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Anchored by Frederica Freyberg, Here & Now is Wisconsin’s weekly in-depth news and public affairs program where civic and political leaders provide context to the issues at the forefront of life in Wisconsin.

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February 16, 2018

As the state legislature debates wetland regulation, UW-Madison Geography Professor Morgan Robertson discusses what would be affected by the changes. Robertson says the wetlands help mitigate the damage of flooding, as well as help filter runoff.

February 9, 2018

WPT journalist Marisa Wojcik reports on a new pair of bills that would change the funding formula for Wisconsin's public schools. The bills would allow school districts freedom on how to use the trust fund money that is currently allocated to libraries, and move it to areas in the schools as they see fit.

February 9, 2018

Wisconsin's shortage of IV bags continues months after Hurricane Maria slowed their production in Puerto Rico. Ann Zenk of the Wisconsin Hospitals Association delivers an update on how the state's hospitals are able to cope with the shortage. The FDA's approval of manufacturers outside of Puerto Rico helps, Zenk says, but state hospitals still share supplies with each other if one falls short.

February 9, 2018

To Neenah's mayor Dean Kaufert, the announced closing of Kimberly-Clark facilities in the Fox Cities were a "punch in the gut." He joins the show to lend a local perspective on the factory closings and weigh in on the state's proposal to incentivize Kimberly-Clark to stay. "For right now, it's really important to stop the bleeding," Kaufert says.

February 2, 2018

In a week when immigration policy is again on the front burner in Washington, Here and Now interviews Lupe Salmeron, a DACA recipient and sophomore at Edgewood College in Madison.

February 2, 2018

U.S. Reps. Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, and Mark Pocan, D-Town of Vermont, weigh in on some of the highlights of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address. Grothman says the U.S. immigration policy is not worth shutting the government down over, but needs to be fixed. Pocan says negotiations with the White House have been hard, describing competing centers of power involved.

February 2, 2018

On tonight's show, we examine: the State of the Union, with U.S. Representatives Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, and Mark Pocan, D-Town of Vermont; the newly-released Republican FBI memo, with political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross; and proposed changes to public assistance policy in Wisconsin, with audio from a legislative hearing.

February 2, 2018

Political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross lend their insights to this week's state and national political news. They discuss the newly-released GOP memo accusing the FBI of anti-Trump bias, calling it necessary and inflammatory respectively. They discuss the State of the Union as well as public assistance reform proposals touted by Gov. Scott Walker in his State of the State last week

February 2, 2018

The state legislature's January 2018 Special Session kicked off this week with the public hearing of a slate of bills aimed at changing public assistance policy in Wisconsin. Here and Now takes a look at arguments from Democrats, and the Republican authors of the bills.

January 26, 2018

On tonight’s show, we examine: Gov. Walker’s eighth State of the State address, with insight from WPR’s Shawn Johnson; Walker’s new healthcare stabilization plan with healthcare expert Bobby Peterson; and the impact of the state Senate’s rejection of ethics and elections officials with UW professor Barry Burden.

January 26, 2018

The state Senate voted this week to reject the confirmation of Michael Haas and Brian Bell as administrators of the Wisconsin Elections and Ethics Commissions. In light of this, UW-Madison professor Barry Burden sits down to discuss how the change in leadership will be implemented and what effect it may have on the state’s elections infrastructure.

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