Fred Wade, Attorney, talks about the Frankenstein veto, which is the power of the governor to use his partial veto power in a way that allows him to make laws that were not originally approved by the legislature. Fred discusses the contradiction this posses and looks into the history of Wisconsin's state constitution.
Dr. James Minor, Senior Program Officer, Southern Education Foundation, discusses the correlation
between the level of education
and quality of life, especially relating to the African American and Latino communities.
Dr. Damon Williams and Dr. Jerlando Jackson join in a panel discussion.
Amy Stambach, Educational Policy Studies, UW Madison, discusses the role of American Evangelical missions in Africa. The first decade of the 21st century marks a high point in missionary involvement in international development work.
Adam Schrager, a producer at Wisconsin Public Television, tells the story of Ralph Carr who was drafted to run for governor of Colorado in 1938. Carr became a national figure when he defended the Constitutional rights of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor. His outspoken and unpopular stance would cost him greatly, both personally and professionally.
Mark Copelovitch, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison, explores the sustainability of a single currency in Europe. He discusses what keeping the eurozone together might entail and whether it is economically and politically sustainable.
Rudy Baum, editor-in-chief of Chemical & Engineering News, looks at fossil fuels and their impact on climate and society. Baum contends that it is up to scientists to lead through research and innovation and through moral suasion.
Gwen Ifill, the moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" shares her journey beginning as a newspaper reporter to her present job at PBS. Ifill talks about her mentor, Tim Russert, her tried and true means to get a comment for a story and her work at PBS.
Bruce Mouser, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UW-LaCrosse, and Paul Boyer Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UW-Madison, introduce two powerful voices from the 19th century in this look at the deep roots of labor activism and social justice in Wisconsin. Mouser focuses on George Edwin Taylor while Boyer explores Robert Koehler's painting, "The Strike."
Jacob Hacker, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, explores the effects of the economic crisis and offers solutions for building a democracy that serves the interest of more Americans.
Jonathan Kasparek, an assistant professor in the Department of History at UW-Waukesha, examines how progressive legislation reinvented democracy in the early 19th century and laid the groundwork for national reform. Kasparek explains that Wisconsin was in the forefront of state government reform.