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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 1, 2017

Amid the ongoing debate over the U.S. Senate Republican's tax plan, UW-Madison professor Rourke O'Brien breaks down the current bill before the Senate and what impact it would have on the middle class. O'Brien says the repeal of the individual mandate, a key component of the current Senate bill, would save money but has the potential to cause millions of people go without healthcare coverage.

November 24, 2017
On tonight's show, we examine: the Wisconsin Elections Commission's request for more staff, by speaking with agency head Michael Haas; how public allegations of sexual assault have shaped the dialogue around the issue, with Dane County Rape Crisis Center Exec. Director Erin Thornley Parisi; the status of CWD in the state with journalist Ron Seely; and a comprehensive look at the governor's race.
November 24, 2017
The race for governor has picked up over the last few weeks, with Gov. Walker announcing his re-election bid and the roster of Democratic candidates climbing to upwards of 16. We take a moment to revisit candidates’ thoughts on what sets them apart in such a crowded field, check in with the heads of the state Democratic and Republican parties, and hear analysis from UWM professor Mordecai Lee.
November 24, 2017
With deer hunting season underway, Ron Seely, a freelance journalist and lecturer at UW-Madison, discusses the issues arising from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The disease affects the deer population in Wisconsin. Scientists are still coming to terms over the threat to humans if venison containing CWD is consumed. According to Seely, new research shows that the diseased can linger in soil and be
November 24, 2017
Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously to ask the state legislature for funding to add three positions in the agency. Commission administrator Michael Haas sits down to discuss the staffing request, which he is optimistic will be accepted, as well as concerns over Russian efforts to hack Wisconsin’s voting infrastructure.
November 24, 2017

This week's Wisconsin Look segment delves into the upcoming Supreme Court race and what separates the candidates ideologically. Madison attorney Tim Burns, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet, and Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock will face-off in a matter of months.

November 24, 2017

Executive Director of the Dane County Rape Crisis Center Erin Thornley Parisi discusses how the prevalence of sexual assault in the news shapes individuals' responses to assault and harassment. It allows more people to feel free, Parisi says, speaking to survivors' willingness to talk openly about their experience.

November 17, 2017
The U.S. Senate added a provision this week to its version of the Republican tax reform plan, which would repeal the individual mandate--a key component of the Affordable Care Act. UW health policy expert Donna Friedsam discusses what the repeal of this mandate would mean for the insurance markets. She says implementation of the mandate helps people consider options available to them.
November 17, 2017
Nancy Zieman, the longtime host of "Sewing with Nancy," passed away this week. We take a moment to remember her legacy at Wisconsin Public Television.
November 17, 2017
Mahlon Mitchell, head of the state's firefighters union, announced his entrance into the Democratic primary for governor on Monday. He sits down to discuss what sets him apart in a crowded field and to share his take on key issues such as healthcare and jobs. "We need to invest in Wisconsinites here, now," Mitchell says.

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