Politics/Law

Maraniss on Obama

David Maraniss, author, explores the life and family history of President Barack Obama. In his biography, Maraniss delves into the values and the forces which set Obama on course toward becoming President.

Boston, Chechnya and Terrorism

Ted Gerber, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, Andrew Kydd, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, and Uli Schamiloglu, Professor, Languages and Cultures of Asia, UW-Madison, discuss terrorism in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. This faculty roundtable discussion focuses on political Islam and the situations in Russia and Chechnya.

A History of Protest

Paul Buhle, Author; Mary Jo Buhle, Author; Ruth Coniff, Political Editor, The Progressive Magazine; Robert McChesney, Author; John Nichols, Associate Editor, Capital Times; and Matthew Rothschild, Editor, The Progressive, join in a panel discussion focusing on the history of protests and the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin.

Disparities in the State and Federal Health Care Systems

Earlise Ward, PhD, UW School of Nursing and Tracy Schroepfer, PhD, UW School of Social Work

Tracy Schroepfer discusses the steps of the model Partners Buildings Bridges, which looks at cancer health disparities and medically underserved communities in Wisconsin. Earlise Ward focuses on the trends of mental health disparities nationally and in Wisconsin, and the research being done.

Media Campaigns and Socioeconomic Disparities

Jeffrey Niederdeppe, PhD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses media campaigns and socioeconomic disparities in health behaviors. He looks at a case study of smoking cessation, the different responses to media messages in Wisconsin, and his new research project which tries to develop narratives and images for population health messaging.

The Story of Wisconsin's Partial Veto Power

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.

African American Degree Attainment and The Nation's Big Goal

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.

Religion, Education and the International Political Economy

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.

The Principled Politician: A Story of Courage - Ep. 699

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.

The Euro Crisis: Greece, Ireland, and the Future of the...

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.

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