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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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August 18, 2017
Tracey Robertson of Fit Oshkosh on how to move the dialogue forward on racism in the U.S.
July 7, 2017

The UW-System Board of Regents voted almost unanimously on to reduce UW-Madison's share of state funding by more than a third this year — to $2.9 million. The reason? Regents say the other University of Wisconsin campuses need the money more. A lobbying group made up of UW-Madison alumni and donors is worried the budget cut could affect UW-Madison's standing as the system's flagship institution.

July 7, 2017

In our interview with U.S. Senator Ron Johnson last week, Appleton resident and cancer survivor Jennifer Edmondson requested we ask him about how the Senate health care bill would impact people with pre-existing conditions. She joins us to respond to his "disappointing" answer. “Access to affordable health care transcends politics for me,” she says, calling the plan “inhumane and un-American.”

July 7, 2017

On today’s show, we examine: Wisconsin's response to the White House request for state voter information; a court action related to the state's juvenile correctional facility for boys, Lincoln Hills; Republican debates stall state budget compromise; jobs remain unfilled in Wisconsin tourism industry because of foreign workers visa shortage; Board of Regents reallocate some UW-Madison state funds.

July 7, 2017

Today was the deadline a federal judge in Madison set for two sides in a lawsuit over conditions at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake state juvenile detention facilities to submit a plan for how to substantially change how inmates are treated, including the use of pepper spray and solidarity confinement. The facility is also under federal criminal investigation for prisoner abuse and child neglect.

July 7, 2017

The Trump administration wants states to hand over voting records in its supposed effort to address election fraud. In a letter sent to Wisconsin, the special commission wants names, addresses, birthdates, partial social security numbers, voting history, and more. We speak to Reid Magney of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, who explains that under state law, they cannot supply that information.

July 7, 2017

The shortage of foreign worker visas is leaving Wisconsin hotels and tourist attractions struggling to find seasonal employees. Trisha Pugal, CEO of Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association, explains that many areas do not have the residential base to fill all their open jobs. "The challenge is to fill all the positions and shifts while competing with other industries experiencing shortages."

July 7, 2017

For weeks now, big-ticket items in Washington and Wisconsin remain stuck in neutral, failing to get traction to move ahead. We talk to former state legislator and UW-Milwaukee Prof. Mordecai Lee about federal health care policy and the state budget impasse. "When someone draws a line in drying concrete," Lee says of Gov. Scott Walker's budget position, "the concept of a compromise falls apart."

June 30, 2017

In wake of the health care stalemate on Capitol Hill, we speak to Bobby Peterson, executive director of ABC for Health. According to Peterson, repealing Obamacare without a good replacement would be "a loss for the people." With 1.2 million Wisconsinites on Medicaid, the political limbo has many worried about losing coverage. "These Medicaid changes are significant and alarming."

June 30, 2017

Juvenile correctional facilities in northern Wisconsin, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake schools, have received criticism over treatment of inmates. A federal judge in Madison has ordered corrections staff to develop a plan to reduce the use of solitary confinement and pepper spray. Lamar Skinner, a barber who works at Lincoln Hills, talks about his work with the residents.

June 30, 2017

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson joins us to discuss the Senate stalemate over voting to repeal and replace Obamacare and why he was not ready to vote. Rather than just repealing the Affordable Care Act, Johnson says he wants to “transition to a system that actually works." Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin provided us a statement, stressing, "The Senate repeal plan will leave millions of families behind.”

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