Dietram Scheufele, Professor, Dept. of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, explores the future of societal debates about controversial science in our current polarized environment. Scheufele discusses how to present information to an online world which includes misinformation and opinion presented as fact.
Frank Tuerkheimer, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss events from 1971 through 1973 which led up to the “Saturday Night Massacre” during the Watergate scandal. Tuerkheimer was an Associate Special Prosecutor assigned to determine if the dairy industry had contributed illegal funds to candidates.
Jonathan D. Moreno, Professor, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, explores initiatives that are changing the course of modern warfare. Moreno addresses ways the intelligence communities and university science departments work together to prepare military personnel.
Mark Brown, Professor, Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento, delves into the popular distrust of climate science and its relationship to suspicion of both organized power and democracy.
John Dean, Author, Former White House Counsel, chronicles the Watergate break-in, the cover-up and the resulting downfall and resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Louis Uccellini, Director, National Weather Service, explores the urgency of becoming a weather-ready nation in the wake of the 2012 Superstorm Sandy. Uccellini discusses ways to empower people from community managers and first responders to the general public to make fast, smart decisions in weather emergencies.
Clark Miller, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Arizona State University, and co-author of “Nanotechnology, the Brain and the Future,“ discusses medical advances in neurotechnology and its ability to ‘fix’ human flaws or to enhance human abilities. Miller points out pitfalls in current public policy.
Retired Wisconsin Public Radio Host Jean Feraca interviews Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK, about her religion, politics and the national debt, and the Nuns on the Bus phenomenon.
Solon Simmons, Interim Dean, The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University, analyzes the twists and turns of American politics based on the weekly television program ‘Meet the Press.’ On the air since 1945, ‘Meet the Press’ provides an unparalleled record of the people who directly influence policy and hold the reins of power in Washington.
Carol Koby moderates a panel discussion about the Affordable Care Act and understanding the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace with Lori Compas, WI Business Alliance, Kerry Arent, Appvion, John Meurer, Medical College of WI, José Araujo, Partners for Community Development, and Bill Hanna, WI Dept. of Health Services. Donovan Slack, USA Today/Gannett provides the keynote presentation.