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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.
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.”

June 23, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to see drastic federal tax reform. The Republican proposal includes: shrink the existing seven brackets down to three; cut corporate and personal taxes; eliminate the death tax; and simplify the code so people can do taxes on paper the size of a postcard.

June 23, 2017

Since Trump's election, there has been increased interest in understanding the country's rural population. Malia Jones of the Applied Population Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has explored ways "rural" can be defined and has compiled multiple maps to measure the state's rural sector, such as developed land, economy, land use, access to services, and even a cow-to-person ratio.

June 23, 2017

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee he is not aware of any attempts to hack the state's election system. He stressed that “we, as election administrators, must exercise vigilance to assure that such theoretical attacks do not become a reality. And we must also continue to educate the public about safe guards in the system.”

June 23, 2017

Federal health care expert Donna Friedsam details how the Senate version of the Republican bill could impact Wisconsin residents. While young, healthy people could see lower premiums, most people would see a rate hike. In addition, the plan "radically changes the way Medicaid has been operating for its 50 years as a safety net." Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is not ready to support the bill.

June 23, 2017

Reporter Zac Schultz details how much Wisconsin residents pay in state income tax and how the state spends that money.

June 23, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a Wisconsin case that could have major ramifications across the national political spectrum. Gill v. Whitford centers on a dispute over whether Wisconsin's Republican-drawn legislative boundaries are indeed gerrymandering. Challengers argue these maps unconstitutionally benefit Republicans. We discuss this case with WPR Capitol Bureau Chief, Shawn Johnson.

June 23, 2017

A Republican-backed bill on campus free speech passed the Wisconsin Assembly this week. The bill disciplines college students who disrupt campus speakers by suspending them after two violations and expelling them after a third. Republicans say the bill protects both liberal and conservative free speech. Democrats disagree however, calling the bill unconstitutional.

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