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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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July 27, 2018

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Jim Holte discusses how trade disputes affect farmers in Wisconsin. He says he is encouraged that there is some positive movement, but with regards to the $12 billion aid package the president recently proposed says "we'd rather have trade than aid." He says the tariffs have hit dairy producers the hardest, whose product has a shorter shelf life.

July 6, 2018
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today on whether Marquette University professor John McAdams' contract with the university provided him "academic freedom" to write a blog post criticizing a graduate student instructor.
July 6, 2018

A group of law students from the UW will head to Texas next month to provide legal assistance for those detained along the southern border. The group's coordinator and UW law instructor Erin Barbato discusses what they'll be doing once they are down there. She says the need is there, as defendants are twice as successful when they have representation.

July 6, 2018
Political panelists Bill McCoshen, of Capitol Consultants, and Scot Ross, of One Wisconsin Now, jump into the political fray on the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy and what evolving trade policies will mean for Wisconsin growers. Ross says the Supreme Court vacancy will motivate Democratic voters to the polls, while McCoshen says it will bridge the enthusiasm gap between the GOP and Democrats.
June 29, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement this week, leaving President Trump with a second pick for the high court within his first two years of office. UW-Madison political science professor Ryan Owens lends his insight to who might replace Kennedy and what the retirement of the justice means for Wisconsin’s Gill v. Whitford redistricting case.

June 29, 2018
This is the fifth in our series of interviews with Democrats running for governor. Tonight, Mahlon Mitchell. He serves as the president of the state's firefighters union and has been a firefighter for 20 years. Mitchell says it will take someone "uniquely different" to beat Gov. Walker in the fall. He also advocates for raising the minimum hourly wage to $15, saying "together we rise."
June 29, 2018
This week's Fast Facts looks what average renter pays compared with what they earn. Sluggish wages can't keep pace with the rising cost of rent. This is especially true in urban areas, where populations are increasing and demand is rising with it.
June 29, 2018
Franco Ferreyra overstayed his entry into the United States when his 90 days were up under the visa waiver program. That was in 2001. He's lived in Waukesha longer than he lived in his native country of Argentina. Now he awaits deportation in an ICE detention facility in Dodge County. Ferreyra would be eligible to apply for DACA, but the fate of that program and Ferreyra's future remain unknown.
June 29, 2018
Our Director of Broadcasting, Malcolm Brett, retired today. He trusted us, supported our journalism, and always had our backs. Thank you Malcolm, and enjoy your retirement.
June 29, 2018
On tonight's show, we examine: President Trump's visit to the state, with a discussion on tariffs with Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations; the incoming vacancy on the Supreme Court with political science professor Ryan Owens; the race for governor with Democratic candidate Mahlon Mitchell; and a Waukesha man's immigration detention.
June 29, 2018
Harley-Davidson announced their intention to move some production to Europe this week, a moved that drew criticism by the president. Discussing this departure and the back and forth of retaliatory tariffs is Senior Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations Edward Alden. He says Harley-Davidson's decision was predictable, but that smaller companies may not be able to relocate in the same way.

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