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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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May 18, 2018

UW-Madison political science professor Barry Burden is in-studio to discuss his recent surveys on the role that gender bias plays in elections. He says that even when controlling for unique characteristics among candidates, gender bias against female candidates remains. Burden says the bias also causes many women to not seek election in the first place.

March 2, 2018

In December of 2018, Ebola vaccines produced at UW-Madison will head to Japan for human trials. Alhaji Njai, a UW-Madison Pathologist, sits down to discuss the work and what he hopes will be the future use of the vaccine. Njai says the vaccine works by targeting a gene that allows the virus to replicate, calling it a "novel breakthrough for the medical world."

March 2, 2018

WPT reporter Marisa Wojcik speaks with the owner of a Deerfield gun store to get his reaction to proposed gun legislation in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

March 2, 2018

Reid Magney of the Wisconsin Elections Commission is in-studio to respond to the recent NBC News report that says Wisconsin's election infrastructure was hacked during the 2016 election. Magney says NBC's sourcing may be old, and the Department of Homeland Security has not told the state of any breach. Magney also talks about the new name floated to head the state's elections agency.

March 2, 2018

In the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, states like Wisconsin are debating what they can do to make sure children remain safe. Speaking to whether Wisconsin will pass any school safety legislation are Sens. Howard Marklein (R Spring Green) and Jennifer Shilling (D La Crosse). Marklein says the state needs to be more responsive, while Shilling says the discussion is long overdue.

March 2, 2018

Former DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, who now heads Wisconsin's EPA region, will be at the center of a decision of how much companies like Foxconn will have to curb their air pollutant emissions.

March 2, 2018

On tonight's show, we examine: the rest of the state Senate's legislative calendar with Sens. Howard Marklein (R Spring Green) and Jennifer Shilling (D La Crosse); Wisconsin's response to reports that the state's elections infrastructure was hacked, with Reid Magney of the Wis. Elections Commission; and the promise of a new Ebola vaccine with UW-Madison Pathologist Alhaji Njai.

February 23, 2018

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting, Wisconsin Democrats introduced a slate of gun control measures in the Assembly this week. Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R New Berlin) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D Madison) share their thoughts on how the state should respond to the threat of school shootings.

February 23, 2018
On tonight's show, we examine: the removal of some Wisconsin voters from the voter rolls, with Reid Magney of the Wisconsin Elections Commission; the state of the gun control debate in Wisconsin, with state Reps. Chris Taylor (D Madison) and Joe Sanfelippo (R New Berlin); and the proposed changes to Wisconsin's FoodShare program, with Feeding Wisconsin Executive Director David Lee.
February 23, 2018
This week the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents voted to move WPT and WPR under the purview of UW-Madison, as the UW System begins its reorganization.
February 23, 2018

Reid Magney of the Wisconsin Elections Commission is in-studio to discuss Wisconsin voters who were removed from the voting rolls before Tuesday's primary election. Magney says that few voters were affected, and that they were mostly cases of voters needing to re-register after changing addresses. Magney also weighs in on the future of the Commission’s administrator Michael Haas.

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