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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.

June 27, 2018
Dee Hall from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism gives us a preview of her reporting on the effectiveness of work and training programs required for Wisconsin’s FoodShare recipients. Pending approval from the federal government, the minimum requirement will increase to 30 hours per week and will include parents of children over the age of six.
June 22, 2018
The former General Motors plant in Janesville will be demolished and rebuilt, after a two-year demolition. A private real estate company plans to turn the property into industrial and warehouse space. Also this week, Gov. Scott Walker announced a state office building to be named after civil rights leader Vel Phillips.
June 22, 2018
Wisconsin's gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford was handed down this week, with a referral to a lower court to sort through a technicality. WPR's Shawn Johnson joins Frederica in-studio to sort through what the justices wrote in their decisions and hear reaction from the case's lead plaintiff Bill Whitford.
June 22, 2018
Tony Evers told Here & Now that Minnesota has cheaper and better health care. Upon following up with Evers' campaign, they reference an analysis by the liberal group Citizen Action of Wisconsin of 2018 premium rate comparisons between the two states. In 2018, Minnesota's rates have lowered, but only recently. This week’s Fast Facts examine why.
June 22, 2018
WPR's Superior reporter Danielle Kaeding discusses President Trump’s recent visit to Duluth, saying that the rally brought a packed house. We also hear from an immigrant advocate from Voces de la Frontera about the group’s reaction to Trump's policy of separating families at the border.
June 22, 2018
This is the fourth in our series of interviews with Democrats running for governor. Tonight, Matt Flynn. He is an attorney and navy veteran, and also served as head of the state Democratic party. As two of his primary opponents drop out, Flynn says "we're in a pretty good place." He promises to repeal Act 10 when he gets to office, and says he thinks teachers' wages should increase.
June 22, 2018
On tonight's show, we examine: the newest Marquette poll with its director Charles Franklin; the race for governor with Democratic candidate Matt Flynn; the Supreme Court's decision on Wisconsin gerrymandering with WPR's Shawn Johnson; and Trump's visit with WPR's Danielle Kaeding.
June 22, 2018

The first Marquette University Law School Poll since March was released this week, touching on the races for governor and U.S. Senate. The poll's director Charles Franklin breaks down the numbers. In the Democratic field for governor, he says is has been hard for anyone to break out of the pack. Democrats, he says, broadly have a four-point deficit on Walker.

June 20, 2018
Families are being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, but Mario Garcia Sierra, of Voces de la Frontera, says that the separation of families has been happening in Wisconsin as pressure from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has increased. One measure Voces de la Frontera proposes is allowing immigrants that cannot prove their legal status to still be able to obtain a driver's license.
June 15, 2018
As we continue interviews with democratic candidates for Governor leading up to the August primary, we’re following up on statements made by candidates on our program. In this week’s Fast Facts, we look at the supply and demand of teachers in Wisconsin post Act 10.

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