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Coming up Friday, May 27 | Anchor Frederica Freyberg talks to Wisconsin Public Radio's Shawn Johnson about this week's federal trial over Wisconsin's 2011 district voting maps, GSAFE Senior Director of Education and Policy Brian Juchems about the lawsuit Wisconsin joined in response to President Barack Obama's executive order on transgender bathrooms, Bryan Richards, who oversees chronic wasting disease research in Wisconsin for the U.S. Geological Survey, about the recent spread of the disease and Madison Area Technical College President Jack Daniels about its new scholarship program for students in need.


May 27, 2016

WPR's Shawn Johnson Breaks Down Redistricting Trial

The federal trial will determine whether Wisconsin Assembly district boundaries Republicans redrew in 2011 discriminate against Democrats. Wisconsin Public Radio's Shawn Johnson said the plaintiffs presented evidence showing Wisconsin is among the most gerrymandered legislative maps in modern American history.

May 27, 2016

Madison College's Scholarship Program Offers Free Tuition

Madison Area Technical College President Jack Daniels discusses the Scholars of Promise program, which will be available to low-income south-central Wisconsin students starting in 2017. More information can be found at

May 27, 2016

Brian Juchems Responds To State Lawsuit On LGBTQ Bathrooms

Brian Juchems is the senior director of education and policy for GSAFE, an organization that advocates for just schools for LGBTQ youth in Wisconsin. Juchems reacts to Attorney General Brad Schimel's choice to join the lawsuit against President Barack Obama's executive order regarding transgender bathrooms. Eleven states are now part of the lawsuit.

May 27, 2016

Wisconsin Researcher On Rise Of Chronic Wasting Disease

Bryan Richards, chronic wasting disease project leader for the U.S. Geological Survey, says the growth of the disease is unprecedented in north-central Iowa County. Richards says tactics to prevent CWD from reaching northern Wisconsin include educational programs and regulatory measures. More information can be found at

May 20, 2016

White-nose Syndrome Increasingly Affecting Wisconsin Bats

Department of Natural Resources conservation biologist J. Paul White said the syndrome wakes bats from hibernation early, forcing them into winter climates they cannot handle. More than 6 million bats have died since white-nose syndrome was found in New York in 2006.

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