Here & Now | Wisconsin Public Television

Here & Now


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.

Have questions, comments, or story ideas?

Featured Video

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 6, 2018

Darienne Driver, superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, stepped down this week to take a position with the United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

April 6, 2018

On tonight's show we examine: the results of Tuesday's election with Mordecai Lee; the mandate that Sinclair Broadcasting stations run politically charged promotional material, with UW-Madison Professor Lewis Friedland; how Chinese tariffs affect Wisconsin ginseng with Ginseng Board President Bob Kaldunski; the proposal to use food boxes instead of food stamps; and trauma-informed care in schools.

March 30, 2018

In preparation for tonight's Supreme Court candidate debate between Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet and Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock, live on Wisconsin Public Television, we dug through our archives to look at how candidates in previous years have responded to similar questions that are appearing in the current race.

March 27, 2018

Supreme Court candidates Michael Screnock and Rebecca Dallet reported their final fundraising totals since the February 5th primary election. This week's Fast Facts takes a deeper look at the numbers.

March 23, 2018

The state agreed this week to the largest civil rights settlement in state history. This comes after the family of a Copper Lake inmate sued when their child received brain damage after she attempted to hang herself. Eric Haag, the attorney representing the family, discusses the case and the landmark settlement.

March 23, 2018

UW-Madison Professor Chris Wells brings us the latest from his research into Russian twitter influence during the 2016 election. He says a lot of the posts from Russian accounts were made to look like they came from Americans, citing a twitter account appearing to be tied to the Tennessee Republican Party.

March 23, 2018

On tonight's show, we examine: the call for the legislature to amend state election law with WPR's Shawn Johnson; the major settlement with a former Copper Lake inmate with attorney Eric Haag; Milwaukee voters deactivated from rolls with Mayor Tom Barrett; and Russia's twitter influence in 2016 with UW Professor Chris Wells.

March 23, 2018

Thousands of Milwaukee voters were deactivated from the voter rolls due to voters' changes of address. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett weighs in on the city's response, saying the state's program to deactivate these voters is "not ready for prime time."

March 23, 2018

After a Dane County judge ruled in favor of plaintiffs who wanted the governor to call for elections to fill legislative vacancies, Republican leaders say they will amend the law that would compel Walker to call the elections. WPR's Shawn Johnson is in-studio to discuss the latest.

March 16, 2018

Low milk prices have been hitting farmers America’s Dairyland hard. WPT reporter Andy Soth explores how farmers and western Wisconsin communities are coping, speaking with feed store owner Tammy Olson. Olson organized a town hall Friday, bringing farmers and elected officials together. She joins Frederica via phone from the town hall to discuss what is next for these communities.


Have questions, comments, or story ideas?


WisContext serves the residents of Wisconsin, providing information and insight into issues as they affect the state.