Politics/Law

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.

Neuroscience And Public Policy - Ep. 585

Ronald Kalil, Director of Neuroscience and Public Policy, WM Keck Laboratory for Biological Imaging, UW Madison, David Weimer, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, UW Madison, Kimberly Farbota, Student, Neuroscience and Public Policy Program, UW Madison.

Ronald Kalil, David Weimer and Kimberly Farbota discuss the Neuroscience and Public Policy program at UW Madison.

The Changing Nature of Television News - Ep. 593

James L. Baughman, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, UW- Madison, Jeff Greenfield, Senior Political Correspondent, CBS News, David Tabacoff , Senior Executive Producer, Fox News, Jill Geisler, Senior Faculty, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News, Chris Bury, National Correspondent, ABC News. A panel of experts discusses the future of TV news.

Personhood & Near-Personhood - Ep. 576

Gary Varner, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, discusses the basis of moral status, personhood, and near-personhood, in relation to animal research.

The Cotton-Top Tamarin - Ep. 573

Charles Snowdon, a professor in the Psychology Dept. at UW-Madison discusses the habits of the cotton-top tamarin, a South American primate. Snowdon explains his research techniques which include a non-invasive study of the animals.

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