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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawrence Hansen, a professor at the University of California-San Diego, focuses on the ethics of using animals for research. Hansen questions whether experimentation produces the desired results and whether the end justifies the means.
Mike Jacobs, a professor at UW-Baraboo/Sauk Co., focuses on the propaganda employed by the nativist faction--xenophobes who believe any new Americans should resemble the macro-culture in appearance, customs and ambition. Jacobs demonstrates that fears have neither changed nor diminished over the course of American history.