Politics/Law

Father Groppi, Civil Rights Leader

Author Stuart Stotts, "Father Groppi: Marching for Civil Rights," shares the story of Father James Groppi's life, passions and struggles. Father Groppi was an influential civil rights leader during the late 1960s, a turbulent time nationally and in his hometown of Milwaukee. He worked tirelessly in, and for, the community he loved.

When Faiths Collide: What Happens to the Common Good?

Dr. Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School, discusses the need for global religious tolerance and understanding in relation to American religious history.

Contraception, Religion and the Affordable Care Act

Matthew Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Frances Kissling, Founder, Catholics for Free Choice, join panel moderator Mark Brown, Senior Fellow, WIPPS, to debate policy questions relating to the Affordable Care Act. This discussion focuses on the federal mandate requiring health care insurance to cover the cost of contraception and its impact on religious freedom.

The Poisoner's Handbook - Ep. 449

Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison.

Deborah Blum delves into the birth of forensic medicine and poisoning murders in her latest non-fiction book, "The Poisoner's Handbook," set in jazz-age New York City.

The War on Drugs

William J. Bauer, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, explores the history of the use of drugs and attempts by the government to control heroin, cocaine and other addictive drugs.

Preferential Admissions at UW

Daniel Hausman, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, argues that although the Center for Equal Opportunity found that African Americans and Hispanics are more than 1000 times more likely to be accepted at UW-Madison than White or Asian students, preferential admissions of disadvantaged minorities is not unjust.

The Animal Research Controversy

Harold Herzog, Professor, Department of Psychology, Western Carolina University, discusses the controversial use of animals in biomedical research. Herzog explores the pro and cons of this ethically and emotionally charged topic.

Milwaukee Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice

Dean Strang, Adjunct Professor, UW Law School and Marquette University, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to look back at the 1917 bombing of a Milwaukee police station that killed nine officers and a civilian. Eleven Italian immigrants were tried and charged based on an unrelated event. Clarence Darrow led an appeal that freed most of the convicted men.

Barriers to Addressing Our Climate and Energy Challenges

Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, Dietram Scheufele, Professor, Dept. of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, and Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director, Cool Choices, discuss the latest research on American social and informational hurdles that are hindering action on serious climate and energy problems.

Innovation and Criminal Justice in Wisconsin

Walter Dickey, Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, introduces innovative ideas to change the Wisconsin Criminal Justice system. Dickey discusses his work with judges, prosecutors and juries.

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