Articles by Marisa Wojcik

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As farmers struggle to raise their crops and communities find themselves under water, the effects of climate change are being increasingly felt in Wisconsin. UW Law School director of research centers Sumudu Atapattu discusses how this issue intersects with concepts of human rights.
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There's a price to pay when someone is sent to jail in Wisconsin — literally. Wisconsin Watch managing editor Dee Hall discusses the widespread practice of of Wisconsin counties charging inmates for their stay in jail. Are these fees necessary, or do they violate the rights of those incarcerated?
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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.
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Wisconsin has an unusually large number of local governments. Wisconsin Policy Forum research director Jason Stein discusses how a complicated network of governments in the state to can lead to redundancy and inefficiency when it comes to serving their residents.
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.