden is talking to us about “Derailed,” a new podcast from Wisconsin Public Radio that goes full-steam into the history of the line and what it says about our state.

October 16, 2019

Secretary Designee Update, PFAS and F35 Jets in East Madison
Secretary Designee Update, PFAS and F35 Jets in East Madison

Politics

Secretary Designee Update, PFAS and F35 Jets in East Madison

The state Senate confirmed the first of Gov. Evers’ cabinet members this week. A report from the DNR found high-levels of unsafe chemicals known as PFAS in Madison's Starkweather Creek near the Truax national guard air-base. The Truax Field is also facing controversy due to a resolution passed by the state Senate in support of bringing new F-35 fighter jets to Madison.

October 11, 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

UW Political Scientist on US role in Turkish Conflict
UW Political Scientist on US role in Turkish Conflict

Politics

UW Political Scientist on US role in Turkish Conflict

UW-Madison Political Scientist, Professor Andrew Kydd, explains U.S. foreign policy and the Kurdish-Turkish border crisis. Many are waiting to see how President Trump decides to intervene considering that the Kurds are U.S. allies. Kydd warns that abandoning the Kurds during this crisis may undermine America’s credibility with other international allies.

October 11, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Where’s the Disconnect?
Noon Wednesday: Where’s the Disconnect?

Economy

Noon Wednesday: Where’s the Disconnect?

A lack of internet connection still impacts more than 17% of households across Wisconsin, creating digital inequities that impact students and communities as a whole. Bill Herman, a broadband consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction joins us to discuss these gaps and where schools are finding solutions.

October 9, 2019

The Role of Electability and Identity in 2020 Election
The Role of Electability and Identity in 2020 Election

Politics

The Role of Electability and Identity in 2020 Election

FiveThirtyEight Senior Political writer Clare Malone examines the intersection of identity and electability in the upcoming Presidential election. Malone describes ‘electability’ (in the context of this election) as a shorthand for the ability to win over Obama-Trump voters that surprised the nation in 2016. Understanding those voters will be necessary for “electorally key states like Wisconsin,

October 4, 2019

The Economic State of Farming
The Economic State of Farming

Agriculture

The Economic State of Farming

U.S. and State Department of Agriculture Secretaries Sonny Perdue and Brad Pfaff both give their perspectives on the state of small dairy farmers and the industry as a whole. With extreme weather, low prices and uncertainty in foreign trade, Pfaff explains that Wisconsin farmers have been hit with a “triple whammy” of unfortunate events.

October 4, 2019

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Doubles Down
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Doubles Down

Politics

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Doubles Down

Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson weighs in on recent activities in Washington. Johnson says he’s once again looking at Hillary Clinton’s emails and remarks about whether people should trust what the President tweeted about a potential civil war.

October 4, 2019

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

State Superintendent on Decline in State Test Scores
State Superintendent on Decline in State Test Scores

Education

State Superintendent on Decline in State Test Scores

State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor elaborates on the State of Education in Wisconsin. The superintendent speaks to the decline in statewide achievement scores and other factors that impact students across the state.

September 27, 2019

Political Panelists Touch on Washington politics
Political Panelists Touch on Washington politics

Politics

Political Panelists Touch on Washington politics

Political panelists, Republican Political Strategist Bill McCoshen and Democratic Political Strategist Scot Ross, respond to the current whirlwind in Washington politics surrounding the recent whistle blower complaint. The two also touch on Wisconsin election news involving an upcoming special election for the 7th Congressional District.

September 27, 2019

Controversy In The Air: Military F-35 May Land in Madison
Controversy In The Air: Military F-35 May Land in Madison

Economy

Controversy In The Air: Military F-35 May Land in Madison

In tonight’s closer look, the U.S. Air Force is deciding whether to choose Madison’s Truax Field as a location for its F-35 fighter jets. Truax is home to the Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing and its current complement of F-16 aircraft.

September 27, 2019

UW Political Scientist on the Process of Impeachment
UW Political Scientist on the Process of Impeachment

Politics

UW Political Scientist on the Process of Impeachment

In light of the recent whistle blower complaint and House Speaker Pelosi’s decision to launch a formal impeachment inquiry, UW-Madison Political Scientist, Professor David Canon breaks down how exactly the impeachment process works. Canon explains that impeachment proceedings can occur when “there is a violation of public trust.”

September 27, 2019

U.S. Rep. Pocan on Impeachment Inquiry into President Trump
U.S. Rep. Pocan on Impeachment Inquiry into President Trump

Politics

U.S. Rep. Pocan on Impeachment Inquiry into President Trump

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) responds to recent developments involving a whistle blower complaint that led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) to call for an Impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

September 27, 2019

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

Wisconsinites Owe Billions in Unpaid Medical Bills
Wisconsinites Owe Billions in Unpaid Medical Bills

Health

Wisconsinites Owe Billions in Unpaid Medical Bills

ABC for Health Executive Director Bobby Peterson talks about the complexities of medical debt in Wisconsin. Currently there are $1.2 billion in unpaid medical bills, according to figures released by the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

September 20, 2019

Wisconsin Doctors at the Forefront of Vaping Investigation
Wisconsin Doctors at the Forefront of Vaping Investigation

Health

Wisconsin Doctors at the Forefront of Vaping Investigation

Dr. Michael Meyer, the head of the pediatric intensive care unit at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, describes the impact of vaping. Wisconsin has seen 48 lung disease cases in 21 counties, according to the Department of Health Services. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin were among the first to connect the deadly lung disease to vaping.

September 20, 2019

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

Kaul Weighs In on Lame Duck Laws
Kaul Weighs In on Lame Duck Laws

Politics

Kaul Weighs In on Lame Duck Laws

The lame duck laws passed last year continue to create friction between Attorney General Josh Kaul and the state legislature over the sharing of information regarding lawsuits the state might be interested in joining. Kaul discusses his concerns, talking about how the need for legislators to sign nondisclosure agreements impacts Wisconsin’s status on legal cases.

September 13, 2019

Wisconsin at the ‘Center of the Political Universe’
Wisconsin at the ‘Center of the Political Universe’

Politics

Wisconsin at the ‘Center of the Political Universe’

Wisconsin is sure to be in the spotlight for national campaigns in 2020, and in the wake of the fourth Democratic presidential debate, UW-Milwaukee professor emeritus Mordecai Lee breaks down the candidates' performances and predicts what may be in store for the state. "It feels like we're in New Hampshire," Lee says. "I never thought Wisconsin would be at the center of the political universe."

September 13, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Keeping Public Records Public
Noon Wednesday: Keeping Public Records Public

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Keeping Public Records Public

Open records requests allow citizens to see what politicians are doing and saying out of the public eye. Bill Lueders, president of the Freedom of Information Council, joins us to talk about how this tool of transparency can turn murky.

September 11, 2019

Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind
Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind

Politics

Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin shares new statewide survey results. The results show President Trump lagging slightly behind Democratic front runners in 2020 match-ups. Respondents favored Vice President Joe Biden 51 percent compared to Trump’s 42 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders is also ahead at 48 percent to 44 percent.

September 6, 2019

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

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

Noon Wednesday: Emerging Water Contaminant Raising Alarms
Noon Wednesday: Emerging Water Contaminant Raising Alarms

Environment

Noon Wednesday: Emerging Water Contaminant Raising Alarms

The City of Madison put a target on it's water quality manager, Joe Grande, voluntarily tested for chemicals in public water wells that aren't even regulated. Grande discusses what is known and still unknown about PFAS chemicals in water, air and food, as well as where the science still needs to catch up.

June 5, 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

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

Madison’s ‘Mayor for Life’ Loses Reelection
Madison’s ‘Mayor for Life’ Loses Reelection

Politics

Madison’s ‘Mayor for Life’ Loses Reelection

On Tuesday, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Soglin lost his reelection bid for Madison’s mayor. Here & Now looks back at his more than 20 years of service in the office.

April 5, 2019

Trump’s Budget May Affect McCoy, Truax
Trump’s Budget May Affect McCoy, Truax

Economy

Trump’s Budget May Affect McCoy, Truax

President Donald Trump’s budget includes a list of military construction projects, with some implications for Wisconsin.

March 22, 2019

UW Set to Resume Controversial Flu Research
UW Set to Resume Controversial Flu Research

Health

UW Set to Resume Controversial Flu Research

UW-Madison is at the center of controversial biomedical research in their study of avian flu that involves making the virus more dangerous for humans. WisContext reporter Will Cushman has been following the research and discusses what it would mean for the university to have the research resume.

March 15, 2019

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