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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.

January 19, 2018

Last week Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker resigned after thousands of Milwaukee’s children tested positive for elevated lead levels and their families were not informed. Here are some fast facts about lead poisoning.

January 19, 2018

With seven months to go before the August gubernatorial primary, we take a look at where the top Democratic contenders stand with fundraising and whether any have made headway on incumbent Gov. Scott Walker’s figures.

January 19, 2018

WisContext reporter Scott Gordon shares the findings of his recent reporting on declining refugee resettlement in Wisconsin. According to Gordon, resettlement numbers have dropped by two-thirds between 2016-2017, and he explains how national foreign policy with the Trump administration helped shape the decline.

January 12, 2018

Former Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, Democratic candidate for governor Kelda Roys joins us in-studio to discuss her run. As a past legislator, she says she has a long history of progressive accomplishments. On education, she says, “We need to prioritize it in the budget. You simply cannot say that you value education if you devalue educators."

January 12, 2018

Paul Soglin, current mayor of Madison, announced his entrance into the Democratic primary for governor on Wednesday. He discusses education, growing jobs, Foxconn and shares his response to Walker’s tweeting "The last thing we need is more Madison in our lives...” Soglin says “Wisconsin needs Madison. Madison needs Wisconsin. The city of Madison and the Dane County region have created more jobs.”

January 12, 2018

On tonight's show, we examine: U.S. Senator Ron Johnson’s response to Trump’s sh*thole comment, immigration and opioid reform; a call for the resignation of state Elections Commission Director Michael Haas or he may face a senate vote; the governor's race with two more democratic candidates, Kelda Roys and Paul Soglin; WEDC’s marketing blitz to lure millennials from Chicago to work in Wisconsin.

January 12, 2018

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson fields questions about DACA and immigration reform. Johnson was asked about Trump’s incendiary comments over plan to re-instate Temporary Protected Status programs for El Salvador, Haiti and some African nations reportedly asking, "Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?" Senator Johnson responds, “Totally inappropriate. He should apologize.”

January 12, 2018

State Elections Commission Director Michael Haas is facing a call by Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to resign or face a January 23 Senate vote. Fitzgerald says he’s lost confidence in Haas because of past partisan influences. Haas says, “Nobody can point to any decision or action of myself or the GAB or the current elections commission that’s been based on partisan motives.”

January 12, 2018
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation went live with its million dollar ad campaign in Chicago. Commuter trains, train platforms, health clubs and social media will see the marketing blitz about how it’s better in Wisconsin, specifying how the commutes are shorter.
January 5, 2018

Gov. Walker's announcement that he would close the troubled Lincoln Hills juvenile correctional facility was met with mixed responses. Sharing her view is state Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, who says the announcement is “a day late and a dollar short.” Taylor says counties should have more authority over where juvenile inmates go and advocates for changes to be made sooner than the proposed 2019.

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