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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.

December 22, 2017

After primary elections this week, we look at who will square off in the January special elections for the state legislature. We also explore former DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp's promotion to become regional administrator of EPA Region 5, which includes Wisconsin.

December 22, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Raquel Rutledge has done extensive reporting on tourists in Mexico blacking out after drinking tainted alcohol, and joins us to provide an update on her work. Rutledge says it is hard to know how widespread the problem is, as some of the tainted alcohol remains "under the radar of regulators." She adds that the U.S. Dept. of State is tracking deaths from this.

December 22, 2017

Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance discusses the GOP tax plan signed into law this week. He says the average Wisconsinite will fall below the cap on state and local tax deductions, and expects many to take advantage of the increased standard deduction. Berry believes the personal tax cuts, set to expire in 2025, are likely to remain. "Congress doesn't undo tax cuts usually," he says.

December 22, 2017

Phil Anderson, Libertarian candidate for governor, sits down to discuss his run and the Libertarian Party. He says Libertarians, who receive fewer vote totals in Wisconsin than major parties, are often not considered good political investments. Anderson says his party's message is resonant among voters however. "If we let Wisconsin grow from within, that's how Wisconsin will grow best," he says.

December 15, 2017

Dee Hall, Managing Editor for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, talks about new reporting from the WCIJ about workers’ compensation. The Center’s work looks into why many workers are denied compensation and how Wisconsin compares to other states in providing it.

December 15, 2017

This week's Wisconsin Look previews next week’s special election primaries, including the race for the 10th Senate District. We also recap Gov. Walker's signing of a law expanding access and use of EpiPens, as well as a state Senate hearing to discuss the Town of Cable receiving permission to create a TIF district to make it easier to renovate the Telemark Lodge. .

December 15, 2017

After a dramatic election in Alabama, UW-Milwaukee professor Mordecai Lee provides insight on what it might mean for Wisconsin. Lee is cautious to say whether the Alabama result has any bearing on upcoming elections, saying "we shouldn’t read too much into it." He also weighs in on rumors of Paul Ryan’s retirement in 2018, saying he believes them to be true.

December 15, 2017

Barry Orton, a telecommunications expert, breaks down the changes to net neutrality brought by the FCC this week . He says the rule change will make it harder for technology startups to get off the ground. Orton adds that the change will likely not affect how quickly companies expand service to rural areas, which he says will continue to be "underserved."

December 15, 2017

Middleton attorney and Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Tim Burns sits down to discuss his candidacy and impartiality before the court. A self-described progressive, Burns says he is "the most likely candidate to stand up to Walker and the legislature when they act outside the law." He explains his outspoken views by saying, "no one who serves on the supreme court is a blank slate."

December 15, 2017

On tonight's show, we examine: the results of Alabama's recent election and implications for Wisconsin, with UWM professor Mordecai Lee; the repeal of net neutrality, with telecommunications expert Barry Orton; workers' compensation in Wisconsin with WCIJ managing editor Dee Hall; and the race for Supreme Court with candidate Tim Burns.

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