Politics/Law

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.

"Sustainable Growth" is an Oxymoron - Ep. 659

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.

A Conversation with Gwen Ifill - Ep. 651

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.

Voices of Labor and Social Justice in Wisconsin - Ep. 642

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."

Has American Politics Betrayed the Middle Class? - Ep. 641

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.

The Laboratory of Democracy - Ep. 632

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.

The U.S. at Home and Abroad in a Post-9/11 World – Ep. 655

John Hall, the Ambrose-Hesseltine Professor in U.S. Military History at UW-Madison, and Donald Downs, a professor of Political Science at UW-Madison, discuss the American military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond since 9/11.

Designing Strategies for Cleaner Air - Ep. 602

Tracey Holloway, the director of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment; and associate professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, shares her research, which examines air pollution chemistry and transport at regional and global scales, including links between air quality and climate, energy, land use, health, and public policy.

Japan's Nuclear Disaster: An Update - Ep. 586

Michael Corridini, a professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at UW-Madison, gives an update of the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor in Japan, and discusses the future of nuclear power in the United States. Corridini emphasizes the areas of reactor operation, reactor safety, reprocessing, and recycle and risk assessment.

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