Frederica Freyberg is the anchor of PBS Wisconsin's Here & Now, a live weekly program that covers news concerning state issues and feature segments about matters in local communities throughout the state.
The UW Center on Wisconsin Strategy released its 2019 State of Working Wisconsin report. Its associate director Laura Dresser discusses the report's findings, particularly long-term trends related to growing productivity and ongoing wage stagnation.
While the cost of insulin surges, many diabetes patients are left to foot excessively high bills. One Wisconsin woman shares the financial challenges she faces to afford insulin, and American Diabetes Association spokesperson Dr. LaShawn McIver discusses the national scope of this issue.
The state Public Service Commission approved the proposed 100-mile Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission through southwest Wisconsin. RENEW Wisconsin executive director Tyler Huebner and Environmental Law and Policy Center attorney Howard Learner discuss the decision.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has faced prison overcrowding and staffing shortages for years. Sec.-Designee Kevin Carr discusses these and other challenges the agency hopes to tackle, including plans to close the embattled Lincoln Hills juvenile facility.
A bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate would allow municipalities to make road improvements while spending federal aid to rebuild after a disaster. Bayfield County Highway Commissioner Paul Johanik discusses how counties are looking to get ahead of future flooding events.
With northwest Wisconsin facing multiple extreme rainstorms over the past decade, WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses to understand what has happened in the region and what it is doing to prepare for the future.
The issue of transportation funding was at the forefront of Wisconsin's 2019-20 budget cycle. State Department of Transportation Secretary-Designee Craig Thompson discusses local road funding needs and how Wisconsin approaches rebuilding infrastructure after major floods.
An economic study examining the Foxconn tax credits details how the state could still face high costs even if it renegotiates the contract. Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research discusses these findings.
Complaints about living in the Midwest often hinge on its seasonal extremes as a top reason to steer clear of the region, and a July 2019 study highlights the health risks posed by dangerously high summer heat in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.