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Best Wisconsin Public Radio podcasts we could find (updated June 2020)
Best Wisconsin Public Radio podcasts we could find
Updated June 2020
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To The Best Of Our Knowledge is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning public radio show that dives headlong into the deeper end of ideas. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists — people with big ideas and a passion to share them. For more from the TTBOOK team, visit us at ttbook.org.
 
"WPR Politics" is a weekly podcast about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR reporters clue listeners into stories they may have missed and tell them what's actually interesting about stories they've already heard a thousand times.
 
"Newsmakers" is a weekly news and current affairs talk show produced by WPR's La Crosse News Bureau. Interviews on the program explore politics, education, the environment and other regional issues relevant to southwest Wisconsin and adjacent portions of Minnesota and Iowa. The program airs Fridays at 10 a.m. on La Crosse's Ideas 90.3 WHLA, with repeat broadcasts Saturdays at 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. on La Crosse's 88.9 WLSU.
 
"Spectrum West" is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. Hosted by Al Ross, it's heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie. The show can also be heard live online at www.wrfw887.com .
 
"Route 51" is a regional talk show hosted by Shereen Siewert focusing on issues important to the north-central Wisconsin area, as well as featuring regional music, culture, and arts. It can be heard Fridays at 10 a.m. on 930 WLBL-AM Auburndale/Stevens Point, 91.9 WLBL-FM and 101.3 W267BB-FM Wausau, 99.1 W256CZ-FM Stevens Point, 100.9 W265DC-FM Marshfield, 90.3 WHBM-FM Park Falls, 89.9 WHSF-FM Rhinelander/Eagle River, and 89.1 WHAA-FM Adams/Wisconsin Rapids. It is also repeated Fridays at 7 p ...
 
"BETA" features playful and provocative profiles of the people changing our world through arts, culture and technology. The program is hosted by Doug Gordon and airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. on the NPR News & Classical Network and 11 a.m. on The Ideas Network.
 
"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.
 
"The West Side" is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin. The show is hosted by Dean Kallenbach and airs on Fridays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a livestream at www.wrfw887.com . Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.
 
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.
 
Great writers are great readers. And they have amazing stories to tell. Not just about the books they write, but about the books they read. Anne Strainchamps and the producers behind “To the Best of Our Knowledge” have been asking authors for years to tell a story about that one book that left a mark. A book they can’t forget. A book that changed everything. Now they’re sharing these stories with you, delivered in a weekly micro-podcast. New bite-sized episodes every Friday. Learn more at tt ...
 
Join host Larry Meiller every weekday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on The Ideas Network stations as he discusses environmental and consumer issues, gardening and helpful "how-to" topics with his guests. Executive producer Jane Rotonda, along with producer Jill Nadeau, seek out knowledgeable guests who give you accurate advice on a range of topics impacting your life and community. And you're always welcome to be part of the conversation as Meiller helps you get your questions answered. Read La ...
 
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.
 
"Hear me Out" was a news and public affairs program focused on events and issues in Northwestern Wisconsin. It was hosted by Danielle Kaeding. T he program aired on Fridays at 10am on WPR stations 91.3-FM KUWS in Superior and 90.9-FM WUWS in Ashland. It was repeated Friday evenings at 7pm on WPR stations 89.9-FM WHSA in Brule, 88.5-FM WSSU in Superior and 104.7-FM WHWA in the Washburn, Ashland and Bayfield areas.
 
Each week, the WPR morning host welcomed financial expert Kevin McKinley to discuss financial matters with listeners. "On Your Money" originally aired as the 8am segment on Tuesdays on "The Morning Show" and was rebroadcast on Saturdays at Noon on the Ideas Network stations. The program was retired on August 4, 2018.
 
After taking a year off from Wisconsin Public Radio, Ben Merens is bringing his most popular show to Podcast Network International. At Issue is an opportunity for listeners to share their thoughts on-air and talk about what is important to them. Connect with Ben today by dropping him a line at Ben@BenMerens.com and you can have your thoughts shared on this podcast.
 
CTSI Discovery Radio is a unique facet of the Clinical & Translation Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin. Each 30-minute monthly show informs and educates listeners about translational research relative to current health topics, clinical studies and advancements in biomedical research leading to better outcomes. CTSI Discovery Radio is hosted and produced by award-winning veteran radio personality Bryan Belmer. Visit the CTSI website at https://ctsi.mcw.edu
 
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Activist Ja’Mal Green joins John Williams to talk about how the protests over George Floyd’s death while in police custody got to be as traumatic as they did. And Ja’Mal talks about what was wrong with law enforcement and city’s response to the protests. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3762409/Activist_Ja_Mal_Green_The_pot_has_boiled_over_now_ther…
 
Building Owners and Managers Association Executive Vice President Michael Cornicelli joins John Williams to give an overview of damage by protesters and looters during the weekend’s demonstrations. And he talks about the impact it’s had on travel to downtown establishments. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3762388/Chicago_Building_Owners_and_Manage…
 
WCCO Minneapolis Radio Host Chad Hartman joins John Williams to describe a clash between a tanker truck quickly separated a group of protesters on a bridge last night. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3762378/WCCO_Minneapolis_Radio_Host_Chad_Hartman_There_were_thousands_of_people_ahead_of_a_speeding_tanker_truck__2020-06-01-181418.64kmono.mp3…
 
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…
 
About This Episode Acclaimed country singer-songwriter Steve Earle was a protégé of legends Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. His 1986 debut album Guitar Town shot to number one on the country charts. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, The Pretenders, and countless others. Steve's l…
 
We revisit some of the history of Door County's Peninsula State Park, as told through a summer camp for girls. Then we discuss the impact of a retail giant falling on the fate of malls. And then a public health expert joins us to look at a new poll showing only half of the Americans surveyed as even willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine, once one becom…
 
An acclaimed chef walks us through some creative ways to cook asparagus on this edition of Food Friday. Then we talk with WPR's state capitol reporter about the politics at play with hundreds of thousands of unpaid unemployment claims in Wisconsin. And we discuss President Trump's latest move to weaken social media companies.…
 
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 …
 
Millions were laid off when shutdowns occurred across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mortgage lending expert David Hochberg joins John Williams to talk about how homeowners struggling with the effects of it can muscle through this. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3761788/David_Hochberg_5_29_2020_2020-05-29-172828.64kmono.mp3…
 
Mr. Fix-It Lou Manfredini joins John Williams to talk about some of the outdoor activities people are investing in, in the time of COVID. And listeners call in with their own experiences searching for the supplies for fun, outdoor activities. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3761787/Lou_Manfredini_5_29_2020_2020-05-29-175927.64kmono.mp3…
 
WCCO Minneapolis host Chad Hartman joins John Williams to describe the scene in Minneapolis as rioters lit the police precinct on fire over the death of George Floyd. Chad shares the local perception of public officials’ responses to the police force there, and the absence of Governor Walz’s voice as the city burns. https://serve.castfire.com/audio…
 
As Illinois reopens further into the next phase, Dr. Kevin Most, Chief Medical Officer at Northwestern Medicine’s Central DuPage Hospital, shared this list with John Williams of what we do know and do not know about coronavirus disease. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3761730/dr_kevin_most_5_29_2020-05-29-153930.64kmono.mp3 What we DO know: 1. The…
 
A dairy farmer tells us about his collection that started as a distraction and grew into something much bigger. Wisconsin's amphibians are on the move. We'll find out if their migrations are different in this time of reduced travel. And we discuss two recent incidents in which Black men were victimized, with one being killed by police.…
 
New college graduates are facing many challenges, including how the job market has changed. We discuss how to navigate it. Some people are taking time during social distancing to learn new creative hobbies. We get advice on learning to draw. And we talk about the unanimous decision by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to send absentee ballot appli…
 
ESPN Fresno Host Christopher Gabriel and KMOX St. Louis Host Charlie Brennan join John Williams to describe how people in their cities are understanding and addressing the Coronavirus pandemic. And they weigh in on how their cities’ and states’ officials are handling it. Plus, Charlie shares the city’s perception of the huge pool party at the Lake …
 
Second City Executive Vice President and “Getting to Yes, And…” Host Kelly Leonard joins John Williams to describe exercises the improv school has been doing to train in empathy. Then, Kelly shares two Chicago stories of people who have led the path of empathy, and how it can be applied to Zoom meetings. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3761439/Sec…
 
“Eye on Travel” Host and Travel Expert Peter Greenberg joins John Williams to explain what will happen to your money if your flight or cruise does not get canceled, but you don’t want to go anymore due to the coronavirus pandemic. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3761427/_Eye_on_Travel_Host_Peter_Greenberg_on_refunds_for_customer_canceled_flights_a…
 
WCCO Minneapolis Radio Host Chad Hartman joins John Williams to talk about the local aftermath of the death of George Floyd, killed when a police officer kneeled on his neck for seven minutes. Chad specifies Mayor Jacob Frey’s response, which he shared on Chad’s radio show, and he shares the question that’s mystified all about the death. https://se…
 
Both Sides of the Aisle – Natalie Gochnour is joined on The Right by Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, and on The Left by Shireen Ghorbani, Salt Lake County Council member. They discuss the fight over wearing face masks in public, the pros and cons of mail-in voting, President Trump threatening to move the GOP national convention […]…
 
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