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There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.
 
In 2010, Wisconsin got a federal grant to build a high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee. Derailed is the story of how the rail project came together, how it fell apart and how Wisconsin changed along the way.
 
Precious Lives , created by 371 Productions , is a weekly podcast about gun violence and young people in the Milwaukee area. Who are the victims and the shooters? How are the weapons obtained? Explore the impact on the community at large and how to stop the violence.
 
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Sue Jensen has been driving her ice cream truck, Danee’s Ice Cream Wagon, around Wausau for 30 years. During the summer, she does her routes seven nights a week. Now, at 73, she’s looking to sell the truck and the business. WPR’s Rob Mentzer asked Jensen to share her reflections on three decades bringing kids frozen treats and the sound of summer.…
 
At least two major party candidates are heading to Wisconsin again this week. Republican President Donald Trump and his running mate, Vice President Mike Pence, will make stops here — after both visited within the last two weeks. Pence will be in Janesville Monday, while Trump will hold a rally Friday night in Mosinee. Political observers have high…
 
Cinthia Téllez Silva moved to the U.S. from Mexico on her 12th birthday. Her family eventually settled in Janesville, where she went to high school.Now, Téllez Silva works at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers in Milwaukee as the Healthy Schools Program coordinator. Her long-term goal? To make the city healthier for everyone.Her story is…
 
The Sheboygan Armory has overlooked Lake Michigan for nearly 80 years. The art deco building that once housed an NBA team and welcomed world famous performers like Bob Hope has a special place in the heart of many Sheboyganites but doesn’t have much time left. WPR’s Megan Hart brings us a look back at the history of the Sheboygan Armory.…
 
Last week saw historic visits to Wisconsin from President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Both candidates went to Kenosha in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Trump surveyed the damage that happened following looting and burning of businesses, and then held a roundtable with business leaders and law enforcement officials. Then…
 
Science and spirituality have often been portrayed as opposites or enemies, but for singer-songwriter Peter Mayer, they are intimately connected. His music has been described as spiritual or mystical, but, he said in a recent interview, "If I would think of myself as a mystic, I would also think of myself as a mystic who is very respectful and inte…
 
At one point in time, thousands of effigy mounds could be found in what is now called Wisconsin. These ancient burial sites are still significant to members of the state’s First Nations. We recently received a question through the WHYsconsin project from a listener who wanted to know more about the effigy mounds. WPR’s Liz Dohms went to learn more …
 
President Trump is expected to visit Kenosha Tuesday, nine days after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Trump's appearance happens among pleas from Gov. Tony Evers and Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian not to come to the city. A Kenosha police officer shot Blake in the back seven times, leaving the African American man paralyzed from the waist down. …
 
Some Wisconsin activists are marching from Milwaukee to Washington D.C. to protest racial injustice. They started the nearly 800 mile journey at the beginning of the month. And they’re planning to make it there just in time for a modern-day March on Washington being organized by Reverend Al Sharpton. WPR’s Rachael Vasquez introduces us to one of th…
 
Even though 2020 has been *A YEAR*, Melissa Faliveno has had some bright spots this summer. The New York City writer released her debut essay collection, “Tomboyland.” It’s a deep-dive into identity, zeroing in on gender and sexuality. Faliveno’s complexities unfold as she explores her life growing up in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, digging into her lov…
 
The mostly virtual Democratic National Convention is behind us now. Even though it wasn’t actually held in Milwaukee because of the coronavirus, the convention did have a bit of a Wisconsin flavor to it each night. Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin all spoke. Now, we turn to the Republican National Convention, wh…
 
The city of Milwaukee recently declared July 24th “Milwaukee Strong Day,” encouraging residents to remain united in the face of dual crises: the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism. The centerpiece of the day was the song, “Milwaukee Strong” – which featured more than 30 local artists. Milwaukee musician Shonn Hinton wrote and produced the tra…
 
Monday marks the start of the long-awaited Democratic National Convention. The four-day event when it was announced a year ago was originally going to take place in Milwaukee, dropping $200 million into the regional economy and attracting 50,000 visitors. But now, it’s mostly virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Biden will accept his pa…
 
Wisconsin has crossed a sobering threshold. As of this week, more than 1,000 people in the state have been killed by the coronavirus. This includes Dosha “DJay” Joi, a 28 year-old activist from Milwaukee who fought for foster youth.By webmaster@wpr.org (Wisconsin Public Radio)
 
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots for the August partisan primaries. In this special edition of Capitol Notes, we look at some of the more interesting races. One that’s received a lot of attention in the Milwaukee area is a two-way Republican primary for retiring GOP Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner’s seat. The district covers are…
 
The Grateful Dead played at Alpine Valley Music Theatre 20 times from 1980 to 1989. Fans trucked to the southeastern Wisconsin venue from all over the country. Producer Steve Gotcher attended most of those shows. On the day that turned out to be their last concert at Alpine in July of ’89, he decided to record the sounds of the scene in the parking…
 
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask requirement took effect over the weekend as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Wisconsin — and Republicans who control the Legislature are threatening to block it. Evers declared a public health emergency in order to issue the mandate, which applies to anyone over 4 for all indoor spaces except a person…
 
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has directed state agencies to slash $250 million from their budgets in the coming months to make up for revenue losses incurred by the coronavirus pandemic.  The cuts would serve as a blueprint for when Evers and the Legislature craft a new state budget early next year. The cuts are in addition to the $70 million the gove…
 
Vice President Mike Pence was in the battleground state of Wisconsin last week, campaigning for another four years of him and President Donald Trump. Pence made a couple of stops, including one in Ripon, the birthplace of the Republican Party. Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016 and is trailing former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nomi…
 
The Wisconsin Republican Party held its annual state convention over the weekend in Green Bay.  About 300 people attended the two-day in-person event in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Masks were available, but few people wore them, and participants sat close to each other. The GOP took the opposite approach of state Democrats, who held an a…
 
Over the past four months, lots of systems in Wisconsin have had to adapt due to the coronavirus pandemic. That includes the state court system, which was forced to halt jury trials and move most other business online. Before the shutdown, lots of people had never heard of Zoom. Now, the video conferencing platform has become a part of our daily li…
 
A federal appeals court panel has upheld some voting restrictions in Wisconsin just four months before the November presidential election. They include limits on in-person early voting hours to two weeks before an election -- and a return to requiring people to live in a district for 28 days, not 10, before they can vote. In this week’s Capitol Not…
 
Health officials say it’s possible we won’t see a vaccine or cure for the coronavirus for awhile . So in the meantime, they’re recommending testing and contact tracing as ways to help control the spread of the infectious disease. Contact tracing is the process of informing people that they may need to self-isolate or get tested because they’ve been…
 
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made separate stops in Wisconsin last week, while surrogates for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held a virtual event here. Both sides took swipes at each other during their appearances. In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson asked Jeff Mayers of w…
 
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer rose to infamy after human remains were found dismembered and preserved in his Milwaukee apartment. He murdered at least 16 people in Milwaukee. Fourteen were people of color and many of them had been part of the city’s gay community. A Bubbler Talk listener wanted to know how much harm Jeffrey Dahmer’s crimes caused Mi…
 
Former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson is back in the public eye. The Board of Regents announced late last week that Thompson will be the interim UW System president while the search continues for a permanent replacement for Ray Cross, who is retiring. Thompson will assume the job on July 1, after the lone finalist for the position took himself out …
 
How many people in Wisconsin have survived a COVID-19 diagnosis? That’s the Bubbler Talk question listener Gene Kelber, of Shorewood, sent our way. He says he and his wife are in a high-risk age group for the disease. "We're both over 70 and we wondered how this is going to impact our life and relationship with our friends, our children, and our gr…
 
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin held its annual state convention on Friday night, virtually instead of in-person because of the coronavirus. Elected officials gave speeches, and then it was time for the headliner – presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. He talked about the death of George Floyd while in police custody, and said th…
 
COVID-19 has disrupted many parts of our lives, but it’s also affecting us in death. For Bubbler Talk , WUWM investigated the toll the pandemic has taken on one of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable populations: the elderly. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, as of June 11, 286 residents of long-term care facilities have died in the…
 
Protests continue across much of Wisconsin, after George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has asked the Republican-controlled Legislature to immediately pass a bill designed to reform use of force policies in Wisconsin In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispoli…
 
Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman testified before a state Senate committee last week about why many Wisconsinites still haven’t received unemployment benefits. Of about 2.5 million claims filed, nearly 750,000 are unpaid. Republicans on the committee accused Frostman of not being prepared for the surge in claims that hap…
 
Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic began to spread widely in America, doctors and public health authorities noticed that hospitals were disproportionately treating black patients for the virus. As local officials began to track cases, a national trend emerged: not only were black Americans more likely to contract the virus, they were also more …
 
A group of Wisconsin residents filed a federal lawsuit late last week challenging some local stay-at-home orders that were put in place after the state Supreme Court threw out Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide policy. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to declare the local orders unconstitutional. In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikk…
 
The conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order last week, effective immediately. Schools are still closed, but most nonessential businesses can resume operations — unless local governments have their own stay-at-home restrictions. At this time, there's no statewide plan for protecting public safe…
 
We’re living in an era when more people need a helping hand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We received several Bubbler Talk questions wondering how people needing help during the coronavirus pandemic can find resources. So, we spoke with three groups that are supporting people in the Milwaukee area — now and after the pandemic. Latest WUWM & NPR Cor…
 
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to decide soon whether to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order , which closed nonessential businesses and put other restrictions in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The order is set to expire on May 26. Republicans who control the Legislature are challenging the order, largely citing its …
 
School closures triggered by the coronavirus are especially hard on students with disabilities and their families. These students often get one-on-one help at school, along with services like speech and physical therapy. In March, students and families suddenly lost all of that support. “Our new normal is barely coping,” said John Berges, whose son…
 
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by Republicans in the state Legislature, challenging Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order. Republicans cried foul when Evers extended the order to May 26, amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. They’re demanding that he lift the order and take steps to reopen the…
 
At the Milwaukee County House of Correction in Franklin, 94 inmates have COVID-19 as of Thursday – out of an on-site population of about 600. There are three cases at the jail in downtown Milwaukee. To help prevent the coronavirus from spreading among people incarcerated, some key players are trying to limit the number of people in custody. Milwauk…
 
Updated at 1:03 p.m. CT According to Gov. Tony Evers, Wisconsin’s safer-at-home orders are intended to protect “vulnerable communities.” Many vulnerable populations fall directly under the state’s care, like public school students, people who receive social welfare, and much of the elderly population. Perhaps one of the most vulnerable communities,…
 
People across the globe have been showing support for health care workers on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. That includes at the Aurora Medical Center in Summit, where parade of fire engines and law enforcement vehicles blared their sirens in salute as hospital workers watched and waved from the lawn. While people are supporting heal…
 
For Bubbler Talk , Diane from West Allis asked us how she should handle food deliveries to her door during the COVID-19 pandemic. Can the coronavirus be on those items, and if so, what’s the best way to wipe them down? Diane resides in independent living and says the pandemic has sparked fear in her. “The virus thing yes, has scared me to death bec…
 
Although conversations about the coronavirus are really inescapable, there are still a lot of misperceptions and questions about the disease. For Bubbler Talk, we've been asking listeners what they want to know about the disease and how it's spread. Dr. Joyce Sanchez is an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin who specializes in i…
 
For this Bubbler Talk , we look into health care services for non-COVID-19 patients. A listener reached out to WUWM to tell us her health care provider had canceled her surgery, leaving her in pain. The Wisconsin Hospital Association and individual health care outlets have talked about delaying elective or non-essential surgery to save resources fo…
 
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