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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 9, 2017

Joint Finance Committee member Rep. Gordon Hintz responds to the Assembly Republicans public education budget proposal. "If we start with education being a priority it shouldn’t be that difficult," Hintz said. Across the state, 148 local school districts have had to raise property taxes to make up for budget shortfalls in the last few years.

June 9, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker has submitted a request to the federal government for a waiver to become the first state in the nation to drug test Wisconsin residents who apply for Medicaid. Walker said the program would help treat drug addicts and get them jobs. Critics disagree, saying drug testing would not help people become drug-free, but rather create another hurdle for people in need to receive aid.

June 9, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker is threatening to veto the state budget if Republicans in the legislature do not uphold his pledge to keep property taxes lower than they were in 2010. Walker says he is inspired by people like Tommy Thompson who say you have to stand up for what you believe in. In addition to keeping property taxes low, Walker wants to invest more state funding in the public school system.

June 9, 2017

Wisconsin has not added many new private sector jobs in the past year. According to federal labor data, the state ranks 33rd in the nation — moving up one position since Gov. Scott Walker took office. The state lost nearly 4,000 manufacturing jobs in 2016, despite spending an estimated $300 million a year to boost jobs in the sector. In the nation, 27 other states also lost manufacturing jobs.

June 9, 2017

Wisconsin is making strides in improving broadband access for rural communities. We speak with local residents and Internet providers in Pepin, Wisconsin. Don Sidlowski of the Northwoods Broadband and Economic Development Coalition tells us: "There can't be two Wisconsins. One that has all of the advantages of the 21st century and the other that's in this backwards place without access to it."

June 9, 2017

On today's show, we examine: the debate over education funding in the state budget with Rep. John Nygren and Rep. Gordon Hintz; new numbers on Wisconsin’s private sector job outlook with WPR reporter Shawn Johnson; the importance of investing in broadband access for rural Wisconsin; Gov. Scott Walker’s budget and pledge to keep property taxes low; and the proposal to drug test Medicaid applicants.

May 26, 2017

California may have Arnold Schwarzenegger — a.k.a. "The Terminator” — as their former governor, but it is former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson who can say, “I’ll be back.” That is because a proposed research center named after Thompson is possibly coming to UW-Madison. The center would focus on government and public policy. It has the support of both Gov. Scott Walker and the UW chancellor.

May 26, 2017

For the first time since expanded school choice passed four years ago, Gov. Scott Walker did not propose to expand the program in his budget. Reporter Zac Schultz goes to Wausau to hear how public and private schools are adjusting, speaking to Newman Catholic School President Mike Martin and Kathleen Williams, the retiring superintendent of Wausau Public Schools.

May 26, 2017

UW-Extension entomologist P.J. Liesch says that Wisconsin is “one of the hot spots of tick activity in the U.S.” But, he stresses you can still enjoy the outdoors this summer as long as you are being aware of ticks. You can protect yourself from deer ticks and Lyme disease by avoiding prime tick habitat, wearing long sleeves and lighter clothing so you can spot the ticks, and applying repellent.

May 26, 2017

Nora Sheridan has been speaking out against gun violence in Milwaukee for years. This spring, she got the call all parents fear — that her 36-year-old son, Rainier Sheridan, had been murdered, in her own home. Police have still not found the killer. Nora demands justice and pleads for the ongoing violence to end. “Every night, I hear someone shooting,” she says. "Every hour, I think about him."

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