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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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May 18, 2018

UW-Madison political science professor Barry Burden is in-studio to discuss his recent surveys on the role that gender bias plays in elections. He says that even when controlling for unique characteristics among candidates, gender bias against female candidates remains. Burden says the bias also causes many women to not seek election in the first place.

April 20, 2018

Vel Phillips was a groundbreaker in many rights, becoming the first African American woman to graduate from the UW Law School, sit on Milwaukee's Common Council, and rise to the office of Secretary of State. Here & Now takes a moment to remember her legacy.

April 20, 2018

This week's snowfall broke state records for this late in April, but how does that impact the state's growers? Providing insight into the unseasonal precipitation is Heidi Johnson of the UW-Extension. She discusses whether growers are put behind schedule by the snow, and how the extra moisture affects when farmers can plant.

April 20, 2018

The closure of Boston Stores and Younkers in Wisconsin will affect hundreds of retail workers in the state. UW-Whitewater Economics Professor Russ Kashian explains this trend in retail, and what it means for both consumers and workers. He says the trend toward online retail does not spell the death of malls, but he says "brick and mortar has to respond."

April 20, 2018

The question over where the new Foxconn plant will draw its water from continues, and joining Here & Now to delve into the issues is UW-Parkside Geosciences Professor John Skalbeck. He says the application process for Foxconn to use Lake Michigan water is different from a place like Waukesha County, requiring only state-level approval for the plant.

April 19, 2018

This week’s Here & Now Fast Facts looks at Wisconsin eviction numbers. The southeast corner of Wisconsin has consistently had the highest rates of evictions over the last 10 years, according to data from Princeton University’s Eviction Lab. The lab is a new project from sociologist Matthew Desmond, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning book about evictions in Milwaukee.

April 18, 2018
In this week's Noon Wednesday, we spoke to Dee Hall from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism about the dangers of concussions and the culture of sports that perpetuates them.
April 18, 2018

In the wake of the recent student marches for gun law reform, a group of 40 Wisconsin Students walked 50 miles from Madison to Speaker Paul Ryan's district in Janesville. Student journalist Will Kenneally introduces you to some of the students and their plan for change.

April 13, 2018

Paul Ryan's retirement will change the political landscape in Wisconsin, and discussing those changes is Wisconsin Republican Party Executive Director Mark Morgan. He talks about who the party might run to fill Ryan's open seat, as well as how the party will stem the tide of a blue wave in November.

April 13, 2018
Sharing their thoughts on Paul Ryan's not seeking re-election and what that means for the political landscape in Wisconsin are political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross. Ross says that with Ryan soon to be gone, Democrats will have the resources to compete in the 1st District. McCoshen says Ryan's ability to fundraise will continue to help the GOP infrastructure.
April 13, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his retirement this week. We look back on his tenure as both House Speaker and Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.

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