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Updated August 2020
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There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.
 
"Central Time" takes a unique approach each hour to cover a mix of topics, finding the latest news, cultural trends, and exploring ideas -- big and small -- to find the best guests to discuss these thought-provoking topics. It can be heard weekdays on the Ideas Network from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 
In 2010, Wisconsin got a federal grant to build a high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee. Derailed is the story of how the rail project came together, how it fell apart and how Wisconsin changed along the way.
 
Precious Lives , created by 371 Productions , is a weekly podcast about gun violence and young people in the Milwaukee area. Who are the victims and the shooters? How are the weapons obtained? Explore the impact on the community at large and how to stop the violence.
 
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Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask requirement took effect over the weekend as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Wisconsin — and Republicans who control the Legislature are threatening to block it. Evers declared a public health emergency in order to issue the mandate, which applies to anyone over 4 for all indoor spaces except a person…
 
An economics professor helps us interpret the last few months' worth of staggering decline in national GDP -- according to new U.S. data released. Then we talk with the Milwaukee County Executive about incoming federal law enforcement forces in his area, and what their presence will look like. And an election historian walks us through scenarios if…
 
We discuss creative ways to cook with summer's abundance of vegetables in this week's Food Friday segment. Then a UW-Madison social work professor tells us about a survey looking at men thinking doctors should ask them about domestic violence. And we talk with a former state representative about what we can learn from HIV/AIDS in dealing with the c…
 
We discuss how to advance racial justice in college sports with an athletes' rights and equity expert from California. And an Atlanta-based political scientist and Wisconsin Congressional Representative join us in looking back at the life and contributions of the late civil rights leader and "Conscience of the Congress" Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).…
 
Two best friends share some of their experience they put into a book together about what makes a successful friendship. We also talk with a Republican candidate for Wisconsin's fifth Congressional district. And we talk to a reporter about Gov. Tony Evers' new statewide mask mandate.
 
We learn about the findings of a report on how Wisconsin can transition faster to renewable energy for power needs. Then a Milwaukee artists tells us about how she makes poignant art using face masks. And friends whose political views differ talk about a book-writing project that took them around the country in search of unified beliefs.…
 
A journalist who's also written a book on epidemics talks with us about concern in the medical community around people worrying less about the very serious dangers of the coronavirus. Then a representative from COWS reviews the organization's latest report on hardships facing American workers -- who are also being impacted by a pandemic. And we tal…
 
Lawsuits related to the 2020 general election are already piling up, a California law professor tells us. Then we talk to a UW-Madison virologist about how they're looking at -- and learning about -- the novel coronavirus. And we discuss President Trump's executive order at the end of last week lowering costs for prescription drugs.…
 
We talk with a former CIA agent and cybersecurity expert about how to identify fake news stories. We also talk about faulty personal protective equipment Wisconsin nursing homes got from the federal government. Then we learn about a new study that looked at how we perceive people based on their attire.…
 
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has directed state agencies to slash $250 million from their budgets in the coming months to make up for revenue losses incurred by the coronavirus pandemic.  The cuts would serve as a blueprint for when Evers and the Legislature craft a new state budget early next year. The cuts are in addition to the $70 million the gove…
 
Vice President Mike Pence was in the battleground state of Wisconsin last week, campaigning for another four years of him and President Donald Trump. Pence made a couple of stops, including one in Ripon, the birthplace of the Republican Party. Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016 and is trailing former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nomi…
 
The Wisconsin Republican Party held its annual state convention over the weekend in Green Bay.  About 300 people attended the two-day in-person event in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Masks were available, but few people wore them, and participants sat close to each other. The GOP took the opposite approach of state Democrats, who held an a…
 
Over the past four months, lots of systems in Wisconsin have had to adapt due to the coronavirus pandemic. That includes the state court system, which was forced to halt jury trials and move most other business online. Before the shutdown, lots of people had never heard of Zoom. Now, the video conferencing platform has become a part of our daily li…
 
A federal appeals court panel has upheld some voting restrictions in Wisconsin just four months before the November presidential election. They include limits on in-person early voting hours to two weeks before an election -- and a return to requiring people to live in a district for 28 days, not 10, before they can vote. In this week’s Capitol Not…
 
Health officials say it’s possible we won’t see a vaccine or cure for the coronavirus for awhile . So in the meantime, they’re recommending testing and contact tracing as ways to help control the spread of the infectious disease. Contact tracing is the process of informing people that they may need to self-isolate or get tested because they’ve been…
 
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made separate stops in Wisconsin last week, while surrogates for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held a virtual event here. Both sides took swipes at each other during their appearances. In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson asked Jeff Mayers of w…
 
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer rose to infamy after human remains were found dismembered and preserved in his Milwaukee apartment. He murdered at least 16 people in Milwaukee. Fourteen were people of color and many of them had been part of the city’s gay community. A Bubbler Talk listener wanted to know how much harm Jeffrey Dahmer’s crimes caused Mi…
 
Former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson is back in the public eye. The Board of Regents announced late last week that Thompson will be the interim UW System president while the search continues for a permanent replacement for Ray Cross, who is retiring. Thompson will assume the job on July 1, after the lone finalist for the position took himself out …
 
How many people in Wisconsin have survived a COVID-19 diagnosis? That’s the Bubbler Talk question listener Gene Kelber, of Shorewood, sent our way. He says he and his wife are in a high-risk age group for the disease. "We're both over 70 and we wondered how this is going to impact our life and relationship with our friends, our children, and our gr…
 
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin held its annual state convention on Friday night, virtually instead of in-person because of the coronavirus. Elected officials gave speeches, and then it was time for the headliner – presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. He talked about the death of George Floyd while in police custody, and said th…
 
COVID-19 has disrupted many parts of our lives, but it’s also affecting us in death. For Bubbler Talk , WUWM investigated the toll the pandemic has taken on one of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable populations: the elderly. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, as of June 11, 286 residents of long-term care facilities have died in the…
 
Protests continue across much of Wisconsin, after George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has asked the Republican-controlled Legislature to immediately pass a bill designed to reform use of force policies in Wisconsin In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispoli…
 
Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman testified before a state Senate committee last week about why many Wisconsinites still haven’t received unemployment benefits. Of about 2.5 million claims filed, nearly 750,000 are unpaid. Republicans on the committee accused Frostman of not being prepared for the surge in claims that hap…
 
Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic began to spread widely in America, doctors and public health authorities noticed that hospitals were disproportionately treating black patients for the virus. As local officials began to track cases, a national trend emerged: not only were black Americans more likely to contract the virus, they were also more …
 
A group of Wisconsin residents filed a federal lawsuit late last week challenging some local stay-at-home orders that were put in place after the state Supreme Court threw out Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide policy. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to declare the local orders unconstitutional. In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikk…
 
The conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order last week, effective immediately. Schools are still closed, but most nonessential businesses can resume operations — unless local governments have their own stay-at-home restrictions. At this time, there's no statewide plan for protecting public safe…
 
We’re living in an era when more people need a helping hand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We received several Bubbler Talk questions wondering how people needing help during the coronavirus pandemic can find resources. So, we spoke with three groups that are supporting people in the Milwaukee area — now and after the pandemic. Latest WUWM & NPR Cor…
 
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to decide soon whether to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order , which closed nonessential businesses and put other restrictions in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The order is set to expire on May 26. Republicans who control the Legislature are challenging the order, largely citing its …
 
School closures triggered by the coronavirus are especially hard on students with disabilities and their families. These students often get one-on-one help at school, along with services like speech and physical therapy. In March, students and families suddenly lost all of that support. “Our new normal is barely coping,” said John Berges, whose son…
 
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by Republicans in the state Legislature, challenging Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order. Republicans cried foul when Evers extended the order to May 26, amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. They’re demanding that he lift the order and take steps to reopen the…
 
At the Milwaukee County House of Correction in Franklin, 94 inmates have COVID-19 as of Thursday – out of an on-site population of about 600. There are three cases at the jail in downtown Milwaukee. To help prevent the coronavirus from spreading among people incarcerated, some key players are trying to limit the number of people in custody. Milwauk…
 
Police estimate that 1,500 people rallied at the State Capitol on Friday, demanding that Gov. Tony Evers lift his safer-at-home order, so non-essential businesses can reopen. Evers recently extended the order about a month to May 26 because of the continued spread of the coronavirus. Many people at the event carried signs — some of them read "End T…
 
Updated at 1:03 p.m. CT According to Gov. Tony Evers, Wisconsin’s safer-at-home orders are intended to protect “vulnerable communities.” Many vulnerable populations fall directly under the state’s care, like public school students, people who receive social welfare, and much of the elderly population. Perhaps one of the most vulnerable communities,…
 
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