Articles by Marisa Wojcik

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Open records requests allow citizens to see what politicians are doing and saying out of the public eye. Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, discusses how this tool of transparency can turn murky.
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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.
Repeated flood damage is bleeding budgets in northwest Wisconsin. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses the cycle of storm damage and infrastructure repair, and how communities in the region are dealing with it.
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The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted women the right to vote, but it did not include all women. State Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison, discusses the lesser-known history of the women's suffrage movement that excluded women of color.
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What are the different needs that health providers might not be aware of when it comes to Hmong patients? Peng Her from the Hmong Institute discusses how health care professionals can be more culturally competent in serving their Hmong patients.
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Wisconsin politicians have sparred over how to provide mental health resources to the state's farmers. UW-Extension agriculture and health safety specialist John Shutske discusses the groundwork necessary to help farmers struggling with mental health issues.
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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, better known as PFAS, can contaminate groundwater and pose health risks to people. Multiple Wisconsin municipalities are considering how to deal with PFAS, and Wisconsin DNR Sec.-Designee Preston Cole discusses the state's response to the issue.
Researchers in Wisconsin are exploring how polarized politics can fracture civic discourse. UW-Madison journalism professor Mike Wagner discusses the work of the Center for Communication and Civic Renewal to investigate the intersection of media, technology and politics.
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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 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.