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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 8, 2018

Midwest Environmental Advocates lawyer Jimmy Parra discusses the legal action his organization is filing in opposition to Foxconn's use of Lake Michigan water. Racine Mayor Corey Mason says Racine's use of Lake Michigan water does abide by the Great Lakes Compact.

June 8, 2018
Wisconsin's Choice has been holding a series of gatherings and online surveys to try and whittle down the field of Democrats running for governor. Marina Dimitrijevic, one of the group's leaders, discusses their process and how it differs from other straw polling in the field. She says her organization’s process is "more people-powered," and thinks candidates feel it is more fair and transparent.
June 8, 2018
Voters in two Wisconsin districts will take to the polls next Tuesday to fill two seats in the state legislature. Caleb Frostman (D) and Andre Jacque (R) are vying for the 1st Senate District and Ann Groves Lloyd (D) and Jon Plumer (R) are squaring off in the 4nd Assembly District. The election is Tuesday June 12.
June 8, 2018
On tonight's show, we examine: efforts to winnow the Democratic gubernatorial field with Marina Dimitrijevic of Wisconsin's Choice; the race for said primary with Democratic candidate Tony Evers; legal action taken against Foxconn with Midwest Environ. Advocates attorney Jimmy Parra; and the importance of the Dairy Margin Protection Program with reporter Andy Soth.
June 8, 2018
This week’s Fast Facts looks at rates of obesity in Wisconsin from a new tool called the Wisconsin Health Atlas. The interactive map shows rates down to the ZIP code based on data from health records. The map reveals how different the needs of two ZIP codes within the same county can be. Additionally, Wisconsin’s rural populations are dealing with higher levels of obese residents.
June 6, 2018
Professor Chris DeMarco talks about transmission lines and Wisconsin's energy needs. Last week a state appeals court upheld a ruling approving a major transmission line, it’s called the Badger-Coulee line, that cuts diagonally across the state from La Crosse to Madison. A decision will soon be made whether or not to approve the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line.
May 31, 2018

New data from an annual U.S. Census report show that some regions in Wisconsin had significant shifts in population from 2016 to 2017. Dane and Waukesha counties saw large spikes in population, while Milwaukee County had a dramatic drop. Additional data going back to 2010 show the larger trend of population decreases in the state's northern rural regions.

May 30, 2018
Jessica Wineberg from the Wisconsin Bike Fed talks about Wisconsin Bike Week, running from June 2 through June 9. Wineberg also discusses the status of Wisconsin's bike culture and infrastructure.
May 25, 2018
Beginning our second series of interviews with Democrats running for governor is attorney and small business owner Kelda Roys. She previously served in the state Assembly and with NARAL Pro-Choice. Roys says Wisconsinites are “ready to turn the page” on Gov. Walker. On school funding Roys says “We cannot keep funneling money into private schools when we don’t adequately fund public schools.”
May 25, 2018
On tonight's show, we examine: the tasing of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown by Milwaukee police with U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore; the latest news from Washington with U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan; the Democratic gubernatorial primary with candidate Kelda Roys; and a Supreme Court case involving Wisconsin-based company Epic with multimedia journalist Marisa Wojcik.

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