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Anchored by Frederica Freyberg, Here & Now is Wisconsin’s weekly in-depth news and public affairs program where civic and political leaders provide context to the issues at the forefront of life in Wisconsin.

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May 26, 2017

Zac Schultz goes to Wausau to hear how choice is impacting private and public schools.

May 12, 2017

Steve Levitan is this years commencement speaker at UW-Madison. The former badger is best known for creating the hit TV show Modern Family.

May 12, 2017

Joint Finance Co-Chair, Alberta Darling, talks self-insurance for state employees, challenge of funding Wisconsin’s roads. WPR’s, Shawn Johnson, talks about why the majority in the Senate and the Assembly are at odds with each other. State Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, talks about proposed bills that would aid the homeless, and School Principal, Mike Hernandez, talks about the benefits of students.

May 12, 2017

Scott Gordon, WisContext.org reporter on the use and tracking of synthetic opioids. These are powerful heroin-like drugs -- including the large animal tranquilizer, Carfentanil. Milwaukee saw its first confirmed deaths from it last month. Users can unknowingly ingest these synthetics, and fatally over-dose.

May 5, 2017

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch talks about homelessness bills, State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, and State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, talk about the GOP transportation funding plan, managing partner of Capitol Consultants Bill McCoshen and Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now Scot Ross talk about the Republican health care bill.

May 5, 2017

State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, is a member of the joint finance committee. The Assembly Republicans plan would cut income tax and reduce the gas tax, as well as imposing the sales tax on gas. But Hintz said he doesn't think it will do much to help the state pay for roads.

May 5, 2017

The House passed a GOP bill that would reform Obamacare Thursday. The measure, among other things, would eliminate penalties for not having insurance. Democrats say the bill puts people at risk of losing their insurance, but Republicans say it would help cut costs.

May 5, 2017

The state Assembly passed four bills on homelessness this week. One would bring together state agencies to form a coordinating council lead by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Another would award a $75,000 grant to one community to find jobs for its homeless population.

May 5, 2017

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, says his plan is a first step to a flat income tax. The proposal looks to fill the billion dollar transportation funding deficit. It would also impose the sales tax on gas, which is currently exempt.

May 5, 2017

Rebecca Blank spoke this week at the Rotary Club in Madison about the state budget. She highlighted the importance of the university system for Wisconsin's economy and how the system has struggled with cuts for the past decade. Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal includes funding increases for the UW System that would be tied to performance.

April 28, 2017

Chris Holman is a district director with the Wisconsin Farmers Union. A recent change in Canadian trade policy recently forced a dairy processor to cancel its contracts with dozens of Wisconsin farmers. While the amount of milk produced in Wisconsin is on the rise, the number of small dairy farms is plummeting. Holman said this is due, in part, to the rise of large-scale dairy operations.

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