Research by the UW-Madison Center for Limnology collecting 30 years of data points to long-term impacts of climate change on mercury levels in lakes and fish in Wisconsin. WPR reporter Sarah Whites-Kodischek describes how scientists came across these findings.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts must stay out of cases involving partisan gerrymandering. UW-Madison political science professor and Elections Research Center director Barry Burden discusses what the decision means for Gill v. Whitford .
The ability to issue partial vetoes of appropriations bills has allowed Wisconsin governors since 1930 to wield a quasi-legislative power that can substantially — and sometimes controversially — alter the text and implications of appropriations bills with little if any legislative input.
Every year, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps issues data about how a myriad of factors contribute to health. UW Population Health Institute director Sheri Johnson discusses how the 2019 rankings emphasize housing to explain the interconnectedness of inequality and health.
Wisconsin fares well among other states in child wellness overall, but when the data is broken down by race, stark disparities emerge. Erica Nelson of Kids Forward discusses what the state can do to bridge the racial divide.
A bipartisan effort in the Wisconsin Legislature is seeking to add money to a fund that helps forgive loan debt for minority teachers. Higher Education Aids Board executive secretary Connie Hutchison discusses the proposal and its changes to the program.
The book We've Been Here All Along: Wisconsin's Early Gay History chronicles the history of LGBTQ Wisconsinites prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York. Author R. Richard Wagner discusses how many people lived their lives amid pervasive homophobia.
Wisconsin's budget-writing committee approved a two-year extension for the state's stewardship fund that purchases land for outdoor recreation and environmental protection. Wisconsin Policy Forum research director Jason Stein discusses the program's funding.
Wisconsin's agricultural bounty is possible thanks in part to the state's voluminous supply of freshwater. At the same time, the use of this resource to grow crops and nourish livestock poses risks to the quality of these waters.